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insurance for OS climbing
9:02:42 AM
Does anyone know of any travel insurance companies that will cover you while climbing overseas?

We are going to Thailand in December, and haven't been able to find anyone who will cover such a 'dangerous' activity.

9:31:00 AM
There is a few.. here's a uk based one that will cover you Foundry Travel Insurance and a link to some oz insurance info on an ANU site

have fun!

9:32:17 AM
I don't think you will get insurance anywhere for "mountain or rock climbing using ropes", it's a standard exclusion. When I was climbing in the US I told my partner that if I screwed up, to get rid of the ropes, draws etc. and the story would be that I fell "sightseeing".
Maybe try these:
10:56:23 AM
thanks guys.

I find it quite amusing that they exclude climbing activities that "require ropes or guides".

Does that mean you are covered if you are soloing without a guide?

11:26:36 AM
Or join the German (or Austrian or Swiss) alpine clubs....their insurance cover is very comprehensive for climbers who are members, even arrange rescues overseas if need be.

11:40:28 AM
yeh nz mountaineering club do a similar deal i think..

I agree with dodgy, about being covered when there's no ropes etc.. it could have something to do with the fact that we are intending to put ourselves in those postions regularly, rather than the sightseer who may clamber up a face to take a pic and falls.. like he said, get rid of all the gear, put a camera in your hand and then call the ambos hehe or in the case of thailand be ready for a nice long van ride to phuket hospital mmm fun
but of course you'll be fine!
5:31:50 PM
I've had insurance through the NZAlpine Club a couple of times. I don't think it was too expensive.
check or for details
1:25:33 PM
When I went to Thailand a few years ago, was insured through "the Foundry", and currently am as well in Canada/US. THis time I got an annual poicy for around A$450, which covers multiple trips up to 90 days duration, and also a total limit of 90 days per year climbing(but only covers you while travelling OS I believe) U can purchase online and they respond quickly to any enquiries, although UI haven't yet attempted to make a claim.
They cover any one-day ascents where snow and ice travel is not an expected part of the route! (But will also cover moutaineering, big walls, canyoning or skiing-type activities if required! - for about 50% more)
Hope this helps anyone who may need insurance for travel
2:08:39 PM
A mention of Phillips insurance brokers who may help locally:

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