Lighthouse Arete Gogarth
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An evening ascent of Lighthouse Arete, Castel Helen

courses booking information

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 availability. Once we’ve established the date(s) that suits you, you can then go-ahead and confirm a booking by supplying a 50% deposit. Feel free to email, or call, with any questions. I’m always happy to chat.

Prices

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

summer

1 person
£220

2 to 8 people
£240

winter

1 person
£240

2 to 6 people
£260

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.

hill walking

uncomplicated terrain
1:8

scrambling

easy (grade 1)
1:6

hard (grades 2&3)
1:3

rock climbing

single-pitch
1:8

multi-pitch
1:2

winter skills

uncomplicated terrain
1:6

winter mountaineering

grade I/II gullies
1:4

grade II ridges
1:3

winter climbing

up to grade V
1:2

Covid-19 cancellation terms

If your booking needs to to be cancelled due to a Covid-19 related reason, I’ll simply refund your money in full. I can’t think of any other reasonable way for me to operate during these difficult times.  Obviously this is an arrangement done on trust.

Equipment

All technical climbing equipment is provided. In winter this includes axes and crampons if you don’t have your own. The crampons are Grivel G12 Air Techs with a nu-matic fitting system. These are the most versatile all-round crampons for Scottish winter use and will fit the majority of winter boots (both b2 and b3 category).

For an idea of what personal gear you’ll need to bring along for Scottish winter stuff, take a look at the winter kit list (pdf).

Accommodation

If you need advice about where to stay,  I can give suggestions to suit most requirements and budgets. In both Scotland and Wales all types of accommodation are due to open again from the 17th of May onwards.

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. You can also obtain BMC insurance through Mountaineering Scotland.