May 2021, Mont Blanc Training CourseAdam and Hannah, Snowdonia MB Training course
Snowdonia Mont Blanc Training WeekendAlan Watson, Rich Harrison, May 2021
Matterhorn Training Course, Scottish HighlandsChris Cura, Fort William, May 2021
I had a fantastically enjoyable and physically challenging weekend and Jonathon was both a very good teacher and great company. Thanks to you at High Mountain Guides for organising this bespoke weekend of Matterhorn training.
Jonathon’s coaching is great, his experience telling and his directions were very clear and easy to comprehend. The routes he chose were not obvious and it was great to get some exposure and altitude without crowds. I would recommend 1:1 guiding to anyone who can afford it as you pick up so much more than when in a group and move so much faster.
Kind regards, Chris
Lake District Matterhorn Preparation WeekendMichael von Geldern,April 2021
Matterhorn Training Course, KeswickAndy Clark, April 2021
Thanks again for organising a superb weekend! Big Boot climbing in excellent conditions on some classic lakeland routes with Dave K . Good company, good climbing, excellent weather!
All you need to do now is sort out the pandemic and we can all get across to the Alps in the summer!”
Snowdonia Mont Blanc Training, April 2021Roland McKay
The Mont Blanc preparation course in Snowdonia, and my guide Andy, was phenomenal.
Well thought out, challenging, and exhilarating.
Many thanks and I look forward to other courses in the future…
Chamonix Ice Climbing Guiding & TrainingMichael Henson, Jan 2021
I’m in the early stages of training to become a middle-aged mountain guide. Water ice climbing was a gaping hole in my skillset. I contacted Rob to help fill that hole and he structured two perfect days of active, hands-on instruction. Rob tailored our time on the ice to maximise our objectives over the two days and is a highly professional, thoughtful, diligent, and communicative guide.
He was able to balance the sometimes competing demands of moving efficiently and smoothly through a fun multi-pitch route where a dropped belay plate (me) and some ensuing rope tangles from the Italian Hitch slowed us down while carving out enough time to explain to me the “industrial” (to use Rob’s great descriptor) nuances of water ice climbing. Highly recommend High Mountain Guides whether you’re out for recreation, professional training, or somewhere in between! Michael.
Zermatt & Saas Fee 4000m Peaks WeekendSophie Hane-Weijman, Breithorn, Allalinhorn & Alpine Mountaineering Intro, Oct 20
Thank you for a great weekend and the pictures, Really magical! An amazing introduction weekend to mountaineering!
It gave me a great insight to what mountaineering entails; hiking/climbing up peaks while challenging yourself physically and mentally to reach the summit and have a breath taking view and realizing how much more there is to explore. Would love to go again…Sophie
Monte Viso & Italian Alpine RockPeter Norris, Private guiding for alpine rock climbing & mountaineering, Sept 2020
I enjoyed the week very much and it was great fun to climb with Tim. It took me back to my original start in rock climbing, which was climbing outcrops in the peak district. Yes, the weather was disappointing, but Tim managed to find somewhere for us to climb everyday.
So please convey my thanks to Tim for a great week’s climbing notwithstanding all the challenges of Covid and the weather. He was a great companion and I felt in safe hands. I look forward to being back climbing in Chamonix next year and having a go at the Mer de Glace face of the Grepon”. Peter.
Mont Blanc Training Weekend, Wales Oct 2020Jason Wilkinson & Daniel Youds, Snowdonia Mt Blanc Training Weekend
North Wales Matterhorn Training WeekendTim Robinson, Snowdonia Matterhorn training course, Oct 2020
The Matterhorn training weekend was amazing. Big Tim got the measure of us and was able to take us to unimagined heights and levels – full marks to Tim. What a legend he is. Outstanding instructor. Massive experience and knowledge. Excellent advice and guidance. Knowing how to instill confidence and when / how to commit – all within the safety envelope. I felt totally confident as his pupil.
A brilliant course. Many wonderful moments and memories – thrills and excitements – plus great satisfaction and achievement. I would love to climb the Matterhorn – all I need to do is persuade Mrs Robinson!!
