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from Bristol, UK
Pros: Fun,Well Organised,Once in a Lifetime Experience
Describe Yourself: World Traveller,Occasional Traveller
Best Uses: Trying Something New,Thrill Seeking
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Comments about Ben Nevis Private Guiding :
Firstly, I must say that this end-of-March ascent was a truly incomparable experience – unless perhaps you’re a seasoned mountain climber. Even then, though, the weather system is unique, attested by a Kazakh climber we met en-route. The views are also something else; the scenery along the way is just outstanding.
We were led by an excellent, extremely professional, very informative, and – most important given the circumstance, genuinely friendly guide, Ian. The ascent was set at a good pace – suitable for all 3 members of our party, two of whom were complete mountain-climbing novices, the third still only a beginner.
The ascent itself was awesome – we went via the main track, and received a potted history & local tales along the way, as well as the stunning views, a blinding snow blizzard and 60mph wind as we reached the final quarter of the climb. This is not to be taken lightly – without a guide we would have been in serious trouble. There was some ice climbing, but we were well-led and fully equipped with thick boots, crampons, poles and axes, and we finished the climb with the briefest stop at the top – you don’t want much more than a quick photo in those weather conditions!
I have an old sporting injury that means I have weak knees; I therefore found the descent somewhat painful, and our progress was slow. This was not a problmem however as Ian was patient and helpful, ensuring that we all reached the base safely, if a little later than usual. If you plan to do this climb as a beginner, I would absolutely suggest *plenty* of going up and down stairs for practice in the days beforehand! Do also make sure you warm-up if you are not a seasoned long-distance walker / climber – I couldn’t walk properly for about two days afterwards!!!
Images shared by: Ceri
Our group on the top – minus Ian
The descent – check out that view!