Find out more about Climb 1 for Type 1

We’ve put together some answers to your most commonly asked questions. If you still can't find the answer to your questions, please email climb1@jdrf.org.uk.

About Climb 1 for type 1: Ben Nevis

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When is the climb?

Saturday 17th August 2024
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Where do we meet to start the climb?

Ben Nevis Visitor Centre, Glen Nevis, Fort William, PH33 6PF

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What time do I need to arrive?

Registration is from 07:30am with the hike starting promptly at 08:00am. The team will be on site from 07:15am for any supporters who arrive early.
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Is there an age limit?

Yes. Participants must all be 11 years or older. Any under 18s must have hill walking experience.
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How long does the climb take?

Approximately 8-10 hours
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Is there a time limit?

Yes. Participants who don’t make it to halfway up the mountain before a certain time will be sent back down to the event site for their own safety. 10 hours is the maximum amount of time we can allow participants to finish the hike.
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Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are not permitted for this event.
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Will JDRF provide lunch and water?

Lunch will not be provided. We advise you to bring lots of food as it is a very long duration of exercise. JDRF will provide some small snacks for you to take up the mountain with you.
Some water will be provided by JDRF but we advise you to bring a couple of water bottles per person as we can not promise there will be enough water for everyone.
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What do I need to take part?

A compulsory kit list can be found here: Climb 1 - Kit List

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Minimum Sponsorship:

£300 per individual.


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How much does it cost to register? 

£30 for over 18s and £15 for anyone under 18.
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Can I sign up a large group? 

Of course! We welcome anyone who wants to come along and support on the day!

Please note that all under 18's must be accompanied by an adult (adult to child ratio at least 2:1) and minimum age is 11 years old, and all must have hill climbing experience
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When do entries close? 

Entries will close on the 17th of July.
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What if I need to withdraw? Can I get a refund? 

If you need to withdraw, please email climb1@jdrf.org.uk with your name and reason. Unfortunately, we can’t offer any refunds, but we may be able to transfer you to another event. 

Preparing for event day

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What’s the route?

The route starts at The Ben Nevis visitor centre and follows the Pony Track to the summit

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Do you advise training?

We aren’t trained professionals but we do advise you train for this event to ensure you are of the fitness level required to complete the climb. An example of some training can be found here The Complete Ben Nevis Training Guide - (hoylesfitness.com)

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Will there be guides?

Yes. Guides are being provided by Large Outdoors. All guides are very experienced with an abundance of knowledge to help you summit the peak!


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How do I fundraise? 

Once you have registered, you will automatically have a fundraising page created through the online platform Funraisin. Fundraising online is the easiest way to hit your targets as your family, friends and colleagues can donate quickly and securely to your total.
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How does my fundraising make a difference? 

At JDRF, we are dedicated to eradicating type 1 diabetes. By raising money for JDRF, you are helping to fund pioneering research which has lead to new developments in diabetes technology and treatment with the ultimate goal of finding a cure. 

JDRF also works with policy makers to improve availability of treatments, as well as supporting the type 1 community with information and resources to help them manage their condition.