Escale la montaña más alta del Reino Unido y experimente lo mejor de la campiña escocesa en esta caminata de 8 horas por Ben Nevis desde Fort William. Siga al guía a lo largo de senderos escarpados hasta la cima del Ben Nevis, y obtenga información sobre los animales y la geología por la cual la montaña es famosa. En el camino, admire las vistas espectaculares de los lagos, bosques, picos y valles circundantes. ¡Disfrute de la sensación del logro en la cima, y tal vez termine el día con una refrescante cerveza en la base!
Caminata en grupo de 8 horas a Ben Nevis desde Fort William
Admira las vistas panorámicas de los alrededores.
Obtenga información sobre la rica flora y fauna de Escocia
Camine por senderos sinuosos hasta la cima de Ben Nevis con un guía
Tal vez termine su día con una cerveza bien merecida en la base
I am 72 years of age when walking the Ben Nevis. I often go on mountain walks averaging about 2000ft ascent and 11 miles long. They are strenuous walks. Ben Nevis is twice the height. However, I have heard that a car has been driven up the Ben Nevis that gave me the illusion that there is a passable track on foot.
The weather forecast for the day was not good, with heavy rain and showers forecast in the afternoon. I was kitted in rainproof clothes that was ideal for the day. It was a September day, and the weather was fine in the morning. I met the guide Rich at the starting point near the Ben Nevis Inn. There was only one other walker in our party, he was younger than me. The walk up to the wooden bridge was easy. The view was only to the west and south over the Glen Nevis valley. There are few hills further to the west and south. Farther away around the horizon there were blue mountains shrouded in stratus clouds. Beyond about 200 m elevation, the mountain track or the tourist path we followed is rugged rocky climb. I was able to keep a steady pace without a sign of exhaustion. However, I had limited strength to lift myself up when clambering up a high rise, and mentioned to the guide that there is a tendency to fall back. The walking pole was a help, yet the guide Rich said he is behind me. On this stretch of the track on the south face of the Meall an t-Suidhe we met few men laying stones to improve the path. After the rocky climb, we reached an easy saddle about halfway of the walk.
The guide Rich was pleased with my ability to scramble up the rocky ascent. The camera bag swinging from the front and the pain its strap induced on the neck was a distracting impediment.
To the north, there is the conspicuous Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe. I took many photographs on the way. After crossing the saddle, we headed along the long ascending path on the western face of the Carn Dearg where we also cross the Red Burn a small river, prominent feature of tourist path landscape. At the end of this long stretch, is the beginning of the zigzag path. I felt the air bit chilly but my jacket was fine for the walk, bearing in mind that jackets can make excessively hot and sweaty on mountain walks. As we continued up the zigzag track, even though the scree path was easy to walk on, I was unable to ascend continually at steady pace. I chose to stop at every corner that also served as a moment to take photos of the path. The pace of the walk was, sprint start that quickly slows down for a brief respite. According to the guide, we were neither fast nor slow and he was happy with our pace. After the zigzag, we conquered an ascent straight up, and reached the Ben Nevis summit plateau covered in boulders. The guide showed us two gullies on the north face. On the summit, there are ruins of a hotel, remnant room of the old observatory, and the Trig Point built on a pedestal at an altitude of 1344 m. We took 4.5 hours to ascend. The summit was misty as seen on the photos. Visibility was good for the eye, however not for the camera. Mist was pronounce around the summit, there was no view of scenery around the summit. After a short stop for lunch, we started a brisk descent. On the lower part of the zigzag path, we met the forecast rain. It did not last long and I was able to continue taking photos. On the descent over the rugged rocky track, I felt a pain in the calves that was not a usual symptom. The usual pain in the feet was pronounce. Rocks can be slippery. The legs were teetering on the verge of instability. The walking pole is more helpful in the descent and virtually indispensable for me. We descended in 3.5 hours. Unusually, I did not feel any pain or discomfort after we returned to the base or on the following day. With regard to the story of car driven up the Ben Nevis, there is no evidence of this. However, there is a film clip on YouTube of a Ford model T driven down the snowy Ben Nevis in the 1911.
This is not really my thing and the day was miserable in terms of weather so the experience for me wasn't pleasant but Sarah our tour person and guide got us safely up and back even when we were the last ones and took a bit longer than everyone else. Thank you so much!!!
Great walk so glad I did this and what a day for it, could not have planned for better weather. Views were amazing took lots of photos. Guide was really fun and told me lots of interesting stuff about the mountains.
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