Conquer Ben Nevis this Summer

Climbing the highest mountain in the UK is something that many people add to their bucket list, but never actually get around to doing. It’s understandable; people have busy schedules and other commitments, meaning that a trek to the 4500 feet high summit of Ben Nevis naturally takes a back seat.

However, with the summer holiday period fast approaching, now could be the perfect opportunity to put your plans into action. A break from work means that you finally have the time to make the trip to the western tip of Scotland and conquer Britain’s highest peak, as part of a relaxing walking holiday.

And what better place to take a break than in the outstanding natural beauty of the Scottish highlands. If climbing Ben Nevis is going to take centre-stage on your walking holiday, choosing the beautiful town of Fort William on the shores of Loch Linnhe is going to give you best access to the mountain walking routes, as well as other fantastic trails and mountain biking opportunities.

There are numerous hotels, guesthouses and campsites in the area, so you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding somewhere to stay. Take a look at visit-fortwilliam.co.uk for details of accommodation in Fort William and the surrounding area.

When it comes to climbing the mountain, walkers shouldn’t be dissuaded from tackling the challenge if they don’t have a lot of experience. Ben Nevis may be the highest mountain in Great Britain, but it’s a climb that can be achieved by walkers of all capabilities.

The majority of walkers making the climb choose the Pony Track, which begins on the eastern side of the mountain. The trail, originally constructed in the late 19th century, was built in a zig-zag formation to avoid the walk being too steep, so it’s perfect even if your walking experience is minimal. However, inexperienced walkers should be aware that the trail can be challenging in sections, especially during the descent which puts the greatest strain on your knees and ankles. A little light training is highly recommended to prepare you for the climb.

If you’re fortunate enough to make your ascent on a day with minimal cloud cover, you’ll be rewarded with some of the most spectacular views in the country, if the not the world. Nevertheless, the high altitude of Ben Nevis means that even during the summer months temperatures at the summit rarely reach above 8 degrees Celsius, so it’s vitally important that climbers are prepared and are wearing suitable clothing to keep warm.

The North Face jacket range at e-outdoor includes lightweight fleeces and waterproofs that are suitable for hiking during summer, to protect you against the threat of sudden showers or a drop in temperature.

Already conquered Ben Nevis? Why not continue your experience by undertaking the classic ‘Three Peaks Challenge’, by climbing the Lake District’s Scarfell Pike and Wales’s Mount Snowdon. This is a strenuous and demanding pursuit, but one that will give you the unique experience of climbing the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales.

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