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New Year's Day 2021 on Ben Nevis

Fort William, United Kingdom

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Experience hosted by Richard

9 hours
Includes equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We the start day meeting at the Ben Nevis Inn. Here we will meet and greet, discussing the kit and weather for the day. The journey starts, with a gentle introduction to the Pony Track, built in 1883, with plenty of history about the area along the way. Ascending steadily, we reach half way up approximately 2 hours into the journey, with a good opportunity to feed, and refill water bottles at the Red Burn.
Now we start to ascend the famous Zig Zags, gaining height rapidly, along with the extending views across Ardnamurchan to the Great Glen. The plateau will be reached, followed by a steady walk to the summit, arriving in about 4 hours from the start.
There is plenty to see on the summit whilst we eat (Weather allowing). The ruins of the Weather Observatory (1883-1904), The old "Hotel", and the iron frame that held Clement Wragge's observation instruments which pre dates the Observatory. If the weather allows, we can see the rest of Scotland...Mountains in every direction.
We will descend the same path back to The Ben Nevis Inn, returning at approximately 5pm.
We will take a series of photographs to document your day, which will become available to you as part of our service.
Other things to note
Open to all Walkers of varied ability. Expect it to be cold up there, with full winter clothing essential. Crampons are likely to be necessary (We have limited stock of hire axes and crampons, and some winter clothing available. If any questions kit or personal fitness regarding, please contact us.
We the start day meeting at the Ben Nevis Inn. Here we will meet and greet, discussing the kit and weather for the day. The journey starts, with a gentle introduction to the Pony Track, built in 1883, with plenty of history about the area along the way. Ascending steadily, we reach half way up approximately 2 hours into the journey, with a good opportunity to feed, and refill water bottles at the Red Burn.
Now we start to ascend the famous Z…

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What's included

  • Equipment
    First Aid Kit and group shelter provided. Limited quantities of waterproof...
From £80
/ person
Fri, 1 Jan
08:00 - 17:00
Join 2 other guests
£80 per person
£80 per person

Meet your host, Richard

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 3 Reviews
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I have a strong background in the UK Mountains, having lived and worked in The Lake District and Mountain Guiding in The Scottish Highlands.
I have been a Hillwalker ever since I can remember, which progressed to Scrambling, then Rock Climbing, and finally got into Winter Mountaineering, which has been my favourite "Sport" for over 13 years.
I have gained a wealth of outdoor and instructing experience over the years, leading Tourists up onto the UK's highest Peak, taught Navigation to a high standard, introduced people to Outdoor Rock Climbing, supervised DofE Expeditions, and instructed on all the skills required for safe Mountain Travel, whether in Summer or Winter and a Hill Going Member of Mountain Rescue. I hold the highest UK hillwalking qualification, which allows me to take people in the mountains in any conditions...
I have a strong background in the UK Mountains, having lived and worked in The Lake District and Mountain Guiding in The Scottish Highlands.
I have been a Hillwalker ever since I can remember, which progressed to Scrambling, then Rock Climbing, and finally got into Winter Mountaineering, which has been my favourite "Sport" for over 13 years.
I have gained a wealth of outdoor and instructing experience over the years, leading Tourists up onto the UK's highest Peak, taught Navi…
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Where you'll be

Lochan Meall an t-suidhe, referred to as The Half Way Lochan, a glacial pond.
The Red Burn waterfall, fed from a spring.
The Zig Zags. The famous ascending path on The Ben's flank.
Navigation Cairns. Way markers for use in very poor weather.
The Summit and Weather Observatory, built in 1883.
The Water Butt, the water source for the Observatory, hard to find if you don't know where it is.
The are also film locations that can be seen on the route.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 3 reviews.

Chloe
January 2020
Such an amazing day! Bigger group than expected but 3 lovely guides who each are wonderful and friendly, share a laugh and make the experience as great as it can be. They had no issue keeping up with the faster among us and being behind with the last of the group. Really made everyone feel welcome. :)
Such an amazing day! Bigger group than expected but 3 lovely guides who each are wonderful and friendly, share a laugh and make the experience as great as it can be. They had no is…
Kat
January 2020
Everyone needs to do this! Rich is great and does a fab job looking after the group with the other mountain guides. What a fantastic start to 2020!
Stefan
January 2020
Excellent experience although with the strong wind & and minus 12 degree windshield temperatures a challenging but great experience

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  • Fri, 1 Jan
    08:00 - 17:00
    Join 2 other guests
    £80 per person

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

https://www.richmountainexperiences.co.uk/kit-lists

you will get kit list once you are booked, we can supply some of the items or you can hire it