Ben Nevis: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
After last week’s ode to Londonewcastle’s excursion to Scotland earlier this month, I thought it was only right to go into proper detail about the Ben Nevis climb that a few of us endured. If you are ever planning on participating in a climb such as this one, always be prepared and you can never have on too many waterproof items of clothing (take it from me).
When we first arrived at the base of the mountain, everything seemed just peachy, it wasn’t raining (yet) and we had just been informed that a dog called Buddy would also be accompanying us on our walk. After layering up and getting acquainted with out two guides (and Buddy) off we went.
Everything seemed to be going well, it was hot and sweaty, the layers were coming off and spirits were high, quite a breeze so far. After an hour or two we perched on some rocks and dug into our phenomenal packed lunches that were given to us by the chefs at Corrour Lodge, I truly believe that I will never stop telling people about those scotch eggs.
Before we knew it, the rain set in, the layers came back on and the conversation quietened down as we all concentrated on the goal in mind, to get to the top. With frozen faces and fingers we eventually made it in an impressive three and a half hours! Sadly, we had a few more hours to go to make it down again and when we eventually did, I had never been so glad to be walking on flat ground.