How long does it take to climb Ben Nevis?
We would expect to be on the mountain for up to 9 hours. When climbing Ben Nevis in the winter we start at around 8 am to make the best use of the daylight hours.
How high is Ben Nevis?
Ben Nevis is 1345 metres high making it the highest mountain in the U.K.
Do I need any particular climbing skills to go up Ben Nevis?
For our summer guided walks you need to be fit enough to cope with a full day of hiking and walking, but you won’t need to scramble or climb. For the winter climb we will use ice axes and crampons when necessary, but don’t worry West Coast Mountain Guide instructors will ensure that you are fully comfortable using this equipment. The biggest challenge of the winter climb of Ben Nevis tends to be the weather conditions on the mountain, together with a lack of visibility and a consequent difficulty in identifying the route. Our guides are very familiar with the ascent though so route-finding is generally an issue.
The Tower Ridge ascent requires some use of technical equipment, but again we will ensure that you are completely comfortable using any unfamiliar equipment. If you are a very experience outdoor climber we are happy to guide you to routes that will safely challenge your rock-climbing skills.
Will I definitely get to the summit of Ben Nevis?
While we will always endeavour to allow our clients to reach the top of Ben Nevis, we will turn back if we feel that conditions are dangerous.
What kit do I need to climb Ben Nevis?
When you join West Coast Mountain Guides on a privately guided climb up Ben Nevis we will provide you with a comprehensive kit list. Broadly speaking you will need to wear appropriate climbing gear and boots, and bring enough food and drink with you for a day on the mountain. We recommend high protein food and snacks that are easy to eat.