Ben Nevis and hopefully a night in the CIC Hut below the Ben

Ben Nevis all you need to know!

I am off to the mighty Ben Nevis on Mnday and plan to stay in the CIC (Charles Inglis Clark) Hut below the mighty Ben overnight

The great cliffs of the North East Face of Ben Nevis. drawing K. Howett.

. The forecast may make the trip interesting, I am going up with a few friends and Stephen, who is walking up after work! There is a lot written on the pros and cons of a hut below the great cliffs of the North East Face, but for me it is a special place and a great privilege to stay in such a historical building and share the memories of so many. I so enjoy the walk up Corrie Leis and the great ridges and cliffs each with a special memory for me open up in front of you. It is an ever-changing picture so inspiring to be there whatever the weather. In my youth the walk in , used to be done in a blur, egos were calling.  I now  have so much time to see so much more. This is one of the joys of being a bit older!   

The CIC Hut below the Carn Dearg Buttress


The Ben – that majestic mountain

How many times have I walked that path? Through forestry and muddy track.

Bag bulging, sweat pouring, then the great cliffs mourning, watching.

In the mist, clouds emerge, along with memories, many happy, many sad.

Long carries in the dead of night, with unknown people.

Many glad to be alive.

Heavy Whalley 2010.

 Todays tip: It is worth checking your torch battery and bulb every time you go out on the hills, as with the nights drawing in you never know when you may need it. I always carry a spare!

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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