guided days can be arranged for yourself, with a friend, for a group or club, or even as a gift for someone else. Whether it's walking, scrambling or climbing, in summer or winter, I'll do my best to provide a memorable time out. This can range from safely accompanying a group of sponsored walkers to the summit of Snowdon, to guiding a challenging winter climb.
You'll find daily guiding prices on the booking page. All technical and safety equipment is provided free (in winter this includes mountaineering axes, climbing axes and crampons if you haven't got your own). Just call or email with your requirements and I'll get back to you with a quote and all relevant information. Feel free to sound me out with any ideas you may have.
guided winter climbing can be arranged anywhere in the Highlands, whether it's to tick a 'Cold Climbs' classic or for a mission to discover the far North West. It's a great way of broadening your winter climbing experience, pushing your grade or simply grabbing the chance to climb when a partner isn't available. I'm happy to guide on grade I snow gullies through to grade V ice climbs, and up to V 6 on mixed routes (conditions permitting). Guided winter climbing is available on a daily basis. However, if you have your eyes on a particularly long or more serious/technical route (e.g. Tower Ridge or an ice route on Liathach), it would be necessary to check out your current level of fitness and climbing ability on a shorter/easier climb, which will require an extra day.
guided Scottish winter walking and mountaineering there are Scottish winter journeys to suit just about anybody's ability; from ascents of winter Munros, to exploring deep gullies in the heart of the Cairngorms and Torridonian mountains, to crossing classic West Coast snowy ridges such as the Aonach Eagach. Available on a daily basis.
guided rock climbing in North Wales is available on a daily basis with
the emphasis being purely on climbing some of the best of
Welsh rock. The choice of hundreds of great climbs is yours - Grooved
Arete (V Diff), Crackstone Rib (S), Main Wall (HS), Mur-y-Niwl (VS), Dream
of White Horses (HVS), Superdirect on Dinas Mot (E1), Cenotaph
Corner (E1), Vector (E2) - You
can still have a little coaching or instructional content thrown
in, or just enjoy the whole
climbing experience in magnificent
mountain and coastal scenery. Even if you've never been climbing before, a 'taster day' can be arranged.
guided rock climbing in Scotland can be arranged anytime in the spring or autumn provided that you book a minimum
of 3 days. The possibilities to explore,
on a Highland climbing break are
endless. Personal favourites
fishing village on
the coast of Wester Ross. Or climbing the huge rocky slabs of Sron
na Ciche on the Isle of Skye, especially when it's the last pitch of the afternoon
with the sun spreading across the rock face.
Skye mountains, sea, great rock,
magical light... Skye is unique and in our own backyard. There's
corries and ridges to explore with rock climbs
of near alpine length and quality. The scrambling is as good as it gets
anywhere (if not the best) and a traverse of the main Cuillin ridge ranks
as the mother of all British mountaineering journeys.
Guided trips of between 3 and 5 days can be organised for climbing, or scrambling, or a ridge traverse, with a little skills training along the way if you'd like it. The best times to go to Skye are in May, early June and in Sept, when the weather's traditionally more stable. I quote separately for guiding on Skye, so please get in touch for a no obligation chat.
There are 11 Munros on the main Cuillin ridge, including the Inaccessible Pinnacle (the most difficult of all the Munros). A 4 day itinerary allows you to ascend all of these peaks and return to your valley accommodation each evening. This is a fantastic way to intimately experience the Cuillin mountains. The days are long but achievable for any fit hill walker… you can even factor in a floating rest day.
Old Man of Hoy the esoteric journey to climb the Old Man of Hoy ranks as one of the coolest climbing adventures in Britain. This sandstone column stands 137m above the Atlantic at the most westerly point of the Orkneys. 4 days is advisable to allow time for ferry crossings and to keep a day in hand in case of poor weather. You'll need to be already seconding 5a/5b. If you'd like to cost-out a trip to climb the Old Man of Hoy, please get in touch for a no obligation chat.
Mainland Sea Stacks on the
north west coast of the Highlands lie two other legendary sea stacks
- the impressive Old Man of Stoer, and Am Buachaille (the herdsman)
which stands alone in Sandwood bay, the mainland's most remote
beach and a John Muir Trust property. A 3 day trip is enough for both
climbs and to have a day in contingency (which if isn't
used, can be spent cragging at the excellent sea cliffs at Reiff). You'll
need to be already seconding 4c. If you'd like to cost-out a trip to climb either of these stacks, or both, please get in touch for a no obligation chat.