What about Covid-19/Lockdown?
From 8 March: Education can resume. NNAS navigation and Mountain Training courses can run if attendees return home daily.
From 29 March: Any outdoor activities or courses can be booked if attendees return home daily, except that wild camps are allowed as the 'Stay at Home' order ends.
From 12 April: Climbing walls reopen, allowing indoor coaching and instruction to begin. Anything we offer is available to anybody as self-contained accommodation (holiday lets) open so overnight stays are now possible.
From 17 May: B&Bs and campsites open. No further restrictions on any courses we provide.
Members of separate households must maintain a 2-metre separation whenever possible - if a 2-metre separation is not possible, then appropriate PPE must be worn (facemask, eye protection); Facemasks should be worn inside; Neither client nor guide should be exhibiting any recognised symptoms of COVID-19 or done so in the last 10 days, nor been told to self-isolate due to contact with a third party who has symptoms/been tested with a positive result, irrespective if they have had the vaccine or not. Clients will be asked to provide as much personal equipment as possible (personal equipment for the activity as well as own small first aid kit, face coverings and hand sanitiser); Any shared or borrowed kit will be cleaned or quarantined for an appropriate time before and after use.
How long does it take you to reply?
As mountaineering is a time intensive activity, please expect a reply within 24 hours rather than immediately. The more information you give in your initial enquiry, the more accurate and complete a reply we can provide.
Payment is taken by bank transfer or cheque in advance, or in cash if in person. Details will be sent to you upon booking.
What is included?
An appropriately qualified and insured instructor or guide, all necessary ropes and group gear. For beginners or taster and family sessions, all equipment is included. For more advanced courses, helmets, harnesses, belay devices, crampons and ice axes can be provided for a small fee, but it is always better to use your own if you have them. Please ask for advice if you are going to buy your own. Lunch, drinks, travel and your own insurances are not included.
What equipment do I need?
For taster sessions, you don't need any equipment. apart from your clothing to keep you warm and dry, and appropriate footwear. For more advanced courses, you will receive a kit list when you book, but as an overview, you'll need appropriate clothing and waterproofs for the conditions. Scramblers will need harness and helmet, and climbers will need harness, helmet, rock shoes and belay device. We can provide any of these items that you don't have for a small fee, except shoes, but can advise where to hire these if necessary. Navigators will need a compass and map.