My guiding services are available throughout the long “winter” season. This winter tag encompasses any climb that isn’t a rock climb or an alpine climb in the popular summer season. This can be autumnal alpine mountain ice, Scottish ice and mixed, alpine cascade ice or even a North Wales winter classic last minute!
I’m fairly flexible as to location (as is snow and ice), generally with my finger on the pulse in Scotland from mid/end-January through to mid-March, but also available anywhere with due notice for a viable period. I’ve worked in Scotland every season since 1995, mostly to get as much climbing in for myself as well as guiding and instructing others. I’m currently involved with the Scottish winter element of Mountain Guide training.
I’m very happy to discuss winter climbing enquiries throughout Europe. With a base in North Wales and the Chamonix valley, that’s a lot of options covered. I’ll keep reports in the news section as current as possible, so if something catches your eye, don’t hesitate to get in touch to see if we can make it happen.
If you would like to be more independent yourself, and require some expert instruction, we could discuss a personalised course to suit your aspirations. This is a great way to find out what skills you need to be a productive and safer winter climber. It could be in the UK or abroad, from beginner level to novice leader. We could even mix in a few guided, harder ascents to sharpen up your technique! (See the Guiding/Instruction page).
For some specialist objectives that might be a long term ambition, contact me to discuss options. This could involve me getting back in touch with you when a route is “in”. This wouldn’t be totally unusual, as I have this exact arrangement with many of my own climbing partners as well! Perhaps a classic alpine north face, or an elusive “Cold Climbs” tick.
To get the most out of any winter itinerary, having the flexible option of a few days in hand to make the most of conditions is best. If we’ve booked for a specific objective that’s not possible on the day, we’ll do the next best route or maybe something better!