Good time in the winds with Friends at the CIC Hut on Ben Nevis.

Autumn walk into Ben Nevis, the hills a rustic brown.

I had arranged to meet Jenny, Val, Jamie and Annabel  for a night in the CIC Hut and despite the forecast they were still coming. I was at the hospital and had a hectic rush to meet them in the middle of the afternoon. We were planning to stay in the CIC Hut below the North Face and  the weather forecast was for ferocious winds 50 -70 mph and rain. We took the long track through the forestry and met the North Face path after 2 hours of walking at Torlundy. The kids were going well and we were sheltered in the forest. The forest is full of Mountain Bike tracks and it is wonderful to see the forest used in this way and incredible facilty and part of the outdoor enviroment now. The views for the edge of the forest and of the North Face are awe-inspiring and never fail to impress me. The clouds were hanging over the great cliffs and the wind was whipping along the tops. The kids were loving it and rushing ahead, I was lost in memories and sweating with a heavy bag, I had taken a rope up to leave in the hut for the winter!

The CIC Hut with the huge Douglas Boulder over 800 Feet high in the background.

 The view of the hut especially for the first time is breathtaking nestled below the huge cliffs and has had a lot of work done on it recently.  The winds were picking up but we were still sheltered along the path with the occasional squall blasting us. I was a bit behind as usual old age and grabbing the odd photo and Annabel waited for me about 10 minutes from the hut, I saw her and shouted for her to go on but she was waving and puting her hands in the air. As I got nearer I saw what she was saying that 4 hinds were just below the hut sheltering it was an amazing site and we sat and watched them, they just kept grazing and watching us, a specail moment for us all, especially for Annabell and Jamie seeing these animals in the wild and enjoying it all.

A special moment deer at the CIC hut just as we were arriving and darkness was falling.

It was great to reached the safety of the hut as it was getting dark but the path is superb now and we even had dry feet, the river caused a bit of fun when Jenny carried Annabel over the river to keep her dry! In the old days the path was so muddy and deep bog an incredible job now well done to all concerned. The hut is like a fortress to get into but soon we were in and the kettle was on, we had company the mice were about! to be continued!

Kettle on after the long pull up to the Cic Hut, while the wind howls outside.

Today tip. Make sure your socks fit and you cut your toe nails before you go for a long walk if not you may get blisters and really sore feet!

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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