This is a first for me – hiking up Ben Nevis. Another first is bumping into Jamie who was cycling Ben Nevis.
Hannah and I had taken about three hours to walk to the summit of Ben Nevis. The last hour was into the cloud and which created an eerie atmosphere. We didn’t spend much time at the top as it was so cold, windy and crowded with other walkers. It was then we met Jamie who had become a tourist attraction in his own right as the only one with a bike on the top of Ben Nevis.
We took our place in the little queue of people wanting to say “hello”. Jamie turned out to be incredibly friendly and had a really positive sense of adventure about him. He explained how he was planning to ride down once he’d reach the top.
Jamie’s bike looked pretty new. Although I didn’t catch the make, I reckon it was a 29er and a swing tail (with suspension front and back). For this kind of ride you certainly need plenty of travel on those suspension links. I say this as the path ranged from almost flat gravel to steep boulders. Near the top is was rocky, no vegetation and almost moon-like.
After Hannah and I had set off on our descent, we heard a familiar voice behind us telling us “passing you on the right!” as he shot passed us. He was going at quite an impressive pace and great to see.