The Intake Eleven deer stile at NN148750 is just over two miles NNW of the CIC hut and the well-made direct path linking the two also connects to the public North Face car park about one mile further north at NN145765, road access to which is signposted from Torlundy on the A82. Ben Nevis hill walk. > Get yersel a mate with a key to the gate for the road up to the dam. From the car park we approached the CIC Hunt – An alpine hut situated within the corrie below the North Face of Ben Nevis. This route via Carn Dearg (1221) is still a challenging route that has some sections of Grade 1 scrambles, surrounded by proper rock climbs. When you have non rainy days in Fort William you can’t waste the days away! We decided to venture onto Ledge Route, a simple but still very adventurous day on the mountain. The Ledge Route Ledge Route is best started from CIC hut, have a breather here after approach path from Glen Nevis or from North Face car park (approx 2 hours from Glen Nevis). The Carn Mor Dearg Arete is one of the classic UK scrambles, and without doubt the only option for the experienced hill walker looking to climb the UK’s highest mountain – Ben Nevis. Just follow the well made and obvious track towards the North Face and the CIC hut. So at about 11.30am I jumped in my car and drove to the North Face Car Park, Torlundy. One of our favourite low-level walks is to follow the Allt a’ Mhuillin path up to the CIC hut, which nestles in the shadows of the north face of Ben Nevis. After a slow uphill start I was gaining a little bit more speed as I winded in and out the trail towards the top, the walk was very quiet with absolutely nobody else on the trail minus one or two blurred mountain bikers whirring past me going downhill to my uphill. > (In reply to Jamie Bankhead) With a 30 kilo pack?? Change ), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window). ( Log Out /  Sometimes that is the reason I enjoy doing hikes by myself because it took me close to 3 hours to reach the CIC Hut and it should’ve took me about 1.5 hours. Just like the other routes, this trail should be looked at carefully, and you should know what you are doing before you get into it. From here, a well-maintained trail (the Allt a' Muilinn footpath) takes you up to the CIC hut. Bollocks tae that! The path skirts along the hillside to reach the CIC hut, a locked climbing hut used by members of the Scottish Mountaineering Club. The route can even hold snow well into the summer, so you may need winter kit such as crampons … The Ledge Route up Ben Nevis Read More » At another path junction bear right, signed ('North Face and CIC hut'). Meet North Face car park on the evening of Day 1 around 7pm having had your tea. After rain the path can be a bit of a mess. I like to take my walks super slow, I like to stop to look at tree’s, butterflies, take photographs and just eat snacks and be happy with whatever step count I have achieved so far. Ben Nevis stands at the western end of the Grampian Mountains in the region of Lochaber, close to the town of Fort William. If the hut is closed due to Covid, then the trip will be run as two day trips to Ben Nevis. Starting at the North face car park you will walk up to the C.I.C. To find this car park, you would need to follow the Forestry Commission signs, that will lead you up a forest road until you reach the car park. Ranger Training and Exploring local Conservation. Forestry tracks take you to a higher car park (those in the know can obtain a key to the vehicle track up to here). Don’t get me wrong as I am climbing I am so busy internally complaining about why I have tortured myself into doing this that all other thoughts are pushed aside, and when I get to my destination I can grin like a Cheshire cat because I actually did it. John can be seen approaching the foot of Comb buttress as it rears up out of the mist. Distance to the Top: 9km (5.5 miles) Ascent: 1280m (4200ft) Rough … It heads up through the woods to the burn and this eventually leads to hut. The route starts from the CIC Hut and so can be started proper from either Glen Nevis or the North Face Car Park. As you can tell by the sky as the photographs progress the weather didn’t stay bright and blue for my entire route, this was the last photograph I took before the rain down poured the rest of the way to the CIC Hut but I continued anyway because I felt confident I new I could make it. Just before reaching the hut cross the burn, and the main Allt a Mhuilinn path (which runs up from the 'North Face' car park at Torlundy), and head straight up the slopes of Carn Dearg Meadhonach, picking your own line up unremittingly steep scree and grass. Here are the answers. The North Face of Ben Nevis and the Allt