Hi Essential Travel
A friend and I have decided to take a break from work and go mountaineering on the Barn Wall Route in Glencoe. I’ve heard of people getting injured and needing to be airlifted. Does my Essential Travel insurance policy include helicopter cover for mountaineering? Will Johnston, Leeds
Given that the Barn Wall Route is listed as an easy to moderate climb, the risk of such a serious injury should not be too high. That said, when climbing and mountaineering any route or environment can prove dangerous in the wrong conditions or if you lack experience. It always pays to go with a guide or an experienced friend if you are new to either the route or the activity.
Having said that, we are pleased to let you know that your policy certainly covers you should you need to be airlifted. Your mountaineering travel insurance policy will also cover all emergency medical, surgical, hospital, ambulance and nursing fees outside your home area.
Here’s a list of Essential Travel’s travel insurance policies covering various mountaineering-related activities:
Grade 1 cover
- hiking (under 2 000 metres)
- mountain biking
- pony trekking
- rambling / trekking (up to 2 500 metres)
Grade 2 cover
- rambling / trekking (2 501 - 4 000 metres)
Grade 4 cover
- rock climbing (under 2 000 metres)
- rock scrambling (under 4 000 metres)
- trekking (4 001 - 6 000 metres)
- skiing (on piste / off piste with a guide) On Winter Sports cover
- skiing (off piste without a guide) On Winter Sports cover
Winter Sports cover
- Big foot skiing
- snowboarding and winter walking
For more information about mountaineering cover and our other comprehensive sports policies, check out Essential Travel's Policy Wording Booklet.
Wishing you a fabulous and safe trip!
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