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If you can escape life for 5 days, than join us on our Ben Ice & Mixed Climbing. Experience the best of ‘The Ben’ with our Instructors. We’ll guide you up some of the classic face routes up to Grade V.5 and other classics dependent upon the conditions we encounter. We base ourselves at the CIC hut to minimise the number of walk ins. This is perfect for those confident on winter climbs, but looking for an adventure. Please note this is not a ‘Learn to Lead’ course. You will usually be in a group of no more than two with one instructor. Meeting your instructor prior provides an opportunity to discuss everyone’s experience and aspirations enabling the instructor to plan the programme based around these.
Based at the CIC Hut at the foot of Ben Nevis the course will concentrate on ascents of classic Ben Nevis winter climbs, whilst developing your awareness of the many facets that make climbing on the Ben such a unique experience.
PLEASE CONTACT GLENMORE LODGE BEFORE BOOKING Winter mountaineering and experience of seconding minimum Grade III; a physically demanding course.
To get the most from this experience you must have winter mountaineering experience (ideally happy soloing up and down exposed Grade I ground), plus experience of seconding/leading grade III winter climbs. This is a physically demanding course, you should expect 5 physically hard days of climbing.
• Climbing classic Ben Nevis snow, ice and mixed routes from Grade III to V.5.
• Intensive coaching to develop personal climbing technique on ice and mixed ground.
• Avalanche awareness and safe travel techniques.
• Top tips in the Black Arts of protecting Ben Nevis climbs including use of pegs, Dead Man, ice screws and all manner of sneaky tricks.
We meet in the afternoon of the first day of the course, which provides us with an afternoon to sort equipment, have food and then we travel to Ben Nevis for 5 days of climbing.
Note: although late March is generally a reliable time on the Ben with regard to ice conditions, Scottish winters are notoriously fickle. In the event of poor ice conditions we can still climb routes although we may be limited in our choice depending on conditions and with safety in mind.
All in course meals and accommodation, including expedition style food whilst staying in the CIC Hut.
YOU WILL NEED (Glenmore Lodge can provide if required)
EQUIPMENT YOU NEED TO BRING WHICH WE DO NOT HAVE IN THE STORES
What will you need to bring? Listed here are the essentials; this is not an exhaustive list.
Glennmore Lodge will provide any technical equipment required on a skills course e.g. climbing ropes and racks. However it would be expected that students attending any climbing NGB courses will have their own technical equipment other than ropes which Glenmore Lodge will provide.
Can't find exactly what you are looking for? We are happy to create it for you. You can hire one of our instructors or guides from as little as £280 a day, including any equipment. If you’re a group, all of our courses are available on a date that suits you or if you would prefer we can tailor a course to your requirements. Simply get in touch to discuss your requirements.