/ Requiem For a Troll
The comments of the troll Big Rocks stuck in my head so I left my iPhone at home...
I must say that the route was very physically challenging. The bracken on CMD is tough to navigate in summer, and there are many narrow streams hidden underneath.
The route is treacherous in parts, specifically along the arete, especially if it becomes engulfed in cloud. You will need a lot of liquids to rehydrate along the way. Cloud can sweep in unexpectedly, even on a sunny day. In high summer, the north face of Ben Nevis has a coating of snow at the higher levels. You may not have mobile phone connectivity...it is easy to sprain an ankle in the bracken or on the loose shingle. Do not expect a nicely worn path on CMD, you will have to find your own way up. There will be likely very few people or nobody there, so you better have everything you need with you.
I certainly would not recommend this route for someone to just "have a go".
As I said, it was an adventure. And that said, in hindsight sometimes trolls actually have something to say!
PS Is it possible to post photos here?
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