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The sustained top pitch of 'Smiths Gully'.
One of Creag Meagaidh's classic ice lines.
Steve, Andy and Alexis on Liathach's main
ridge. Arguably the best winter ridge traverse
in the Highlands. Torridon, North West Scotland.
Kath crossing the remote and wonderful
'Northern Pinnacles' on Liathach
Torridon, North West Scotland.
A careful early morning crossing of Crib Goch.
First across after two days of heavy snowfall.
Snowdonia, North Wales.

how to make a booking  just get in touch, giving an idea of what you'd like to do and your preferred dates. If I can't cater for your ideal days, I'll let you know my nearest availabilty. Once we've established the dates that suit us both, you can then go-ahead and confirm a booking by simply supplying a 50% deposit. Full payment is due 28 days before your booking begins.

Please feel free to call or email for a no obligation chat to discuss any ideas you may have.

prices  you can book days out, or arrange a course, for yourself, with a friend or as a group. The prices below are the total cost per day for instruction or guiding and also cover the use of all technical climbing equipment. This includes axes and crampons for winter bookings (see below). For larger groups, please get in touch for a quote.

rock climbing £190 per day  
£200 per day
1 person
2 persons (£100 each)
mountain walking
& scrambling

(summer conditions)
£190 per day  
1 person
2 persons (£100 each)
3 to 6 people
winter climbing £200 per day  
£230 per day
1 person
2 persons (£115 each)
winter skills
and winter
mountain walking
£200 per day  
1 person
2 persons (£115 each)
3 or 4 people

ratios  the usual teaching ratio for multi-pitch rock climbing is 1:2. It's practical and safer, meaning more skills can be covered and more climbing can be achieved. This ratio can be increased on request but we'd need to be sensible about the routes we climb and the places we visit. Climbing at a single-pitch crag can be at a ratio of up to 1:6.

The maximum teaching or guiding ratio for winter climbing is 1:2. This is the most responsible ratio to stick to from a safety perspective. Scottish winter conditions can change unexpectedly and rapidly, and the ability of a climbing team to move quickly is paramount.

Instruction or guiding in mountain walking, scrambling or navigation can be arranged on a ratio of up to 1:6.

if you'd like to arrange something for a group larger than 6 people, to keep to the above teaching/guiding ratios, I'll be joined by other instructors or guides. These will be well qualified, likeminded people who I know well.

equipment  all technical climbing equipment is provided free of charge. For an idea of what personal gear you'll need to bring along for winter bookings, take a look at the winter kit list (pdf).

There's no compromise on the quality of the equipment used on any of the courses I run. The majority of the climbing hardware used is made locally in Llanberis by DMM. In winter, you'll get to use dry-treated lightweight ropes, so as not to weigh down your rucksack. If you'd like to borrow axes, these will be modern tools made by DMM, Petzl or Black Diamond. If you require crampons, you are welcome to borrow a pair of Grivel G12 Air Techs with a nu-matic fitting system, which are probably the most versatile all-round crampons for Scottish winter use.

accommodation  in both North Wales and Scotland there are a variety of places to stay, to suit all budgets and tastes, where you can be picked up and dropped off each day. Take a look at the Scotland accommodation list (pdf) for a few suggestions in the Aviemore area.

insurance  it is strongly recommended that you take out some form of accident insurance. Cover can be obtained from either snowcard or the bmc.

deposit payment  confirming a booking is now much easier. It's possible to make a safe online payment using a credit or debit card, click here to find out how. Alternatively, you can pay by BACS transfer or even by good old cheque, email to request details.