7 May 2017

SATAS Co Emergency Preparedness Week & YouTube

Evenin' All,

Well SATAS Co is slowly getting its legs under it. Their YouTube Channel just opened today. Here is the first video:



Today is 07 May 2017, and the start to the National Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada. This year flooding seems to be the disaster of the season. Having experienced that a few years back, I hope all these folks are working together and battling the floods and comforting each other. Take care of each other.

Emergency Preparedness Week is a great time for seasoned preparedness members to review family emergency plans, update contact sheets, make backup of critical data (on USB drives, DVD or external hard drives), rotate water stores, switch from Winter gear to Summer gear (in BOB's, BOV's or GO Bags), and run a few drills.

For those new to emergency preparedness, fear not!! This is not an all or nothing game, and any retailer who says otherwise is just trying to bleed you of your hard earned money, to line their own pockets. Preparedness is first and foremost a mental exercise. Training the mind and the gear and gadgets can come later. Invest in yourself, take courses & read books - lots of them!! Once you fill your most valuable survival tool - your mind; you can improvise for anything. With knowledge, gear becomes tools, tools that make improvising easier and faster. Gear without knowledge is just souvenirs for search & rescue parties.

Obtaining knowledge does not always mean shelling heaps of cash. Many organizations need volunteers, volunteers who are eager to learn and willing to invest their time for a cause. Some great sources to consider: Scouts Canada - they always need leaders, search & rescue units in many locations use a majority of volunteers to staff positions, Junior Forest Wardens - like Scouts they need leaders, and then there are 4H Clubs , HAM radio clubs, Citizens on Patrol & any number of service clubs. From any and all of these outstanding organizations you will gain skills, you just have to commit some of your valuable time.

Now, if you just want to invest hard currency for knowledge......have you heard of a new company called: SATAS Co?? I am very familiar with this company. With a strong focus on situational awareness and emergency preparedness, this is a great place to start. www.SATAS4.ME will take right to their website.

Be safe out there folks!

Until next time,
Learn a new skill or refresh old ones!!

Mountainman.

2 May 2017

SATAS Co & SATAS4.ME Has Arrived!!!!

SATAS Co Logo
One step closer. SATAS Co is now a reality. The website is also operational, albeit still getting tweaked and fine tuned. The link to the website is here: SATAS4.ME 

Please drop by for a visit of the new site. If you notice I have missed any corrections please use the contact form on the website and leave me a message of what still needs to be tuned up. I am quite happy to make the website better, but sometimes I have been working on it so much I miss even the obvious stuff. 

I have not figured out discounts or coupons, yet. I am still quite new to this website building stuff, but for all my followers on here, if you mention that this is the site that you learned of the existence of SATAS4.ME , I will ensure you get treated well if you need any courses or services offered at SATAS Co. I will start posting coupon codes here for savings over there. (Once I figure out how to make that happen.) 

One last point, if you have a group of friends/family that want to take any of the courses offered by SATAS Co or if there are any courses you would like me to instruct to your group, please contact me using the contact page on the website.

Thank you for your support!!

NB: Yes, I borrowed the text from my other Blog, The GOOD Plan Blog. 


5 March 2017

In The Year 3131 (3131 BC That Is).....A Tale of a Northern Town Skara Brae

Skara Brae & Bay o'Skaill 
http://www.orkneyjar.com/history/skarabrae/skaraplan.htm

5000 Years and Counting

Welcome to Skara Brae, an advanced Neolithic village that was buried in the sands of time. Until the Winter of 1850, when a massive storm blew in and hit the Orkneys hard.(1).  The result was so much sand had been washed into the sea that the stone structures of Skara Brae had been partially reveled. This intrigued local Laird William WATT of Skaill, who began the first excavation of Skara Brae. Work ending around 1868 with four partial excavated structures.(2). 

Since then, Orkney has become the centre of archaeological & anthropological exploration & discovery. Most recently, The Ness of Brodgar has caused extreme excitement in the scientific community. This is a complete walled community, located between The Ring of Brodgar and the Stones of Stenness, consisting of many buildings – large and small. Only about four of the structures are currently being excavated by a small army of scientists. The quality of artifacts recovered is enough to fill a large museum. The quality of these artifacts is second to none.

This is all fine & good, but really, why should I continue reading......why or how does this concern me???

After watching a recent documentary on YouTube, I feel compelled to share a different hypothesis on what may have been happening on Orkney & most specifically what Skara Brae may have been. My hypothesis will be of interest to many who are currently involved in the emergency preparedness community. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ys-JGCPvD1E]

So, send it man! Tell us your theory. We want to know what a mountainman has to say.....

