What Our Guests Say

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.

Intro Ski Touring Team In The Vallee Blanche
Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Weekend Team – Getting Back To Chamonix From Italy, Via The Vallée Blanche!
Val Feret & Vallée Blanche Intro Ski Touring Weekend

Val Feret & Vallée Blanche Intro Ski Touring Weekend

Gareth 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.

The easiest way to ski the Vallee Blanche!
John & Jean at Punta Hellbronner about to ski the Vallee Blanche

 

Ski Vallée Blanche Descent From Italy, February 2018

Ski Vallée Blanche Descent From Italy, February 2018

John 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!]

Skiing on the north side of the Col de Brevent, Chamonix Aiguilles Rouges
Advanced Intro To Ski Touring In Chamonix, Feb 2018

Advanced Intro To Ski Touring In Chamonix, Feb 2018

Tom Spencer
 Hi Rob,

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.

Gavin was a great guide, source of information about the mountains/area and really looked after us (e.g. picking us up from our accommodation and dropping us back off). We had the feeling we were in very safe hands and from my perspective safety is the reason for paying for a guide.
Regards, Adam
Off Piste Skiing In The Vallee Blanche Chamonix
Grippy chalky hard pack snow in the combe Vierge on the Italian side of the Vallee Blanche. Photo Gav Pike
Vallée Blanche Guided Ski Touring Day, Feb 2018

Vallée Blanche Guided Ski Touring Day, Feb 2018

Adam Casey & Team
Just to let you know what a fantastic week I ( and I am sure we ) had last week. Your attention to detail and your personal touch made a really great course with plenty of information. I can honestly say it was the best ( and hardest ) weeks skiing I have ever had.
Kenny is a great guide and teacher , his personality and people management skills show through in all he does. It goes without saying he is an accomplished mountaineer and skier whose passion and drive seeps down to his clients.
Currently back in the UK wondering where the mountains have gone. Will be keeping an eye out for another course or trip with yourselves.  Best of luck with the rest of the season.
Ski Guiding The Vallee Blanche Chamonix
Ski Crevasse Valley In The Vallee Blanche Chamonix
Intro Ski Touring Week, Chamonix Feb 2018

Intro Ski Touring Week, Chamonix Feb 2018

Brett Webster
On the way to the airport now after a great week! I had a wonderful week – the itinerary choice for each day was great, with Kenny finding good snow for us most days. Kenny was excellent  – lots of little tips along the way and sharing his mountain /snow knowledge throughout the week. I’m looking forward to the next course in March. Jen.
Ski Touring Italian Val Feret
Chamonix Intro ski touring course on our overnight hut tour via the lovely Rifugio Bonatti in the beautiful Val Feret

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 2018

Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Week, Feb 2018

Jen Kingwill & Gabriela Fedullo

Dear Rob,

A brief note of thanks for this week. It’s the best week’s skiing I’ve had. It was a great help to understand why we were doing and not doing certain things and how to minimise risk and maximise the potential for good skiing.
Your new website is looking good. I’ll recommend the course and your guidance to those who’d appreciate them.
All the best, Toby.
Chamonix Off Piste & Ski Mountain Skills course in the Vallee Blanche, great conditions in Jan 2018
Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills Classic Course, Jan 2018

Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills Classic Course, Jan 2018

Toby Bishop

Hi Rob

Thanks for a great day and  pics!

Geir, lovelie (!) to meet you. Hope to ski with you again.

Br, Olav

Ski Touring On The Prarion, Les Houches, Chamonix Valley

Dear both, great to meet you and ski with you, had such a lovelie (!) time.

Thanks again for a super trip, and the photos. Will check out the link for the courses Rob.
Until next time. Warm Regards, Geir
Les Houches Off Piste & Micro Ski Touring Day, Jan 2018

Les Houches Off Piste & Micro Ski Touring Day, Jan 2018

Olav & Geir
Great skiing yesterday – thanks for a wonderful day! Received the we transfer file too – many thanks! Jen

Rob, Gav, Many thanks for organising Saturday for us, we really enjoyed the day and Gav was excellent. Paul


The day was great, I found it particularly useful being a complete new comer to ski touring. I’ll certainly look to get involved in some more days / courses touring when I get the chance and will of course look you up.  Just a word on Gav. His knowledge was excellent and he gave some really useful feedback about our technique and and back country safety. David
Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Weekend Team – Day Tour on Punta Croce, Val d’Aosta
Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Weekend, Jan 2018

Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Weekend, Jan 2018

Jen Kingwill, Paul Ledger & David Ashmore
Owen was fantastic. Cannot say enough good things about him. Excellent guide and I felt the climbs we got on we’re the right difficulty and what I was looking for. He pushed me to climb harder at times which I very much appreciated! Will send photos shortly. Overall I am very happy with my experience with High Mountain Guides and the guiding with Owen.  Thank you very much
Philip
Phil enjoying the steep green Ice near the Mauvoisin dam, Swiss Valais Alps
Cascade Ice Climbing, December 2017

Cascade Ice Climbing, December 2017

Phil Green

Thanks Rob, Got the photo’s – beautiful. What amazing weather ! just hope the snow comes now.

An Amazing few days with High mountain guides training for my 8000 metre peak challenge. Lots of technical information received and as requested pushed to my limits on Le Mont Buet. Loved every minute and always felt safe. Thankyou Rob, It was exactly what I was looking for and really pleased I have the next two trips booked.
In touch soon, Sheena
Sheena in soft snow on the early winter ascent of Mont Buet, Aiguilles Rouges, Chamonix
Chamonix Autumn Expedition Training, Nov 2017

Chamonix Autumn Expedition Training, Nov 2017

Sheena West
Seriously, thanks very much for the guiding and company over the last few days, it’s great to spend time in the mountains with someone who really knows his stuff – it’s a magical area and I’m definitely up for going back to have a go at getting to the top – after a lot of ‘bull’s eye’ training. Those weekends next spring sound good and as you say maybe even a trip to Chamonix.
“Great trip to Zermatt with Rob Jarvis in preparation for a future go at the Matterhorn. Rob’s accumulated experience gained from guiding all over the world makes being in the mountains challenging, safe and a great laugh. A real professional with a low key approach who wants you to learn and get to your goal.”
All the best.  Richard
A fine narrow snow ridge traverse heading East along the Breithorn summit ridge.
Matterhorn Exploratory Trip, Zermatt, Oct 1-3 2017

Matterhorn Exploratory Trip, Zermatt, Oct 1-3 2017

Richard Flint

Hi Rob!

Thanks for the last few days, great fun and I look forward to return to the alps soon. Phil has shared some of the great photos you took on the trip so thanks again for these. I am sure Stefano also took some photos yesterday too so if you could kindly ask him to forward them to me that would be great!
Thanks
J
Autumnal mountaineering traverse of the Vallee Blanche in good but chilly & windy weather and with lots of crevasses!
Rifugio Torino, Pt Lachenal & Autumnal Vallee Blanche Traverse, October 2017

Rifugio Torino, Pt Lachenal & Autumnal Vallee Blanche Traverse, October 2017

Jonathan 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.

Regards, Robert
Intro mountaineering & glacier travel session on the Tour Glacier below the Albert Premier Hut, Chamonix Valley beyond.

Hi Rob,

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 2017

Robert Vale & Ian Nunn

Hi Rob

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.

Best Regards

Nigel

Descent from the Weissmies South Ridge and a long day for the team in Sept 2017
Weissmies – Allalinhorn Private Guiding, September 2017

Weissmies – Allalinhorn Private Guiding, September 2017

Nigel Riley
Hi Rob,
Just an email to say thank you. I had a great weekend. Gavin selected two climbs that were perfect and provided me with a real challenge. I am hopefully a better climber than when I left England on Friday!
Thanks and regards
Austin
Austing Enjoying The Dry Rock Climbing (Pouring With Rain In Chamonix!) At The Brilliant Multi Pitch Crag Of Machaby In The Lower Val d’Aosta. Photo Gav Pike

Chamonix – Aosta Rock Climbing, Sept 2017

Austin Barham
Hey Rob,
Just wanted to say thank you and let you know that we had a phenomenal time this week with Dylan. He was a phenomenal guide- professional, incredibly safe, and ensured we had a great time when our original itinerary had to change. We’d highly recommend high mountain guides and specifically Dylan to anyone who asked. Hope to come back soon!
Debbie & Rachael
High On The Autumn Ascent Of Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc Ascent September 2017

Debbie & Rachael

Hey Rob,

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,

Anna

 

