A three day bike and hike expedition over the Bank Holiday weekend, 25th -27th August 2018.
Ben Alder is a magnificent mountain in a remote setting at the end of Rannoch Moor and some 17km from Dalwhinnie. It's surrounded by a further five Munros, making an expedition into the area well worth while. These are level 4 demanding days where your fitness will be tested both with cycling and walking in steep, mountainous terrain, far from civilisation and should not be undertaken lightly.
Day one. Cycle the 17 km from Dalwhinnie along good estate tracks and paths to the area by Culra Bothy (now disused and closed by the estate due to the presence of asbestos) Set camp, relax and take in the breathtaking scenery.
Day two. Leaving all our kit in base camp, we'll be up early and heading out to tackle the four Munros of Cairn Dearg, Geal Charn, Aonach Beag and Beinn Eibhinn from the back of the bothy. This is an 18 km walk along a fine ridge before descending pathless slopes to pick up a stalkers path back to our base camp at Culra.
Day three. Up early again and leaving everything at base camp other than our day sacks, ascend Ben Alder by a grade one scramble on the Long Leachas before crossing the plateau and dropping down steep, pathless slopes to the Bealach Breabag before ascending to Beinn Bheoil, the final of our six Munro weekend. Follow the ridge and drop down to the stalkers path and walk out to Culra. After breaking camp, we will cycle the 17 km cycle back out to Dalwhinnie.
If you require to borrow some gear for this trip, please contact me beforehand. I have tents, sleeping bags, rucksacks stoves and even a couple of mountain bikes!
We will meet at 1300 on Saturday 25th August 2018 at the petrol station on the main road in Dalwhinnie. There is a car park beside the trees where we can leave our vehicles. Dalwhinnie is served by good bus and train links and there are some local B&B options such as Balsporran Cottages B&B www.balsporran.com or in Dalwhinnie itself, http://www.2stationcottage.co.uk
Ideally we would organise car share in advance to minimise our environmental impact.
Please contact me in advance if you have any questions or concerns.
Cost of this three day guided trip is only £100. Maximum group size is 10.
Book early to avoid disappointment at http://www.kingdomguides.co.uk/product/ben-alder