Around 3000 BC, a mere 5000 years ago life on our planet is thriving. China, Mesopotamia, Egypt and Maya are advancing their cultures, technology and power. Yes, there are peoples elsewhere but most are just surviving the struggles of life. While these areas are thriving not much mention is made of what is happening in Europe, specifically, Northern Europe.......

In my opinion, when written language is not used & it is up to oral history to preserve the past; we are at risk of losing all knowledge of a place, its people, their discoveries and achievements. In cultures which use oral traditions, important accomplishments become songs, heroic feats become sagas....but as time passes & generations are born & die, saga becomes myth......myth becomes legend.....and through the sands of time legends are often lost.

So, while Asia, Mesopotamia, Egypt and Maya are experiencing advancement , Europe is a back water. The lands of the Druids & Picts.....a little further back. As for Orkney, how far from civilization can you get?? But, was there really nothing going on?? Was civilization really that far away??

As a child I had heard those stories about the lost continent of Atlantis. A great, advanced society with technology greater than what we have now in 2017 ad. However, a power struggle occurred and resulted in the whole continent being lost below the waves of the sea. Lost to time.

So, if you lived in such an advanced culture, you would have been aware of rising tensions between rival powers. With technology and probably weapons so advanced, the danger of a major crisis would not be a stretch of imagination. Those who had the wealth, power & knowledge would have taken precautions to insure the survival of themselves & those they cared for. Much like today's wealthy buying islands, estates & super bunkers, to survive a global meltdown. Whether the meltdown is a currency collapse, WW III , a nuclear accident, pandemic, EMP/CME or anything else that causes a grid down scenario in the modern world. The world's wealthiest people use their wealth to purchase boats, aircraft, vehicles, compounds, bunkers, power plants, solar farms, water plants, food reserves, armouries and armies to protect them. Too bad they do not use their wealth to invest in education & building communities; communities that solve problems not create them.

Ok, Mountainman, but how does this relate to a stone-age village on Orkney??

So, my hypothesis is......these stone communities on Orkney are the remains of the last holdouts for the survivors of an advance civilization, like the fabled Atlantis. Although, popular culture is convinced that Atlantis once existed South & East of Florida, in the neighbourhood of the Bermuda Triangle.....I have heard of another tale that suggests that Atlantis may have existed North & West of the islands that now comprise the United Kingdom.

I have no proof of either location for Atlantis, but, I would like to explore Skara Brae from a shelter perspective and then reverse engineer the “WHY”.

Skara Brae......home of ten buildings (http://www.orkneyjar.com/history/skarabrae/skaraplan.htm), stone buildings that are built so well they have survived at least 5000 years. These homes have bed chambers/boxes....like a bunker would have bunk beds. Meaning, the sleeping areas were purpose built into the structure, not a furniture piece that could be relocated as needed or desired. The next feature is the central fire pit for heating, cooking and boiling water. Surviving in cold climates central heat is a survival feature that minimizes waste, especially when fuel is in short supply. The next notable feature were the indoor water tanks. Did these tanks hold food?? Water in the Winter?? Whisky or wine?? The final use is not as important as the function of indoor water storage. People that understood the importance of water storage & had the skills, knowledge, experience to achieve it with the materials at hand. Whether their need was fresh seafood or water that would not freeze in the Winter, the fact is they had a waterproof, stone vessel 5000 years ago!! Could a person today achieve this in a survival shelter?? I have my doubts.

The features do not end there, no Skara Brae has more to teach us. These stone shelters had flushing toilets, sub-floor drainage and a drainage system that linked all the buildings in Skara Brae.....running under the common alleyways......draining away from the village. Flushing toilets systems would not become common in the UK until the end of the 19th Century and beginning of the 20th Century. So, here we have an operational wet toilet almost 5000 years ahead of its time.

Now, the big ones.....these homes are ALL built subterranean. Let me sat that again. ALL the homes were built below ground!!! Not built into a bank with a South facing windows, but totally underground. Why?? Next, all of the homes were connected with a network of alleyways. Beneath the alley flagstones waste water flowed out of town. Above the alley were more stones creating a roof, covered with earth and sod on the outside. Meaning this whole village was below ground. Common tunnels/alleyways connected all the homes. The alley system has limited access points and minimal dimensions. Meaning it would be easier to defend and much more difficult to attack. The limited access points means fewer people would be tasked with watching them, thus freeing up resources for food gathering or farming. The minimal dimensions would require attackers to remove their armour to move through the alleyways. So, if an attacker did manage to breach the village, without armour they would be easier to defeat when trying to enter a home.

