The forecast for Ben Nevis didn't look particularly promising today with winds up to 65 mph and a low cloud base, but this wasn't going to stop Will, Fred, Ben, Ollie, Tom and Ned! Fortunately the clouds were much higher than expected, although it was certainly windy. Crampons were needed from half way up and it was great to have the shelter of the Red Burn for this.
Sadly Tom decided to call it a day shortly before reaching the cloud base, so as he headed down the rest of us wandered on up into the white room of the summit plateau. Navigation skills were certainly tested but before long the guys had cruised their way to the summit. The winds were calmer on the summit than on the ascent, but still no place to be hanging around. We took ten minutes for a snack in the summit shelter then headed down.
All the team put in a tremendous effort in tough conditions, especially to say this was one of their first hill walking experiences, and it was all in aid of Shipston Home Nursing which you can support here.
Well done fellas!
Self reliance is a fundamental principle of mountaineering. By participating we accept this and take responsibility for the decisions we make. These blog posts and conditions reports are intended to help you make good decisions. They do not remove the need for you to make your own judgements when out in the hills.