Just for fun, three of us decided Sunday to go up Ben Nevis.
Ben Nevis is 1,345 metres (4,412 ft) above sea level, it is the highest point of the British Isles. The path is well marked and we chose to go up the path that follows an established rocky mountain track. It goes through some truly breath-taking scenery, all the way up to the summit.
That day the Marie Curie Foundation was fundraising and there was a steady trail of people going up. The weather was due to be quite wet by lunchtime and we didn’t start off until 9.30 so we knew we might lose any views to low cloud or mist but felt it was worth the attempt anyway. We’d only been on the track a short while before we met some people coming down.
It’s quite a steep climb up large stone block steps for a while and then uneven ground which zig zags its way to the top. About two thirds of the way the cloud rolled in and it started to get wet. We carried on, Fluff in the lead and he made it to the summit about 20 minutes before us, Gareth having to slow down to keep me going!
The summit was in full raincloud and freezing so no views but there was still a queue to take photos at the Trig Point.
After a quick change into the Beating Bowel Cancer T shirt for a photo it was back down to get below the wind and rain for a refuel and then all the way to the bottom.
The trip was about 3.5 hours each way. We ended at the Ben Nevis Inn at the bottom of the path where we met two ladies who had done the Three Peaks that weekend, but we still felt we had achieved something! A drink (tea!) and then back to the B&B for hot showers and out for a meal.
Final thoughts on the trip as a whole
From my point of view, there were some lessons to be learned
- Take a lighter backpack, mine was the Berghaus 35+8 and with the internal frame was a bit heavy before it was loaded.
- Take less kit, I thought I had learned this lesson from other walks but it needs more refining to make sure carrying a case down hotel corridors etc
- We did three days of 10 miles one after another which left us at our destination early so we could have done more miles and cut some from the longer days.
The total raised for sponsorship through the my donate page was £763.75 including Gift Aid. This is in addition to money raised by Tommy and Dave, so not bad!
Finally, Thanks to all for taking part, the company was good as usual. Thanks to Tommy for booking the whole thing and organising travel etc and also to Mary for feeding and watering the Devon team on the trip up and down to Scotland.