Day 5 Glen Nevis to Grey Corries

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Monday 15th May

Day 5


2565m ascent

Munros 5

Glen Nevis camp site

Glen Nevis

The day started badly with the sound of rain hammering on the tent and I had nearly convinced myself that I would have to take my FWA up Glen Nevis before I actually looked out and realized that, as usual, it wasn't as bad as it sounded, in fact by the time I had breakfast and packed the rain had almost stopped and the cloud appeared to be breaking up.


Cloud over Glen Nevis

For some reason I had been worried about the ascent of The Ben, it was probably the thought of the 4300ft climb up the Pony track! In the event I was at the top just three hours after leaving the camp site. The first three quarters of the climb was in reasonable visibility with clouds both above and below me and occasional interesting panoramas through the gaps but the cloud thickened when I reached the snow and I kicked my way up to the summit plateau in deepening gloom.

Ben Nevis summit

The cloud base remained at about 900m for the rest of the day and I picked my way down through the rocks and over the arete to Carn Mor Dearg with visibility down to about 20m, this was not turning out to be the scenic route I had hoped for!

Abseil Post above Coire Leis

Carn Mor Dearg

When I emerged from the cloud after a rocky descent from Carn Mor Dearg I was horrified by a vision of the great wall of Aonach Mor that appeared before me ascending into the clouds, although when I had recovered from the shock and moved a little closer I realized that, as usual, the mist had made it look worse than it really was, yes it is steep and scrambly in places but as it still wasn't raining caused no problems.

Aonach Mor in the cloud

The cloud thinned on Aonach Mor allowing me to find the top with ease and giving the hope that maybe a view might appear but no, it thickened up again and now started to rain as I plodded through the snow over Aonach Beag to Stob Coire Bhealaich and a very interesting scramble down to the col where I had planned to pitch for the night.

Top of Aonach Mor

Aonach Beag

This was quite a pleasant spot but as it was only 4.30 I thought it was too early to lie in the tent listening to the rain and so made the error of going on over Sgurr Choinnich Beag and Mor to the next col which at 940m (200m higher than the planned one) was in the cloud, the site was worse and in the continuing rain, now heavy, everything was soaked.

Sgurr Choinnich Beag

Descending from Stob Coire Bhealaich

Going forward over the Grey Corries would not give anywhere better, going back was not even considered so I pitched the tent, crawled into it, trying to leave as much water as possible outside and had a high humidity, high altitude night. Diary note ' Get tent with bigger porch'.

940m in the rain!

Enjoying myself !

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