On Home Turf: Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis

On Home Turf: Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis

It feels like a while since I was last on Ben Nevis, so it was good to be back on home turf. I was joined by David, who has had his sights on Tower Ridge for quite some time. We were also joined by Ben Turner, who was keen to observe me working on a classic mountaineering route.

The day started off with a bit of cloud, but it lifted throughout the day, and dried the rock off in the process, giving us a pleasant ascent of one of the longest and finest routes in the UK.

There’s no snow on the ridge at all, but still plenty lying in the high corries and gullies. Instead of descending the Mountain Track, we decided to descend Ledge Route instead, giving a brilliant circuit and for David, it provided good prep for his forthcoming trip to the Monta Rosa area of the Swiss Alps.

A couple of other teams on Tower Ridge and one team on Ledge Route. Other than that, it was a quiet day on the north side of Ben Nevis.

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2 replies
  1. David Brooks
    David Brooks says:

    I would like to thank Ken and Ben for a fantastic day on tower ridge. I felt completely safe on the rope with probably one of the finest guides in the UK. Like most great guides they are very modest and you have to keep picking to get there achievements out of them. I was in awe at some of the routes Ken and his team have completed. I would recommend West Coast Guides to anyone and I fully intend climbing with them again soon.

    • Ken Applegate
      Ken Applegate says:

      Hi David,

      Many thanks for your company on Tower Ridge and for your comments above. Really appreciate it, and glad that you had a fantastic day. All the best for your upcoming trip to the Alps, and see you in the Scottish Highlands soon.


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