Thursday, 15 June 2017

How NOT to Climb Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis is the UK's largest mountain. It rises up a whopping 1345 meters above sea level and although it is one of the highest it also not a "difficult climb." 

An 18 year old girl, on holiday with her boyfriend, is the one person who knows how to climb Ben Nevis better than anyone else, or so she thought. That naive 18 year old was me, and it is a miracle that I didn't need the mountain rescue service! 
Here is three things a silly 18 year old didn't do. 

1. Have Map Reading Skills! 
I want to clarify, I DID take a map. But what use is a map, when you can't read it, and don't have a compass?! that's right. none. It is as useless as a wet sheet of paper.
18 year old me bought a map, because "You can't go up a mountain without a map, just incase something goes wrong." At least if something did go wrong, it would have been good use for making a fire to keep me warm.... 

2. Bring Enough Water!
18 year old me thought 500mls of water was enough to get me up and down this big beautiful beast of a mountain. My 500mls was well and truly gone before reaching the top, so I decided to fill up at the waterfall. I have to admit, the waterfall's water tasted fantastic. But I still shouldn't have had to use it!

3. Train and Research before Going Up! 
I walked up Scotland's majestic giant without having done any prior training. I kept putting it off in true procrastination queen style. I have never felt so much pain in my legs. The following day I had to drive for 4 hours to get home, NEVER AGAIN!  Not only did I not train, but I didn't research the climb, the terrain, how good the paths where. I literally knew nothing when I pulled up to the mountain that day, except that I was going to get to the top. 

Ben Nevis is a fantastic climb, and I want to use my own stupidity and 18 year old's "I'm always right and know everything" attitude to make other's aware that at the end of the day it is still a mountain, and a bloody big one at that. You need to respect the mountain, or you could end up needing to call mountain rescue.
Whether you are a Munro bagger/experienced climber or just wanting to do Ben Nevis as a one off, learn from my mistakes and really make sure you are safe! 
I can definitely say that I have learned from that experience and won't even go near Munro's until I am a bit more experienced in climbing. 

Until next time 
Jade- Your Introvert Adventurer.