A whole village that was built underground would be very difficult to locate without satellites or ground penetrating radar, neither were available 5000 years ago. Had not the sea washed away the sand, we might not know Skara Brae existed, even today. Leading to the logical question; how many other villages are buried on planet Earth?? What are we wasting the resources of our satellites with right now?? Spying on our enemies?? Why are we not seeking our planet for our ancestor's and their wisdom??

One last point on Skara Brae, the current bay – Bay o'Skaill, was once a meadow leading to the sea that was about a kilometre away from Skara Brae in 3131 BC. This meadow may have been fertile, meaning it was covered in grasses or possibly crops planted by those folks at Skara Brae. Grasses would have made it possible to keep livestock on this range/pasture – sheep, goats or cattle. Seafood from the sea and livestock from the land......survival on this remote locale would have been more than just possible, it would have been very likely.

We have lost so much about these people, some have suggested that items that have been recovered may suggest at the very least a trading network that extended as far away as the Middle-East. I may even speculate these people may have even had shipping routes to the end of the Mediterranean. Bold to say without proof of even a know vessel. However, any people who can build a house that lasts 5000 years, more than likely had the skills & knowledge to build seaworthy vessels. Like the Norse people who would arrive later, when boats became too old to sail or wrecked in storms, the timber would have been salvaged and re-purposed into beams for buildings, structures or furniture.....at the very least the wood would have been cut up to be burnt in the central hearths to heat and cook with.

Just from the surviving ruins of Skara Brae we can conclude these people were skilled builders, they had knowledge about their world that exceeds our knowledge of them from today. So, if you can build a house that lasts 5000 years, what else do you know?? Were these the last of a dying people who survived a great conflict or were these a people on the way up?? Rising from the ashes of dead world??

From a military stand point why would you live below ground??
  • Easy to hide, hard to find
  • Low noise signature
  • Low light signature
  • Easier to heat/thermal efficiency
  • Easier to defend by limiting entrances & reducing the size of the passageways
  • Increased survivability from artillery
  • Protection from solar flares, CME's, X-Rays, EMP

From a survival point of view why would you live below ground??
  • More thermal efficient
  • Hard to find, thus less likely to have to defend from aggressors
  • More protection from extreme weather
  • Tornado proof
  • Fire proof
  • Predator resistant/proof
  • Radiation resistant/proof

From a political stand point why would you live below ground??
  • Explore ideas not currently politically acceptable or legal (The Earth is not flat)
  • Out of sight, out of mind – relatively safe & secure
  • Be free of oppression or oppressive laws, rules or taxes

From a religious point of view why would you live underground??
  • Freedom to practice spiritual/religious rituals that have been outlawed
  • Place to protect oral history, train new oracles, pass on knowledge
  • Quiet. Secure. Safe. Meditation, prayer, contemplation.
  • Control the flow of knowledge – limit who can enter or depart
  • Prevent disease. Remote, small population less likely to be exposed to or exchange disease/illness.

With no clear proof of what life was like in 3131 BC it is very hard to know why a subterranean village on Orkney would be needed or what they needed to be sheltered from. What we do know is that the people of Skara Brae were skilled builders and had a superior knowledge and understanding of living & surviving in their environment.

So, to wrap this up it is easy to state that anything built today would be highly unlikely to survive for 5000 years. However, there are many lessons we can learn from those who lived here on planet Earth back then. It would be wise if we spent more time, money & energy seeking previous settlements on our planet to study, than to waste money, time & resources/energy engaging in killing each other. Live & let live.

Time for Citizens of planet Earth to mature & grow up!! Time to advance up the evolutionary ladder. Time to shed our Type Zero past and become the Type One Civilization we are destined to become. Great things are waiting for us as a whole people if we can just move forward. Move beyond the trivial systems of money, power and greed. If we can just work together......we could be doing much more, exploring, discovering and solving. We would be rich in knowledge. It is time to awaken the people of Earth!!

Until next time....Challenge the status quo!!



Mountainman.
The Sea Continues to Advance

A Look Inside

































Notes:

(1)  (https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/skara-brae/)
(2) (http://www.orkneyjar.com/history/skarabrae/)

28 February 2017

S A T A S - Is On The Way

S A T A S Logo
This is just a quick tease, but expect to see these logos a lot more often. I am working on a project that will be sure to please many who visit my Blog, as well as, many folks I have not yet met. 

