MIC certified guide Ken wants to guide you for 5 exciting days, with 5 exciting nights in a CIC hut, on a climbing course on the cliffs on and around Ben Nevis in Scotland.
Over the course of 6 exciting days, I would like to guide you on several climbs around the amazing Ben Nevis mountain (1,345m), while staying in the highest mountain hut in the country, the warm and comfortable CIC hut (680m).
Because this trip takes place in the winter, the conditions will be harsh. There will be a lot of snow, ice, and wind. As a result, the various climbs we will go on will be challenging. Thus why participants on this trip should have previous climbing experience, and be in good physical condition.
However, I believe the difficulties that come with the weather conditions is what makes this trip so thrilling because it is the kind of trip you not only enjoy, but conquer. And afterwards, you will get to fondly look back on it with a sense of pride at what you have accomplished.
Due to the perfect location of the CIC hut, we will have access to an an array of different climbing routes that we can take each day. Each route is unique, and will present its own set of challenges and highlights. But one thing every route has in common is the spectacular views they offer of the expansive and stunning landscape of the unforgettable Scottish highlands. Some examples of the possible routes include Smith’s route, Green Gully, the Curtain, Point five gully, Tower ridge, Minus Gullies, and many, many more.
So if you are looking to push yourself and climb through some fierce winds and dense snow, send me a request and join me for 6 days climbing around Ben Nevis, where you can enjoy the comforts of the CIC hut, and stand high above the entire United Kingdom.
I can also lead you on this 1 day winter climb of Ben Nevis as well.
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). For the hut, participants should bring the following items: pillow, sleeping bag, casual clothes, spare baselayers, underwear and socks, comfortable shoes for inside and around the hut, washkit, earplugs,
I gained a good insight into the instruction and guiding of mountaineering activities whilst working as a member of the domestic team at Glenmore Lodge in the summer of 2003. Since then, I have skied, climbed, trekked and mountaineered across the length and breadth of the UK, from Cornwall to the Orkney Isles, and overseas, having sought adventures in China, Mongolia, The Indian Himalayas, New Zealand, Japan, Southern Africa, The Swiss, Italian and French Alps, The Pyrenees, Southern Spain and Norway. I enjoy climbing in all it’s forms, whether it be bouldering at Fontainebleau, sport climbing at Rodellar, trad and winter climbing in the UK or alpine climbing in Switzerland. I have also put up a couple of new routes, Mint Sauce E1 5c in Glen Nevis and Feathered Friend V,5 on Creag Meagaidh.
I have completed my Mountaineering Instructor Certificate (MIC), the highest instructional qualification in the UK, which enable me to work both in summer and winter conditions, whether it’s walking, mountaineering or climbing, and is a full member of both the Association or Mountaineering Instructors, and The Mountain Instructor’s Community. I have also completed my International Mountain Leader Summer Training and have worked as a contracted instructor for Abacus Mountain Guides, Martin Moran, Glenmore Lodge, Mountain Motion, West Coast Mountain Guides, Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre, Adventure Peaks, The Outward Bound Trust, Ryan Glass Mountaineering, Hike Pyrenees, World Challenge Expeditions and Outlook Expeditions.
The guide I had on the day was Dave Fowler, not Ken
Fantastic climb of Tower Ridge under Ken\'s expert guidance. We felt safe, secure and confident every step of this breathtaking route. Ken\'s competence and knowledge left us in no doubt that we\'d be more than happy to choose him and West Coast Mountain Guides in the future. Thank you!
Will definitely use West Coast Mountain Guides again. Organising and booking was made easy with Kens help and guidance, offering us a few dates and responding quickly to emails. We had a great four days with two very accommodating and highly competent guides, Niels and Mike who made sure we got the most out of our trip for our skill level. Highly recommend.
Ken immediately made us feel welcomed and we had a good chat on the walk in before gearing up for the ridge ascent. Both my son and I had a fantastic experience thanks to Ken\'s calm, expertise in leading us over Tower Ridge and then descending via Ledge Ridge to round off a great day. Highly recommended!
have just come back from completing an ascent of ledge route and a descent via no4 gully, guided by Ken. absolutely fantastic day and Ken was friendly, professional and very confidence inspiring. cant recommend highly enough and I\'ll definitely be back next season!
Ken took me and my son up the north face ledge route to the top of Ben Nevis. It was a challenge in places - particularly with the snow and ice - but it was an unforgettable experience! Ken was a great guide.
Ken was a fantastic guide, safe, experienced and took us on an incredible adventure!
I made a booking request for a one-on-one guided trip less than a week before the date and was lucky enough to get a guide (Phil) without problem, who did a splendid job and made this a very enjoyable, instructive and safe first scramble for me. Communication was great before the event, too. I‘d recommend this company without hesitation and hope to hike with them again in the future.
Ken was a wonderful guide! He was thorough in assessing our experience and picked the right hike for us. He was full of knowledge and easy to talk to as well. We\'d definitely recommend him and hope to hike with him again ourselves.
On short notice, while traveling through Scotland, we booked a Private Guide to Ben Nevis through Explore-Share.com. We much enjoyed the climb to the summit with our Guide Stuart Mapp; Stuart was the consummate professional and his concern for both our safety and this experience cannot be understated. His direct knowledge of Ben Nevis’s Route, History, Flora and Stories made this trip the highlight of our 17 days in Scotland and Ireland for us. Our success to the summit, and back down, was directly supported by Stuart and made it very much more enjoyable . Thank you again!
I usually do these things with my Husband, but we currently live in Singapore and I’m back visiting family and didn’t want to miss out. I was doubly anxious because our usual guide was unavailable, but Ken quickly put me at ease. For me that’s about feeling like I have all the information I need, being reassured that I’m making good time and having a few scheduled breaks for snacks etc. We also had a good chat, which made the walk in fly by. A very enjoyable day, I felt safe and comfortable throughout. I hope to be back in the future for more adventures.
It was a great experience. It fulfilled all my expectations to have a first approach to winter mountaineering. My guide was great teaching me all the basic stuff related to crampons, ice axe and winter hiking, plus he was a great coach supporting me to make it to the summit.
Hannah the guide was very professional. She came on time, she gave us the equipment and very good and clear instructions. I\'ll definitely recommend this trip. Thank you very much
Been climbing for several years but had never used climbing axes so aim of this trip was to gain experience using two tools. The routes Ken chose were a perfect selection making the climb challenging and very enjoyable. Already looking at dates when more ice is present to climb with Ken again. Ken was great company, has a great knowledge of the highland area and is clearly a very skilled climber. Explore and Share made the whole process very simple and effortless, would highly recommend. Thank you. Dave
Private Guiding on the classic Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis North Face On two previous winter trips up Ben Nevis via the CMD route, I had marvelled at the majestic North Face and dreamt of fulfilling a route on it\'s flanks. This season, Ken helped me fulfil this dream by guiding me on the classic Tower Ridge (IV, 3). The whole experience was absolutely fantastic and Ken made sure to attend to every detail; from communications, equipment provision, weather and condition assessment and climbing advice on route. Ken\'s professionalism certainly enabled me to push my limits, as I felt completely safe within his guiding ability. I was fortunate to have moderate conditions on the day, and this enabled a fairly rapid and highly enjoyable ascent of the ridge in true Scottish conditions. I will definitely be back for more winter adventures
Group of 1
|GBP 935 each|
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The price includes the guiding fee and the hut fee; however, food and personal equipment, as well as accommodations before and after the trip are not included.