I had a fantastically enjoyable and physically challenging weekend and Jonathon was both a very good teacher and great company. Thanks to you at High Mountain Guides for organising this bespoke weekend of Matterhorn training.
Jonathon’s coaching is great, his experience telling and his directions were very clear and easy to comprehend. The routes he chose were not obvious and it was great to get some exposure and altitude without crowds. I would recommend 1:1 guiding to anyone who can afford it as you pick up so much more than when in a group and move so much faster.
Kind regards, Chris
Matterhorn Training Course, Scottish HighlandsChris Cura, Fort William, May 2021
Lake District Matterhorn Preparation WeekendMichael von Geldern,April 2021
Thanks again for organising a superb weekend! Big Boot climbing in excellent conditions on some classic lakeland routes with Dave K . Good company, good climbing, excellent weather!
All you need to do now is sort out the pandemic and we can all get across to the Alps in the summer!”
Matterhorn Training Course, KeswickAndy Clark, April 2021
The Mont Blanc preparation course in Snowdonia, and my guide Andy, was phenomenal.
Well thought out, challenging, and exhilarating.
Many thanks and I look forward to other courses in the future…
Snowdonia Mont Blanc Training, April 2021Roland McKay
I’m in the early stages of training to become a middle-aged mountain guide. Water ice climbing was a gaping hole in my skillset. I contacted Rob to help fill that hole and he structured two perfect days of active, hands-on instruction. Rob tailored our time on the ice to maximise our objectives over the two days and is a highly professional, thoughtful, diligent, and communicative guide.
He was able to balance the sometimes competing demands of moving efficiently and smoothly through a fun multi-pitch route where a dropped belay plate (me) and some ensuing rope tangles from the Italian Hitch slowed us down while carving out enough time to explain to me the “industrial” (to use Rob’s great descriptor) nuances of water ice climbing. Highly recommend High Mountain Guides whether you’re out for recreation, professional training, or somewhere in between! Michael.
Chamonix Ice Climbing Guiding & TrainingMichael Henson, Jan 2021
Thank you for a great weekend and the pictures, Really magical! An amazing introduction weekend to mountaineering!
It gave me a great insight to what mountaineering entails; hiking/climbing up peaks while challenging yourself physically and mentally to reach the summit and have a breath taking view and realizing how much more there is to explore. Would love to go again…Sophie
Zermatt & Saas Fee 4000m Peaks WeekendSophie 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.
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 RockPeter Norris, Private guiding for alpine rock climbing & mountaineering, Sept 2020
Mont Blanc Training Weekend, Wales Oct 2020Jason 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.
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 WeekendTim 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.
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 WeekendOeyvind & 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….
Zermatt 4000ers & Dufourspitze, Sept 2020Phil 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 😁
Solid knowledge 😂 & thanks for the photos. Bram
Chamonix Rock Climbing Training Day, Sept 2020Bram 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.
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 2020Tris & 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!!
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 WeekendPatricia & 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.
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 ChamonixBram & 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.
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!Andy Clarke, Chamonix Private Guiding, Aug 2020
Chamonix Intro Mountaineering Day, Aug 2020Justine & 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..
Gran Paradiso & Chamonix Mountaineering July 2020James, 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!
I’ll certainly bear you guys in mind next time I come to Snowdonia. Many thanks again, Ed
Snowdonia Rock Climbing & Matterhorn TrainingEd Butchart, Private Guiding & Mountaineering Training North Wales, July 2020
Chamonix Off Piste Ski Guiding, March 2020Jon Foster, Ski Grands Montets & Le Tour
Neil was great today thanks Rob. Very patient with Melissa, we had an amazing day.
Chamonix Ski Guiding, March 2020Campbell & 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.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Chamonix Off Piste Ski Guiding, March 2020Ira 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.
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 2020Michael 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
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 SkillsCath 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
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 FeretLouise Yates Rock, Greg Bridger, Amy Jordan & James Carr, Chamonix Ski Touring Weekend & Rifugio Bonatti Hut Trip
Chamonix Ski Mountaineering Guided DayDave 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 CourseMike 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.
