Things that went well:
- I took plenty of food and snacks
- I took sufficient warm clothes, waterproofs, hats and gloves
- Did not allow sufficient time for packing and other preparation
- Forgot/ran out of time to make a thermos of tea/coffee
- Forgot sunglasses and inhaler (I didn't need either in the end but that's beside the point)
- Did not fully understand the route before setting off
It was an incredible climb. Steep initially but alongside a fast flowing burn that was broken up with many waterfalls and clear pools. There is a high waterfall at the end of the initial valley and then we reached a gentler slope. After this there is a steep ridge. Don't look down... Having climbed this, we were able to see the peak rising up - yet again. Walking along the ridge I found it easier to look up than down even though the path is winding and uneven - looking down I kept feeling dizzy as the ground sloped sharply away and seemed to move at a different speed. Something to do with being able to see ground below the ridge and not being able to reconcile that sight with ground next to the path I guess.
But, we made it!
The walk down was hard and I ached in places I haven't ached for years. I really must buy a set of walking poles as my knees are still stiff one day on and I could hardly move them yesterday evening.
We had a perfect day for the climb, no rain and the wind was only a problem at the summit and the walk back along the ridge.
I'm not really looking forward to Ben Nevis. I believe it is half as high again than Beinn Bhuidhe - 948 meters - but I've been told it is not as steep. Will have to do some proper research before I go!