Some pictures from a holiday in Scotland in July 2000 ....
Ben Nevis, 1,344m (4,406 ft) on 17 July 2000
A round walk of about 10 miles from the Nevis Visitor Centre, Glen Nevis (approx 4,500 ft of ascent)
The lower slopes of the mountain are covered in grass, bracken and small trees - just over an hour from the start, this is Red Burn.
The path levels out for a short distance around Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe, a good place for a rest and food & drink.
Looking back down into Glen Nevis across the green lower slopes of Meall an t-Suidhe.
The upper slopes of the mountain are very stony. After about 3½ hours of toil, this short stretch of snow bed has to be crossed close to the summit.
The summit at last after nearly 4 hours including several stops for refreshment and photos. Plenty of snow in these north facing gullies, even in mid July. Some snow hangs on up here in most years throughout the summer until the first falls of autumn .
The scene at the summit is dominated by the ruins of the Meteorological Observatory, which was manned continually from 1883 to 1904. There is also a stone war memorial, several other memorial plaques and crosses and the trig point amongst the many shattered rocks.
The best view is towards the south-east. The summit is said to be covered by cloud for nine days out of ten on average, so I picked a very good day for the ascent.
Looking north and down towards the Mountain Rescue Post.
It's a five mile walk back down but it only takes about 2½ hours. This is the view to the SE up Glen Nevis towards (I think) Sgurr a Mhaim.
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