What Our Guests Say

Thank you for a great weekend and the pictures, Really magical!  An amazing introduction weekend to mountaineering!

Zermatt Mountaineering
High on the Breithorn Summit Ridge in autumn 2020

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

Zermatt & Saas Fee 4000m Peaks Weekend

Zermatt & Saas Fee 4000m Peaks Weekend

Sophie Hane-Weijman, Breithorn, Allalinhorn & Alpine Mountaineering Intro, Oct 20

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.

Climb Monte Viso Course
Rifugio Quintino Sella, our Base Camp for Monte Viso. The South Face is quite a long approach from here but the equally very fine East Ridge (which has similarities to the Hornli Ridge on the Matterhorn) can be seen running diagonally left to right towards the summit starting from the top right corner of the main hut building.

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. 

Monte Viso & Italian Alpine Rock

Monte Viso & Italian Alpine Rock

Peter Norris, Private guiding for alpine rock climbing & mountaineering, Sept 2020
Thanks for organising the course, it was a great experience and feel like I’ve learned a lot more than I anticipated I would. Both Andy and Steve were great all weekend and would look forward to climbing with them in the future.  I’m looking forward to the Scottish Highlands course in spring & Gran Paradiso & Mont Blanc course next summer! Jason
UK Mt Blanc Training Course
Steve & team enjoying the super scrambling and views from high on Crib Goch, Snowdon Horseshoe, as part of our Mont Blanc Training weekend in Snowdonia. Photo Andy Teasdale.
I had an amazing weekend and both Andy and Steve were excellent guides – both hugely experienced, knowledgeable and passionate. We learnt some key rope work as well as learning plenty about what to expect on the Mont Blanc ascent and acclimatisation climbs. Going over the Crib Goch route is something I’ve wanted to do for sometime, and to manage the entire horseshoe route on the Sunday was a real bonus. Can’t wait for Mont Blanc next year.  Daniel
Mont Blanc Training Weekend, Wales Oct 2020

Mont Blanc Training Weekend, Wales Oct 2020

Jason Wilkinson & Daniel Youds, Snowdonia Mt Blanc Training Weekend

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.

Scrambling and big boot rock climbing as our Snowdonia Matterhorn Training Weekend team tackles the Parsons Nose on Snowdon. Photo Ric Potter.

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!!

North Wales Matterhorn Training Weekend

North Wales Matterhorn Training Weekend

Tim Robinson, Snowdonia Matterhorn training course, Oct 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.

Matterhorn training Scotland
Sunny scrambling and easy big boot climbing and Matterhorn training on the Castle Ridge, North Face of Ben Nevis, Photo Hannah Burrows Smith

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. 

Scottish Highlands Matterhorn Training Weekend

Scottish Highlands Matterhorn Training Weekend

Oeyvind & Chris, Fort William Matterhorn Training Course, Sept 2020

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….

Nick & Phil on the long glacier journey to reach the mixed summit ridge on Dufourspitze. A magnificent skyline all round as dawn rises above Zermatt
The course balance worked well both in terms of acclimatisation and building technical difficulty. Huts were great – loved the Monte Rosa but also the relative isolation of the Ayas hut. No significant negatives for me – other than I need to get fitter for next time!  Dave was also excellent (I learnt a lot) and good company, so it was great fun as well.  Phil & Nick
Zermatt 4000ers & Dufourspitze, Sept 2020

Zermatt 4000ers & Dufourspitze, Sept 2020

Phil Horton & Nick Ash, Zermatt Private Guiding

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 😁

Bram enjoying the brilliant climbing and position of l’Arete at Grand Gaillands, Chamonix

Solid knowledge 😂 & thanks for the photos. Bram

Chamonix Rock Climbing Info here.

Chamonix Rock Climbing Training Day, Sept 2020

Chamonix Rock Climbing Training Day, Sept 2020

Bram Houben, rock climbing - rope work and training day at Les Gaillands

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.

Lead climb training and multi pitch experience at Les Gaillands in Chamonix. Great action packed half day training session.

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.

Half Day Chamonix Rock Climbing, Sept 2020

Half Day Chamonix Rock Climbing, Sept 2020

Tris & Rodrigo, Sport climbing & multi pitch rock training and guiding

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!!

Dawn on the Trient Plateau, heading to the Aiguille du Tour from the Orny Hut, photo Jonny Baird.

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!

Chamonix Intro Alpine Mountaineering Long Weekend

Chamonix Intro Alpine Mountaineering Long Weekend

Patricia & Rodrigo, Chamonix Private Guiding & Aiguille du Tour & Alpine Training

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.

Ice Climbing & Mountaineering Training on the Tour Glacier above Chamonix

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.

2 Day Intro To Rock, Ice & Alpine Mountaineering in Chamonix

2 Day Intro To Rock, Ice & Alpine Mountaineering in Chamonix

Bram & Justine, Chamonix Intro Alpine Weekend, 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.

Steep but easy juggy climbing in a great position near the central summit of the Breithorn.

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 Mountaineering Week – Alpine Day Tripping!

Chamonix Mountaineering Week – Alpine Day Tripping!

Andy Clarke, Chamonix Private Guiding, Aug 2020
Many thanks for that very special outing, on a wonderful clear and panoramic journey. My first taste of climbing on ice and snow. Doing that together with you and Justine made me feel I was in safe hands. I particularly appreciated the way you kept yourself, and our plans open to new circumstances. Combined with your very careful and specific advice on technique as we got out there and looked up at you high above us on the ice and snow, gave me a sense of confidence that allowed me to try that brief but exhilarating climb up the ice face.
 This was to round off a great day in a part of the Alps that we didn’t know well but may now come back to. Gordon. 
Chamonix Intro Mountaineering Day, Aug 2020

Chamonix Intro Mountaineering Day, Aug 2020

Justine & Gordon

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..

Climbing the Petit Flambeau from the Skyway Monte Bianco training for Gran Paradiso
Gran Paradiso & Chamonix Mountaineering July 2020

Gran Paradiso & Chamonix Mountaineering July 2020

James, Ihar & Jared, Chamonix private guiding

I had a great couple of days of Matterhorn training in Snowdonia with my guide Steve.  It was a really useful couple of days, and I greatly appreciated accompanying someone with Steve’s experience and expertise. Thanks to all for arranging; shame you weren’t in charge of the weather!

Snowdonia Rock Climbing & Mountaineering
Ed ‘enjoying’ (embracing!) the North Wales weather during a brilliant Matterhorn training weekend in Snowdonia. Photo Steve Long.

I’ll certainly bear you guys in mind next time I come to Snowdonia.  Many thanks again, Ed

Snowdonia Rock Climbing & Matterhorn Training

Snowdonia Rock Climbing & Matterhorn Training

Ed Butchart, Private Guiding & Mountaineering Training North Wales, July 2020
Neil was a great guide he knew so much about the mountain and reassured my daughter about avalanche fears through his excellent knowledge of snow conditions and preparation. He was friendly and had some good conversations and skied until even my 20 year old daughter was tired which is great!
Skiing at Le Tour Off Piste
Enjoying the fresh powder at Le Tour, Chamonix
Great couple of days skiing. Definitely doing it again. Best Regards, Jon
Chamonix Off Piste Ski Guiding, March 2020

Chamonix Off Piste Ski Guiding, March 2020

Jon Foster, Ski Grands Montets & Le Tour

Neil was great today thanks Rob. Very patient with Melissa, we had an amazing day.

Grands Montets Off Piste guide
Fresh powder day at the Grands Montets, Argentiere, Chamonix Valley.
Chamonix Ski Guiding, March 2020

Chamonix Ski Guiding, March 2020

Campbell & Melissa, Ski Grands Montets & Vallée Blanche

We would like to thank you for introducing us to John. He was amazing, we felt safe, learned a thing or two, and had a blast. The next time we come the Chamonix, we will absolutely contact your outfit, and set something up.

Good snowy powder conditions high in the Vallee Blanche

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Cheers, Ira

Chamonix Off Piste Ski Guiding, March 2020

Chamonix Off Piste Ski Guiding, March 2020

Ira Gross and team, Ski Guiding at Le Tour & Vallée Blanche

Wanted to send a note now that our crew is back stateside 🇺🇸. The reviews we received about your outfit before we booked were on point, A+ experience. Kenny was a terrific guide and showed us an unforgettable time, he knew what our capabilities and aspirations were, showed us the goods and kept us safe.

Good skiing on the Gros Rognon variation to the classic VB.

I can see why so many wish to call the Mount Blanc Massif & Chamonix area home. Cheers gentlemen, til next time….

Ski Vallée Blanche Guiding Feb 2020

Ski Vallée Blanche Guiding Feb 2020

Michael Clark, Jonathan Hildreth, Colin Goggin, USA

Thankyou rob and Dee for a great week learnt loads and lots to work on for the future everyone great company also. Cath

In to the Contamines meadows country. Superb lift accessed backcountry skiing in great conditions, late Feb 2020.

Rob and Dee. Cath pretty much sums up my week also.  Thank you both, really enjoyed the skiing company and chat. Good to ski with you all, hope to do so again in the not to distant future. Now to brave the Scottish rain! Donald

Chamonix Off Piste – Touring & Mountain Skills

Chamonix Off Piste – Touring & Mountain Skills

Cath Moran & Donald Chalmers, Progression Course Feb 2020

Thank you for wonderful introduction to the world of ski touring. It was a pleasure to meet all of you 🏔⛷🇮🇹👍🏽 Greg

Chamonix Ski Touring Weekend
Intro Ski Touring Team on top of the Col Malatra, Val Feret

Hi Rob, thanks for the photos, link and your guiding. Another great weekend in the mountains. Big thumbs up for the Bonatti hut! – Was nice to explore the other side of MB.  James

Thanks all for a fab weekend!  Louise.

Amy, Thanks Rob – it was great!!  Amy

Feb 2020, Intro Ski Touring Weekend – Val Feret

Feb 2020, Intro Ski Touring Weekend – Val Feret

Louise Yates Rock, Greg Bridger, Amy Jordan & James Carr, Chamonix Ski Touring Weekend & Rifugio Bonatti Hut Trip
I could not have been more pleased with the tour and with Kev. It was perfect for me—a true introduction to ski mountaineering, with kick turns and ropework. I felt like I learned a lot without ever being in over my head. I’ve hiked a bit in the Aiguilles Rouges, and I love the complex terrain and ever-changing dramatic scenery. There’s nothing like skinning for a while, remembering to look over your shoulder, and be staring right at the North Face of the Grand Jorasses.
Col de Beageant Ski Tour, Aiguilles Rouges, Chamonix, Photo Kev Avery
Kev was not only good company, but I was quite impressed with his guiding skills. I very much appreciated his thoughtful approach to risk management. Halfway down the descent, we switched to axes and crampons for a bit to cross a significant patch of ice, which other skiers had fallen on. I also liked how he always kept me informed about where we were headed, what to expect, etc. Good communication really helps make for an enjoyable day. Many thanks to you both for a great experience. I’ll be back!  Dave.
Chamonix Ski Mountaineering Guided Day

Chamonix Ski Mountaineering Guided Day

Dave Cramer, Col de Beaugeant, Chamonix Feb 2020

For me this course was a perfect balance between improving my technical knowledge and refreshing key safety messages combined with covering some great terrain and stunning scenery at a steady pace and I can recommend this course to anyone looking to progress their skills and cover new terrain.  Mike

Evasion Off Piste & Aravis Ski Touring Course

Evasion Off Piste & Aravis Ski Touring Course

Mike Booth, Combloux off piste & avalanche training & Aravis ski touring, Feb 2020

Hi Rob, Just wanted to say a big thank you to yourself and Jonny for a great Ski Evasion Aravis week. The course was exactly what I was hoping it would be – some refreshing of knowledge and techniques combined with some wonderful ski tours– all delivered with a highly professional and friendly approach. I would thoroughly recommend the course and the Aravis region to others.  Pete. 

Aravis Ski Tour
Ski touring high on the Croise Baulet with Mont Blanc beyond
Ski Evasion Aravis 5 Day Course Feb 2020

Ski Evasion Aravis 5 Day Course Feb 2020

Pete Cavanagh, Aravis Ski Touring & Evasion Off Piste
Just to say big thank you for a fantastic week – the days flew by far too quickly! I enjoyed every part of the week thanks to you both.  It was a really good mix of ski coaching and mountain skills and I can’t think of anything that you should change.  My skiing has definitely improved as well as my confidence, both in my skiing and starting to understand more about how do it safely.
Ski Vallee Blanche Team
It has certainly given me a taste for ski touring and the potential for lots of adventures.  I very much hope to ski with you again sometime soon.  Best wishes, Ruth
Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills Course

Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills Course

Ruth Adamson, Cham Off Piste & Ski Touring Jan 2020
Thanks Rob. It was a really great week.  I don’t have any comments to make re. improvements because I thought the course was a perfect blend of instruction and activity whilst taking into account, where possible, our needs and wants and I don’t think you need to change it in any way.
Ski Touring in the Combe Maudit in the upper Vallee Blanche
I’ll certainly check out future course dates and am looking forward to coming back sooner or later but not later than next year (which sounds too long).  Best wishes, Mark
Jan 2020 Cham Off Piste & Mountain Skills

Jan 2020 Cham Off Piste & Mountain Skills

Mark Allison, Chamonix Off Piste Coaching, Ski Touring & Mountain Training

Great to ski with you again Rob. Thanks for a gret weekend, as always.  James

Thanks to all 3 of you for a fantastic weekend!  Isabella 

Les Contamines Ski Touring
James enjoying the powder on our Contamines Ski Touring Weekend

Thanks for a fun weekend everyone. Scott

Evasion Aravis Ski Touring Weekend, Jan 2020

Evasion Aravis Ski Touring Weekend, Jan 2020

James, Isabella & Scott, Megeve & Les Contamines Ski Touring Guiding

Thanks Rob for a cracking ski weekend! Lots of learning and fun. Arul

Hi Rob!! Thank you for the weekend!
I learned so much and had a lot of fun! I am really looking forward for the weekend in March!  Roberta

Ski Chamonix Off Piste
Ski touring on the Swiss side of the Col de Balme

Hi everyone, thanks for the great company and photos. I had a great time!  Orla

Jan 2020 Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Weekend

Jan 2020 Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Weekend

Orla, Arul & Roberta
We had a wonderful time climbing with Kevin! It was the best introduction we could’ve possibly had to winter climbing– and definitely a new and worthwhile experience for both of us. We have indeed received the photos from Kevin- great photos!
Mixed climbing Chamonix
Martha enjoying the ice & mixed combination on Pt Lachenal’s ‘Pellisier Gully’, Chamonix. Photo Kev Avery
Anyways, thanks again for helping us organise a fantastic few days of Chamonix climbing! And hopefully, we’ll be in contact again in the future for more!
Chamonix Ice & Mixed Climbing, Jan 2020

Chamonix Ice & Mixed Climbing, Jan 2020

Martha & Vincent Tin, Hong Kong, Chamonix Private Guiding
Skiing with Kenny was a highlight of our time in Chamonix. After spending a full day discovering off piste areas around Grand Montets, we were thrilled to spend the last day of our trip with an early season descent of the Vallee Blanche. Kenny’s expertise and good spirit were invaluable throughout our time together, ensuring we enjoyed ourselves while staying safe. Only high marks for Kenny and the team at High Mountain Guides!
Ski Grands Montets
Team Philadelphia enjoying the sun at Grands Montets
Hope to see you next time. Matt
Ski Vallée Blanche & Grands Montets Guiding

Ski Vallée Blanche & Grands Montets Guiding

Matt & Tanner, Jan 2020, Chamonix ski guiding

Rob and Kenny
We had a great time.
Max told us what he learned today. We are so grateful for Kenny sharing his knowledge.

Enjoying the chalky firm pack at the Grands Montets off piste skiing. 

We appreciate you guys!!!
Kitty

Off Piste Guiding At Les Grands Montets, Chamonix

Off Piste Guiding At Les Grands Montets, Chamonix

Kitty & Max Whitney, Private Guiding For Chamonix Off Piste Skiing

Hi rob thanks for the last few days we have learnt so much and you have been an awesome guide.

Snowy Couloir Climbing Above Le Tour At The Eastern End Of The Chamonix Valley

Thanks for your help and support it’s been great and you made our trip exceptional with the weather conditions.
We learnt so much.

Tanya & John. 

Denali Expedition Training, Chamonix November 2019

Denali Expedition Training, Chamonix November 2019

Tanya & John, Chamonix Autumn Mountaineering Training & Guiding

Rob has been instrumental in getting me into mountaineering. First through the courses organized in Wales, and then through his organization in the Alps. We recently did a weekend together in Chamonix and it was as good as it gets. He is experienced, energetic and a fantastic mentor. Don’t think you will find better.

Chamonix Mountaineering Guide
Rami on the superb exposed granite ridge section leading in to the crux of the Aiguilles d’Entreves

Speak soon, Rami Bibi

Chamonix Mountaineering, October 2019

Chamonix Mountaineering, October 2019

Rami Bibi, Private guiding & training weekend in Chamonix

“Me and my wife had the pleasure to do the classic Arête des Cosmiques on Oct 17th with Rob. From the first touchpoint via email and through the entire planning and the tour itself, Rob was as professional, friendly, patient and supportive as you would expect from a great guide. Next time on tour around Chamonix, there‘s no doubt about which guide we‘ll contact.

Chamonix Mountaineering Guide
Early autumn conditions arrive on the Cosmiques Arete with the Aiguille du Gouter and Aravis beyond.

