My fourteen year old son and I climbed Ben Nevis in May this year. We climbed Snowdon previously and this by comparison was much harder and should certainly not be contemplated unless you are used to prolonged physical exercise.
You have to plan ahead weather wise and although the route is easy to follow, I would pay careful attention to the climate before setting off and always take a good range of clothes as the temperature can vary by 10 degrees between the base and the summit, as it did on the day we climbed.
Unlike Snowdon, there is no café half way up for refreshments or at the summit, so you need to take plenty of fluids and nourishment with you.
The views are amazing though, and we saw an elderly couple jogging down when we were half way up, and to be honest they inspired us to carry on to the top, as they apparently jog up and down it very regularly and they are in their eighties. Amazing.
Once you have been returned to the bottom, I fully recommend a pint at the Ben Nevis Inn. This was the most welcome pint of Magners I have ever had.
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