Ben Nevis – 15th April 2017

img_5649This web page provides an outline of our guiding service for hiking up Ben Nevis by the tourist path on the 15th of April 2017.

Booking

To book click on the booking form, select the event (15th of April 2017 – Ben Nevis) then complete the form.

Price for a group booking

For up to 6 clients – £210

For up to 12 clients – £350

Seasonal Notes

Mid April is normally the end of the winter season in Scotland. The snow and weather conditions can be hard to predict. There may be large pathches of consolidated spring snow, particularly on the summit plateau, or there may be much more wintery conditions with snow and ice prevailing over much of the mountain. Strong winds, snow and sleet are possible in April and so walkers must be appropriately equiped with warm and waterproof clothing, hat and gloves and winter equipment (winter boots, crampons and ice axe). Mild weather conditions with sunny spells and light winds may also be possible. In the week running up to the 15th of April it becomes possible to forecast the weather conditions with more accuracy. Aspen Outdoors Ltd will advise clients of the snow and weather conditions they are likely to expect in the week running up to the event.

The Mountain and Route

Ben Nevis is the UK’s highest mountain at 1,345m. Ben Nevis has a large summit plateau and 600m high north facing cliffs with buttresses, ridges and gullies, famous for its climbing in winter and summer. To the south of Ben Nevis is Glen Nevis, from which the most popular and easiest route to the summit starts.

Starting point: Glen Nevis Vistor Centre Car Park, about 2 hours 30 min from Glasgow. Once in Fort William look for the sign post (at a roundabout) for Glen Nevis. Take this road to Glen Nevis, leaving the A82, and drive for about 1 mile. The visitor centre and car park is on your left.

Distance: 17km / 10.75 miles

Height Gained: 1,352m

Time: 7-9 hours

What it’s like: Walking up Ben Nevis is a challenging walk. Although it isn’t steep and there is a good path, there is a significant about of height gain making it physically demanding. In winter conditions the summit plateau is covered in snow, covering the path. A series of cairns helps to mark the route, however, bad weather conditions can make finding the right route difficult. It is essential that the correct route is followed on the summit plateau, with steep ground and cliffs bordering the tourist route. Our qualified mountain leaders will ensure the group is kept safe at all times. Views from the top aren’t guarenteed – mist and fog often obscure the views from the summit. If you are lucky to get clear weather however, the views are fantastic in all directions.

Mountain Leaders

Our mountain leaders will hold the Winter Mountain Leader Award and will be firts aid trained. We work to a ratio of 1:6 for winter days (one mounain leader for every six clients). Mountain leaders will provide coaching and instruction on the use of winter equipment like crampons and ice axe. Mountain leaders will also carry group equipment to keep the group safe; including, group shelters and a group first aid kit.

Equipment needed

Winter boots, crampons and ice axe can be hired through Tisos for £20 per day. Click here for more info.

  • Winter walking boots – boots with a stiff sole that take a crampon
  • Crampons
  • Ice Axe
  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Gaiters
  • Day Rucksack (30 litre)
  • Rucksac liner (thick plastic bag is ok)
  • Thermals or suitable under clothing
  • Insulating layers – at least one mid weight and one warm fleece layer
  • General trekking trousers are recommended, not jeans though.
  • Thick socks
  • Hat
  • Gloves and mits
  • Ski goggles (should have double lens to avoid misting up)
  • Whistle
  • Headtorch
  • Rucksack liner
  • Vacuum Flask & Water Bottle
  • Survival Bag – Plastic type
  • Suncream
  • Sunglasses
  • Hill food for the day