The Great Glen Way Deloitte Challenge 2018

Introduction

Every year Deloitte LLP take on a charity challenge for their staff, this has traditionally been done overseas in the past but for their challenge in September 2018 Deloitte LLP would like take on a challenge in the UK for the first time to run alongside the other challenges taking place around the world.

Deloitte LLP would like this challenge to be The Great Glen Way one of the United Kingdom’s premier long distance walking routes. The focus of the challenge is to raise funds for charity and to involve as many people as possible to be inclusive of disabilities with 1-2 groups of up to 50 people fully guided along the full distance of the route over a 5 to 6 days’ period.

Deloitte would also like to take on the challenge of a climb up Ben Nevis at the end of the event and the event should take place in September 2018 and where possible tie in at some point along the route with the Deloitte Ride Across Britain Challenge.

Deloitte LLP would like to preserve the natural beauty and historical integrity of the route they are walking along.

Meet our team

Caledonian adventures are owned and operated by Stewart Richardson and often provides guiding and logistical support to Sand-Baggers Ltd for corporate challenges around the globe.

Stewart Richardson Operations Director

Stewart will be the main operations director for this project and has brought together a team of some of Scotland’s most experienced charity event planners and safety teams.

On leaving the military after a successful career in the Royal Engineers Stewart has established himself as one of Scotland’s most experienced walking guides and overseas expedition leaders. Over many years of leading groups in remote locations around the world, Stewart has developed a real understanding of the environment and the desires and requirements of clients to the highest levels of customer satisfaction. Stewart has been involved in several high-level charity events and was recently the lead guide on HSBC Gobi Challenge in Mongolia with 100 participants walking over 100 miles through the Gobi Desert to raise one-quarter of a million pounds for Water Aid

David Claire Logistical Support and Camp Manager

David has been involved in delivering 'adventurous' events for over 10 years. From fine dining for 250 hikers and campers in remote Scottish Glens to abseils and zip slides from some of Scotland's most iconic locations. He also helps companies develop safe working practices and staff training for high-risk adventurous activities. David has been involved in organising events for the Diageo UK, British Heart Foundation and Cancer UK

John Morris Safety Team Leader and Walking Route Manager

John Morris comes from a Health and Safety and Mountain Rescue background and has been providing hill team support for charity events in Scotland for many years. He is a qualified Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT), and was an active member of the Killin MRT for 15 years. Over the last 11 years, John has been the Health and Safety Coordinator on the following endurance challenge events RBS Caledonian Challenge, Maggie’s Monster Bike & Hike, Martin Currie Rob Roy Challenge, HBOS Cairngorm Mountain Bike Challenge, KPMG Lomond Hospice Challenge, Lloyds Banking Group – Fast & Furious Bike Event

Our Proposal

The Great Glen Way September 2018

We would provide a fully supported and guided 5-day trek along the great Glen Way starting at Inverness finishing at Fort William with the option to climb Ben Nevis at the end of the trek on day 6. Participants would be accommodation is 2 or 3 person tents with a communal area for each of the camp sites. All baggage and personnel equipment will be transported by a vehicle along the route with a new campsite each night.

Our local guides are fully qualified and deliver walking experiences throughout Scotland on a professional basis all year around. As we will be using locals guides to deliver the experience they will be able to engage with the groups and provide them with local knowledge on the history and wildlife along the route adding to the customer experience.

The event will be fully catered by a professional catering company that will move with the team along the route setting up a new camp each night.

Event Details

Event Dates: Middle to end of September 2018

I propose that we start the event towards the middle or end of September as this will be a quieter period around the local area. The Great Glen Way can get very busy at times, but once the kids go back to School the camps sites tend to be a little less busy for large groups. I would also suggest that we run the event Thursday – Thursday as it will also give us a chance to take advantage of the quieter camps sites at the start and finish of the event.

The Event and Route

Given your requirement to have an optional Ben Nevis Hill Day I would suggest that we follow the Great Glen Way from North to South. This is the non-conventional direction as most people would walk with the prevailing wind, we have specifically chosen our intended route to take into account an optional climb up Ben Nevis at the end of the trek. The participants would walk the full length of the trek without vehicle support.

1. It will give everyone an opportunity to opt in or out of the climb up Ben Nevis at the end of the main charity event. By doing the route this way it gives people more options, it means you may have a larger uptake and opens the event up to more levels of ability and fitness.

2. The main charity walk along the Great Glen Way (GGW) will be very challenging to most people that have never done something like this before. People will find walking 75 miles is already challenge, the easiest part of the route is towards the finish in Fort Willian this gives people a chance to recover over a couple of days before attempting the climb up Ben Nevis

3. If we climbed Ben Nevis at the start of the event people may be demoralised if they don’t make the summit or get injured along the way. This may have a detrimental effect on their moral for the 75 miles along the GGW.

4. By climbing Ben Nevis is at the end of the GGW it lets everyone finish on one of Britain’s most iconic mountains, adding another dimension to both fundraising and sense of achievement. If they chose not to climb the mountain at the end they still have a sense of achieving a 75-mile walk along the GGW to look back on.