I cannot say anymore at this time. I will post regular updates, as progress is made. 

Keep a lookout for S A T A S.

Time to make lemonade,

Mountainman.








NB - These are my copyrighted logos. They cannot be used without permission from me.
S A F E Logo

12 February 2017

High River, A History of a Town's Name.......from The High River Times

The Town of High River has a long and colourful history. Most notable is how this town got its name.....and NO, it is not because of a flood.

Here is the link to the story at The High River Times:


Town named for tall trees along 








river, not for flooding; museum


By Kevin Rushworth, High River Times

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MUSEUM OF THE HIGHWOOD. An image of High River photographed before 1900. Museum staff members were unable to locate a railway station or tracks as these came in 1892-1893. Thus, it’s difficult to date this image. One can see the McDougall House on the right, Buck Smith’s second Stopping House and Drew’s Saloon, which was built in 1886 on Fourth Avenue SW (near the new provincial building). The wooden bridge in the bottom right could be the first built in 1887 or the second built in 1897. Macleod Trail sweeps immediately to the right past the bridge.
By Kevin Rushworth 
MULTIMEDIA EDITOR
The origin of High River’s name, often wrongly associated with floods, comes from the Blackfoot word for an ancient camping place—the land the town now resides on—according to a local historian.
Irene Kerr, curator and director with the Museum of the Highwood, noted volunteers and staff find it important to correct visitors who believe the town was named due to a rising Highwood River.
“It’s important people know the truth,” she said. “I think the real story is way better than the other one. I love that story and it pays tribute to our First Nations people who were here.”
The word Aapattohsspitsii translates to ‘tall trees along the river,’ Kerr said. She later informed the Times this fact had been confirmed by Alvine Mountain Horse, a respected educator from Kainai.
The word was later translated to Spitzee in English.
“When they got to (what would become) High River and they were coming across the prairie, in the distance, they would see the line of cottonwood trees along the Highwood River,” Kerr said.
The First Nations followed the buffalo herds for thousands of years and these people, those who camped at the Highwood River, would follow a herd from Yellowstone to Edmonton, she added.
“We come home from Calgary and we see the lights of High River,” Kerr said. “Back then, they would come across the prairies and see the trees along the river. It’s the same (idea) of ‘we’re almost there.’”
The land the town now resides on was the best place to cross the Highwood River for the First Nations and settlers, she said. Kerr noted High River’s first name was The Crossing.
She said rancher George Emerson once referred to a massive Blackfoot encampment in the region.
med surveyor, referred to the area as ‘Spitchee’, while others named it as Ispitsi and Ispitsayay, she noted. John Lorie noted the river as Highwood in 1870, Kerr said.
European settlers could have named the town Tall River, but instead came to its current name, she said.
“We don’t really know who actually named it High River,” Kerr said, noting High River became a town in 1906, after years of it being referred to as the village of High River.
She added Buck Smith operated the river ferry for years, and later became the owner of the second stopping house. The first was built in 1878 by Lafayette French and OH Smith, Kerr said.
The first wooden bridge was built in the same location as the current traffic bridge in 1887, she added. Wiped out by flooding in 1897, it was replaced by steel in 1913 and then the current bridge in 1964.
“We take bridges for granted now,” Kerr said, referring to the fact First Nations and early settlers knew this area to be perfect for river crossings. “We don’t even think about going across a bridge.”
The first white couple to settle in the High River area was the Quirks in 1882, she said. John, along with wife Kate, had been driving cattle from the United States into the Northwest Territories at that time, Kerr said.
After they stopped to rest in the area surrounding present day Nanton and Mosquito Creek, ranch hands from the Bar U Ranch told the couple their next stop should be the Crossing, she said.
Upon their arrival, Kerr said Kate’s words were, “John, I’m going no further.’ Together, the couple would later have Catholic church services in their home, which was on Fourth Avenue SE.
She added the Blackfoot were no longer camping at the river at that time as Treaty 7, signed at Blackfoot Crossing in 1877, had been enacted five years prior to their arrival.
People started arriving, and businesses emerged. Even as others settled outside the community, the town became the place for local goods and services, Kerr said.
“Bill Holmes’ grandfather had a general store here in 1886,” she said. “High River was a service place. A few people lived in High River, but not that many. It was a village for a long time.”
Once the railway was completed, farmers would visit High River with their grain that was later shipped across the country, Kerr said. The community became a hub for the surrounding ranchers, she added.
Flooding has always happened in the High River area, but it occurred in Calgary—a city built on the confluence of two rivers—as well, Kerr said. People just carried on during those days, she added.
Even as people will often attend the museum, hear of the town’s floods, and say, ‘no wonder it’s called High River,’ Kerr said she continues to set the record straight with visitors and school children alike.

