This was my first ski trekking adventure and I could not be happier with the experience. Just brilliant. Kathy our guide was so helpful, kind, great fun and passionately informative. The agenda was also adapted based on the weather so that we filled the two days just perfectly to optimise time skiing back country, trekking, learning skills. If you are thinking of doing this – just do it. Thanks Rob and Kathy.
Val Feret & Vallée Blanche Intro Ski Touring WeekendGareth Kaminski-Cook, February 2018
What a great way to end our holiday! After more than a week of skiing in and around Chamonix the weather finally came good and we were able to fulfil a long-held ambition of taking on the Vallée Blanche. Despite some crusty snow high up the ‘easy’ route from the top of the Hellbronner lift was a delight, with astonishing views. For the most part the skiing is straightforward, but for the likes of us that is only possible with an accomplished guide. We’ve skied with Rob many times and he knows our limits (which are comparatively modest). As a result, we had a splendid day surrounded by breath-taking scenery. Rob has the great ability to instil absolute confidence while making the whole experience fun and informative – the mark of a true professional.
Ski Vallée Blanche Descent From Italy, February 2018John and Jean Spencer
Just back from a great trip to the Chamonix Valley, including three terrific days of ski-touring with High Mountain Guides. Two of the days involved stand-out tours, one of the Aiguilles Rouges, including the classic Crochues Berade traverse. A couple of days later we stuck with the powder and found some great velvet turns high under the North Face of Les Droites having traversed in from the Grands Montets top station. The intervening day was taken up with a demanding but equally rewarding Vallée Blanche tour, beginning at the Midi station, travelling over to the Hellbronner mid-station and down into Chamonix from there. I’ve climbed and skied with Rob often over nearly 10 years and every time it has been excellent.
[Thanks Tom – Here’s to another 10 years, Ed!]
Advanced Intro To Ski Touring In Chamonix, Feb 2018Tom Spencer
I think we can safely say the group had a great day! The perfect weather and experience generally made up for the variable snow conditions and when in the mountains you have to take what’s given to you.
Vallée Blanche Guided Ski Touring Day, Feb 2018Adam Casey & Team
Intro Ski Touring Week, Chamonix Feb 2018Brett Webster
I just wanted to thank you all for the AMAZING week I had. It really motivated me to keep learning and training. Kenny’s tips and suggestions have really helped me realise what I have to work on from now onwards, and have also helped for this week to be so nice! I really enjoyed sharing this experience with Jenn and Brett, it was a really nice group. Gaby
Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Week, Feb 2018Jen Kingwill & Gabriela Fedullo
Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills Classic Course, Jan 2018Toby Bishop
Thanks for a great day and pics!
Geir, lovelie (!) to meet you. Hope to ski with you again.
Dear both, great to meet you and ski with you, had such a lovelie (!) time.
Les Houches Off Piste & Micro Ski Touring Day, Jan 2018Olav & Geir
Rob, Gav, Many thanks for organising Saturday for us, we really enjoyed the day and Gav was excellent. Paul
Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Weekend, Jan 2018Jen Kingwill, Paul Ledger & David Ashmore
Cascade Ice Climbing, December 2017Phil Green
Thanks Rob, Got the photo’s – beautiful. What amazing weather ! just hope the snow comes now.
Chamonix Autumn Expedition Training, Nov 2017Sheena West
Matterhorn Exploratory Trip, Zermatt, Oct 1-3 2017Richard Flint
Rifugio Torino, Pt Lachenal & Autumnal Vallee Blanche Traverse, October 2017Jonathan Storry Deans
Rob, thanks for this. I felt that the course gave me a good introduction to the Alpine scene and I enjoyed it. Our guide Kenny was excellent. As well as the very good technical instruction that he gave, he also passed on lots of useful tips and was also a very nice guy to be out with.
My week in Chamonix was a great experience. I learnt a great deal and thoroughly enjoyed the week. Kenny was an excellent guide and mentor, as well as being great company. Many thanks for a great week in the mountains and I’m sure I’ll be signing up for another trip soon!
Kind regards, Ian
Chamonix Intro Alpine Course 11-13 September 2017Robert Vale & Ian Nunn
I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. It was good fun. We were fortunate with the weather. Although in cloud on the summit, it cleared on the descent and Kevin’s photo on the summit came out despite the cold (photos attached). The via ferrata next day was a good alternative to the high winds forecast for the heights & our tired knees.
