Sunday, 9 October 2011


The rain has been steadily falling for over 24 hours in Lochaber  but with an optimistic weather forecast of a drier afternoon today we set off for Ledge Route and The CMD arete on The Ben. I was joined by Mike & Joanas  who had been waiting for the best day this weekend to have some excitement on The Ben. The cloud was down to 600m most of the day and the Allt a' Mhuillin was looking amazing  on our walk in, with a vast volume of white water.  The usual crossing point to the CIC Hut was well in spate  and for the first time I had to go upstream for a safe crossing. We saw only two folk outside the hut and no one else until the summit of The Ben. The guys were still game for the arete despite the steady light  rain and no views. Ledge Route was well sheltered from the Westerly winds but the arete was getting buffeted in the 40mph winds, all good fun to spice up the day. Only when we were well down off Carn Mor Dearg did the rain finally ease off and the lads finished off their wee flask of Caol Isla single malt, well deserved. A distinct lack of photos today, must have been poor weather then?

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