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 during summer & autumn 2020  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 supplying a 50% deposit.

If we need to cancel your booking for a Covid-19 related reason, I'll simply refund your money in full. For example, it may be that you've developed symptoms, or have been contacted and asked to self-isolate, or there has been a local reintroduction of tighter lockdown measures. I can't think of any other reasonable way for me to operate during these difficult times. I've already had Covid-19 and I'm going along with the current scientific consensus that I have some level of immunity. However, having Covid is an experience I wouldn't wan't to repeat, or wish on anybody else, so I'll be taking nothing for granted.

Other considerations - you'll need your own transport and we would meet at our chosen venue on the morning(s) of your booking. An early start would be preferable, which would see us on our day's objective before the majority of other folk. Also, everyone should know the essential handwashing drill by now, so bringing along a personal bottle of alcohol gel is a must.

Please feel free to call or email for a no obligation chat.

prices the prices below are the total cost per day for instruction or guiding and also cover the use of all technical equipment. For larger groups, please get in touch for a quote.

summer stuff
1 person
2 persons
3 to 8 people
£195 per day  
winter stuff
1 person
2 persons
3 to 6 people
£220 per day  

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 easily 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 - grades 2 & 3
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 mountain walking
& winter skills
guided winter walking or winter
skills training on uncomplicated terrain

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.