/ novice doing ben nevis next week
Many thanks Helen
can you understand weather forecasts?
can you make rational decisions?
have you experience on other british mountains?
are you reasonably fit?
if you answer yes to all, then if the weather is good, i reckon you`ll be fine.
be safe & enjoy it.
ps, as this is ukc, you can expect a load of withering remarks, probably beginning in reply to my answer ;-)
the compass wont take you over the edge, not following the correct bearing for far enough, will tho ;-)
Have a look at this...
Even if it's sunny and warm, take a fleece and a rain coat in case it gets cold while you are on the top, chances are it will.
The only real danger is getting lost in mist on the summit platue above the zig-zag path beyond the 1200m level. If you can use a compass (it isn't hard) then it wont be a problem.
If you can't then the chances are...
a) the weather wont be that bad anyway.
b) there will be crowds of other people to follow.
Just go and try. If looks like it might get too misty then turn back while you are still on the obvious path.
>"3.5-4 hrs up"
I think you might be surprised how long it takes some people to walk up Ben Nevis. I known it sounds slow but 5 hours up wouldn't be that unusual.
Take the right gear(including a map, NO jeans or trainers!!!) and follow the paths up! Dont wonder off the beaten track and youll be fine.
Oh and enjoy it :-D
I'd agree with that. Its a long way !
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