Location: Ben Nevis
Duration: 1 day
Client to Instructor Ratio: 2:1 Max
With length and character reminiscent of Alpine routes, this climb ranks among the grandest routes in the UK. It's an absolute must for all aspiring British scramblers.
Before Your Course
Your EverydayClimbing mountain guide will be in touch one to two days before your course commences. This pre-course contact serves to introduce your guide, confirm meeting details, and provide insight into the expected weather conditions. Our guides are readily available to address any queries you may have, ensuring you're well-prepared for your upcoming adventure.
On the Day
When approaching the UK's highest mountain from the North, the typically hidden North-East face is revealed, along with the five major mountaineering ridges leading down to the bowl of Coire Les. Our chosen route follows the central ridge, unmistakable from below as it rises from the miniature mountain of the Douglas Boulder to the summit of Ben Nevis.
Our journey commences with a traditional hike through the woods, often alongside enthusiastic rock climbers aiming for the formidable North Face. After a brief stop at the CIC hut for a refuelling break, we skirt around the Douglas Boulder, utilising a steep gully and a short, challenging wall to access the ridge.
From this point, the route becomes notably lengthy, sustained, and demanding, featuring some exposed and airy sections. Throughout the route, your guide will maintain constant roped protection and provide expert instruction. The style of movement varies, at times resembling an Alpine-style progression as a team, and at other times, taking on the focused precision of rock climbing.
The Tower Gap is one of the route's most renowned features and usually a memorable section. While it technically involves rock climbing, it is short-lived, and your instructor will provide specific guidance on hand and foot placement.
Beyond the Tower Gap, further mountaineering challenges lead us within a stone's throw of the summit of Ben Nevis. After a few summit photographs and a well earned congratulations, all we have to do is descend via one of several easy routes.
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This course is available year-round and can be scheduled on any day that suits your plans.
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Our prices are comprehensive and cover the following:
One person - £260
Two people - £310 (£155 per person)
This is a demanding adventure on Ben Nevis, and a high level of fitness is necessary for the approach and return. However, for those with the energy and determination, few mountaineering experiences in the UK can compare.
Our team of instructors are intimately acquainted with Tower Ridge, having scaled it many times under various conditions and in different seasons. We possess an in-depth knowledge of the route and we will be right by your side, providing support, safety, and motivation throughout the journey.
Tower Ridge represents an excellent progression for those with prior experience in graded scrambling. Still, it's also attainable by determined hillwalkers with a strong head for heights, regardless of their age or experience level. While there are some shortcuts and optional sections that can be omitted, we highly recommend including them for the full, immersive experience.
• 25-35l backpack
• Mountain walking boots
• Walking poles
• Water bottle or hot drink flask (1 litre)
• lunch (around 1000cals.)
• Head torch + spare batteries
• Thick socks
• Waterproof jacket and trousers
• Thin fleece or light insulated jacket
• Thick fleece or mid insulated jacket
• Warm hat
• Hiking trousers
• Synthetic/merino base layers
• Personal medication
• Sun lotion & midge repellent/head net
• Waterproof stuff sacks for everything
• OS map
• Waterproof map case
• Compass (Silva type 4 recommended)
• Climbing helmet
• Belay device and karabiner
• Emergency shelter (Orange bag)
To guarantee your comfort and security throughout our activities, we strongly advise all participants to come prepared with the complete equipment listed. While our activities may proceed even if participants do not have the entire kit list, please be aware that EverydayClimbing and our instructors retain the right to modify the itinerary or conclude the activity early should the absence of essential equipment pose an elevated risk to the group, exceeding acceptable safety standards.
As part of our unwavering commitment to eliminating barriers to outdoor adventures, we offer a selection of equipment available for use by anyone, with no questions asked. Your safety and enjoyment are our top priorities. Just drop us a line to let us know what you require.