Evening prior to Start Day Inverness

Registration and information event in local facility in Inverness

Main walking Challenge

Day 1 Inverness to Drumnadrochit 18 miles

Today will be the most challenging day of all your walks. It is a long and varied day walking on exposed high moorland, farmland and woodland, finishing on the rural paths taking in stunning views of Loch Ness and the impressive Urquhart Castle

Day 2 Drumnadrochchit to Invermoriston 14 miles

With fine views of Loch Ness, you will walk on steep undulating forest tracks until open moorland and farmland with views over the Great Glen and onwards to Invermoriston.

Day 3 Invermreston to South Laggan 18 miles

Canal towpath and old railway track bed take the route along the tree-clad shores of Loch Oich, a nature reserve resplendent with native woodlands and wildflowers. There are views across the Loch to the ruins of Invergarry Castle, once the seat of the famous MacDonnells clan.

Day 4 South Laggan to Gairlochy 13 miles

This section follows the northern bank of Loch Lochy for its entire length. It is characterised by fairly easy walking on forestry tracks, footpaths and minor roads. There are spectacular views over Loch Lochy to the high mountains beyond.

Day 5 Gairlochy to Fort William 10 miles

Our final day finishes at Fort William, on the shores of Loch Linnhe and in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. The route takes the riverside path and canal towpath from the highland villages of Gairlochy, at the foot of Loch Lochy. Heading west down past Neptune’s Staircase, a series of locks near the start of the Caledonian canal for our final rest day before our climb up Ben Nevis.

Day 6 Optional Ben Nevis Hill Day

Ben Nevis is Brittan’s highest mountain and for this day we will take the conventional hill path. The route is on the normal mountain path that can be rocky at times so you will be supported by our mountain guides throughout the day. Weather permitting you will be rewarded with stunning views across may of Scotland’s highest mountains a tough day ahead but the perfect way to end your Great Glen Way Challenge.

Accommodation

We will make full use of the local campsites along the route to take advantage servicing by the local communities. Participants will be accommodated in will be using new 2-3 man tents with the addition of an operations/support and catering tents, where possible we will consider people with disabilities to ensure they are catered for. The camps will move every day along the route with the participants erecting their own tents at the end and start of each day. Personnel equipment will be transported along the route each day.

Catering

We will be provided by an external professional catering company that has experience with looking after people along our suggested route with has many years of experience in dealing with charity challenge and events like this. They will use locally sourced and sustainable produce and will be providing a cooked breakfast, packed lunch, 2-course evening meal and hot drinks thought-out the time in camp.

A suggested evening meal considering dietary requirements and the need for wholesome food that provides energy for the trek would be as follows.

Breakfast

Porridge

Hot Filled Roll, 1 per person, choice of:

Smoked Bacon, Steak Lorne Sausage, Black Pudding. Fried Egg, Haggis, Vegetarian Haggis

Tea and Coffee and Orange Juice

Packed Lunch Consisting of the following

2 Sandwiches, 1 piece of fruit, 1 healthy treat bar, 1 packet of crisps.

Evening Meal

Freshly made soup of the day with crusty roll and butter

Traditional Main Meal, choose 1 meat and 1 vegetarian

Home Made Steak Pie

Beef Stew with Red Wine and Root Vegetables

Chicken, Lemon and White Wine Casserole

Pork Chasseur

Pasta with Roast Mediterranean Vegetables, Tomato and Mascarpone Sauce

Root Vegetable and Barley Stew

All served with Potatoes and vegetables

Tea, Coffee and Hot Chocolate served at all times in camp sites

First Aid and Safety Cover

All our guides are fully trained in outdoor first aid and will be supported by a mobile safety support team in 2 vehicles along the route. Each team will have radio communication with our mobile operations vehicle throughout the trek. we will operate a minor injury clinic at each camp site to deal with minor blisters cuts etc., anything more serious will be dealt with by conventional emergency services from Inverness and Fort William.

Cost

Cost £875 per person

Based on 50 – 100 participants

Payment terms 25% deposit due on the conformation of the event with the final balance due 2 months prior to event start time.

Additional Options

End of Event dinner in a local venue or at our own Camp site in Loch Linnhe Campsite

Transport pick up and drop off from Glasgow at start and finish of the event.

Summary

Caledonian adventures and Sand-bagger Ltd pride themselves in tailoring events to our clients’ needs, we plan every detail with you the customer in mind. This means that no two events are the same and we are happy to work with you to make sure you get the event that suits your company needs and profile.

This 5-6 day event along one of Scotland’s most iconic Glens has all the makings of an event that will stay in people’s minds for the rest of their lives. From the stunning scenery to the challenge of the route along the Great Glen Way and Climb up Ben Nevis on the last day, we know we can provide you with that iconic charity Challenge.

This is only the start of your tailoring process and we look forward to the opportunity to develop and deliver the Deloitte 2018 Charity Challenge.

Stewart Richardson

Caledonian Adventures on behalf of Sand-Baggers Ltd

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