Thanks Rob for that great day up there! And also for the nice pictures!” Regards, Tom & Olga

Cosmiques Arete Ascent Oct 2019

Cosmiques Arete Ascent Oct 2019

Tom & Olga, Autumn Mountaineering In Chamonix
The weekend went well, it could have only been better had it not rained all day on Sunday 🙂 Matt & Ian were fantastic, very knowledgeable, professional, experienced & just the most patient and nicest guides one can get. I even started to enjoy the grade 2 scrambling 🙂
Training for Mont Blanc
Scrambling on the North Ridge of Tryfan. A wonderful journey and great Mont Blanc training. Photo Matt Dickinson
Your communication to us whilst booking this weekend, your enthusiasm and the guide’s professionalism made this weekend fun, enjoyable and very useful for a possible future Mt. Blanc climb.  So thank you very much, Rob, and hopefully see you on  one of the other courses in the next year, Zsuzsa
Mont Blanc Training Weekend, Snowdonia Oct 2019

Mont Blanc Training Weekend, Snowdonia Oct 2019

Zsuzsa & Ingrid, Snowdonia Mont Blanc Preparation Course
Olga and I had a good weekend with Matt and feel we moved our skills on which was great.  Sunday morning was a little better than forecast but around lunchtime we called it quits due to heavy rain. Saturday was good all day and we pushed through until fairly late.  Matt showed a lot of patience and shared lots of practical advice.
Snowdonia Scrambling Guide
Rodney & Olga enjoying ‘the dry day’ during our inspiring Matterhorn training weekend in Snowdonia. Photo Matt Stygall.
Thanks, Rodney
Matterhorn Training Weekend, Snowdonia Oct 2019

Matterhorn Training Weekend, Snowdonia Oct 2019

Olga and Rodney Bonnard, Matterhorn Training Weekend

Thanks Rob, Mark and the team for a fantastic experience in Torino and Gran Paradiso!  I will never forget this experience, it’s been a pleasure to have it among such great people.  Solid guiding, patience, good teaching effort, amazing stories and all logistics taken care of.  And a great summary with amazing pictures published next day, wow! Really good guys, thanks a lot.  Rodrigo, Gran Paradiso & Monte Viso.

Chamonix Mountaineering
Gran Paradiso Team training at the col Marbrees during the Torino Hut training phase. Monte Bianco behind.

Thanks for a great trip all, and to Rob and Mark for top guiding! It’s been an awesome experience in great company, and we’ve learned so much over the past few days!  Malene, Gran Paradiso

You can view Rodrigo’s fun short video account of the Gran Paradiso course here.

Monte Viso & Gran Paradiso Ascents – Autumn 2019

Monte Viso & Gran Paradiso Ascents – Autumn 2019

Rodrigo Villamuera & Malene Roald, early autumn Paradiso & Mt Blanc Group Course

I just wanted to say thanks to all of you for a magical trip. It was great to meet you all and spend time with you all in such spectacular conditions with amazing scenery.

Mark and Rob – I’m sure you have various levels of clients and teaching alpine babies might come with challenges but if you ever questioned it then please know that the teachings this weekend will be with me forever and hopefully serve me for many years as a starting block for more adventures.

Gran Paradiso ascent
IFMGA Guide Mark Seaton leads the group up the lower dry glacier section on the ascent from Rifugio Chabod.  Dawn on Monte Blanc upper right.

To all of you, it was an adventure I’ll never forget, thanks for sharing it.  Nick 

Autumn Gran Paradiso Course

Autumn Gran Paradiso Course

Nick Chambers, Gran Paradiso Climb early October 2019
Thanks for a fantastic trip. The organisation from first contact to the end of trip was first class and you even managed to organise the weather!!  Neil & Paul were terrific, striking the perfect note between respecting the fact we were there for some fun while still keeping us safe & giving us our best chance of succeeding.
Chamonix Mountaineering Guide
Mountaineering Training around the Skyway Monte Bianco & Rifugio Torino in preparation for the ascent of Gran Paradiso. Late Sept 2019.
We will most certainly be back in the mountains again – with you preferably – and I’m already looking for another trip of similar length sometime early next season. Any suggestions welcome.  Once again, big thanks.  Gareth.
Sept 2019 – Gran Paradiso Ascent

Sept 2019 – Gran Paradiso Ascent

Gareth Conde & Team, Chamonix Mountaineering Training & Climb Gran Paradiso
It was a great few days thanks & a good suggestion by you to do the Weissmies. I loved the route – a lovely but fairly gentle walk to the hut and some good climbing in the sunshine on the Dri Hornli. Watching the sunrise at the Zwischbergenpass was great, and although I started to flag a little toward the top of the southeast ridge, the scrambling was fairly straight forward on good dry rock. The summit snow ridge was comfortable – not too exposed for me, and the views to the Mischabel range and Bernese Oberland absolutely stunning! Overall, a really great coupe of days. Dylan was an excellent guide I’ve learnt a lot more and the Weissmies trip has given me more confidence and inspiration to tackle similar routes.
Dry Hornli Ridge
Simon enjoying the brilliant sustained – and sometimes hard – scrambling on the Dry Hornli Ridge above the Almageller Hut, Saas Almagel
Thanks, Simon
Weissmies & Dry Hornli Private Guiding Sept 2019

Weissmies & Dry Hornli Private Guiding Sept 2019

Simon Withey, Chamonix mountaineering & Weissmies Ascent as progression from recent alpine intro courses.
We had a great time with Jonny – it was exactly what we were after. His style of teaching & passion for mountaineering meant we both learnt a huge amount whilst thoroughly enjoying ourselves. We highly recommend both Jonny and High Mountain Guides & will be sure to get in touch in the future for training/guiding.  Thanks again for your recommendations for routes in the area, we have had a great time climbing these last few days and can’t wait to return in Spring.  All the best, Matt and Sonya 
Chamonix Guide
Mountaineering Training Day from the Aiguille du Midi including a traverse of the Arete Laurence, Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue Training
Chamonix Glacier Travel & Mountaineering Training Day

Chamonix Glacier Travel & Mountaineering Training Day

Sonya & Matt Thomas, Chamonix Private Guiding Aiguille du Midi, Sept 2019
Hi Rob, Thanks again for a great week of mountaineering, excellent guiding Rob, as always. Great trip.  James
Castor Guide
James & Scott high on the superb narrow snow ridge of Castor. Weisshorn beyond on the left.

Thanks again for a really good week-4x 4000’s in a week was pretty cool I reckon! 😀

Scott

Zermatt & Swiss 4000m Peak Guiding Sept 2019

Zermatt & Swiss 4000m Peak Guiding Sept 2019

Scott Bugden & James Carr, Zermatt & Saas Fee Private Guiding

Hi Rob,We had an amazing time on the Gran Paradiso tour!

Thanks Paula
Mountaineering Course
The team during the training and acclimatisation phase at Base Camp Rifugio Torino accessed via Skyway Monte Bianco. Photo Sandy Allan

The trip was great.  Thank you. Nick

Gran Paradiso Course – Sept 2019

Gran Paradiso Course – Sept 2019

Nick, Owen & Paula Van Der Gugten, Gran Paradiso & Mont Blanc
Thanks for a great trip, it was great meeting you and Jonny. We learned a lot and had a great time.  Alister is all fired up to get fit for Mont Blanc.  Will keep in touch and contact you later in the year. Say a big thanks to Jonny for our alpine day. It will live long in the memory.
Kev & Alistair cracking on with some wet rock climbing at Servoz in the Chamonix Valley.
Thanks again, and all the best for now.  Kev.
Chamonix Rock Climbing & Alpine Mountaineering

Chamonix Rock Climbing & Alpine Mountaineering

Kevin & Alistair Colman, Intro To Alpine Mountaineering Aug 2019

Hello Rob, just wanted to let you know that me and Tom successfully climbed Mont Blanc on September 2nd! 🙂

Summit of Mont Blanc after lots of good training in Snowdonia, Scottish Highlands & Gran Paradiso
I’d like to use this opportunity to thank you and your amazing team of guides for all the progressive training and knowledge sharing, which were essential to our success! 🙂 Again best regards and hope catch up again soon.  Cheers Dariusz.
Mont Blanc Training & Summit Climb, Sept 2019

Mont Blanc Training & Summit Climb, Sept 2019

Tom & Dariusz Strapoc, UK Mont Blanc Preparation Weekends & Gran Paradiso Ascent....
Rob, Thanks for the note, photos and a couple of great days out in the mountains. Really enjoyed the experience, route and your guidance. Like you my legs are a tad sore but in a satisfying good way.
Great early morning positions and enjoyable scrambling on the upper ridge on Zinalrothorn.

Thanks for the flexibility on today. As you prompted, and my phone forecast indicated, it was not a good day for being in the mountains. Pete

Climb The Zinalrothorn, August 2019

Climb The Zinalrothorn, August 2019

Pete Jackson, Zermatt Private Guiding
Hi Rob, I thoroughly enjoyed the time in the Alps with Owain.  We were successful on both the objectives.  The itinerary you put together was a great fit for my ability and endurance level.
Weisshorn Ascent Guide
The magnificent Weisshorn and Grand Gendarme from the Bishorn. Photo Owain Jones
Overall a great trip!  Thanks again for your help organizing it.  Tom
Bishorn & Pigne d’Arolla Ascents, Aug 2019

Bishorn & Pigne d’Arolla Ascents, Aug 2019

Tom Thomas, Alpine Private Guiding for Swiss 4000m Peak

Hi Rob/Kenny/Jon,

Great to meet you last week and great climbing with Kenny and Jon—the twins and I had a great time.

Aiguille du Midi Climb
The beautiful granite south face of the Aiguille du Midi, one of the jewels in the crown of Chamonix rock climbing.

Thanks, Roger

Chamonix Rock Climbing, August 2019

Chamonix Rock Climbing, August 2019

Roger, Chamonix private guiding for technical rock climbing
Hi Rob,
Thanks for the great photos. Had a fantastic  day yesterday, jelly legs today.
Chamonix Mountain Guide
Jesse enjoying the granite ridge traverse of the Arete Laurence, with the Mont Blanc du Tacul behind.
Look forward  to seeing you soon.
Cheers, Jesse
Chamonix Mountaineering Day, August 2019

Chamonix Mountaineering Day, August 2019

Jesse Lee, Aiguille du Midi Private Guiding Day & Arete Laurence Traverse
Thanks Rob, yes very pleased to have pulled it off and particularly enjoyable having Neil with us.  Also having an extra night in MR hutte was very enjoyable.  I was back at work yesterday but have enjoyed a lazy day at home today and have just finished watching Meru – they had cams the size of dinner plates – the closest we got to anything like that was at the Kitsch Inn!
Andrew, Steven & Neil on the summit of the Breithorn, with the Monte Rosa Massif beyond.
Thank again and best wishes for the rest of the summer.  Andrew
Dufourspitze Ascent, August 2019

Dufourspitze Ascent, August 2019

Andrew Wills, Chamonix Mountaineering, Breithorn & Dufour Ascents
Hi Rob,
Just a short note to say thanks v much again for a very enjoyable couple of days in the mountains. I might have a few moments but overall it does feel that I’m making incremental gains and gaining confidence, which I’m sure that we’ll continues to build upon in September.
Chamonix Mountaineering Guide
Traverse of the Aiguilles d’Entreves from the superb Skyway Monte Bianco lift, Courmayeur
Thanks also for putting the photos on Dropbox. I’ve already saved one of them as my desktop background.
Chamonix Mountaineering & Private Guiding August 2019

Chamonix Mountaineering & Private Guiding August 2019

James Carr, Skyway Monte Bianco & Aiguille du Midi Mountaineering days

Hi Rob,  Sorry for the late reply – we had a great time and Dylan was brilliant. Thanks for being so responsive while we were planning. It already seems like a long time ago – I wish the after effects of mountaineering lasted longer to offset being at work!

James

High on the ascent of the Jungfrau, Bernese Oberland, good conditions in June 2019. Photo Dylan Taylor
Jungfrau & Monch Ascents, June 2019

Jungfrau & Monch Ascents, June 2019

James Sides, Bernese Oberland Private Guiding & Training programme.

Hi Rob – Thanks, I’m afraid we didn’t do as well as we should have and both struggled with the altitude. Although we put in a lot of training walks and felt fresh after walking up to Plan from the village there is a great difference between starting at 1000 m and 2800 m after a bad night!  Ric was really professional and coaxed us up the mountain well and he was also incredibly modest about his achievements – including bivvying on la Meije….

You run a very efficient operation and a pity we didn’t make it but ….
Best wishes, Francis

Gran Paradiso Attempt July 2019

Gran Paradiso Attempt July 2019

Francis Nation-Dixon, 2 Day Gran Paradiso Climb
Thanks for giving us an excellent 3 days in the mountains on our recent trip to Chamonix.  We all had a very enjoyable time and learnt some valuable mountain skills.  I intend to to try and go on some of your alpine training weekends in Wales or Scotland and I’ll get in touch next summer to start planning our Mont Blanc trip.
The steep Serpentine Roll often provides the crux of the ascent of the Pigne d’Arolla
Hope the rest of the summer goes well.  Best Wishes, Mike
Pigne d’Arolla Ascent & Intro To Alpine Mountaineering

Pigne d’Arolla Ascent & Intro To Alpine Mountaineering

Mike Sann, Skyway Alpine Intro & Arolla 2 day alpine hut expedition, July 2019
I had an excellent day, you pushed me out of my comfort zone while being very patient. Thank you!! Feeling great after the last few days, such a great experience and great guiding!!
Becky on the last few moves of the brilliant classic route on the Aiguillette d’Argentiere, Chamonix
Thanks again!  Rebecca 
Chamonix Rock Climbing Guiding

Chamonix Rock Climbing Guiding

Rebecca Heard, rock climbing guiding & training in Chamonix, July 2019

Thanks Rob for a very well organised week.  Climbing the Gran Paradiso and Mont Blanc has been an unforgettable experience and I’ve come away with a true sense of the meaning of Alpinism.  The guides were fantastic, very knowledgeable, great company and I always felt safety was paramount.

Carl & Dylan on the summit of Mont Blanc

Best Wishes, Carl.

Mont Blanc Guiding With Gran Paradiso Training Climb

Mont Blanc Guiding With Gran Paradiso Training Climb

Carl Williams, Gran Paradiso & Mont Blanc Ascents, June 2019

Many thanks for organising and looking after me last week – i had a fantastic time.  Despite the temps i feel like Gav managed to choose some great routes and i feel like i achieved a lot. Yet again, his guiding was exceptional.

The razor edge on the Freshfield arete of the Tour Ronde. Photo Gav Pike

Just now need to gather my thoughts on appropriate objectives for next year!   Many thanks again.  Joe

Chamonix Granite Mountaineering Week, June 2019

Chamonix Granite Mountaineering Week, June 2019

Joe Grainger, 5 good routes in 5 days, Perrons, Tour Ronde, Dent du Geant, Papillons & Peigne!
I’m Back in the UK after a very enjoyable week spent in the high mountains.  Kenny was a very enthusiastic knowledgeable guide keen to share both his technical mountaineering knowledge & his knowledge of the mountains & wildlife.  I really enjoyed every minute of the Mont Blanc climb, it was a superb experience and we had great clear views from the summit. Kind regards, Paul Moore
Paul & Craig high on Mont Blanc, Photo Kenny Grant
We had a very enjoyable week in the mountains covering a good range of skills.  Kenny was an excellent guide and is a good asset for your business, he passed on some useful information which will come in for future trips & my ML training. Craig
Climb Mont Blanc & Swiss 4000ers

Climb Mont Blanc & Swiss 4000ers

Paul Moore & Craig O Leary, Allalinhorn & Mont Blanc Ascents, June 2019
We had such a brilliant time with Paul on Monday and Tuesday. Thank you for the recommended routes. They certainly stretched our abilities and helped us practice everything we learnt last year. They were exactly what we were after. We shall definitely return to Chamonix on holiday, and when seeking a guide, you guys will be our first point of contact.
Mountaineering from the Skyway Monte Bianco on our Chamonix alpine training course, June 2019. Photo Paul Wright
“High Mountain Guides have provided an extremely knowledgable and capable guide. They also created an itinerary totally suited to our requirements. Brilliant two days spent in the Mont Blanc massif. Thank you.” Emma & James
2 Day Chamonix Alpine Mountaineering Training Course

2 Day Chamonix Alpine Mountaineering Training Course

Emma Ballinger & James, 2 day training expedition at Rifugio Torino / Skyway Monte Bianco, June 2019
Thanks a lot for organizing. I especially appreciate that you took the time for the pre-course briefing. Tremendously helpful that you walked us through the weather report etc. in a relaxed atmosphere. I definitely learned through the course, for example about proper acclimatization.
Dawn arrives on the glacier above Rifugio Chabod on the ascent of Gran Paradiso
Jonny and Klemen are not only very knowledgeable and full of good advice, but also just very pleasant people to be with in the mountains. I had a great time, so thanks for this weekend & looking forward to the next adventure!  Cheers, Jörn
Climb The Gran Paradiso Course

Climb The Gran Paradiso Course

Jörn Schumacher, Successful Gran Paradiso Ascent, June 2019
It’s was a great week and fantastic climbing with  all you guys. I think it will take a while for it all to sink in but a terrific experience.
Thanks for organising a great double trip, it was worth all the money and effort.
Best Regards
The scenic approach to the Tete Rousse Hut via the rocky ridge path now the snow has melted off it.

Gary & Rob 👍

Weissmies & Mont Blanc Course, June 2019

Weissmies & Mont Blanc Course, June 2019

Robert & Gary Siddal, Climbed Mt Blanc & Weissmies, late June 2019

Just wanted to say a big thank you for getting Matt to guide us this week!  We had a blast of a time, perhaps even better than if we’d pushed for Mont Blanc.  Matt was very accommodating to our fluid schedule and a very good judge of our abilities too. We learnt a lot of new skills and definitely enjoyed our time this week.

Ed & Steve on the Brittania Hut dawn patrol en route to climbing the Hoglaubgrat route on the Allalinhorn.  Photo Matt Stygall. 

Ending it with the Allalinhorn summit via the Hohlaubgrat route could not have been a better choice!  Thanks again to you and Matt.  Happy climbing!  I would second everything that Ed said.  In fact, I’m not sure how the week could have been better!  On top of this, Matt is an excellent photographer!

