The North Face

This entirely walking Geotour follows the Allt a’Mhuillin path up to the CIC climbing hut at the base of the North Face of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. The Face is one of the most important areas for the progression of modern ice climbing and the routes up sharp ridges and steep gullies will be viewed. The climbs are on andesite (lava), whereas the outer parts of the mountain are made of granite. Highlights of the trip:

  • Learn about the formation of the rocks of Ben Nevis, a deeply eroded caldera volcano active 420 million years ago.
  • Discover the ‘classic’ British Geological Survey’s Ben Nevis evolution.
  • Be told of the recent, controversial research that suggests that the lavas did not descend from above into a caldera.
  • Fantastic views of Lochaber: lochs, Great Glen, Fort William
  • An overview of the ‘hidden side’ of Ben Nevis, the North Face, and the human history of the mountain
  • Introduction to the geology of Lochaber District and the Great Glen
  • See evidence of its shaping by glaciers, which ended only 11,000 years ago

Starts and ends at Lochaber Geopark Visitor Centre, 55A Fort William High Street

Start time 9 am

End time 4.30 pm

Walking Grade Strenuous

Involves walking for a full day. There is a path most of the way, it is steep in places and rocky at the top. This path up to the North Face is relatively unused compared with the main walker’s path up Ben Nevis which lies to the South-west. Please be prepared for Scottish west coast weather. See our clothing and equipment page for more information.

Cost and Booking: £65 per person and kids go free, just book adults in and let us know that children are coming. To book more than one person just increase the quantity of bookings in your online basket.

Other parties may be taking part in the same tour. Up to a total of 8 people per Geotour.

Discounts are on individuals party booking size and not the final group.

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