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Day trip up Ben Nevis with the Nelson Tramping Club in fabulous weather permitting views to Tapuae 70km away. Access to the end of the forestry road requires a four wheel drive with high ground clearance and low range so we parked the cars lower down and walked up. A steady climb had us above the bushline in about 60 minutes before dropping down to a saddle and climbing up Gibbs Spur to the trig on Ben Nevis. We continued along the ridge to Spot Height 1642 before returning down the same route.