Chamonix Mountaineering & Allalinhorn Ascent

Chamonix Mountaineering & Allalinhorn Ascent

Edward and Steve, Singapore, Chamonix private guiding, June 2019

We had a great few days and really enjoyed the Weissmies in particular.  My warmest thanks to Thor and Dave as our guides – they looked after us well and I’m grateful for their professional, fun approach and good humour.  Kind regards, Phil

Enjoying the sustained moderate rock / mixed scrambling on the Weissmeis South Ridge
Thanks it was a great trip, Thor and Rob were great pass on my thanks. The trip was a good balance of fun and challenge in a great setting, we are already starting to plan next year, we will be in touch.  Nick 
Climb The Weissmies Course

Climb The Weissmies Course

Philip Horton & Nick Ash, Weissmeis Course, June 2019

Hi Rob, Just a quick thank you to yourself but in particular Jonny and Klemen for the past few days.

The professionalism of the team was incredible!   Looking forward to seeing ye all again at some stage.

Kind Regards, Eoin

Jonny approaching the Col d’Entreves during Gran Paradiso & Mont Blanc training and acclimatisation
Gran Paradiso & Mont Blanc Course

Gran Paradiso & Mont Blanc Course

Eoin Maguire, Successful ascents of Gran Paradiso & Mt Blanc, June 2019

Mont Blanc Training In The Scottish Highlands…Thank You Rob, we had a great time, minus the weather of course and lack of snow, but that is outside your and ours control of course. Both Tamsin and Graeme were very good and we have nothing but good things to say about them.

Tony, Neil & Maya on the summit of Mont Blanc, June 2019

Mont Blanc Summit Climb….Thank you everything was great!

Mont Blanc Summit & Training 2019

Mont Blanc Summit & Training 2019

Tony & Maya, Mont Blanc training in Scottish Highlands & Successful Summit Climb, Feb, March & June 2019

Thanks again for a great day on Friday. I really enjoyed it and learnt a lot.  James

The Famous Aiguillette, a fine rock climbers pinnacle above the Chamonix Valley

I really enjoyed the day last week thanks. It’s good to be climbing again and also to be learning all the time.  Scott

Chamonix Rock Climbing & Matterhorn Training Day

Chamonix Rock Climbing & Matterhorn Training Day

James Carr & Scott Bugden, Rock climbing in Chamonix & Les Cheserys & Aiguillette, June 2019

Maria and I had a fantastic time on the alpine intro course last week. We learnt so much and it really gave us a new interest and passion for the high mountains. Dylan was terrific all week and is a lovely guy who inspires a lot of confidence in his teaching.  The whole experience has however now left me with a new found desire to conquer a 4000m peak. The sunset from the Chabod hut was beautiful and a real privilege to witness.  Paul & Maria

Chamonix Intro Alpine Team enjoying the tough snowy conditions on the Aiguilles Marbrees. Photo Thanks to Dylan Taylor

I really enjoyed and learned A LOT from the course. Dylan was very knowledgable and helpful. Sarah

Chamonix Intro Alpine Mountaineering Course

Chamonix Intro Alpine Mountaineering Course

Paul Smith, Maria Saligova & Sarah Alajaji, Mountaineering Training & Gran Paradiso, June 2019

Thanks Rob – it was great working with Ian, even though the weather was eventually apocalyptic! He was excellent – laid back, instructive, pragmatic, knowledgable and we learned a lot.

Dee and David enjoying the brilliant scrambling on the Cneifion Arete, despite the weather!

Thanks for everything – Best – Dee

Matterhorn Preparation Course Snowdonia

Matterhorn Preparation Course Snowdonia

David Folkman & Dee O'Neil, Snowdonia Alpine Training, June 2019
Just wanted to say a huge thanks for our Gran Paradiso course. Communication and organisation beforehand was great, together with a good choice of various hire equipment. On the trip we had a really nice group of similarly-minded people which definitely helped us gel as a team. Our guides Klemen and Gav were very helpful, encouraging and clearly have vast knowledge of their sport and the area we were in. They always made us feel safe and inspired confidence as we progressed through to a successful and hugely enjoyable summit day in great weather conditions!
Post dawn ascent to the glacier above the Rifugio Chabod on the ascent of Gran Paradiso
Gran Paradiso 3 Day Course, 1-3 June 2019

Gran Paradiso 3 Day Course, 1-3 June 2019

James and Sarah Andrews, Gran Paradiso Ascent
Thank you for the great services you and your excellent team provided to me in the mountains. The Summit of Gran Paradiso and the supporting training was one of the most enjoyable experiences I have ever had.
Both Clement and Gavs unwavering enthusiasm, skill and ability to impart knowledge was absolutely first class.
Our early June Gran Paradiso course teams enjoy great snow volume and good conditions on the glacier above the Rifugio Chabod and under the North Face of the Paradiso.
I would like to focus on progression now…. Climb The Weissmeis Course?  Thanks Tom

 

Climb Gran Paradiso Course June 2019

Climb Gran Paradiso Course June 2019

Tom Vear, 3 day Gran Paradiso Open Group
Just wanted to pass on my sincere thanks for the Mt Blanc weekend just passed. Calum was everything you’d hope for in a guide – expert, patient, challenging when he could be and easing off when he spotted that would be appropriate; he made the weekend all about us rather him and gave some great tips about equipment too, so really lucky to have spent the weekend with someone so expert and enthusiastic, many thanks! David
David & our Mont Blanc training course team enjoying the brilliant scramble up the North Ridge of Tryfan, Ogwen Valley, Snowdonia. Photo Calum Muskett
Snowdonia Mont Blanc Training Weekend

Snowdonia Mont Blanc Training Weekend

David Fong, Mont Blanc Training Ogwen Valley, May 2019

Rob,

Dave was really great and we had a long and very good time out.

Thank you, Rami

Enjoying the superb “Ordinary Route” in the Ogwen Valley as part of our Snowdonia Matterhorn training courses. Photo Dave Kenyon

 

 

Snowdonia Matterhorn Training Day

Snowdonia Matterhorn Training Day

Rami Bibi, North Wales Rock Climbing Private Guiding May 2019

Been a fabulous 10 days. I’ve had great experiences of which Dufourspitze tops the bill. I’ve learnt loads and made new friends. Thanks for your patience, judgement and tuition.  Simon

High on the ski descent of the Dufourspitze, with the East face of the Matterhorn & Hornli Ridge beyond

Great few days guys. I am really glad we were able to make the most of the good weather days we had and the Dufourspitze day was definitely the highlight of the week for me, including the unforgettable gorge descent 🙂 It was in retrospect quite nice to arrive in Zermatt feeling properly tired even though my feet weren’t so happy!  Hannah 

Ski Dufourspitze, Gran Paradiso & Chamonix Ski Mountaineering

Ski Dufourspitze, Gran Paradiso & Chamonix Ski Mountaineering

Hannah Vickers & Simon Everett, Ski Mont Blanc Plan B's! May 2019

An incredible weekend in the beautiful highlands of Scotland. This course surpassed my expectations in many ways: The quality of the guides, which was as high as can be expected, very thorough and very reassuring throughout; the beauty of the surrounding area; the great balance found between making it challenging but not too difficult; and above all, just how very fun it all was! Perfect as preparation for Mt Blanc, but I would also recommend as a standalone course as well, just for the sheer fun of it.

Superb scrambling on the Curved Ridge, Glencoe
Thanks again to you and all guides for amazing training weekend!
Cheers.  Dariusz
Fort William Mont Blanc Training Weekend

Fort William Mont Blanc Training Weekend

Dariusz Strapoc & Andy Lintern, Mont Blanc Training Course, West Highlands, April 2019
Hi Rob, I had a truly wonderful time with Blair and Mark, and learned a great deal, despite being taken to my physical limit at times. Great company, good craic, skiing places I never thought I’d get to – deeply satisfying.
Beautiful spring weather & conditions for a descent of the Vallee Blanche, with some ski touring along the way….
Thanks also for recommending Breezy’s place – a gem of a chalet, where Breezy and Al treated me like a member of their family. Fabulous.
Kind regards, Steve Smith
April 2019, Chamonix Off Piste & Ski Touring Course

April 2019, Chamonix Off Piste & Ski Touring Course

Hi Rob,

I had a great few days and felt like I was skiing better at the end, not least when my boots were fully in ski mode!! Mark and Blair were super and I learned a lot from them both. You have two great guys on your team. I would be happy to see the list of courses for next year when you have it prepared.  Hopefully we will be back next year…

Fresh tracks in the Vallee Blanche, great Chamonix spring skiing in April 2019.

Kind regards, Rose-Marie

Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills Course

Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills Course

Rosemarie Daly, Chamonix Off Piste & Ski Touring, April 2019

Thank you!!!!!!!! for a day we have had and helping to find Robin and Rebekah- they are both so lovely, professional and just a joy to be out in the mountains with!

I cannot believe I skied VB! Maybe it wasn’t ladylike at times, but I m very happy within myself for pushing outside my comfort zone (on both days actually, breaking through the icy snow)

Intro ski touring at Le Tour above the Chamonix Valley

Thank you, I cannot wait to go back and spend time high above the valley, will look at courses you Guys offer.

Have a lovely day, Marta

Intro To Ski Touring In Chamonix

Intro To Ski Touring In Chamonix

Marta Michalska, Private Guiding for intro ski touring, April 2019
A superb weekend in the Highlands – I’m sure the sun helped! My thanks to Rob and the team at High Mountain Guides – in particular Rob for his professional organisation and my guides Graeme and Mike for their knowledge, phlegmatic approach and good humour.  We were well prepared, briefed and looked after. I had a great time and learnt a lot that will set me up well for the Alps in the summer.
Mont Blanc Training Course Team on the summit of Buchaille Etive Mor after an ascent of Curved Ridge. Ben Nevis on the right.
Well done and thank you!
Phil Horton
West Highlands Spring Mont Blanc Training Weekend

West Highlands Spring Mont Blanc Training Weekend

Phil Horton, Mont Blanc Training Course in Fort William, April 2019
Hi Rob, Thanks for great weekend. Hannah and Graeme were both great guides so thanks to both of them too. So good to be in Scotland.
Debi
Great positions scrambling high on Curved Ridge, Glencoe

Hi Rob, a great weekend with Jonathan and Pedja.  Even the weather was kind.  Looking forward to the matterhorn later in the year.

Cheers, Howard.

Highlands Matterhorn Training Weekend, April 2019

Highlands Matterhorn Training Weekend, April 2019

Howard Mayo & Debi Gould, Fort William Spring Matterhorn training course

I wanted to drop you both a quick line to say thank you for an amazing few days of touring.  Rob – Thank you for putting everything together so promptly and listening to my requirements, your prompt emails and suggestions were of great help.

Ski touring in the Aiguilles Rouges with Mont Blanc Beyond. Photo Hannah Burrows-Smith

Hannah– Thank you for an amazing few days touring!  Your guidance, patience and words of wisdom were very much appreciated. The route choices were pitched to perfection being both challenging but achievable. It has certainly, as I hoped opened by eyes to the world of ski touring/mountaineering.  Thank you both again for a fantastic few days, I am already thinking about next year..

Chamonix Ski Touring & Ski Vallee Blanche Descent

Chamonix Ski Touring & Ski Vallee Blanche Descent

Peter Minnikin, Ski Touring Private Guiding, April 2019

Evening Rob, I had an absolute ball!

Really enjoyed my first alpine experience over our two days in the mountains. Never expected to be able to experience something quite like our traverse of Aiguilles du Marbrées. Neil was a brilliant guide, learned loads of new skills, and can’t wait for my next trip.
Will definitely be in touch re another course. Thanks,Paddy
Paddy enjoying the superb PD alpine route, the traverse of the Aiguilles Marbrees. Photo Neil Mackay.
Chamonix Spring Intro To Alpine Mountaineering

Chamonix Spring Intro To Alpine Mountaineering

Paddy Hennessy, Skills & Skyway Mountaineering Days, April 2019
It was an amazing trip and great to ski with you all! Thanks again to Gav for looking after us and Rob for putting everything together. I’m now sat on a train going into London! 😫I think I know where I would rather be right now. 😉 Jen
The superb final leg of the ski Haute Route journey – under the Matterhorn – and down to Zermatt…Photo Jeremey Kreitler

First of all, thanks to Jen for setting the ball rolling in the first place and to Rob for coordinating the trip. Many thanks to Gav for looking after us all so well and for being such good company. Finally, thanks to everyone for being such a friendly and fun group. I had a really great time and was quite sad when it all ended.

Ski Verbier – Zermatt Haute Route 2019

Ski Verbier – Zermatt Haute Route 2019

Jen Kingwill & Ian Nun, Ski Haute Route, March 2019
Thank you for organising what turned out to be a great week with Gav, who looked after us impeccably, and in whom I think we all had the highest confidence.  This first experience of hut to hut touring has definitely given me a taste for doing some more tours in the future, and no doubt I’ll be in touch at some point in the future.  Thanks to everyone for making it such a fantastic experience. Rory
Our March 2019 Ski Haute Route team descending the Stockli Glacier beneath the Matterhorn as part of a very successful and enjoyable ski journey to Zermatt….Photo Jeremy Kreitler

Thank you all, especially Gav for the wonderful tour. Jeremy

Ski Haute Route 2019

Ski Haute Route 2019

Rory Anderson & Jeremy Kreitler, Ski Verbier Haute Route, March 2019

Thank you for a fantastic 4 days in Chamonix. I found the course very informative and fun and learnt lots of new things that I look forward to putting into action again soon.. Everything was very professionally run and organised so well done to you and the team!  Nick 

Ski mountaineering above the Argentiere Glacier, Mont Blanc Massif

Thanks so much for the two days ski touring we did. I loved the course and really appreciated your input. Katherine

Thank you for a great course, and stay in touch about next year!  Andrea 
Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills – Progression Course

Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills – Progression Course

Catherine Havard, Nick Walter & Andrea van Scheltinga, March 2019

Thanks Rob.  You were excellent company and we both had a great day & we’ve both had a great time!

Lucas

Descending the famous snow ridge below the Aiguille du Midi with the Grandes Joraasses North Face & Matterhorn beyond
Chamonix Ski Touring Intro & Vallee Blanche Descent

Chamonix Ski Touring Intro & Vallee Blanche Descent

Lucas Bateman, Chamonix Ski Touring Course April 2019

Hi Rob

Thanks for your help over the last few days. The spontaneous decision to go for a winter ascent of Gran Paradiso proved to be a thoroughly rewarding experience. Great photos too!
Jono
Pre-dawn full moon glow this morning on the Paradiso above the Rifugio Chabod.
Spring Snow Shoe Ascent Of Gran Paradiso

Spring Snow Shoe Ascent Of Gran Paradiso

Jonathan Storry Deans, Gran Paradiso Ascent, March 2019
Hi Rob,
Just a quick note to let you know that I had a super day out with Gav yesterday, we went up the Glacier d’Argentiere and I had a really great time. Thanks for running the day even though it was just for me!
Sophie
Ski Touring On The Glacier Des Grands Montets Above The Argentiere Glacier, March 2019. Photo Gav Pike
Argentiere Glacier Ski Touring Day

Argentiere Glacier Ski Touring Day

Sophie Jarrat, Chamonix Ski Touring Guided Day, March 2019
Big thanks to you and Gavin for a brilliant two days in Gemmi Pass, ski-touring.  Really appreciated the good organisation. The location was exceptional.  All the best, Guy Horne
Thanks again for another good weekend. The mountain hotel was great as was the touring and it was another fun group. Scott Bugden
Ski Touring Weekend In The Superb West Oberland, Swiss Valais Alps – Good Conditions in March 2019

A fabulous introduction to ski touring, thank you Rob. Safe to say I’ve got the bug…We will definitely be back for more next year. Emma & Team!

Gemmi Pass Ski Touring Weekend

Gemmi Pass Ski Touring Weekend

Guy Horne, Scott Bugden & Emma Fonsecca, March 2019 Chamonix Ski Touring Weekend - West Oberland
We had a great week, topped off magnificently by the three guided days with John. As you know the weather had thrown up some interesting challenges but John did his upmost to provide us with some really memorable ski days. His wealth of experience and jovial yet no nonsense approach was much appreciated by us all.
Great work guys, would book again without hesitation.
Laurence and off piste team enjoying the post ski coffee and cake at a sun drenched Zerotta!
And just to mention again, John’s committed efforts to keep six wobbly skiers and boarders happy is duly noted. He did seem to go the extra mile to squeeze some good skiing out of somewhat limited options. Kind regards, Laurence.
Chamonix & Courmayeur Off Piste Ski Guiding

Chamonix & Courmayeur Off Piste Ski Guiding

Laurence Simmons & team, Off Piste Skiing in Chamonix / Courmayeur, March 2019

Rob,

Thank you for an excellent day in the mountains!   Your thoughtful approach and tailored teaching were just what I needed!
Thanks for the pictures, they’re great.   Below is a link to a couple of my pictures, please use them as you wish. I didn’t take many, but that’s often how it is when you’re enjoying yourself!
Good powder conditions at Courmayeur March 2019
If you have some links to the learing material and apps we discussed that would be really useful.
Thanks again and best regards,
Meirion
Off Piste Ski Guiding At Courmayeur

Off Piste Ski Guiding At Courmayeur

Meirion Watkin, Guided off piste & touring at Courmayeur, March 2019
Hi Rob & Dereck, Just a quick note to say thank you both very much – I had an extremely enjoyable week and learnt loads.  Sad to have to leave as the fresh snow is arriving, but I’m already planning my next adventure!  Kathryn Crouch. 
Hi Rob.  Thanks to you and Dereck for an excellent week. Just testing out some tired legs in todays snow at Gr Montet. Best, Mark James. 
Spring snow ski touring above the Col de Balme, Le Tour, Chamonix.
Very enjoyable week thank you. Dereck was very patient and attentive to each individual and the group as a whole. I even managed to start clicking on techniques on the Sat. John focused on getting us a good hill experience and passing on his knowledge and experience. John made sure Friday was not a wash out and gave us a great adventure. Pre course info was very comprehensive and helpful. Reinforced my desire for more ski touring. I will certainly be looking at options for next year. Ski Breezy was great accommodation. Many thanks for a great week. Paul Whitefoot. 
Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills Course

Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills Course

Guests from our full Feb 2019 courses....
Thanks again for a fantastic 2 days.   Will have a look at your calendar for future opportunities 😁
Louise
Thanks for a great weekend. Will definitely be contacting you again at some point!  Sally
I had an absolutely fabulous time, thank you Rob! You will certainly be hearing more from me, including this summer 🙂 Isabella
Feb 2019 Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Course team at the Col d’Entreves, 3500m+ before skiing down the Vallee Blanche…
The weekend was excellent as was your guiding. I wasn’t expecting to ski such good terrain on an intro course but that was definitely a good thing from my point of view.  I felt that the rate of progression was really good for the group that you had. I enjoyed your extra info about snow conditions/avalanche risk & thought that it was really useful. You did a great job of creating an environment where we could all ask questions.  Scott
Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Weekend 16-17 Feb

Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Weekend 16-17 Feb

Isabella, Louise, Sally, Scott & James. Chamonix Intro Touring Group Course
Thanks very much Rob, it was a great couple of days! We got a lot out of it and found some places to go despite the weather. Thanks also for the photos.
Sophie
Skiing the ‘Eperon’ from the Christomet lift in the Portes de Mont Blanc / Evasion ski area. Tete de Torraz above La Giettaz in the background.

