Ben Nevis Fundraising Trek

With Britain’s highest mountain on our doorstep, we really wouldn’t be trying very hard if we didn’t take advantage of the opportunity, so, we are very excited to be planning our first Ben Nevis Fundraising Trek for 8th September.

The day will be split into two different groups, with different experience and fitness levels required:

Mountain Path: max 16 spaces at £35 per person – some fitness and stamina required

Ben Nevis by the Carn Mor Dearg Arete (CMDA): max 4 spaces at £50 per person – for experienced, hillwalkers with a head for heights. Have a look at this video for a better idea of what to expect.

To take part in the trek, please purchase your ticket below.  Please note, there is a £15 non-refundable booking fee.

 Ben Nevis Outdoor Learning and Adventure Things to do in Moray

Mountain Path Route

The route described here is the standard way up the mountain; it is straightforward, if strenuous, by hillwalking standards, but the less experienced should be sure to read all the precautions.  This track is often called the Pony Track as it was built to suit ponies taking supplies up to the observatory at the summit

Terrain: Steep path throughout. The upper section is rough and very stony; it is often snow covered and losing the line of the path easily leads onto dangerous terrain - navigational skills are needed. NB. as with any mountain walk, any ascent when snow is lying on the path requires winter equipment and skills.

Distance: 17km / 10.75 miles
Time: 7 - 9 hours
Ascent: 1352m (Profile)
Start Grid Ref: NN122730

Training Required:  A reasonable level of fitness is required to take part in this trek and is suitable to anyone who is able to spend 9 hours hillwalking.

Equipment Needed: Warm, wind and waterproof clothing is essential. This should include gloves, hat, fully waterproof and windproof jacket and trousers and spare clothing such as a warm sweater or fleece. Cotton clothing such as jeans and T shirts is not recommend as it absorbs moisture and draws the heat from your body.  Hill walking boots with a ‘Vibram’ sole are strongly recommended.

Ben Nevis by the Carn Mor Dearg Arete

For experienced, fit mountain walkers who do not mind easy scrambling but are not climbers, this is the finest way to climb Ben Nevis. This is a truly spectacular route incorporating two Munros. It will live long in the memory and does true justice to the mountain.

Terrain: Good mountain paths for much of the route; pathless section on descent with burn crossing. The traverse of the arete is a long but easy scramble

Distance: 17.5km / 11 miles
Time: 10 - 11 hours
Ascent: 1506m (Profile)
Start Grid Ref: NN144763

Training Required:  You will need a good level of fitness and some previous experience in hillwalking/hiking plus a head for  heights as some spots are exposed.

Equipment Needed: Warm, wind and waterproof clothing is essential. This should include gloves, hat, fully waterproof and windproof jacket and trousers and spare clothing such as a warm sweater or fleece. Cotton clothing such as jeans and T shirts is not recommend as it absorbs moisture and draws the heat from your body.  Hill walking boots with a ‘Vibram’ sole are strongly recommended.

Fundraising

Fundraising is always very important and finding different ways to bring in an unrestricted income can be tricky. However, using our skills and experience to help people tick off a bucket list item or to improve fitness is something we are always keen to do and, if we can turn that into a fundraiser, than all the better.  By keeping prices low, we are hoping our hikers will be happy to raise at least £50 sponsorship each to help us continue our work with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people across Moray.

Kit List:

Mountaineering Scotland recommend the following kit list for summer hill-walking.  Whilst you will be with your guide at all times, this is Ben Nevis and it should never be underestimated, so please make sure you are fully prepared for a day on the Ben!

  • Boots (with ankle support and soles which will grip on rock, grass and mud)
  • Waterproof jacket (with hood)
  • Waterproof over trousers
  • General trekking trousers (not jeans or cotton material)
  • Thermal top
  • Fleece top
  • Gaiters (not always essential)
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves or mitts
  • Spare layer e.g. fleece top
  • Sunhat
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Midge repellent
  • Midge net

Kit List:

  • Rucksack - about 35 litres
  • Compass
  • Watch
  • Torch (preferably a head torch)
  • Food & Drink
  • Persona First Aid Kit (small)
  • Mobile phone (keep your phone on airplane mode to extend battery life)

Transport

Once everyone has booked, we will open discussions about transport and accommodation, but can offer free transport for all those taking part in the event.  It is our recommendation that those taking part in the CMDA trek spend the night before in Fort William, but we are open to discussion and can make arrangements based on the experience of our instructor and the preferences of the group.

If you have any queries regarding the kit you need, your level of fitness or anything else, please email Karen or call the office on 01343 549571