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How Long Does It Take To Climb Ben Nevis?

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Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the UK and is situated in Western Scotland; its elevation is 1344 m (4409 ft) and is a part of the Grampians range which includes most of the high peaks on the British Isles. Scaling Ben Nevis is often a demanding activity as weather conditions fluctuate dramatically and an inexperienced climber could have a hard time. The fastest time in which the mountain has been scaled is 1hour and 25 minutes set during a race competition to the summit which is held annually.

For a fairly good climber it would take about 2 hours at a trot to scale the mountain while for walkers it would be about 3 hours with a total of 5 to 6 hours to ascend and descend. It would also depend on the path used as well as the weather conditions prevailing. In any case prior training would be advisable before attempting to climb the mountain as one can be better equipped to deal with any emergency in case it arises.
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Hi i'm thinking of climbing ben nevis then mount blanc i have a few questions
1.how long would training be for me?(13 years old , quite fit rugby player scuba diver , air cadet 172 sqdrn )
2.is there any no climbing roots or easy climbing roots?
3.best time to do it?

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Don't be fooled!, Ben Nevis is a hard climb for an average person just out for the climb. 6 to 8 hours is a fair estimate. A lot of people only make it half way.
In my opinion Ben Nevis is more than twice as hard to climb than Snowdon.
Good luck and go prepared!
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About 4 hours up, this is slow steady pAce. 2 3 hours descent
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Answers to the 3 questions.

1. You don't need to train to climb ben nevis, however you are recommended to be fit to do so, but its not much of a requirement.

2.There are recommended roots for people who don't want too much hassle climbing the mountain, but also there are roots you can take yourself, so its more challenging and more exciting.

3. My opinion is to do it in the winter, as the government recommends you don't d it in the winter, because it is too risky, I prefer it to be risky, but if your the kind of person who just wants a nice day of walking up the mountain, then late spring or summer would be best time.

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