This year’s challenge, amongst others which I will reveal shortly, is to climb Ben Nevis. I got into hiking last year after climbing Ben Lomond. It was freezing at the top and I was aching head to toe at the end but the view, oh my gosh the view was something else. I’m addicted to the sense of achievement when you’ve made it to the top, and I love the sense of perspective (physical and emotional) that you only get from being at a true height. Unfortunately my hiking has been on hiatus over the Winter months because I don’t feel confident to tackle those peaks with the ice and snow, as well as all the other glorious weather conditions Scotland likes to throw at you, but Spring has arrived and so has my motivation.
On Easter Monday I grabbed my hiking buddy Helen, and we tested out Ben Vane for a little fun. Ben Vane is the Munro who likes a laugh, he’s a trickster. Mountains are calling? Well I’m not sure about that but as the King of false summits, every time we encounter another I could almost hear Ben Vane chuckle to himself.
To climb Ben Vane we parked in Inveruglas Car Park, it’s a pay meter but the toilets are free (and clean) and it took us about 5-6 hours to complete the climb, stopping regularly for impromptu insta photo shoots obviously. Any earlier in the year I doubt we would have been able to get to the summit. It’s a fantastic climb, not without its challenges but the great views and a varied terrain kept it interesting. The last leg of the climb involves some pretty inventive scrambling, which I love, but on the way back down the slush and ice did make it quite a difficult descent. So that’s another Munro under my belt, hoping to get a couple more before attempting the bold Ben Nevis in the Summer months. Any recommendations?