Ski Evasion Aravis 5 Day Course Feb 2020Pete Cavanagh, Aravis Ski Touring & Evasion Off Piste
Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills CourseRuth Adamson, Cham Off Piste & Ski Touring Jan 2020
Jan 2020 Cham Off Piste & Mountain SkillsMark 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
Thanks for a fun weekend everyone. Scott
Evasion Aravis Ski Touring Weekend, Jan 2020James, 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
Hi everyone, thanks for the great company and photos. I had a great time! Orla
Jan 2020 Chamonix Intro Ski Touring WeekendOrla, Arul & Roberta
Chamonix Ice & Mixed Climbing, Jan 2020Martha & Vincent Tin, Hong Kong, Chamonix Private Guiding
Ski Vallée Blanche & Grands Montets GuidingMatt & 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.
We appreciate you guys!!!
Off Piste Guiding At Les Grands Montets, ChamonixKitty & Max Whitney, Private Guiding For Chamonix Off Piste Skiing
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 2019Tanya & 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.
Speak soon, Rami Bibi
Chamonix Mountaineering, October 2019Rami 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.
Thanks Rob for that great day up there! And also for the nice pictures!” Regards, Tom & Olga
Cosmiques Arete Ascent Oct 2019Tom & Olga, Autumn Mountaineering In Chamonix
Mont Blanc Training Weekend, Snowdonia Oct 2019Zsuzsa & Ingrid, Snowdonia Mont Blanc Preparation Course
Matterhorn Training Weekend, Snowdonia Oct 2019Olga 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.
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 2019Rodrigo 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.
To all of you, it was an adventure I’ll never forget, thanks for sharing it. Nick
Autumn Gran Paradiso CourseNick Chambers, Gran Paradiso Climb early October 2019
Sept 2019 – Gran Paradiso AscentGareth Conde & Team, Chamonix Mountaineering Training & Climb Gran Paradiso
Weissmies & Dry Hornli Private Guiding Sept 2019Simon Withey, Chamonix mountaineering & Weissmies Ascent as progression from recent alpine intro courses.
Chamonix Glacier Travel & Mountaineering Training DaySonya & Matt Thomas, Chamonix Private Guiding Aiguille du Midi, Sept 2019
Thanks again for a really good week-4x 4000’s in a week was pretty cool I reckon! 😀
Zermatt & Swiss 4000m Peak Guiding Sept 2019Scott Bugden & James Carr, Zermatt & Saas Fee Private Guiding
Hi Rob,We had an amazing time on the Gran Paradiso tour!
The trip was great. Thank you. Nick
Gran Paradiso Course – Sept 2019Nick, Owen & Paula Van Der Gugten, Gran Paradiso & Mont Blanc
Chamonix Rock Climbing & Alpine MountaineeringKevin & 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! 🙂
Mont Blanc Training & Summit Climb, Sept 2019Tom & Dariusz Strapoc, UK Mont Blanc Preparation Weekends & Gran Paradiso Ascent....
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 2019Pete Jackson, Zermatt Private Guiding
Bishorn & Pigne d’Arolla Ascents, Aug 2019Tom Thomas, Alpine Private Guiding for Swiss 4000m Peak
Great to meet you last week and great climbing with Kenny and Jon—the twins and I had a great time.
Chamonix Rock Climbing, August 2019Roger, Chamonix private guiding for technical rock climbing
Chamonix Mountaineering Day, August 2019Jesse Lee, Aiguille du Midi Private Guiding Day & Arete Laurence Traverse
Dufourspitze Ascent, August 2019Andrew Wills, Chamonix Mountaineering, Breithorn & Dufour Ascents
Chamonix Mountaineering & Private Guiding August 2019James 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!
Jungfrau & Monch Ascents, June 2019James 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 2019Francis Nation-Dixon, 2 Day Gran Paradiso Climb
Pigne d’Arolla Ascent & Intro To Alpine MountaineeringMike Sann, Skyway Alpine Intro & Arolla 2 day alpine hut expedition, July 2019
Chamonix Rock Climbing GuidingRebecca 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.
Best Wishes, Carl.