Chamonix Alpine & Rock Climbing Sept 2017

Anna Wilkin
Just wanted to say I really enjoyed the Weismass trip and Robin was a very good and friendly guide. He let us do some sport climbing on the first day putting up ropes for us. Also performed some excellent navigation to come down from Alallinhorn summit when the clouds came in and visibility was extremely low. For the rest of the time he was happy to answer our questions and give advice and always made sure we were not being pushed too far.
Thank you, Richard

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

Dawn Arrives with views over the Italian lake district on the ascent of the Weissmies South Ridge

Weissmies Course, 11-13th Sept 2017

Richard Miles & Ben Stevens
Hi Rob
It was wonderful! Got lots of climbs in and learnt some new skills along the way. Jeff was great -very friendly and patient.
Cheers,
Michelle
Michelle enjoying the sunny Italian rock climbing in Val Grisenche instead of a wet Mont Blanc Range!
Chamonix Rock Climbing – Private Guiding Day Sept 2017

Chamonix Rock Climbing – Private Guiding Day Sept 2017

Michelle 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….

Sarah in training for the Matterhorn with a tough ascent of the Dent du Geant. Photo Ben Bradford

Matterhorn Training UK Weekend & Zermatt Ascent!

Sarah Rowell
Just wanted to say how fantastic the August 3 day Gran Paradiso trip was, despite me now nursing pretty unsightly feet it was well worth it!
I had a real laugh but as I’d hoped, learnt practical alpine skills as well as about myself and my own capabilities. I was lucky to have such an excellent team and felt safe and supported at all times with Jonny, who was so patient and tolerant when I was having some doubts and having my own Type III fun! I have had such a great time and will definitely be back….(maybe when my toe nails grow back?!:)
THANK YOU!
Lou
Team Ascent Of The Gran Paradiso, Italian Alps
Gran Paradiso Course, Aug 2017

Gran Paradiso Course, Aug 2017

Lou 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.

Spectacular snowy ridge mountaineering along the Midi – Plan Arete above Chamonix
August Mountaineering – Chamonix Private Guiding

August Mountaineering – Chamonix Private Guiding

Jeremy Miles
With apologies for the delay, here are some photos  from our trip up Mt. B back in June. Hopefully your summers are going well and that you have some adventures of your own planned for the near future. Thanks again for making our trip such a success and maybe we can do something else together next year.
Regards, Andrew
Andrew & Steven in training for Mont Blanc at Punta Hellbronner, on the Italian side of the Vallee Blanche
Mont Blanc 10-14 June 2017

Mont Blanc 10-14 June 2017

Steven & Andrew Wills
Illari moving well rock climbing in the Aiguilles Rouges above the Chamonix Valley
Yesterday was spent at La Fayet crags, learning about anchors, climbing some 5b/5c slabs to get more comfortable with them and also with my first attempt getting up to the fourth QuickDraw on the hardest 6a route on the upper crag (which last year I couldn’t even unclip the first QuickDraw!).
And the today… what a Grande Finale to my trip – the Arête des Cosmiques!!! Today we were on the 7:30 lift (the first to go was 7:15, delayed due to ice or something?) up to the Aiguille du Midi. We started our descend from the Midi station at exactly 8:00am… and we were unbelievable back up at exactly 10:20am. That is something of a testament to the huge progress we’ve made over the past six days.
This has been an amazing six days, with huge progress and most of all, absolutely stunning routes, great fun and memories to last a lifetime. I will be back!!!
All the best,
Ilari
Rock Climbing & Alpine Mountaineering, July 2017

Rock Climbing & Alpine Mountaineering, July 2017

Ilari Törönen
Jon was full on awesome. Thanks for hooking us up with such a fantastic chap. His hospitality was fantastic. A very good man.
Cheers! Mark.
A sociable summer morning on the ‘Clocher’ as part of an ascent of Label Virginie, accessed from the Plan Praz lift above the Chamonix Valley. Mt Blanc under a lenticular cloud across the valley!

Chamonix Rock Climbing 16 July 2017

Mark Hense
Andy & Ryan cat crawling & grinning along the Entreves Ridge traverse, French / Italian alpine border and a great intro to easier AD ridges.

