TOWER RIDGE ASCENT
Synergy Guides offer a bespoke service which means working closely with you to ensure a personal itinerary is established. The itinerary below is of a typical Tower Ridge Ascent and is purely written to inspire and allow an idea of what to expect from booking with us.
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Tower Ridge. Arguably Scotland’s most prized mountaineering route, leading to the summit of the UK’s highest mountain; Ben Nevis.
Tower Ridge is one of the longest and most sought after climbs in the United Kingdom, we guide the route in both summer and winter conditions by request, we don’t have set dates for joining groups. This allows a personal and tailored guided ascent, something that will add value to your experience of climbing this impressive route on Scotlands most impressive mountain.
For the competent scrambler, climbing Tower Ridge really is the best way to reach the summit of ‘the Ben’.
As the day of your Tower Ridge ascent approaches your instructor will be in contact to discuss any final arrangements and discuss the prevailing weather forecast. At which time you can agree to a suitable morning meet time and inform them of any kit requirements you have.
(Example itinerary base on previous participants)
0830 – You will be collected from your accommodation if it is within a few miles of Ben Nevis. Alternatively, you will meet your instructor at Torlundy.
0845 – Conditions and group ambitions will dictate whether you start walking from Torlundy North Face carpark or drive up a forestry track to a slightly higher carpark.
0900 – Once over the style the excellent path winds its way gradually towards the North Face of Ben Nevis with spectacular views in every direction. The first land mark to be reached is the CIC Hut, a small alpine style lodge nestled beneath the cliffs. It should take no longer than 90 minutes to get to this point where bottles can be filled with fresh water that flows off the mountain.
1030 – Tower Ridge Ascent! Your instructor will discuss and assess which is the best way to start the ridge given the weather conditions on the day. Some short pitches of graded climbing (Diff) will be tackled on the Douglas Gap and the Towers which give the ridge its name, but expect to be moving as a team for a large portion of the day soaking up the extraordinary scenery and learning some history along the way. Soon after crossing The Eastern Traverse and the formidable Tower Gap a short walk is all that stands between you and the highest point in the UK.
1445 – There are many ways to descend from the summit including but not limited to Ledge Route, Carn Mor Dearg Arete, Coire Leis and the Ben Nevis Mountain path. Having spent the day with your instructor they will be able to assess the best and most enjoyable way for you or your partner to safely descend. To read about how to navigate off Ben Nevis click here.
1645 – Expect to be back at the vehicles and on your way to a celebratory drink and well-earnt meal.
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