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Welcome to our website!

IFMGA Mountain Guides, Andy Nelson, Andy Townsend and Paul Chiddle are the core of this group.

When ratios require, other hand picked and trusted IFMGA Guides work with us such as Euan Whittaker, Kenny Grant, Guy Steven and Jonny Baird. There’s a Scottish thread here…and we’re proud of that!

We all derive great enjoyment from being with people, especially people who love having adventures in mountains, whether it’s on foot, fingers & toes or skis.

It doesn’t matter if you you have never yet ventured into the hills or you’re ready to tick off technical 4000m peaks…we would love to share an adventure with you.

What we love doing…

Rock Climbing in Scotland, the Lake District, North Wales, and the Alps.

Winter Climbing in Scotland. Ice climbing in Norway and the Alps.

Skiing and Ski Touring in Scotland, the Alps, Iceland and Arctic Norway.

Alpinism in the European Alps and beyond!

Have a look round the site, if there’s something you like, drop us a line. If you can’t see what you are looking for, drop us a line anyway…we particularly enjoy designing climbing or skiing around YOU!



A Mountain Guide is someone with the IFMGA carnet, the highest qualification in the world for leading people in the mountains, whether skiing, climbing or mountaineering. The IFMGA carnet is the only qualification valid abroad for climbing and skiing off-piste on glacial terrain.

Mountain Guides come in many shapes and sizes – the one thing they have in common is their passion for the mountains. Wherever they live and work, they will have a mass of experience, from rock climbing to Scottish winter, mountaineering and skiing all over the Alps, and experience of difficult climbs and remote mountains in other ranges around the world.

A Mountain Guide’s mountaineering background is consolidated with a rigorous training and assessment course lasting up to 5 years, with an apprenticeship period working alongside experienced Mountain Guides for 2 years before being finally certified to lead people in the mountains. Regular professional development training keeps Mountain Guides up to date with the latest techniques and standards.

If you want to employ a Mountain Guide, look for the IFMGA logo on websites and jackets.


What We Do...

  • Guided Rock climbing & instruction
  • Alpinism
  • Mont Blanc Ascent
  • Matterhorn Ascent
  • Eiger Ascent
  • Ski Valle Blanche
  • Ski Coaching
  • Telemark Ski Coaching On & Off Piste
  • Ski mountaineering
  • Ski Haute Route
  • Silvretta ski touring
  • Introduction to ski mountaineering
  • Avalanche Awareness courses
  • Chamonix granite classic rock
  • Swiss “Plaisir” rock climbing trip
  • Crevasse rescue training
  • Learn to move “Alpine Style”
  • Alpine 4000m peaks
  • Zermatt 4000m classic mountaineering
  • Learn Alpinism... and much more!
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