Thanks for the last couple of days – I certainly learnt a lot! Hope to see you soon on the mountains!
Vanshree.

Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Weekend Feb 2019

Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Weekend Feb 2019

Sophie & Vanshree, Off Piste Performance Intro Ski Touring Weekend, Feb 2019

Thanks Rob, completely deliberate. Amazing few days and was awesome to see Chamonix. Please send through photos and let’s get some mountain huts booked for next year.

Thanks again Will.

The famous descent from the Aiguille du Midi to ski the Vallee Blanche, great conditions in early Feb 2019

Rob, Thanks for a great couple of days

Photos look great
Matt
Ski Vallee Blanche & Half Day Chamonix Off Piste Warm Up

Ski Vallee Blanche & Half Day Chamonix Off Piste Warm Up

Will, Matt & Archie, Chamonix Half Day Off Piste Guiding & Vallee Blanche Descent, Feb 2019

Hi Rob, thanks again for a really enjoyable course. I appreciated your calm and patient support, along with your encouragement and sense of humour!

Thanks also to Derek for the same reasons.
The team were very special, always working together with consideration for others and appreciating the strengths and weaknesses of each person.
A great course! 😊
B 🐝
Skinning back over the Col Petit Flambeau and across to the Torino Hut.
Jan 2019 Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills

Jan 2019 Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills

Brenda Smith, Classic Course Jan 2019

Hi Rob and Derek, Just wanted to say a big thank you, I really enjoyed the course last week and thanks for taking us to the most stunning places. I really feel like there’s a whole new world of skiing out there, thanks for being so relaxed and easy to learn with and thanks for the great pictures.  Have a great rest of the season, looks like good snow yesterday!  Thanks, Amy

Hi Rob, Thanks for being part of a great week. Really enjoyed spending time with you in the mountains and getting your input into skiing in the mountains.  It was a relaxed, informative and enjoyable time.  Hope to see you around and possibly do some more skiing with you. Ian

Megeve ski touring with a superb panorama of the snowy Aravis Range beyond.

Hi Rob, Quick note to say thanks for some great skiing this week. We really enjoyed and and learnt loads. Slainte, John

Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills Course

Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills Course

Amy Sergison, John Appleton & Ian Carter, Jan 2019

It is pretty safe to say that anybody who signs up to work with the High Mountain Guides does so because of their love of the mountains. In Rob it is clear to see that his love and passion lies in the mountains. This passion is equalled by the respect he has for them and is backed up by a deep and superior knowledge. I must admit that when I turned up a day early (as recommended by Rob!) to find my ski legs again I was a little disheartened to find myself in what would not be considered the best ski conditions at an icy wind swept Le Tour. How wrong I was, for the first morning of our ‘intro to ski touring’ weekend Rob had us in fresh powdery tracks! Thank you for a top weekend. I will definitely be coming back to enjoy and learn more with Rob and his team.

Ski Touring above La Giettaz with the Col des Aravis area beyond.
Ski Touring Weekend In Chamonix

Ski Touring Weekend In Chamonix

Joseph Cole, Intro Ski Touring Weekend, Megeve & St. Gervais, Jan 2019
Thanks for this Rob and also for a great weekend. It was a lot of fun to ski with you all.  I really enjoyed myself and learnt a lot so just signed up for the February weekend.
Have fun
James
Our January Intro Touring Weekend course enjoying the powder above St Nicholas de Veroce on the Contamines side of Saint Gervais / Megeve resort.
Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Weekend

Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Weekend

James Carr, Ski Touring Weekend, Megeve & St Gervais, Jan 2019

Many thanks for the photos and a good day out, it was highly enjoyable.  Rob found the location and the conditions for a fantastic day tour in what had proved to be a really thin & icy Chamonix Valley. Good conversation and helpful information throughout made for a really enjoyable day.  Thanks,  Stephen

‘Powder Touring Patrol’ at Combloux, early January 2019, some great fresh tracks to be had…

I’d second everything Stephen had said,it was a fantastic day, just what I was hoping for. Gordon.

Chamonix Guided Ski Touring Day

Chamonix Guided Ski Touring Day

Stephen Wass & Gordon Dalgarno, Ski Touring At Combloux, Jan 2018

Hi Rob/Calum

I had a terrific day thanks, going just the right amount outside my comfort zone to feel pushed but not finishing up a nervous wreck! Calum was great company and gave me total confidence.

I will be in touch again, either for the Matterhorn training weekend or a similar guided day.

Matt

Matt climbing on little Tryfan as part of his private guiding & Matterhorn training day in North Wales. Photo Calum Muskett

 

Alpine Mountaineering Training Day Snowdonia

Alpine Mountaineering Training Day Snowdonia

Mathew Davies, Matterhorn Training Day, October 2018
First all of thank you for the training course with Andy – an amazing and experienced guide that was able to make my first real mountaineering baby steps to be a right proportion of fun and challenge (despite very rainy second day 🙂  ).
Please keep me posted on opportunities for Gran Paradiso & Mont Blanc courses.  Thanks again for the opportunity to get familiar with mountaineering equipment and techniques with a great guide in the beautiful setting of Snowdonia.
Dariusz enjoying the superb scrambling and positions on the Snowdon Horseshoe. Photo Thanks to Andy Teasdale – the Mountain Photography Company 
Mont Blanc Training Weekend – Snowdonia

Mont Blanc Training Weekend – Snowdonia

Dariusz, Private guiding & training for Mt Blanc ascent, October 2018

Thank you for organising the Snowdonia Matterhorn training weekend.  I had a fantastic time with my climbing partner, Debbie and our guide Ric Potter. Even the weather was great.  Our guide, Ric had a great way of explaining everything, clear and easy to understand. He inspired confidence in our equipment, our ability and our trust in him. He really showed us everything we needed to know, watched and corrected where necessary and praised where it was due.
I would certainly recommend Ric to anyone thinking of going on this course. Once again, thanks to yourself and Ric for a fantastic weekend and looking forward to the Scotland Matterhorn training weekend.

Debi & Howard Matterhorn Training
Snowdonia Matterhorn Training Weekend

Snowdonia Matterhorn Training Weekend

Howard Mayo, Matterhorn Training Course, October 2018

I had an excellent weekend. Rock climbing in big boots was new for me. It was good to learn some new techniques such as moving together. The weekend was great for my motivation. Before I started my drive home on Monday morning I even made a quick ascent of Snowdon!

I was very impressed with Callum. He is clearly an excellent rock climber. He was very enthusiastic and wanted to share his knowledge, experience and advice throughout the course.  I look forward to visiting the Alps next Summer to climb the Matterhorn….Regards George

Big boot rock climbing on little Tryfan, Ogwen Valley, as part of our October 2018 Matterhorn Training weekend. Photo Calum Muskett
Matterhorn Training Course North Wales

Matterhorn Training Course North Wales

George Lisher, Llanberis Matterhorn Training Weekend

I had a really good weekend and in addition to being really good guy Andy was a fantastic guide and really helpful and gave good advice.  Phil

‘Terrific weekend out, our guide tailored the entire course to our skill level, taught us a great deal, and pushed us right to our limits the whole time. Could not have been more fun’  Rami 

Debi & Howard enjoying the big boot rock climbing & scrambling in Snowdonia on the Matterhorn training weekend in Oct 2018

Another good weekend. Thank you. Debi

Matterhorn Training Weekend – Snowdonia

Matterhorn Training Weekend – Snowdonia

Rami, Debi & Phil, North Wales Matterhorn training weekend, October 2018
Thank you very much Rob for this amazing experience, It has been my first 4000! Gav and Thor have been great guides as well.  I’m looking forward to new experiences like this one with High Mountain Guides.
Some fresh snow, chilly early autumn weather but good conditions for our October 2018 ascent. Monte Viso far left hand skyline.
Autumn Gran Paradiso Ascent

Autumn Gran Paradiso Ascent

Gio Rosafio, Gran Paradiso Open Course, October 2018
Just wanted to let you know that Rob and I had a great trip on Gran Paradiso. It certainly lived up to the expectations and was memorable given the winter conditions.  Thor and Gavin were sound guides and provided excellent knowledge and great experience.  You have two very satisfied customers who hope to do more in the future.
It was a learning curve having to cope with the altitude and we now realise the kind of fitness levels we will need to reach in the future.  We are going to take some time out now for a few weeks and assess our performance levels and what we can realistically achieve in the next two years. The Matterhorn is on the list but we need to get much fitter and sharpen our technical skills.
Thanks for a great trip, we thoroughly enjoyed it.  Rob & Gary
The team en route to a fine summit climb of the Gran Paradiso in October 2018. Monte Viso just visible on the far R hand skyline
Gran Paradiso Course Autumn 2018

Gran Paradiso Course Autumn 2018

Rob & Gary Siddal, Climb Gran Paradiso Team Course, Early Oct 2018
Kate and I are now back in Ireland.  I just want to thank you and especially Phil for the wonderful experience that we had. I for one will definitely cherish the experience. I learned and took a lot from the alpine intro course. We are now ready to face new challenges and climb more mountains. We will see you next year to join another course that will guarantee us of our independence in the mountain. Hopefully Phil will be available to do the course.
Thanks again!  Katriona
The Team climbing in the Monte Rosa Massif en route to the Parrotspitze…
Chamonix Alpine Intro Course

Chamonix Alpine Intro Course

Kate & Kacee, Intro To Alpine Mountaineering Course In Chamonix Sept 2018
Thank you – we are very happy to have booked with HGM and done the Grand Paradiso, it was well over our expectations!  It was the perfect level of mountain for us too, as it pushed both physically and a little bit beyond our comfort zone, so we all picked up new experiences and knowledge for the next challenge.
Best of feedback to Robin too, he was extremely knowledgeable and experienced, which alleviated any concerns & taught us new things, and he also had the insight to suggest the change of plan, which gave us a super weather day on the mountain and less stress to enjoy it.
I speak for all of us saying we’d highly recommend HMG and the GP course!  Kind regards, Rickard
Early Autumn Gran Paradiso Ascent with good conditions in mid Sept 2018
Gran Paradiso Guided Ascent

Gran Paradiso Guided Ascent

Rickard, Joan & Neil, Gran Paradiso Private Guiding, Sept 2018

Great time, Thanks for the follow up. Guides were great (knowledgeable, vigilant) all the things I like  which was appreciated. Kind Regards, Blake

Weissmies Course last day ascent of the Mittelruck. Drone image of the South Ridge just above the Sonnigpass, Photo Dylan Taylor.

Feedback on the course, I found it a great experience. The guides were excellent, very knowledgeable , friendly and patient.  It was also good the way Guy gave us some tips on scrambling technique (ie face out as much as you can) – you don’t always get this on mountaineering courses as often the instructors are too busy just getting everyone up the route.

Once again thanks for everything and I have some great memories to look back on.  Regards, Robert
Climb The Weissmies Course

Climb The Weissmies Course

Blake Weyrich & Robert Vale, Weissmies Course, September 2018
It was great week definitely, I loved it and had great company in mountains :D. I really hope we see us next season as well, Klemen and Chris did amazing guiding on Mont Blanc, I definitely owe this summit to their great spirit and very good pace, Doris
Really great Weissmies and MB trips (with the bonus Mittelruck in between). Excellent organisation and guides again. The Matterhorn training courses look good…Pete
Doris, Pete, Daniel, Gary & Chris on the summit of Mont Blanc – Sept 2018 and photo thanks to Klemen.
Great course – thanks for having me. I found the course and pre-information really clear and well organised. Klemen & Chris were terrific guides also – great mix of skills & personality, and obviously massively contributed to the success and enjoyment of the trip.  Daniel
Yes a great trip indeed and now back in not so sunny Scotland!!  Great photos. Already looking forward to another trip out next year!  Gary
Climb Mont Blanc Course

Climb Mont Blanc Course

Gary, Doris, Pete & Daniel, Climb Mont Blanc, Sept 2017

What a brilliant experience I had climbing Gran Paradiso with an excellent guide Andy Nelson and 4 other amazing and passionate alpinists. The trip turned out to be a great psychological and physical challenge, fantastic opportunity to meet like minded people, to socialize and get more ideas about future climbing opportunities. The whole course was organized fantastically, very professional service from the moment I arrived in Chamonix. I am looking forward to more trips with High Mountain Guides and highly recommend the company to anyone interested in climbing and/or mountaineering adventures

Gran Paradiso Team – Sept 2018 – En Route to the summit in good conditions

Thank you!
Marta

Climb Gran Paradiso Course

Climb Gran Paradiso Course

Marta Skrzypiec, Gran Paradiso Ascent, Sept 2018

Dear Rob,

I just wanted to say thanks for organising the alpine intro course.

It all went well.

Phil did a really good job, particularly changing the ascent on the final 2 days due to poor weather at Gran Paradiso. (The Team climbed the Parrotspitze (4432m) instead in the Monte Rosa Massif.

It was a lot of fun and educationally very helpful,   The crag climbing day was very good, particularly practising prusiks and rescue set ups close to the crag.

Thanks again. Ben Jeffcote

Alpine Intro Team On The Parrotspitze Summit
Chamonix Intro To Alpine Mountaineering Course

Chamonix Intro To Alpine Mountaineering Course

Thank you for facilitating another great adventure for us.
The programme, including Entreves and Weissmies before Mont Blanc, was perfect preparation.
Alberto, as lead guide and programme director, was brilliant. The balance of his relaxed style, fantastic capability, and care and attentiveness to others was a big part of what made the trip not only successful but also fantastically enjoyable.
Of course, the weather helped too!
I’m sure there will be future projects!
Thanks again, John
Well done team, summit of the Weissmies as part of a 7 day Mont Blanc summit programme.

John Vincent & Simon Bristow, Climb The Weissmies & Mont Blanc, Sept 2018
Whilst waiting for the ferry under a grey sky I have time to reflect on  a Superb 7 day Mt Blanc programme with Alberto & Robin. I know I also speak for John and Simon in expressing our huge thanks and appreciation for the thought and effort that you and the team put in to maximising our experience, enjoyment and success.
I would like to sing Alberto’s praises. Not only is he an impressively competent Alpine guide; he has been great company, really easy to get on with. His easy style belies an invisible knack of knowing when and how to push us and look after us all in equal measure at each stage of the programme. We all appreciated how much Alberto cares and thinks about the best way for us….although he doesn’t say so….he just makes it happen. For me, inspite of the perfect conditions, Mt Blanc was a massive physical challenge and Alberto’s care and support enabled me to reach the summit. Thanks Alberto for a great week
Setting off from the Gouter Hut on the ascent of Mont Blanc
I’m already missing the blue skies of Chamonix. I have learned so much in my short stay in the Alps and looking forward to returning for further challenges.  I wish you and the team the best of conditions at the end of the summer season and once again BIG Thanks, Steve
Weissmies & Mont Blanc Ascents

Weissmies & Mont Blanc Ascents

Steven Wilkinson, Climb Mont Blanc Programme, Sept 2018

Hi Rob, Forty eight hours on its finally sunk in and I must say what a superb job you did psychologically and physically getting me to the top. Your very nuanced preparation about what to expect where and when both beforehand at a large scale and on the mountain itself yard by yard made a massive difference to me. You somehow managed to get a naturally cautious person who was feeling genuinely apprehensive to keep moving steadily up and down, particularly in the down stage when the adrenaline had run out along with my energy. Your technical skill (even to the inexperienced) is obvious but your blend of attention to safety and your willingness to explain what’s happening and what needs to be done and to involve me in the decision making, even under pressured circumstances, was exceptional. So chapeau to you!!

Climbing The Matterhorn via the Hornli Ridge with Dent Blanche & WEisshorn Beynd
Ascent Of The Matterhorn Hörnli Ridge

Ascent Of The Matterhorn Hörnli Ridge

Richard Flint, Matterhorn Training Programme & Ascent, Sept 2018
We had a great time. Jonny was excellent, very knowledgeable and good fun as well.
The altitude sickness was a good learning experience for me and reinforced the importance of good acclimatization.
I am looking forward to climbing with you again.
Regards,  Ken
Ken bracing for the fine steep scrambling and rock pitches on the ascent of the Aiguilles Marbrees with Jonny Baird leading the way.
Mont Blanc Training Weekend

Mont Blanc Training Weekend

Eoin & Ken, Mountaineering & Mont Blanc 'Without A Guide' Training, Sept 2018

We had a very active and enjoyable week and felt very lucky to have landed Robin as our guide (not sure he felt the same about us!)  Although we obviously didn’t get a crack at Dufour we had plenty of variety – all of which we were very happy with.   Our time on rock highlighted just how weak I am in my upper body and will look at improving on that between now and our next trip!!  We very much enjoyed Robin who obviously has a lot of experience and knows his ‘stuff’.  We would be very happy to be guided by him again.  The only minor disappointment was the lack of our promised ‘rest day’ although no doubt Robin will say we weren’t deserving of one!!