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I cannot seem to bring the photo from the newspaper story over. I hope you enjoyed the story.

Until next time,
Get out and learn something about your town.

Mountainman.

22 January 2017

A Wee Walk To The Top Of The UK, Ben Nevis, Scotland


Looking from the Summit of Ben Nevis
Hill Master Laminated Map (Circa 1990's)
View from Glen Nevis Caravan Park

View Before the Start

Breakfast at the Chippy Wagon

Start Point
Ben Nevis the highest place in Scotland, in fact, the highest point in all of the UK. A must visit location if you enjoy hiking, hillwalking or mountain climbing. There is more then just the tourist path up this mountain. But, I am getting ahead of myself.


Bridge over River Nevis @ Visitor Centre
Our story starts on the morning of the 20th of August 2016. The day before we finished the North Coast 500 ( NC500 ) and visited Castle Sween (Castle Sween). Our return trip from Castle Sween had us searching Fort William for a place to stay, which we finally achieved at 0130hrs 20 August 2016 - Glen Nevis Caravan Park, Glen Nevis - outside Fort William and the foot of Ben Nevis. Although, late.....it did put us in a great starting location for later in the morning. So, at 0800 I left our tent and went to the office to checkin for the two nights (44GBP). As we arrived after 2300hrs, we had to park outside the gates and walk our tent and sleeping gear in. 
The Trail Ahead

After checkin, moving our vehicle to our tent site, breakfast at the onsite chippy wagon, we were ready to start our hike up Ben Nevis. 0950 is our official start time. We followed the path from the caravan park to the Ben Nevis Visitor Centre and crossed the bridge over River Nevis  and got a place in the line going up. This is a very well visited hiking trail and you are unlikely to find yourself alone out here.

We noticed shortly after crossing the River Nevis that there is a hostel?!?, The Ben Nevis Bunk House, just adjacent to the trail. If I were to bring a Scout Group over, this might be a good location to base out of. It was a short distraction, for shortly past there the trail began to climb. It is a high quality trail. Packed gravel in many of the lower areas and then rock inlaid as the trail continues up to Half Way Lochan. The inlaid rock forming steps and stairs in many places.

Looking Up The Glen

Never Alone on the Tourist Path 

Ben Nevis Bunk House

Trail Marker

Heading Up

Grazing Control Point - Sheep Waiting To Head Out




































We started this hike as a family unit. Trying to get as far together as possible. The route is not for the weak at heart. In the middle of Summer it is highly unlikely for a seasoned, experienced hiker to get lost, but....in fog, mist or snow it could happen, especially at the top. I understand Mountain Rescue performs a number of search and/or rescue missions each year for those who get turned around in the fog. 

My trip up Ben Nevis back in the 1990's, I had purchased a Hill Master laminate map from an outdoor shop in Fort William. I could not find those same maps on this trip, so I am glad I 
Further Up The Glen

Looking Back at Glen Nevis Caravan Park
brought my old map along. A good map is worth its weight in gold.

So, although it looked like we were going to be in the clouds when we got to the summit, our day was going to improve for the better. Having said that, remember mountain weather can change in a flash and you should always head into the hills fully prepared for the worst weather and conditions. To this end, I did gamble a bit and went a wee bit light on fluids. I managed to refill my water bottles enroute, but I know better than to gamble on finding water on the way. Got lucky this trip. 
Plenty of Stone Steps

A Little Higher

Looking Good

Switching Left

Switching Right

Emergency Shelter

Bridges in Great Condition

Trail Erosion 

Still Busy on the Trail

Trail is Rock Solid

Water Fall
We did pass an emergency shelter on our way up and there is a stone shelter at the summit, both lend credibility to the challenges that can occur on this mountain. Know your abilities and prepare for all possible situations.

We as a family made it to a switch back below Half Way Lochan. At this point my wife was concerned her pace was holding us back too much. She said she would make her way to the Half Way Loch and wait for us on our return trip. I do not like splitting up but this is a very well traveled path and my wife knew she was pushing her limits.

My son (& I) really wanted to summit Ben Nevis on this trip. Not a good reason for splitting a hiking party, but that is what happened. My last trip within sight of the summit, I was forced to return due to snow and my hiking partner not having good enough footwear for hiking in snow.

