Ben Nevis Plateau
Descending from the Summit of Ben
The following information is replicated:
Warning: these bearings and distances are only likely to be
of assistance if you are already a competent navigator. Even very
experienced mountaineers can have great difficulty navigating
accurately in severe wind or 'white-out' conditions, such as occur
frequently on the Ben Nevis plateau.
Note: At present (1999) magnetic north lies
about 4.2° west of grid noth for Ben Nevis. In order to
calculate magnetic bearings (i.e. the value to set your compass to)
it is necessary to ADD 4° to the GRID bearings. This
adjustment will decrease by about 1° every 6 years.
- From the summit trig pillar walk 150
metres on a GRID Bearing of 231° to near the top of
Gardyloo Gully (fist marker pole?).
- Then follow a GRID bearing of 282° to
clear the plateau. (A second marker pole is situated 300m along
this second bearing at the top of McLean's Steep).
This card was sponsored by Lochaber Tourist
Board and Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team.
Produced by LMRT, Police Station, Fort William,