What do I need to consider before rock climbing abroad?
If a provider offers cover for rock climbing, it might come with limitations. For example, it may only cover indoor climbing or climbing up to 14,000 feet. This is because indoor climbing is in a controlled environment and considered to have less risk, and there are extra dangers at higher altitude associated with weather conditions and oxygen levels.
If you’re climbing outdoors, you’ll need to let your provider know what type of climbing you’ll be doing, such as traditional climbing, sport climbing or bouldering. The level of risk involved can affect the level of cover you can get and/or the price of your policy.
It’s important to stay safe while climbing by taking the necessary safety precautions. Failing to do so could invalidate your policy. These include:
- wearing a climbing helmet
If your plans change during your trip and you decide to undertake a more hazardous form of climbing than originally planned, contact your provider to see if you can amend your level of cover.