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    Posted November 27, 2014 by
    markpel
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    Ben Nevis, Scotland, United Kingdom
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Extreme hikes

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    Ben Nevis Hike

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     markpel got this photo in 2009 near the summit plateau of Ben Nevis in Scotland.
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in Scotland and the whole of Britain.

    The most common route up to Ben Nevis is the Pony Track. It is also called a "tourist path".

    I had the opportunity to hike to the top of Ben Nevis twice; the first time on the Pony Track and the other time I used a more challenging route from the other side.

    The Pony Track is a standard hike provided that weather conditions are good.

    Admittedly, quite a few hikers are not aware of the geographical location of Ben Nevis which is only some miles from the Atlantic, yet way up north.

    Only one day out of ten is clear. Weather conditions may change all of a sudden.

    Arctic weather dominates the summit area of Ben Nevis. Even in summer it can snow.

    Each year, there are several fatalities on Ben Nevis, even on the Pony Track.

    Many hikers do not wear warm and waterproof clothing and suitable shoes for the stony trail. Quite frequently, hikers get lost owing to bad visibility and darkness.

    It is irresponsible to classify the Pony Track as a "tourist path", when in fact it is a mountain trail.

    Even the Pony Track hike of Ben Nevis can unexpectedly turn extreme.

    Photo: A foggy morning on the Pony Truck, Ben Nevis.

    Markku Rainer Peltonen
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