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Ben Nevis and the Carn Mor Dearg arête, Scotland. by Justin Foulkes


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The North face of Ben Nevis from Carn Mor Dearg, shortly before sunset.

Featured in ‘Mountains in Time’, ‘Our Planets Scenery’ and ‘Mountains across the globe’

For a long time I’ve been wanting a sunrise shot of the North face of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain. This means camping on the nearby peak of Carn Mor Dearg. Shortly after arriving at the peak, a temperature inversion developed, cloaking the slopes of Ben Nevis with a misty veil of cloud.

It was a truly sublime end to the day and I shot numerous versions of this view along the ridge towards the summit (including a colour panoramic version, available direct at

After a spectacular night under a clear and starry sky, I woke to a typically damp, grey and misty Scottish morning. I guess the sunrise shot will have to wait for another year!

If you’d like to see more of my Scottish Highlands images, from this trip, and others, please visit my website,

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The images herein do not belong in the public domain. All images are copyrighted to and owned by Banana Pancake Ltd and may not be copied, edited, published, uploaded or used for any purpose whatsoever, commercial or otherwise without the express written permission from the photographer, Justin Foulkes.
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Professional travel and landscape photographer, based in South Devon. A keen hiker and mountaineer, I love the outdoors, particularly the wilder places of the world.

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  • Michael Treloar
    Michael Treloarover 3 years ago

    Great looking ridge line, stunning start to the day.

  • Thanks Michael (and for the feature!). It’s a great route to the UK’s highest mountain. Thankfully most people take the easier ‘tourist’ route up the other side, so it’s pretty quiet. I certainly got lucky with the inversion that evening.

    – Justin Foulkes

  • ThePhotoMaestro
    ThePhotoMaestroover 3 years ago

    Spectacular shot!

  • midnightduchess
    midnightduchessover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 3 years ago

  • Andrew S
    Andrew Sover 2 years ago

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  • Kat Simmons
    Kat Simmonsover 2 years ago

    Fantastic composition, great work!

  • michelmc
    michelmcover 2 years ago

    You go there so we can see it,,great shot,,

  • photobymdavey
    photobymdaveyover 2 years ago

    Cracking picture, still to do Carn Mor Dearg

  • colsart
    colsartover 2 years ago

    Love this shot gives it even more atmosphere in mono

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