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 2017

Chamonix Mountaineering – Long Weekend, Aug 2017

Andy Blackwell
Morning Rob
Just a note to say many thanks for a truly fantactic week and amazing weekend, both Stefano and Miles have been superb, Bradley is well and truley hooked!  We leave chamonix at 1030 at morning and i have no doubt we will See you very soon.
Please pass on my thanks and thank you for organising such a tremendous week.
Sean
With the remarkable Margherita Hut on the summit making it the highest building in Western Europe…and still serving great café!
Monte Rosa Mountaineer Course, August 2017

Monte Rosa Mountaineer Course, August 2017

Sean & Bradley Scott
Base of the Hornli Ridge on the Matterhorn. At last, it’s possible to relax and enjoy the satisfaction of the climb & summit reached before the sustained descent.

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.

I decided to go with ‘High Mountain Guides’ after chatting to Rob via email and because they offered a preparation weekend in Snowdonia and I knew they would be able to assess me and gauge if I was fit for this challenge. The weekend proved so useful and I was pointed in the right direction with regard to my training programme.
The pre Matterhorn training around Chamonix was great and included some classic climbs which were great preparation and allowed my guide to get to know me and assess my climbing ability and fitness.
The summit day was definitely tough just under 9hours in total and certainly requires great stamina and endurance but it was a fantastic feeling when we arrived back at the Hornli hut for a celebratory drink!
Thanks again!
Helen
Matterhorn Ascent – August 2017

Matterhorn Ascent – August 2017

Helen Harris

 

Superb summit views from the Weissmies and a fine ascent from Mitch & Ashley with Robin in August 2017

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.

Robin was great, in addition to getting us to the Weissmies summit we really appreciated that he took the time to teach us valuable mountaineering skills, cater to our interests, and allow us to climb as a team on the E Ridge of Grand Montets.
We definitely will be looking to spend more time in the Alps in the future and will reach out to you if we are looking for further guided itineraries or recommendations.
Thanks, Mitch & Ashley
Chamonix Mountaineering & Weissmies, August 2017

Chamonix Mountaineering & Weissmies, August 2017

Ashley & Mitch Leppo
Climbed as a brilliant alternative to a snowy Eiger & Matterhorn.

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.

Thank you also for the feedback. I’m definitely keen to tackle some of those other routes, and I had a good session with Gavin on the final day working on ways to safely speed up progress on that kind of ground.
I thought Gavin was a great guide – I felt 100% safe under his watch, and I was particularly struck by his thorough approach towards his own personal safety too, which set a very good example. He was a good laugh too, and it was fun to have Sam along for the Dent Blanche section.
All the best for the rest of the season. I hope to be back for some winter climbing and skiing at the start of next year, and hopefully something again next summer.
James
Eiger – Dent Blanche Week, Aug 2017

Eiger – Dent Blanche Week, Aug 2017

James Diggle
Matt at the Solvay Hut ( in less than 2 hours!) during his Matterhorn ascent with Mike in July 2017
Rob,What can I say…
It’s taken 2 years to get me here and you and your guides have helped me through the training both physical and mental that I needed to realise my dream of climbing Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn.  At the end of the day you need a bit of luck with the weather but you have to be ready when you get that window.
The training advice you gave and the snowdonia weekend all gave great insight into what was needed and the size of the challenge ahead.  I trained as hard as I could and then with the help of your amazing guide Mike on arrival in Chamonix we started with Plan A and created back up plans for each day should anything get in the way.  As it was we had a pretty stormy week to start off with , but because of the flexibility in your approach we were able to tailor the program and still get great routes in whilst watching the weather in Zermatt.
I must make others aware of the amazing care and engagement offered by you whilst we have been out here.
It means a lot when everyone is working actively towards your goal.  We could see there was a possible window and you knew how much I wanted it so at the risk of me losing another climb you allowed me to head to Hornli where again we met British guides who have worked with you many times and gave us great information.
The fact that you and your company is held in such high esteem by guides Home and away speaks volumes.  As I stood on top of the Matterhorn I was in heaven but I knew also just how happy you would be.  I cannot recommend highly enough.  If you are looking for a challenge and want honest , supportive, active, expert guiding with no nonsense then this is the company for you. But don’t forget, you will have to work your ass off to make your dreams come true.
Happy to speak to anyone who may want a chat about future climbing with you and cannot speak highly enough of your company philosophy in that you take people to the beautiful Alps and push them to attain their dreams in a positive , safe, friendly and enjoyable way. Chapeau to you for creating the conduit to such amazing lifelong memories.
Thank you for getting me here….Here’s to more adventures
Matt
Matterhorn Ascent July 2017

Matterhorn Ascent July 2017

Matt Evans

Thanks Rob I really enjoyed the day. Valuable experience also. All the best, Phil.

