/ Ben Nevis girdle traverse.

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davidbeynon on 16 Aug 2017
Has anyone done the 4km girdle on Ben Nevis?

I'm thinking I might head up there and have a go next summer. The SMC guidebook gives it Severe overall but is a bit vague about how much is climbing, how much is scrambling and how much is walking along ledges.

I suppose the real question is: Is it feasible for a punter in a day or will I be wanting to look for a 2 day weather window and take bivvy gear?
TobyA on 16 Aug 2017
In reply to davidbeynon:

Surely just walk down one of the gullies or up tower ridge, go home and come back and carry on the next day?
Hardonicus - on 16 Aug 2017
In reply to TobyA:
What? And blow the onsight?
Post edited at 23:03
davidbeynon on 16 Aug 2017
In reply to TobyA:

I know it is escapable but I'm only really interested in doing it in one push.
routrax - on 17 Aug 2017
In reply to davidbeynon:

There is a video of a couple of guys doing it kicking around, not sure if this link will work
https://www.vimeo.com/71210506

if not just search 'Ben Nevis Girdle Traverse' on vimeo

I reckon it's a day project, wouldn't want to be carrying too much, unless you really want to bivi.

MFB - on 17 Aug 2017
davidbeynon on 17 Aug 2017
In reply to MFB:

Really cool, but I don't think I'm quite up to it in winter
davidbeynon on 17 Aug 2017
In reply to routrax:

Thanks for the video. It doesn't look all that bad.

Doing it in one day would be my preference. I'm happy to spend a night out if necessary to do a route but if I can avoid it I will.

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