Booking Terms and Conditions
As of 1st June 2020, the Government Guidelines for England allows spending time outdoors, in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines. This means AFS Mountaineering can now start to offer courses and guided trips for groups up to 5 people. This can include groups of family and friends and mixed household groups meeting on an open course. The legislation in Scotland and Wales is different and as such, I shall not be operating there until August at the earliest (to be confirmed).
To ensure the safety of all group members on my courses, I will be adhering to the latest Government Guidelines and the Guidelines laid out by the British Mountaineering Council and the Mountaineering Associations. NNAS courses can run with a lower maximum number of 5 (Gold is unaffected).
Please note that during the Coronavirus outbreak, the Covid-19 specific terms and conditions will override any general terms and conditions where there is conflict.
You will need to be able to agree to the following before attending:
"Relating to COVID-19 - you must agree to inform us if, any time within 21 days of the event:
You have reason to believe that you have been infected with or shown symptoms of Covid-19
No one in my household has been infected with, or shown symptoms of Covid-19
No one in my household is in the vulnerable or extremely vulnerable categories as defined in the current UK Government advice
AFS Mountaineering will endeavour to keep everyone safe. However, we take no responsibility should you develop Covid-19 symptoms in the days or weeks from having attended one of our courses or events."
Medical disclosure on booking is more important than ever, and clients need to take ownership of any personal medical problems in order to plan and deliver a suitable experience. You must agree to inform AFS Mountaineering as soon as possible if anything changes with regard to medical conditions as highlighted above.
Keeping everybody safe:
Please bring your own equipment. Throughout the duration of my courses / guided events, we will maintain social distancing and limit sharing of kit and equipment as much as possible. Any equipment provided by AFS Mountaineering will be disinfected before and after use.
Mountain rescue teams are currently operating a very limited service and it is very difficult for a mountain rescue team to operate effectively while observing social distancing. When walking, climbing or scrambling we must avoid taking any unnecessary risks. It is vital that if you are uncomfortable with any situation you speak to the instructor / guide as soon as possible without peer pressure to press on. We always strive to make our courses and trips a safe place to communicate but this is more important than ever during this time period.
We reserve the right to check whether clients have brought the essential equipment as listed on the gear list as well as whether you have adequate food and water depending on the weather. You may be required to empty and repack your rucksack so please don't be offended. It is to try and prevent any unnecessary situations developing during the day that could have been prevented at the start.
All clients will need to provide their own safety kit (i.e. personal first aid kits, masks, gloves and medication where appropriate and if needed).
Please endeavour to keep a safe distance away from your instructor and fellow attendees (current guidelines recommend 2 metres)
Please wash your hands where possible and bring / use your own sanitising hand gel
Masks are recommended in confined spaces and are there to reduce you potentially spreading the virus. It is up to you to decide whether to wear one
There will be no car sharing unless you are travelling with someone deemed safe (as per the UK Government guidelines - e.g. family member or someone in your social bubble). Public transport is extremely limited and at present, accommodation providers are still closed.
Public toilets are for the most part closed. Should you need to use the toilet during the day you will have to find a quiet secluded spot and bring dog poo bags to remove any solid waste.
Our Covid-19 amended terms and conditions will remain in place for the time being. Should you need to self isolate, you can reschedule the course any time beforehand. If you have booked onto a guided set event, you will be offered a place the next time it is run or an alternative event if it is within the 14 day notice period as given in point 2 below.
Usual ratios will have to be limited to 5 people plus an instructor or guide.
For any climbing activities, these will be limited to 2 people plus an instructor or guide (for climbing there needs to be a minimum of two of you for it to proceed).
Given the nature of the ever changing advice and circumstance - it is all of our responsibility to keep each other as safe as possible in relation to Covid-19. However, the outdoors is arguably the safest place to be so long as the group in question does it's best to adhere to guidelines.
The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) Participation Statement
“The BMC recognises that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions.”
Participation in adventurous activities entails some risk of injury. All staff employed by AFS Mountaineering are trained and appropriately qualified to run advertised events and will at all times proceed in a manor to limit the risk of injury. However, customers need to accept that accidents and injuries can happen.
