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Ben Nevis February 2021

 
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Ben Nevis Winter Days Out

 

Climb Britain's highest mountain!

Saturday 31st July, Sunday 1st August or Monday 2nd August 2021

ABOUT THE DAY

At 1,345m above sea level, Ben Nevis is Britain's highest mountain. There are numerous ways to walk (or climb) Ben Nevis. The most straight forward is the so-called donkey track, built to take Victorian ladies up to the summit observatory on the backs of donkeys. However, attempting Ben Nevis in winter is a major challenge and amazing experience. It is one of the few places in Britain that can keep snow all year round and one of the first to get snow in Autumn. Winds can blow at hurricane strength at the top and white out blizzards are common. There is no guarantee that we will make it to the summit. But we will have an incredible winter day in the mountains regardless of how far we get! It would be worth getting on a beginner winter skills course that looks at walking in snow (use of crampons / ice axe) before attempting this - either with another provider or with AFS Mountaineering. For our courses please see here. Given the lack of daylight hours there is a limit to how much your guide can teach you on the day.

 

Meeting Point:

08:00am Ben Nevis Visitor Centre, Glen Nevis, Fort William, PH33 6PF

To view the start point on Google Maps, please click here. This will open in a separate tab.

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DifficultyThe approximate total distance & ascent is 17km / 10.5 miles distance and 1,352m / 4,463ft ascent. There is a good track but this is likely to be covered over with snow. Walking through deep snow can be incredibly hard work even if it's a stunning blue sky day. There may also be strong winds. We will get as far as we can while keeping safety in mind at all times. If we cannot even step foot on Ben Nevis, we will still have a wild winter day out elsewhere in Glen Nevis.

Cost: The guided walk up Ben Nevis (weather permitting) is £59 per person if booking for one, £53.10 each if booking for 2-3 people or £50.15 each if booking 4 or more. 16-18 year old's are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian. You will need to provide your own transport and accommodation.

Gear: As well as warm clothes and extra gloves, you will need sturdy walking boots (B2), an ice axe and crampons. We can provide crampons but boots and ice axes can be hired from Nevisport or Alan Kimber in Fort William. You will also need ski goggles and a headtorch. To see the winter kit list please click here

Numbers: I can take a maximum of 6 and a minimum of 2 in order to run the events. If there are fewer than the minimum numbers booked you'll get a full refund.

Here are some pictures of Ben Nevis in winter to inspire you!

 

Guided Trips - Frequently asked questions

Is this suitable for me?


You will need to be fit and have some walking experience. Attempting Ben Nevis in winter is an undertaking - even by the tourist track. The track is relatively popular but the weather could be doing anything. If you've not work winter boots before they can be heavy. I will always try and accommodate everyone but if unsure please drop me an email.




What do I need to bring?


You will need all of the essential kit. You can see the recommended kit list here. You will need to ensure that you have all of the kit. You can hire some equipment from shops in Fort William (see the description above ).




I'm coming from further afield, where can I stay nearby?


This is up to you depending on your budget. There are an enormous range of hotels, bunkhouses, hostels and B&Bs in Fort William. In Glen Nevis there are some youth hostels and the Glen Nevis Campsite.




What's not included?


Accommodation (if applicable), Food, Personal Insurance, Personal equipment, Transport




How much is the trip and how do I book?


The day costs £59 per person. To book please see below. Please ensure you have read the Terms and Conditions.




What are the Terms & Conditions?


Please see the Terms and Conditions section by clicking the link. You can also see the Disclaimer and Privacy Policy.




I've got some more general questions...


Please see the General FAQ section by clicking the link here. If you've still got questions then please get in touch!




How do I get there?


Fort William is on the main rail line to the rest of the UK. There are frequent Citylink buses from across Scotland. Getting to Glen Nevis is more tricky and may require a taxi. You can drive to the start although parking is limited!





 
 
FABIAN SEYMOUR

Summer Mountain Leader

Winter Mountain Leader

Rock Climbing Instructor

NNAS Tutor

fabian@afsmountaineering.co.uk

+44 07968207779

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TO BOOK

If you want to chat to me about the day then please feel free to do so - email is a good start as I'm often out and about with limited phone reception.
If you don't like the idea of the online booking or would prefer to pay a 10% deposit for now, that's fine as I can simply raise an invoice. Please note that this has an additional £5 non-refundable administration fee.
Simply click 'Book Now' for the day you are interested in and follow the instructions. You'll get an automated confirmation reply but I'll follow that up when I get back to civilisation to say thanks and with more detail about the trip.
Please ensure you've read the Terms and Conditions and you are aware of what you need to bring by downloading the gear list.
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