Acknowledgement of Risk

La Montée Ltd recognises and supports the following Participation Statement from the British Mountaineering Council (BMC):

The BMC recognises that climbing 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.

La Montée Ltd has legal & regulatory obligations to provide a duty-of-care to all that participate in any of our outdoor activities. As you would expect we take all reasonable steps to provide the level of care & assurances of safety that are appropriate to each of the activities. You should though be aware that there will always be certain risks that are inherent to outdoor activities. It is not possible to eliminate these risks without destroying the character & experience of each activity.

The level of real, as opposed to perceived risk associated with the activities is very low. However, the types of risk may be something with which you are not ordinarily familiar. For avoidance of uncertainty, environments & situations that you may encounter include:

Rough and rugged terrain: this may cause you to experience greater than usual strain on joints & muscles

  • Physical effort: our activities may involve you in a greater level of exertion than in your usual day-to-day environment.
  • Height & water: whilst appropriate safety precautions are taken, some people can find situations at height or on water to be stressful.
  • Machinery: the addition of machinery, such as mountain or quad bikes, in combination with the environment used for the activities, plus human error, does present additional opportunity for accidents.
  • Natural environment: most likely to be a rapid & significant change in the weather, or unstable/slippery conditions underfoot, but can also include rock falls, lightening etc.
  • Slips & trips: the most common cause of accident throughout society, the opportunity for slips, trips & falls is likely to be greater than that which you usually experience.
  • Loss or damage: the environments and activities that you choose to experience may increase the potential for loss of or damage to your personal clothing or equipment.

As well as La Montée Ltd’s part in ensuring as safe an environment as possible for each activity, participants also have a responsibility for safety. Your responsibilities are as follows:

  • Medical: please make us aware of medical condition(s) or injuries, past or present, which may affect or make ill-advised your participation in any activity. We can then agree with you whether or not you should participate.
  • Fears & phobias: before commencing any activity, please ensure that we are aware if you have any major concerns, fears or phobias about the situation(s) in which you are choosing to place yourself. We will work with you to help ease your feelings of discomfort/apprehension/fear, & ensure that you are as comfortable as possible.
  • Drugs & alcohol: it is potentially highly dangerous to participate in any activity whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol. La Montée Ltd reserves the right to prevent any person participating in any activity, should we suspect that they may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Instruction: you must accept & act upon all direction & instruction from our instructors.

Thank you for taking the time to read & consider this Disclosure of Risk. Prior to commencing your chosen activity/activities, La Montée Ltd will ask you to acknowledge your acceptance of the disclosed risks by signing this Acknowledgement of Risk form. In doing so you will confirm that you have read & understood the content of the Disclosure of Risk.

A parent or guardian must counter-sign for anybody under the age of 18. Signing the Acknowledgement of Risk does not release La Montée Ltd from any of our obligations towards you, nor does it affect your statutory rights.