Photo by Dan Serman
|Range/Region:||United Kingdom, Ireland, & Iceland|
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug|
|Year first climbed:||1771 First recorded ascent|
|First successful climber(s):||James Robertson|
|Nearest major airport:||Glasgow|
|Convenient Center:||Fort William|
Ben Nevis is the highest peak in the United Kingdom. Though modest in height, it is a bold mountain, comprised of volcanic rock, and baring a northeast face that is two miles long and 2000 feet high. This sheer cliff-wall has several excellent rock-climbing routes, and has a well-equipped hut at its base. There are other climbs in the area as well, as Ben Nevis is part of a large complex of ridges, buttresses, walls and gullies. The main route is fairly easy in decent conditions. In Winter meters of snow can pile up and make the climb much more challenging.