Mont Blanc Guiding With Gran Paradiso Training ClimbCarl 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.
Just now need to gather my thoughts on appropriate objectives for next year! Many thanks again. Joe
Chamonix Granite Mountaineering Week, June 2019Joe Grainger, 5 good routes in 5 days, Perrons, Tour Ronde, Dent du Geant, Papillons & Peigne!
Climb Mont Blanc & Swiss 4000ersPaul Moore & Craig O Leary, Allalinhorn & Mont Blanc Ascents, June 2019
2 Day Chamonix Alpine Mountaineering Training CourseEmma Ballinger & James, 2 day training expedition at Rifugio Torino / Skyway Monte Bianco, June 2019
Climb The Gran Paradiso CourseJörn Schumacher, Successful Gran Paradiso Ascent, June 2019
Gary & Rob
Weissmies & Mont Blanc Course, June 2019Robert & 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.
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 AscentEdward 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
Climb The Weissmies CoursePhilip 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
Gran Paradiso & Mont Blanc CourseEoin 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.
Mont Blanc Summit Climb….Thank you everything was great!
Mont Blanc Summit & Training 2019Tony & 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
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 DayJames 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
I really enjoyed and learned A LOT from the course. Dylan was very knowledgable and helpful. Sarah
Chamonix Intro Alpine Mountaineering CoursePaul 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.
Thanks for everything – Best – Dee
Matterhorn Preparation Course SnowdoniaDavid Folkman & Dee O'Neil, Snowdonia Alpine Training, June 2019
Gran Paradiso 3 Day Course, 1-3 June 2019James and Sarah Andrews, Gran Paradiso Ascent
Climb Gran Paradiso Course June 2019Tom Vear, 3 day Gran Paradiso Open Group
Snowdonia Mont Blanc Training WeekendDavid Fong, Mont Blanc Training Ogwen Valley, May 2019
Dave was really great and we had a long and very good time out.
Thank you, Rami
Snowdonia Matterhorn Training DayRami 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
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 MountaineeringHannah 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.
Fort William Mont Blanc Training WeekendDariusz Strapoc & Andy Lintern, Mont Blanc Training Course, West Highlands, April 2019
April 2019, Chamonix Off Piste & Ski Touring Course
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…
Kind regards, Rose-Marie
Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills CourseRosemarie 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)
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 ChamonixMarta Michalska, Private Guiding for intro ski touring, April 2019
West Highlands Spring Mont Blanc Training WeekendPhil Horton, Mont Blanc Training Course in Fort William, April 2019
Hi Rob, a great weekend with Jonathan and Pedja. Even the weather was kind. Looking forward to the matterhorn later in the year.
Highlands Matterhorn Training Weekend, April 2019Howard 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.
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 DescentPeter Minnikin, Ski Touring Private Guiding, April 2019
Evening Rob, I had an absolute ball!
Chamonix Spring Intro To Alpine MountaineeringPaddy Hennessy, Skills & Skyway Mountaineering Days, April 2019
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 2019Jen Kingwill & Ian Nun, Ski Haute Route, March 2019
Thank you all, especially Gav for the wonderful tour. Jeremy
Ski Haute Route 2019Rory 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
Thanks so much for the two days ski touring we did. I loved the course and really appreciated your input. Katherine
Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills – Progression CourseCatherine 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!
Chamonix Ski Touring Intro & Vallee Blanche DescentLucas Bateman, Chamonix Ski Touring Course April 2019
Spring Snow Shoe Ascent Of Gran ParadisoJonathan Storry Deans, Gran Paradiso Ascent, March 2019
Argentiere Glacier Ski Touring DaySophie Jarrat, Chamonix Ski Touring Guided Day, 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 WeekendGuy Horne, Scott Bugden & Emma Fonsecca, March 2019 Chamonix Ski Touring Weekend - West Oberland
Chamonix & Courmayeur Off Piste Ski GuidingLaurence Simmons & team, Off Piste Skiing in Chamonix / Courmayeur, March 2019
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!
