FAQs

What about Covid-19/Lockdown easing?
Currently
: Any outdoor activities or courses can be booked. Climbing walls are open, allowing indoor coaching and instruction. 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.

We shall be continuing with social distancing measures until every restriction is removed:

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. Alternatively, please use the 'book now' buttons which are kept up-to-date with our current availability. 

Can you find me a partner for my day?
If you are on your own, and would like to climb, walk or scramble with others, we can try to find another person to join us for the day. We'll email you if we have relevant enquiries.

How do I pay?

Payment is taken by bank transfer, by card on a Zettle (paypal) link we will send you or by card when booking on our Beyonk booking page.

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, please  discuss with us if you do not have anything on the kit list. 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.

Do I need a map and compass?
Only those on navigation courses need a map and compass, but by all means bring them for walking days if you wish. If you are going to buy a compass, get one with a long baseplate. We suggest either the Suunto A-30 or M3 (two versions, budget dependent), or if you prefer Silva, the Expedition 4. However, most compasses are ok.

What experience do I need?
On bespoke courses, whatever experience you have is the right amount - we can adapt to suit. However not all open courses can be appropriate for everyone. Please ask for advice if unsure.

How long are the days?
Unless stated otherwise, days will be planned so that we meet at 9:30 and finish at 4:00. Please always advise us of any time constraints you have.

What about under 18s?
All under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times. This is non-negotiable as it is the law. As some under 18s have extensive experience and/or ability we don't preclude them from any activity as a rule. However, some courses have age limitations beyond our control. Please discuss your requirements with us.

What if I have to cancel?
If you cancel more than one month ahead, then you'll receive a full refund; 50% refund if more than 14 days; sorry, but there's no refund if closer than that. Please ensure you have insurance to cover this if it is a concern. If cancellations are covid-related due  to government restrictions, full refunds or credit will be given.

Does The Lakes Mountaineer ever cancel?
We will endeavour to ensure that your booking will run. If climbing, rain may require a change of venue, grade or focus. In winter, the route may have to change for safety reasons. We can't account for illness and injury, but will try to find alternative arrangements. In the unlikely event we do cancel, you will get as much notice as possible, as well as a full refund.

May I bring spectators?
Some courses are not appropriate for spectators. However, courses at climbing walls and some beginner courses may be appropriate. Please ask and we can discuss this.

May I bring my dog?
Walking in summer conditions is usually fine for dogs, as long as they are kept under control at all times. Please don't bring your dog on navigation courses. Some dogs are content when tied up at the crag for a few hours while you climb if there is no other option. For anything else, we suggest them being with someone else where they'll have more fun.

Can I book The Lakes Mountaineer for other locations?
Most of our work is in the Lake District. However, walking holidays and climbing trips have been organised elsewhere in the UK, as well as in Spain, Italy, Germany, Slovenia, France and Switzerland.

What are your cookie and privacy policies?
We like cookies, but not if they have nuts in them.
Please see the privacy policy under the Ts and Cs on our booking page.