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Blog for November 7th, 2016

November 7th, 2016
Blue (sky) Monday
Remote way to Ben Nevis from Steall Falls

Steall Falls Path
A rock fall had closed the path to Steall Falls until the remaining rocks could be stabilised, some simply being held by trees
Some of the debris from the recent rock fall
Tree damage from the recent rock fall
Once the Steall path reaches the end of the woods it gives great views of the waterfall. Further along towards Steall Ruins views of the northern mountains then appear
Initial views of Aonach Beag (left) and Sgurr a' Bhuic (right) from Water of Nevis
The route up is on the west side of Allt Coire Giubhsachan
Waterfall in lower part of Allt Coire Giubhsachan
First views of Ben Nevis with CMD Arete to right
Aonach Beag appearing more
950 Metre Hillock
From the glen the route up is fairly steep until the 950m contour line is reached with a large flat area
970m metre hill on way up with Ben Nevis behind
Route to 970m hillock
Ice covered rocks up to 970m hillock
Better Views
As height was gained the views became better and further
Aonach Beag seen from south west
Looking across to the Mamores
Up to CMD Arete
After the 950m hillock continuing up the route reaches the south west end of the CMD arete where there is a cairn
Cairn at end of CMD Arete
Carn Mor Dearg
Boulder Field
From the CMD Arete a boulder field takes you to the summit. There wasn't any ice and the snow conditions were great being form enough to stand on between the boulders
Boulder field up to Ben Nevis summit
A quiet Ben Nevis summit
Observatory ruins and emergency shelter on Ben Nevis summit
Summit snow
There was a fairly good layer of snow at the top but the indicator is the trig point. Snow will build up to completely hide the base so it looks like the trig point is at ground level
Summit trig point on Ben Nevis
Loch Eil behind Carn Dearg
Coming down the sun disappeared and made a brief appearance lighting the Mamores
Coming down to 970m hillock with Mamores behind
Western end of Mamores
Binnein Beag (left) and Binnein Mor (right) in late afternoon light