Ben Nevis
United Kingdom - Scotland
4,409 feet 1344 meters

My Memories Are Everything® climbs are to raise awareness and research money for Alzheimer's Disease. My mom, Ida, passed away from Alzheimer's in 2009.

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Summited March 5, 2012

Scottish Highlands : Ben Nevis (4,409'/1344m)

Alan on Ben Nevis Summit eastern traverseI am excited to continue to climb the world to end Alzheimer's. I summitted the highest in the UK, Ben Nevis on March 5, 2012. I was in the UK speaking at the Alzheimer's Disease International annual conference. I told the story of my mom, Ida, her struggles and my sense of helplessness at the time.

However since her death in 2009, I have channeled those feelings into raising awareness that Alzheimer's is a disease, just like cancer or diabetes but unlike many disease, has no cure, no effective treatment and no simple means of early diagnosis. This all must change and it will come with more money invested in research, education and awareness. That is the message I sent from the highest peak in the UK.

Known as simply Ben by the local, it is steeped in history and acclaimed as one the primer climbing spots in all the UK. It is located in the Scottish Highlands at the western end of the Grampian Mountains. The nearest town in Fort William and also Glasgow.

The first summit was recorded in 1771 by a botanist, James Robertson. In 1883 an observatory was built on the summitand is no longer in operation today but the trail aka the Pony Track, remains popular and is used by tens of thousands each year. The John Muir Trust bought massif and surrounding area in 2000.

Ben is climbed year round but is famous for difficult weather with clouds covering the summit nearly 80% of the time in winter and 50% in summer. It is said the summit is clear one out of every ten days. The average summit temperature is around freezing and it receives twice as much rainfall as nearby Fort William. However I had a rare, prefect weather day on March 5, 2012!

I climbed the classic Tower Ridge, an 1800' ridge line with significant exposure and several tricky parts. It is graded as a Scottish level iV, 3 meaning the route has steep ice with short vertical steps or long pitches up to 70, or mixed routes requiring advanced techniques. I climbed with Ken Applegate arranged by Mike Pescod of Abacus Mountaineering

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