David first climbed Ben Nevis in 1979 with his father. It was through his father that David got into climbing mountains in the UK and in the Alps. He has carried on walking ever since and today David took his son James up Ben Nevis. To make it even more fun we went the hard way; the Carn Mor Dearg Arete.
We walked up the long slope to Carn Dearg Meadhanach and into the cloud. We saw the North Face cliffs and gullies for a short while on the way up but unfortunately they were quickly hidden behind the cloud. It's a long way up to Carn Mor Dearg, the first of the two Munro's but we got there in very good time ready for the narrow ridge connecting it to Ben Nevis.
The cloud was only slightly damp and the wind dropped away as we went around so it was actually quite pleasant up there. The rock is quite grippy where people have trodden before and we managed to stay right on the crest all the way around. There were only two other people on the ridge but when we got to the summit of Ben Nevis there were, as always, a good few more people. David said that in the 38 years since he was last there one thing has certainly not changed - the view from the top!
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