On Saturday 10 August, Team RNIB participants will be climbing 1,345m to reach the summit of Ben Nevis in north-west Scotland. Through sponsorship the aim is to raise money for the UK's leading sight loss charity.
Developed to be suitable for people of all ages, levels of fitness and sight conditions, the trek will have blind and partially sighted people taking part alongside a friend or family member acting as a guide, as well as other sighted trekkers. There are a limited number of free places for guides, and sighted participants will be encouraged to support those with sight loss.
Alex McDowell, head of public fundraising at RNIB, said: “Join us in conquering the highest mountain in the British Isles and revel in the spectacular sights, sounds and smells of the Scottish Highlands. Our trek along the rocky trail to the summit of this ancient volcano will be challenging, but your sense of achievement at the top will be incredible.
“The ascent and descent will take between six and ten hours and participants will be encouraged to walk at their own pace. A training plan will be provided on sign up to help people prepare for the adventure ahead.
“This is not a race, this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals and raise money to support RNIB's work breaking down the barriers facing people with sight loss in Scotland and across the UK.”
The registration fee for the Ben Nevis trek is £75 with a fundraising target of £550.
The cost of the trip includes two nights’ hotel accommodation in Fort William, breakfast, lunch and celebration dinner on the Saturday, breakfast on the Sunday, transport from the hotel to the base of Ben Nevis and qualified mountain leaders and first aiders.
In addition to Ben Nevis, RNIB is also organising treks exploring the Jurassic Coast (29 June) and the South Downs (6 July).