Ben Nevis in November?
Rode it in August on a cracking day with my mate Dave. We went up via the CIC hut then round to the walkers path. Back the same way. We had a great day even though Dave’s rear mech hanger ripped off just after the hut on the way up. It’s rocky and loose on the main path but even with lots of walkers, there was good craic. 😀
In November, you can have a great day or a lousy one…..much like any other time of year. The Ben tends to attract the clouds even when surrounding peaks are clear. I recall reading that it is in cloud 9 days out of 10. Eek! It’s one to keep for a lovely day for which MWIS is your friend!
Where we’re you? We were up Stob Coire a Chairn with the bikes. A great early morning start meant we only hit cloud as we came down from the summit. The Ben seemed to be in its usual bank of cloud kind of like Skull Island in King Kong!Posted 5 years agomartinxyzMember
You could check out the weather forecast (for the mountain and NOT Fort William!) Personally I wouldn’t go near it with a bike in Nov. It’s nice to reach the top with a bike when it’s in double figures. You will want to hang about for 15-20 mins for the views/getting sorted for the descent. I would guess that starting a ride from the top,in a group,in temps under erm,7c? wouldn’t be fun (or safe) so choose the day well.
It’s always been June to Aug that I went up it if I remember right.
I’d also be leaving before 8am to be safe. Anything after midday is asking for a yellow air bus down to Bedford Hospital!Posted 5 years agoSannySubscriber
I wouldn’t say definitely no but would point out that the likelihood of getting a great weather day is limited so you need to plan for that.
I’ve had some great blue sky days in November in the high mountains with no snow and nary a breath of wind. Beinn Dearg and Carn a Chlamain last November spring to mind. If there is no snow, your options open up.
In the middle of March, I was up Dreish and Mayar with the temp approaching 20 degrees with virtually no snow to speak off. It’s all about timings and luck.
It’s a fun ride but be prepared to turn back if the weather is guff. I wouldn’t waste a day’s riding to ride in claggy, freezing cloud and risk dropping off the edge of the mountain. If you aren’t familiar with the mountain, save it for a good day and you’ll definitely thank me for it. 😀Posted 5 years agotheblackmountMember
>I guess we’d be pretty mad to try it Nov?<
Not really but the weather odds are stacked against you at this time of year.
Could be a heatwave / bluebird day or full on blizzard. Unless you are on a mission and suitably equipped / experienced then be prepared to adopt plans B,C or D 😉Posted 5 years ago
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