Ben Nevis Weekend with the High Grade Walkers
12 club members and 1 guest member travelled up to Fort William on Fri 14 June. We rented an amazing house and a flat that both looked over the loch, giving an excellent base for the weekend that was also within easy walking distance of the town centre.
On the Saturday we were up early and walking up the mountain by 8.00am, with the promise of good weather until late afternoon. 11 went up the CMD Arrete and 2 used the Pony Track (tourist route). The Pony Track was a constant climb up to the top, zigzagging up to the top. The CDM was also a steady climb until reaching the Arrete itself which is a ridge walk taking a hour, before arriving at the top. The Pony Track took about 7 hours to complete, while the Arrete route took about 9 hours and bagged 3 Munros. Most of the day we were rewarded with stunning views, except at the summit that was in cloud. And snow.
Later in the afternoon the promised rain arrived when we were descending the mountain.
Everybody enjoyed the day and had a sense of achievement as we headed in Fort William for a well earned meal and celebratory drink.
On the Sunday 6 people had to travel home. The remaining 7 drove a few mile along Glen Nevis and then walked to the 2nd highest waterfall in Scotland, Steal Falls. A rope bridge across the river took 2 of the group to the foot of the falls.
We took the relaxing walk back to the cars and headed for Neptune's Staircase, a series of locks at the start of the Caledonian, before carrying onto Glenfinnan and the Jacobite Tower and the railway viaduct made famous by the Harry Potter films.
A mix of very heavy sharp showers and beautiful sunshine and a few miles walking gave us all a lovely relaxing day.
Every evening we were rewarded with stunning sunshine on the mountains across the lock from our accommodation.
On the Monday we left Fort William for home after a very tiring and enjoyable weekend. We would all love to return to the area to bag some more Munros.