Ken, a MIC certified guide, wants to guide you on a 1 day, winter adventure to the summit of the United Kingdom's highest peak, the great Ben Nevis mountain.
The Ben Nevis mountain (1,345m) in the highlands of Scotland is a wonderful mountain that is well worth the ascent. However, in the winter season, the climb, while still accessible, becomes much more difficult. Thus adding an added element of challenge to an already exciting climb.
The climb to the top of the Ben Nevis peak will take approximately 8 hours to complete. And for anybody who has been in the northern United Kingdom during the winter can attest, the weather conditions can be quite rough. There are furious winds, freezing temperatures and thick snow. But when you reach the summit, in spite of those frigid obstacles, the glory you will feel will stick with you long after you have descended along the same way you came.
The trip will begin at approximately 8:00 am. We will leave from the Achintee Inn and make our way up the zig-zagging mountain track. We will then reach the Lochan Meall (600m), which has some great views. After that we will cross the Red Burn (700m). From here, the path, which will be hard to see depending on the snow conditions, will be tough, and may require crampons and an ice axe. We will the continue up to the summit, where on a clear day you will get a magnificent view of the Loch Linnhe toward Glencoe and down to the Isle of Mull. From the summit, we can venture another kilometre, braving the abusive winds, to the summit cairn, which is the highest point in the entire United Kingdom!
If you are looking for a great adventure in the Scottish highlands, you can’t do much better than scaling the great Ben Nevis mountain. So send us a request, and let us take you to the top of the nation.
Would you like to do more Scottish climbing? If so, I can also take you on this 4 day climb of the Skye Cuillin Monros.
There are several accommodation options around the Ben Nevis peak that I would be happy to recommend to you.
Participants should have the following items with them: Socks, fleeces, thermal layers, synthetic belay jacket, walking trousers, warm hat and waterproof gloves, waterproof jacket and over trousers, rucsac, bivvy bag, gaiters or stop-tous, head torch, first aid kit, compass, flask, lunch or spare food, ski goggles, trekking poles (these are optional), suitable boots, crampons and ice axe (both of these items can be rented before the trip begins). Because of the possible extreme weather conditions on the mountain during the winter, if it is deemed unsafe to make the full climb, we will turn back. As a result, there is no guarantee you will reach the summit on this trip, but we will do all we can, within reason, to make it happen.