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
Gran Paradiso Attempt July 2019

Gran Paradiso Attempt July 2019

Francis Nation-Dixon, 2 Day Gran Paradiso Climb

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

Pigne d’Arolla Ascent & Intro To Alpine Mountaineering

Pigne d’Arolla Ascent & Intro To Alpine Mountaineering

Mike Sann, Skyway Alpine Intro & Arolla 2 day alpine hut expedition, July 2019
Thanks for giving us an excellent 3 days in the mountains on our recent trip to Chamonix.  We all had a very enjoyable time and learnt some valuable mountain skills.  I intend to to try and go on some of your alpine training weekends in Wales or Scotland and I’ll get in touch next summer to start planning our Mont Blanc trip.
The steep Serpentine Roll often provides the crux of the ascent of the Pigne d’Arolla
Hope the rest of the summer goes well.  Best Wishes, Mike
Chamonix Rock Climbing Guiding

Chamonix Rock Climbing Guiding

Rebecca Heard, rock climbing guiding & training in Chamonix, July 2019
I had an excellent day, you pushed me out of my comfort zone while being very patient. Thank you!! Feeling great after the last few days, such a great experience and great guiding!!
Becky on the last few moves of the brilliant classic route on the Aiguillette d’Argentiere, Chamonix
Thanks again!  Rebecca 
Mont Blanc Guiding With Gran Paradiso Training Climb

Mont Blanc Guiding With Gran Paradiso Training Climb

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

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

Carl & Dylan on the summit of Mont Blanc

Best Wishes, Carl.

Chamonix Granite Mountaineering Week, June 2019

Chamonix Granite Mountaineering Week, June 2019

Joe Grainger, 5 good routes in 5 days, Perrons, Tour Ronde, Dent du Geant, Papillons & Peigne!

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

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

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

Climb Mont Blanc & Swiss 4000ers

Climb Mont Blanc & Swiss 4000ers

Paul Moore & Craig O Leary, Allalinhorn & Mont Blanc Ascents, June 2019
I’m Back in the UK after a very enjoyable week spent in the high mountains.  Kenny was a very enthusiastic knowledgeable guide keen to share both his technical mountaineering knowledge & his knowledge of the mountains & wildlife.  I really enjoyed every minute of the Mont Blanc climb, it was a superb experience and we had great clear views from the summit. Kind regards, Paul Moore
Paul & Craig high on Mont Blanc, Photo Kenny Grant
We had a very enjoyable week in the mountains covering a good range of skills.  Kenny was an excellent guide and is a good asset for your business, he passed on some useful information which will come in for future trips & my ML training. Craig
2 Day Chamonix Alpine Mountaineering Training Course

2 Day Chamonix Alpine Mountaineering Training Course

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

Climb The Gran Paradiso Course

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

Weissmies & Mont Blanc Course, June 2019

Robert & Gary Siddal, Climbed Mt Blanc & Weissmies, late June 2019
It’s was a great week and fantastic climbing with  all you guys. I think it will take a while for it all to sink in but a terrific experience.
Thanks for organising a great double trip, it was worth all the money and effort.
Best Regards
The scenic approach to the Tete Rousse Hut via the rocky ridge path now the snow has melted off it.

Gary & Rob 👍

Chamonix Mountaineering & Allalinhorn Ascent

Chamonix Mountaineering & Allalinhorn Ascent

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

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

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

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