Steven, Andrew & Robin on the summit of the Allalinhorn having also climbed the Weissmies the day before.
Matterhorn Preparation Week

Matterhorn Preparation Week

Andrew Wills & Steven Seaton, Dufourspitze / Weissmies / Chamonix Mountaineering Week August 2018
Hi Rob, Just to let you know I had great weekend with Gavin. ‎On Saturday, having regard to the indifferent weather conditions, we did the Crochues Traverse – made more interesting given the wet rock.
Yesterday we climbed  Mani Puliti (5b) and in the afternoon we headed back down to the valley and did some climbing on a rock face near Chamonix ( I forget the name) where I managed my first lead.
Enormously enjoyable and satisfying weekend – many thanks to you and Gav‎, as always.
Kind regards, Austin.
Chamonix Rock Climbing In The Aiguilles Rouges. Photo Gav Pike
Chamonix Rock Climbing Guiding

Chamonix Rock Climbing Guiding

Austin Barham, 7th trip, Rock Climbing Private Guiding
Many thanks for a great week! Everything about the trip, from initial booking through to final peak, has been exceptional.  Stefano was an excellent guide who kept Carl and I going when we were close to running on empty. Sharing a coffee in margarita hut after that climb was a highlight and I’m already planning my next trip.
Another plus was sharing an evening meal with Christophe Profit at the Gniffeti hut.  You don’t get to do that everyday!

Descending the Ludwigshohe as part of the big summit day 4 on our 2018 course.
Lastly, by complete fluke our hotel overlooked the UTMB course so we have been able to sit on our balcony and enjoy some great racing.   Thanks again & see you next year, Andy
Monte Rosa Mountaineer Course

Monte Rosa Mountaineer Course

Andy Ross, Chamonix Mountaineering Build Up & Gressoney Monte Rosa Trip, Aug 2018
Just wanted so say thank you for a great week’s introduction to Alpine mountaineering.
I learnt so much from Stefano who was absolutely excellent. I’m also glad that my training paid off – Andy and I got to the Margarita hut without too much hassle and in a respectable time. I need to work a bit on my dodgy head for heights though (if that’s possible…). Stefano was great at pushing me when he knew that I was beginning to start bricking it!
Many thanks again for a great trip. Carl
The crossing of the Lisjoch, from Italy to Switzerland, on our 2018 Monte Rosa Mountaineer course.
Monte Rosa Mountaineer Course

Monte Rosa Mountaineer Course

Carl Stevenson, Chamonix Mountaineering & Monte Rosa Course, Aug 2018

‘I have climbed the Eiger’! I still cant believe it!
I decided to attempt the Eiger after successfully climbing the Matterhorn with ‘High Mountain Guides’  last summer  and being very happy with the service provided.
I have to say that Rob at ‘High Mountain Guides’ and Mike (my excellent guide) both did everything in their power to help me achieve my goal. When the weather and booked out huts threatened to put a spanner in the works, together these guys hatched a plan and with a few changes everything came together nicely.

Helen climbing the South Ridge of the Eiger en route to the summit. Monch & Jungfrau beyond.

I highly recommend High Mountain Guides. They will do their utmost to make your dreams come true!’

Climb The Eiger – Training & Ascent Guiding

Climb The Eiger – Training & Ascent Guiding

Helen Harris, Climbed the Matterhorn with us in 2017 and Eiger in 2018
I had a wonderful time and appreciate the work you put into getting the trip organized. We had a very diverse group of abilities and interesest, but I think we all got a lot out of the experience and were able to push ourselves while feeling safe the whole time. The equipment was great and I don’t think anyone had any problems with it.
Robin and Thor were both very capable guides. They had to do some re-evaluation of the plan once they got to know us and I think they made good decisions about what was doable. With my interest in plants I was hoping they would know a bit more about the living side of the alps, but I understand that was not their role.
If you want a more succinct soundbite: “Rob did a fantastic job of planning every detail of our trip and providing the highest quality guides and gear. I’d recommend High Mountain Guides to anyone who wants to get into the mountains with someone who knows what they’re doing!”
The Mont Blanc Massif from the Aiguilles Rouges across the Chamonix Valley
Max
Chamonix Private Guiding – Aiguilles Crochues & Entreves

Chamonix Private Guiding – Aiguilles Crochues & Entreves

Max Osterhaus, Chamonix Mountaineering Day & Hut Trip, August 2018
Just wanted to say a huge thank you for putting us in touch with Gav Pike, we all had a great time recently out exploring from the Torino Hut and we all had an incredible time!
It’s the second time I’ve booked though yourself and from start to finish it’s been fantastic. My sister in particular has grown so much in confidence since this trip and is raring to upskill and get back out there next year, and I’ve been motivated to sort out getting my ML course done here in the U.K..
Thanks so much Rob,  Warm wishes and have a great rest of the summer.
Louise & Team on the summit of the Aiguilles Marbrees with the Dent du Geant looming above…for next time!
Torino Hut Mountaineering & Vallee Blanche Traverse

Torino Hut Mountaineering & Vallee Blanche Traverse

Louise, Matt, Alison and Rob, Chamonix Alpine Training, August 2018

This was my forth trip with Rob and third time taking a group of school pupils with HMG. Each time, we tweek and improve the schedule and this year was no exception. With Rob’s eye for detail and thorough planning, the 12 pupils aged 14-18 all had a truly amazing experience including the Aiguille Tour,; harder routes on the Tete Blanche; Marbree ridge; Entreves traverse ; topping off the trip in the Cosmique Hut and routes on the Pt Lachenal; Cosmique Arete & Arete Laurence. A smashing 9 days with some great rock climbing at Les Contamines. I thoroughly recommend Rob for planning and guiding your adventure, whether it’s a gnarly North face or gentle glacier traverse. The guides that he employs are all first class professional mountaineers who interact well on a personal level too.

Jonny leads the Giggleswick School team back up to the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix
Chamonix Alpine Mountaineering School Group

Chamonix Alpine Mountaineering School Group

Chris Wright, Giggleswick School, 3rd Visit In July 2018

Steve was great; knew what he was doing, was patient and supportive, and great company. All in all it was a truly memorable couple of days.  As ever, the professionalism of you and your company make you my only choice when it comes to guiding. I’ve recommended you to other friends who have also used you/your guides and say the same thing.

Guide for Rock Climbing in North Wales
Climbing on the Grooved Arete, The Classic V.Diff on the East Face of Tryfan, Snowdonia. Photo, thanks to Steve Long. 

Thanks again for a great experience and look forward to having another adventure with you again soon.

Snowdonia Rock Climbing Guided Weekend

Snowdonia Rock Climbing Guided Weekend

Peter Little & David Edwards, July 2018
hello Rob
We summited Mont Blanc on the 24th July.
Thanks you for your wonderfull Mont Blanc training for us.
Vincent and Martha
Father & Daughter team alone on the summit of Mont Blanc. A fine ascent after lots of mountaineering & fitness training plus good acclimatisation. The way to do it!
Climb Mont Blanc Training

Climb Mont Blanc Training

Vincent & Martha, Chamonix Mountaineering & Mont Blanc Preparation, July 2018
We had an excellent time out with Gav, it was exactly what we needed. Gav really pushed us with the technical skills on day 1 and on the second day out which means we both feel much more confident about our ascent up SK.
We both had such a super time and Gav was brilliant.
Thank you again.
All the best, Megs & John
Glacier Trek to Col Marbrees, above Courmayeur
Stok Khangri Training / Chamonix Mountaineering

Stok Khangri Training / Chamonix Mountaineering

Megs & John Middleton, Chamonix Alpine Training, July 2018
It was great to finally meet you! We’ve had a fantastic time climbing with Shaun, he was an excellent guide, very experienced and also a great photographer!
Last few moves to the summit of the Aiguilles d’Entreves. Aiguille Noire beyond. Photo Shaun Hutson
Thank you so much for everything.  We had a great time and learned a lot from Shaun and Jonny.   I believe we shall come back for more climbing in the future.
Chamonix Mountaineering – Private Guiding

Chamonix Mountaineering – Private Guiding

Vincent & Martha Tinn, Chamonix Alpine Mountaineering & Weissmies Ascent, July 2018
Just checking in to say thanks for an amazing trip. It was great having Neil as a guide and am really pleased to have done such an interesting and varied programme that worked so well around the forecast.
Best
Tim
Tim enjoying the climbing on the ascent of the East Ridge of Monte Viso. Photo Neil Mackay
Climb The Eiger Course

Climb The Eiger Course

Tim Williams, Chamonix Mountaineering, Eiger / Monte Viso Ascent, July 2018
Just a quick thank you for organising the last couple of days. I have had a great time with Gav, who has been excellent, in not only guiding the days but in providing advice, instruction and inspiration for future trips.
I am already looking forward to my next Alps trip!
Kind regards
Joe
Mid summer conditions high on the Cosmiques Arete, Photo Gav Pike
Cosmiques Arete & Aiguille d’Entreves Ascents

Cosmiques Arete & Aiguille d’Entreves Ascents

Joe Grainger, Chamonix Private Guiding, July 2018
Hi Rob,
Thanks for a great day in the mountains! I really enjoyed it – much thank to a professional guide and good talks. I´ll Get in contact the next time i come down here – to plan a trip in the bigger mountains.
BR Rune H.
Chamonix Rock Climbing With Mont Blanc Beyond
Le Brevent – Chamonix – Rock Climbing

Le Brevent – Chamonix – Rock Climbing

Rune Hardersen, Rock Climbing at Planpraz, Chamonix, June 2018

Thanks for the experience, Tim and Thor were absolutely fabulous. It was definitely a much more enjoyable experience than my first trip up, must have been the great company…. For some reason I am a bit jaded this week.

I would just like to concur what John has said and express my thanks to Tim and Thor for making the trip a fantastic experience. When the planets align in the solar system and the wife grants it, I would really like to attempt to climb the Matterhorn!

Mont Blanc Summit Guide
Team Shrewsbury Pompiers On The Summit Of Mont Blanc. Good conditions in late June 2018

Thanks Rob an absolutely superb week in the cracking company of Tim and Thor!

Climb Mont Blanc & Weissmeis

Climb Mont Blanc & Weissmeis

John Harrisson, Damian Kinney & Jon Temple, June 2018

It was a great week! Huge thanks for Jonny for his amazing guiding during the week. I not only learnt a ton of new information through his expert instruction, but received a ton of great suggestions for other places to explore and build on going forward from the course. Plus, he was a brilliant leader making each day fun and enjoyable as well, and catered wonderfully to each member of our group’s skill sets and what we wanted to get out of the course. I’m stoked to build on what I learned during the week. Thanks Jonny!

Mer de Glace Mountaineering Training
Liz enjoying the ice climbing training on the Alpine Intro course in Chamonix, June 2018
Chamonix Intro Alpine Mountaineering

Chamonix Intro Alpine Mountaineering

Liz Gill, 5 Day Intro Alpine Course, June 2015

Wow, that was amazing. Climbing with Jon and Paul at Le Servoz and Vallorcine was a thoroughly enjoyable, educational awesome experience for me. I not only enjoyed the climbing, but also the conversation during dejeuner apres the climbing. Just incredible what they have accomplished !  I will have to see the films Everest (about the 4th time) again and  The Wildest Dream.

You could not have selected better instructor/ guides. It was a privilege and honor to be with them. If I have the chance to return to Chamonix…and if I can somehow get beyond the 5.4 level, I would so much like to climb with them again.

Job well done, Rob !  Your company, your guides, your integrity are awesome.

Chamonix rock climbing guide
Guillaume abseiling training at Servoz crag with the Fiz Range beyond, as part of a Chamonix Intro Rock Climbing day

 

TOTALLY AWESOME GUIDES AND CHAMONIX CLIMBING

TOTALLY AWESOME GUIDES AND CHAMONIX CLIMBING

Guillaume Krudener, Chamonix Intro Rock Climbing, June 2018
It was disappointing not to have done Mont Blanc bearing in mind we had been working towards it for a while, and conditions for making the summit seemed good.  But we simply needed more time to acclimatise, so it was a sensible decision.  Gran Paradiso was our first 4000m peak so that felt like an achievement in any case.
The climbing with Twid was fantastic. He’s a legend. And we learnt a great deal about trad climbing. We’re already planning a climbing trip to Wales….and we just remortgaged the house to buy a trad rack 🙂
Les Contamines Rock Climbing
Lead climbing coaching in Les Contamines with Trad Legend Twid Turner.
Chamonix Rock Climbing & Gran Paradiso Ascent

Chamonix Rock Climbing & Gran Paradiso Ascent

Rebecca & Cliff, Chamonix Rock Climbing & Mont Blanc, June 2018
James and I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the course. Johnny was a fantastic guide and we learnt a huge amount over the 5 days. We’d definitely recommend the Chamonix intro alpine course and Johnny to other people.
Please let him know that we’ve now based ourselves in La Clusaz for a few days to enjoy the cycling, climbing and hiking opportunities as per one of his many very handy recommendations.

All the best, Emma and James.

Swiss Alpine Mountaineering Guide
Climbing The Pigne d’Arolla on our June 2018 Chamonix Alpine Intro Course
Chamonix Intro Alpine Mountaineering Course

Chamonix Intro Alpine Mountaineering Course

Emma & James, June 2018
We thoroughly enjoyed the course and found the Guides to be very knowledgable and generally struck a good balance between urgency and rest stops.  We found the huts to be great and despite being unplanned, the camping at Tete Rousse to be fine.
We will definitely use you guys again in the future.
All the best, Mark Moore
Mont Blanc
Very high on the ascent of the Bosses Ridge – Near the summit of Mont Blanc. Great conditions (and a very wide track!) mid June 2018
Climb Mont Blanc – June 2018

Climb Mont Blanc – June 2018

Mark Moore, Climb Mt Blanc, 6 day Course With Gran Paradiso

Absolutely loved the Gran Paradiso course, I’m back home in Essex now sitting reminiscing looking at the photos reflecting on an amazing 3 days in the mountains with a fantastic group of like-minded fellow mountain addicts, It has been a dream of mine to climb Gran Paradiso for many years now and I have achieved that and so much more

We had perfect weather and snow conditions and Jonny was a fantastic guide really couldn’t have asked for better, I learnt so much from him over the course of the 3 days and he done a brilliant job of guiding us safely throughout, looking forward to climbing with Jonny and the rest of the your team again in the future.  Paul.

Glacier Travel Chamonix Walk
Gran Paradiso Team In Training On The Col du Geant, Glacier Trekking & Scrambling

I had a great time on the course, it was well planned and provided a great base to build on for future expeditions.  Craig.

Climb Gran Paradiso 3 Day Course

Climb Gran Paradiso 3 Day Course

Paul Moore & Craig O'Leary, June 2018

Thank you Rob and everyone at High Mountain Guides. Patrick and I SO delighted to reach top of Gran Paradiso and almost the top of Mont Blanc (first attempt – we’ll be back!).

You are clearly a very professional outfit and I have so appreciated your listening ear, good honest advice and all support. Excellent – thank you, Damian Hall

Patrick, Damian & Paul on the Gran Paradiso Summit, June 2018
Gran Paradiso & (Almost) Mont Blanc!

Gran Paradiso & (Almost) Mont Blanc!

Damian & Patrick Hall
The course was extremely informative, and Dylan was not only great guide in transferring lots of the knowledge, but absolutely great company to be in.  Very patient and engaging, and greatly attuned to the group, I absolutely enjoyed every moment. On third day we climbed quite interesting and exposed ridge, and I valued a lot that Dylan guided us, as otherwise, I would perhaps never attempt to climb such areas.  It was rather unfortunate that three days were not longer. For the first time I got detailed explanation on various aspects of climbing, rope techniques, and crevasse rescue, and I feel now that my base knowledge is much more solid so I can work on getting more experience.  Doris.
Classic PD- alpine terrain on the easier section of the Aiguille d’Entreves, after a good glacier journey from Rifugio Torino

Had a excellent time with the situations given to us with weather and the mont blanc tunnel being closed. All the credit goes to dylan who made the experiance something to remember. A credit to your company. Im now looking foward to put all my learning into practice.

Thanks. Ben…
3 Day Chamonix Alpine Intro

3 Day Chamonix Alpine Intro

Doris & Ben, Early June 2018

With my 60th birthday fast approaching I wanted to tackle an interesting, yet achievable, peak. The Gran Paradiso fitted the bill and private guiding with Rob Jarvis delivered in every respect. The first day was a reminder of the limitations altitude can place on the unacclimatised body; a small price to pay for a gentle journey from the Skyway lift to the Aiguille d’Entrèves (3,604m).

Day Two was something of a revelation, some very enjoyable roped scrambling in the Chamonix Valley gave me the confidence I needed for the short but exposed summit ridge on the Gran Paradiso.

A night in the welcoming and superbly appointed Refugio Chabod preceded a dawn start on a sustained but not technical climb. Plenty of soft snow made it hard going – for me –  but otherwise the conditions were excellent. We had the summit, uncharacteristically, to ourselves. The return found the snow slushy and very heavy going. As usual, and thankfully, Rob retained his patient professional demeanour, with the walk below the snow line a delight amidst pine forest and wild flowers.

John on the summit ridge of Gran Paradiso in detiorating weather and lots of snow, early June 2018

A thoroughly enjoyable three days – to be recommended to anybody who fancies a 4,000m peak.

