CMD arete

Today I was working for Lake District Walker taking Nicola and George up the CMD arête and round to Ben Nevis.  With a dry start we made our way up the steep path to the top forestry car park below the North Face.  From there we broke off and started the boggy climb up to the summit of Carn Mor Dearg.  But halfway up the slope George wasn’t keen to carry on so we said our goodbyes and walked on up.

Now in the cloud and with snow on the ground, myself and Nicola made our way to the summit of Carn  Mor Dearg the 9th highest Munro and Nicola’s first, with its full winter coat on.  From there we descended down slightly and started along the grade 1 scramble ridge towards Ben Nevis.  With the wind dropping and with snow falling it was a very atmospheric outing.  Just now for the final steep slope up to the summit of Ben Nevis.  The snow was slushy so crampons were not needed but if it froze it would be very icy with the fresh snow and rain on it.

In 5 hours we were at top with the normal Saturday crowd, Nicola’s 2nd Munro in winter.  From there we cut off the main track and quickly made our way down the Red Burn to the last zig zag before breaking off the path again and back to the north face car park.  7.5 hours in total, not many views but a very good day out.

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