To the Pathmakers of the Ben Nevis Path and to those who sponsor it a big thanks.

A big thanks to the path builders on the Ben Nevis Path and those who helped fund it.

As I was making my way down the path form the North Face of Ben Nevis I mentioned how much it had improved. Long gone is the deep Somme like mud and peat hags, mind and leg breaking holes and the path going in so many directions. Now it is a wonderful feat of workmanship and has made the journey so much better and I am sure will help in limiting the environmental damage by keeping the majority of users to the main path. I have carried many casualties down in my mountain rescue days helping the Lochaber MRT in the past and the path was usually an awful experience, I once fell into the side of the river on a night carry out when I slipped of the side, injuring my neck and arm. The poor casualty was horror-stricken as I vanished over the edge! A great thanks to the North Face, John Muir Trust and the Scottish Mountain Trust for assisting in a truly great project. 

I manged to recite my wee poem to the Ben when I was up and got young Jamie to video it, I will try to edit it and put it on the blog in the future.

The great new path, a job well done!I am off up to Ullapool to a John Muir Trust lecture on wild flowers in the mountains tonight and then on to the Elphin hut situated near the majestic Sulliven for the weekend the weather looks a bit wild but hopefully we will get out. Tom Mac Donald is coming and we should manage to get something done, but just being there will be special.The SMC Hut at Elphin what a situation.

 Tom has brought his wonderful photos of Scottish flowers and has given me permission to put some of them on my web and blog, great news.
 
Todays tip – Know when to turn back – keep 4 things in mind;
Your condition and that of your companions,
Is the weather acceptable?
Is the terrain acceptable?
Do you still have enough time?
Have fun out there. 

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 and loves the wild places.
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