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  • Writer's pictureDavid Buckett

We plan to start our activities again!

Some good news! As Phase 1 of the Scottish Governments plan to exit lockdown comes to the end if its 1st week, we have decided it would be sensible to start delivering our activities in Phase 3. This could be the 9th July if there are no setbacks or delays in the timescale of moving between phases.

Phase 3 is when there is unlimited travel, more people can meet and accommodation and some restaurants can open In Scotland. It therefore seemed sensible for us to align our opening of activities at the same time that our clients can travel, sleep and eat in the areas where we operate. So you can relax before your time on the hill and get a celebratory drink after!

Our business focus has always been about delivering activities to private groups and individuals and this is not going to change. When people book an activity they know they are getting a local instructor to themselves who can tailor the day to their needs and aspirations. This helps with moving forward, taking into account Covid-19 social distancing and different households mixing, as we were already operating along those guidelines, so we can hit the ground running when Phase 3 starts. If you have been out with us in the past, activities, operations and great instruction will look mostly the same.

There will be some small changes to the way our activities operate and look but most of the time they will look the same. Some examples of these changes could be that we ask our clients to meet us at the start of the walk or climb rather than sharing cars from accommodation where private transport is available. When we are in the hill we will keep to social distancing guidelines whenever possible but the rough Scottish terrain normally keeps people 2 meters apart anyway.

We will be asking clients to answer additional basic Covid-19 symptom and isolation questions upon booking in addition to our medical form in accordance with the Association of Mountaineering Instructors guidelines and advice. As well as asking people to provide as much of their own personal kit and equipment where possible.

On the website our Skye Munros course dates are publish for the end of summer 2020 and 2021 with a new lower ratio of 1 guide to 2 clients, offering safer and more personal service around the tricky Skye Munros. We also have our Winter skills courses and Winter Skills and Ben Nevis ascent weekend dates for 2021 published if you would like to start thinking about next winter. With our New Year Ben Nevis ascents details coming soon on the 1st and 2nd January 2021. If you would like more info on ascending Ben Nevis in winter then please look here.

We hope that we see you in the not too distant future to enjoy the hills again on Ben Nevis, Glencoe, Glen Nevis, Skye and Torridon in summer and winter.

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