Tower ridge is one of the many ridges running up the North face of the Ben – it is graded as a grade three scramble and will require a good level of mountain fitness to successfully manage.
A Guided Ascent of Tower Ridge
A guided ascent of Tower Ridge is the finest way to summit Ben Nevis. In summer this is graded as a grade three scramble – roughly equating to a dif climb. There will be sections where it feels like you are climbing and some sections where you can walk instead. Regardless this 600m long ridge will require the use of ropes and gear which we will provide. Don’t worry if you are not familiar. your instructor will be fully qualified and will teach you any skills you require to make it up. Our route will bypass the Douglas Boulder and start in East gully where we will work our way onto Tower Ridge and traverse along it via the tower gap.
For the descent route it is likely that we will do one of the following. Either descend down via Ledge Route another ridge on Ben Nevis, the CMD Arete or if the group is tired or time is against we we can partially descend the Mountain Track before branching off back towards the North Face car park.
Included in the Cost
- Harness, Helmet, Ropes and any technical gear.
- Friendly qualified instructors who will make the most of your day.
- A standard guided scramble of Tower Ridge on Ben Nevis will take anywhere from 7-9 hours depending on your fitness.
- Transport to/from Newtonmore or Fort William
What to Bring
- Boots – we can supply these if you don’t have your own.
- Drinks bottle & lunch.
- Warm Clothes
- Sunglasses, hat, suncream
- Midge Repellent
- Any medication
Note – By their very nature journeys in remote or mountainous country can be affected by weather and other environmental factors. Your guide/s may have to alter the itinerary to ensure group safety.
If you do not have previous experience and are wanting to attempt this in Winter, then we would recommend booking onto a winter skills training course first.
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