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Name:Ben Nevis [Beinn Nibheis]
Hill number:278
Height:1344.53m / 4411ft
RHB Section:04A: Fort William to Loch Treig and Loch Leven
County/UA:Highland (UA)
County (CoH):Inverness-shire (CoH)
County (CoA):Highland (CoA)
Catchment:Lochy, Catchment Boundaries, Nevis
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Munro, Historic County Top,
Current County/UA Top, Administrative County Top, SIB, Murdo, Yeaman,
Trail 100
Grid ref:NN 16670 71279
Summit feature:no feature: natural ground 10m NW of trig point
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 41
(1:25k) 392
Observations:man-made structure supporting emergency structure is higher
Survey:Leica NA730/Leica GS15
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  • Highland (1974) administrative county top
  • Inverness-shire historic county top
  • Highland current county/UA top

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With Charlotte, from Steall Hut. Ascent via valley to col at 820m. Ascent of Carn Mor Dearg via Eastern ridge up to summit. Then along CMD arete to Ben Nevis Summit. Amazing weather and views. Minimal snow underfoot. Descent down Southern face of Ben Nevis and back down to Steall ruins.robertgn31/12/2019
CMD aretescott turner14/10/2019
Climbed with Siany Boman300013/09/2019
19.3 mile, 4994ft walk. Top of Britain.stephenbuda08/09/2019
Tourist pathDan Baddeley07/09/2019
From the North Face car park, up to the CIC Hut and round to the tourist path. We then followed this to the top. In descent,instead of going back to the hut, we crossed the Allt a'Mhuilinn lower down and reached the car just after sunset. With JT.Sprog25/08/2019
Mountain Track up and down.Arbie03/08/2019
My first time up Ben Nevis while trying to do the three peaks challenge (currently stuck on a closed road on the way out of Scotland so remains to be seen if we will complete the other two today) Good day for it. Amazingly, no rain. Some cloud but snatched views on way up and back (although nothing from summit). No wind so midges were a real issue. Just under 3 hours up and, in total, just under 5 hours. Great to finally tick this mountain off the list.MysteriousSue02/08/2019
with dad and caitlinAlexhillbagging01/08/2019
Via main path from Glen Nevis Visitor CentreTraverse20/07/2019
First and highest peak of the 3 peak challenge - Ben Nevis. We'd been deciding for a long time whether we were going to do this this weekend, what order, and what times, until we decided to stop checking to forecast and go for it! Driven the long way up past Loch Lomond, not even enough time to stop, and started the walk at 17:07 in the rain. We went up and down the mountain track. It rained most of the time, we were to wrapped up and got very hot very quickly. But chalenge spirits high, we delayered and continued on with no veiws. Upon reaching what we thought would be a loch that we couldn't see, a small water break until continuing on.It wasn't until the small river crossing that we could see the loch we were looking for behind us. Then came the 8 relentless switchback, back and forth with lots of people on the track. Finally, the last scramble over the top with tall looming carins to guide the way through the mist, we made it to the top for a quick photo, and began the decent. AlthByronHaywood05/07/2019
Ben Nevis with the lads. awful weather up top. 4.5 hours from car park back down to the Nevis inn for a pint.AvidSockWearer05/07/2019
Royal Tokaj dry Furmin 2017zos4202/07/2019
Part of our Scottish 3 peak challengerossdrummond21/06/2019
Ascended from North Face car park via Carn Dearg Meadhonach, Carn Mor Dearg and the CMD Arete.PeakyPete10/06/2019
With CMGDundoctoring13/05/2019
The Ben in the new year with two great friends. Treated to a cloud inversion and several Brocken Spectres.psteep196802/01/2019
From the CMD arêteemily27/12/2018
CMD was Reg Turk completion Munroe, included the ridge onto Ben NevisJamesSDonald06/10/2018
Only my second Munro. Really enjoyed this hike and although the weather was harsh at the summit, found it a really pleasant, if seemingly neverending walk. Was well prepared so didn't find it as difficult as I thought.Thomas McIlvaney30/09/2018
From Torlundy, track along Allt a' Mhuillin, continuing up to Carn Dearg Meadhonach, along ridge to Carn Mor Dearg, across Arête to Ben Nevis, descent down tourist track to Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe, back to Allt a' Mhuillin track and return to Torlundy. With JS.kdbennett20/08/2018
