Guided Mountain Days & Big Adventures
I put on a number of planned guided trips throughout the year which are open to anyone:
Day Walks - Mountain Challenge Days - Munro Bagging (single days through to wilderness treks) - Special Events (Dark Skies Festivals & Educational Days Out)
These are also social in that you can meet people with similar interests, start new friendships and explore more.
Have a look below at what takes your interest!
Some events such as outdoor to climbing tend to be publicised on our Facebook page at short notice (as climbing is so weather dependent). So do follow our page.
Guided Mountain Days & Big Adventures
Challenge yourself. See Britain as you've never seen it before.
Whatever the weather is doing, heading up to the highest mountains in Britain can be exhilarating, rewarding, mindful and profound experiences. Escaping the normal hustle and bustle of normal life for a day or more.
Whether it's a first venture into the higher mountains, your first wilderness camping excursion, to come and bag some Munros or Wainwrights, or meet new people, we have numerous open events each year that cover everything from single hill day walks, a weekend of separate walks in an area through to multi-day wilderness wildcamping treks. We love the natural world and the rewarding experiences it can bring. We also put on and support special events - including supporting the Dark Skies Festival, mindfulness night walks and educational days looking at mountain flora and fauna
Some events we announce at really short notice on the AFS Mountaineering Facebook Page when we get a weather window so do "like" the page to get updates!
But I have a number of planned events that are open (not private bespoke events) and these are shown below. If you have a bespoke request for a guide, please see the Adventures for You page. These events are there for you to come along and experience something new.
I deal with the route planning and guiding, leaving you to enjoy the day, take photographs, have a new adventure and chat to folk!
I grade the walks and trips with a grading system of 1-5 (where 1 is a straight forward beginners day on good tracks and 5 are long and strenuous mountain days).
Level 1 - Short Easy Hill Walks
These are either quite short routes and/or follow good paths and tracks on approach, ascent and descent. There may be short steeper sections but on a path. Moderate level of fitness is required.
Level 2 - Longer Easy Hill Walks
Approach on tracks or good paths. May include grassy ascents and descents. Decent level of fitness with a moderate level of stamina required for the day.
Level 3 - Moderate Mountain Day
Approaches and terrain not necessarily on paths. Some steep ascents or descents. May include occasional boulderfields or scree and some ridge walking. You will want to have undertaken some previous walks in the mountains (e.g. Ben Nevis Tourist Track, Snowdon Llanberis track, Scafell Pike from Wasdale)
Level 4 - Challengin & Long Mountain Day(s)
Long approaches which may be over rough terrain. Several steep ascents or descents. Some rough terrain (boulderfields, scree, bogs or deep heather). Possible and occasional easy ungraded rock-scrambling which will be highlighted in the event description. You will need to be a fairly regular hill walker in different weather conditions and have a good level of fitness and stamina. Taster wilderness trips fall into this category.
Level 5 - Challenging & Long Wilderness Mountain Day(s)
These will be similar to a red Level 4 event except that we will be wilderness backpacking for several successive days (therefore carrying our camping kit and food for several days). The additional weight and bulk can add to the difficulty on even quite easy terrain. You will need to be a regular hill walker in different weather conditions and have a good level of fitness and stamina.
The upcoming published events are shown below. Please click on each to find out more about a particular event and book. Any questions please just get in touch. To find out about courses please see the main Skills Courses page in the top menu.
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(October - December)
Autumn can be a magical time of year, a feast of colours - with the trees as well we the golden sunsets. It is a time of harvest and mists, sunshine and storms. We have a number of evening and sunset walks to enjoy what the season has and we're working with Adventures for the Soul to introduce mindfulness elements into the evening. So no matter how stressful 2020 has been so far, and is likely to continue to be - take some time out to be at one with nature and find some peace.
(January - March)
During Winter 2021 (January - March) I will mainly be around Aviemore, Glencoe and Fort William running winter skills courses. However it is likely that I'll put on some guided day walks around some of the Munros in the area. This will be entirely weather dependent and will be announced on our Facebook page. I'm also involved with the North York Moors National Park Dark Skies Festival! The planned events are below:
(April - June)
During Spring 2021 (April - June) I will mainly be around the Highlands of Scotland on the Munros! Early spring can be positively alpine. Warm in the glens, sunny clear blue skies and crisp snow-capped mountains. The planned events are below:
(July - September)
AND MORE TO COME!
Guided Trips & Special Events - Frequently asked questions
Is this suitable for me?
It depends on what you are after in terms of an experience and how much walking experience you have! I will always try and accommodate everyone but if unsure please drop me an email.
What do I need to bring?
You can see the recommended kit list here. I can provide spares and other bits of equipment so long as you let me know in advance! I'll do my best to bring stuff along.
Where do we meet?
Please click on the individual event to find out about the meeting time and place. Due to conditions underfoot I may have to alter the start point (this can especially be true in the Fisherfield trip!). If that's the case I'll send an email to anyone booked to come on the trip.
I'm coming from further afield, where can I stay nearby?
This is up to you depending on your budget. I can make recommendations nearby should you be unsure. Simply send me an email
What's not included?
How much is the event and how do I book?
The events are priced individually based on how complex they are and where they are. To book please see the individual event pages and ensure you have read the Terms and Conditions and the recommended gear list for the particular activity/season.
I can't make the dates you are offering but I want to do the trip
What are the Terms & Conditions?
I've got some more general questions...
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