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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!

Choosing Your Walking Boots/Shoes.



Having written several articles about the benefits of walking, how it helped me to get to the summit of Ben Nevis, and how it can greatly improve your health and wellbeing over a relatively short period of time. 

Providing you are consistent with your efforts, and taking your walking enjoyment to a pace that suites you.  Remember, take things slowly... Walking is meant to be an enjoyable experience for you, so that you will continue to explore, expand, and reap the benefits that walking for Fun and Fitness will bring to you.

Now; considering whether or not,  the walking bug has bitten you, and you have found that walking is something that you are at ease with, maybe you feel you are ready to take walking to the next level, {one step further!} 

It is a good idea at this stage, to start to think about some good but inexpensive walking shoes/boots. Do Not be tempted to spend hundreds of $$$ on your very first pair, as this will prove to be false economy in the long term. 

The choice of shoes/boots that you will need depends largely on the sort of; terrain/ground that you are most likely to be covering during your walks.  The correct footwear for the type of ground that you will be walking is crucial...?  

The way forward at this stage is to visit your local outdoor clothing and supply centre. They will have a wide and varied range of, Boots and Shoes for you to choose from, with several different styles and varied colours for the fashion conscious walker!

It is essential to ask for advice on the correct shoes/boots that will suite your style of walking! Choosing the correct footwear can mean the difference between enjoying your walk and changing your mind about walking. 

This is one of the reasons why I repeat myself many times about taking your walking slowly; {don’t try to run, before you can walk} so to speak. As I have mentioned many times before, you have nothing to prove, just enjoy your walking, you are in complete control. A little more or a little less, whenever you’re ready. 

This would be a good time to mention “The Dreaded Blisters” I have been very fortunate in the fact that during all our miles of walking; I have only ever had, “one serious blister” It was a beauty!  So much so, that I took a picture of it.

Honestly, you really don’t want any blisters, a couple of good blisters could change the way you feel about walking forever. Look out for my next article, containing information on how to avoid the dreaded blister, and some great tips on how to break in you new walking boots or shoes.

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