As remote as a hostel can get, 5 days of mountain adventures
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This is a challenging event, requiring a good level of fitness and stamina. We will be a long way from civilisation, so you need to be comfortable in a remote location and out of phone signal for the best part of 5 days.
This is a series of three consecutive mountain day walks, but the walk in and out are both 8 miles, effectively making it a five day trip.
Nestled in the North West Highlands of Scotland lies a remote hostel which will be our home for 4 nights and 3 full days. There are loads of mountains to explore, we'll be spoilt for choice. Each day's activities will be determined on weather conditions. As you see from the event page photos, the location is stunning.
This is not a catered event. Although the hostel sells some very limited supplies, you will be expected to carry all the food and drink you need for the whole trip.
This event is only for people who are comfortable carrying a full pack in and out, and being off grid the whole time. You may get a signal on mountain tops! A good level of fitness and stamina is essential.
What's the deal? Book yourself on! We have a dorm of 10 beds to ourselves, but the other rooms are open to other guests, so we will not be alone!!
Which munros might we climb? There are no fewer than 32 munros on the OS sheet for this corner of Scotland, the most on any sheet!! Don't worry, we're not going to do them all. We'll save some for another visit!
What's the plan re food for the duration of our stay? You need to bring in all you need: breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, tea, coffee, alcohol. See later for a link to the hostel's Web page for some information about what the hostel sells. You will have to carry out all your rubbish at the end of our stay. There are no bin lorries out here.
Great opportunity to sharpen your hill and mountain nav skills. If you're thinking of becoming a mountain leader, or just want to sharpen your navigation skills, there will be loads of chances.
All photos courtesy of me, Rob
What to bring
You should bring your own:
sleeping bag (3-4 season)
- basic army blankets are provided
at the youth hostel for emergencies
pillowcase (available to hire at hostel)
towel and toiletries
food & drink supplies
map and compass (especially if you want some nav practice!)
warm clothes and wet
Water: bring a water bottle, or better still, a hydration bladder, for the walks
Midge repellant and head net are strongly advised.
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc., make sure you bring all medicines with you, for 5 full days
Day Rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Waterproof bags: keep spare clothing, electronics and anything else dry even when your rucksack leaks by using Ziploc type food bags or, better still, outdoor activity waterproof bags
Boots: waterproof and breathable hiking boots with good ankle support
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters, and carry a spare, dry pair
Walking Poles: always optional, love them or hate them, but give them a try and decide for yourself
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry.
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain.
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Emergency equipment: the walk leader will bring any emergency equipment required for the group, but you are welcome to bring any that you have, such as additional high energy food, a survival bag, a whistle, a medical kit, a torch and something to make fire (either storm proof matches or a firelighter
Map and compass: the walk leader will have these, but if you like map reading or want to develop your skills, bring yours along
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies, and a spare battery/charger is a good idea. You should get a signal once we get high up.
Food & drink
This is NOT a catered event. Bring all the food and drink you need for the whole trip: breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, tea, coffee, alcohol. Check out the hostel's website for more information about food, and other stuff. https://www.hostellingscotland.org.uk/hostels/glen-affric/
Bring food to share on the first night for the usual OutdoorLads buffet.