Chase The Wild Goose Hostel

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"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 have.

The staff 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 reasonable.

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
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' Route.

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 visibiliy.

Ben Nevis Map

Descending from the summit.

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 plateau.

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 Steep*)

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.

Walking times

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 visibility

Ben Nevis, Fort William and surrounding area map.

Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-mapservice. Image reproduced with permission ofOrdnance Surveyand Multi Media Mapping


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