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Rob Jarvis IFMGA Mountain Guide

Rob Jarvis enjoying the evening alpenglow on the Exit Chimneys of the North Face of The Eiger, Swiss Alps

Rob is the founder & director of High Mountain Guides and an International Mountain Guide (IFMGA) and British Mountaineering Instructor (MIC). He has had a great enthusiasm for adventures in the mountains from the late 1970's and has worked full time in Mountain Guiding, training & outdoor education since 1999. With a B.Sc degree in Ecology and Environmental Science he has also worked for all the major providers of Mountain Training and Guiding in the UK. He is now based in the French Alps, near Chamonix Mont Blanc, where he specialises in designing & providing adventure & training experiences in the Alps.

  • Rob has had a long and traditional mountaineering apprenticeship and has visited most of the fantastic venues in the UK for rock and ice climbing. He's climbed a wide variety of extreme British rock routes from the Hebridean uber-classics 'A Prophecy of Drowning' and 'Voyage of Faith' to the Welsh mountain and sea cliff classics like Great Wall and Right Wall (Cloggy & Dinas Cromlech); Suspense and Trevallen Pillar (Pembroke) and 'Run Fast Run (not) Free' and Hunger at Gogarth.
  • Rob is a regular on the Scottish winter scene having spent nearly every season since 1993 climbing and guiding there and making ascents of hundreds of ice and mixed routes throughout the Highlands up to grade 8.
  • Climbed extensively throughout the French, Swiss and Italian Alps including over 70 Alpine routes such as the North Faces of The Eiger, Les Drus, Droites, Italian Face of Mont Blanc (Eckpfeiler), Grande Jorasses, Sans Nom, The 'Supercouloir', Grande Rocheuse, Aiguille du Midi, Argentiere, Courtes etc.
  • 15 International expeditions (to the Indian and Nepalese Himalaya, Pakistani Karakorum and Hindu Kush, Kyrghyz Tien Shan, Argentinian Andes, Moroccan high Atlas, Chinese Pamir, Colorado Rockies) on peaks up to 7500m including numerous first ascents, mostly whilst guiding. Ascents of the well known summits of Ama Dablam and Khan Tengrhi as well as various less technical peaks such as Mount Vinson, Acconcagua and Mera.
  • Rob has spent nearly 2 years of his life living, working and climbing in Antarctica. This includes both looking after scientists conducting research on behalf of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and guiding clients up peaks like Mount Vinson for Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions (ALE). He has also recently just returned from guiding a ski expedition to the South Pole (ski the last degree).
  • Extensive Ski Touring experience throughout the European Alps and Antarctica.
  • Rob gives the anual British Mountaineering Council safety lectures, 'The Winter Essentials' and has given talks at a variety of venues from universities to the National Mountain Training Centre to New Scotland Yard (Home of the London Metropolitan Police Force).