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Skills & Climb: Ben Nevis

Tackle Britain's highest peak in the snowy winter months away from the summer crowds. Spend 2 epic days on the west coast of Scotland as you take on the challenge of climbing Ben Nevis in winter conditions, with crampons on your feet and an ice axe in your hand. Perfect introduction for hikers with a good level of fitness who are looking to dive into mountaineering.

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    Duration

    2 days

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    Start Location

    Fort William, Scotland

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    Date(s)

    January - March

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    Price

    From €700.00

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West Coast of Scotland

This trip begins in Fort William, on the shores of Loch Linnhe, at the foot of the Glen Nevis valley. After a meeting with your guide at the train station, you will travel up into the Glen Nevis valley and hunt out the snow line for an introduction / revision session of crampon and ice axe skills. This helps prepare for the climb the following day and ensures everyone is well prepared to increase summit success chances. You'll spend the night at a local accommodation in Fort William and the group will head out for a pre-climb dinner.

On the second and final day you'll start early for a big summit window and to make the most of the day in the mountains. Once back down from Ben Nevis you'll be dropped back to Fort William for your onward travels.

On this trip you will learn about the following: safe use of crampons and ice axe / Movement techniques on snow and ice / Ice axe arrest (the use of your ice axe if you were to fall and slide down a slope).

This trip is perfect preparation if you're interested in our alpine trips, such as Mont Blanc, with the added bonus of climbing the highest peak in Britain!

find out more about our Climb Mont Blanc Trip here

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Introduction

We will journey to remote areas in order to practice winter skills and to truly explore the mountain wilderness. Ben Nevis in winter is very different compared to in summer. You don't need to have any prior experience of remote hiking. The small group size will enable the guide to give you his/her full attention throughout the 2 days, ensuring your safety and enjoyment, which is our number one priority.

Make sure you come with a good level of fitness as you will spend most of the time outdoors on your feet, moving through the mountains.

    Adventure Overview

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    Duration

    2 days

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    Start Location

    Fort William, Scotland

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    Date(s)

    January - March

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    Guide Ratio

    8:1

  • Ability

    Level A

    Level A

    You’re not quite sure where to start but you’re hungry for an adventure and can’t wait to get going. Bring it on!

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    Price

    From €700.00

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ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

Great news! Your place on this adventure is carbon offset along with our footprint in creating it. To learn more about what we're doing head to our 'Better Business' page.

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Meet The Team

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Introducing our crack squad of mountain lovers and adventure junkies. We spend most of our days plotting, planning and building some of the very best trips out there for you all to enjoy.

Kit & equipment required for this adventure

Please note this is a guide only and you may be required to rent or purchase last minute equipment on arrival, depending on the weather and changes in itinerary.

For the full downloadable kit list please click here.

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YOUR ADVENTURE PACKAGE

We always go through the plan for the trip as well as the current weather and mountain conditions. You will get the opportunity to meet your guides and you can ask any questions and go through your kit.

What's Included?

  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. 1 night accommodation in Fort William
  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. 2 days instruction with a fully qualified mountain leader
  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. 1 breakfast, 2 lunches
  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. All logistical support during the 2 days
  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. All road transport during the 2 days
  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. Pick up and drop off at Fort William train station
  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. Use of safety equipment ( ice axe, crampons and helmet)

What's not Included?

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This Trip is running on the following dates

january 2025
1 Date
Depart

Sat 18 Jan, 2025

Return

Sun 19 Jan, 2025

Availability

8 spots available

february 2025
1 Date
Depart

Sat 08 Feb, 2025

Return

Sun 09 Feb, 2025

Availability

8 spots available

march 2025
1 Date
Depart

Sat 01 Mar, 2025

Return

Sun 02 Mar, 2025

Availability

8 spots available

january 2026
1 Date
Depart

Sat 17 Jan, 2026

Return

Sun 18 Jan, 2026

Availability

8 spots available

february 2026
1 Date
Depart

Sat 07 Feb, 2026

Return

Sun 08 Feb, 2026

Availability

8 spots available

march 2026
1 Date
Depart

Sat 07 Mar, 2026

Return

Sun 08 Mar, 2026

Availability

8 spots available

What to expect from your accommodation

We will stay in comfortable accommodation with breakfast included. The rooming will be private, single-sex rooms exclusively for your group.

