'Grandad' had 'the Ben' in his sights and set off on a routine of treadmill walking at full incline with the aim of literally stretching the tendons & muscles in his legs and getting them used to walking uphill distances rather than squatting weights. Over the Spring and into the Summer we took a number of training routes over and around Whernside, Ingleborough & Pen Y Ghent - the Yorkshire 3 Peaks.
Despite what could be described as 'minimal' kit, a slightly worrying 'ignorance is bliss' attitude saw all these routes polished off without problem through some inclement Yorkshire Spring weather!
So on Monday 18th June 2012 we headed off to 'Ben Nevis' which turned out to be a very successful, though tiring day -
|'Grandad on the summit of 'Ben Nevis'.|
|Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe|
We took the 'Mountain Track' (which has been/is known also as 'Pony Track or Tourist Track') from the Glen Nevis visitor center.
The ascent took us 3hrs and descent an additional 2hrs at a pace 'Grandad' dictated, but would not have liked to of increased.
Weather conditions were good with a few small showers and a mist from approx 900m to above the summit.
Relevant Maps - Ben Nevis & Fort William O/S Explorer 1:25000 Sheet 392 & Ben Nevis, Fort William and Glen Coe O/S Landranger 1:50000 Sheet 41.