Ben Nevis Secrets no 2 – THE REASON WHY THE OLD SHELTERS ON CARN DEARG AND COIRE LEIS (Ben Nevis) WERE REMOVED.

Mosquito Photo of Ben Nevis – KMRT Archives.

I was looking for a photo of the old shelter on Carn Dearg not the Ben Nevis summit shelter.  The shelter on Ben Nevis’ neighbouring summit, Carn Dearg, was removed in 2004 as ‘the shelter is often buried in snow in winter and is frequently difficult to locate and enter; valuable time and energy may be spent looking for it in circumstances where it would be better to descend to safety.’

I think you will find the shelters were put up by the People newspaper after that call out in December 1956. The same shelters were put up on the summit of Ben Nevis and another in Coire Leis at the same time. I am sure I saw a photo of the People newspaper at the old shelter? 

There is a tragic tale why the shelter was built.

 On the 28 December 1956.

25-28/12/56Ben Nevis Carn Dearg   41/157722 41/159727 Last fatalityRAF Kinloss and Police plus local mountaineers –  Search for 4 missing climbers.  3 found on second day at top of the Castle Gully’s.  Casualty 4 was found below 2 days later.  All sadly fatal.  Bodies were lowered off the steep ground.   

The 3 metal shelters were built after this call out.  They were removed in 2004. I can remember trying to find the shelters on Carn Dearg and Coire Leis on call outs. They were regularly buried in snow. The only one to remain on the Ben is the summit shelter.

Anyone got any photos of these old shelter?    
The Coire Leis shelter was in Corrie which collected huge amounts of snow in a hard winter.

The summit still has a shelter!

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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2 Responses to Ben Nevis Secrets no 2 – THE REASON WHY THE OLD SHELTERS ON CARN DEARG AND COIRE LEIS (Ben Nevis) WERE REMOVED.

  1. Gonk Ballantyne says:

    Sory Heavy, never came across the bothy on CDNW. The nearest I have is a photo of me on CDNW after N Castle Gully wi Geordie Armstrong…… (i’m sure you’ve seen it )
    I’ve checked the Coire Leis one a few times on call-outs.

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