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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!

Top Of The World...!!!

The Summit Of ”Ben Nevis Mountain"
{From The Left}  
Big John Hanley, Little Micky P,  {That's Me}  & Medium Mick Hembrow
 Saturday, 26th June 2010 11:00am

You can probably tell by the look on our little faces that we are feeling very smug about reaching the top of Ben Nevis.  and in real good time too; this is not the sort of activity you can rush into with your eyes closed.  We completed the climb in 4 hours flat; from the starting gate at 7:00am to actually touching the Pinnacle. 

I just wanted to let everyone in the world know that we had made it.  Specially "Pam" my Lady, but would you believe it, over 4,000 feet up in the clouds and no bloody signal for my mobile...?  I Swear;  If we could have climbed any higher we would have been able to shake hands with God Himself.

 The pinnacle is where we are standing to record our own moment of history, you know; something you can tell your grand kids about; as John said,  Never mind the grand kids bloke; I am telling everybody who wants to listen, {and even those who don't} have no fear about that...!!!  Everyone is going to know that we were here. 

So in a nutshell;  Is Walking Good For You...???  Well, with several months of hard training; constantly  {Walking Uphill} on the treadmill, and some general overall fitness  routines put in for good measure;  from my personal point of view; without question; ...YES... Walking Is VERY GOOD For You. Look where we eneded up...
The Top Of Ben Nevis...!

On the other hand You do not have to go quite that far; short, regular walks, and one or two longer ones will set you up for a fitter and healthier you...  You Will soon start to look and feel much better for your efforts; But most of all It's Fun... Enjoy It...!!!

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