Thanks for all the replies. I'd also be keen on some weekend trips so looking forward to that thread.
Based on responses, I think the following are in for the whole week in the big lodge: Me, Khalid, Kate, John W, Chiz, Tutu, Dave A, [Simon - views?]
As we have a decent group committed, I propose we book the lodge. However, I'm still keen to hear from others, so please raise any objections soon!!
I really would encourage everyone who's keen to make the commitment to ease the burden on the rest of the group. To incentivise booking early and committing as well as recognising the sunk costs if we cancel, I'm suggesting the following rates:
Non flexi - £23/night - fully committed for nights you say you're coming, pay no matter what (option available until Xmas when I need to pay the full balance)
Flexi - £32/night - Get money back if you cancel.
I've put together a google doc spreadsheet with all the relevant info in:
Could you please have a look and make sure I've put you down for the right number of nights, updating as appropriate? I've also included a tab for gear and climbing level as well, so please fill that in too.
The spreadsheet works like this. Once you fill in your anticipated number of flexi and non-flex nights, sheet two ('rates') will update showing the balance outstanding which will be split between those who have committed to the trip, based on number of non-flex nights. You'll see we currently have a slightly negative balance.
The more people the merrier and the cheaper - so rally the troops and spread the word! Other halves etc all welcome. (As an indication, if we filled the house for every night of the whole week it would cost £16.50 a night)
I propose booking the house early next week, so I'd be grateful if you could raise concerns asap. I'll need to pay a £500 deposit, with the balance being due 6 weeks before. I think the easiest thing is for those going for the whole week to split the deposit between us and take that out of the weekly rate. I'll be in touch to collect your cash before I pull the trigger.
If this doesn't make sense, you think I'm swindling you, or want to raise other concerns - please PM me or post on the thread.