Wednesday, 21 May 2014

21st May 2014 - Going Down Under on the Ben

Today I was working for Abacus Mountain Guides on Ben Nevis. I met Daniel at the Ben Nevis Inn at 8am, and after a quick chat about the day we set off. Daniel is from Canberra in Australia and is doing a bit of a Euro tour at the moment, which sounds awesome. The weather today, though, was not what he was used to back home. It pissed down relentlessly throughout the morning, and even with waterproofs on I was soaked with sweat. The craic was brilliant all day, and due to our early start we only came across a handful of other mountain goers so we had the place pretty much to ourselves.

Made the summit in just over 3 hours, and back down in about the same time. It was freezing up top so we didnt hang around long, and as it was Daniels first time walking on mountain snow, it took a bit of getting used to heading back down Macleans Steep - but we got there in the end.

We were lucky enough to be descending as the weather cleared up and we got some really stunning views to reward our effort. All in all we had a great day on the mountain, even though the morning was pretty wet!!

Daniel on the summit

The clouds beginning to break on the descent

Looking better half way down

Daniel on the final lower stretches

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