Thursday, 11 June 2015


Look where you are going :)

Always a little further!
Many footprints across the plateau

The hot sun beat down across The Highlands once again today. No wind, blue skies and hot sunshine. Today I met Gary at Achintee for his guided walk on Ben Nevis. Gary is on a cycle tour from Lands End to John O'Groats taking 10 days. He wanted to include walking up the highest mountain as part of his trip. So this morning he cycled 50 miles from Crianlarich to Fort William as a warm up for the day. We were up and back down The Ben 5 hrs and 10 mins later! He then cycled on to his overnight stop at Fort Augustus, only another 35 miles up the road as a wind down! What a man. He couldn't have chosen a better day with wall to wall sun and glorious views. Mid week is a nice time to head onto The Ben as not so many folk on the hill. Snow has depleted considerably over this last week or so with the warm temperatures. Still over 2 metres around the summit area and snow across much of the plateau down to around 1150m. Cornices sagging in the heat and quite a few footprints that are getting very close to Gardyloo Gully. We saw three folk inching a boot further than the last footprint. Doesnt take a genius to work out what's going to happen if everyone does that! Great day out with a wonderfully enthusiastic athlete! Good luck to Gary on his final couple days cycling up to the top of Scotland.

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