a' Mhuillinn. Follow the way-marked North Face Trail then continue, approximately south-eastward, briefly on a track and then onto a good path that roughly shadows the Allt a'Mhuillin. Cars were left in the North Face car park and the hut reached by following the new path which was well signposted for Allt A Mhuilinn. From Fort William, it is normal to continue up the A82 to Torlundy, and park in the North Face car park. This is too help stop spread a tree disease that’s currently wiping out tree species in the Leanachan Forest, you clean your shoes to ensure your not dragging mud and stones to other healthier species. Have walked in the hostel before but was wondering if we could save a bit of time by coming in from the distilery. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. The path is very obvious, you’d have to be blind to get lost on this one. Allow another half hour at least to the base of the crags. Retrieve kit from hut and descend to North Face Car Park before dark. On a clearer day I hope to do this again and actually get some great view of Ben Nevis from the Hut. Please help UKClimbing continue to provide varied and free content by becoming a UKC Supporter, or UKC Supporter Plus which Our day begins at the North Face car park where we begin the walk up to the CIC Hut. The trip will be run by Neil personally. The day starts with a walk up the north face path to the CIC hut which sits at the base of the main north face buttresses. The highest score was 83%. This is yet another scramble, this time climbing Ben Nevis via the Ledge Route on the North Face and up to Carn Dearg (1221) and along to the summit. We start the walk from The North Face car park, near Torlundy and follow the mountain path as it heads up into … Ski morning of day 3 and walk out in the afternoon, back to the car park for around 3pm. The North face car park is normally used by climbers about to tackle Ben Nevis' famous cliffs and walkers who are planning to climb Ben Nevis via the Carn … From here a well built path leads in a 90 minutes to the CIC hit underneath the cliffs. Ben Nevis, Friday 20th February 2015. The path is The route takes in … Alpine-scale ridges Historic climbs Stay at the famous CIC hut! Carn Dearg (Gaelic for red cairn) is the name of several mountains in Scotland : Càrn Dearg, a 1,221 m (4,006 ft) peak NW of Ben Nevis Càrn Dearg (Ben Alder), a 1,034 m (3,392 ft) Munro north of Ben Alder Càrn Dearg, a 1,020 m (3,350 ft) peak SW of Ben Nevis The return is initially made by the 'Mountain Track', the main tourist route. First identify No.5 Gully (a scree cone very visible at the bottom). Hut and view the impressive Nevis North Face. 30 kilos is probably an exaggeration however! On a cloudy day off from work I decided sitting indoors watching Netflix and eating snacks just wasn’t going to cut it. North of Fort William, on the A82 towards Inverness, turn off at Torlundy with signs to the North Face Car Park. Ben Nevis via the Ledge Route. North Face Car Park Ledge route is a perfect introductory ridge for your first scramble or north face route and a great way to get to the summit of Ben Nevis. The path initially follows the side of a golf course before climbing through a light wooded area. Walk up to CIC Hut. North Face car park This car park is generally used by people looking to climb Ben Nevis via the Carn Mor Dearg Arete, which is one of the routes for more experienced mountain walkers. It is a bit windy, but should be manageable, I thought. ( Log Out /  Thank you to all 687 of you who took part in our 2020 Christmas Quiz! While considered to be one of the most spectacular hill walks in the country, it's a long and extremely challenging route even by the standards of experienced hill walkers. The views for this first half of the day are simply breathtaking as we look across to the immense crags of the North Face of Ben Nevis. Any traces of path are easily lost but the general gist is (painfully) obvious. From the North face car park start the 45 minute walk to the CIC hut on the North side of Ben Nevis. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. North Face car park is the starting point for the Carn Mor Dearg Arete route up Ben Nevis. {I hope I get James Khann, I like his cheeky smile}. The car park is located by following the Forestry Commission signs leading up a forest road to the car park. Càrn Mòr Dearg (1,220 m (4,000 ft)) is the ninth-highest mountain in Scotland.It is situated in the west of Scotland, close to the town of Fort William, in Lochaber, Highland.It lies just to the north-west of its much more famous neighbour, Ben Nevis, to which it is linked by the spectacular Càrn Mòr Dearg Arête. The path initially follows the side of a golf course before climbing through a light wooded area. © UKClimbing Limited. From the hut, take the … ( Log Out /  Which is the quickest way up to CIC hut on The Ben, is it quicker to come in fron the distilery or from the hostel in Glen Nevis. Pass a picnic table with another superb view. At a track junction, turn right, now with stunning views of Ben Nevis ahead. includes discounted products from Rockfax. Behind it is the Carn Mor Dearg Arete, a narrow ridge between Ben Nevis and its neighbour, Carn Mor Dearg. The most direct approach to the hut is from the Foresty Commission Scotland's North Face car park near Torlundy. Setting off rather late, we finally left the North Face car park at 18:20, arriving at the CIC hut at around 21 in the pitch dark. Neil has enjoyed climbing on the great ridges and buttress of Ben Nevis since he was a young boy. > I've wrote to the dragons den about this but I haven't heard back yet. Email Address: (you will also be emailed a Cc: [carbon copy] of this message). The CMD Arete can be approached from a number of directions, with one option being to start from Glen Nevis on the … Ben Nevis CMD Arete from the North Face Car Park Read More » This disease does not affect humans or animals and you shouldn’t be concerned for your own health, its a tree only problem. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Finding the way up is still pretty straightforward. http://media.ebaumsworld.com/picture/menimbalam/hehe.jpg, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Stephanie_smith_human_cannonball_-_melbourne_show_2005.jpg. walked in to the CIC hut. Thanks in advance Russell. From here we climb up through the boulders towards Number 5 Gully then break out to gain the crest of the ridge. As you follow the signposts for CIC Hut or Allt a Mhuillin you get more and more of a spectacular view. It soon reaches the upper car park. A track is reached at a bend, with a bridge on the right - go straight ahead up the track. Follow a mountain path as it heads up into the corrie beneath the magnificent North Face of Ben Nevis, giving superb views up to its mighty precipices. An early start, I seem to remember 7.30 am, saw us driving north through Fort William to the north face car park, from where the path to the CIC hut started. It is crazy how much a walk can clear your mind completely, whenever I feel like I am stressing and I am not giving myself to relax I set aside a bit of time to allow myself to get immersed in nature up a hill. It took about two hours to walk from the North Face car park to the CIC Hut and it took another hour to get to the foot of The Comb. The path could be covered by fresh snow at any time of the winter. Another thing I noticed at the signposts were shoe cleaning facilities, which I took full advantage of. Stay night. Park at Achintee (Ben Nevis Inn), up the path to the halfway lochan, then cut across to the Allt a' Mhuilinn/CIC on a pretty rough path. As one of the easier routes up the North Face of Ben Nevis, Ledge Route is a fantastic introduction to the world of mountaineering in Scotland. However, the rain was getting heavier and the fog arrived like usual and so once I reached the hut I did a little ‘woop!’ and then turn tailed back to the car park. 50 minutes to the lochan, 45 to the CIC Hut. Overall a great little walk and thoroughly encourage anyone in the area not to miss this one! All rights reserved. I wore my favourite Gymshark leggings , a t-shirt, my DLX Trespass waterproof jacket (20,000mm waterproof) and my Trespass Genuine Hiking Boots and started my ascend to the CIC Hut, the end of the non mountaineering version of the North Face Trail. The Ledge Route is the North Face of Ben Nevis for non-climbers. ( Log Out /  After rain the path can be a bit of a mess. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Hike Ben Nevis via Carn Mor Dearg and The Arete ridge. Leave the main track and work your way steadily up … A huge thanks to Forestry and Land Scotland for placing benches up the trail so a very heavy breathing Bee was able to have plenty of snack breaks and photography sessions! If the conditions permit an ascent via Coire Leiss is also possible. Ben Nevis (Scottish Gaelic: Beinn Nibheis, pronounced [peˈɲivəʃ]; English: / b ɛ n ˈ n ɛ v ɪ s /) is the highest mountain in the British Isles, situated in Inverness-shire in the Highlands of Scotland.The summit is 1,345 metres (4,413 ft) above sea level. You can still take part in the quiz if you missed it...just stop scrolling now! You can begin this trail at the CIC Hut and can be started properly from the car park on the North Face or Glen Nevis. This hike starts at the North Face car park which is not far from Torlundy. 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