How we guide
Each week we typically run with between 8 and 12 people. To make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible we talk to each person when they book to try and get groups around the same level. Each week we have two vans, with dedicated trailers, two guides and two drivers so we always have the option of splitting into two groups.
With this infrastructure we would really be able to take 16 guests, however we limit numbers to let us offer better holidays. Unfortunately this means we are normally fully booked and turn away some people each week, so if that is you then sorry!
We use our dedicated vans and trailers to offer uplift most days. This generally means up to 80% of the climbing done in the vans but we also offer the option of less uplift or of using the vans to do big backcountry point to points. The fact that the vans are dedicated to our groups and that we run with smaller groups means that we can really tailor the riding to how our groups feel in the morning. For the maximum flexibillity come with a group of 6 and we will give you your own van, guide and driver.
basqueMTB employs local guides which we think is important. Cheap guides are easy to come by and it would be easy to get people from the UK guiding for bed and board only, however we don´t feel that fits well with the basqueMTB philosophy. Local guides can explain the local culture, make sure that you get the best food and drinks and, very importantly for us, it means that basqueMTB is putting money directly into the local economy.
On that front we use local accommodation and local restaurants. It makes for a better holiday for you, ensuring you see the real culture, and it also gives back to the local area. Our guides are properly trained, both in guiding and in first aid, and we have properly thought out procedures for any emergencies that should arise.
basqueMTB respects the local trails, we are on very good terms with the local riders and they share new trails with us happily. When our guides aren´t guiding they are out cleaning and fixing local trails and over winter we can all be found doing this. Again, maybe this isn´t important for you but it is something very important to us and it means you get to ride the real “locals only” trails.