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10 September, 2023


Ben Nevis - A canvas for self-discovery

The latest 9km by 9am walk takes us on the walk along the mountain track to the summit of Ben Nevis the highest peak in the British Isles. 16.69 km, 8 hours 40 minutes, 1,345 metres or 4,413 feet above sea level. It is an experience I will never forget - 36,000 steps and memories that will last forever.



In August I set out with a group of over 20 hikers from the alcohol-free community Over The Influence, on a 16.7km ‘walk’ to the summit of Ben Nevis, the highest point in the British Isles at 1,345 metres or 4,413 feet above sea level. It is an experience I will never forget - 36,000 steps and memories that will last forever.

I had to draw on everything I had physically and mentally to make it to the top. It is tough going when you’re in your 50s, but it was so worth it.

Ben Nevis was much more than an eight-hour walk up and down a mountain, it was a truly life changing experience. The mountain became a canvas for self-discovery. Even though I was in a group, there were many moments for self-introspection.

The ascent embodies life's journey, marked by challenges, perseverance, and growth. Each step on the way up reminding me of the value of small, steady progress.

Reaching the summit gave me a humbling perspective, triggering my sixth sense. I am standing at a point above everyone else in the whole of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. This feeling inspires humility, highlighting our place in the universe. Yet, it also fuels the realisation of human potential, teaching that with determination, goals can be achieved.

The sixth sense is like a sense of happiness. It’s a magical feeling of wonder excitement, transcendence, even ecstasy. When we connect to nature with all our senses, this magic happens, and our lives can be transformed. Walking up the mountain I was connected through all my senses – the magnificent views, the sound of the wind and rain, the smell of the heather, the touch of the rocks and the taste of the water from the streams running down the mountain side. I connected to something much larger than myself.

Edgar Mitchell, on Apollo 14, said, “In outer space you develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world and a compulsion to do something about it.” You don’t have to be an astronaut to get this. You can use the outdoors and nature to understand your relationship with the planet. Take a step back, zoom out, and see life from a higher vantage point. This can turn daily worries of anxiety to absurdness.

Take a trip up Ben Nevis and connect with the universe!

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Nigel Jones


Founder of the health and wellness channel 9KM BY 9AM.

Author of Walking Back To Happiness” The Secret To Alcohol-free Living & Well-being.

Certified Positive Psychology & NLP Coach - with the internationally recognised, double accredited, International Coaching Federation and Association for Coaching, AreteWay Coaching Course.

Founder of REROOT YOURSELF™ - a detailed look at the science behind nature and wellness. Helping busy people with limited time tap into the art of forest bathing and the healing power of nature. A group masterclass / workshop – designed for organisations and businesses to help improve the mental health and wealth of employees.

Nigel holds a Diploma (Distinction) in Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing). Is trained in the Power Of Awareness, University of California, Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center and the Awareness Training Institute.

Nigel shares with us is Lived Experience of over 700 walks in nature - walking 9 kilometres before 9 o’clock every day since May 2021. Highlights include:

  • The power of being present at every sunrise for the past 21 months
  • Insights into his meditation processes and techniques
  • What he saw and learned on over 6,000 kilometres (equivalent of 150 marathons) of walks in the forest, mountains and coastal areas of the UK
  • How you can benefit from these insights

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