CMD arete and Ben Nevis

Today was a different way up Ben Nevis for me this year going up Carn Mor Dearg and along the CMD arête with Henry and Veronica.  With the forecast being maybe the best I’ve personally had on the mountain this year of overcast with gusts of 40mph I was looking forward to it.  We set off at a blistering pace up to the summit of Car Mor Dearg reaching the top in just over 2.5 hours and the guys first munro.  The difference in temperature was massive between the bottom of the hill and the summit, so we all layered up and got the gloves and hats out in the stiff breeze surrounded by cloud.

We then made our way down from the summit to the start of the arête where we put on crampons for the snow arête.  Unbeknown to us the snow arête only lasted 50 meters and we were back onto rock for the remainder of the ridge. With a few small glimpses of a view to the CIC hut and the Mamores range we carried on in the cloud and the strengthening wind, scrambling over the rocks.  After about an hour we reached the abseil post cairn were we had a windy lunch.

Just for the final push up to the summit of Ben Nevis which we reach at 2pm, just over 5 hours after we set off.  Now just for the final descent down the Red Burn snow patch which speeded our progress even more, back at the car in a total of 7 hours.  A great day out.

Henry and Veronica on the CMD arête.

Henry and Veronica on the CMD arête.

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