As it is early start I am away at 0500 to meet a group for the Big Bad Ben just before eight, it will be an early night for me. The weather will be a bit windy so we will have to see what happens. Hopefully we will have a good day out no matter what the weather does. It will be along day with a 3 hour drive back home all being well. Even the so called mountain path or “tourist path” can have its problems in bad weather and many unfortunate walkers have ended up in the depths of 5 finger gully. This gully as can be seen from the photo is very near the path and the famous zig – zags on the mountain.
The path is well marked nowadays with a line of cairns near the summit. This can make life easier for walkers especially on the summit plateau which in bad weather can be a wild place. A few were very upset that summit wildness has been spoiled by these cairns but to me they are no problem. Over 200,000 ascend the mountain every year, most are not mountaineers just people who want to climb Britain’s biggest hill. To me lets make it as safe as possible for those to enjoy the summit in safety. If you want wildness the Ben by the tourist path is not the way to go. There are so many other ways up this great mountain by the great North Face where you can at times be alone and enjoy this peak. As one who has been on many rescues on this hill and dealt with many fatalities then I think I am allowed my view?
Hopefully it will be a grand day out and all will enjoy a wander up the mighty Ben Nevis before winter comes in. I wonder how much rubbish we will see on the way up?