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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, Nevis
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Munro, Historic County Top,
Current County/UA Top, Administrative County Top, SIB, Murdo, Trail 100
(Ma,Hu,Tu,Sim,M,CoH,CoU,CoA,SIB,Mur,T100,P600,P500)
Grid ref:NN 16670 71279
Summit feature:no feature: natural ground 10m NW of trig point
Drop:1344.5m
Col:Sea
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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Notes:
  • Highland (1974) administrative county top
  • Inverness-shire historic county top
  • Highland current county/UA top

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 1631 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
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, foudnit 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
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
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
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
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
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
From Glen Nevis Visitor Centre (NN 12263 73090) - Across the new footbridge and followed the masses up the Pony Track. Awesome views until the final 300ft which was shrouded in cloud.david23020110/07/2017
DavyDavy08/07/2017
pony route - mixed weather day very wet and windy, 25m visibility on top. very busy. saw a chopper rescue 2/3rds up - was both concerning and reassuring - amazing flyinghighlandchief24/06/2017
started the morning after a good sleep and shat in the contemplation area. Started from Glen Nevis visitor centre and followed the tourist path. shattered after this and with only Scafell pike to complete the 555Scotty 2 Hotty22/06/2017
First peak of the 3 peaks challenge. Scorching day, clear skies. Wonderful views. Highest June temperatures in 40 years!RoguePulsar20/06/2017
Overnight ascent of the Ben in heavy rain and gusty winds (aprox. gusts on summit of 30-35 mph). Ascent/descent via the Tourist path. Summit reach at aprox. 3.45am. Ascent started at 23.00 17/6/17.Lavvaf7618/06/2017
Second Munro!LissiLou08/06/2017
Part of 18.5 hour walk from Onich to Kinlochlevenajwxyzt21/05/2017
Via tourist path. Windy with patchy cloud, good sunny periods. Great views from summit during short clear spell.anderson2414/05/2017
went up the pony track with my 11yr old foster child (MO). Winter conditions from near the top of the zig zags. Crampons used on descent until below snow/ice linedanielmudd198220/04/2017
Climbed up via the CMD from the NF car park. No views as the cloud had moved in & made the top a total white out. Descended via the tourist path & then to the car following the posts along Coire Dubh.DanMaisieBex18/04/2017
Climbed via CMD arete. First ascent of Ben Nevis and first summit in winter conditionsdanielmudd198217/04/2017
Tough climb. Snow from 2/3rds up, knee deep, crampons and poles, zero viz from the plateau onwards. Was lucky enough to summit with a couple of other walkers who led the way with their compass readings. Absolutely loved it though.davenicoll04/03/2017
Over CMD arete in good snow - climb SW ridge on soft snow - cleared on summit - sunshine and no people - with MRwychwood10/02/2017
C/W round carn beag dearg, carn dearg meadhonach, carn mor dearg, the ben, carn dearg south top, carn dearg north top, meall an t suidhe from north face cp.robertphillips23/10/2016
Highest Mountain in Britain!!!! 5 hour drive arriving at 12:30am...slept in the car under a princess duvet. Set off at 4:50am in pitch black with head torches on. 3 hours up, 2.5 down.. Great summit and went inside shelter etc, peanut butter and banana sandwiches at the top..Maccies afterwards, calves sore for a week.Scotty 2 Hotty08/10/2016
From Visitor Centre car park. Lovely, dry day with brisk winds and a little thin cloud on top.clivevilla05/10/2016
with (steven fallon) group. fabulous day though very windy. north face, ledge route. then CMD.mn2311/09/2016
Second county top in Scotland and just as cloudy and wet as the first but at least there was little wind today. I found coming back down the tourist route almost as difficult as going up - hopping from boulder to boulder along the 'path'. Of course erosion is a problem for the authorities and it's not helped by those that don't keep to the path or ignore the request not to take short-cuts.Newton Maximus04/09/2016
Ben nevis raceRonald03/09/2016
Phew....Nice vistascoakerz01/09/2016
Started in the car park at the bottom climbed via the normal trailchady1uk20/08/2016
With Antony and Michael- pretty good day, cloud about 1100m. Reached summit in cloud and it cleared spectacularly just before we left. Seemed to be lots doing 3 peaks type events.paddyirish20/08/2016
Straight up and down on the tourist track. CMD Arete next time hopefullyWayne Mac08/08/2016
Car park at 10:30, very warm at the start, misty and cold at the summit. Back in 6H 30M. A real sense of achievement for all 5 of us: D, N, J and I.callumorr02/08/2016