Weissmies – Allalinhorn Private Guiding, September 2017Nigel Riley
Chamonix – Aosta Rock Climbing, Sept 2017Austin Barham
Mont Blanc Ascent September 2017Debbie & Rachael
Just wanted to say thank you for my week here and the expertise that I have been privy to whilst in Chamonix.
Despite finding the glacier work tricky, I have thoroughly enjoyed my final few days climbing with Robbie. His patience, humour, empathy and amazing skill has meant I have progressed from complete beginner outside, to doing a 5b, in 48 hours!
The way you have liaised with me over many months has been superb and I have never felt unsupported by your company or left with unanswered questions.
I will be looking to do some more rock climbing next spring (hopefully with Robbie!) so will be in touch,
Many thanks and best wishes,
Chamonix Alpine & Rock Climbing Sept 2017Anna Wilkin
It was a really great couple of days and Robin was excellent. It was good doing the south ridge ascent and decent of the Weissmies in tougher conditions, enjoyable and sustained scrambling topped off with low visibility summit ridge was so cool. The Allalinhorn was awesome with the glacial features, bridges etc and the snow slopes were a nice contrast to the scrambling of the previous day.
Best Regards, Ben
Weissmies Course, 11-13th Sept 2017Richard Miles & Ben Stevens
Chamonix Rock Climbing – Private Guiding Day Sept 2017Michelle Fan
The Wales Matterhorn preparation 2 days was a great introduction to the type of climbing and movement required to have a successful Matterhorn trip and I would recommend it to anyone who is thinking of going for the big one. This was followed by a specific training period out in Chamonix, before and during Rob and his team could not have been more helpful, all ending up with a successful and enjoyable summit and return. As a result of the challenge, support and fun I have had I am now busy planning next years adventure….
Matterhorn Training UK Weekend & Zermatt Ascent!Sarah Rowell
Gran Paradiso Course, Aug 2017Lou Harris
It’s been really worthwhile, and many thanks to Jon. He’s a great teacher. The days up the midi were invaluable and thoroughly enjoyable. I feel so much better prepared to start touring and have a wealth of new skills to work on. Really fantastic! Today I discovered that I absolutely hate rock climbing, which in itself is no bad thing. I’ve never been great with heights, but I wasn’t expecting to feel that freaked out! I was gripping on like a limpet! But john was great. Can’t say as id ever like to set foot on rock again, but I survived, got humbled, learnt about myself, and ultimately figured out how to (just about) get control of my fear to get the job done…. That might one day prove to be the most valuable thing I picked up. So seriously, many thanks.
Take care, Jeremy.
August Mountaineering – Chamonix Private GuidingJeremy Miles
Mont Blanc 10-14 June 2017Steven & Andrew Wills
Rock Climbing & Alpine Mountaineering, July 2017Ilari Törönen
Chamonix Rock Climbing 16 July 2017Mark Hense
Just wanted to say thanks so much for a brilliant couple of days on the Aiguille D’Entreves and in the Aiguille Rouge. It was FANTASTIC!
Rob, Alberto was absolutely excellent – professional, great company and super skilled. We learned a lot! I even seemed to be using my feet more than my knees today so that must be progress
Thanks so much again, Andy
Chamonix Mountaineering – Long Weekend, Aug 2017Andy Blackwell
Monte Rosa Mountaineer Course, August 2017Sean & Bradley Scott
With thanks to ‘High Mountain Guides’ I have achieved my dream and climbed the Matterhorn! I decided about a year ago that this was what I wanted to do and I spent a lot of time researching companies that offered this objective.
Matterhorn Ascent – August 2017Helen Harris
Hey Rob, We had an amazing time on the trip, thank you so much for making everything come together in such a convenient and seamless manner for us.
Chamonix Mountaineering & Weissmies, August 2017Ashley & Mitch Leppo
It was a great week, and thanks to you and Gavin for putting it together. I thought the Dent Blanche was a great alternative to the Eiger and I was very proud to get up and down, particularly without the aid of Chamonix lifts or Swiss mountain trains, which made it feel like a more genuine expedition.
Eiger – Dent Blanche Week, Aug 2017James Diggle
Matterhorn Ascent July 2017Matt Evans
Thanks Rob I really enjoyed the day. Valuable experience also. All the best, Phil.
