Ben Nevis an appreciation!

The Ben

How many times have I walked that path?

Through forestry and muddy track.

 

The walk in to the Great North Face not muddy now.

The walk in to the Great North Face not muddy now.

Bag bulging, sweat is pouring,

Then the great cliffs mourning.

Watching In the mist clouds,

Emerge, along with memories.

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Many happy, many sad.

Long carries in the dead of night,

With unknown people.

 

1990  3 day search on Ben Nevis young lad found alive great effort by all involved.

1990 3 day search on Ben Nevis young lad found alive great effort by all involved.

Each glad to be alive,

All helped by fellow climbers.

 

In the gloom avalanches crash,

We struggle over frozen burn and icy rock.

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There  is a special joy

Getting someone off alive

Off that hill that does at times kill.

 

Early days on Observatory Ridge

Early days on Observatory Ridge

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

Why do we climb?

If you ask you do not know?

 

Rescue Tower Ridge  - unknown climbers glad to be alive

Rescue Tower Ridge – unknown climbers glad to be alive

This “Ben”, this mountain,

The  ridges,

Its names full of history and mystery.

Clears in the mist.

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This mountain means so much,

Too me and many friends.

It will never change.

 

Then , as now

Its ever-changing snow and ice.

Are friends? As are the familiar names,

Of cliff, buttress and  where we play our games?

Gardh Gully

Gardh Gully

 

Tales of great climbs,

Days and nights on this hill.

These are special to those who

Know the secret of this magic place.

 

Centurion

Centurion

Below the great cliffs

The hut nestles

Long nights wth heroes and ego

History and mystery

The CIC Hut below the great cliffs

The CIC Hut below the great cliffs

This is why we go and always will.

On this great hill

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Thank you Ben Nevis for a lifetime of Memories!

About heavywhalley.MBE

Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist
This entry was posted in Friends, History, Mountain rescue, Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Scottish winter climbing., SMC/SMT, Views Mountaineering. Bookmark the permalink.

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