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Booking information for Alpha Mountaineering

On this page you should find all the information you need to enable you to make an Alpha Mountaineering booking. Use the links on the right to go direct to the section you want or scroll down to read all the information.

Have a look at what previous clients have had to say about Alpha Mountaineering on our Client Feedback page.
To make a booking you will need to download a PDF Logo Booking Form

If you have any questions about anything on this page please get in touch. Contact details are on the Contact page.

To find out the recent conditions on the hills and what we've been up to at Alpha Mountaineering then go to our News and Conditions page.

Use the links below to go direct to that section

Client Feedback

Price Structure

Instructor Ratios

Instructor Qualifications


Making a Booking

Weather and Fitness

Insurance and Cancellation

Liability and Participation Statement

Autumn approachs in Glen Nevis


The table below should help you work out how much your course will cost.


1 day

2 days

3 days

4 days

5 days













3 or More






The costs in the above table are total costs so each client pays the total divided by the number of clients in the group.

Prices include instruction, ropes and rack of technical climbing gear and usually transport from your accomodation to the mountain venue.

Prices do not include personal equipment, transport to your accommodation, your accommodation for the course, personal insurance and food for your day on the hill. See below for more details on insurance and equipment.


Summer walking, Navigation and Winter Skills courses can run with up to 6 people. Scrambling and Intro Winter Climbing courses can run with up to 3 people per instructor. Rock Climbing, Skye Traverses and Intermediate or Advance Winter Climbing courses will run with a maximum of 2 people per instructor. I can cater for larger groups by bringing in other instructors. See below for more details on instructors.

Mike above the Rosa Pinnacle on Arran


Most of the instructing is done by me, Nick Carter, but occasionally if I am busy I will use other instructors. The instructors I use will be carefully chosen for their technical climbing skills, personal coaching ability and all round mountain experience. All instructors are qualified to the appropriate level they are working at. To find out more about the associate instructors go to the About page.

The Association of Mountaineering Instructors is our professional representative body. To find out more click on the AMI logo.


You will need to provide your own personal equipment for the course you have booked. This includes waterproofs, boots, rucsac, helmet, harness and crampons and ice axes in winter. If you are unsure that your gear is appropriate for the course then please get in touch for a chat or have a look at the Equipment Page. If you need to hire some of these items we can arrange something.
Just contact us to discuss your requirements.

Winter approachs in the Cairngorms

Making a booking

To make a booking you will need to fill in a booking form. A booking form must be filled in by each participant. This includes your preferred dates for the course.
Download a pdf Booking Form and post, along with a £50 non refundable deposit per person to me, Nick Carter at this contact address.
The balance of the course fees is due 4 weeks prior to the start of the course. We can not take bookings for anyone under the age of 18 unless they are with a parent or guardian for the duration of the course.

Weather and Fitness

When you sign and send a booking form you are confirming that you are fit for the course. The hills of Scotland are a lot larger than England and Wales so you should be moderately hill fit. If you are unsure if you are fit enough please get in touch for a chat. The weather in Scotland can sometimes be unpredictable. Occasionally the weather and conditions on the hill will dictate where we go. When booking a course you must understand the importance of having flexible plans when in the mountains.

Celtic Carving on a Torridon Boulder

Insurance and Cancellation

The cost of a course does not include personal accident insurance. We strongly recommend that you take some out. This can be done through a variety of providers including the British Mountaineering Council (the BMC).

If you cancel 4 weeks or more before the course starts then any course fees over and above the deposit will be refunded. If you cancel less than 4 weeks but more than 2 weeks before the course starts then you will be refunded 25% of the total course fee. If you cancel less than 2 weeks before the course starts then there is no refund.
Alpha Mountaineering will make every attempt to run a course. However, if, due to circumstances outside our control like dangerous and/or unsuitable weather conditions, loss or theft of transport or incapacitating injury, we have to cancel a course we will refund all fees paid (less the deposit) or find another suitable date.

Liability and Participation Statement

It must be understood that participating in mountaineering activities involves some risk of injury. Instructors will take all reasonable care to reduce this risk. As a participant you are required to observe the safety instructions given to you during the course. As you are choosing to partake in this course you should be aware that accidents and injury may occur.
Alpha Mountaineering is not under any liability whatsoever in respect of loss or damage to personal property, not caused by the negligence or default of Alpha Moutaineering and its associates.