I Climbed Two Mountains

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Words by Dalene Heck / Photography by Pete Heck

Also, who could resist this face?

We had to catch up from our recent flurry of travel, prepare for the upcoming BlogHouse Ireland which we were managing, draft a couple of big pitches, and of course maintain our own blog and social media channels. It was exhausting and frustrating to stare at the beauty just out of our reach, but we kept climbing and plowing through. Fortunately, the weather had been absolute shit and the rain helped to dissolve the guilt of our entrapment. Our daily dog walks gave us some reprieve and a small taste of our surroundings.


When the three weeks ended we had reached our goal and were ahead of the game of work (for the moment). Presentations were set, blog posts were scheduled and pitches were ready to go.

The homeowners, Katie and Mark, miraculously brought blue skies with them upon their return, and also graciously let us stay on as our flight was not for another couple of days. Even though Mark had just returned from a grueling 10 day bicycle journey from the top of the UK to the bottom he asked if I wanted to climb “The Ben”. With work under control, I did not hesitate to answer yes.

The clouds lifted in the morning and the path was clearer than it had been in all of our three weeks prior.

Path up Ben Nevis

It was six hours of pure bliss and climbing Ben felt like a reward for the metaphoric mountain I had conquered over the previous three weeks.

The actual climb was not very difficult nor technical so it gave Mark and I numerous moments to turn around and admire the view.

Near Summit Ben Nevis

And when we finally reached the summit, we were above all clouds and could see for miles. We lingered for over an hour and in the first thirty minutes we had it all to ourselves.

Ben Nevis Summit
Ben Nevis North Face

We had overheard a local saying that this was his sixteenth time at Ben and had never seen it like this before. It being both Mark’s and my first time up, we had caught a bit of luck. It was worth the wait.

Photo Atop Ben Nevis

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  1. The scenery is beautiful
    The dogs are adorable
    The mountains are incredible
    But what I find STUNNING is your tenacity to have done it! Kudos on such an accomplishment.

  2. As I sit, writing a blog post at my desk, I take a quick break and read your post. I can hear myself exclaim “Wow” as I gaze at your pictures above the clouds. Beautiful.

  3. Amazing! I have heard of Ben Nevis and had friends get together for the climb but have never been able to make it. I am so happy that it worked out for you and your photographs are an amazing source of inspiration! I can only hope that if I get there, the views will be equally spectacular!

  4. Wow. I’ve climbed mountains in these conditions maybe twice in my life, and they were both absolutely mind blowing experiences. Fantastic series of photos from an amazing day 😀

  5. I do love mountains and your pics just literally blown me away! Thanks for this inspiration. Scotland is on my bucket list but now I definitely want to get there – the sooner the better 🙂

  6. Wow, we’ve only managed to look at the mountain in awe as we’ve driven past on our way to other parts of magnificent Scotland.

    We’ve visited Scotland twice now and can’t wait to go back again. Part of the appeal is that it’s so different from home in Australia. I’ll never get to climb Ben Nevis – so thank you for the awesome photos.

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