Am Baile/Jamie Gaukroger
Tucked below the cliffs of the north face of Ben Nevis, the Charles Inglis Clark Memorial hut offers shelter to climbers tackling the ridges on this side of the United Kingdom's highest mountain. At 2000 feet high, it contributed to the exploration of the mountain by giving mountaineers an access point to the North Face and reduced the chance of fatalities following exposure or accidents.
The hut was built in the late 1920s in memory of Charles Inglis Clark who had been killed in action during the First World War and who had been a keen climber. Writing in The Scots Magazine ten years later, his mother described some of the difficulties involved in its construction: “Transport was a serious problem. Everything had to be carried up 2000 feet on pony-back, with the result that the ton of anthracite, say, which would have cost five pounds at Fort William, had risen to twenty-five pounds by the time it reached its destination.” After two years of building work the hut was officially opened on Easter Monday of 1929 in a ceremony attended by members of the Scottish Mountaineering Club.
The hut is kept locked and access is by prior arrangement only.
More information on visiting the area can be found here.