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February 25, 2005
There are several ways to go up, and there is even a running match now and then--the record up and down is 45 minutes or so. Perhaps the most interesting way is via the Carn More Dearg Arete. The famous pub on the foot is always extremely busy, and so are the first metres of the Pony Track uphill. Where others go right, immediately to the top, we went left, rounding Ben Nevis from the north. We descended into a valley, leaving the trail, to the last stop where water could be taken from a small river. Then we went up again to a steep ridge. From here, there is a magnificent view of our final destination (at least, we thought it was). The Carn More Dearg and the Ben Nevis form a funnel through which the wind is pushed with high speed up the slopes. Little ice particles were swept in our faces, and sight was often completely lost. We now had to pass a steep slope. But after a few metres, we decided to go down. We did not take the appropriate precautions to finish. Amazingly, there were hikers in lesser outfit (with sneakers and light clothing) who did continue. We went down, into the valley, following the river to the Ben Nevis Distillery.
From journal Britains summit
Todmorden, England, United Kingdom
May 27, 2002
The arete on Carn Mor Dearg and the massive cliffs to be seen on this way up the mountain are ample recompense for the steep pull up from the distillery by heather and bilberry slopes - and at least the big bilberries provide a meal on the way.
From journal Railway, lochs and mountains