Thanks for having a look. It’s tricky to describe the essence of who you are and what you offer in climbing without too many lists but I hope with this little bio and some of the photos around the website you’ll like what you see. With my wife Lou and daughter Esme, we split our time between North Wales and the French Alps. Tim Neill Guiding is just me. I’m very active, experienced, and current in all the traditional aspects of climbing and mountaineering….from rock climbing, through to mountaineering summer and winter, snow, ice and mixed climbing, to all aspects of alpinism from classic 4000ers to Grande Courses. I love whichever I’m doing with equal passion. As your guide I would endeavour to do the best routes we can, whether it’s a classic or a path less travelled.
I’ve climbed extensively throughout the British Isles with trips further afield to North America, Greenland, Patagonia, Peru, Australia, Morocco, and widely throughout mainland Europe.
I started climbing, I suppose, in Snowdonia where I’ve managed most of the rock climbs from the juggiest easier ones to some of the juggier E6s. Many of them I’ve done lots of times, with a few first ascents along the way. When winter has appeared here, I’ve been lucky enough to have only a very small selection left to do. The Scottish winter is a big inspiration to me as well. Numerous classics from Torridon to Lochnagar, but especially Ben Nevis where I’ve tallied well over a 100 different climbs from IV to VIII. I’ve been Alpine climbing since the early 90s, every year enjoying ascents of classic peaks alongside technical routes. Highlights include many North Faces, the Peuterey Integral and Freney on Mt Blanc as well as summiting Fitzroy, Patagonia.
As a mountain professional my work reflects my own aspirations; to make the most of each day, the conditions, weather, clients and myself. I’ve been lucky enough to have a long, steady apprenticeship with plenty of wide ranging experience. I specialise in bespoke guiding and instruction for people who have big goals just out of their own reach, or who simply want to have the best time they can climbing and mountaineering, given some simple criteria! Over the years as well as with my own clients, I’ve guided for numerous other independent guides and well-respected outfits (for example ISM and Alpine Guides), in addition to a long stint at Plas Y Brenin (culminating in heading up their rock climbing, Scottish winter and alpine work). I’m still involved there, especially with Mountaineering Instructor training and assessments. This, together with my independent guiding experience, has allowed me to be involved now with the training of fellow British Mountain Guides at their foundation level.
I’ve done some fun work with the BMC too, delivering their Alpine Lectures, with the production of their Hill skills and Alpine Essentials DVDs, as well as helping to run some of their International rock climbing meets based in North Wales. I’ve also had work published in Climb, Climber and Summit magazine, and also on-line at UKC. My local knowledge of Snowdonia has helped in producing a number of climbing guidebooks.