We were contacted by Jason Taylor at Lake District Guides to help out with a charity challenge. The challenge was being put together for Applegreen, who head out once a year and this year their chosen charity was Console.
A team of 27 people made their way from Ireland with their objective to climb Ben Nevis and Etive Beag, so 4 guides were needed - Jason, myself, Martin and Tom. In glorious sunshine, we all met at the Visitor Centre in Glen Nevis. Jason spoke to the group about the day's plans and off we headed in the direction of Ben Nevis's summit. The group rapdily split into hares and tortoises and our work was cut out trying to keep everyone together and accounted for !
The fine weather had encouraged many people out onto the path, in all shapes and sizes, everyone enjoying themselves.We made the summit, snow still around. Many photos were taken - group shots by the cliff edge, individual poses on the summit cairn and more just larking about. After an hour or so, we began the descent and one by one ended up in the Ben Nevis Inn for a fine pint and some chips !
Etive Beag was the target for the second day. The group were booked back on Ryanair the next day and due to the luggage limits, their bags were already on their way back via a different courier. So, you guessed it, there was some kit missing. A quick scurry around in the back of Jason's car and my truck and we'd kitted the gang out and started on the hike. A fine path has now been constructed which leads all the way from the car-park to the col between the two Munro summits. The group seemed fitter today and we were up on the bealach quite quickly. Stob Coire Rainneach was aimed for first, with the team gawping at the amazing views down Loch Etive to Mull, Jura and beyond.
Returning along the crest, we met several people, including a family with two young kids who were doing great imitations of mountain goats. At the col, most of the group aimed up Stob Dubh and their efforts were rewarded with some great views over Rannoch, Glencoe and most importantly, yesterday's achievment - Ben Nevis. Back at the car-park it was sad to see the group go, but we felt some satisfaction knowing we'd help them achieve their goal. We heard that they had managed to raise in excess of 20,000 euros for the charity !
Photos of the day have been posted up to our Flickr page.
If you're in the Lake District, contact Jason if you'd like guided there.