Spring Ski Mountaineering Summits CourseHannah 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!
Many thanks again for such a fantastic weekend and I would love to do more again.
Jbel Toubkal (4167m) Training In ChamonixCaroline & 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…
Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills CourseAlex Cooper, Classic Course In Chamonix, March 2018
Scottish Highlands Mont Blanc Training WeekendCarlo Stocchetti, Fort William Mont Blanc Training, April 2018
Ski Mountaineering Haute Route / Aosta / West OberlandHetty & 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.
Winter / Spring 2018 Ski Haute Route TrainingJen Kingwill, Intro & Intermediate Ski Touring & Haute Route Training, Jan-March 2018
Chamonix Spring Rock Climbing & Mountaineering WeekendAustin 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 Touring WeekendTom and Rowan, March 2018
Chamonix & Val d’Aosta Ski MountaineeringSimon 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