Every Wednesday and Saturday in the summer months we run guided group walks up Ben Nevis by the regular trail from Achintee. Today I had the pleasure of the company of Vera, Jim, Helen, Lynford, Mike, Sandra and Jean. I really enjoy these walks because I get the chance to tell visitors to the area all about Ben Nevis, the geology and botany, about the summit observatory, driving the Model T Ford up to the top, Dun Deardail vitrified fort, the hopeful community purchase of the Rio Tinto land and many other things. There were lots of other people on the trail today, especially in the first half as we weaved a way through the broken steps below windy corner. Nevis Landscape Partnership will manage the rebuilding of this section of path very soon and it will be much more pleasant to walk on.
The team did fantastically well and we were rewarded with fine views and cool clouds for most of the climb. Unfortunately the summit just got shrouded in mist as we got there and we did not see a golden eagle. Despite these things we had a lovely time but we all agreed that coming down is just as hard work as going up and possibly more sore on the legs as well. Climbing Ben Nevis is a great undertaking and whether your challenge is a classic ice climb in the winter or to walk up in summer we're delighted to help anyone.
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