Please ensure that you have read and understood the British Mountaineering Council Participation Statement above.
These Terms and Conditions are designed to ensure safety, clarity, fairness to all parties and to ensure your experience from initial enquiry until the end of the event is the very best we can provide.
The requirements of the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority mean that we are unable to take under 18's unless they are accompanied on the event by their parent or legal guardian. Any booking for a person under 18 must be made by their parent or legal guardian.
The parent or guardian needs to be aware and accept the risks involved in adventure activities and satisfy themselves accordingly.
All bookings are on the basis that the customer will, at all times, observe the safety regulations set by the leader.
The contract is subject to availability of a course place/date and the acceptance by the customer of these terms and conditions.
Neither the AFS Mountaineering website or literature constitutes an offer and AFS Mountaineering may correct any errors or omissions to its published prices at any time prior to the confirmation of the contract in accordance with this condition.
All information is produced in good faith that it is accurate at the time of going to press.
Terms and Conditions of Bookings
1. Booking & payments - We reserve the right to refuse a booking or to make changes to advertised prices until the point of confirmation of your activity / event. If this occurs we will notify you and if you are not satisfied with this all monies paid will be returned. Full payment is due at the time of booking. Bookings for Courses and advertised set events (on the AFS Mountaineering website, Facebook and Twitter pages) must be paid in full at the time of booking. The price of your activity / event can be varied due to government action, such as charges in VAT (if applicable) or any other government imposed changes / currency changes. If you do not pay your balance within the above time scales you may incur further charges in accordance with the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998. Payments can also be made by bank transfer (BACS). Please note there is a £10 surcharge for cheques. If you book a NNAS course directly with NNAS they charge an extra handling fee.
2. Cancellation / Changes by you - Should you wish to change details of your booking after we have confirmed details we will do our best to help accommodate you. The following cancellation schedule will be used to ascertain any outstanding fees:
More than 2 weeks (14 days) prior to the start date and time -- I will refund what you have paid minus a £30 admin fee - DURING COVID-19 - should you need to self isolate I will refund in full minus the booking fee from the payment websites who charge a percentage which is beyond my control. This conditions supercedes the one reduced in size
Within 2 weeks (14 days) of start date and time or during the event -- Full payment is due and no refund will be given DURING COVID-19 - should you need to self isolate I will offer you a place on the next suitable course / event or suggest a suitable alternative event or do my utmost to accommodate you. Should you ultimately require a refund I will refund what you have paid minus a £30 admin fee. This conditions supercedes the one reduced in size
If you are late for the start of an event you MUST inform the leader. Contact details and other information is always given a few days before the start of an event. If you are severely delayed I cannot wait indefinitely at the expense of other paying clients and you may have to accept the event won't happen for you
If you don't show up for the event, this will be taken as a cancellation by you and no refund will be issued
If you decide to leave an event part way through, our duty of care to you ceases and you will be responsible for getting back to your vehicle/accommodation. We take no responsibility for your safe return in such circumstances and no refund will be offered.
With all the good will and intention, we will try and find venues to meet which are less likely to be busy. However, given that public car parks (where open) fill up extremely fast and car sharing will not be an option, it is not improbable that we are unable to run the course or event on the day. If that is the case, we shall rearrange. No refunds will be issued in these circumstances.
It is strongly advised that you get your own holiday insurance in case you cannot make the event
3. Cancellation / Changes by us -
(a) Should we make changes or cancellation due to AFS Mountaineering inability to provide resources or staff or when cancellation by others on your course makes continuation unviable or impractical we will inform you as soon as possible with suggested alternatives. Should these not be satisfactory or suitable for you we will refund all monies within 14 days (by BACS).
