"A group of 36 of us stayed in this hostel before we did
the 3 Peaks
Challenge the next day. We
were in need of a good night's sleep and that's just we got. The hostel was
really well run, very clean and comfy bunk beds that were squeak free unlike a
lot of other hostels we've stayed in. There were lots of bathrooms with hot and
powerful showers so no queuing and the sinks in the bedrooms were great to
were very friendly and the kitchen and communal rooms were spacious and well
organised. Continental breakfast in the morning was laid out for us to help
ourselves and was very nice. The price of the rooms and breakfast were very
All in all
Chase the Wild Goose is a great hostel in a great location -
very near Fort William, Ben Nevis which makes a spectacular backdrop to the
hostel. I would definately recommend staying here!"
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Ben Nevis from Corpach
Situated in the Highlands region of Scotland, Ben Nevis is the highest peak in Britain. The coastal
town of Fort William is at the foot of the Ben, and has many outdoor sports and
climbing shops, good accommodation and places to eat. It is at the end of
the West Highland Way, and popular with tourists in the summer, and with
skiers and winter climbers during the winter, so arrange accommodation
before you arrive.
The start of the Tourist Path is only two minutes drive from the centre of the
town and the railway station.
The original path (now named the 'Mountain Track') was constructed in the
1880's to service the observatory which was being built on the summit plateau.
This is now no more than a badly derelict building, however the path remains.
The path on the summit plateau is not distinct, and should be treated with
upmost care in poor visibility. Large cornices will sometimes remain well into
the summer months, disguising the top of many gullies. Footprints onto the
cornices are from climbers.
The 'Mountain Track'
From the car park at Glen Nevis Visitor Centre cross the footbridge and walk beside the
river a short while, then left beside a wall up to the start of the main
path. Climb steadily and soon the path from Glen Nevis joins
from the right. Continue upward, crossing two Alpine style footbridges, then
more steeply to Lochan Meall an t-Siudhe, where a second path joins. Please
note any erosion diversions in force.
Bear right at the junction and head up the
zig-zagging trail. After the zig-zags, the path eases onto the summit
plateau, which should be treated with caution, especially in poor
Descending from the
This advice comes from Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team, and is printed on the summit area map
which they produce.
Warning : these bearings and distances are only likely to be of any
assistance if you are already a competent navigator. Even very experienced
mountaineers can have great difficulty navigating accurately in severe wind or
white-out conditions, such as occur frequently on the Ben Nevis
1. From the summit trig. pillar walk 150m on a grid bearing of
231` to near the top of Gardyloo Gully (first marker pole*).
2. Then follow the grid bearing of 282` to clear the plateau (a second marker
pole is situated 300m along this second bearing, at the top of McLean's
Marker poles are removed regularly by people who disagree with
their placement, so do not count on them being in situ
Walking on BEN NEVIS information leaflet/webpage from the Mountaineering Council of Scotland. Lots of good
information - take a look.
As a rough guide, you should be aiming to achieve
these times at least on the mountain
From the Visitor Centre:
2.5 - 3 hours climb,
2 - 2.5 hours descend.
Remember that as
Fort William is at sea level, you will have to climb almost the full 1344m to
the top. The start to Scafell and Snowdon both allow you to gain some height in
your vehicle first. This is one good reason to start your challenge in Scotland
rather than Wales !!
The path to the top is steep or very steep for it's entire length, but is well
maintained. Good navigational skills are required for the summit in poor
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