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The sustained top pitch of 'Smiths Gully'.
One of Creag Meagaidh's classic ice lines.
Robin on the northern end of the
Cuillin Ridge. Heading towards Am Bhastier.
Skye.
Descending Beinn Dearg at dusk and the view north west towards
the mountains of Assynt - Ben Mor Coigach, Stac Pollaidh,
Cul Beag and Cul Mhor.
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. For larger groups, please get in touch for a quote.


rock climbing £190 per day  
£230
1 person
2 persons (£115 each)
mountain walking
& scrambling

(summer conditions)
£190 per day  
£230
£240
1 person
2 persons (£115 each)
3 to 6 people
winter climbing £210 per day  
£240
1 person
2 persons (£120 each)
winter mountaineering £210 per day  
£240
£250
1 person
2 persons (£120 each)
3 or 4 people
winter skills & mountain walking £210 per day  
£240
£250
1 person
2 persons (£120 each)
3 to 6 people


ratios  the table below gives the number of people I can look after on a particular activity or type of terrain (the instructor to client ratio). I can easily cater for larger groups, in which case I'd be joined by well qualified, likeminded instructors or guides who I know well. Just ask for a quote.


rock climbing for multi-pitch rock climbing the usual instruction ratio is 1:2. However, this can be increased on request but we'd need to be sensible about the places we visit and the routes we climb. Climbing at a single-pitch crag is possible for groups up to 6 people.
summer mountain walking
guided mountain walking and navigation training is available for groups up to 8 people.
scrambling
guiding on easy scrambles (grade I) is available for groups up to 6 people. The usual guiding ratio for harder scrambles (grade II and above) is 1:2.
winter climbing the maximum teaching/guiding ratio for winter climbing is 1:2. This is the most responsible ratio to stick to from a safety perspective.
winter mountaineering Winter mountaineering on grade I/II terrain can be organised for groups up to 4 people. For grade II ridges the maximum ratio is 1:3.
winter skills
& mountain walking
guided winter walking (on 'easy' grade I terrain) and winter skills training can be organised for groups up to 6 people.


equipment  all technical climbing equipment is provided. In winter this includes axes and crampons if you don't have your own. 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. Axes will be modern tools from DMM and Petzl.

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).


accommodation  in both North Wales and Scotland there are a variety of places to stay, to suit all budgets and tastes. In most instances (so long as your accomadation is not too far out of the way) you can be picked up and dropped off each day. Take a look at the Scotland accommodation list (pdf) for a few ideas of where to stay in the Aviemore area. Suggestions for accommodation elsewhere in the Highlands are also available. Just ask.


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 (email to request details).