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Dusty Klinect
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HikingNo shadeRockySnow

My wife and I travelled from Ohio, USA to summit Ben Nevis in May of 2019. The locals were NOT enthused to hear us call Ben Nevis "Big Ben" . It is currently July 2020. I remember the parking situation being difficult for us because we had to pay for parking through a machine, but lacked the proper cash/coin to appease the machine. I ended up purchasing "crisps" at a local gas station to break a bill for the machine. Added about 30 minutes. 1. Bring various cash/coin for parking (surely a non-issue for locals). The trail eases up beautifully through some pastures and grazing grounds and you will be crossing some cattle gates and greeting some sheep during the first bit. The rocks that form the steps were awesome, at first, but quickly became annoying and awful. The narrow trail was very crowded at some points and there were a few occasions where we gave way to more ambitious hikers. 2. There is little to no shade. Be prepared for UV exposure. Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen etc The summit had a decent amount of snow at the top but was manageable with a decent pair of boots. 3. The summit was freezing cold with gusting winds. We equipped jackets and hats when we reached the snow as the temperature drops dramatically. Also, be cautious of positioning on the summit. As an American, I'm very used to an excessive amount of signs in parks telling me what I cannot do and why I cannot do it. In Scotland I found myself precariously close to the edge while traversing the snow when the summit plateaus. Our AirBnB host said they have had some fatalities at this location, but I cannot confirm. Just stay aware-- the Scots won't handfeed warnings to you. 4. BRING A BEVERAGE. My wife and I brought a canned beer to the top and it was awesome to look around and share the experience of a drink with travellers from all around the world at the summit. It was probably my favorite part of the excursion and helped refill my faith in the "brotherhood of man". The way down Ben Nevis was awful. I was beaten by the rocky steps for hours. Be sure to readjust your boots before heading down. Wear quality socks, preferably with a liner, and keep on mind that you'll be sliding in your boots as you step the whole way down. I took new boots and wore basic merino socks, but I have resilient feet. My wife's feet didn't fair as well as mine. 5. There is only one place with enough privacy to use the restroom: Poop Rock. You will know it when you see it. If you have business to do this is the place. Pack out with everything you brought to the trail. We finished the trail with a pathetic time. something like an hour and a half longer than anticipated. We have done Colorado's Pike's Peak and thought this would be a cake-walk. Enter with respect and bring supplies for a hearty hike. TL;DR Pros: Clean cut trail Great Trailhead amenities Incredible Summit Cons: Busy and crowded Rocky Steps--brutal on the knees. No Shade No privacy for bathroom stops.

Colin Cunningham
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Robbe Beerlandt
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BackpackingBugs

Absolutely amazing hike. Completed it twice in the last 3 years and it became a special place to me and my friends. The only things I like to warn you about are the midges (little mosquitos) and the camping fees that went up.

Jonathan Torbet
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HikingIcySnow

Climbed in March in snowy conditions, easy climb in good weather and good views.

Michael Hansen
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Vi gik denne tur sidste år i juli, det er en fantastisk smuk tur og en imellem hård. det er turen for alle der kan lide smuk natur, lidt sved på panden. og når man nu er i fort William, skal man da ud og køre med "Harry Potter tog"

Arjan Sandhu
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Mountain biking

Brutal

Sandra Skegro
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Hiking

Trip was 9 months ago. Amazing mountain and 360 view. It's was hard and challenging. Must see

fiona king
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Hiking

I love this walk, have done it around 4 times now with my other half and dog. Its relatively easy until you hit the 'main' road up to Drymen, then it gets steep but its not for so long. Stunning scenery all along it.

Maegan Cloutier
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Hiking

Can be a tough climb depending on the weather, even in July be prepared for nasty weather at the top. Beautiful hike though, easy to follow trail

Dan Ward
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HikingMuddyNo shadeRockyScrambleSnow

Incredible hike to the top of the UK! Hiked solo, trail was rough in bits, but easy to follow. Scrambled through snow and scree at summit. Can’t wait to go back again!

Danni Krystyna Diana
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Cody Smith
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

I hiked this section back in October 2015, while living in Edinburgh. It was a really fun hike. My buddy and I "wild camped" as they call it there just outside of Kinlochleven and about halfway up Ben Nevis. On the recommendation of some other hikers (some RAF guys doing a charity walk), we took the trail that goes around to the north face of Ben Nevis. The trail is roughly a third of the way up the main trail to the summit. We camped the second night near a small loch on the north trail. We tried to go to the top of Ben Nevis the next day but didn't find the trail going up in time and had to hike down to Fort William. The trail overall is pretty easy and flat until Ben Nevis, and the hike up isn't too grueling with a full pack. Highly recommend this trail. Both Kinlochleven and Fort William are nice towns to stay in, and Scots are really nice people.

Brodie PT
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HikingOff trail
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Oskar Bisinski
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HikingBlowdownIcyRockyScrambleSnow
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Alan Laing
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