Heading to Ben Nevis to the CIC Hut for a few days with friends.

Heading to the CIC Hut and Ben Nevis for a few days with friends.

The CIC Hut below the great Carn Dearg Cliffs - Ben Nevis.

The CIC Hut below the great Carn Dearg Cliffs – Ben Nevis.

 

How many times have I walked that path?

Through forestry and muddy track.

Bag bulging, sweat  pouring,

Then the great cliffs mourning.

Abseil posts

Abseil posts

Watching the mist and clouds,

Emerge, along with memories.

Many happy, many sad.

1950's Castle Ridge search

1950’s Castle Ridge search

Long carries in the dead of night,

With unknown people.

Each glad to be alive,

All helped by fellow climbers.

Fallen climber Tower Ridge.

Fallen climber Tower Ridge.

In the gloom avalanches crash,

We struggle over frozen burn and icy rock.

There  is a special joy

Getting someone off alive

Missing 17 year old found after 4 day search alive.

Missing 17 year old found after 4 day search alive.

Off that hill that does at times kill.

Not just the tourist, but many, with great skill.

Why do we climb?

If you ask you do not know?

Ben Smiths callout

This “Ben”, this mountain,

The  ridges, the climbs:

summer and winter

Its names full of history and mystery.

Clears in the mist.

 

Great days in all weathers  with great people + a great mountain!

Great days in all weathers with great people + a great mountain!

This mountain means so much,

Too me and many friends.

It will never change.

Castle ridge

Castle ridge

 

Then  as now

Its ever-changing snow and ice.

Are friends?

Zero Gully

 

As are the familiar names,

Of cliff and buttress

Where we play our games?

 

Hamish Irvine SMC on an ascent og Green Gully in traditional gear.

Hamish Irvine SMC on an ascent og Green Gully in traditional gear.

Tales of great climbs,

Days and nights on this hill.

These are special to those who:

Know the secret of this magic place.

Cic Hut Winter

Below the great cliffs

The hut nestles

Long nights with heroes and egos

History and mystery

This is why we go and always will.

On this great hill.

Great memories

Great memories

 

Thank you Ben Nevis for a lifetime of Memories!

CASTLE DIG

 

Ben Nevis ¨No one who has seen the skyward thrust of a snow peak, girdled by its early morning cloud and flushed with the low sun, will dispute with me.¨

¨Follow a long ridge of encrusted snow to its sunset tower and tread the summit at moonrise. This is Scottish winter climbing!

¨¨W H Murray

 

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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2 Responses to Heading to Ben Nevis to the CIC Hut for a few days with friends.

  1. Manny says:

    A cracking post my friend.

    Like

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