Learn all the winter skills you need to take on the UK's highest mountain and open up the world of winter mountaineering.
Day 1: Arrival & Gear Up
Day 2: Winter Skills Training
Day 3: Summit Ben Nevis
Climbing Ben Nevis in Winter is a real adventure. You might think the UK doesn't have 'proper mountaineering' on its doorstep but trust us, this one's a real belter.
DAY 1: Rock up and get prepped
Day 1 (usually Friday) is all about arriving in Fort William and getting you kitted out for the exciting weekend of winter walking and mountaineering to come. We'll provide you with everything you need to conquer the winter summit of Ben Nevis.
Once prepped you'll meet the rest of the gang and have a bite to eat, before hitting the hay so you're ready for a big day tomorrow, perhaps after a quick whiskey at the bar... or three.
Day 2 is when you'll learn the skills needed to take on the mountains and Ben Nevis in winter time! We'll kick the day off with a traditional Scottish breakfast before donning our gear and heading out.
It's all about the ice axe, winter boots and crampons today. Once we've gone beyond the snow line and found the powder, we'll be assessing the mountain weather and avalanche conditions and moving efficiently and safely through challenging environments. We'll learn how to perform the ice axe arrest, the most important safety move when climbing in winter. This means we'll be prepped with good winter skills ready for a safe ascent tomorrow. Proper adventure stuff!
The setting is sublime. Perched high on the mountain, you'll be moving across the snow with an epic view over the valley below.
After roughly 6 hours out and about, it's back to town for some grub before attempting to climb Ben Nevis tomorrow. Who knew you could learn so much in one day?
Our last day together and it's time to bust out the big guns! Don those winter boots and crampons and your trusty walking ice axe again, this is what winter walking is all about baby! You'll see Glen Nevis in all its glory today. Scotland is truly like no other place on earth. Are you ready to tackle the mighty Ben?
You'll be working together as a team to tackle this beast and pick the best route. At 1,345m above sea level, Ben Nevis is the highest point in the UK. To climb Ben Nevis in winter via this route is challenging enough to make it a real accomplishment when you get to the top, but very doable with lots of breaks to catch your breath, eat a Mars Bar or 5, and snap a few killer selfies.
The notorious CMD Arete mountain track could be in the cards but can get a little spicy in the winter season, so can only be attempted in the right conditions. The pony track is another option, it zig-zags up the hill passing streams, lakes and the infamous Red Burn. We'll pick the best route depending on the conditions and either way, once we're above the snow line, we'll be tackling some real gnarly stuff.
After a cracking winter ascent of Ben Nevis in epic snow conditions, it's back to the hotel to celebrate. As we descend, ice axes and crampons on our backs, we'll be beaming with pride and full of adrenaline after an epic adventure. Now you've learnt all these winter skills, where will you go next?
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