Why do I need a guide?
You don't need a guide to go walking. However having a guide may allow you to explore places you would never go on your own.
Who are the guides? Are the guides qualified?
The guide is usually myself. Sometimes i may have to ask another guide to help me out on occasion with bigger groups.It will be someone qualified.It will also be someone i have enjoyed spending time with at one stage or another in the mountains. All of us have a passion for the Highlands and a friendly open personality that helps put you at ease and enjoy your walk or hike. All of us have a deep knowledge of the history and landscapes we walk through enhancing your walk or hike and truly making the experience one you will never forget. At Up and Doon Guided Walks the safety of my clients is paramount. I have the qualification of Summer Mountain Leader and am holders of a British Association of Ski Patrol (BASP) 2 Day Outdoor Emergency First Aid Qualification. The guides i work with also have the same qualifications and their own Public Liability Insurance.
How fit do i need to be to climb a mountain?
The fitter you are the more enjoyable your experience and day will be. If you are unsure as to whether a walk is suitable for you please get in touch. Here at Up and Doon Guided Walks I pride myself on finding a walk to suit your experience and abilities.
Why is it important to have the correct equipment for the mountains?
It is important as mountain weather is very fickle and can change in a moment from sunshine to bitterly cold. Having the correct equipment helps towards ensuring your safety even in adverse weather conditions.
So what do i need for joining a guided walk or hike?
You should have sturdy footwear.Hiking boots are best as they give you ankle support.Waterproof Jacket and Waterproof Trousers will help keep you dry. For keeping warm plenty of layers,hat and gloves. Anything not worn should be kept in a Dry/Waterproof Bag.Rucksacks and backpacks are NOT WATERPROOF!!Nothing worse than pulling out your warm layers to find they are soaked through from the rain! Walking poles are optional. However they do help save the knees on the descent. You should also carry food and water for the day. A hot drink is nice to have at the summit while you enjoy the view. Last but not least remember to pack your camera so you can get that all important picture of you at the top!
What if our walk or hike can't go ahead because of weather conditions?
At Up and Doon Guided Walks safety is important. If conditions are so bad that we can't do the walk booked on the day. An alternative walk will be offered suitable for the conditions.