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Ben Nevis
Expedition 2012




Welcome to my Ben Nevis Expedition page, although on this particular trip I did a lot more than that.

The trip encompassed the USSCR summer tour in Cheshire, a trek up Ben Nevis, a visit to the Isle of Coll, and participation in the Coll 10k race. This page covers the first part of the trip including Ben Nevis.

You can find out about the second part of the trip on my Isle of Coll Expedition page.

On the long weekend of 10/11/12/13 August 2012, members of the University of Surrey Society of Change Ringers (USSCR) enjoyed a summer tour in Cheshire, kindly organised by Andrew and Christine Ball.

From Cheshire to Oban in Argyll where I set up camp for the next two nights at Oban Caravan and Camping Park, Gallanachmore, Oban.

On Tuesday 14 August, after a walk from the campsite into Oban for some kippers (shop closed on Tuesdays - what good is that?), I headed for Fort William and Glen Nevis. Having parked at the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre, I set off along the Ben Nevis mountain track from Achintee, sometimes called the Tourist Path.

It was a warm day for the trek up Ben Nevis, and apart from a brief shower near Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe, it was a clear day which allowed stunning views. It was also novel to see those views from just under the cloud base, like having a ceiling just above you, and to watch the odd low cloud pass by.


USSCR Cheshire Tour 2012

After the Barbeque at Marton Sands House
USSCR members after the Barbeque at Marton Sands House
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USSCR members after Monday morning ringing
USSCR members after Monday morning ringing
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Oban

Early morning view from Gallenach across the sound to Kerrera
Early morning view from Gallenach across the sound to Kerrera
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Walking to Oban alongside the Sound of Kerrera
Walking to Oban alongside the Sound of Kerrera
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A time for reflection
A time for reflection
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What's that?
What's that?
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A Sea Otter pops out for breakfast
A Sea Otter pops out for breakfast
(It was a noisy eater - fish on the menu)
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Ben Nevis

The start of the Ben Nevis mountain track from Achintee
The start of the Ben Nevis mountain track from Achintee
That's Meall an t-Suidhe
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It's up there turn left
It's up there turn left
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Now we're getting some altitude
Now we're getting some altitude
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But plenty more to go as we zig-zag upwards
But plenty more to go as we zig-zag upwards
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Waterfall from Coire na h-Urchaire
Waterfall from Coire na h-Urchaire
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Small people in a big landscape
Small people in a big landscape
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Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe
Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe
(Waterproofs on for the only shower of the day)
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The view just gets better and better
The view just gets better and better
Note the zig-zag in the path below
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Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe
Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe
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And better the higher you go
And better the higher you go
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Higher up the waterfall from Coire na h-Urchaire
Higher up the waterfall from Coire na h-Urchaire
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Video: The waterfall from Coire na h-Urchaire


Fort William becoming visible from behind Meall an t-Suidhe
Fort William becoming visible from behind Meall an t-Suidhe
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A passing cloud
A passing cloud
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Now a very rocky path
Now a very rocky path
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Still some way to go
Still some way to go
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Ben Nevis summit (1344m) and triangulation station
Ben Nevis summit (1344m) and triangulation station
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Neil at the Ben Nevis summit with Ben Nevis single malt whisky
Neil at the Ben Nevis summit with Ben Nevis single malt whisky
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Neil at the Ben Nevis summit with Ben Nevis single malt whisky
Neil at the Ben Nevis summit with Ben Nevis single malt whisky
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View from Ben Nevis
View from Ben Nevis
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View from Ben Nevis
View from Ben Nevis
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View from Ben Nevis
View from Ben Nevis
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View from Ben Nevis
View from Ben Nevis
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Glen Nevis
Glen Nevis
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Corpach, Caol and Fort William
Corpach, Caol and Fort William
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A rescue helicopter flying in the valley below
A rescue helicopter flying like a very slow wasp in the valley below


Sunshine on Ben Nevis
Sunshine on Ben Nevis on the way down
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Ben Nevis from my cousin's front door in Inverlochy
Ben Nevis from my cousin's front door in Inverlochy
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