Charles Inglis Clark (C.I.C.) Memorial Hut

Covid19 - SMC Updated Huts Statement - 28th December 2021


On 17th December 2021 the Scottish Government guidance made it a legal duty for organisations in Scotland "to take all reasonable steps to fight Coronavirus". Guidance information here.

We have revisited our hut management and lettings approach to demonstrate that we have responded to the new duty and the current threat posed by the Omicron Covid19 variant.


The immediate changes affect:

  1. how the huts are let/booked and
  2. the Risk Assessments required by accommodation operators including the SMC.

Until further notice, from December 28th going forward:

  • Until further notice, from December 28 th going forward:
  • We will limit occupancy of all our Huts to 50% capacity.
  • We will favour 'groups' while taking bookings.
  • Lateral Flow Tests require to be taken by all hut users on day of travel to the Hut.
  • All hut users will require to 'check-in' using the QR Codes that we will set up for each of the Huts. This utilises the track and trace facility provided by Scot Gov System. There is 4G availability in the immediate vicinity of all the huts.
  • During a stay at the hut, there will be advice about hygiene, cleanliness, ventilation, etc, all of which should be followed. Masks remain optional in hostel acommodation.
  • The person booking the visit will be required to confirm compliance for the group.


The SMC will review this position regularly and will update and communicate any modifications though our website.

Huts Convenor

SMC

About The C.I.C.

Arguably the only alpine-style mountain hut in the UK, the C.I.C. hut provides shelter from some extremely harsh weather. It gives unparalleled access to summer and winter climbing on the North Face of Ben Nevis.

Location

Ben Nevis North Face, Lochaber
( NN 16738 72233 )

Getting there

The approach to the hut involves travel in mountainous terrain. Users of the hut, especially in Winter, should ensure they are suitably equiped and skilled for the conditions.

The most direct approach to the hut is from the Foresty Commission Scotland's North Face car park near Torlundy. Follow the way-marked North Face Trail then continue, approximately south-eastward, briefly on a track and then onto a good path that roughly shadows the Allt a'Mhuillin.

North Face Car Park

Facilities

  • 24 beds (including 4 beds reserved for members)
  • Gas cookers
  • Gas heating
  • Electric lighting
  • Power outlets for lower powered devices
  • Drying room
  • Composting toilet
  • Water accessable from standpipe outside (can freeze)

Bookings

The hut is in high demand throughout the winter season, bookings should be made well in advance to secure bunks.

Applications to stay at the hut should be addressed to the Honorary Custodian: Robin Clothier

cichutbennevis@outlook.com

History

The hut was erected in 1928/9 by Dr and Mrs Inglis Clark in memory of their son Charles Inglis Clark who was killed in action in the 1914-1918 War. The original building was extensively refurbished and extended between 2008 and 2012.

Latest reports from the CIC hut can be found on its Facebook page:
CIChut

Follow our webcam @CicWebCam on Twitter

Custodian Message

COVID update immediate from December 28th going forward:
• The CIC will limit occupancy to 18 persons.
• We will favour ‘groups’ while taking bookings.
• To reduce risk to other hut users we would recommend that you are double vaccinated, and when due have the booster.
• Lateral Flow Tests require to be taken by all hut users on day of travel to CIC
• All hut users will require to ‘check-in’ using the QR Codes daily that we will set up for each of the Huts. This utilities the track and trace facility provided by NHS Scotland System. There is 4G availability at the CIC.
• An email will be sent 14 and 7 days detailing advice about hygiene, cleanliness, ventilation, etc, all of which should be followed. Masks remain optional in hostel accommodation.
• The person booking the visit will be required to ensure compliance for the group.

Note: No day visitor allowed in CIC.

The CIC custodian will monitor update from Scotgov, with the next planned review 17 January.

The wind level this year have been very low, with the batteries not fully charged. This may lead to no lighting. As soon as there is wind the Turbine will charge up the system.

This availability calendar is not updated in real-time so is indicative only. Enquires to stay in the hut must always be made in advance by contacting the custodian who will also be able to advise on minimum group size.

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