I first got into climbing in the holidays between Christmas and New Year 2010, a friend who had been into climbing for a while asked me to join him on a climb of Broad Cairn, a Munro (Scottish Mountain over 3000ft) in the Lochnagar group of mountains. On reflection after years of climbing this was a pretty easy route but at the time, after "topping out", it was amazing and I was hooked straight away with the views and the elation of the achievement.
A few years on and the challenge of The CMD Arete and Ben Nevis had been in my head for a while and the thought of it kept me climbing, building fitness and experience. After a few postponed attempts due to weather we finally got the conditions we wanted and set off, winter conditions but clear and zero wind, perfect.
What can be said about the climb? I think the photos say it all! Stunning views, an epic ridge, an exhausting 9 hrs on the mountains, blood spilled, self-arresting, valuable experience gained, comradeship and friendships forged.
#THISISMYADVENTURE - and what an adventure!