Part of our #GuidedWinterHillwalking series: this year we will be offering several winter munro-bagging trips, taking in some classic peaks in a supportive environment, all under the leadership of a qualified Winter Mountain Leader.
Bidean nam Bian is certainly aptly named: it is indeed the Pinnacle of the Mountains! As the highest mountain in Argyll, at 1150 metres, the views on a clear day are jaw-dropping. Glencoe lies at your feet, with the 9km jagged ridge of the Aonach Eagach opposite running the length of the north side, and Ben Nevis and the Mamores behind. The ascent of is an excellent beginner-intermediate winter hillwalk: the exact route taken will depend on snow and weather conditions on the day. The distances covered are not huge, so there is the opportunity to improve your winter skillset under expert tutelage.
*NOTE*: Whilst these are not instructional skills courses per se (please see our #WinterSkillsLongWeekend and #WinterSkillsWeek courses for more in-depth instruction), there will be an element of skills coaching and honing “on the hoof” (i.e: as part of the wider journey of the day).
This course would be suitable for those with limited winter walking experience, who have perhaps had some instruction but don’t feel quite ready to get out on their own just yet. Or indeed those who wish something of a refresher after some time off the hills in winter.
Group sizes are kept very low to maximise your safety, learning and enjoyment.
You will need a good level of summer hillwalking fitness and currency for this introductory/intermediate day. ⛰️/⛰️⛰️ Some winter hillwalking experience is desirable.
You will need:
-B2-rated winter boots and compatible crampons
-walking ice axe
-suitable winter walking clothing and equipment
We can hire axes and crampons for £5.00 per item, but not boots. These can be hired from various outdoor outlets, or purchased at a discounted rate from one of our affiliated retailers (Discount code provided on booking).