10 things to know about Ben Nevis

Friday, 11 November, 2016

If you're considering joining us on our climb of Ben Nevis, 28 May - 1 April 2017, here's some snippets of information which (hopefully!) will help to entice you along! The trip costs €650 and 50% of this is a fundraising amount which you can direct to benefit any area in Beaumont Hospital of your choice. Booking deposit €100. See more information on the itinerary here.

10 Things to know about Ben Nevis

1. Ben Nevis is 1344m (4,406ft) high; the Mountain Track (aka Pony track/tourist path) is around 16km (start to finish) and you should plan to take about 8 hours for an ascent of the Ben, depending on how fit you are. It is a long slog!

2. It is estimated that more than 150,000 people climb ‘The Ben’ (as it is known locally) each year.

3. The first recorded ascent of the Ben was in 1771 by the botanist James Robertson.

4. The track was built in 1883 for the Ben Nevis summit observatory. Meteorologists made hourly observations there for 21 years from 1883-1904, when it closed. For a while, a hotel also operated at the summit.

5. The Ben Nevis Race takes place annually on the 1st Saturday of September. The record is 1 hour 25 minutes!

6. If that’s not gruelling enough, competitors in the Ben Nevis Triathlon have to complete a 1.9km loch swim and a 90km cycle before running up and down the Ben!

7. The pipes you can see coming out of the north side of the Ben are delivering water from Loch Treig near Fersit. A 16 mile network of tunnels, hand-drilled in the 1920s, transports the water to generate electricity for the local aluminium smelter.

8. Some unusual ascents have made by a Model T Ford, a bed and unicycles! Items carried to the summit include a piano, a wheelchair, a bed, a barrel of beer and an organ!

9. There are no toilets on the Ben. The only public toilets are at the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre (open Easter to October). Please have a ‘leave no trace’ philosophy when you visit the mountain.

1o. The start of the path is relatively easy but becomes increasingly rocky, arduous and exposed. Many accidents occur coming down the mountain as the descent can be as arduous and tiring as the ascent.

To make an enquiry, please call us on 01 - 809 2927 or email hello@beaumont.ie.