Ben Nevis; for a group of amature walkers this was the first peak we had planned which we all felt a little anxious about. Snowdon was a tourist attraction, Scafell was a cardio killer, but Nevis…this, in the UK at least, is the big kahuna, the highest place on our modest islands.
It was the end of Summer 2015 and we had heard that snow was still at the summit…snow. Like many Brits, hearing that we might encounter snow instantly filled me with that childish excitement / dread / and even that small hope that school would be closed.
Not only was it the tallest and most challenging; it was also the fist time we has needed to take a whole weekend to complete a hike. After the very dull 12hour drive; for which Remy slept for a good 11.5 hours we set up camp and got aquainted with the local mosquitos. (we discovered the following morning that we had pitched up directly next to the ‘exo-mosquito 5000’ – the machine that lures them all in to the UV light of doom). It was raining…naturally…
Another flaw in our plan to camp out; was that in order to be warm and not bored in darkness was to be; rather unfortunately… in a pub.Where we were treated to some true Scottish hospitality, drunk far too much rum, and had many conversations with locals about…well, I have no idea.
So the morning came…and the morning went, and after a hearty full English, sorry I mean Scottish, we were set!
…it was cold…it was long…it was windy…and at times it mad me sad…and that was that!
The combination of the weather conditions and Benny itself; made this the most gruelling hike we had taken on to date. Truly, it was incredible; and Fort William has to be one of the most beautiful places in the UK. Looking forward to heading back up; the next time will be to kick off our National 3 Peaks Challenge – Benny…we’re coming for you!
Get the rum ready!
To check out how we got on please take a look at our vlog by clicking the image below!