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Slideshow (29 photos)

Ben Nevis (Scotland) (map)
 

The Ben as seen from the CIC hut (Copyright Eric Gregory)

 

Climbers gearing up at the CIC hut; Jim is the tall one in the orange top (Copyright Eric Gregory)

 

On the approach to the CIC hut (Copyright Eric Gregory)

 

The Ben, as seen from about half way on the approach. Too bad you can't drive up this far. (Copyright Eric Gregory)

The Ben as seeon from the approach (Copyright Eric Gregory)

 

Gear explosion in our tiny room above a pub in Fort William (Copyright Eric Gregory)

 

Pretty river on the Ben (Copyright Eric Gregory)

 

Lots of routes here - the Buachaille Etive Mor (Copyright Eric Gregory)

 

Lots of routes here - the Buachaille Etive Mor (Copyright Eric Gregory)

Descending the Ben toward the Red Burn area

 

Point Five Gully: Eric in a mess of ropes after topping out

 

Point Five Gully: Standing on the summit plateau after topping out

 

Point Five Gully: A view of Point Five Gully on the approach. The route follows the obvious deep gully on the left.

 

Point Five Gully: Jim on the steep snow fields on the approach to the base of the route. Our ascent was the first for the year, so we were breaking trail. (Copyright Eric Gregory)

 

Point Five Gully: Leading the first pitch, which was a friable crust over rock (Copyright Eric Gregory)

 

Point Five Gully: Unknown Italian climbers attempting to pass (Copyright Eric Gregory)

 

Point Five Gully: Self portrait of Eric, cold and unhappy, but loving life (Copyright Eric Gregory)

 

Point Five Gully: The final belay before topping out (Copyright Eric Gregory)

Point Five Gully: Breaking through the cornice onto the flat summit plateau (Copyright Eric Gregory)

 

Point Five Gully: White out on the summit; Jim is the tall person on the right (Copyright Eric Gregory)

 

Point Five Gully: Eric standing next to the emergency shelter (Copyright Eric Gregory)

Descending off the summit through intermetent white out (Copyright Eric Gregory)

 

Descending from the col back into the valley (Copyright Eric Gregory)

 

Descending from the col back into the valley (Copyright Eric Gregory)

 

Descending from the col back into the valley (Copyright Eric Gregory)

 

View of the Ben while descending from the summit (Copyright Eric Gregory)

 

View of the Ben while descending from the summit (Copyright Eric Gregory)

 

Approaching the CIC hut after the descent; things starting to clear up (Copyright Eric Gregory)

  Glen Coe
 

A view of the mountains on the drive up from Glasgow (Copyright Eric Gregory)