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Trust outlines Ben Nevis decision

Posted 6 June 2012
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Trust outlines Ben Nevis decision
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People heading up Ben Nevis with climbing ropes will notice there have been some changes to the lay-out of marker posts on the edge of the summit.

The John Muir Trust has decided to remove the abseil poles from Coire Leis and place a navigation cairn in place of the pole at the top of the Number 4 Gully marker.

It undertook the measures following a public consultation that ended on April 30th, something members of the climbing fraternity contributed to, as well as advice sought from the Mountaineering Council of Scotland.

Head of land at the Trust Mike Daniels said: "We're confident that the action taken and the measures proposed are in line with the responses we received and will meet the needs of all those who use and enjoy the Ben throughout the year."

The Trust's policy is to remove all unnecessary structures on the summit, bar those with historic value, such as the abandoned observatory.

Those climbing the mountain may note this was used to take weather readings between 1883 and 1904 when it closed. 

At the time, there was also a small hotel close by, which closed at the end of WW1.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801378134-ADNFCR