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Ben Nevis - Winter

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Challenge yourself on a winter ascent of the UK's highest summit.

  • 60 British pounds

About this event

Our route to the roof of Britain will follow the traditional 'Pony track' or mountain path. Constructed in 1883 this was the original route to the summit and was used for several decades to service the weather observatory and later, the hotel! Known by some as the 'Tourist route', in full winter conditions, when the path is completely obliterated beneath snow and ice, when large cornices fringe the summit plateau and visibility can be reduced to completely zero, an ascent to the UK's highest summit is a very serious undertaking. Axes and crampons with be essential and an excellent level of fitness will be required. It is not at all unusual to experience temperatures below -20 degrees on the summit and combined with windblown snow and ice, conditions can very often feel highly inhospitable. To be ready to take on this challenge you will be an experienced hill walker, and would have been regularly walking the munros throughout the summer months. You will be accustomed to walking in adverse weather conditions for 10 hours or more with a heavy pack and be physically very fit. A winter ascent of Ben Nevis, particularly when conditions are less than favourable can feel twice as tough as a summer ascent. Beyond the physical challenge, the greatest difficulty in reaching the summit in winter conditions is navigation. From December through to March, even the navigation cairns can be buried and steering a safe route across the plateau requires great care and precision. Your highly experienced guide, a qualified Winter Mountain Leader, will take care of all of the logistics, navigation, and decision making ensuring everyone's safety at all times creating the best possible chance of success. Additional Information Maximum Group size is 6 and online booking is available on the following dates: Saturday 23rd December 23 All participants will require an ice axe and crampons (not micro-spikes). If you do not have your own equipment then I do have a limited supply available to hire at a small additional charge of £10. Please drop us an email with your requirements. Equipment can also be hired locally. You might like to try: Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports in Fort William - 01397 706220 / fort.william@ellis-brigham.com Scottish Mountain Hire based in Fort William - 07752 587388 info@mountainhire.co.uk


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Cancellation Policy

If you choose to cancel your booking : Booking cancellations must be made in writing. If you cancel more than 28 days before an event takes place, your payment will be refunded minus a £10 booking deposit. If you cancel 28 days or less before an event takes place, no payment will be returned. We do not offer credit towards future events in place of a refund. We strongly recommend you take out appropriate holiday insurance to cover for unforeseen events that may cause you to cancel your booking. If we have to cancel your booking : Regardless of reason, in the very unlikely event that we have to cancel your booking, then we will refund your payment in full. We will try and give as much notice as possible. For weather related cancellations, notice could be as short as a couple of days. For other reasons, we would hope to give a fortnight's notice, possibly more. We cannot be held liable for additional costs you may have incurred such as accommodation or transport you may have booked.


Contact Details

07585700395

walkglencoe@outlook.com


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