At 1343m (4400feet), Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the United Kingdom. To the South and West, a relatively gentle slope with a well-maintained footpath take you easily from Fort William to the summit. It's a long slog, but not technically challenging. The North East is a different story: huge rock faces are broken by steep gullies and buttresses, all dropping precipitously to the valley floor. Here is the domain of the mountaineer, who must negotiate the challenging terrain and battle hostile Scottish weather to reach the summit.
From Fort William, it is normal to continue up the A82 to Torlundy, and park in the North Face car park. Forestry tracks take you to a higher car park (those in the know can obtain a key to the vehicle track up to here). From here, a well-maintained trail (the Allt a' Muilinn footpath) takes you up to the CIC hut. Again, if you have the right contacts, you can secure a bunk here, the UK's only alpine hut.
Ben Nevis is covered by the Cicerone and SMC select guides, and the definitive guide for the area is the SMC's guide Ben Nevis.
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Zero Gully WI3 R Europe : United Kingdom : ... : Ben Nevis
A classic route with poor gear and belays. The climbing is not as hard as Point Five Gully, but the overall route is just as serious, and the paucity of any protection puts off a lot of climbers.The base of the gully is between the Orion Face and Observatory Buttress.P1) Easy angled snow-ice, with a steeper icy step leads to a belay at the base of a left-slanting chimney. In fat conditions you'll hardly notice the step, and a lot of climbers start higher, getting to the top of P2 in one rope len...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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