County top reached via visitor centre, Summit reached in two and half hours but the decent time is unknown as I was too busy taking in the views from the Ben on a clear day blue sky and a panarama worth the effort. Walk was eleven and half miles long. Donít know about parking as I was camping at Glen Nevis so could walk the five minutes to the start.WAYNE ROWLETT26/07/2018
With TMD. Third time at the summit, previously here with SF in 2004, parents in 2010. And for the third time clear and sunny conditions.meltdiceburg26/07/2018
3rd time but 1st via the arete back down to the halfway lochan then to north face car park with ascents of adventurecolinfielding16/07/2018
1st mountain as part of solo 5 mountains in 3 days to raise money for True Heroes Racing. NF car park, up Allta a' Mhuilinn valley, round the north face to the lochan, up zig zags and return by same route. Warm, some light rain and top shrouded in cloudMickeyfinn10/07/2018
Three peak challenge (3/3) Time taken 5:21:24 13.92 mileshemerson0907/07/2018
Ascent from Glen Nevis hostel with Jago, Dave, Tim, Adrian, Steve, Paul, Johnson & Shaun. Very hot and sunny on way up, clouded over for descent. Fell on boulders 100m from summit, badly bruised leg, arm and shoulder, came down in a sling!stevem7607/07/2018
Second time in seven days. With NB. From CMD via the arete. Heat wave, cloudless, almost windless. Then down the zigzags to the lochan (last snow patch still hanging on in there), then down to Allt a' Mhuilinn to the North Face car park. 8 hours 20 minutes for the round. Great day, but sapping in the heat.Owen B29/06/2018
climbed with Zoe, Sean Popple & Corelli.neilblair35329/06/2018
3 peak challenge 4hrs 14minsPaulsimon13523/06/2018
With RO and group and guide Hugo. From the visitor centre. 6 hours up, 5.5 hours down on account of very mixed abilities in the group. Cool, calm, dry, but thin cloud from 1,000m, quite ethereal at the summit. Still one quite large snow patch to walk through. Couple of thoughtless walkers posing for photos on snow right on the edge of the north face, dread to think what would have happened if the snow had collapsed.Owen B23/06/2018
Clear on top.Isambard23/06/2018
With Ben.axoree16/06/2018
Walked from Glen Nevis camp site and headed for the CMD Arete to ascend Ben. Fabulous hard walk. The climb up to Carn Mor Dearg was fun with a lot of scrambling, the CMD Arete is amaxing and another final scramble up to Ben. Views where patchy but a wonderful experience. Highly recommend this route.with weekend walkersZoe Little10/06/2018
Hot , crowded, cold & windy on top..Reaper44 27/05/2018
Solo but not alone! From Glen Nevis Visitor Centre up the tourist track & back. Took me about 6h:45m.ADT19/05/2018
with dad in sun snow on topFriesidepixie14/05/2018
Snow for the last 400 metres, knee deep at points.DylanC10412/04/2018
T &Bryn plus 4 of Bryns friends Gmc 4 days in Fort William jps66621/02/2018
Walk up the tourist path and backjmistry8618/10/2017
With Mark & Hamish the spaniel after completing WHW the day before. Up and down in 5.5hrs with a quick lunch stop. Lucky to have clear skies all the way up but within 5mins of arriving at the summit, the clouds descended and there was a fantastic inversion and massive drop in temperature.Saggers06/10/2017
With Debs and Talisker (her 3rd Monro), then headed out along Carn Dearg topsMountain Goat28/09/2017
Ben Nevis by the Carn Mor Dearg Aretejalamber23/09/2017
Clear day but busy, ran from Fort William Football Club and back.Kevthecat09/09/2017
up tourist track, top half in cloud, fair weatherSam R27/08/2017
With friends Rhona Fraser, Robin Howie and Ken Thomson. To celebrate my 80th birthday I had previously ascended the highest mountains of England, Wales and Northern Ireland (Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Slieve Donard). Today I completed the celebration with the ascent of Ben Nevis by the tourist route from Glen Nevis Visitor Centre. The weather forecasts had been for not so good weather but the day before the forecast changed for the better to no rain and this was, indeed, the case on the day. Lots of others were making the ascent including a lady also celebrating her 80th birthday by making the ascent. I hope she succeeded.pwbellarby26/08/2017
Completed National 3 Peaks in a few months under 50 years. 😊Nick Caunt22/08/2017
Top of UK. Views nothing 😃☔️💨Cyclistno117/08/2017
Beautiful Day. Clear sky, very little wind. All reached the summit. Emily 6, Toby 9 and Adam 10. Fantastic achievement and our first Munro.dmt39709/08/2017
With kids, summit at 12pmroosh13201/08/2017