Ben Nevis and Carn Mor Dearg Arete

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Ben Nevis and the Carn Mor Dearg arete (also called the CMD arete) is a brilliant way to reach the summit of Ben Nevis, away from the crowds. The CMD arete is a classic scramble on Ben Nevis, it is graded at as 1, but is in a remote environment with a long approach.

This is the mountaineer’s route as it involves some basic scrambling along the Carn Mor Dearg Arete and takes in two Munros in a single day. Carn Mor Dearg is the ninth highest peak at 1220m and Ben Nevis is the highest at 1345m. The route starts about 40m above sea level.


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This route is often called the CMD arete, the name is Gaelic and it translates as ‘Big Red Peak’ and the arete is one of the Classic Scrambles on Ben Nevis, sometimes it is called the Ben Nevis horseshoe due to the U shape of ridges and summits it forms with Ben Nevis.

Many of the harder parts of the arete can be bypassed using easier paths slightly off the ridge, but this may not be the ideal choice if you have never done any scrambling before as it is part of a long mountain day with lots of rough ground to cover.

With an experienced guide you will be able to enjoy the remote and rugged atmosphere of this special way to reach the summit of Ben Nevis.



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