Chamonix Mountaineering, October 2019

Chamonix Mountaineering, October 2019

Rami Bibi, Private guiding & training weekend in Chamonix

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

Cosmiques Arete Ascent Oct 2019

Cosmiques Arete Ascent Oct 2019

Tom & Olga, Autumn Mountaineering 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

Mont Blanc Training Weekend, Snowdonia Oct 2019

Mont Blanc Training Weekend, Snowdonia Oct 2019

Zsuzsa & Ingrid, Snowdonia Mont Blanc Preparation Course
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
Matterhorn Training Weekend, Snowdonia Oct 2019

Matterhorn Training Weekend, Snowdonia Oct 2019

Olga and Rodney Bonnard, Matterhorn Training Weekend
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
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

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.

Autumn Gran Paradiso Course

Autumn Gran Paradiso Course

Nick Chambers, Gran Paradiso Climb early October 2019

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 

Sept 2019 – Gran Paradiso Ascent

Sept 2019 – Gran Paradiso Ascent

Gareth Conde & Team, Chamonix Mountaineering Training & Climb Gran Paradiso
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.
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.
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
Chamonix Glacier Travel & Mountaineering Training Day

Chamonix Glacier Travel & Mountaineering Training Day

Sonya & Matt Thomas, Chamonix Private Guiding Aiguille du Midi, Sept 2019
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
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, 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

Gran Paradiso Course – Sept 2019

Gran Paradiso Course – Sept 2019

Nick, Owen & Paula Van Der Gugten, Gran Paradiso & Mont Blanc

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

Chamonix Rock Climbing & Alpine Mountaineering

Chamonix Rock Climbing & Alpine Mountaineering

Kevin & Alistair Colman, Intro To Alpine Mountaineering Aug 2019
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.
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....

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.
Climb The Zinalrothorn, August 2019

Climb The Zinalrothorn, August 2019

Pete Jackson, Zermatt Private Guiding
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

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, 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
Chamonix Rock Climbing, August 2019

Chamonix Rock Climbing, August 2019

Roger, Chamonix private guiding for technical rock climbing

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 Mountaineering Day, August 2019

Chamonix Mountaineering Day, August 2019

Jesse Lee, Aiguille du Midi Private Guiding Day & Arete Laurence Traverse
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
Dufourspitze Ascent, August 2019

Dufourspitze Ascent, August 2019

Andrew Wills, Chamonix Mountaineering, Breithorn & Dufour Ascents
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
Chamonix Mountaineering & Private Guiding August 2019

Chamonix Mountaineering & Private Guiding August 2019

James Carr, Skyway Monte Bianco & Aiguille du Midi Mountaineering days
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.
Jungfrau & Monch Ascents, June 2019

Jungfrau & Monch Ascents, June 2019

James Sides, Bernese Oberland Private Guiding & Training programme.

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