Anyone who has been up Ben Nevis will attest to the fact that it is a lucky person who gets a view from the summit. And it is an incredibly lucky person who gets a view two days in a row! But that person is Melissa Conville. "Why would someone want to walk up Ben Nevis two days in a row?" I hear you ask. Well hopefully you have recognised the surname from the Jonathon Conville Memorial Trust. Melissa is the sister of Jonathon, who sadly died on the Matterhorn in 1979, and the trust was set up by his family with the aim to assist young people to train for and pursue their love of the outdoors.
So for Melissa, who was raising money for the trust, one ascent of Ben Nevis wasn't enough of a challenge. She wanted to do it twice. Yesterday we took the regular path up from Glen Nevis and Melissa cruised her way to the summit in wonderful, sunny conditions. Today she was joined by Juliette and Tulisa, and to mix it up a bit we started from the North Face car park and walked most of the way to the CIC Hut before crossing the Allt a' Mhuilinn and joining the main path to the summit at the halfway lochan. Once again in glorious sunshine! Well done Melissa, Juliette and Tulisa, it was a fantastic effort and all for a very worthy cause.
There are just a few patches of snow left on the path between 1200m and the summit, but there is still a lot around the tops of Tower Gully and Gardyloo Gully so take care around these areas and stay well back from the edges.
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.