September 4, 2009

Site names top mountains for non-climbers

A U.S. travel Web site picked Scotland's Ben Nevis as the list-topper for the World's Top Five Climbable Mountains for Non-Climbers.

VirtualTourist.com said Ben Nevis, Scotland's highest mountain, has a tourist side for low-level climbers and the ruins of an old observatory await those who reach the summit.

The California Web site chose Mount Kinabalu in Southeast Asia as No. 2 on its list of easier climbs.

I spoke to a couple a few years ago who did not just walk to the top themselves, but their 5-year-old daughter went all the way up there, too by herself, VirtualTourist member cachaseiro said of the mountain.

The third mountain on the list was Denmark's Himmelbjerget, cited for its 160-yard height, and the Tongariro Alpine Crossing of New Zealand was fourth with an estimated completion time of six to eight hours.

California's Mount Whitney took the No. 5 spot as the highest point in the lower 49 states and was described by VirtualTourist as probably the most difficult climb on the list.