Swiss Rock Guides

General Stipulations, Release and Registration Form
(This form must be printed, initialed, signed, and sent/faxed to Swiss Guides.)

Registration and Payment

Registration signifies and binds the guest to acceptance and responsibility of “General Stipulations” between the guest and Swiss Guides. We kindly request the agreed partial payment within 14 days after registration. The final payment is to be made within 30 days of the tour or course. For spring trips the final payment has to paid 30 days before a tour/course or on special agreement from both parties. In the event of last minute bookings, total payment must be paid immediately.

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Cancellation and Annulations Stipulations

By signing this document, you are agreeing that you fully understand our refund policy. Cancellations must be carried out by written letter. Cancellations must be made according to the following guidelines. Only then is a refund available for all trips.

Refund Policy for all non-spring (described below) trips;
In case a guest cancels a course/tour after signing the registration form we charge a CHF 50.00 fee for office expenses. If cancelled up to 60 days prior to the course/tour, there will be a cancellation fee of 15% of the total cost of the course/tour. If cancelled up to 30 days prior to the course/tour but less than 60 days, there will be a cancellation fee of 25% of the total cost of the tour. If cancelled up to 15 days prior to the course/tour but less than 29 days, there will be a cancellation fee of 50% of the total cost of the tour. There will be no refund for cancellations made after this time.

Refund Policy for all spring trips such as Haute Route, Berner Oberland, Off-Piste or ski trips in Europe with similar character: If cancelled up to 60 days before the trip, there will be a cancellation fee of 25% of the total cost of the trip. There will be no refund will be given for cancellations after 59 days prior to the starting dates.

After the cancellation periods listed above and once a course/tour begins, no refund or transfer will be given. In the case of Swiss Guides, should extraordinary circumstances ( fires, strike etc. ) occur, which prevent or impede the course/tour , Swiss Guides or the guide may renege the contract at any time. So far as no other course/tour program is carried out, the guest retains or is returned payment in full. If a tour has been started and cannot be completed because of bad weather, the guide must be paid according to the duration of the tour. In this event, the guide will be paid any expenses that may be incurred, such as travel, minimum guide fee and accommodation. If the tour is not completed or has to be cancelled because of bad preparation on the part of the client, or any rest days taking by a guest the guide must be paid in full.

We highly recommend a cancellation insurance as well in case of a unpredicted sickness, accident or a unplanned event to cover the cost.

Additionally, Swiss Guides is not responsible for additional expenses incurred including non- refundable airline tickets, equipment, medical expenses, etc.

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Insurance coverage is the responsibility of the guest. The settlement of an insurance policy which covers the costs of cancellation fees and a valid accident and health policy (with stipulations of high risk mountaineering/sport and rescue coverage) is vital. Additionally we strongly advise you to become a member of the Swiss Air Rescue REGA for Switzerland (CHF30)

We highly recommend a cancellation insurance as well in case of a unpredicted sickness, accident or a unplanned event to cover the cost.

Although we as certified mountain guides can offer you optimal and safe guiding, we can not totally eliminate or rule out possible accidents during courses or tours. Therefore we can not assume any liability. The guest assumes total liability and goes on all tours, courses and treks, fully aware at their own risk. Mountaineering, Rock climbing, Ski touring are dangerous sports and can cause injury or death!

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Liability / Damages

In signing this registration, you understand and accept the inherent risks of mountain, ski or climbing tours. Mountaineering, Rock climbing, Ski mountaineering are dangerous sports that can result in serious injury or death! Even a highly qualified certified mountain guide is not infallible, as outside of normally marked trails, a guide can be confronted with extreme situations and boundaries which can never be totally controlled. The guide’s responsibility and job is therefore only to keep the risk to a minimum.
Within the framework of his or her personal responsibility and in order to insure that the tour is as safe as possible, the client shall follow the guide’s instructions and bring any possible concerns to the guide’s immediate attention as well as any physical and/or mental problems.

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Court of Competency and Responsibility

The Swiss courts of justice are responsible without exception and will preside over the proceedings of any legal complaints, regardless of the nationality of the parties involved or where the accident or damage occurs. The court of responsibility and competency is in Interlaken, Canton Bern, Switzerland.

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I do understand the generals stipulations and program and declare myself in agreement with them.

Date: Signature:

Price for the tour : Not included in the cost are: Travel costs before/after and during any tour, lunches, drinks in the huts, hotels are not included in the guest’s price.

Private rate: no expenses of the guide or guest are included.

Expenses from the guide have to be paid at the hut or transportation facility ( huts, meals, trains/trams or car expenses)

First Name: Last Name:
Date of Birth:
City: State: Zip Code: Telephone:
E-Mail Address:
Are you a Vegetarian?
Are you currently taking any medication?
If YES, please describe:
Have you had any injuries in the past year?
If YES, please describe:
Climbing resume:
please use the attachment for more details!
Are you member of the American Alpine Club AAC:
Person to contact in case of an emergency:

I wish to register for the following tour/course:

 Preferred date of tour/course:

I do understand the general stipulations and release and am in agreement with them.
Date: Signature:

Furthermore, the General Terms and Conditions of Swiss Mountain Guides (GTC) of 2005 that have been agreed to by the client and the guide as an inherent part of this contract shall apply.  The GTC may be consulted on Internet ( or obtained by post upon simple request.

All tours and climbs are dew to extreme conditions and weather, because of the extreme environment. We guaranty you a highly international UIAGM/IFMGA mountain guide. The guide has the right to change the schedule tour or climb according to the guests physical, technique skills! If you have booked a group tour/trip the guide will pace the speed and difficulty to the weakest member of the party and you as member of the group have to accept the decision and support your guide as much as possible!


Please print the form below and fill it out to be faxed or mailed.
Registration and Liability form must be signed and returned to Swiss Guides before participation in any course or trip to:

Swiss Guides L.L.C., Freddy Grossniklaus, Schweizerhaus, Spirenwaldstrasse 250, 3803 Beatenberg, Switzerland ph. +41.79.334.6159 

Swiss Guide L.L.C. Freddy Grossniklaus, 755 E Richmond Dr. Park City, UT 84098 USA
ph. +1.435-615-0476 fax +1.435-615-0476

Certified/qualified in ski, rock and alpine guiding, UIAGM/IFMGA Certified ski and Telemark ski instructor