Ledge route and CMD Arete
Back to Scotland for our Second trip of 2018. We’d decided on a longer stay to allow more days out - though in retrospect probably shouldn’t have chosen two very long days to start the trip.
Day 1 - Ledge route, returning via CMD Arete #
Of the various climbs up Ben Nevis, the Ledge route seemed to be good and varied, and not too too technical. For good measure, we’d return via the CMD Arete.
As you near Ben Nevis, the sheer scale scale of it starts to hit.
It’s hard to capture the scale of a mountain and the precariousness of a ridge in a photo. Suffice to say it’s steep, and you try not to look down too much.
At the summit, we could breath easily - though the visibility got much worse. We lost sight of the other climbers who were on our route, thus we were alone for the remainder of the day. Now we can say we’ve climbed Ben Nevis.
We’d read enough horror stories about getting lost on the summit to know you need to take good bearings or risk walking off the edge. From the trig point near the hut we set off with 5m visibility towards where we hoped the CMD would be.