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Frequently Asked Questions

Where do we meet?

I will meet you at an agreed meeting point according to the plan for the day. You will be sent full joining instructions at the time of booking.

What is the difference between guiding and a course?

Guiding in this context refers to you being led on a walk. Although you will undoubtedly learn something during the day, the primary objective is not to teach you skills.

A course is designed to teach you skills, so the emphasis moves away from “bagging a hill” to concentrate more on you acquiring and practising new skills in a suitable environment. However, there is every likelihood that we will visit a mountain summit or two whilst fulfilling the aims of the course.

Is accommodation included?

Accommodation is not included, providing you with the greatest flexibility. This allows you to stay wherever is most convenient, and choose somewhere according to your budget.

Is transport provided?

No transport is provided. It is your responsibility to get yourself to the agreed meeting point. If attending a course, participants will need to arrange their own travel from Aviemore to the course venue each day. If you will not have a car, for example if you are planning on arriving in Aviemore using public transport, please advise at the time of booking as it may be possible to facilitate a lift "up the hill". Car sharing amongst course participants will be encouraged.

Is any food or drink provided?

No. You will need to bring enough food and drink with you to keep you going for a full day out on the hill.

What will the weather be like?

Weather in the mountains can and does change rapidly, and it is generally cooler, wetter, windier, and more unpredictable in the mountains than at lower levels. It is entirely possible to have clear blue skies, sunshine, no wind, and views that stretch halfway across Scotland at any time of year. Equally possible are low cloud, strong winds, heavy rain or snow, and next to no visibility at any time of year. It’s all part of the adventure!

I will take into account the predicted and actual weather conditions when making final plans for your activity, adjusting those plans as necessary during the day. You will be sent a detailed kit list at the time of booking, and this will outline the types of clothing you will need to wear / bring with you to cope with a variety of weather conditions.

To help you “fine tune” your preparations for the day, it is worthwhile checking out the mountain weather forecast for the area where you will be. The Mountain Weather Information Service (MWIS) and the Met Office give detailed information about expected conditions on the mountains (as opposed to a general forecast for conditions at sea level).

In winter, consideration of the avalanche forecast is also a fundamental part of planning a day in the mountains. I will take this into account when planning your day, but for added interest, you can check out the Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS).

What kit should I bring?

You will be sent a full kit list at the time of booking.

Any other questions?

Above all, I want your time with me to be safe, fun and rewarding. If there is anything at all that you would like to know, please just pick up the phone or send me an email. I would rather answer your questions in advance to help you prepare properly, rather than have you worry about something, or turn up inappropriately prepared. I don't bite, and love talking about mountains - it's almost as good as being in the mountains!

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