Phil trying out some 2 tool ice climbing on the Petit North Face of the Petit Aiguille Vert. Great views down in to the Chamonix Valley and across to the Aiguilles Rouges, Fiz, Aravis etc
Chamonix Mountain Day & Matterhorn Preparation – June 2017

Chamonix Mountain Day & Matterhorn Preparation – June 2017

Phil Curtises

Hi Rob,
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

This easy angled section comes after the junction of the 2 main Gran Paradiso routes and just before the final steep ascent to reach the summit plateau and then ridge. It’s also often where the sun is first greeted on the ascent!

Gran Paradiso Course 30th June – 2nd July 2017

Kerst Troost
Hi Rob,
Just a quick and belated note to thank you for my few days in Chamonix. Neil was a superb guide, great company, and we got in some great climbing and skiing, both tailored well to my level.
Thankfully the weather was better than expected so we managed some really big and exciting days.
Many thanks, Simon
Simon skiing the steep south west face of the Aiguille d’Argentiere above the Argentiere Glacier and accessed via a swift skin from the Grands Montets.
Chamonix Ski Mountaineering, March 2017

Chamonix Ski Mountaineering, March 2017

Simon 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.

Best

George Davie, September 2016

Chamonix Mountaineering Private Guiding

Rob and Miles
Just got back to the UK and I wanted to say thank you for a great weekend. I’m a little disappointed not to have made it to the top of the Aiguille de l’M when we were so close but I gave it my best and there is always next year!
Miles, thank you also for your excellent instruction and company.
Kind regards
Austin Barham

Chamonix Rock Climbing & Private Guiding

Hi rob what can I say , it has been truly amazing.
Jon has been fantastic and I’m glad we went for it as the wind is gusting up there this morning.
I have now as the only downside got 2 massive blisters on the back of my heel so I think anything else is out and now I have accomplished my goal I may just try and move flights to Saturday and get home a bit quicker for lots of hugs.
It has been an absolute pleasure dealing with you and your guides having met a few are really a cut above.
Thank you for helping me achieve my dream 👍
Matt Evans

Mont Blanc Summit At Dawn – Early Autumn Ascent

Mt Blanc 26th sept – 1 oct‏‎

Hi Rob, it’s Ben here from the recent Gran Paradiso trip.

I want to feedback how much I enjoyed the trip and how highly I recommend Ben. I cant put into words how wonderful the whole experience was and what it meant to me to successfully summit my first 4000er. I’ve had good guides before but Ben was just on another level. I had complete confidence in his ability and judgements throughout and he was a superb companion to us and I thoroughly enjoyed climbing with him. I was inspired by his dedication to our trip but also to mountaineering and his great attitude.
Ben
Gran Paradiso Summit Ridge. Our courses generally ascend from the Chabod Hut and often traverse via the Vittoria Emanuelle Hut in descent, according to snow conditions.

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.

John

Mission Impossible attempts to climb Mt Blanc, the Matterhorn & Eiger over the space of 2 weeks in the alpine summer.

Mission Impossible!

Rob,
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

Neil Pitts

Neil starting on the famous snow ridge of the Arete Rochefort, just past the ‘Salle a Manger’ at the base of the Dent du Geant
June 2017, Chamonix Alpine Climbing Private Guiding

June 2017, Chamonix Alpine Climbing Private Guiding

Hi Rob

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?v=KSzUubnCPPM

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

Steven

As part of the Mont Blanc course in hot dry conditions in June 2017
Mont Blanc June 2017

Mont Blanc June 2017

Thanks Jonny.

