Snow reported on Ben Nevis yesterday. Certainly unsettled and cool just now.
Archive for June, 2008
Traversing around the coast from Glenbrittle towards the southern end of the Cuillin Ridge. A good path leads as far as the outlet from Coir a’Ghrunnda. If this path could be extended to Loch Scavaig, Skye would have the very best coastal path in the whole of Europe, if not the world.
The barren wastes of the high Black Cuillin Ridge are softened at this season with many small and hardy plants. The picture above is just one example to be seen around the 900 metre mark. Check out the benefits of this very colourful and hardy plant.
…”Though little known as a medicinal plant, rose root has been used in traditional European medicine for over three thousand years, mainly as a tonic. Modern research has shown that it increases the body’s resistance to any type of stress by regulating the body’s hormonal response. Its use has been shown to have a protective effect upon the neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine in the brain. It improves neurotransmitter activity by inhibiting their enzymatic destruction and preventing their decline caused by excessive stress hormone release. Rose root also enhances the transport of serotonin’s precursors into the brain and studies have shown that use of this herb can increase brain serotonin by up to 30%. The root is adaptogen. It has an enhancing effect upon physical endurance and sexual potency. A decoction of the flowers has been used to treat stomach aches and intestinal discomfort. The raw flowers have been eaten in the treatment of tuberculosis”…
Sub Aqua grade 20 Cuillin scrambling on Sgurr a’Mhadaidh and Sgurr a’Greadaidh today as the dry spell falls apart big style (for now). These two ‘Munros’ are easily climbed in poor weather after an ascent to An Dorus from the Glenbrittle Hostel. In mist take care not to ascend too far south on the approach from the upper corries, as this can lead into a similar but harder climb than towards An Dorus.
A couple of the fantastic collection of photos taken on the ridge.
Please thank Spike for a brilliant time – it was such fun.
A very busy day on Saturday on Ben Nevis. I was involved with Marie Curie Cancer Care. Thanks to Gavin Kellett for these three images. We were not the only charity enjoying the superb weather and the supreme effort of the teams involved with Wheelchairs on Ben Nevis
The John Muir Trust were also on the mountain building up the important cairns on the summit plateau. Thanks for that, please make sure some of them are really high, and appear above the winter snows.
Unfortunately JMT do not share much enthusiasm with mountain charity events and would rather they went elsewhere. Personally I feel they should have thought about that before buying the mountain. JMT own many other mountain estates, which are undoubtedly iconic wild land areas and should remain that way. Ben Nevis, due to its height supremacy in the UK will always attract a different type of visitor from those who prefer solitude. Mountains like people need treating in a variety of ways and Nevis is no exception. The mountain, due to it’s popularity has the potential to pay its way.
I’m not sure of the numbers involved over the weekend, but it was well into 1,000′s. It would be really great if all of those who climb Ben Nevis could be encouraged to put £1.00 into the upkeep of the ‘Mountain Path’. If everyone could offer up a simple quid it would raise well over £100K per annum. Then, all of those folk who spend hours in committee rooms, struggling to find methods of raising revenue for footpath upkeep could get out more!
Better still, an Alpine Lodge at the Halfway Lochan would really solve all of the issues surrounding funding for Britain’s highest peak.