Thanks again and best regards,
Off Piste Ski Guiding At CourmayeurMeirion Watkin, Guided off piste & touring at Courmayeur, March 2019
Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills CourseGuests from our full Feb 2019 courses....
Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Weekend 16-17 FebIsabella, Louise, Sally, Scott & James. Chamonix Intro Touring Group Course
Thanks for the last couple of days – I certainly learnt a lot! Hope to see you soon on the mountains!
Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Weekend Feb 2019Sophie & 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.
Rob, Thanks for a great couple of days
Ski Vallee Blanche & Half Day Chamonix Off Piste Warm UpWill, 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!
Jan 2019 Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain SkillsBrenda 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
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 CourseAmy 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 Weekend In ChamonixJoseph Cole, Intro Ski Touring Weekend, Megeve & St. Gervais, Jan 2019
Chamonix Intro Ski Touring WeekendJames 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
I’d second everything Stephen had said,it was a fantastic day, just what I was hoping for. Gordon.
Chamonix Guided Ski Touring DayStephen Wass & Gordon Dalgarno, Ski Touring At Combloux, Jan 2018
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.
Alpine Mountaineering Training Day SnowdoniaMathew Davies, Matterhorn Training Day, October 2018
Mont Blanc Training Weekend – SnowdoniaDariusz, 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.
Snowdonia Matterhorn Training WeekendHoward 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
Matterhorn Training Course North WalesGeorge 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
Another good weekend. Thank you. Debi
Matterhorn Training Weekend – SnowdoniaRami, Debi & Phil, North Wales Matterhorn training weekend, October 2018
Autumn Gran Paradiso AscentGio Rosafio, Gran Paradiso Open Course, October 2018
Gran Paradiso Course Autumn 2018Rob & Gary Siddal, Climb Gran Paradiso Team Course, Early Oct 2018
Chamonix Alpine Intro CourseKate & Kacee, Intro To Alpine Mountaineering Course In Chamonix Sept 2018
Gran Paradiso Guided AscentRickard, 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
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.
Climb The Weissmies CourseBlake Weyrich & Robert Vale, Weissmies Course, September 2018
Climb Mont Blanc CourseGary, 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
Climb Gran Paradiso CourseMarta Skrzypiec, Gran Paradiso Ascent, Sept 2018
I just wanted to say thanks for organising the alpine intro course.
It all went well.
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
Chamonix Intro To Alpine Mountaineering Course
Weissmies & Mont Blanc AscentsSteven 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!!
Ascent Of The Matterhorn Hörnli RidgeRichard Flint, Matterhorn Training Programme & Ascent, Sept 2018
Mont Blanc Training WeekendEoin & 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!!
Matterhorn Preparation WeekAndrew Wills & Steven Seaton, Dufourspitze / Weissmies / Chamonix Mountaineering Week August 2018
Chamonix Rock Climbing GuidingAustin Barham, 7th trip, Rock Climbing Private Guiding
Another plus was sharing an evening meal with Christophe Profit at the Gniffeti hut. You don’t get to do that everyday!
Monte Rosa Mountaineer CourseAndy Ross, Chamonix Mountaineering Build Up & Gressoney Monte Rosa Trip, Aug 2018
Monte Rosa Mountaineer CourseCarl 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.
I highly recommend High Mountain Guides. They will do their utmost to make your dreams come true!’
Climb The Eiger – Training & Ascent GuidingHelen Harris, Climbed the Matterhorn with us in 2017 and Eiger in 2018
Chamonix Private Guiding – Aiguilles Crochues & EntrevesMax Osterhaus, Chamonix Mountaineering Day & Hut Trip, August 2018
Torino Hut Mountaineering & Vallee Blanche TraverseLouise, 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.
Chamonix Alpine Mountaineering School GroupChris 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.
Thanks again for a great experience and look forward to having another adventure with you again soon.
