Time  5 hours 10 minutes

Coordinates 2930

Uploaded March 2, 2015

Recorded February 2015

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near Claggan, Scotland (United Kingdom)

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Second day skiing on Scotland. Today we choose the highest mountain, Ben Nevis or Beinn Nibheis.
The start point is close to the Glen Nevis Youth Hostel although that way is not the best to ski. We start with skis on our back across the river by the Nevis bridge. On the other side continue on a path paved known as the Pony Track.
In steep climbing under heavy snowfall, there are ten centimeters accumulated of snow.
Approximately at 400 meters above sea level, we approach at the Red Burn gully. The steep becoming softer and the snow is enough to put skins and skis on the feet.

The Lochan Meall in t-Lake Suidhe is nearby and we take some photos. Turn right making a long diagonal going to a big blade to the west following the path, the west ridge.
We continue gaining meters with a wide and beautiful views of the valley of Glen Nevis. Always leave the ravine to our left, the Coire na h-Urchaire looks very nice to descent.

At 1150 meters above sea level, the route begins easy and the slopes soft. We are in a wide loin considered dangerous in case of poor visibility.
We arrive at the summit few minutes after, which is a small shelter with a small door next to the landmark indicating the highest point. At the top, we are the only people who use mountaineering skis.

The fog allows us to take some photos, eat something under a nice scottish weather and descent.
Firstly, we follow the ascent track but wen we arribe at the Coire in h-Urchaire we follow the gully
enjoying an amazing powder snow, attentive but some stones hidden under the snow. Approximately at 525 meters above sea level, we have to continue the descent walking.

15km 1350m +

CATALAN

Second day of mountain skiing in Scottish lands. Today we opt for the highest mountain, Ben Nevis or Beinn Nibheis in Scottish Gaelic.
The approach is to leave from Glen Nevis, specifically from the Glen Nevis Youth Hostel despite not being the typical route with skis. We start with the skis on the back crossing the river Nevis through the bridge. On the other side we continue along a paved road known as the Pony Track, summer route.
On a steep climb we get a steep climb in heavy snowfall that in a short time leaves five centimeters of new snow over the already fallen last days.
Approximately at level 400, we approach the Red Burn ravine. The strong slope begins to be softer and the snow is already enough to put skins and climb with the skis on the feet.
We have Lake Lochan Meall an T-Suidhe very close by. If we do not reach it, we turn right and weigh a sharp diagonal, going towards a broad west-facing shovel to continue gaining a height with wide bows and beautiful views of the Glen Nevis valley. The gully that we leave always to our left, the Coire na h-Urchaire is the one that we look carefully at for the descent.
Starting at level 1150, the track starts to lose its incline. We find ourselves in a wide ridge considered the danger of this mountain in poor visibility conditions. Every year there are many accidents, as on both sides of the ridge there is a good timba.
We reach the top a few minutes later, where we find a small refuge with a small gateway just next to the highest point signpost. At the top we are the only ones to go skiing.
The fog seems like it does not want to rise and the sun shakes his head shyly. Photo of rigor and food a bit and down.
On the descent, we continue along the path some meters but immediately we turned to the right to avoid the wide climbing path.
When the slope begins to accentuate, we will look for the torrent mentioned above to enjoy an impressive snow pole, attentive but of some stones hidden under the snow. Some noise and scratch noise escapes between us.
We manage to arrive in conditions until where we have begun to slip with the skins, approximately to 525 meters. We unpack a little bit and undone the way back where the falling snow melts quickly.

15km 1350m +
  • Photo of Ben Nevis
  • Photo of Ben Nevis
  • Photo of Ben Nevis
  • Photo of Ben Nevis
  • Photo of Ben Nevis
  • Photo of Ben Nevis
  • Photo of Glen Nevis Youth Hostel
  • Photo of Glen Nevis Youth Hostel
  • Photo of Glen Nevis Youth Hostel
  • Photo of Glen Nevis Youth Hostel
  • Photo of Glen Nevis Youth Hostel
  • Photo of Glen Nevis Youth Hostel
  • Photo of Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe
  • Photo of Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe
  • Photo of Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe
  • Photo of Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe
  • Photo of Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe
  • Photo of Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe
  • Photo of Nevis Bridge
  • Photo of Nevis Bridge
  • Photo of Nevis Bridge
  • Photo of Nevis Bridge
  • Photo of Nevis Bridge
  • Photo of Parking
  • Photo of Parking
  • Photo of Parking
  • Photo of Parking
  • Photo of Parking
  • Photo of Parking
  • Photo of Red Burn
  • Photo of Red Burn
  • Photo of Red Burn
  • Photo of Red Burn
  • Photo of Red Burn
  • Photo of Red Burn
  • Photo of West ridge
  • Photo of West ridge
  • Photo of West ridge
  • Photo of West ridge
  • Photo of West ridge
  • Photo of West ridge

8 comments

  • Photo of Caroline2

    Caroline2 Mar 3, 2015

    Molt bona ruta al sostre d'Escòcia.

  • Photo of ratillaman

    ratillaman Mar 3, 2015

    I pensar que no volies pujar-hi mamonasssooooo!

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    ratillaman Mar 3, 2015

    Extremly scottish nice day!

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    joanoriol Mar 3, 2015

    Impresionant!

  • jaumepb Dec 12, 2016

    Començar amb el dia ven tapat i acabar amb un dia espaterrant i amb una neu pols.............Espectacular.

  • jaumepb Dec 12, 2016

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    Amb bon temps i bona neu, un recorregut espectacular.
    Amb condicions climatològiques dolentes la cosa es pot complicar una mica...

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    ratillaman Dec 12, 2016

    I have followed this trail  View more

    ^_^

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    Caroline2 Dec 12, 2016

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Rati!
    Penja l'explicació en anglès

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