What Our Guests Say

Really glad that we did have those early starts though since the easier days when we started later were actually pretty hard work under that mid morning/midday sun. Now I have an idea of how strong the sun is here in May I will never object to early starts again!
It was a great week, even though the weather went a bit mixed towards the end and we couldn’t do either the Dom or the Dufourspitze, but I am pretty used to having to switch plans to work around the weather, so it wasn’t entirely unexpected! I really enjoyed the booting up/down the Tour Ronde anyway, so it was a nice finish.  Thanks again for the hard work trail breaking and trip planning both in advance and during the week.
Late Spring Ski Descent Of Mont Buet, Great ski mountaineering conditions in mid May 2018
Keep me up to date if you get any more enquiries from other people wanting to do something similar!  Any takers for some more spring ski mountaineering summits next year – Ski Bernese Oberland perhaps!?
Spring Ski Mountaineering Summits Course

Spring Ski Mountaineering Summits Course

Hannah 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!

Chamonix Mountaineering Training Course
Mountaineering From The Skyway Monte Bianco Lift As Part Of A Toubkal Training Weekend

Many thanks again for such a fantastic weekend and I would love to do more again.

Jbel Toubkal (4167m) Training In Chamonix

Jbel Toubkal (4167m) Training In Chamonix

Caroline & 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…

Off Piste & Mountain Skills Team Touring Above The Val Veny, Courmayeur, March 2018
Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills Course

Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills Course

Alex Cooper, Classic Course In Chamonix, March 2018
Just wanted to say that the weekend lived up to all expectations. The location And scenery was stunning especially on Saturday on  Ben Nevis. Sunday on Stob Ban was  completely opposite with the wet weather but contributed to giving a real experience of the highlands and how quickly it can change.
Jonathan was great company and his experience and guidance were welcomed and added to the overall training, please pass on my appreciation. Loving the work on the snow with the crampons and the scrambling and rope work.
I have come back with a taste for more and will spend the next week considering plans for the future to continue my mountaineering journey, perhaps a trip in the Alps will be next. I will let you know when I have made a decision.  Finally thank you for the well organised trip from start to finish you have been always there to answer questions which helped with my planning and preparation.
Mont Blanc Training Weekned
Superb mountaineering position approaching the Carn Mor Dearg Arete On Ben Nevis
Scottish Highlands Mont Blanc Training Weekend

Scottish Highlands Mont Blanc Training Weekend

Carlo Stocchetti, Fort William Mont Blanc Training, April 2018
Thanks again for a truly incredible week – it’s safe to say we are still both buzzing! Saturday night and Sunday morning were spent eating the majority of the patisserie in Chamonix whilst trying to fully absorb and recount everything we learnt over the course of the week.  I’ve just downloaded the photos – they are brilliant and an amazing momentum of the week. Thank you so much.
Although very briefly disappointed to not be going for Plan A due to sentimental reasons, your forewarning, honestly and knowledge (and general weather guru-ness!) made sure that there was never a moment I doubted we were going to have an amazing week. The variation of each day and skiing was superb and I think we both felt you pushed us the perfect amount. For me, the Balmhorn was a particular highlight – although I loved it all! On top of this was the amount we learnt – in a way not being able to go ahead with the original agenda taught us far more about how to plan, gather information and safely continue on our adventures. I have no doubt this will be invaluable for the future.
I’ll make sure we stay in touch, both Tom and I feel there is a lot more we would like to learn in the future and we’d be keen for more alpine and ski mountaineering adventures! In the meantime, I hope you finally get to enjoy some spring conditions!
Hetty and Tom entering the fine steep couloir ski descent from just above the Lammeren Hut to Lammerenalp, April 2018
Ski Mountaineering Haute Route / Aosta / West Oberland

Ski Mountaineering Haute Route / Aosta / West Oberland

Hetty & 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.

Jen descending the Aiguille du Midi snow ridge as part of crampon and mountaineering training for the Haute Route in April 2018
Winter / Spring 2018 Ski Haute Route Training

Winter / Spring 2018 Ski Haute Route Training

Jen Kingwill, Intro & Intermediate Ski Touring & Haute Route Training, Jan-March 2018
Rob,
Just returned home from Chamonix. Great weekend with Gav – mountaineering and rock climbing. I enjoyed every minute.
Thanks and regards
Austin.
(Austin’s 7th weekend alpine mountaineering and rock climbing with us in Chamonix & Snowdonia
Chamonix Mountaineering Guide
Austin enjoying quiet and wintery conditions on the Cosmiques Arete in mid April 2018. Photo Gav Pike
Chamonix Spring Rock Climbing & Mountaineering Weekend

Chamonix Spring Rock Climbing & Mountaineering Weekend

Austin 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 Guiding
Tom & Rowan ski touring in late winter above the Chamonix Valley.
Chamonix Ski Touring Weekend

Chamonix Ski Touring Weekend

Tom and Rowan, March 2018
Dear Rob and Tim, just a brief email to thank you both for the guiding last week.
Whilst the conditions conspired against high mountain adventures, you both provided a really well tailored set of experiences that were great fun, safe but adventurous where possible and very educational. I know Ian and Chris both enjoyed the two days together we had together with Tim and I certainly enjoyed my two days before that with both of you.
Many thanks indeed for your time and efforts in putting this together, it is really appreciated.  Best wishes, Simon
Courmayeur Ski Guide
Simon enjoying the deep powder in Courmayeur, great skiing and conditions in mid March 2018
Chamonix & Val d’Aosta Ski Mountaineering

Chamonix & Val d’Aosta Ski Mountaineering

Simon 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

Haute Route Ski Training Weekend
Chamonix Aiguille du Midi snow ridge ascent
Chamonix Ski Haute Route Training

Chamonix Ski Haute Route Training

Jen Kingwill, Jan, Feb & March 2018