Glen Coe & Ben Nevis

On the 2nd September 16, I travelled up to Glen Coe in Scotland for a few days walking. The weather was not great, but that wasn’t to dampen the spirits as this is beautiful area with stunning scenery.  I slept in the roof tent at Red Squirrel camp site on the edge of the village of Glen Coe and a short walk to the Clachaig Inn.  The weather was set in for the night so once I had eaten I took myself off to bed ready for a big day on the hill.

Day 1 – Buachaille etive mor

A short drive up the valley to a road side car park and my day would begin.  I walked into the Coire na ulaich and up on to Stob Dearg, the clag was really in now.  Up on a flat area I practiced some micro navigation while visibility was poor, always good to keep these skills fresh.  Following the summits I finished on the last munro for today of Stob na Broige.  The descent took me back along the path a little way and I dropped down back into the valley with a river crossing I was soon back and in the Clachaig for a post walk pint.

Day 2 – Ben Nevis

I decided to do Ben Nevis as I hadn’t ever been up it before.  To make it a challenging day I wanted to make my own route up from the south side rather than the tourist route.  Parking at Glen Nevis I took a steep gully up onto Meall Cumhan then travelled north west to where the CMD Arête meets the slopes of the Ben.  Stepping over the rocky ascent to the summit there was no view due to the low cloud but still a great atmosphere with so many people coming up the other way.  My descent was off the south side off the paths and into a big coire.  Here I followed a steep mountain stream down waterfalls and back into the car park.  Then a long drive home.

 

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