Back home now , Geneva was so warm and busy…. give me the alps any day. Really enjoyed our time together , thanks for taking care of our fun and safety. Hope you were on time at the airport and all was good with the family.
I will make sure to give you an update on the Fort William supermarket scene for Jack when I am there next weekend 🙂
Cheers
Eric & Dan
With Mont Blanc Beyond. Chamonix Private Guiding
Chamonix Private Guiding & Weissmies Ascent, June 17

Chamonix Private Guiding & Weissmies Ascent, June 17

Hi Rob

Thank you for the Gran Paradiso climb and especially the photos. I know that I can speak for everyone saying it was a great and memorable trip. Another trip to Chamonix is not out of the question, but it will take some time before we decide on where to go next. Take care.
Best, Casper

It was the best trip and its still growing on me!

ken hermann
Gran Paradiso 3 Day Course – Team Danois – June 2017

Gran Paradiso 3 Day Course – Team Danois – June 2017

Hello Rob,

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.

David

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Matterhorn Training Weekend, North Wales, Spring 2017

Matterhorn Training Weekend, North Wales, Spring 2017

David Newman
Thanks Rob,
As mentioned yesterday, we really enjoyed the weekend & thought it was a very well organised & professional two day training & we learned loads. Our guide/instructor, Jon, was great in every way and we loved the Plas Coch B&B, we’re hoping to be able to come back in the beginning of July for some more training before our Matterhorn attempt week later in July.
Thanks a million!
Would be lovely to see you and/or some of the others at some point.
Kind regards,
Åsa
Scrambling on the Idwal Buttress above Llyn Idwal and the Ogwen Valley. A brilliant area for Matterhorn training!
Matterhorn Training Weekend, Snowdonia 2017

Matterhorn Training Weekend, Snowdonia 2017

Asa & Phil, Snowdonia Matterhorn Training & Chamonix Alpine Preparation Day
Hi Rob, Just wanted to say a huge thank you….
I knew that the weekend would be good and be great practice, but I had no idea how much of a change occurred in me.   To go from grade 1 scrambling to amphitheater buttress has left me with a confidence in myself that I did not expect.
In no way do I mean that the programme will be easy, just that I now know that I can deal with the technical aspects. I know I can deal with exposure and stay focused and I know that I will do all that I can to be physically ready.
A wonderful weekend with like minded people all with a passion for the outdoors.
Amazing instructors and incredibly flexible programme to work around weather and get the maximum training.
Can’t wait 👍
Matt enjoying the superb big boot rock climbing on the Matterhorn Training weekend in Snowdonia, May 2017
Matterhorn Training Weekend, Snowdonia, May 2017

Matterhorn Training Weekend, Snowdonia, May 2017

Matt Evans, Mont Blanc, Matterhorn Training, Matterhorn Ascent Programme 2016/17
Rob – a fantastic weekend.
Ric, many thanks. Both Kate and I had a great time. The climbs we did were perfect, just at the right level and Kate is already asking about going back to do some more ( although she still feels a little guilty about dropping the nut!). ‎I think it is safe to say that Kate’s first experience of outdoor climbing has been a success. Thank you for your patient, clear instructing and for your company over the weekend.
Kind regards
Austin
Kate loving the sea cliff atmosphere – Castel Helen

North Wales Intro Rock Climbing Weekend May 2017

Austin & Kate, Snowdonia Rock Climbing Weekend May 2017

Hi Rob,

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.

Many thanks

John Eddy

 

Thanks Rob

I really enjoyed the weekend (more in hindsight to be fair) as I was pretty much taken to my current limits physically, technically and mentally on the cneifion arete, I didn’t ever feel too scared or too unsave – and nobody actually fell and had to actually test the rope! Ric was great, I think the training day made me look and feel a little better than I was on the real sustained pitch – which I made it up and down OK – but my fluidity (partially based on confidence) became more of an issue and this made me expel much more energy than is prudent to do so. I can work on fitness and some technical aspects but I really need more practical experience of alpine ascents before attempting something like the Matterhorn.
Thanks again
James
Scrambling Up The Cneifion Arete, Ogwen Valley Snowdonia
Matterhorn Training Weekend Early May 2017

Matterhorn Training Weekend Early May 2017

James & 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

Melvyn

Mountaineering From Skyway Monte Bianco, Courmayeur
Chamonix Spring Mountaineering Weekend – April 2017

Chamonix Spring Mountaineering Weekend – April 2017

Melvyn 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.