So, after Half Way Lochan there is a waterfall on your uphill side. On this trip it still had a good flow of water even in 

Lochan Meall an T-Suidhe (Half Way Lochan)
August, and I would refill my water bottles here on both the up and down legs of this hike. But, as I noted before it can be dangerous to gamble that you can find water along a route.

Above the waterfall the trail becomes more rocky.....and then, just rock. Cairns mark the route through the broken rock. (For those of you who do not agree with altering the landscape with cairns, I assure you on alpine terrain such as Ben Nevis, the cairns keep the hikers on one path and thus do less damage to the environment than if they followed a thousand paths.)  
Water Fall

Way Down to the Caravan Park

Half Way Lochan

Hills in the Hood


Fort William in the Distance
In the snowy seasons, the tops of the cairns are probably the only reference points one would have to stay on trek, safely. Wandering off the path near the summit could lead to a mishap of dire consequences, having a cornice break and you may fall down a ravine. Not good.

This is a slog of a trail in parts and you just have to keep putting one foot in front of another. I was in better shape the last time I was on this hill and did not notice the slog. Older and lazier, I noticed every step. But old has an advantage, mind over matter. I just would not let my body say it was too tired. We
Going Up

Cairn Markers - Helpful in the Snow

Just One More Rise

Into The Clouds

Another Cairn

And Another, Still Going the Correct Way

Above the Tree Line 

Never Alone

Sun Trying to Peek Through

The Other Route Up!!

Solitude

Ravine Near the Summit

The Down Route??
were slow but we did not give up. I wanted to be on top of this hill. I wanted to see the summit shelter. I wanted to stand on the summit.

Onward. Upward. Repeat.

The views along the way are awesome!!. My son was getting a little perturbed, for I was taking lots of photos. In fact, on the down trip he suggested, rather strongly, that I should try not taking any photos. I am sure I snapped at least 200 photos on this trip. It was difficult to limit the shots for this post.

When we started the summit was shrouded in cloud. However, as we climbed higher & higher, the sun seemed to peek through more often. This was a double edge sword, more sun = better views.....more sun, need more water.

After one final ridge we could see the top and we were re-energized. The last couple hundred meters you only had a couple dozen metres of elevation gain. A pleasant reprieve after hours of uphill slogging.

We arrived at the summit at 1435hrs. So, old fart takes 4 hours 25 minutes to summit highest mountain in the UK. 

We enjoy beverages and snacks, take photos and just hangout at the summit for 23 minutes. Seemed like an eternity and a micro-second, at the same time. Time is relative after all.

We started our descent at 1458hrs. Gravity was my friend on the way down, I have more mass than my son, so I was pulled downhill. The knees were screaming from time-to-time, but it was way easier than the slog up.

At about 1643hrs we were passing the location we separated with my wife. She was not at the Half Way Lochan nor at this location. We continued as planned down the hill. At 1719hrs, we are all back together again. My wife was waiting for us at the bench just above the junction on the trail that leads to the Ben Nevis Youth Hostel. We decide we will take  
Summit Shelter
the path to the youth hostel, as it was shorter but steeper. It was a fair choice. Soon after starting this path a rain shower finally catches us. It was short lived and a bit refreshing. 

We cross the bridge at the youth hostel and follow the Glen Nevis Road back to camp. We arrive at camp at 1800hrs. So, our return trip was 3 hours and 2 minutes.....not that anyone was keeping track. Total time on Ben Nevis was 8 hours and 10 minutes.




Summit Shelter

Ben Nevis, Survey HCP

Summit Looking North

Dirty Patricia on Top of the UK
We got cleaned at camp and then returned to the Glen Nevis Pub for supper. No one was happy with the choice to walk to supper, but it was good for us, helped stretch out those leg muscles. The food was excellent and so was the Glen Nevis Ale. 

Our day ended with chores - laundry. Then to bed at 2115hrs. It was a good day. Every sore muscle, every hotspot, every tender under foot was worth it. Worth every step.
Ben Nevis Summit Looking NW

Fort William is Just Over That Rise

Mountain Weather Changes Fast!!

On Our Way Down
So, if you are ever in the Fort William area, set aside a day to go to the top. The top of the UK. The summit of Ben Nevis. This is the throne of the Highlands!!

I hope you enjoy these pictures. This is a trip worth taking.

Until next time,

Good explore something new!

Mountainman. 
The Half Way Loch, Again

Waterfall

Youth Hostel at the End


Hill Master Map - Summit Details