Ben Nevis - 7th July 2004
Date 7th July 2004 Description Ben Nevis
Start Point Glen Nevis Visitor Centre Peaks Climbed Ben Nevis 1,344m
Total Time 6hrs 00min    
Walking Time 4hrs 45min    
Stopped Time 1hrs 15min    
Distance 10.00 miles    
Moving Average 2.3 mph    
Elevation at Start 15 metres    
Total Ascent 1,348 metres Weather Mainly Sunny and Warm
Max Elevation 1,344 metres Walking With Mark
A great days walk. The weather was kind although some dark sinister clouds came over just as we were about to descend from the summit. However it did not rain. There were plenty of walkers around today (some even walking for charity). We took the traditional route to the top (Mountain Track or Tourist Route) including the zig-zags. I was a little surprised to see so much snow at the top in July (especially the part where it covered the main path). We saw a Snow Bunting at the Summit (and then several more a little later on). The views from the top are breathtaking. Its just a pity that the only other route off the mountain is via Carn Mor Dearg Arete which is not a very easy way down unless you have a very good head for heights. Therefore we descended back to Glen Nevis the way that we came.
Ben Nevis Summit and I
Following Sheep on the way home
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Ben Nevis Inn and the start of the walk
Looking back down the path to the valley
The path starts to gain height
Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe
Path levels out at Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe
A clear ascent path and Cow Hill
Further up path with Meall an t-Suidhe
Glen Nevis and Loch Linnhe
Loch Linnhe Glen Nevis and Meall an t-Suidhe
Start of the zig-zags
Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe from the zig-zags
The top of the zig-zags with Fort William
Snow across the main path!!
Lots of walkers around today
Carn Dearg from near the top of Ben Nevis
An overhang of snow as we approach summit
Sgurr a' Mhaim from Ben Nevis
More snow as we near the summit
Ben Nevis Summit (Observatory & Trig)
Memorial at Ben Nevis Summit
Snow Bunting on Ben Nevis Summit
Ben Nevis Summit with Mark and I
The Tower from Ben Nevis Summit
Glen Nevis from Ben Nevis Summit
A busy day at the Summit
The Tower and Trident Buttress beyond
Snow again with advancing dark sinister skies
Loch Linnhe & Fort William from the descent
Glen Nevis from the descent
Sgurr a' Mhaim/Stob Ban/Mullach nan Coirean

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