Gran Paradiso Ascent

Gran Paradiso Ascent

John Spencer, 3 Day Private Guiding, Early June 2018

Hi Rob. Back 10 days now and only just feeling normal again. But just wanted to say, without my trips to chamonix, I would never have made it. All rope work from Camp one onwards and coming down a lot of smooth blue ice. If I had not gained that experience I would have never made it up because I would have been too scared of coming down !!!

Training for the Himalaya Course In Chamonix
Sheena Climbs Cho Oyu 8188m. Congratulations. Training. Is. Performance Enhancing!
It was the hardest thing I have ever done and 10 times harder than I had expected !!
Training – An Amazing few days with High mountain guides training for Cho Oyu. Lots technical information received And, as requested, pushed to physical limits on Le Buet (trail-breaking!). Loved every minute of it and always felt safe. Thank you Rob, This was exactly what I was looking for.
Cho Oyu Training & Summit!

Cho Oyu Training & Summit!

Sheena West, Expedition Training In Chamonix & Summit May 2018
I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and was pleased with what I achieved. James is an excellent teacher and guide and most importantly I felt completely safe which has improved my confidence and encouraged me to continue. I consider myself very lucky to have had a one on one experience. Thank you and please pass on my thanks to James, and also Matt who was equally encouraging and knowledgeable.  Both made the whole experience really positive and enjoyable.
Matterhorn Training with superb scrambling in the Ogwen Valley, Snowdonia. Photo Matt Stygall
I’d like to progress further and to have some clear goals along a path of progression with a view to undertaking the Matterhorn next year….
Matterhorn Training Weekend In Snowdonia

Matterhorn Training Weekend In Snowdonia

Debi Gould, May 2018
Thank you for your email and the feedback : ) It was a wonderful weekend and I feel I have learnt lots! I would definitely be interested in continuing and learning more technical skills and doing more technical climbs. I think you guys have given me the mountain bug: ). I will definitely update you re Mont Blanc. Have a wonderful week.  (See Below)
Mont Blanc Guide
Raina descending Mont Blanc after her successful summit climb in early June 2018, after a couple of productive Mont Blanc training weekends with us in May 2018. Training is indeed performance enhancing!
Early June 2018 Update – Just to let you know all went well last weekend : ) a picture on the way down. Will be in touch for Matterhorn training : )
Congratulations Raina & well done on both the great efforts in Mont Blanc training and a fine summit climb.
Mont Blanc Training Weekend

Mont Blanc Training Weekend

Raina Lal, Chamonix Mont-Blanc-Training Weekend, May 2018
Really glad that we did have those early starts though since the easier days when we started later were actually pretty hard work under that mid morning/midday sun. Now I have an idea of how strong the sun is here in May I will never object to early starts again!
It was a great week, even though the weather went a bit mixed towards the end and we couldn’t do either the Dom or the Dufourspitze, but I am pretty used to having to switch plans to work around the weather, so it wasn’t entirely unexpected! I really enjoyed the booting up/down the Tour Ronde anyway, so it was a nice finish.  Thanks again for the hard work trail breaking and trip planning both in advance and during the week.
Late Spring Ski Descent Of Mont Buet, Great ski mountaineering conditions in mid May 2018
Keep me up to date if you get any more enquiries from other people wanting to do something similar!  Any takers for some more spring ski mountaineering summits next year – Ski Bernese Oberland perhaps!?
Spring Ski Mountaineering Summits Course

Spring Ski Mountaineering Summits Course

Hannah Vickers, May 2018

First, thank you thank you so much for taking the brief to help me prepare to climb Mt Toubkal and for arranging such a great weekend! Thank you for all the research and planning that went into the two days before we arrived to provide an experience of altitude and an ascent. We really appreciated the early morning debrief in a café and time to sort out the kit before we started each day.  The clear professionalism of your approach and ability to adapt to the changing weather conditions engendered great confidence. I am now back at my desk and reflecting on what we have done. The two days were so different – I find it hard to believe I have trekked at altitude across a glacier in awe inspiring conditions and experienced the rockier pathways above the tree line. I now have a real sense of what to expect and how to manage myself.  It has been a hugely exciting and very memorable two days!

Chamonix Mountaineering Training Course
Mountaineering From The Skyway Monte Bianco Lift As Part Of A Toubkal Training Weekend

Many thanks again for such a fantastic weekend and I would love to do more again.

Jbel Toubkal (4167m) Training In Chamonix

Jbel Toubkal (4167m) Training In Chamonix

Caroline & Tove, Chamonix Mountaineering & Mountain Walking, May 2018

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for what we now refer to as our ‘second best week skiing ever’ (the best week will always be the first week we learnt to ski!) We took some convincing to sign up as we weren’t sure about spending so much on a week of lessons but I’m so glad Fran convinced us as the course has given us so much new knowledge and skills that our ski holidays from now on are going to be completely different.

On the Saturday after the course we skied together and had a chance to put our route finding skills into practice. It was fantastic to be able to assess the conditions, look for the best snow and consider the safety of the bit of off piste we were looking at doing. To top it off we skied it with a new found style and confidence. I don’t have any constructive feedback as I wouldn’t have changed a thing.  Hope to see you both again on another course maybe…

Off Piste & Mountain Skills Team Touring Above The Val Veny, Courmayeur, March 2018
Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills Course

Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills Course

Alex Cooper, Classic Course In Chamonix, March 2018
Just wanted to say that the weekend lived up to all expectations. The location And scenery was stunning especially on Saturday on  Ben Nevis. Sunday on Stob Ban was  completely opposite with the wet weather but contributed to giving a real experience of the highlands and how quickly it can change.
Jonathan was great company and his experience and guidance were welcomed and added to the overall training, please pass on my appreciation. Loving the work on the snow with the crampons and the scrambling and rope work.
I have come back with a taste for more and will spend the next week considering plans for the future to continue my mountaineering journey, perhaps a trip in the Alps will be next. I will let you know when I have made a decision.  Finally thank you for the well organised trip from start to finish you have been always there to answer questions which helped with my planning and preparation.
Mont Blanc Training Weekned
Superb mountaineering position approaching the Carn Mor Dearg Arete On Ben Nevis
Scottish Highlands Mont Blanc Training Weekend

Scottish Highlands Mont Blanc Training Weekend

Carlo Stocchetti, Fort William Mont Blanc Training, April 2018
Thanks again for a truly incredible week – it’s safe to say we are still both buzzing! Saturday night and Sunday morning were spent eating the majority of the patisserie in Chamonix whilst trying to fully absorb and recount everything we learnt over the course of the week.  I’ve just downloaded the photos – they are brilliant and an amazing momentum of the week. Thank you so much.
Although very briefly disappointed to not be going for Plan A due to sentimental reasons, your forewarning, honestly and knowledge (and general weather guru-ness!) made sure that there was never a moment I doubted we were going to have an amazing week. The variation of each day and skiing was superb and I think we both felt you pushed us the perfect amount. For me, the Balmhorn was a particular highlight – although I loved it all! On top of this was the amount we learnt – in a way not being able to go ahead with the original agenda taught us far more about how to plan, gather information and safely continue on our adventures. I have no doubt this will be invaluable for the future.
I’ll make sure we stay in touch, both Tom and I feel there is a lot more we would like to learn in the future and we’d be keen for more alpine and ski mountaineering adventures! In the meantime, I hope you finally get to enjoy some spring conditions!
Hetty and Tom entering the fine steep couloir ski descent from just above the Lammeren Hut to Lammerenalp, April 2018
Ski Mountaineering Haute Route / Aosta / West Oberland

Ski Mountaineering Haute Route / Aosta / West Oberland

Hetty & Tom, Ski Mountaineering Week In The Swiss / Italian & French Alps, April 2018

Rob and high mountain guides played an instrumental part in my planning for skiing the Haute Route this year. I had not done any ski touring prior to this year, so the Haute Route was always going to be a challenge, therefor it was very important to me to get in as much training and familiarity as possible. Early on in our communication, Rob and I planned a couple of courses to make sure I’d get in enough training for the Haute route, from an intro weekend, to a 5 day intro week with an overnight in an mountain hut night and high mountain touring. I also wanted to focus on mountaineering as it features fairly regularly on the haute route, so Rob and I planned an additional weekend practicing mountaineering skills, which I was very grateful for, even though the weather was a complete white out. We were rewarded with a fun powder day in Italy on the last day though. 🙂

Rob’s communication, planning and attention to detail is second to none and my time with High Mountain Guides during this winter was invaluable. I’ m already looking at booking more courses with them for next year and I’ve definitely been bitten by the ski touring bug.

Jen descending the Aiguille du Midi snow ridge as part of crampon and mountaineering training for the Haute Route in April 2018
Winter / Spring 2018 Ski Haute Route Training

Winter / Spring 2018 Ski Haute Route Training

Jen Kingwill, Intro & Intermediate Ski Touring & Haute Route Training, Jan-March 2018
Rob,
Just returned home from Chamonix. Great weekend with Gav – mountaineering and rock climbing. I enjoyed every minute.
Thanks and regards
Austin.
(Austin’s 7th weekend alpine mountaineering and rock climbing with us in Chamonix & Snowdonia
Chamonix Mountaineering Guide
Austin enjoying quiet and wintery conditions on the Cosmiques Arete in mid April 2018. Photo Gav Pike
Chamonix Spring Rock Climbing & Mountaineering Weekend

Chamonix Spring Rock Climbing & Mountaineering Weekend

Austin Barham

 

We finally arrived home late last night after a brilliant few days of
skiing in Chamonix. We felt incredibly lucky to have managed a brief
trip to the mountains and some excellent time exploring the
backcountry with you.

The two days contained just the right combination of travel, ascent, skiing and adventure for us.

Thank you Miles for such a fantastic time, and thank you Rob for your help in organising it all.

Chamonix Ski Guiding
Tom & Rowan ski touring in late winter above the Chamonix Valley.
Chamonix Ski Touring Weekend

Chamonix Ski Touring Weekend

Tom and Rowan, March 2018
Dear Rob and Tim, just a brief email to thank you both for the guiding last week.
Whilst the conditions conspired against high mountain adventures, you both provided a really well tailored set of experiences that were great fun, safe but adventurous where possible and very educational. I know Ian and Chris both enjoyed the two days together we had together with Tim and I certainly enjoyed my two days before that with both of you.
Many thanks indeed for your time and efforts in putting this together, it is really appreciated.  Best wishes, Simon
Courmayeur Ski Guide
Simon enjoying the deep powder in Courmayeur, great skiing and conditions in mid March 2018
Chamonix & Val d’Aosta Ski Mountaineering

Chamonix & Val d’Aosta Ski Mountaineering

Simon Evans, Chris & Ian, March 2018

Thanks again for a great couple of days. Enjoyed both days and felt I learnt a lot – especially on the first day( even with me having my altitude moment 😉) and yesterday’s skiing was a lot of fun! thanks again for organising all the other trips too – it’s been invaluable!

Hope the rest of the season goes well for you. Jen

Haute Route Ski Training Weekend
Chamonix Aiguille du Midi snow ridge ascent
Chamonix Ski Haute Route Training

Chamonix Ski Haute Route Training

Jen Kingwill, Jan, Feb & March 2018

Hi Rob / Alison,

Thanks you so much for your fabulous photos, AND more importantly your great tuition/guiding during the week.  I enjoyed the course and thankfully have another week in Val Thorens in a couple of weeks to further practice my technique / mountain awareness.
Thanks for everything and hope too see you again someday.
Ski Touring Course Chamonix
Chamonix off piste & ski mountain skills course on intro touring journey for fresh tracks, just over the Swiss border at the Eastern End of the Chamonix Valley
Chamonix Off Piste & Ski Touring Course

Chamonix Off Piste & Ski Touring Course

Alastair, Classic Course Feb 2018

Pleasure to receive your email and the photos. Really good photos there, thank you for taking the effort and time to take them.  I really enjoyed the course and I think our team really had a good atmosphere, I felt if in need people would look after me and that is a good feeling when you are in the mountains. Many thanks to both you and Alison for creating that special and fun atmosphere,  I learned a lot, got to the places where I never imagined being and I am very happy I could be part of it. It really was a pleasure and an unique experience.  Ski touring really does open a whole new path to many adventures. I am also thankful you recommended Ski Breezy to me, such a great place to stay in Chamonix. I hope to take part in the future courses and trips as well.  Happy skiing, Karen

Ski touring above the Argentiere Glacier en route to the Col du Tour Noire
Chamonix Off Piste & Ski Mountain Skills

Chamonix Off Piste & Ski Mountain Skills

Karen Tikenburg, Classic Course, Feb 2018

This was my first ski trekking adventure and I could not be happier with the experience.  Just brilliant. Kathy our guide was so helpful, kind, great fun and passionately informative.  The agenda was also adapted based on the weather so that we filled the two days just perfectly to optimise time skiing back country, trekking, learning skills.  If you are thinking of doing this – just do it.  Thanks Rob and Kathy.

Intro Ski Touring Team In The Vallee Blanche
Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Weekend Team – Getting Back To Chamonix From Italy, Via The Vallée Blanche!
Val Feret & Vallée Blanche Intro Ski Touring Weekend

Val Feret & Vallée Blanche Intro Ski Touring Weekend

Gareth Kaminski-Cook, February 2018

What a great way to end our holiday! After more than a week of skiing in and around Chamonix the weather finally came good and we were able to fulfil a long-held ambition of taking on the Vallée Blanche. Despite some crusty snow high up the ‘easy’ route from the top of the Hellbronner lift was a delight, with astonishing views. For the most part the skiing is straightforward, but for the likes of us that is only possible with an accomplished guide. We’ve skied with Rob many times and he knows our limits (which are comparatively modest). As a result, we had a splendid day surrounded by breath-taking scenery. Rob has the great ability to instil absolute confidence while making the whole experience fun and informative – the mark of a true professional.

The easiest way to ski the Vallee Blanche!
John & Jean at Punta Hellbronner about to ski the Vallee Blanche

 

Ski Vallée Blanche Descent From Italy, February 2018

Ski Vallée Blanche Descent From Italy, February 2018

John and Jean Spencer

Just back from a great trip to the Chamonix Valley, including three terrific days of ski-touring with High Mountain Guides. Two of the days involved stand-out tours, one of the Aiguilles Rouges, including the classic Crochues Berade traverse. A couple of days later we stuck with the powder and found some great velvet turns high under the North Face of Les Droites having traversed in from the Grands Montets top station. The intervening day was taken up with a demanding but equally rewarding Vallée Blanche tour, beginning at the Midi station, travelling over to the Hellbronner mid-station and down into Chamonix from there. I’ve climbed and skied with Rob often over nearly 10 years and every time it has been excellent.

[Thanks Tom – Here’s to another 10 years, Ed!]

Skiing on the north side of the Col de Brevent, Chamonix Aiguilles Rouges
Advanced Intro To Ski Touring In Chamonix, Feb 2018

Advanced Intro To Ski Touring In Chamonix, Feb 2018

Tom Spencer
 Hi Rob,

I think we can safely say the group had a great day! The perfect weather and experience generally made up for the  variable snow conditions and when in the mountains you have to take what’s given to you.

Gavin was a great guide, source of information about the mountains/area and really looked after us (e.g. picking us up from our accommodation and dropping us back off). We had the feeling we were in very safe hands and from my perspective safety is the reason for paying for a guide.
Regards, Adam
Off Piste Skiing In The Vallee Blanche Chamonix
Grippy chalky hard pack snow in the combe Vierge on the Italian side of the Vallee Blanche. Photo Gav Pike
Vallée Blanche Guided Ski Touring Day, Feb 2018

Vallée Blanche Guided Ski Touring Day, Feb 2018

Adam Casey & Team
Just to let you know what a fantastic week I ( and I am sure we ) had last week. Your attention to detail and your personal touch made a really great course with plenty of information. I can honestly say it was the best ( and hardest ) weeks skiing I have ever had.
Kenny is a great guide and teacher , his personality and people management skills show through in all he does. It goes without saying he is an accomplished mountaineer and skier whose passion and drive seeps down to his clients.
Currently back in the UK wondering where the mountains have gone. Will be keeping an eye out for another course or trip with yourselves.  Best of luck with the rest of the season.
Ski Guiding The Vallee Blanche Chamonix
Ski Crevasse Valley In The Vallee Blanche Chamonix
Intro Ski Touring Week, Chamonix Feb 2018

Intro Ski Touring Week, Chamonix Feb 2018

Brett Webster
On the way to the airport now after a great week! I had a wonderful week – the itinerary choice for each day was great, with Kenny finding good snow for us most days. Kenny was excellent  – lots of little tips along the way and sharing his mountain /snow knowledge throughout the week. I’m looking forward to the next course in March. Jen.
Ski Touring Italian Val Feret
Chamonix Intro ski touring course on our overnight hut tour via the lovely Rifugio Bonatti in the beautiful Val Feret

I just wanted to thank you all for the AMAZING week I had. It really motivated me to keep learning and training. Kenny’s tips and suggestions have really helped me realise what I have to work on from now onwards, and have also helped for this week to be so nice!  I really enjoyed sharing this experience with Jenn and Brett, it was a really nice group. Gaby

Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Week, Feb 2018

Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Week, Feb 2018

Jen Kingwill & Gabriela Fedullo

Dear Rob,

A brief note of thanks for this week. It’s the best week’s skiing I’ve had. It was a great help to understand why we were doing and not doing certain things and how to minimise risk and maximise the potential for good skiing.
Your new website is looking good. I’ll recommend the course and your guidance to those who’d appreciate them.
All the best, Toby.
Chamonix Off Piste & Ski Mountain Skills course in the Vallee Blanche, great conditions in Jan 2018
Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills Classic Course, Jan 2018

Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills Classic Course, Jan 2018

Toby Bishop

Hi Rob

Thanks for a great day and  pics!

Geir, lovelie (!) to meet you. Hope to ski with you again.