Scottish Highlands Matterhorn Training WeekendOeyvind & Chris, Fort William Matterhorn Training Course, Sept 2020
We had a fantastic weekend in the Scottish Highlands 🏴 chiefly due to the friendliness and mountaineering competence of Hannah (and a little due to the clear blue skies). We felt safe at all times and were encouraged to push our limits.
Thanks from me too Hannah. I learned a lot and gained great experience and had 2 wonderful days. I will make sure that I work on my weaknesses. Oeyvind & Chris.
Zermatt 4000ers & Dufourspitze, Sept 2020Phil Horton & Nick Ash, Zermatt Private Guiding
Thanks for a brilliant trip it was challenging, great weather the best trip we have ever done, pass our thanks to Dave.
It was an exhilarating week which was both challenging and very enjoyable. I’m glad we made the effort….
Chamonix Rock Climbing Training Day, Sept 2020Bram Houben, rock climbing - rope work and training day at Les Gaillands
Thanks for the solid day! Good stuff, first outdoor lead, first multipitch and checked the guidebook. The second pitch on the last climb was a 6a. So pretty happy with that one 😁
Solid knowledge 😂 & thanks for the photos. Bram
Half Day Chamonix Rock Climbing, Sept 2020Tris & Rodrigo, Sport climbing & multi pitch rock training and guiding
Thanks for making it possible Rob! Great coaching, we managed to learn so much this morning…Big thanks to HMG for a great half day session Chamonix Rock climbing.
Really great for us as to have an instructor for outdoor climbing is an opportunity we don’t have easily London. Much more confident belaying now sans anchor and was really awesome to learn and experience multi pitch and abseiling! Thank youuuu 😊 Tris & Rodrigo.
Chamonix Intro Alpine Mountaineering Long WeekendPatricia & Rodrigo, Chamonix Private Guiding & Aiguille du Tour & Alpine Training
Thank you so much for an amazing introduction! I’m so happy I actually can’t believe I managed to do that… Rodrigo and I truly enjoyed this weekend with you thank you!!
HMG thank you for the warm wishes, rest is definitely in the books for us this week 😂 Thanks again for all the planning and accommodating our last minute changes and we hope to see you next time!
2 Day Intro To Rock, Ice & Alpine Mountaineering in ChamonixBram & Justine, Chamonix Intro Alpine Weekend, Aug 2020
Thank you once more for the excellent 2-day introduction into mountaineering. The first day on the glacier with instructions on specific techniques and continuous concrete advise were much appreciated. Especially loved you letting us try a hand at ice climbing. The 2nd day up Aiguille du Tour was amazing & continuous guidance on detailed elements throughout the climb were great.
The 2 day trip was all I could ask for as an introduction. The positivity in the team was just lovely + your continuous encouragements only improved the good spirits. Thank you & Justine for the amazing couple of days that left me wanting for more. It was a wonderful adventure and you will definitely see me again. Bram.
Chamonix Mountaineering Week – Alpine Day Tripping!Andy Clarke, Chamonix Private Guiding, Aug 2020
Rob, many thanks for organising 5 days climbing in France, Italy and Switzerland. I appreciate you had to make multiple changes leading up to our arrival and then during the week due to various circumstances! The route choices were superb and the focus on the AD routes perfectly suited what I wanted to get out of the week.
Your continuous advice & commentary on techniques, ropework, progress etc was helpful and always inciteful. The pandemic prevented us from getting to the Eiger, but despite this it was a week full (there was no let up!) of great routes, glorious exposure and amazing situations! (You perhaps need to work on your definition of a short day!) Definitely be coming back for an Eiger week in 2021!
Chamonix Intro Mountaineering Day, Aug 2020Justine & Gordon
Gran Paradiso & Chamonix Mountaineering July 2020James, Ihar & Jared, Chamonix private guiding
Thanks again Rob for a fantastic couple of days leading us up our first alpine summit! Was superbly well organised and hopefully we’ll see you again in the winter for some touring. In the meantime we’ll continue to work on improving our equipment faff times..