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Ben Nevis Hiking Challenge

Conquer Britain's highest peak.

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When does the trip take place?

The trip takes place between 11 and 13 July 2014.

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How do I register?

Simply sign up online and pay your £75 registration fee at the point of registration. If you would prefer to receive a paper version of the registration form please email hiking@macmillan.org.uk.

We then ask you to pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship of £575 of which you should aim to send £195 to Macmillan Cancer Support three months prior to the event. The outstanding balance must be with us within one month of the event taking place.

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How does Macmillan benefit?

At least 65% of the £575 minimum sponsorship will be treated as a donation to Macmillan. If you raise over £575, the entire surplus will benefit Macmillan.

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What's included?

Full support from Team Macmillan, including:

Comprehensive fundraising and training guides, sponsor forms and regular newsletters
Coach transfers between Glasgow and Fort William
Two nights' accommodation in a 3* hotel
All food throughout the challenge
Full support with experienced mountain leaders from Discover Adventure
Macmillan Cancer Support representative
Celebration party on Saturday night
Special souvenir to commemorate your achievements

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What is not included?

We do not provide:

Insurance (optional): our tour operator, Discover Adventure, offers insurance specifically created to cover you for the activity you will be undertaking
Travel to and from Glasgow
We also recommend £50 for personal expenses
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What sort of person takes part?

The group will be made up of between 80 and 100 men and women from all backgrounds, abilities and ages, although you must be 18 or over to take part. While some take part with friends, most people come on their own, so it’s a great way of meeting new people.

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Do I have to carry a lot of kit?

You will need a day pack to hold any equipment – extra fleece and wet weather gear, drinks and packed lunch, snacks etc – needed during the hike.

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Am I fit enough?

Climbing Ben Nevis is a realistic challenge for people of an average fitness level. However, this is a tough hike, so if you do not already walk on a regular basis you will need to undertake some training during the weeks leading up to the event. A full training program will be included in your fundraising pack.

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Do I need to meet any medical requirements?

Everyone on the challenge is required to complete a self-certified medical questionnaire, which will be provided in your fundraising pack.

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What will the weather be like?

The mountains that make up the Ben Nevis range are stunning on a good day but the weather can change rapidly, so you need to be prepared for cold and wet conditions. It is likely that the top will be covered in both snow and cloud at some point in the day.

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Do I need to bring any food with me?

Your meals will be provided at the hotel and a packed lunch for the day of the climb. You may want to bring some extra snacks or energy drinks/sweets especially if you have special dietary requirements.

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How do I get to Fort William?

Many people will choose to drive directly to our hotel in Fort William. However, for those taking public transport, Macmillan will provide a coach transfer from Glasgow Central Station to our hotel in Fort William on the Friday to make things a little easier for you. We will return by coach to Glasgow Central Station on the Sunday after breakfast.

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What time is the coach pick up and drop off?

The coach will leave Glasgow Central Station at approximately 3pm on the Friday and will return to Glasgow Central station by approximately 1.30pm on the Sunday. Please take these times into consideration when booking your journeys to and from Glasgow. We will confirm exact details nearer the time of the challenge.

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Can I bring someone with me who is not a fundraiser?

This trip is solely organised for the purpose of raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support so we are unable to accommodate anyone who is not a fundraising participant.

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What is the hiking like?

The hike is straightforward and keeps mostly to a well-trodden path. However the route is fairly steep throughout and crosses a more challenging terrain of rocks and scree as you get higher up. The challenge will be strenuous but the scenery and sense of achievement will be well worth the effort. 

Here’s what a few people had to say about our 2012 Ben Nevis Challenge: 

‘The experience was more than I could have wished for, it was normal people enjoying a fantastic personal achievement and raising money for a good cause. If I can do it, anyone can!’ Sally Knight 

‘An absolute fantastic adventure organised by a professional friendly team. Not only have I great memories, I've made great friends. A weekend I'll never forget with the added benefit of raising valuable funds for an excellent cause.’ Gavin Thetford 

Taking on the Ben Nevis Hiking Challenge was my way of thanking those who helped me on my cancer journey, proving to myself, family, friends and colleagues that I’m fighting fight again. It was a privilege to pay something back to you all.’ Noreen Darroch

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Who organises the trip?

Who do I contact if I have any more questions?

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