Br, Olav

Ski Touring On The Prarion, Les Houches, Chamonix Valley

Dear both, great to meet you and ski with you, had such a lovelie (!) time.

Thanks again for a super trip, and the photos. Will check out the link for the courses Rob.
Until next time. Warm Regards, Geir
Les Houches Off Piste & Micro Ski Touring Day, Jan 2018

Les Houches Off Piste & Micro Ski Touring Day, Jan 2018

Olav & Geir
Great skiing yesterday – thanks for a wonderful day! Received the we transfer file too – many thanks! Jen

Rob, Gav, Many thanks for organising Saturday for us, we really enjoyed the day and Gav was excellent. Paul


The day was great, I found it particularly useful being a complete new comer to ski touring. I’ll certainly look to get involved in some more days / courses touring when I get the chance and will of course look you up.  Just a word on Gav. His knowledge was excellent and he gave some really useful feedback about our technique and and back country safety. David
Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Weekend Team – Day Tour on Punta Croce, Val d’Aosta
Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Weekend, Jan 2018

Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Weekend, Jan 2018

Jen Kingwill, Paul Ledger & David Ashmore
Owen was fantastic. Cannot say enough good things about him. Excellent guide and I felt the climbs we got on we’re the right difficulty and what I was looking for. He pushed me to climb harder at times which I very much appreciated! Will send photos shortly. Overall I am very happy with my experience with High Mountain Guides and the guiding with Owen.  Thank you very much
Philip
Phil enjoying the steep green Ice near the Mauvoisin dam, Swiss Valais Alps
Cascade Ice Climbing, December 2017

Cascade Ice Climbing, December 2017

Phil Green

Thanks Rob, Got the photo’s – beautiful. What amazing weather ! just hope the snow comes now.

An Amazing few days with High mountain guides training for my 8000 metre peak challenge. Lots of technical information received and as requested pushed to my limits on Le Mont Buet. Loved every minute and always felt safe. Thankyou Rob, It was exactly what I was looking for and really pleased I have the next two trips booked.
In touch soon, Sheena
Sheena in soft snow on the early winter ascent of Mont Buet, Aiguilles Rouges, Chamonix
Chamonix Autumn Expedition Training, Nov 2017

Chamonix Autumn Expedition Training, Nov 2017

Sheena West
Seriously, thanks very much for the guiding and company over the last few days, it’s great to spend time in the mountains with someone who really knows his stuff – it’s a magical area and I’m definitely up for going back to have a go at getting to the top – after a lot of ‘bull’s eye’ training. Those weekends next spring sound good and as you say maybe even a trip to Chamonix.
“Great trip to Zermatt with Rob Jarvis in preparation for a future go at the Matterhorn. Rob’s accumulated experience gained from guiding all over the world makes being in the mountains challenging, safe and a great laugh. A real professional with a low key approach who wants you to learn and get to your goal.”
All the best.  Richard
A fine narrow snow ridge traverse heading East along the Breithorn summit ridge.
Matterhorn Exploratory Trip, Zermatt, Oct 1-3 2017

Matterhorn Exploratory Trip, Zermatt, Oct 1-3 2017

Richard Flint

Hi Rob!

Thanks for the last few days, great fun and I look forward to return to the alps soon. Phil has shared some of the great photos you took on the trip so thanks again for these. I am sure Stefano also took some photos yesterday too so if you could kindly ask him to forward them to me that would be great!
Thanks
J
Autumnal mountaineering traverse of the Vallee Blanche in good but chilly & windy weather and with lots of crevasses!
Rifugio Torino, Pt Lachenal & Autumnal Vallee Blanche Traverse, October 2017

Rifugio Torino, Pt Lachenal & Autumnal Vallee Blanche Traverse, October 2017

Jonathan Storry Deans

Rob, thanks for this. I felt that the course gave me a good introduction to the Alpine scene and I enjoyed it. Our guide Kenny was excellent. As well as the very good technical instruction that he gave, he also passed on lots of useful tips and was also a very nice guy to be out with.

Regards, Robert
Intro mountaineering & glacier travel session on the Tour Glacier below the Albert Premier Hut, Chamonix Valley beyond.

Hi Rob,

My week in Chamonix was a great experience. I learnt a great deal and thoroughly enjoyed the week. Kenny was an excellent guide and mentor, as well as being great company.  Many thanks for a great week in the mountains and I’m sure I’ll be signing up for another trip soon!

Kind regards, Ian

Chamonix Intro Alpine Course 11-13 September 2017

Robert Vale & Ian Nunn

Hi Rob

I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. It was good fun. We were fortunate with the weather. Although in cloud on the summit, it cleared on the descent and Kevin’s  photo on the summit came out despite the cold (photos attached). The via ferrata next day was a good alternative to the high winds forecast for the heights & our tired knees.

Best Regards

Nigel

Descent from the Weissmies South Ridge and a long day for the team in Sept 2017
Weissmies – Allalinhorn Private Guiding, September 2017

Weissmies – Allalinhorn Private Guiding, September 2017

Nigel Riley
Hi Rob,
Just an email to say thank you. I had a great weekend. Gavin selected two climbs that were perfect and provided me with a real challenge. I am hopefully a better climber than when I left England on Friday!
Thanks and regards
Austin
Austing Enjoying The Dry Rock Climbing (Pouring With Rain In Chamonix!) At The Brilliant Multi Pitch Crag Of Machaby In The Lower Val d’Aosta. Photo Gav Pike

Chamonix – Aosta Rock Climbing, Sept 2017

Austin Barham
Hey Rob,
Just wanted to say thank you and let you know that we had a phenomenal time this week with Dylan. He was a phenomenal guide- professional, incredibly safe, and ensured we had a great time when our original itinerary had to change. We’d highly recommend high mountain guides and specifically Dylan to anyone who asked. Hope to come back soon!
Debbie & Rachael
High On The Autumn Ascent Of Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc Ascent September 2017

Debbie & Rachael

Hey Rob,

Just wanted to say thank you for my week here and the expertise that I have been privy to whilst in Chamonix.

Despite finding the glacier work tricky, I have thoroughly enjoyed my final few days  climbing with Robbie. His patience, humour, empathy  and amazing skill has meant  I have progressed from complete beginner outside, to doing a 5b, in 48 hours!

The way you have liaised with me over many months has been superb and I have never felt unsupported by your company or left with unanswered questions.

I will be looking to do some more rock climbing next spring (hopefully with Robbie!) so will be in touch,

Many thanks and best wishes,

Anna

 

Chamonix Alpine & Rock Climbing Sept 2017

Anna Wilkin
Just wanted to say I really enjoyed the Weismass trip and Robin was a very good and friendly guide. He let us do some sport climbing on the first day putting up ropes for us. Also performed some excellent navigation to come down from Alallinhorn summit when the clouds came in and visibility was extremely low. For the rest of the time he was happy to answer our questions and give advice and always made sure we were not being pushed too far.
Thank you, Richard

It was a really great couple of days and Robin was excellent. It was good doing the south ridge ascent and decent of the Weissmies in tougher conditions, enjoyable and sustained scrambling topped off with low visibility summit ridge was so cool. The Allalinhorn was awesome with the glacial features, bridges etc and the snow slopes were a nice contrast to the scrambling of the previous day.

Best Regards,  Ben

Dawn Arrives with views over the Italian lake district on the ascent of the Weissmies South Ridge

Weissmies Course, 11-13th Sept 2017

Richard Miles & Ben Stevens
Hi Rob
It was wonderful! Got lots of climbs in and learnt some new skills along the way. Jeff was great -very friendly and patient.
Cheers,
Michelle
Michelle enjoying the sunny Italian rock climbing in Val Grisenche instead of a wet Mont Blanc Range!
Chamonix Rock Climbing – Private Guiding Day Sept 2017

Chamonix Rock Climbing – Private Guiding Day Sept 2017

Michelle Fan

The Wales Matterhorn preparation 2 days was a great introduction to the type of climbing and movement required to have a successful Matterhorn trip and I would recommend it to anyone who is thinking of going for the big one.  This was followed by a specific training period out in Chamonix, before and during Rob and his team could not have been more helpful, all ending up with a successful and enjoyable summit and return.  As a result of the challenge, support and fun I have had I am now busy planning next years adventure….

Sarah in training for the Matterhorn with a tough ascent of the Dent du Geant. Photo Ben Bradford

Matterhorn Training UK Weekend & Zermatt Ascent!

Sarah Rowell
Just wanted to say how fantastic the August 3 day Gran Paradiso trip was, despite me now nursing pretty unsightly feet it was well worth it!
I had a real laugh but as I’d hoped, learnt practical alpine skills as well as about myself and my own capabilities. I was lucky to have such an excellent team and felt safe and supported at all times with Jonny, who was so patient and tolerant when I was having some doubts and having my own Type III fun! I have had such a great time and will definitely be back….(maybe when my toe nails grow back?!:)
THANK YOU!
Lou
Team Ascent Of The Gran Paradiso, Italian Alps
Gran Paradiso Course, Aug 2017

Gran Paradiso Course, Aug 2017

Lou Harris

It’s been really worthwhile, and many thanks to Jon. He’s a great teacher. The days up the midi were invaluable and thoroughly enjoyable. I feel so much better prepared to start touring and have a wealth of new skills to work on. Really fantastic! Today I discovered that I absolutely hate rock climbing, which in itself is no bad thing. I’ve never been great with heights, but I wasn’t expecting to feel that freaked out! I was gripping on like a limpet! But john was great. Can’t say as id ever like to set foot on rock again, but I  survived, got humbled, learnt about myself, and ultimately figured out how to (just about) get control of my fear to get the job done…. That might one day prove to be the most valuable thing I picked up. So seriously, many thanks.

Take care, Jeremy.

Spectacular snowy ridge mountaineering along the Midi – Plan Arete above Chamonix
August Mountaineering – Chamonix Private Guiding

August Mountaineering – Chamonix Private Guiding

Jeremy Miles
With apologies for the delay, here are some photos  from our trip up Mt. B back in June. Hopefully your summers are going well and that you have some adventures of your own planned for the near future. Thanks again for making our trip such a success and maybe we can do something else together next year.
Regards, Andrew
Andrew & Steven in training for Mont Blanc at Punta Hellbronner, on the Italian side of the Vallee Blanche
Mont Blanc 10-14 June 2017

Mont Blanc 10-14 June 2017

Steven & Andrew Wills
Illari moving well rock climbing in the Aiguilles Rouges above the Chamonix Valley
Yesterday was spent at La Fayet crags, learning about anchors, climbing some 5b/5c slabs to get more comfortable with them and also with my first attempt getting up to the fourth QuickDraw on the hardest 6a route on the upper crag (which last year I couldn’t even unclip the first QuickDraw!).
And the today… what a Grande Finale to my trip – the Arête des Cosmiques!!! Today we were on the 7:30 lift (the first to go was 7:15, delayed due to ice or something?) up to the Aiguille du Midi. We started our descend from the Midi station at exactly 8:00am… and we were unbelievable back up at exactly 10:20am. That is something of a testament to the huge progress we’ve made over the past six days.
This has been an amazing six days, with huge progress and most of all, absolutely stunning routes, great fun and memories to last a lifetime. I will be back!!!
All the best,
Ilari
Rock Climbing & Alpine Mountaineering, July 2017

Rock Climbing & Alpine Mountaineering, July 2017

Ilari Törönen
Jon was full on awesome. Thanks for hooking us up with such a fantastic chap. His hospitality was fantastic. A very good man.
Cheers! Mark.
A sociable summer morning on the ‘Clocher’ as part of an ascent of Label Virginie, accessed from the Plan Praz lift above the Chamonix Valley. Mt Blanc under a lenticular cloud across the valley!

Chamonix Rock Climbing 16 July 2017

Mark Hense
Andy & Ryan cat crawling & grinning along the Entreves Ridge traverse, French / Italian alpine border and a great intro to easier AD ridges.

Just wanted to say thanks so much for a brilliant couple of days on the Aiguille D’Entreves and in the Aiguille Rouge. It was FANTASTIC!

Rob, Alberto was absolutely excellent – professional, great company and super skilled. We learned a lot! I even seemed to be using my feet more than my knees today so that must be progress

Thanks so much again, Andy

Chamonix Mountaineering – Long Weekend, Aug 2017

Chamonix Mountaineering – Long Weekend, Aug 2017

Andy Blackwell
Morning Rob
Just a note to say many thanks for a truly fantactic week and amazing weekend, both Stefano and Miles have been superb, Bradley is well and truley hooked!  We leave chamonix at 1030 at morning and i have no doubt we will See you very soon.
Please pass on my thanks and thank you for organising such a tremendous week.
Sean
With the remarkable Margherita Hut on the summit making it the highest building in Western Europe…and still serving great café!
Monte Rosa Mountaineer Course, August 2017

Monte Rosa Mountaineer Course, August 2017

Sean & Bradley Scott
Base of the Hornli Ridge on the Matterhorn. At last, it’s possible to relax and enjoy the satisfaction of the climb & summit reached before the sustained descent.

With thanks to  ‘High Mountain Guides’ I have achieved my dream and climbed the Matterhorn! I decided about a year ago that this was what I wanted to do and I spent a lot of time researching companies that offered this objective.

I decided to go with ‘High Mountain Guides’ after chatting to Rob via email and because they offered a preparation weekend in Snowdonia and I knew they would be able to assess me and gauge if I was fit for this challenge. The weekend proved so useful and I was pointed in the right direction with regard to my training programme.
The pre Matterhorn training around Chamonix was great and included some classic climbs which were great preparation and allowed my guide to get to know me and assess my climbing ability and fitness.
The summit day was definitely tough just under 9hours in total and certainly requires great stamina and endurance but it was a fantastic feeling when we arrived back at the Hornli hut for a celebratory drink!
Thanks again!
Helen
Matterhorn Ascent – August 2017

Matterhorn Ascent – August 2017

Helen Harris

 

Superb summit views from the Weissmies and a fine ascent from Mitch & Ashley with Robin in August 2017

Hey Rob, We had an amazing time on the trip, thank you so much for making everything come together in such a convenient and seamless manner for us.

Robin was great, in addition to getting us to the Weissmies summit we really appreciated that he took the time to teach us valuable mountaineering skills, cater to our interests, and allow us to climb as a team on the E Ridge of Grand Montets.
We definitely will be looking to spend more time in the Alps in the future and will reach out to you if we are looking for further guided itineraries or recommendations.
Thanks, Mitch & Ashley
Chamonix Mountaineering & Weissmies, August 2017

Chamonix Mountaineering & Weissmies, August 2017

Ashley & Mitch Leppo
Climbed as a brilliant alternative to a snowy Eiger & Matterhorn.

It was a great week, and thanks to you and Gavin for putting it together. I thought the Dent Blanche was a great alternative to the Eiger and I was very proud to get up and down, particularly without the aid of Chamonix lifts or Swiss mountain trains, which made it feel like a more genuine expedition.

Thank you also for the feedback. I’m definitely keen to tackle some of those other routes, and I had a good session with Gavin on the final day working on ways to safely speed up progress on that kind of ground.
I thought Gavin was a great guide – I felt 100% safe under his watch, and I was particularly struck by his thorough approach towards his own personal safety too, which set a very good example. He was a good laugh too, and it was fun to have Sam along for the Dent Blanche section.
All the best for the rest of the season. I hope to be back for some winter climbing and skiing at the start of next year, and hopefully something again next summer.
James
Eiger – Dent Blanche Week, Aug 2017

Eiger – Dent Blanche Week, Aug 2017

James Diggle
Matt at the Solvay Hut ( in less than 2 hours!) during his Matterhorn ascent with Mike in July 2017
Rob,What can I say…
It’s taken 2 years to get me here and you and your guides have helped me through the training both physical and mental that I needed to realise my dream of climbing Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn.  At the end of the day you need a bit of luck with the weather but you have to be ready when you get that window.
The training advice you gave and the snowdonia weekend all gave great insight into what was needed and the size of the challenge ahead.  I trained as hard as I could and then with the help of your amazing guide Mike on arrival in Chamonix we started with Plan A and created back up plans for each day should anything get in the way.  As it was we had a pretty stormy week to start off with , but because of the flexibility in your approach we were able to tailor the program and still get great routes in whilst watching the weather in Zermatt.
I must make others aware of the amazing care and engagement offered by you whilst we have been out here.
It means a lot when everyone is working actively towards your goal.  We could see there was a possible window and you knew how much I wanted it so at the risk of me losing another climb you allowed me to head to Hornli where again we met British guides who have worked with you many times and gave us great information.
The fact that you and your company is held in such high esteem by guides Home and away speaks volumes.  As I stood on top of the Matterhorn I was in heaven but I knew also just how happy you would be.  I cannot recommend highly enough.  If you are looking for a challenge and want honest , supportive, active, expert guiding with no nonsense then this is the company for you. But don’t forget, you will have to work your ass off to make your dreams come true.
Happy to speak to anyone who may want a chat about future climbing with you and cannot speak highly enough of your company philosophy in that you take people to the beautiful Alps and push them to attain their dreams in a positive , safe, friendly and enjoyable way. Chapeau to you for creating the conduit to such amazing lifelong memories.
Thank you for getting me here….Here’s to more adventures
Matt
Matterhorn Ascent July 2017

Matterhorn Ascent July 2017

Matt Evans

Thanks Rob I really enjoyed the day. Valuable experience also. All the best, Phil.

Phil trying out some 2 tool ice climbing on the Petit North Face of the Petit Aiguille Vert. Great views down in to the Chamonix Valley and across to the Aiguilles Rouges, Fiz, Aravis etc
Chamonix Mountain Day & Matterhorn Preparation – June 2017

Chamonix Mountain Day & Matterhorn Preparation – June 2017

Phil Curtises

Hi Rob,
I just want to thank you for all your work. This was an amazing accomplishment for me.
I remember having a long phone call with you about an extention Mont Blanc. Thank you for the work on that too.
This experience was really great. Guy guided us really well.

