At Your Own Risk
Everything you do with Collett's Mountain Holidays is at your own risk
Please note that you join our organised walks, hosted skiing, third party activities and make use of our ideas & information at your own risk. It is important that you understand that whilst our own staff have substantial local knowledge and are familiar with the routes which our organised days out follow, they are not qualified mountain guides.
You join us on our organised itineraries at your own risk, responsible for your own safety and as part of an autonomous group, in which each member has a duty of care to each other. You will be asked to sign a disclaimer in this respect, which is expanded upon in the following notes.
This is an explanation of the status of our organised itineraries whether they concern walks, snowshoeing or skiing. We refer to such itineraries as organised, not guided. Our organised itineraries are available on a basis of goodwill so that you might enjoy an itinerary you might not otherwise discover if you had visited the area independently. They represent nothing more than the opportunity to go out on a beautiful itinerary in good company.
It is a fact that mountains, mountainous areas and activities undertaken in them are associated with personal injury and death. By coming to such areas, you are exposing yourself and your party to the possibility of personal injury or even death. In such an event, Collett’s will not be held responsible for your interest in mountainous areas and your involvement in mountain pursuits, which can occasionally have tragic consequences.
In these days of litigation it is important you know that every time you (and each member of your party) join us on an organised itinerary you do so at your own risk as part of an autonomous group, in which each member of that group has a duty of care to the other. This is no different from the responsibilities you have on a casually arranged weekend walk with friends or family in the UK.
Our outdoor staff all have experience of the mountains, some more than others. Some have qualifications relevant to mountain activities, but they are not qualified mountain guides.
We recruit and train our outdoor staff in line with a Health & Safety Policy, which is based on risk assessment and recognised mountain safety procedures. Not being professionally responsible for you on organised itineraries does not mean we ignore safety, nor does it make us exempt from owing a duty of care to each person who joins us on an organised itinerary.
Your safety is paramount and we therefore take our own measures to maximise safety. We do this in line with legal requirements pertaining to duty of care. We apply Codes of Practice to the procedures carried out by our outdoor staff. We assess, manage and communicate risk. We try to make people aware of the importance of mountain safety and to highlight their responsibilities when part of a group.
Our Codes of Practice should not really be taken into consideration by you when deciding to join an organised itinerary, for at the heart of our procedures are basic mountain safety measures, which should be undertaken by every individual when preparing for a day in the mountains. Finally, during your stay you act at your own risk on any ideas, information and opinions you might acquire from our outdoor staff or from material prepared by us to help you get the most from the area. Thank you for your understanding on all of the above.
If you need help making a decision or would like discuss this further please call us on 01799 513331 or make an enquiry here.
Nearly every member of our management team has lived and worked in one or more of our destinations, fallen in love with it and then come to join us on a full-time basis. Rest assured that, whoever you communicate with, we will provide the highest levels of personal service and attention to detail from your initial enquiry, through to the end of an unforgettable holiday.