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Pick up some winter skills whilst on an adventurous guided winter ascent of Britain’s highest mountain. Although the route is not technically difficult in winter mountaineering terms, weather and snow conditions can be challenging so it’s best to be reasonably fit and have some previous hillwalking experience for this ascent. We’ll be carrying , and usually using, crampons and an ice axe to negotiate the icy snow fields on the upper slopes of the mountain. If you’re not experienced in winter walking your guide/instructor will give you the necessary safety and skills training as we go along.
Weather conditions can sometimes be an adventure in themselves high on the Ben in the winter months. An ascent can take between 6 and 9 hours depending on the snow conditions and the fitness of the group. It’s a longish day so we’ll always go at a pace that’s comfortable for everyone in the group. You’ll need good outdoor clothing suitable for winter conditions – Stiff walking boots suitable for use with crampons (ask us if you’re not sure) waterproof jacket and trousers, and a warm extra layer. A woolly hat and gloves are essential (it can be very cold at the top sometimes). Bring a packed lunch of snack type food. We take frequent short breaks rather than stopping for a leisurely picnic. A hot flask is a good idea. We can usually help out if you’re lacking any items of equipment, just let us know in advance.
We keep a list of recommended accommodation in the Fort William area to suit all budgets, and are happy to assist you with your accommodation bookings. Fort William is easily reached by public transport, both bus and rail.
Prices from £80 per person per day. Discounts may be available for larger groups booking together. Specialist equipment (crampons, ice axe, mountain walking boots etc) can be hired locally if needed at reasonable prices (not included).Contact us to discuss your plans.
On demand from November – March.