Sunday, May 26, 2013

Day 10: Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis
Ben Nevis from the summit of Stob Ban to the west

Today is the day I am planning to go up Ben Nevis, at 4408 ft., the highest mountain in the British Isles.

Path sign 
Whether I go or not is completely up to my physical condition after finishing the West Highland Way and even more, upon the weather. Check out Ben Nevis Weather today. Here's the unofficial way to tell what the weather is doing:
Weather Stone forecast

There are 2 tracks to the summit: the mountain track and Carn Mor Dearg Arete for mountaineers who want a bit more of a challenge. Guess which one I'll be taking!

Snow Covered Carn Mor Dearg Arete
Snow covered Carn Mor Dearg Arete

Carn Mor Dearg Arete
Carn Mor Dearg Arete

Not Carn Mor Dearg Arete! The tamer route will be the one for me! Hopefully, on a Sunday there will be a few other people around too. Here are a couple pics of the Mountain track:
Ben Path as it begins to ascend

Large zig-zags of the Mountain Track

If the weather is uncooperative, i.e. foggy or heaven forbid, snowy, I will need to find something to do other than lounging around in the B & B. Fortunately there are several shorter walks close by to choose from. In addition, another long distance walk stretches between Fort William in the west along Loch Ness to Inverness in the east: The Great Glen Way, so I could always do a short section of that.

Tomorrow: train to Glasgow before flying home on Tuesday, Glasgow - Heathrow - Toronto
Yesterday: Stage 8