Chamonix Mountain Day & Matterhorn Preparation – June 2017Phil Curtises
I just want to thank you for all your work. This was an amazing accomplishment for me.
I remember having a long phone call with you about an extention Mont Blanc. Thank you for the work on that too.
This experience was really great. Guy guided us really well.
Kind regards, Kerst
Gran Paradiso Course 30th June – 2nd July 2017Kerst Troost
Chamonix Ski Mountaineering, March 2017Simon Everett
Sorry for the delayed reply – Dave was straight out on exped when we got home and I knew he would want to be included in giving the feedback!
We had a fantastic trip – didn’t really know what we were expecting, but it was better than we expected!! Ben was excellent, we hope we didn’t scar him mentally for life! Weather conditions were obviously fantastic, but even if they hadn’t been we were so confident in Ben he could have made us see sunshine through a storm (and then made us move quicker!).
Feedback (from Dave) – excellent. What he liked was that it was very much tailored to our (in)abilities and it really pushed us. The flexibility really made it work. The only area Dave would change with hindsight would be the kit selection – we opted for warmer clothing and left our lighter stuff in the UK. As it turned out we could have done with having both on hand. That said, if the weather hadn’t been kind, we would have been really grateful for the warm stuff and Ben the Oracle made sure we only packed what we needed on the summit attempt (he made Dave leave his Ronhills behind!).
It has really inspired us to do more in the Alps, and Dave has now signed up for his IML Summer assessment, although his rope work will still never meet Ben’s standard!
Sorry we missed you at the car boot!!
Hope to work with you again,
Thanks for a great experience!
All the Best,
Sam and Dave, September 2016
Alpine Training & Mt Blanc Ascent
Sorry for the late reply, we just got home yesterday from the French Riviera.
Thankfully both John and I fully recovered now, although it took a good week after our climb before we could walk properly again! We had an amazing time, as Johnny would call it ” level 2 fun”. I can honestly say it was the hardest I have ever pushed myself in my life in terms of endurance and perseverance.
Thank you again, I cant explain how much fun we had
Alex and John Godwin
Gran Paradiso Ascent, Sept 2016
I should say that it was an epic weekend with Jeff – he really is a fantastic person to climb with and very good coach. Perfectly fitted the bill for me. We definitely pushed the envelope, especially with the Eperon and Cosmiques Arete in one day, but that was exactly what I wanted out of the trip. The Midi refuge was also a good call from Jeff – very surprised to see most of the guests still asleep at 8am (not being climbers)! Thanks to you also for organising/facilitating so smoothly.
I’m keen to continue developing my technique and build on these first big alpine routes. Will be considering options for the winter and next summer, but definitely intending to climb with you and Jeff again. Will be in touch.
George Davie, September 2016
Chamonix Mountaineering Private Guiding
Chamonix Rock Climbing & Private Guiding
Mt Blanc 26th sept – 1 oct
Hi Rob, it’s Ben here from the recent Gran Paradiso trip.
Gran Paradiso Ascent – 3 Day Course
Hello Rob and Phil,
I am back home now, savoring the wonderful memories I collected in the Alps — and readjusting to the time-zone change. I enjoyed my Alpine adventures very much, and I enjoyed Phil’s company and expertise — and his willingness to accommodate my wishes. With one exception, all my objectives were met, and I am especially pleased that I was able to add on the Monch and the Jungfrau to my list of summits climbed. Thanks again for arranging for me to climb Mont Blanc earlier than planned so that we could enjoy the superb weather.
The one objective not met? We could never find any Edelweiss growing in the wild!
After I have had time to catch up on all the stuff that has piled up here at home in my absence, I would like to share some of my observations and thoughts on the queuing of climbing parties and protocol for overtaking slower parties on popular routes. Phil and I already had some discussion about this while driving back to Chamonix the last day.
Thanks to both of you for making my Alpine adventures so pleasant and successful.
Apologies for delay but would just like to say thanks for 3 great days. The traverse of Aiguilles d’Entreves was spectacular and, as always, I learned a lot on the way. I was gutted that I was feeling too rough to complete the Dent du Geant on day 2 but enjoyed the short morning to the ridge. Definitely a route for another time. The 6a climb on the Brevant was just great. A perfect choice for the weather that day. Loved the lesson in crevasse rescue back at the hotel. Have been practising with my wife. It has transformed our approach for the better I think.
