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Ben Alder Bike 'n' Hike

Friday PM 20th - Sunday 22nd Sept 2024

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About the event:

Where is the Adventure?


The Ben Alder Range sits in the central highlands of Scotland. There are various approaches - all of them long. These are very remote Munros! There are six in total. A magnificent ridge of four Munros, and the other two with a different character each. A stunning remote landscape. Ben Alder itself with its hanging coire is easily on par with the North Face of Ben Nevis!


We'll be approaching from Dalwhinnie which is on the main rail line between Edinburgh / Glasgow / the UK and Inverness. It is also well served by Citylink Buses and the main A9 trunk road.



About this Adventure


One of the finest ways to reach Ben Alder is a cycle down Loch Ericht followed by a circular route from Culra Bothy. Lots to encounter - high plateaus, lochans, ridges, fantastic views - all while bagging 6 Munros! This is a magnificent area and we want to enjoy it. To savour it. To experience it. Experience the wild and experience being in the middle of nature and the mountains.


Ben Alder is a popular place, and there are often through bikers as well as Munro baggers camped up which can make for some nice social but quiet gatherings. Or not as you like! Escape the hutle and bustle of work and life and just enjoy being alive.


The estate track along Loch Erict has been massively improved in recent years (there are still a few steep ascents - with no shame in getting off the bike and pushing!).


The plan is to cycle in on the evening of day 1 and set up a wild camp. The cycle route is roughly 15km each way. It takes approximately 2 hours to cycle in. We'll set up our tents, have some food (I'd recommend having a big lunch in civilisation) and then get an early night.


On day 2 we’ll take in the elegant narrow ridge of the four Ardverikie Munros.


On the final day we’ll tackle the Ben Alder pair and then cycle out. Depending on the weather, we may reverse the order we do these Munros. This is here as a guideline. There is of course no guarantee we'll get all of the Munros we plan for. This will be weather and group dependent and part of being a Munro bagger!


Munros:

Ardverikie Munros:

  • Beinn Eibhinn (1,102m / 3,615ft)

  • Aonach Beag (1,116m / 3,661ft)

  • Geal-charn (1,132m / 3,714ft)

  • Carn Dearg (1,034m / 3,392ft)


Ben Alder Munros:

  • Ben Alder (Beinn Eallair) (1,148m / 3,766ft)

  • Beinn Bheoil (1,019m / 3,343ft)


Please note - given the time of year there could be the start of storms coming in. It's been increasingly difficult to predict usual weather patterns as the global climate continues to change rapidly. Winters come later and stay later, but early autumns can be tropical even in to October or horrendous.


Please ensure that you have travel insurance to cover any pre/post event accommodation if you need it. We'll not head out to spend 3 days soaking wet and cold. If the weather is going to be awful we''' postpone until Spring. We won't offer refunds if the weather goes against us - but an automatic transfer to dates we can all do, or a transfer to a different event.


This event will be run by Nav, and you can read about him here!

Meeting Point:

Meet at 1500 at Dalwhinnie Station here. Please click on the links to see the exact location in Googlemaps. These will open in a separate tab.

Difficulty:

There are good tracks around the area but some pathless sections and a bit of scrambling. There are exposed narrow ridges but no significant technical difficulties. They are nevertheless long days and we’ll be wild camping. The cycle way is rough as we approach our destination - but again, there is no shame in getting off to push for a bit!

Prerequisites:

Recent hillwalking experience. We will be cycling in on good trails but getting used to cycling with panniers and the extra weight would be useful. Experience of wildcamping is essential given the time of year. If in doubt, please get in touch with us.

Cost:

The trip costs £200 per person with discounts for booking more than one.

16-18 year old's are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

You will need to provide your own transport, bike, travel insurance and accommodation if needed before and after the event.

Given the remote nature of this adventure and the wildcamping aspect, we can't offer single day options for this one.

Numbers:

There are a maximum of 6 places and a minimum of 3 for the trip to take place.

Equipment:

Please see the All Activities and wildcamping section of the kit list here. In addition you will need a mountain bike, lock and helmet.

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