Saturday, 10 May 2014

10th May 2014 - The Only Way is...Ben Nevis

The Birthday Girl Jane - Happy Birthday!

The girls looking sprightly before we headed off. Those waterproofs didn't last long!

The famous Mel adding a bit of glamour to the Red Burn

Stunning views from the Zig Zags

Enjoying a brief respite

The successful team on the summit - well done Jane, Mel, Tracy, Natalie and the two Sams!

Another quiet day in the office...

The girls making light work of the snow...

And time for a change of...socks...

Feeling the ache of descent

The weather just got better and better

Today I was working on Ben Nevis for Adventure Nevis. I had no idea what I had signed up for until I met the group in the morning. Turns out it was 6 lassies from Essex celebrating an important 40th birthday (its ok Jane, your age is secret with me!) - ear muffs would have definitely been a good idea!!

After shuttling the girls to the Car park in the Glen and going over the plan for the day we set off. The banter was top notch from the word go and the girls had no problem at all keeping their spirits up. The weather forecast was not looking great, but we were spoilt with some really moody views of the glen and the surrounding mountains.

We made really steady progress up the first half of the mountain, careful to try and conceal Mel who happens to be a television superstar in the Far East. She didn't want us to be slowed down by her handing out autographs...

The track was, as is usual for this time of year, really busy with loads of groups attempting the 3 peak challenge. We waded our way through them, reaching the summit in just under 4 hours which is good going for 6 novices. The descent was a real laugh with the girls deciding to descend the snow until Corner 4, slipping and sliding in complete disarray as they came. They must have been heard from Loch Eil and beyond!!

We made it back to the car in 8 hours after a steady descent, with the girls obviously saving themselves for the celebrations in the evening! Lets hope they can walk steadily enough tomorrow to catch their flight home! Thanks girls for the laughs and well done on a great effort!

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