Ben Nevis via the CMD East Ridge

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Route Summary:

Alternative route up the CMD from the south.

Distance: 9.5km one way Kms

Ascent: 1430m metres

Time: 4 hours

Start and Finish:




Steep ground, Navigation, Scrambling.

Public Transport:

Occasional seasonal buses from Fort William to the Steall Falls car parks. Visit Shiel Buses Website for more information on the N42 bus route


Upper Glen Nevis Car Park

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Ben Nevis via the CMD East Ridge Details

The Carn Mor Dearg Arete is the best route up Ben Nevis, if you can handle it. This is a variation on the usual route by ascending the East Ridge of the Carn Mor Dearg arete approaching from the Aonach Mor side.

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Ben Nevis via the CMD East Ridge Route Description

The route starts off at the Steall Falls car park and follows the good path along the Water of Nevis as far as the ruins at Steall. It becomes proper Munro walking after that as you strike off cross country, with a faint path if you’re lucky, up along the Allt Coire Giubhsachan and up to the head of the Coire Giubhsachan and the col between the CMD and Aonach Mor. There’s a final steep scramble to the summit of Carn Mor Dearg, where you can continue along the CMD Arete proper and onwards to Ben Nevis.


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