Weather was magic in the mountains I missed it again! Ben Nevis appreciation!

Ledge Route Ben Nevis looking A;pine - photo Pete Greening!

Ledge Route Ben Nevis looking A;pine – photo Pete Greening!

Pete returned last night after a great week away he was rewarded of a special day on Ben Nevis. Tales of an early start and crisp snow made me so jealous but glad he had a fun day on Ben Nevis. climbing several routes and having a day to remember.

The Ben – Memories

How many times have I walked that path?

Through forestry and muddy track.

Bag bulging, sweat pouring,

Then the great cliffs mourning,

Watching?

 

Castle Ridge – you have to bridge Its famous chimney!

Castle Ridge – you have to bridge
Its famous chimney!

Castle Ridge – you have to bridge

Its famous chimney!

 

Ledge Route

A classic wander up the mountain!

The Douglas Boulder

Done when young but not when older.

Tower and it sweeping ridge, the gap too big to bridge!  In the mist clouds, cliffs emerge,   Observatory Ridge more a face than a ridge

Tower and it sweeping ridge, the gap too big to bridge!
In the mist clouds, cliffs emerge,
Observatory Ridge more a face than a ridge

Tower and it sweeping ridge, the gap too big to bridge!

In the mist clouds, cliffs emerge,

Observatory Ridge more a face than a ridge

The hardest by far?

North East a feast of scrambling but in the winter!

The man trap beckons.

Near the top the summit reckons.

So many days, so many friends.

So much fun and memories,

Many happy, some sad.

Carries off in the dead of night,

Unknown people.

Battered, bruised but glad to be alive,

Helped by unknown rescuers and fellow climbers.

This mountain Ben Nevis.

 

The wee man soling on the Ben

The wee man soling on the Ben

The Mountaineering Club were also out on their bus meet and had another amazing day on the Dalwhinnie Hills with the sun and the snow being the highlight. In the end I had a another low key weekend but getting a bit better slowly but manged two short walks one to Cummingston saw the Herons. I also enjoyed the sun that was out and on the other walk just round the harbour and cliffs to catch the sunset and there were at least 3 seals in the harbour enjoying the evening.

It was not the mountains but still a lovely day. Stephen arrived just for the day from Aberdeen and we had a good catch up and another wander to Cummingston it was warm enough to climb if my body would have let me, maybe later on in the month?

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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