West Highland Way and Ben Nevis

 

Ben Nevis, 11 mls, 5,000 ft
We travelled to the youth hostel by bus and took the short steep route up to join the main path. The path climbed gradually to Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe and, with a light drizzle in the air, we decided to continue without a break. Passing banks of snow on the way we eventually summitted out - in mist! After a quick lunch and a few photos - when we could find one another - we headed back down. The path was much rockier than I remembered a comment made by others in the B & B - which made it hard going underfoot. As we reached the road it rained quite heavily and continued until we got back. Soon after we arrived back we had a phone call from Bill who arranged to pick us up so that we could join the Fours Group for dinner. It was great to meet up and compare notes, though they were a little miffed that they had been talked out of climbing The Ben today!

The Jacobite was preparing for its journey to Mallaig as we waited for the bus

 

Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe

 

Loch Linnhe - beneath the cloud

 

A higher vantage point shows the bend in the loch

 

One for the album . . .

 

before continuing up the rocky, rocky road

 

I think I've found the top . . .

 

No, I think it's over here . . .

 

Let's take a closer look . . .

 

This looks more like it . . .

 

YES! We've made it!

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