Thanks for your time, patience, imparted knowledge and company. Hopefully it will be less than 7 years before we meet again.
Very best wishes
June 2017, Chamonix Alpine Climbing Private Guiding
Some of our team were questioning the decision to cancel Mont Blanc
They had heard that other teams were going and thought our team might have been over cautious
Maybe set some expectations regarding the risks associated with the grand couloir aka death valley
Or better share a YouTube video with them https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Good call by the way and I’m happy to be back safe ;o)
I had a great time and have a huge amount of respect for the challenges you guys face with difficult clients
Good luck and best wishes
Mont Blanc June 2017
Chamonix Private Guiding & Weissmies Ascent, June 17
It was the best trip and its still growing on me!
Gran Paradiso 3 Day Course – Team Danois – June 2017
First of all a big ‘Thank You’ for a great weekend in Snowdonia! I found it a really useful and enjoyable work-out.
Thanks for sharing the photos; it’s wonderful to have a record of the lovely people I met during last weekend!
If there is any feedback you can share with me that would be much appreciated, please.
Matterhorn Training Weekend, North Wales, Spring 2017David Newman
Matterhorn Training Weekend, Snowdonia 2017Asa & Phil, Snowdonia Matterhorn Training & Chamonix Alpine Preparation Day
Matterhorn Training Weekend, Snowdonia, May 2017Matt Evans, Mont Blanc, Matterhorn Training, Matterhorn Ascent Programme 2016/17
North Wales Intro Rock Climbing Weekend May 2017Austin & Kate, Snowdonia Rock Climbing Weekend May 2017
Myself and Jamie had a great weekend in Wales and Rick was a great guide.
I think he’s left us both with a lot to think about before we attempt the Matterhorn.
Matterhorn Training Weekend Early May 2017James & John Eddy - Matterhorn Training / Private Guiding In Snowdonia
Hi Gav, Rob
Great photo’s thank you, and so many thanks again for a fantastic week end. The whole event for me was exactly what I hoped for, a personal experience to remember, a very real introduction to mountaineering, and top guiding and coaching that meant I felt safe at all times.
All very professionally delivered throughout the booking and admin process etc, so one very happy novice mountaineer who now wants to build on the experience, and to look forward to future opportunities.
Cheers, and many thanks again
Chamonix Spring Mountaineering Weekend – April 2017Melvyn Young, Chamonix Spring Mountaineering Weekend - April 2017
Thanks Rob. The Haute Route was a very enjoyable trip. Mike was a great guide and companion over the five days.
Ski Haute Route – Chamonix to Zermatt – April 2017Bryan Mix, Ski Haute Route April 2017
Awesome weekend! Totally met my expectations especially in preparation for my upcoming Mont Blanc trip with High Mountain Guides. First class guiding, knowledge sharing and a lot of fun. Thanks HMG ….Viv
Thanks for organizing a great weekend in the mountains and around town.
It was a pleasure spending time with the team and I look forward to meeting you all again soon
All the best, Steven
Mont Blanc Training Weekend In Snowdonia April 2017Jack, Steve, Viv & Kevin - Mt Blanc Training - Open Course April 2017
Happy cycling to both of you. Leave your power meters at home sometimes and lift your heads from your Garmins, enjoy the views 🙂
Intro Ski Touring Course, Chamonix Feb 2017Graham Parry
What more must I say than my colleagues. I learned a lot more technical thing this weekend.
It was very rewarding and guides super nice
Impatient for the next training …Cheers, Harold
Matterhorn Training Feb 2017Tobias & Matterhorn Training Team 2017
Chamonix Off Piste & Ski Mountain Skills, Jan 2017Lotte & Magnus Bjermo
Courmayeur Off Piste Guiding Jan 2017
Hi Rob – this was a very enjoyable week and we appreciated John’s flexibility in the programme.
He was good fun, even if he did crack the whip a bit….
Chamonix Ski Touring March 2015Ashley Mclucas, Surrey
Just a quick one to say thanks for this last week. The climbing has been amazing, particularly the Weissmies. The company has also been good and the guides excellent.
I’m already thinking of booking again for next year and I’d like to discuss some further objectives and my development as an alpine climber.
Many thanks once again.