COVID-19 update: June 1st

Updated: Jun 2


As of June 1st, 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 At The Edge Mountaineering can now start to offer courses for groups up to 5 people. This can include groups of family and friends and mixed household groups meeting on an open course.


I will resume open courses from the 15th June. Dates will be published online soon.

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 Mountain Training.


Throughout the duration of my courses, we will maintain social distancing and limit sharing of kit and equipment as much as possible. This will mean on navigation courses, you will need to provide your own maps and compasses for example. More details will be given out on booking. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me:


info@attheedgemountaineering.co.uk


Travel to Wales from England and any travel of “significant distance” within Wales for the purpose exercise are still not permitted under the Welsh regulations and Police forces are still strongly enforcing this law. Therefore there will be NO courses running in Wales until an update has been given by the Welsh Government in the future. I will update the decision to run course dates in Wales on the 1st July

With the above in mind, At The Edge Mountaineering Courses will mainly be focused in the South West of England, but may also stretch to the Lake District in the near future depending on the current situation. Courses that are open for bookings include:

I have compiled a list of links below for your information. These links are the guidelines that I am working to to ensure your safety on a course. Any updates to these guidelines will be published in my JOURNAL.


Covid and the outdoors: Professor Ian Hall answers your questions

https://www.thebmc.co.uk/covid-and-the-outdoors?_ga=2.73803863.414030159.1591005386-1366053730.1582729538

Covid-19: June lockdown changes

https://www.thebmc.co.uk/covid19-june-lockdown-changes?fbclid=IwAR27LKrqN04c4TEZIpow7XZVjfbodGBuZFVndToxShllufZAaAlwwblSmLo

NATIONAL MOUNTAIN TRAINING ORGANISATIONS COVID-19 FRAMEWORK FOR DECISION MAKING

https://www.mountain-training.org/latest-news/national-mountain-training-organisations-covid-19-framework-for-decision-making

HELPING KEEP OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES COVID SECURE

https://www.mountain-training.org/membership/mountain-training-association/news/helping-keep-outdoor-activities-covid-secure

Guidance for providers of outdoor facilities on the phased return of sport and recreation in England

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation/guidance-for-providers-of-outdoor-facilities-on-the-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation

Staying safe outside your home

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-safe-outside-your-home/staying-safe-outside-your-home

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do


If you are booked on to a course, you will receive an email about these updates.

If you are unsure about booking onto an open course, you can book courses privately as an individual or a couple/group. For the months of June/July and August, bespoke, private and group courses will be at a reduced rate of 20% off


For details on multi-day courses, please contact me for more information on price and guidelines. Open courses remain the same price unless you have a discount code.

At The Edge Mountaineering COVID-19 practical considerations - Summary:


Health and Hygiene:

  • All clients and the instructor will use hand sanitiser throughout the day and will wash hands before and after the course as soon as possible.

  • Gloves and masks will be used when required and must be readily available.

  • The use of shared equipment will be limited as much as possible. When booking onto a course, details will be given about what equipment will be require: maps, compass, PPE, for example.


Social Distancing:

  • Course ratios will be reduced to a MAXIMUM of 5 clients per course.

  • Quieter venues and less popular areas will be used to limit social interactions with others and to enable social distancing can be maintained.


Client Health Status

  • It is the clients responsibility to inform At The Edge Mountaineering prior to attending a course, that they do not have Covid-19 symptoms and have not recently had symptoms (i.e. they are not currently isolating).

  • Medical disclosure 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.


Safety and Rescue

  • Mountain rescue teams are currently operating a very limited service, partly because of limits on the help they are able to safely offer while protecting their members on a call out. It is also clearly very difficult for a mountain rescue team to operate effectively while observing social distancing. So when walking, climbing or scrambling we should make sure we stay well within our capabilities, avoid taking any unnecessary risks, and work on the basis that mountain rescue help will be slower to respond with reduced capability if we get into any difficulties

  • All clients will need to provide their own safety kit (i.e. personal first aid kits and medication).


For courses to run safely, the above must be adhered to by both client and instructor. The above measures are in place to limit the possibility of spreading COVID-19, however there is still an element of risk involved and it can not be guaranteed that the risk of infection is zero.


Clients will need to ensure that they understand and accept this risk and that At The Edge Mountaineering has done as much as reasonably possible to reduce the risk of infection to ensure your safety.

If you have any questions regarding the above information, please do not hesitate to contact me:


info@attheedgemountaineering.co.uk


I look forward to starting to run courses again and meeting you all! We are in this together and thank you for supporting me!


Stay safe,


Chris Cowdrey

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