Sron na Lairig Glencoe
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The final snow slopes of Sron na Lairig, Glencoe

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 dates that suit us both, you can then go-ahead and confirm a booking by supplying a 50% deposit. 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. They also cover the use of all technical equipment. For larger groups, please get in touch for a quote.

summer

1 person
£230

2 people
£240

3 to 8 people
£250

winter

1 person
£240

2 people
£250

3 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. For example, if you’ve developed symptoms, or you’ve been contacted by Serco and asked to self-isolate, or there’s been a local introduction of a higher tier level. 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. For this coming winter season in Scotland, accommodation is likely to be limited to self-caterting lets and single occupancy rooms in hotels and hostels (room shares are permissable for people from the same household).

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.

Winter Skills

Tailor-made courses and training days in the Cairngorms, for individuals, groups and clubs…

Winter
Mountaineering

Guided mountaineering days – Cairngorms, Glencoe, Torridon, Assynt. Tailored training courses…

Winter Climbing

Intro courses in the Cairngorms. Guided winter climbing anywhere in the Highlands  …

Hill Walking

Guided hill walks in North Wales and Scotland, for individuals, groups and clubs. Navigation training…

Scrambling

Guided scrambling in North Wales and on Skye’s Cuillin. Intro training days in Snowdonia…

Rock Climbing

Tailor-made courses arranged on request. Guided climbing in North Wales, the Lake District and Scotland…