An Alpine freak dropped into the central Highlands, Ben Nevis is quite unlike anything else in Britain. Complex, leaning buttresses veined with some of the finest climbing lines in Europe, a cavernous north face and an overwhelming, dizzying feeling of immensity put you strangely in awe of our tiny isles for every step of the ascent. Majestic, frightening and enormous fun all in one breath, it’s still one of the few mountains which, no matter how many times you climb it, you never really get the measure of.
Best route via the Carn Mor Dearg Arête. From here, The Ben looks absolutely awesome.