I was up Ben Nevis today with Tom and Katie with the view to potentially go round the CMD arête as well so we started from the north face car park at Torlundy. As the main goal was to get up Ben Nevis we walked to the edge of the forest and then over the rough moor to the half way lochan to join the main track where we saw our first people.
It felt good getting to half way on soft ground and not with many other people which helped the knees. We put crampons on at corner 1 for the soft slippery snow and needed them all the way up. We reached the summit in 4 hours along with a few others dressed for the pub.
The correct decision was made to make our way down the same way and keep it a good day, passing along the way the majority of people in jeans, hoodies and trainers with a smattering of rucksacks between them.
With a pleasant walk back down the moor we finally got a view out of the cloud and we reached the car in 7 hours.