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…


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!

Physical Changes after Exercise

It normally takes about six weeks before you notice any physical changes to yourself, but this is secondary to our cause and a great bonus for us.  

The biggest mistake that most everyone makes on the first walk they undertake is it’s “MUCH TO FAR” Always set a distance you know you can manage with ease, then try to increase this distance to double over the first six week period. 

Remember, we are creeping up on our weight, not trying to ambush it.  It is also advisable to get yourself some comfortable walking shoes {and walking socks} but only after you have decided whether or not walking is for you.

This next bit of information may sound a little strange! But {I feel it needs mentioning} Remember if you plan “let’s say” a two mile walk out; you are going to have to walk two miles back?

I know that it goes without saying, and I would never insult anybodies intelligence, but it is something that is often overlooked. And people can find themselves struggling to make it back home, from what should have been an enjoyable experience.

It may inspire you to know that as a result of my walking; along with some extra training, I got to climb the highest mountain in the u.k, BEN NEVIS.  When I say Climb, I mean we walked up Ben Nevis via the Mountain Trail; formally known as the “Tourist Trail” Sorry  but you won’t find me dangling from a rope half way up a mountain; thank you very much?

 I can never put into words how amazing that day was from start to finish. The memories are, still very much alive in my soul; all the people that we met on the mountain that day and each one of them were climbing the Great Ben Nevis, for the good of someone else...?

For their very own personal reasons! When we reached the summit, we stood on the pinnacle to have our photo taken “O.M.G” I swear to you if we had climbed any higher, we could have shook hands with God...!!!

Please understand; I am 55 years old, I am built for comfort, not speed; I do not rush to do anything unless it’s really important. At the outset; I started walking the dog round the block and because I felt I needed to get moving again.

Another thing; there was no way I was going to join a gym to embarrass myself, being all red faced on a treadmill, sweating like a donkey; trying to prove that I could still do it? {No Thanks} I’m well past all that.

It just amazes me sometimes how one little change in your lifestyle, and in your mind; can lead you to such massive accomplishments. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine myself standing on the top of Ben Nevis! {And believe me I have some wild dreams} Do you ever wonder where little changes that you make; could take you? 

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