Climbing Rescue Insurance
An accident in the mountains may require expensive helicopter rescue or emergency medical treatment. For this reason, you must purchase specialist travel insurance for all trips taking place outside of the UK. If you are visiting the UK from overseas for one of our rock climbing or Scottish winter climbing trips, then you should also be insured.
You need medical, emergency search/rescue and repatriation cover for your chosen activities. We also strongly recommend that you purchase cancellation cover (for all trips), in case you cannot attend your trip due to personal circumstances or injury. Cancellation cover is only effective from the date you take out the policy, so please arrange your insurance as soon as your trip is confirmed to run.
Insurance for UK residents
If you use another insurance provider, then please check terms and conditions very carefully to make sure your activity is covered.
European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This gives you reciprocal health care in European countries. You can apply for an EHIC card online here or from most Post Offices. You need an EHIC in addition to your travel insurance.
Insurance for non UK residents
Austrian Alpine Club. The AAC provide worldwide rescue insurance for all their members. AAC insurance is cheap and works ok for minor accidents and rescues, but is not as comprehensive as many other insurance providers. The medical cover included would not be enough for complex treatment or a prolonged stay in hospital. It also doesn’t include cancellation cover. If you choose to use AAC we recommend you take out extra medical cover with another provider, to ‘top up’ the AAC medical limit, as well as a separate cancellation policy.
Travelex. A range of policies with comprehensive cover, for customers based in the USA.
Details of your insurance must be sent to us before the course starts, and brought to the course briefing at the start of your trip.