Kind regards, Kerst

This easy angled section comes after the junction of the 2 main Gran Paradiso routes and just before the final steep ascent to reach the summit plateau and then ridge. It’s also often where the sun is first greeted on the ascent!

Gran Paradiso Course 30th June – 2nd July 2017

Kerst Troost
Hi Rob,
Just a quick and belated note to thank you for my few days in Chamonix. Neil was a superb guide, great company, and we got in some great climbing and skiing, both tailored well to my level.
Thankfully the weather was better than expected so we managed some really big and exciting days.
Many thanks, Simon
Simon skiing the steep south west face of the Aiguille d’Argentiere above the Argentiere Glacier and accessed via a swift skin from the Grands Montets.
Chamonix Ski Mountaineering, March 2017

Chamonix Ski Mountaineering, March 2017

Simon Everett

Sorry for the delayed reply – Dave was straight out on exped when we got home and I knew he would want to be included in giving the feedback!

We had a fantastic trip – didn’t really know what we were expecting, but it was better than we expected!!  Ben was excellent, we hope we didn’t scar him mentally for life!  Weather conditions were obviously fantastic, but even if they hadn’t been we were so confident in Ben he could have made us see sunshine through a storm (and then made us move quicker!).

Feedback (from Dave)  – excellent.  What he liked was that it was very much tailored to our (in)abilities and it really pushed us.  The flexibility really made it work.  The only area Dave would change with hindsight would be the kit selection – we opted for warmer clothing and left our lighter stuff in the UK.  As it turned out we could have done with having both on hand.  That said, if the weather hadn’t been kind, we would have been really grateful for the warm stuff and Ben the Oracle made sure we only packed what we needed on the summit attempt (he made Dave leave his Ronhills behind!).

It has really inspired us to do more in the Alps, and Dave has now signed up for his IML Summer assessment, although his rope work will still never meet Ben’s standard!

Sorry we missed you at the car boot!!

Hope to work with you again,

Thanks for a great experience!

All the Best,

Sam and Dave, September 2016

Alpine Training & Mt Blanc Ascent

Sorry for the late reply, we just got home yesterday from the French Riviera.

Thankfully both John and I fully recovered now, although it took a good week after our climb before we could walk properly again!  We had an amazing time, as Johnny would call it ” level 2 fun”. I can honestly say it was the hardest I have ever pushed myself in my life in terms of endurance and perseverance.

Thank you again, I cant explain how much fun we had 😊

Alex and John Godwin

Gran Paradiso Ascent, Sept 2016

I should say that it was an epic weekend with Jeff – he really is a fantastic person to climb with and very good coach. Perfectly fitted the bill for me. We definitely pushed the envelope, especially with the Eperon and Cosmiques Arete in one day, but that was exactly what I wanted out of the trip. The Midi refuge was also a good call from Jeff – very surprised to see most of the guests still asleep at 8am (not being climbers)! Thanks to you also for organising/facilitating so smoothly.

I’m keen to continue developing my technique and build on these first big alpine routes. Will be considering options for the winter and next summer, but definitely intending to climb with you and Jeff again. Will be in touch.

Best

George Davie, September 2016

Chamonix Mountaineering Private Guiding

Rob and Miles
Just got back to the UK and I wanted to say thank you for a great weekend. I’m a little disappointed not to have made it to the top of the Aiguille de l’M when we were so close but I gave it my best and there is always next year!
Miles, thank you also for your excellent instruction and company.
Kind regards
Austin Barham

Chamonix Rock Climbing & Private Guiding

Hi rob what can I say , it has been truly amazing.
Jon has been fantastic and I’m glad we went for it as the wind is gusting up there this morning.
I have now as the only downside got 2 massive blisters on the back of my heel so I think anything else is out and now I have accomplished my goal I may just try and move flights to Saturday and get home a bit quicker for lots of hugs.
It has been an absolute pleasure dealing with you and your guides having met a few are really a cut above.
Thank you for helping me achieve my dream 👍
Matt Evans

Mont Blanc Summit At Dawn – Early Autumn Ascent

Mt Blanc 26th sept – 1 oct‏‎

Hi Rob, it’s Ben here from the recent Gran Paradiso trip.

I want to feedback how much I enjoyed the trip and how highly I recommend Ben. I cant put into words how wonderful the whole experience was and what it meant to me to successfully summit my first 4000er. I’ve had good guides before but Ben was just on another level. I had complete confidence in his ability and judgements throughout and he was a superb companion to us and I thoroughly enjoyed climbing with him. I was inspired by his dedication to our trip but also to mountaineering and his great attitude.
Ben
Gran Paradiso Summit Ridge. Our courses generally ascend from the Chabod Hut and often traverse via the Vittoria Emanuelle Hut in descent, according to snow conditions.

Gran Paradiso Ascent – 3 Day Course

Hello Rob and Phil,

I am back home now, savoring the wonderful memories I collected in the Alps — and readjusting to the time-zone change.  I enjoyed my Alpine adventures very much, and I enjoyed Phil’s company and expertise — and his willingness to accommodate my wishes.  With one exception, all my objectives were met, and I am especially pleased that I was able to add on the Monch and the Jungfrau to my list of summits climbed.  Thanks again for arranging for me to climb Mont Blanc earlier than planned so that we could enjoy the superb weather.

The one objective not met?  We could never find any Edelweiss growing in the wild!

After I have had time to catch up on all the stuff that has piled up here at home in my absence, I would like to share some of my observations and thoughts on the queuing of climbing parties and protocol for overtaking slower parties on popular routes.  Phil and I already had some discussion about this while driving back to Chamonix the last day.

Thanks to both of you for making my Alpine adventures so pleasant and successful.

John

Mission Impossible attempts to climb Mt Blanc, the Matterhorn & Eiger over the space of 2 weeks in the alpine summer.

Mission Impossible!

Rob,
Apologies for delay but would just like to say thanks for 3 great days. The traverse of Aiguilles d’Entreves was spectacular and, as always, I learned a lot on the way. I was gutted that I was feeling too rough to complete the Dent du Geant on day 2 but enjoyed the short morning to the ridge. Definitely a route for another time. The 6a climb on the Brevant was just great. A perfect choice for the weather that day. Loved the lesson in crevasse rescue back at the hotel. Have been practising with my wife. It has transformed our approach for the better I think.
Thanks for your time, patience, imparted knowledge and company. Hopefully it will be less than 7 years before we meet again.
Very best wishes

Neil Pitts

Neil starting on the famous snow ridge of the Arete Rochefort, just past the ‘Salle a Manger’ at the base of the Dent du Geant
June 2017, Chamonix Alpine Climbing Private Guiding

June 2017, Chamonix Alpine Climbing Private Guiding

Hi Rob

Some of our team were questioning the decision to cancel Mont Blanc

They had heard that other teams were going and thought our team might have been over cautious

Maybe set some expectations regarding the risks associated with the grand couloir aka death valley

Or better share a YouTube video with them https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSzUubnCPPM

Good call by the way and I’m happy to be back safe ;o)

I had a great time and have a huge amount of respect for the challenges you guys face with difficult clients

Good luck and best wishes

Steven

As part of the Mont Blanc course in hot dry conditions in June 2017
Mont Blanc June 2017

Mont Blanc June 2017

Thanks Jonny.

Back home now , Geneva was so warm and busy…. give me the alps any day. Really enjoyed our time together , thanks for taking care of our fun and safety. Hope you were on time at the airport and all was good with the family.
I will make sure to give you an update on the Fort William supermarket scene for Jack when I am there next weekend 🙂
Cheers
Eric & Dan
With Mont Blanc Beyond. Chamonix Private Guiding
Chamonix Private Guiding & Weissmies Ascent, June 17

Chamonix Private Guiding & Weissmies Ascent, June 17

Hi Rob

Thank you for the Gran Paradiso climb and especially the photos. I know that I can speak for everyone saying it was a great and memorable trip. Another trip to Chamonix is not out of the question, but it will take some time before we decide on where to go next. Take care.
Best, Casper

It was the best trip and its still growing on me!

ken hermann
Gran Paradiso 3 Day Course – Team Danois – June 2017

Gran Paradiso 3 Day Course – Team Danois – June 2017

Hello Rob,

First of all a big ‘Thank You’ for a great weekend in Snowdonia!  I found it a really useful and enjoyable work-out.

Thanks for sharing the photos; it’s wonderful to have a record of the lovely people I met during last weekend!

If there is any feedback you can share with me that would be much appreciated, please.

David

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Matterhorn Training Weekend, North Wales, Spring 2017

Matterhorn Training Weekend, North Wales, Spring 2017

David Newman
Thanks Rob,
As mentioned yesterday, we really enjoyed the weekend & thought it was a very well organised & professional two day training & we learned loads. Our guide/instructor, Jon, was great in every way and we loved the Plas Coch B&B, we’re hoping to be able to come back in the beginning of July for some more training before our Matterhorn attempt week later in July.
Thanks a million!
Would be lovely to see you and/or some of the others at some point.
Kind regards,
Åsa
Scrambling on the Idwal Buttress above Llyn Idwal and the Ogwen Valley. A brilliant area for Matterhorn training!
Matterhorn Training Weekend, Snowdonia 2017

Matterhorn Training Weekend, Snowdonia 2017

Asa & Phil, Snowdonia Matterhorn Training & Chamonix Alpine Preparation Day
Hi Rob, Just wanted to say a huge thank you….
I knew that the weekend would be good and be great practice, but I had no idea how much of a change occurred in me.   To go from grade 1 scrambling to amphitheater buttress has left me with a confidence in myself that I did not expect.
In no way do I mean that the programme will be easy, just that I now know that I can deal with the technical aspects. I know I can deal with exposure and stay focused and I know that I will do all that I can to be physically ready.
A wonderful weekend with like minded people all with a passion for the outdoors.
Amazing instructors and incredibly flexible programme to work around weather and get the maximum training.
Can’t wait 👍
Matt enjoying the superb big boot rock climbing on the Matterhorn Training weekend in Snowdonia, May 2017
Matterhorn Training Weekend, Snowdonia, May 2017

Matterhorn Training Weekend, Snowdonia, May 2017

Matt Evans, Mont Blanc, Matterhorn Training, Matterhorn Ascent Programme 2016/17
Rob – a fantastic weekend.
Ric, many thanks. Both Kate and I had a great time. The climbs we did were perfect, just at the right level and Kate is already asking about going back to do some more ( although she still feels a little guilty about dropping the nut!). ‎I think it is safe to say that Kate’s first experience of outdoor climbing has been a success. Thank you for your patient, clear instructing and for your company over the weekend.
Kind regards
Austin
Kate loving the sea cliff atmosphere – Castel Helen

North Wales Intro Rock Climbing Weekend May 2017

Austin & Kate, Snowdonia Rock Climbing Weekend May 2017

Hi Rob,

Myself and Jamie had a great weekend in Wales and Rick was a great guide.
I think he’s left us both with a lot to think about before we attempt the Matterhorn.

Many thanks

John Eddy

 

Thanks Rob

I really enjoyed the weekend (more in hindsight to be fair) as I was pretty much taken to my current limits physically, technically and mentally on the cneifion arete, I didn’t ever feel too scared or too unsave – and nobody actually fell and had to actually test the rope! Ric was great, I think the training day made me look and feel a little better than I was on the real sustained pitch – which I made it up and down OK – but my fluidity (partially based on confidence) became more of an issue and this made me expel much more energy than is prudent to do so. I can work on fitness and some technical aspects but I really need more practical experience of alpine ascents before attempting something like the Matterhorn.
Thanks again
James
Scrambling Up The Cneifion Arete, Ogwen Valley Snowdonia
Matterhorn Training Weekend Early May 2017

Matterhorn Training Weekend Early May 2017

James & John Eddy - Matterhorn Training / Private Guiding In Snowdonia

Hi Gav, Rob

Great photo’s thank you, and so many thanks again for a fantastic week end. The whole event for me was exactly what I hoped for, a personal experience to remember, a very real introduction to mountaineering, and top guiding and coaching that meant I felt safe at all times.

All very professionally delivered throughout the booking and admin process etc, so one very happy novice mountaineer who now wants to build on the experience, and to look forward to future opportunities.

Cheers, and many thanks again

Melvyn

Mountaineering From Skyway Monte Bianco, Courmayeur
Chamonix Spring Mountaineering Weekend – April 2017

Chamonix Spring Mountaineering Weekend – April 2017

Melvyn Young, Chamonix Spring Mountaineering Weekend - April 2017

Thanks Rob.  The Haute Route was a very enjoyable trip.  Mike was a great guide and companion over the five days.

The longer days are actually more my taste anyway so was nice to have a few.  Would be interesting to go for three or even two days at some point.  This said – need to speed up my transitions some and get my kick turn to be bomber.
Thanks again
Bryan
Bryan enjoying a fast – 4 day – Haute Route in April 2017
Ski Haute Route – Chamonix to Zermatt – April 2017

Ski Haute Route – Chamonix to Zermatt – April 2017

Bryan Mix, Ski Haute Route April 2017
Scrambling On Crib Goch, Snowdon Horseshoe

Awesome weekend! Totally met my expectations especially in preparation for my upcoming Mont Blanc trip with High Mountain Guides. First class guiding, knowledge sharing and a lot of fun. Thanks HMG ….Viv

Thoroughly enjoyed this weekend – first class coaching, great climbing companions, challenging routes and outstanding weather conditions!
Kevin

Thanks for organizing a great weekend in the mountains and around town.

Scrambling In The Glyders, Snowdonia

It was a pleasure spending time with the team and I look forward to meeting you all again soon
All the best, Steven

Hi Guys,  Thanks Rob for organising a fantastic weekend, and for the solid knowledge base.  The pictures are a great added bonus. I think we all gained a huge insight into climbing/scrambling as well as a huge grounding for Mont Blanc. Thanks also to you Kevin for your help and advice.  Good fortune to those climbing her. Hope to see you all again soon.  Jack
Mont Blanc Training Weekend In Snowdonia April 2017

Mont Blanc Training Weekend In Snowdonia April 2017

Jack, Steve, Viv & Kevin - Mt Blanc Training - Open Course April 2017
Hi Rob, John
Thanks for a great week. You definitely got me to my objectives and I feel ready to take the next step on some self guided simpler tours. I’ve already recommended you to friends and would not hesitate to keep doing so.
John. When you get chance, could you please share links to the weather forecasts and mapping websites you were telling me about.
Rob. John asked me to share some photos. Three are from Friday on the Croisse Baullet with two from Tuesday’s tour up Punta Croce.

Happy cycling to both of you. Leave your power meters at home sometimes and lift your heads from your Garmins, enjoy the views 🙂

Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Course, Feb 2017
Ski Touring On The Western Side Of The Mont Blanc Range
Intro Ski Touring Course, Chamonix Feb 2017

Intro Ski Touring Course, Chamonix Feb 2017

Graham Parry
Northern Cairngorms Feb 2017
Northern Cairngorms Feb 2017
Hi Rob,
Thanks very much to you & the other guides for this fantastic, amazing, instructive week-end experience!
The guides were great!
The weather was like promised and as you wrote and, as you can see, we all had a lot of fun as well!
It would be Great to have the Session in April with this same team as well.
Thankyou & Best Regards,
Tobias
Mixed mountaineering terrain - snowy rock in crampons - great Matterhorn training!
Mixed mountaineering terrain – snowy rock in crampons – great Matterhorn training!

 

 

Hi Rob,

What more must I say than my colleagues. I learned a lot more technical thing this weekend.

It was very rewarding and guides super nice

Impatient for the next training …Cheers, Harold

Matterhorn Training Feb 2017

Matterhorn Training Feb 2017

Tobias & Matterhorn Training Team 2017

Hi Rob,

Thanks again for some great days. It has been very educational and given us a fair few pointers to ponder when we plan to go out next:)
See you later,  Magnus & Lotte
Magnus Off Piste Skiing At St Gervis / St Nicholas de Veroce below Mont Joly
Magnus Off Piste Skiing At St Gervis / St Nicholas de Veroce below Mont Joly
Chamonix Off Piste & Ski Mountain Skills, Jan 2017

Chamonix Off Piste & Ski Mountain Skills, Jan 2017

Lotte & Magnus Bjermo
Hi Rob,
Thanks for the picture and yes, we had an excellent day. Dylan was a great guide, he took us on terrain which was  the right level of challenging and exciting and was really good at offering tips and encouragement when needed. He was also relaxed and good fun.
Best wishes,  Lizzie
Off Piste Terrain At Courmayeur Beneath The South Face Of Monte Bianco
Off Piste Terrain At Courmayeur Beneath The South Face Of Monte Bianco
Courmayeur Off Piste Guiding Jan 2017

Courmayeur Off Piste Guiding Jan 2017

Hi Rob – this was a very enjoyable week and we appreciated John’s flexibility in the programme.

He was good fun, even if he did crack the whip a bit….

Aslhey

Ski Touring on the Aiguillette des Houches from the Brevent lift with Mont Blanc across the Chamonix Valley beyond.
Ski Touring on the Aiguillette des Houches from the Brevent lift with Mont Blanc across the Chamonix Valley beyond.
Chamonix Ski Touring March 2015

Chamonix Ski Touring March 2015

Ashley Mclucas, Surrey

Rob,

Just a quick one to say thanks for this last week. The climbing has been amazing, particularly the Weissmies. The company has also been good and the guides excellent.

I’m already thinking of booking again for next year and I’d like to discuss some further objectives and my development as an alpine climber.

Many thanks once again.

Dave

Team Celebration On The Weissmies Summit. Lagginhorn next day. Good conditions in late September 2016.
Team Celebration On The Weissmies Summit. Lagginhorn next day. Good conditions in late September 2016.
Gran Paradiso & Weissmies Climbs September 2016

Gran Paradiso & Weissmies Climbs September 2016

Dave Lozman, North Yorkshire, UK