Ben Nevis via the Càrn Mòr Dearg Arête
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One of the finest mountain walks in Britain links the Munros of Càrn Mòr Dearg and Ben Nevis, via the exposed CMD arete. The route throughout is spectacular, with breath-taking views of the Central and West Highlands, and the magnificent cliffs of Ben Nevis' north face.
We'll be following the route described on WalkHighlands involving some easy scrambling and mild exposure.
Have a look at this video on YouTube for a preview of the route.
We also have another classic ridge walk planned for Sunday 17th July - The Ring of Steall (in reverse) - why not make a weekend of it and join us for both? If doing so you should make your own accommodation arrangements. There are various accommodation options in and around Fort William, including Glen Nevis YH, Independent Hostels and AirBnbs. Nav will be staying at the Alex MacIntyre Memorial Hut in North Ballachulish and there is also the highly recommended Corran Bunkhouse nearby.
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All photos are either Douglas or Nav's own and are free for others to use.
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What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres in a water bottle, or better still, a hydration bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day Rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Waterproof bags: keep spare clothing, electronics and anything else dry even when your rucksack leaks by using Ziploc type food bags or, better still, outdoor activity waterproof bags
Boots: waterproof and breathable hiking boots with good ankle support. Trainers not allowed.
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters, and carry a spare, dry pair
Walking Poles: always optional, love them or hate them, but give them a try and decide for yourself
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry.
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain.
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Emergency equipment: the walk leader will bring any emergency equipment required for the group, but you are welcome to bring any that you have, such as additional high energy food, a survival bag, a whistle, a medical kit, a torch and something to make fire (either storm proof matches or a firelighter
Map and compass: the walk leader will have these, but if you like map reading or want to develop your skills, bring yours along
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies, and a spare battery/charger is a good idea
Food & drink
You’ll need to bring lunch with you and snacks to keep your energy levels up. Don't forget to eat breakfast!! :)
Make sure you have plenty of water & fluids. A flask of something hot is always good on a cold day.
Good Mountain Foods
• Chocolate of course!
• Sunflower seeds
• Nuts & dried fruit
• Energy bars (especially the ones with oats)
At the end of the day we’ll have a drink if everyone’s up for it!