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Fort William

You'll spend one night in Fort William at a comfortable hostel. A great place to get to know the other members of the group and prepare for the big climb the following morning.

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    Duration

    1 night

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    Internet

    Wifi included

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    Beds

    Shared

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    Food

    Breakfast and lunch

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Adventure Itinerary

While we try and stick to the tried and tested itinerary below, the mountain and the weather sometimes has other ideas. We will always remain as flexible as possible, which is why we only work with experienced and knowledgeable guides, to make sure we can change any plans if required.

  • Day 1:
    Meet the team and get going

    We will meet you outside Fort William train station at 10am for a trip briefing before traveling up to the snow line for an introduction to the winter environment. This day's session will cover an introduction / revision of ice axe and crampon skills and the style of mountaineering required for a winter ascent of Ben Nevis. By the end of the day you should feel well prepared for the climb. Overnight in Fort William with dinner taken at a local restaurant or pub.

  • Day 2:
    Ben Nevis!

    Today is summit day. We will have an early start to make the most of the day as we make our way to the summit of Ben Nevis. The specific route you will take will depend on the weather and current conditions, as well as the general ability of the group. Once the climb is in the bag we take you back down to Fort William and bid farewell.

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Meet your guides for this adventure

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Stuart

UK Guide

Stuart has over 20 years of experience in the UK and further afield. Stuart's exceptional knowledge of the UK outdoor adventure scene is unrivalled and his attention to detail on each trip makes all of our UK adventures feel special. Stuart's energy is contagious and his passion for adventure is always firing at 100%! And there's nothing he likes more than a nice cold beer at the end of the day.

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Ben

Mountain Leader

Ben is a fully qualified British UIMLA International Mountain Leader with Swiss and French equivalence and he is also a fully-qualified Swiss Brevet Fédéral Ski Instructor and an ISIA card holder and an accomplished outdoor educator and a qualified Outdoor Education and Geography teacher. He has been based in the Alps for a long time and has extensive knowledge on a whole variety of treks and adventures. Ben brings a whole bunch of experience to our guiding team, having worked as an Expedition Leader in challenging environments around the world in countries such as Borneo, Mongolia, Morocco and Costa Rica and at home in the European Alps, responsible for the safety and success of expeditions for many years. His passion for the mountains is infectious and he loves sharing a summit photo or long-distance trek with our community.

Are you ready?

Our adventures are attributed a difficulty level from A to E. This Skills & Climb: Ben Nevis trip is rated Level A, for beginners and newcomers We recommend you only book a trip that reflects your ability.

Level A

For beginners and newcomers

  • You’re not quite sure where to start but you’re hungry for an adventure
  • Little / no prior experience
  • Shorter time duration
  • No technical skills required but keen to learn
  • Basic level of fitness
Think you've got this?

This trip is at this level

Level B

For those with some prior experience

  • You have some previous experience in the outdoors, whether that’s hiking, skiing or climbing, and are keen to build on that
  • You will either be starting to venture into more technical terrain or slightly more challenging environments
  • Some basic skills
  • Moderate fitness

Level C

For accomplished adventurers

  • You enjoy challenging yourself physically and mentally
  • You’re comfortable on multi-day adventures and you call yourself an avid adventurer
  • You're not quite George Mallory but you subscribe to his 'because it is there' attitude
  • Strong level of fitness

Level D

For the pros

  • You're ready to test your skills on the next challenge
  • You're comfortable in most types of alpine environments
  • Some level of technical skills
  • Strong level of fitness

Level E

For the experts

  • You’ve been on multiple adventures and have built up a solid skillset to tackle most challenges out there
  • Good technical skills and knowledge
  • Experienced in alpine/mountains environments
  • Very high level of fitness

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