The Ben Nevis Chronicles : When Nature Calls

Luncheon was finished, and we had all wrapped up warm as we were feeling the chill after staying still for a while.

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We continued onwards and upwards towards the snowy ridge. When we finally got there, I was feeling pretty apprehensive. H went first, we held back to get a couple of pics.

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I decided to pluck up my courage and go across next. I was worried I would chicken out if I left it too long…Not going to lie, it was a bit scary going across. The worst part was the hole in the snow half way along. I could see the side of the mountain and the path… Which was 3 foot below me.

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This stick is Mr A’s. It was set for his giant 6″3 height, and went that far into the snow.

Queasy? You bet. I was very glad to get across and make my way to the non snowy part of the path and rest for a few mins. Phew. This must be the most extreme outdoorsy thing I have ever done. I will tell you now, I was wrong.

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The path continued along and up Ben, with intermittent snowy sections. Looking back across the valley was amazing. We were so high up now!  I remember thinking that it would look even more amazing from the peak.

Now, as the title of this post suggests, nature did in fact, make a call…While up a mountain there are very limited options to deal with a situation like this…so…that happened.

Moving swiftly on, we got to the end of a zig zag, and the path disappeared under snow. Everywhere. We knew really vaugly where the path should be, but not well enough to risk traversing the snow along the cliff edge. On our left there was a steep sheet of snow up to the upper part of Ben Nevis. I would say peak, but once you get up there you still have an hour or so walk to get to the actual peak…

By this point I had had enough. I was tired, uncomfortable in so many layers, and my body was screaming in protest at the notion of moving. Then came the million dollar suggestion that we go up the sheer snowy side of the mountain…um, what?! yepp. So that happened.

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The snow was slippy, icy, and scary as hell. Sliding down a mountain is not something I had ever planned to do in my life, and with every single step I struggled to stay balanced and stop myself from sliding down. I was exhausted, and collapsed half way up. Full on face plant in the snow, with ugly crying. Again. Andrew, bless him, was amazing. He stayed with me the whole time and got me to get up and carry on. I love this guy. When I finally made it to the rocky part where the others were already waiting, I sat and had a sob. And sobbed some more when I realised we would have to get back down.

Worst. Idea. Ever.

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Monday Musings

Good morning all. No weigh in today, I’ve decided to change weigh in day to Wednesdays. Weigh-in Wednesday has a better ring to it. I’m a sucker for alliteration, what can I say? That’s not the only reason of course. I also think that it will be better for my morale to weigh in mid week, so that if I’m naughty over the weekend it’s not as dire and I feel less crap about it on Mondays. By Wednesdays I should have a more accurate weight reading.

I was also thinking about the gym and the best times to go. I was thinking about going in the mornings to see if this is better for me, despite having to get up at the crack of dawn. But the downside is having to carry my towel, smelly gym stuff and shower stuff around with me to London and back. I’m not sure that’s a good idea…

Then I thought about running. This doesn’t have to be done at a gym, I can run outside. Even though is harder and infinitely colder. Perhaps I could run in the mornings, then weights and resistance in the evenings at the gym. Maybe.

Or I could even go to work earlier and run around Battersea Park. Depending on If I can use the shower at work.

I don’t knoooowwwwww.

I guess I’ll just have to give each a go and see how I feel from there. See which works better for me…ugh. Early mornings are hard enough at the moment!

Oh, and I forgot to mention-I’m climbing Ben Nevis in April. Apparantly. So lots of training required. I’m aware it can be climbed in a day. That doesn’t mean I’m going to find it easy. Keeping up with boyfriends and friends is going to be difficult! 

Enjoy your Monday morning…