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Feel on top of the world for an amazing cause. Welcome to the team. We’re delighted that you’ve decided to feel on top of the world by joining us on our Ben Lomond event. It’s a challenging event, demanding training and commitment. But it’s also great fun and an unforgettable experience!




THE EVENT

Ben Lomond (Scottish Gaelic: Beinn Laomainn, 'Beacon Mountain'), 974 metres (3,196 ft.), is a distinctive mountain in the Scottish Highlands. Situated on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond, it is the most southerly of the Munros. Ben Lomond lies within the Ben Lomond National Memorial Park and the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, property of the National Trust for Scotland.

Its accessibility from Glasgow and elsewhere in central Scotland, together with the relative ease of ascent from Rowardennan, makes it one of the most popular Munros, rewarding the 30,000 people who make it to the top with fantastic views of the length of Loch Lomond and far into the hills to the north and the Trossachs to the east. On a clear day, it is visible from the higher grounds of Glasgow and eastwards across the low-lying central valley of Scotland; this may have led to it being named 'Beacon Mountain', as with the equally far-seen Lomond Hills in Fife. Ben Lomond summit can also be seen from Ben Nevis, the highest peak in Britain, over 70 miles (110 km) away. The West Highland Way runs along the western base of the mountain, by the loch.

BEN LOMOND

‘CLIMB YOUR FIRST MUNRO’

SAT 26th April 2014

TRAINING:

The Ben Lomond Hike is a strenuous undertaking, and you’ll need adequate preparation. Knowing that you are physically fit and have the right equipment will help you maximise your enjoyment of the event. Start your training with some training walks in the mountains. Use this time to assess your strengths and weaknesses, test your kit and break in your boots. Ben Lomond is classed Grade B+ (moderate to strenuous).


THE ENVIRONMENT:

We work closely with the authorities to manage the impact of our events. It’s important that you play your part in this by keeping noise to a minimum, sticking to footpaths and not dropping litter.


MOUNTAIN SAFETY:

Your safety is paramount, throughout the event. You will be guided by a Mountain Leader (ML). All MLs have appropriate mountain first aid qualifications.


HOW MUCH DO I NEED TO RAISE?

Your £25 entry and registration fee secures your place and is non-refundable. This ensures that more of the sponsor money you raise will support our charities. You’ll also need to raise an individual minimum sponsorship of £150 or a team sponsorship (4 participants) of £500 to take part in the event. All money raised will be split evenly among the three charities.


HOW DO I RAISE THE MONEY?

Thanks to new online fundraising sites, raising money is easier than ever. We would recommend Justgiving.com. Once you’ve set your page up, forward your unique web address to everyone you know. Add it to the bottom of all your emails and on your Facebook page. Then all you have to do is wait for the money to go directly in to your chosen charity of Rainbow Valley, MS Centre Argyll, or The Lauren Currie Twilight Foundation. Duntrune Trekkers asks each participant to print out a screen shot of the total amount raised from your justgiving.com page so we can track your fundraising for the charity of your choice. We will also provide sponsorship forms to record details of your sponsors who don’t use justgiving.com. Cash sponsorship will be collected on the day of the walk.

We’ve got plenty of advice on our Fundraising Tips web page to help you out. Our best fundraisers would agree that the more effort you put in the more you’ll get out. From cake baking days at work to quiz nights with your friends, there are loads of suggestions on how to get to your sponsorship target – and beat it. So get out there and start having fun, while you raise money for a great cause!


Disclaimer: Hillwalking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury and death. Those participating in these activities should be aware of the risks and accept the responsibility for their own actions and involvement. No responsibility can be accepted by Duntrune Trekkers, members, guests or coordinators of walks for any mishap, which may occur, during a meet.


WHAT TO BRING


CLOTHING

Mountain weather is rapidly changeable. In order to stay comfortable, you’ll need to adapt your clothing accordingly. To do this we advise that you use a system of layers in order to remain warm or cool, and dry.


THE BASE LAYER

Often the most important, this is the layer next to your skin. It needs to take moisture away from your body. We would advise against the use of cotton. Look for a synthetic material that has been created and refined specifically for this purpose.


THE MID LAYER

A micro-fleece will assist in keeping moisture away from your body, and add warmth if required. Make sure this is easy to remove to prevent you overheating.


THE OUTER LAYER

This needs to be both waterproof and breathable, which will maximise the effectiveness of your base and mid layers. We would recommend Gore-Tex, although many manufacturers now produce their own all-weather materials.


FOOTWEAR

Walking boots are essential. We would advise wearing a two or three season walking boot with a good sole unit, ankle support and padding. Please make sure your boots have been correctly fitted to prevent blisters and other injuries. You must wear boots for this event – no shoes or trainers.


HYDRATION

A Camelbak type hydration system is advised for this challenge or alternatively a 2 litre water bottle.


FOOD

You will be on the mountain for between 6 and 8hrs, so please bring a packed lunch to eat en route. Also have some energy snacks in your rucksack to maintain your energy levels during the climb. Finally, try out your kit before the challenge to see how comfortable it’ll be on the day. Remember to also pack extra clothing for your journey home.

KIT LIST


TO BE WORN:

Wicking base layer, Micro-Fleece, Walking trousers (no jeans), 2/3 Season walking boots (no trainers or approach shoes), Specialised walking socks.


TO BE CARRIED:

Rucksack/Daysack, Waterproof Jacket and trousers (breathable), Warm hat and gloves, Whistle Small, first aid kit, fully charged mobile phone.


OPTIONAL ITEMS:

Waterproof rucksack liner, Gaiters


We have given you a Kit List which caters for all eventualities. At the briefing, we will do a kit check to make sure you have everything you need. It’s important, because if you are under-prepared, you may not be allowed to participate.

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