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Off to "the Ben"

Well I'm nearly there, at the end of the week that is. Why is that important? Well my trip to Scotland, and more importantly Ben Nevis, starts of Friday morning - I cannot wait! I've been wanting to walk the Ben Nevis/CMD Arete route for years and now I'm finally going to get to do it. I've been prepping for this for some time, even down to the purchase of my new Mountain Equipment jacket (well I needed an excuse to get Gore Tex's latest Active Shell didn't I?!) and now the preparation is over; kit is packed, maps bought, boots re-proofed and I'm all set and ready to go. Aside from walking the CMD I'm also walking the Cairngorms High Route that takes in Ben Macdui and should provide an extra challenge to day 3 of the trip (let's hope the knees aren't too sore by then). I've also finally gotten around to registering for my Mountain Leaders training and joining the BMC - something that I've wanted to do for ages but have been spurred on to