Winter ascent of Ben Nevis, Climb a gully on the North Face of Lochnagar, Stay overnight in a bothy, Ice Climbing AND one day skiing at a Scottish Ski Centre! - This trip ticks most winter mountaineering boxes...
No prior winter mountaineering experience is required and full instruction will be provided on the use of the equipment and the skills required to keep safe in the winter environment
Rough Itinerary will be as follows (note: order of events may change based on weather conditions at the time):
• Meet at Inverness Airport on Saturday morning, then drive to Aviemore for a trip briefing and to explore the town and it's many outdoor shops
• Sunday: Local hike to practice/learn winter hiking skills (appropriate and safe use of ice axe and crampons) - With a likely ascent of a local munro/mountain
• Monday: Drive to the Eastern Cairngorms and hike a short distance, along loch shores for an overnight stay in a bothy
• Tuesday: Ascend Lochnagar! - This could be directly over the plateau, or via one of the many gullys within the corrie of it's famous North Face and hike back to the bothy for a second night in the shelter.
• Wednesday: Hike back to the minibus, via another gully to a local peak and drive to a local ski resort.
• Thursday: A day of pisted skiing (optional activity, not included in the price) - For those not wanting to ski - another hike will be arranged.
• Friday: Drive to Fort William, visiting the National Ice Climbing Centre for some indoor ice and rock climbing fun! (optional activity, not included in the price)
• Saturday: Ascend Ben Nevis! - The route could be either up the tourist track/zig-zags, or we could be a little more adventurous and head to the North face for a gully and/or ridge hike. The final night will be spent in an award winning hotel, famed for it's array of over 500 different whiskies and for it's electric atmosphere and live music
• Sunday: Drive back to Inverness for flights back to London.
The price for this week packed full everything that is 'winter mountaineering' is just £595 (or £545 if booked before 15 October 2017)
Included in the price will be:
- All ground travel from Inverness, throughout the trip, back to Inverness
- 7-nights accommodation
- Food while on the mountain
- Tuition and Guided hikes by an experienced and qualified Mountain Leader
Excluded from the price:
- Return transport to Inverness (flights currently £40, or bus currently £14)
- Winter mountaineering equipment hire (c.£50)
- Optional activity: Ski/snowboard/boot hire and lift passes (c.£60)
- Optional activity: Ski/Snowboard lessons, if required (c.£40)
- Optional activity: Indoor Ice & Rock Climbing (c.£40)
- Food when away from the mountain (e.g. pub dinners)
Note: The weather and ground conditions will not be known until closer to the date and full winter conditions, whilst expected at this time of year, cannot be guaranteed. The trip will go ahead regardless of conditions (The only exception being if the prevailing weather is too dangerous e.g. Thunderstorms)