(b) We will always strive to provide you with the activity / itinerary stated on your booking form / confirmation however the very nature of the outdoor environment means that the weather and other unforeseen circumstances can often determine that this is not possible. Examples of possible hindrance may be no water / snow, too much water /snow / wind, landslides road / river blockage, local access / land management / forestry issues etc. Any changes we are forced to make due to these or similar circumstances will be based on ensuring your safety and providing you with a quality outdoor experience. We will inform you as soon as we have made an assessment that such a change is necessary so we can discuss / arrange suitably comparable alternative activities / locations / itineraries for your day / event / course. Getting to a particular summit is NEVER guaranteed for the above reasons. We will always try and find alternatives but sometimes the nature of the weather means that it is unsafe to go to higher altitudes. Refunds are not normally provided in such circumstances.
(c) Some events require a minimum number of participants in order to be viable. These are stated in the event page. If we cancel the event because of insufficient numbers, you will be offered a full refund, or the offer of an equivalent event on a different date. We are not liable for any other costs incurred by you, and strongly recommend that you take out appropriate holiday / travel insurance.
(d) We reserve the right to refuse your participation if we deem your level of fitness, health or your clothing / equipment is unsuitable for the event, or if you appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs or you are otherwise behaving inappropriately. This will be treated as a cancellation by you and no refund will be given in these circumstances.
(e) If, due to Force Majeure we are unable to fulfil our contract with you, you will not be due compensation. This relates to extremely unusual or unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control which generally affect us all. These can include, for example, war, riot, industrial dispute and / or strikes, civil commotion, disorder, terrorist activity and its consequences, natural or nuclear disaster, malicious damage, fire, flood, epidemic, quarantine restriction or extreme weather conditions which make normal operations impossible to continue or dangerous.
4. Insurance – Although we have full public liability insurance we recommend that you arrange adequate personal insurance cover for activities, holidays and courses. You should note that many travel insurance policies exclude cover for certain sporting activities, so you should carefully check the terms of any proposed insurance policy to ensure that it meets your requirements.
5. Liability – In the absence of any negligence or other breach of duty by us or our employees and agents, you will be responsible for any loss, theft, injury or damage to your own vehicles, their contents fittings or accessories. In the event of a breach of this contract by AFS Mountaineering, we shall not be liable for any loss, damage cost or expense arising out of the breach which was not reasonably foreseeable at the date the contract is made, except in respect of death or personal injury resulting from any act or omission on the part of AFS Mountaineering. AFS Mountaineering will only be liable for loss or damage caused by the proven negligence or default of the company or its employees in performing their obligations under this agreement.
6. Health and Safety – Outdoor adventurous activities take place in varied natural environments where there are natural hazards and risks to manage. Clients must adhere to the instructions, guidance and decisions of our mountain leaders as they have specialist knowledge & skills and are committed to keeping you safe.
(a) It is your responsibility when booking to ensure that you and members of your group are fit enough to cope with the activity and the environment associated with your booking. Clients must inform us prior to the event of any medical condition / illness / disability (including medication which may affect their performance) on the booking form so we can discuss your needs and make appropriate arrangements. All clients should inform the mountain leader if there has been any change to the medical condition / illness / disability between booking and the start of the event. All clients should inform the mountain leader immediately if they feel unwell during the activity.
(b) Illicit drug use is not permitted prior to, or during our events / activities. Clients wishing to bring alcohol on wilderness camping treks must be aware that they are responsible for it, it is for personal consumption in the evening and that they must drink responsibly so as not to behave inappropriately, cause distress to others, cause damage or be unable to continue the activity / be unfit in the morning. Behaviour that disrupts the smooth running of an event may result in the disruptive customer(s) being excluded. This will be treated as a cancellation by you as per Section 3d above.
(c) Clients must show respect to equipment / vehicles / buildings / other clients / wildlife (flora and fauna) and the environment / other hill / mountain users / staff / land owners or their employees – Abuse or causing distress to others or loss / damage due to negligence will result in repair / full replacement costs. This may also lead to exclusion from activities / accommodation / courses without refund. The customer is responsible for the safekeeping of all equipment issued for use during the activity/course.