Snowdonia Rock Climbing Guided WeekendPeter Little & David Edwards, July 2018
Climb Mont Blanc TrainingVincent & Martha, Chamonix Mountaineering & Mont Blanc Preparation, July 2018
Stok Khangri Training / Chamonix MountaineeringMegs & John Middleton, Chamonix Alpine Training, July 2018
Chamonix Mountaineering – Private GuidingVincent & Martha Tinn, Chamonix Alpine Mountaineering & Weissmies Ascent, July 2018
Climb The Eiger CourseTim Williams, Chamonix Mountaineering, Eiger / Monte Viso Ascent, July 2018
Cosmiques Arete & Aiguille d’Entreves AscentsJoe Grainger, Chamonix Private Guiding, July 2018
Le Brevent – Chamonix – Rock ClimbingRune 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!
Thanks Rob an absolutely superb week in the cracking company of Tim and Thor!
Climb Mont Blanc & WeissmeisJohn 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!
Chamonix Intro Alpine MountaineeringLiz 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.
TOTALLY AWESOME GUIDES AND CHAMONIX CLIMBINGGuillaume Krudener, Chamonix Intro Rock Climbing, June 2018
Chamonix Rock Climbing & Gran Paradiso AscentRebecca & Cliff, Chamonix Rock Climbing & Mont Blanc, June 2018
All the best, Emma and James.
Chamonix Intro Alpine Mountaineering CourseEmma & James, June 2018
Climb Mont Blanc – June 2018Mark 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.
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 CoursePaul Moore & Craig O'Leary, June 2018
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
Gran Paradiso & (Almost) Mont Blanc!Damian & Patrick Hall
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.
3 Day Chamonix Alpine IntroDoris & 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.
A thoroughly enjoyable three days – to be recommended to anybody who fancies a 4,000m peak.
Gran Paradiso AscentJohn 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 !!!
Cho Oyu Training & Summit!Sheena West, Expedition Training In Chamonix & Summit May 2018
Matterhorn Training Weekend In SnowdoniaDebi Gould, May 2018
Mont Blanc Training WeekendRaina Lal, Chamonix Mont-Blanc-Training Weekend, May 2018
Spring Ski Mountaineering Summits CourseHannah 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!
Many thanks again for such a fantastic weekend and I would love to do more again.
Jbel Toubkal (4167m) Training In ChamonixCaroline & 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…
Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills CourseAlex Cooper, Classic Course In Chamonix, March 2018
Scottish Highlands Mont Blanc Training WeekendCarlo Stocchetti, Fort William Mont Blanc Training, April 2018
Ski Mountaineering Haute Route / Aosta / West OberlandHetty & 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.
Winter / Spring 2018 Ski Haute Route TrainingJen Kingwill, Intro & Intermediate Ski Touring & Haute Route Training, Jan-March 2018
Chamonix Spring Rock Climbing & Mountaineering WeekendAustin 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 Touring WeekendTom and Rowan, March 2018
Chamonix & Val d’Aosta Ski MountaineeringSimon 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
Chamonix Ski Haute Route TrainingJen Kingwill, Jan, Feb & March 2018
Hi Rob / Alison,
Chamonix Off Piste & Ski Touring CourseAlastair, 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
Chamonix Off Piste & Ski Mountain SkillsKaren 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.
Val Feret & Vallée Blanche Intro Ski Touring WeekendGareth 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.
Ski Vallée Blanche Descent From Italy, February 2018John 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!]
Advanced Intro To Ski Touring In Chamonix, Feb 2018Tom Spencer
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.
Vallée Blanche Guided Ski Touring Day, Feb 2018Adam Casey & Team
Intro Ski Touring Week, Chamonix Feb 2018Brett Webster
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 2018Jen Kingwill & Gabriela Fedullo
Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills Classic Course, Jan 2018Toby Bishop
Thanks for a great day and pics!
Geir, lovelie (!) to meet you. Hope to ski with you again.
Dear both, great to meet you and ski with you, had such a lovelie (!) time.
Les Houches Off Piste & Micro Ski Touring Day, Jan 2018Olav & Geir
Rob, Gav, Many thanks for organising Saturday for us, we really enjoyed the day and Gav was excellent. Paul
Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Weekend, Jan 2018Jen Kingwill, Paul Ledger & David Ashmore
Cascade Ice Climbing, December 2017Phil Green
Thanks Rob, Got the photo’s – beautiful. What amazing weather ! just hope the snow comes now.
