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Here you will find answers to some of the more common questions clients ask with regards to hiring a guide. If there are any burning questions you have which are not covered here, please email them to us and we will publish them here, with a suitable answer!
Why choose Craig Dubh Mountaineering?
Here at Craig Dubh Mountaineering we are focussed on giving the best customer service possible. From the moment you contact us, to long after the day you spend with us, we will support, encourage and inform you throughout. Everything we do is tailor made, from the date and time you wish to begin to the route and pace you wish to take.
What qualifications will my guide have?
For any hillwalking activity undertaken in Summer conditions, your guide will hold the Summer Mountain Leader Award. During activities in winter conditions, your guide will hold the more advance Winter Mountain Leader Award, which can only be gained once the Summer qualification has been achieved. For all Rock Climbing courses, your guide will hold a minimum of the Single Pitch Award. Evidence of these qualifications can be produced by request.
What equipment should I bring with me?
It is important to come properly equipped for a long day on the hills. Our Kit Lists give a comprehensive list of the things you should bring along, as well as items you should carry when venturing out on your own. If in any doubt, please Contact Us for more information.
How fit should I be to climb Ben Nevis?
The track which we tend to use to reach the summit of the Ben, known as the Pony Track, is fairly straight forward, so being super fit is not a necessity. However, as with everything, the fitter you are the easier the day will be, leaving you more time to enjoy the scenery and education. There is no harm in toning up with a bit of running or biking to help you on your way! In the winter, however, a good level of fitness will be expected to overcome the added efforts required to succeed in such conditions.
How high is Ben Nevis?
Ben Nevis towers at an impressive 1344 metres (4409 feet) above sea level, almost all of which you will scale!
How long will it take to climb Ben Nevis?
This very much depends on route choice, group fitness and conditions, but can vary from 4 to 12 hours, with most groups completing the climb in 7-8 hours. It may take considerably more in winter.
Will the weather affect our day?
In Summer conditions only high winds are of any great concern, although persistent rain and cold conditions may be enough to turn us back prematurely. In winter, heavy snow fall, high winds or unsafe snow conditions may deter us from success. We will endeavour to ensure that an appropriate route for the prevailing conditions will be chosen before we set out in order to maximise our chances of success.