For various reasons it's been a while since I blogged about anything. This isn't because nothing has been going on. Actually we've been really busy with walks up Ben Nevis, corporate days out, days of rock climbing and scrambling. I was away in Latvia and Lithuania recently so it was really nice to get back on Ben Nevis today. It was wet and cloudy this morning and we walked up the Allt a'Mhuilinn into a damp, grey room. However, just as quickly as we walked up, the mist cleared and the cloud level rose. We caught it up again at the summit but soon dropped down below the cloud level again on the descent to get really nice views over Glen Nevis and out to the west.
Daniel wanted to walk up Ben Nevis on his first trip to Scotland by a route that was moe challenging than the regular trail. So we went up underneath the North Face and into Coire Leis. The "sheltered coire" lived up to its name today and we only got into the wind as we arrived on the ridge at the end of the Carn Mor Dearg Arete. We saw virtually nobody all day until we got to the summit. From there we saw hundreds of people until we left them and the Pony Track to go past Lochain Meall an t'Suidhe. It was a really nice day and great for me to be have someone to tell everything I know about Ben Nevis, from geology to climbing history. It was really nice to get a clearing of the mists as well, something I hope will continue.
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