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Ben Nevis - via CMD Arete

The finest way to climb Ben Nevis

  • 60 British pounds

About this event

This is an absolutely stunning route and arguably, for non-climbers, the finest way to reach to the summit of Ben Nevis, giving the mountain the justice it deserves. For adventurous and fit walkers who do not mind putting their hands on rock you can be assured of a spectacular day out and one that will live long in the memory. Bagging the additional Munro of Carn mor Dearg is a bonus but lets face it, the real reason for approaching from this direction is to cross the majestic, curving, knife-edge ridge of the CMD arete. Breathtaking to behold, the CMD arete is a mile long, high wire balancing act. Sticking with the crest all the way, the arete is a G1 scramble but with several by-pass paths avoiding the tricky bits, the route makes an excellent introduction to scrambling. Narrow enough to get the Adrenalin pumping but never overly exposed. Our day starts in Torlundy at the North Face car park. Heading uphill through the forest, we leave the trees and continue on the Allt a'Mhuilinn path for a little over a kilometre. A path-side cairn marks the start of the hard work. There's nothing for it but to grit you teeth and knuckle down. We're aiming for Carn Dearg Meadhonach, a Munro top. As height is gained the awesome bulk of the north face of Ben Nevis looms into view. The great cliffs, gullies and buttresses are stunning to behold. Continuing along the ridge to Carn mor Dearg all eyes will be on the spectacular curved arete. The descent to it is steep and on loose scree. The crossing itself is all involving and an utter delight. The situation beneath the cliffs of Ben Nevis' great hulk never cease to amaze and focus the eye. Beyond the arete, a 1000 feet climb of boulders and scree test the grit once more and it will be some relief when the summit plateau is finally reached. Our descent begins on the Mountain Path which we leave halfway to drop back down to the Allt a' Mhuilinn. Online booking for this event is available on the following dates. Sat 3rd August 24 Sat 31st August 24 For more information about our route and the terrain, the level of difficulty, the amount of experience required and level of fitness, please follow the 'Useful Info' link on the Menu bar at the top of the site homepage. Here you will also find the 'Kit List' link providing recommendations on essential kit you will need to bring with you.

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Cancellation Policy

If you choose to cancel your booking : Booking cancellations must be made in writing. If you cancel more than 28 days before an event takes place, your payment will be refunded minus a £10 booking deposit. If you cancel 28 days or less before an event takes place, no payment will be returned. We do not offer credit towards future events in place of a refund. We strongly recommend you take out appropriate holiday insurance to cover for unforeseen events that may cause you to cancel your booking. If we have to cancel your booking : Regardless of reason, in the very unlikely event that we have to cancel your booking, then we will refund your payment in full. We will try and give as much notice as possible. For weather related cancellations, notice could be as short as a couple of days. For other reasons, we would hope to give a fortnight's notice, possibly more. We cannot be held liable for additional costs you may have incurred such as accommodation or transport you may have booked.

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