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Ben Nevis Challenge
Summit Ben Nevis, the fabulous highest peak in Scotland,
Our base is Fort William - nestled at the foot of mighty Ben Nevis. Your challenge will be to summit the highest peak in Scotland
You will tackle 'The Ben' via the classic 'Pony Track', which climbs from Glen Nevis, via Lochan Meall and the crashing Red Burn before the final punishing zigzags' to the top.
You will be accompanied by an experienced & qualified mountain leader whose role it is to ensure that you are safe at all times. Your leader will have a breadth of outdoors experience and will be a qualified first aider.
Staying in a comfortable bunkhouse style accommodation near Fort William.
Collection from Glasgow International Airport on Friday
Transfer to accommodation in or near Fort William for evening meal
Evening briefing on following days activities.
Transfer to start of walk. Event start - 08:30.
Return to accommodation for wash up, unwind and get ready for celebratory evening meal.
Expected duration of event - approx 8 hrs.
Pack, and get ready for return transfer back to Glasgow International Airport (Mid Morning).
2 nights comfortable bunkhouse style accommodation in or near Fort William. Please bring a towel with you, but bedding is provided.
What is a Level 2.5 Trekking Challenge Like?
For this type of challenge - you can expect either distance (up to 12 or 15 miles), or altitude gain - around 1000m. But not both! If you climb, then the distance will be less, if you cover the distance, then the altitude gain will be little. Typically conditions underfoot will be good - although there are exceptions to this. If you encounter rough conditions underfoot, then the distance / altitude will be reduced. These events would suit someone of good all round fitness, who takes exercise regularly - without neccessarily being of high fitness.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 2.5 ‘Trek’ ?
You must be active and with moderate fitness level. You should be taking regular exercise, consisting of regular walks and possibly other sports (swimming / football etc.) You should be comfortable in undertaking long country walks of up to 7+ hours or 15+ miles in the lowland English countryside.
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
You should be used to walking reasonable distances each day to contemplate this trek. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Included In Trip
Detailed Joining Instructions
Qualified & First Aid Trained Mountain Leader
Safety system for the weekend
Group safety equipment
2 Nights bunkhouse style accommodation
2 Continental breakfasts
Transfers to and from Fort William
Transfers to start of the trek
Excluded From Trip
Travel to and from Glasgow International Airport at start and finish of trip. Lunches & Dinners.
Suncream, blister repair kit, plasters, vaseline, painkillers, sunbloc
Pack towel (lifesystems recommended), soap (small bar)
shampoo (not a full size bottle!), toothbrush, toothpaste (small size)
Hill walking items
Sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner - please check whether you require a sleeping bag
Day sack (25-35 litre)
Rucksack liner(s) / plastic liner(s)
Bladder system (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking poles (highly recommended)
Sun hat (wide brimmed), neck scarf
Lunches - you may wish to pre-pack lunches, but please check this with us
Snack foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.
Lightweight fleece, medium weight Fleece
Lightweight gloves, heavy gloves (mitten type recommended)
Fleece hat, balaclava
Long cotton trekking trousers, 1 pair tracksuit bottoms
Comfortable trekking shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Gaiters (appropriate to moor wilderness / moorland treks - please ask!)
Walking socks, liner Socks, underwear
1 change of casual evening wear
Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent) & Outer Waterproof Bottoms
Toilet roll / pack of travel tissues, spare lace, camera, film / memory card / spare battery
Wallet, credit cards, cash, sunglasses, spare comfortable shoes, penknife
Mobile phone (packed in a plastic bag deep inside your day pack!), emergency rations (energy foods - for the tough days on trek), head torch with spare batteries and bulb
It is possible to hire equipment via our specialist kit hire providers Outdoor Hire Ltd. We have negotiated a 10% discount for all our mountain challengers.
At this time of year rain is a distinct possibility, and severe weather is also possible. So wrap up warm, and be ready for anything! – make sure you pack according to the list! Remember that layers are the key, allowing you to adjust your level of warmth more easily.
We will almost certainly experience some rain during the expedition, so make sure you have suitable waterproof gear—both top and leggings.
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