Ben Nevis – some interesting facts

June 2, 2011
Three Peaks Challenge - Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis Summit

Ben Nevis is normally the first mountain undertaken on the Three Peaks Challenge and sadly, the weather often catches people out. Before climbing you should ensure that you have clothing and equipment for any eventuality, including winter conditions during the summer months! here are a few facts to put things in perspective:

Did you know that Ben Nevis is –

9 degrees colder on the summit than on the base, with an average temperature of 0.3 degrees centigrade

Covered with cloud 355 days of the year

Battered by 261 gales

Clearest during April

Drenched in 4.35 metres of rain per year, compared with only 2.05 metres in Fort William. (The rainfall on Ben Nevis is 17 times the average London rainfall)!

Covered in snow for 6 to 7 months a year

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