AFS MOUNTAINEERING

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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Autumn 2020

(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.

Dark Skies & Mindfulness

In collaboration with Adventures for the Soul

Level 1 walk - Short easy hill walk

Adventures for the Soul and AFS Mountaineering put on a range of night walks on the North York Moors. These are very much based around mindfulness and at times Yoga. For a full range of dates, please see the Adventures for the Soul website or click here.

 

For more information and to book:

 

Keswick from Skiddaw, 31st December 2019

 

New Year's Eve on a Mountain!

21:00 Thursday 31st December - 02:00 Friday 1st January

Level 2 walk - Longer easy hill walk

Normal life has completely disappeared in 2020. Doing things we took for granted is a thing of the past. So do something different for New Year! Come out and celebrate the start of (hopefully) a better 2021 from the summit of Skiddaw near Keswick in the Lake District! This mountain stands at 3,050ft but we start high up making the ascent far easier! There will be two guides as well as something sparkly to drink when the clocks strike! This is suitable for family groups. For more information and to book, please click here

 

 
 
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Winter 2021

(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:

Views from Lovely Seat over the Yorkshire 3 Peaks, 2nd January 2017

 

Great Shunner Fell, Yorkshire Dales

Saturday 2nd January 2021

Level 2 walk - Longer easy hill walk

Great Shunner Fell lies at the head of the famous Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales. It is a magnificent hill which gives commanding views down the dale and around the whole area on a clear day. There is a good path up to the summit which gently climbs up to the summit from Hardraw near Hawes. From here we have the option to head off piste down to Buttertubs pass and up the neighbouring summit of Lovely Seat which gives even more impressive views down to the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks despite its slightly shorter stature.

 

For more information and to book:

 

Leisurely Yorkshire Three Peaks over 2 days

Saturday 16th - Sunday 17th January 2021

Level 3 walk - Moderate Mountain Days

We're going to take in these three magnificent hills over two separate days due to the lack of daylight. We may even get some spectacular sunrises/sunsets (weather dependent). The big day (Ingleborough and Whernside) we'll begin and end from Ribblehead. On the second day we'll tackle Pen-y-Ghent and start from Horton-in-Ribblesdale. Heading out to the hills in winter can be hard work but incredibly rewarding. It can be a truly wild experience!

For more information and to book:

 

Dark Skies & Mindfulness

In collaboration with Adventures for the Soul

Fri 12, Sat 13 & Sun 14th Feb - The Dark Skies Festival

Level 1 walk - Short easy hill walk

Adventures for the Soul and AFS Mountaineering put on a range of night walks on the North York Moors. On previous events we've seen the entire Milky Way with the naked eye as well as learnt about the stars and planets. We've combined this with mindfulness to get into the zone to be awed by the universe! For a full range of dates, please see the Adventures for the Soul website or click here.

 

For more information and to book:

 

East ridge of Carn Mor Mheadonaich in the Nevis range, January 2019

 

Ben Nevis in Winter

Saturday 27th - Sunday 28th February 2021

Level 3 walk - Moderate Mountain Days

Attempting Ben Nevis in winter is a major but rewarding challenge. 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! 

For more information and to book:

 

Beinn a'Ghlo & the Blair Atholl Munros

Tuesday 9th - Thursday 11th March 2021

Level 4 walk - Challenging and Long Mountain Days

Beinn a'Ghlo is a huge mound boasting 3 Munros. Beinn Dearg and Carn a' Chlamain are two remote Munros that are accessible, but requires long days out in winter. These impressive mountains are big days out but hugely rewarding experiences.

For more information and to book:

 

The Cairngorms in Winter

Saturday 13th - Sunday 14th March 2021

Level 3 walk - Moderate Mountain Days

The Cairngorms from Aviemore are magnificent. A skiers, winter climber and winter skills haven. It's a photographer's paradise. There is so much on offer it's a great place just to get out and get as high as possible (Munros are always good!). This weekend will be guided walks around the Cairngorms.

For more information and to book:

 

The Glenshee Munros

Tuesday 16th - Thursday 18th March 2021

Level 3 walk - Moderate Mountain Days

The Glenshee Munros are arguably straight forward. The large eastern plateau offers 6 Munros in a day in summer whereas to the west lies the Cairnwell three. Behind these are some slightly remoter and more challenging hills though compared to their more northern cousins on the higher main Cairngorms Plateau, they are relatively straight forward. These can be great late winter days out. The ski centre detritus litters these hills in summer making three of them at least rather grim and sad places. Once past the ski areas they offer fabulous days walking.

For more information and to book:

 

The North Glen Carron Munros

Saturday 27th - Sunday 28th March 2021

Level 3 walk - Moderate Mountain Days

I'm often asked which is my favourite Munro. The truth is I don't have one. The weather, season, company etc can all have an effect on your enjoyment of any particular Munro. However, one of my favourite circuits is Beinn Liath Mor and Sgorr Ruadh from Glen Carron. The Munros themselves are spectacularly diverse both in vegetation and rock type with their own challenges which by themselves gives a truly rewarding and full day out. On the second day we'll take in the rockier and alpine Maol Chean-dearg

For more information and to book:

 

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Spring 2021

(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:

South Glen Shiel Ridge, Easter 2006

 

Easter in Glen Shiel

Friday 2nd - Monday 5th April 2021

Level 4 walks - Challenging & long mountain days

The popular Glen Shiel trip is back again having had to be cancelled in 2020!