Chamonix Autumn Expedition Training, Nov 2017Sheena West
Matterhorn Exploratory Trip, Zermatt, Oct 1-3 2017Richard Flint
Rifugio Torino, Pt Lachenal & Autumnal Vallee Blanche Traverse, October 2017Jonathan 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.
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 2017Robert Vale & Ian Nunn
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.
Weissmies – Allalinhorn Private Guiding, September 2017Nigel Riley
Chamonix – Aosta Rock Climbing, Sept 2017Austin Barham
Mont Blanc Ascent September 2017Debbie & Rachael
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,
Chamonix Alpine & Rock Climbing Sept 2017Anna Wilkin
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
Weissmies Course, 11-13th Sept 2017Richard Miles & Ben Stevens
Chamonix Rock Climbing – Private Guiding Day Sept 2017Michelle 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….
Matterhorn Training UK Weekend & Zermatt Ascent!Sarah Rowell
Gran Paradiso Course, Aug 2017Lou 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.
August Mountaineering – Chamonix Private GuidingJeremy Miles
Mont Blanc 10-14 June 2017Steven & Andrew Wills
Rock Climbing & Alpine Mountaineering, July 2017Ilari Törönen
Chamonix Rock Climbing 16 July 2017Mark Hense
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 2017Andy Blackwell
Monte Rosa Mountaineer Course, August 2017Sean & Bradley Scott
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.
Matterhorn Ascent – August 2017Helen Harris
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.
Chamonix Mountaineering & Weissmies, August 2017Ashley & Mitch Leppo
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.
Eiger – Dent Blanche Week, Aug 2017James Diggle
Matterhorn Ascent July 2017Matt Evans
Thanks Rob I really enjoyed the day. Valuable experience also. All the best, Phil.
Chamonix Mountain Day & Matterhorn Preparation – June 2017Phil Curtises
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
Gran Paradiso Course 30th June – 2nd July 2017Kerst Troost
Chamonix Ski Mountaineering, March 2017Simon 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.
George Davie, September 2016
Chamonix Mountaineering Private Guiding
Chamonix Rock Climbing & Private Guiding
Mt Blanc 26th sept – 1 oct
Hi Rob, it’s Ben here from the recent Gran Paradiso trip.
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.
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
June 2017, Chamonix Alpine Climbing Private Guiding
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?
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
Mont Blanc June 2017
Chamonix Private Guiding & Weissmies Ascent, June 17
It was the best trip and its still growing on me!
Gran Paradiso 3 Day Course – Team Danois – June 2017
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.
Matterhorn Training Weekend, North Wales, Spring 2017David Newman
Matterhorn Training Weekend, Snowdonia 2017Asa & Phil, Snowdonia Matterhorn Training & Chamonix Alpine Preparation Day
Matterhorn Training Weekend, Snowdonia, May 2017Matt Evans, Mont Blanc, Matterhorn Training, Matterhorn Ascent Programme 2016/17
North Wales Intro Rock Climbing Weekend May 2017Austin & Kate, Snowdonia Rock Climbing Weekend May 2017
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.
Matterhorn Training Weekend Early May 2017James & 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
Chamonix Spring Mountaineering Weekend – April 2017Melvyn 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.
Ski Haute Route – Chamonix to Zermatt – April 2017Bryan Mix, Ski Haute Route April 2017
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
Thanks for organizing a great weekend in the mountains and around town.
It was a pleasure spending time with the team and I look forward to meeting you all again soon
All the best, Steven
Mont Blanc Training Weekend In Snowdonia April 2017Jack, Steve, Viv & Kevin - Mt Blanc Training - Open Course April 2017
Happy cycling to both of you. Leave your power meters at home sometimes and lift your heads from your Garmins, enjoy the views 🙂
Intro Ski Touring Course, Chamonix Feb 2017Graham Parry
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 2017Tobias & Matterhorn Training Team 2017
Chamonix Off Piste & Ski Mountain Skills, Jan 2017Lotte & Magnus Bjermo
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….
Chamonix Ski Touring March 2015Ashley Mclucas, Surrey
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.