(d) The gear list is sent out on booking and is also available on this website here. It is your responsibility to contact AFS Mountaineering if there are items which you don't have as we can bring spares along. If you turn up without the essential kit and haven't informed us of this in advance so that we can bring spares, we reserve the right to ask you not to join us should we decide that you are missing essential kit for the particular activity. This is for safety reasons and for the safety of others. You will not be refunded in such circumstances. Please note that during the Coronavirus outbreak, we cannot provide any equipment whatsoever apart from laminated maps for navigation courses.
7. No Smoking Policy – In England and Wales - The Health Act 2006, and in Scotland - The Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 and the Prohibition of Smoking in Certain Premises (Scotland) Regulations 2006 mean that smoking is prohibited in any building. This includes all AFS Mountaineering vehicles and tents.
8. Dogs – If you are booking an activity / event for yourself or yourself with friends / family that is not a pre-advertised organised event on the AFS Mountaineering website (or social media pages), you are welcome to bring well-behaved dogs. They must be kept on a lead at all times so as not to disturb wildlife and the owner will be responsible clearing up and appropriately disposing of dog mess. If you wish to bring your dog on a wilderness camping trek, you must have your own tent. AFS Mountaineering cannot provide tents under these circumstances.
9. Use of AFS Mountaineering equipment – With the exception of fair wear and tear, AFS Mountaineering reserves the right to charge for equipment provided to you for the activity / event that is lost, damaged or misused. This charge means the full cost of a new replacement or equivalent item of the same standard. If you are unsure of how to use the equipment please ask your mountain leader.
10. Service and feedback – We want you to enjoy your experience in the outdoors to its fullest, if you are dissatisfied with any aspect of the service provided by AFS Mountaineering please inform us as soon as possible and we will take appropriate action.
11. Meeting up – Please ensure you are at the agreed meeting point by the agreed time. If you are running late then please contact us, and we will do our best to accommodate the delay, but this will be at your risk and not at the inconvenience of other clients.
12. Final choice of routes – The choice of routes for all events is in the discretion of the leader. No guarantee can be given that we will reach a specific location or summit, and timings given can therefore only be approximate. Unless otherwise specified, an event would normally finish in late afternoon or early evening on the relevant day. You are therefore recommended not to have any obligation or commitment for later that day. If you wish to meet a specific schedule, e.g. for onward travel, please notify us before the start of the event, however we cannot guarantee to be finished by a specific time, and will not be liable for any additional costs incurred.
13. Photographs and Marketing – Photographs taken on our events may be used on our website, social media pages or other promotional material. If you do not wish to be photographed by AFS Mountaineering, please inform the leader. We cannot be responsible for other people on an event taking pictures and posting them on their social media pages, but if you do not want to be photographed by them please ask people to be respectful of this. AFS Mountaineering does not believe in regularly sending out emails or newsletters. It annoys us as people when we receive them and are forever having to unsubscribe from emails that we never signed up to. Most of our marketing is done via our Twitter and Facebook Pages and you are welcome to like/follow us (Search AFS Mountaineering on Facebook or @afsmountains on Twitter). Our website also includes all of the set trips and courses that we are running.
14. Personal possessions – You may leave dry clothes or footwear in our vehicle to change into after the event, however this is at your own risk. We take no liability for loss or damage to your equipment or clothing that you bring with you on our activities.
15. Additional Terms and Conditions relating to wilderness camping treks – All wilderness camping events are self-contained. The group carries everything it needs (tents, sleeping bags, food, cooking equipment and fuel, etc.), and you will be expected to carry your fair share. There are no washing or toilet facilities (with the exception of one or two particular bothies) for the duration of the event, other than what we arrange ourselves. The leader is not the sherpa, porter or cook. Advice on what food to bring can be given before any event. For wilderness camping treks, Wayfayrer or similar ready-cooked meals can be provided with a minimum of two weeks notice (breakfast and evening meal). Any special dietary requirements must be made at the time of booking, the company cannot accept responsibility for not being able to deliver special dietary needs at short notice.
16. Permits – It is your responsibility to obtain any permits required for any additional activities you wish to undertake whilst on one of our events (e.g. fishing).
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