The longer days are actually more my taste anyway so was nice to have a few.  Would be interesting to go for three or even two days at some point.  This said – need to speed up my transitions some and get my kick turn to be bomber.
Thanks again
Bryan
Bryan enjoying a fast – 4 day – Haute Route in April 2017
Ski Haute Route – Chamonix to Zermatt – April 2017

Ski Haute Route – Chamonix to Zermatt – April 2017

Bryan Mix, Ski Haute Route April 2017
Scrambling On Crib Goch, Snowdon Horseshoe

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

Thoroughly enjoyed this weekend – first class coaching, great climbing companions, challenging routes and outstanding weather conditions!
Kevin

Thanks for organizing a great weekend in the mountains and around town.

Scrambling In The Glyders, Snowdonia

It was a pleasure spending time with the team and I look forward to meeting you all again soon
All the best, Steven

Hi Guys,  Thanks Rob for organising a fantastic weekend, and for the solid knowledge base.  The pictures are a great added bonus. I think we all gained a huge insight into climbing/scrambling as well as a huge grounding for Mont Blanc. Thanks also to you Kevin for your help and advice.  Good fortune to those climbing her. Hope to see you all again soon.  Jack
Mont Blanc Training Weekend In Snowdonia April 2017

Mont Blanc Training Weekend In Snowdonia April 2017

Jack, Steve, Viv & Kevin - Mt Blanc Training - Open Course April 2017
Hi Rob, John
Thanks for a great week. You definitely got me to my objectives and I feel ready to take the next step on some self guided simpler tours. I’ve already recommended you to friends and would not hesitate to keep doing so.
John. When you get chance, could you please share links to the weather forecasts and mapping websites you were telling me about.
Rob. John asked me to share some photos. Three are from Friday on the Croisse Baullet with two from Tuesday’s tour up Punta Croce.

Happy cycling to both of you. Leave your power meters at home sometimes and lift your heads from your Garmins, enjoy the views 🙂

Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Course, Feb 2017
Ski Touring On The Western Side Of The Mont Blanc Range
Intro Ski Touring Course, Chamonix Feb 2017

Intro Ski Touring Course, Chamonix Feb 2017

Graham Parry
Northern Cairngorms Feb 2017
Northern Cairngorms Feb 2017
Hi Rob,
Thanks very much to you & the other guides for this fantastic, amazing, instructive week-end experience!
The guides were great!
The weather was like promised and as you wrote and, as you can see, we all had a lot of fun as well!
It would be Great to have the Session in April with this same team as well.
Thankyou & Best Regards,
Tobias
Mixed mountaineering terrain - snowy rock in crampons - great Matterhorn training!
Mixed mountaineering terrain – snowy rock in crampons – great Matterhorn training!

 

 

Hi Rob,

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 2017

Matterhorn Training Feb 2017

Tobias & Matterhorn Training Team 2017

Hi Rob,

Thanks again for some great days. It has been very educational and given us a fair few pointers to ponder when we plan to go out next:)
See you later,  Magnus & Lotte
Magnus Off Piste Skiing At St Gervis / St Nicholas de Veroce below Mont Joly
Magnus Off Piste Skiing At St Gervis / St Nicholas de Veroce below Mont Joly
Chamonix Off Piste & Ski Mountain Skills, Jan 2017

Chamonix Off Piste & Ski Mountain Skills, Jan 2017

Lotte & Magnus Bjermo
Hi Rob,
Thanks for the picture and yes, we had an excellent day. Dylan was a great guide, he took us on terrain which was  the right level of challenging and exciting and was really good at offering tips and encouragement when needed. He was also relaxed and good fun.
Best wishes,  Lizzie
Off Piste Terrain At Courmayeur Beneath The South Face Of Monte Bianco
Off Piste Terrain At Courmayeur Beneath The South Face Of Monte Bianco
Courmayeur Off Piste Guiding Jan 2017

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….

Aslhey

Ski Touring on the Aiguillette des Houches from the Brevent lift with Mont Blanc across the Chamonix Valley beyond.
Ski Touring on the Aiguillette des Houches from the Brevent lift with Mont Blanc across the Chamonix Valley beyond.
Chamonix Ski Touring March 2015

Chamonix Ski Touring March 2015

Ashley Mclucas, Surrey

Rob,

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.

Dave

Team Celebration On The Weissmies Summit. Lagginhorn next day. Good conditions in late September 2016.
Team Celebration On The Weissmies Summit. Lagginhorn next day. Good conditions in late September 2016.
Gran Paradiso & Weissmies Climbs September 2016

Gran Paradiso & Weissmies Climbs September 2016

Dave Lozman, North Yorkshire, UK