Glen Shiel is famous for it's battles with the Jacobite rising. It's also famous for being the Road to the Isles, absolutely stunning and having no fewer than 22 Munros on offer including the magnificent South Glen Shiel Ridge with 7 Munros baggable in a day.

 

The Glen Lyon & Schiehallion Munros

Wednesday 7th - Thursday 8th April 2021

Level 3 walk - Moderate Mountain Days

The circuit of the four Glen Lyon Munros is a very satisfying day out - Carn Gorm, Meall Garbh, Carn Mairg and Creag Mhor. There is a good track to begin with and a mountain path around aided by old fence posts that are useful in poor visibility. These four Munros on the north side of Glen Lyon lie on a mostly broad and undulating ridge. Schiehallion is a historic Munro used for some very early scientific experiments and the first to introduce contours onto a map!

 

En route up Stob Binnein, October 2019

 

The Crianlarich Munros

Tuesday 13th - Thursday 15th April 2021

Level 3 walk - Moderate Mountain Day

The Crianlarichs are epic. They are the first mountains over 1100m in Britain when travelling up from southern Scotland, England or Wales. There are 7 of them which we'll attempt over 3 days. This is a whole mountain range! And it's stunning. They can be done in a single huge day but we'll be ticking them off over 3 days.

Ben Nevis, April 2004

 

Ben Nevis in Spring

Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st or Thursday 22nd April 2021

Level 3 walk - Moderate Mountain Day

Come and climb Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain! I'll be in the area for the Scottish Bank Holiday. Only £59pp with discounts available, come and stand on the top of Britain! We will be aiming to take less busy routes up The Ben if and wherever possible.

Cairngorms, August 2020

 

Cairngorms 4000s Wilderness Trek

Saturday 24th - Sunday 25th April 2021

Level 4 walks - Challenging & long mountain days

There are 5 Munros over 4,000ft in the Cairngorms (the only other 4,000+ft mountains in Britain are over with Ben Nevis). The Cairngorms are huge rounded lumps with deep glens. We'll take in all 5 of these giant Munros (plus a few other Munros en route) over two days with a wildcamp half way round. Experience the wilderness like never before! If you're new to wildcamping this could be perfect for you.

 

Beinn Dearg approach, May 2020

 

The Alpine Beinn Dearg Range (Ullapool)

Tuesday 27th - Wednesday 28th April 2021

Level 4 walks - Challenging & long mountain days

These hills mark a boundary between what most in Britain consider is a normal landscape and something that is completely far out. Heading further north from Ullapool opens up a landscape which seemingly shouldn't exist in tidy Britain. It is wild. Hills rise almost out of nowhere and stand isolated. These hills are accessible but remote requiring long days. However, for the views they offer they are extremely rewarding!

Fisherfields, May 2008

 

Fisherfield Wilderness Munro Trek

Saturday 1st - Monday 3rd May 2021

Level 5 walks - Challenging & long wilderness mountain days

Perhaps the last wilderness left in Britain and arguably the remotest Munros. These can be done individually over several extremely long days. Or you can head into this magnificent area and wildcamp. This enables you to explore this stunning area - home to some of the best views in Britain. Perhaps given the effort it takes to get there!

 

Views up Llanberis Pass from Llanberis, May 2018

 

Snowdon

Saturday 22nd or Sunday 23rd May 2021

Level 2 walk - Longer easier hill walks

Snowdonia boasts and amazing array of landscapes and geology in a relatively small area. Rising out of the sea it can be seen from the relatively flat island of Anglesea as a dark brooding barrier to the mainland.

Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and has a number of different approaches to the summit. We'll have an enjoyable day and choose one which suits the group and the weather!

Liathach from Beinn Eighe, May 2019

 

The Torridon Giants

Saturday 29th - Monday 31st May 2021

Level 4 walk - Challenging and long mountain days

The three Torridon Giants of Beinn Alligin, Liathach and Beinn Eighe are magnificent and ancient. Torridonian sandstone is amongst the oldest rock groups in Britain. These gnarly old mountains each boast 2 Munros and a host of secondary tops and pinnacles. They are rewarding and scrambly (especially Liathach) though many of the difficulties can be avoided. A head for heights is needed!

 
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Summer 2021

(July - September)

Ben Nevis, August 2018

 

Ben Nevis

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

Level 3 walk - Moderate Mountain Day

Come and climb Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain! I'll be in the area for the Scottish Bank Holiday. Only £59pp with discounts available, come and stand on the top of Britain! We will be aiming to take less busy routes up The Ben if and wherever possible.

Top of Buachaille Etive Mor, August 2019

 

Glencoe Munros

Saturday 28th - Monday 30th August 2021

Level 4 walk - Challenging & long mountain days

The mighty Glencoe stops tourists with awe and wonder at it's beauty. Buachaille Etive Mor from Rannoch Moor is regularly voted the most picturesque Munro and is a perfect pyramid. We'll do a number of day trips to bag the biggest Munros in the area.

We'll have the big days on the Saturday and Sunday, and have a shorter day Monday to allow everyone to get home. 

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. The walks are graded on a 1-5 scale and you can find out more about this in the General FAQs or at the top of this page




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. Don't go and spend a fortune on gear - I can talk about what's good and what might work for you when we meet - especially on beginner days.




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?


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




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


That's no problem - Just get in touch with me and I'll see what dates you are free and whether I am too. Please also see the Adventures for You page. I tend to run the popular events each year.




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!





 
FABIAN SEYMOUR

Summer Mountain Leader

Winter Mountain Leader

Rock Climbing Instructor

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fabian@afsmountaineering.co.uk

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