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Ben Nevis Summit

Ben Nevis Summit

Long Distance Hill Walking...!

Completing “The West Highland Way” once in May of 2007 would be enough for anyone; But my good friend John; has come up with another "crazy idea" that this year, we could walk the W.H.W. Again!

If you’re not familiar with the W.H.W. It is a Long Distance Hill Walk starting in Mulgavie Glasgow, and finishes in Fort William, some 97 miles later.

Mind you, it is a walk with breathtaking views; and some serious, "Lung Busting Climbs"

But this time John and Mick thought he would make it interesting by adding on the fact that we can; climb Ben Nevis while we are in Fort William...??? Hold on; there's more!!

Then we can carry on and walkThe Great Glenn Way” from Fort William to Inverness...!!!! This totals 200 miles plus; over 10 days, and a quick trip to the top of Ben Nevis.

Well, all I can say is, John; you were spot on mate; I would not have missed my chance to climb the famous Ben Nevis.

Even though I never thought that I would? For anyone reading this blog; if you are in reasonable health, and you like a challenge; you will not be sorry...!!! On a serious note…

"YOU NEED TO DO LOTS OF TRAINING"...???

The Mountain Trail of Ben Nevis, {A K A, The Tourist Trail} is a full 4 to 6 hours of serious uphill walking depending on how fit you are.

Then you got 3 to 5 hours of hard downhill walking. You must not treat it like a walk in the park! Climbing Ben Nevis is a serious challenge?

You must be prepared and you must carry all the necessary kit that you will need for the day...???

Like Food and Water,

At least 4Ltrs. Safety Equipment, Cold Weather Gear, Spare Boots, First Aid Kit, Whistle, Torch, Compass, and Wet Weather outfit, and a Survival Bag.

So as you can tell by this list... this challenge is definitely not to be taken lightly...

Now; having said all that; you will absolutely love it when you reach the top. There is no other feeling in the world to compare to it;

The sense of achievement is overwhelming, coupled with the feeling of elation. "You Can't Beat It" And you will NEVER” forget it!

As High as We Can Go...!!!

Check these out...!!!
 
The Pinnacle of Ben Nevis.
If I could explain to you in words; what it feels like to be here;
I would have done so by now..??

This Bloke below; is the reason that we are here in the first place, Believe me when you got best mates like, John; You got no room for enemies...
Here he is; my Mate Big John!
Mind you he did surprise us and bring a small hip-flask of Brandy; That We shared just before we set off back down the mountain, "Sweet" cheers mate  That set us up a treat for our arduous three and half hour trek back down to civilization. There is a pub at the foot of Ben Nevis; can you guess what it's called? You got it;... The Ben Nevis Inn..!!!  This Pub has got to be the most popular pub in the world... well nearly..! even if you don't drink; like me!





{what? The Brandy} purely medicinal.! of course. I guarantee that you will visit this establishment; just for somewhere to sit  for a while, just to take the weight off you weary and tired little legs. It's true when I tell you everyone that we saw on the mountain; either going up or coming down did without fail, visit this Pub. You won't be able to resist it, mark my words!  



Now; This bloke above, right;
has become a good friend of mine over the last four years purely through our walking trips .And it was his idea that we should walk the Great Glenn Way, after we finished on Ben Nevis,,,!!!   Mick, just like John, and myself  all have a quiet dependable, sensibility about us and we all know that we can rely on each other if necessary, should we suffer any misshaps on any of our walks.


This bloke on the left; he is the one doing all this "Blogging" as you can see, the smallest of the three of us; and by far the best looking, don't you agree...!!!  As you can see, the picture shows just how rocky the ground is up here.  And in the background the ruins of the old weather station that used to stand here some years ago. {I got to tell you it's like another planet up here!}  If you are wondering why we are all togged up in our winter warmest, well, know I told you in a previous post the date is Saturday, June 26th 2010.  The weather downstairs is  20 degrees Celsius, in old money 72 degree's Fahrenheit "Yeah"  well up here it's below freezing, mind you we have climbed over; 4,000ft. and every few minutes the cloud cover comes down and plunges us into semi-dark for several minutes, this can be a little "whoooo - eerie and somewhat spooky".  Although there were loads of people on the top at the same as time as us, the feeling of being alone, and so insignifficant along side Mother Nature; was a little overwhelming.

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