Ascent of Ben Nevis on 2012-11-17

Climber: Matthias Ihl

Others in Party:Derek Weston
Declan Finnegan
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, November 17, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ben Nevis
    Elevation:4413 ft / 1345 m

Ascent Trip Report

Originally we wanted to climb via Douglas Boulder and Tower Ridge, but the winter conditions (cold temperatures and lots of snow fall) forced us to abandon this plan and we decided around 11.30 am to go for the summit via the CMB arete. We reached the summit via the arete and the abseil post at around 3pm. It was very cold on top (my jacket and gloves were frozen solid). We descended via the "pony trail" and made it back to the hut at 6.30 pm and after a one hour break to warm up, continued down to Fort William, where we stayed for the night at Ben Nevis youth hostel.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Rope, Hut Camp
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Windy, White-out

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