summer mountain walking days

Preview| While many folks come to our area with the main objective of climbing Ben Nevis there are many other very worthwhile other options for excellent mountain walking days depending on your aims, previous experience & level of fitness.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Number of Days | Normally 1 day
Minimum Ages | 10 years in accompanied family group – 14 years unaccompanied

Maximum Ratio | Depending on the route taken this will normally be a maximum of 1: 8 (easy walking routes); 1:6 (mountain walking routes which may involve the use of a rope for confidence) ; 1:4 (more technical walking routes which include some scrambling and / or the use of a rope for security).

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Previous Experience | Some previous hill and mountain walking is preferred so that you can have a brilliant day out on the hill but you do not need to This can also be an excellent refresher for those who may not have been on the hills for some time. A reasonable level of personal fitness is necessary for a full day out on the hill – gym fitness does not count!

Location  & Potential Routes | Most mountain walking tracks start from near or just above sea level in our area which may mean a fairly long walk in. Mountain walking days involve distances of 10km – 15km – 25km ( 5 – 8 hours)  from start to finish with an ascent of around 900 – 1300 meters with the same for the descent.
While there may be a made path on the lower sections, more than half of the the upper sections will more than likely be heather with rough ground , rocky with loose boulder and scree. Snow patches are not uncommon on the upper slopes in mid summer. The higher slopes of mountains are always colder than at sea level. The summits of our mountains are often 7-9 degrees colder than in the glen below – with wind chill making it feel much colder – even in summer.

Included in a possible itinerary of non-technical mountain walking routes some options (amongst many!) are |

  • In the Glen Nevis / Aonach More areas | Stob Ban; Mullach; Aonach Beg; Aonach Mor
  • In the Glenfinnan / Mallaig areas | Sgurr an Uthan; Beinn Odhair hills; Streap; Gulvain
  • In the Ardnamurchan area | Garbh Bheinn; Ben Resipol
  • In the Spean Bridge / Roybridge areas | Coire Ardair (Creag Meagaidh; Beinn na Lap (Corrour); Stob Ban & The Gray Corries; Stob Coire Easain; The Eachach CarnDeargs (Glen Roy)
  • Plus loads more shorter hill and mountain routes which are more suitable for younger or family groups or those with less previous mountain walking experience.

 Meeting Times, Place & Meeting | Meet at Snowgoose Mountain Centre in the village of Corpach for pre-brief and gear check at 9.00 am.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Prices | Some previous hill or mountain walking experience is required to really get the most out of these exciting hill days. This can also be an excellent refresher opportunity if yo have not been on the hills for some time. A

 summer mountain walking days
Adult Junior Family Day Tickets (sample : max 2 adults & 2 juniors)  Adult Day Ticket (sample : maximum ratio of 1 guide : 8 persons
Full Day Only £ 70 £ 47  £ 157.50  Adult Groups : £ 140  + £ 25 per extra adult person 17yrs plus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What is included | All guiding / instructional fees, group first aid kit, group shelter, emergency rope, map & compass, any technical gear required, transport from Snowgoose Mountain Centre to / from your choice of route within a reasonable local distance. Otherwise we will make a realistic charge for travel

Summary |

Take advantage of an opportunity to:

  • Depending on your previous experience there is a vast choice to explore new mountain walking & scrambling routes with the support of informed local information.
  • Guiding by a locally based qualified Mountain Leader or guide with small groups for additional safety & personal attention
  • Join a group as an individual or
  • Hire a private guide for yourself or your group – the maximum group size we work with is 8 persons – but more than 1 group can be accommodated at on time.
  • Learn about the history, geology, wild life & flora of the mountain with your informed locally based guide
  • Magnificent views all the way round out to the Glencoe mountain range; Ardnamurchan & Argour, right up the Great Glen, and even out to the Hebrides & Mull.
  • Learn about map reading & navigation

Personal Mountain Walking Skills |

  • Movement skills
  • Pacing yourself

Have a go at |

  • Planning your day walk
  • Basic navigation
  • Reading & interpreting gradients from map.
  • Walking away from trails and into rockier terrain.

Learn about |

  • Nutrition
  • Conserving energy
  • Movement on steeper   ground
  • Hazards & emergency procedures
  • Clothing & equipment
  • Mountain wildlife, flora & geology

Gear list 

We supply : On the mountain you will see loads of folks out on the hills who are poorly equipped and shod. These are the ones who will become cold, wet, uncomfortable – and may be in need of assistance or rescue before the end of the day. We will supply any specialist equipment needed to have a brilliant day on the hill whilst being safe and comfortable. This includes maps & compasses if you do not have them; first aid kits; emergency gear; hill ropes if needed. Flasks if you do not have one.

  You should bring for a mountain walking day :

        to wear on the day |

  • Proper walking boots. Not trainers or sandals! The decision of the instructor / guide will be final on whether your foot wear is suitable. If in doubt we have a selection of walking and mountain boot for hire @ £ 5.00 per pair per day. Essential
  • Preferably 2 layers of woollen socks – not thin nylon socks. Essential
  • No jeans. Essential. Fleece or woollen trousers
  • Some form of interchangeable layering system is advised for your top half – depending on the time of year this should include a base layer.  Long  sleeved light / medium weight  shirt, sweat shirt or fleece to wear when walking plus  an extra spare fleece or warm top if gets chilly.. Exactly what you wear will depend on what you have to hand and what you are comfortable with.

        to carry with you |

  • Waterproof trousers & jacket. Essential
  • A small day sac – say 35 litres. Essential
  • Spare fleece. Essential
  • Warm hat & gloves. Essential
  • Packed lunch & drink – not a packet of crisps – carbs essential!!
  • Map & compass if you have them
  • Emergency snack – Mars bar etc
  • Sun glasses, sun hat,  sun block!

 

Additional Costs | Hire of mountain boots and water proofs if you do not have them.