Garry Smith
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The sustained top pitch of 'Smiths Gully'.
A classic Creag Meagaidh ice climb.
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.

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.

prices  you can book days out 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.

summer stuff
(rock climbing, mountain walking
& scrambling)
£195 per day  
1 person
2 persons (£115 each)
3 to 8 people
winter stuff
(winter climbing
& mountaineering,
winter skills training
& mountain walking)
£220 per day  
1 person
2 persons (£125 each)
3 to 6 people

ratios  the table below gives the maximum number of people I can sensibly look after on a particular activity or type of terrain (the instructor to client ratio). I can also cater for larger groups which may exceed these ratios. 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 multi-pitch
scrambling easy scrambles (grade I)
hard scrambles (grade II upwards)
summer mountain walking
guided mountain walking and
navigation training
winter climbing
up to grade V 1:2

grade I/II terrain
grade II ridges
winter skills training
& mountain walking
guided winter walking or skills training on uncomplicated terrain 1:6

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. A list of accommodation options is available, from where you can be picked up and dropped off each day.

insurance  it is strongly recommended that you take out some form of accident insurance. Cover can be obtained from a number of insurers, the most popular being snowcard and the bmc.