Highland Guides - Mountaineering & Climbing in the Highlands, Snowdonia and European Alps

Highland Guides is a small mountaineering company run by myself, Rob Jarvis, offering all aspects of UK climbing, mountaineering, guiding, instruction and advice. We specialise in tailor made courses for individuals and small groups.

Please have a good browse around this site and check out our exciting summer and winter programmes, alpine and expedition training ideas and demanding range of mountain challenges. Have a look at our conditions and trip reports, the advice articles, and for even further inspiration, the gallery and cinema. Rob Jarvis, owner of Highland Guides, is a fully qualified British Mountain Guide, (IFMGA) and UK Mountaineering Instructor (MIC). Visit our staff page to find out more about Rob and other Instructors and Guides that work with us.

He has been actively climbing since 1993 and instructing and guiding since 1998 and has worked for all the major providers of UK mountain training and Guiding. This includes The English, Welsh and Scottish National Mountain Training Centres, The British Mountaineering Council and the British Antarctic Survey.

Why Highland Guides? Why Hire an Instructor or Guide?

Highland Guides Ethos More about Rob Jarvis's experience and qualifications

Why Choose Highland Guides?

Our courses are tailor made to you or your small group. Experience shows folk get the most out of their time in the mountains when they don't have to compromise their aims and aspirations to fit in with other course members. Being a small flexible company with no set venues or time constraints we are able to make the most of local weather and conditions and structure your course accordingly. If it’s appropriate an early start can be made to get the conditions and beat the crowds or a late finish might give the lasting memories of a summit sunset. Not only are all the Highland Guides Staff fully qualified for the activities provided they also have a wealth of experience, ability and enthusiasm to draw on ensuring you get a lively, challenging, educational and inspiring course. Currently most courses will be run by myself, however at busy times or if you have a larger group we have a resource of talented MIC associate staff.

Check out that page for further details of our mountaineering backgrounds. With all this experience you can be assured that not only are you in safe hands but that we will be able to deliver high quality guided and instructional days within the Highland Guides ethos.... We also run Chamonix Mountaineering courses and Chamonix Ski courses.

Please click the links for more details. If you’re unsure about whether Highland Guides is for you – check out what some of our clients have said about us on the testimonials page.

Why Hire an Instructor or Guide?

If you are unsure about whether to hire an instructor or guide generally think about it this way - Most folk are happy to spend hundreds of pounds on equipment but sometimes lack the necessary skills and experience to get the most out of it. Traditionally, some UK mountaineers have had a reluctance to use guides and instructors and had an approach to mountain safety that was over dependent on equipment. Kit is easy to buy but skills and good experiences are hard won.

By using Highland Guides we can help you develop your mountaineering ability and enhance your time in the mountains. Highland Guides Ethos We believe that you get the most out of your time mountaineering by experiential learning and not too much talking about it. Simple and effective techniques are instructed in a clear and practical way. We don’t teach flash knots that in a week you will have forgotten but encourage practice of safe and efficient principles that will stand you in good stead throughout your mountaineering career, wherever that may take you.

On guided days with us the emphasis will be on a maximum amount of high quality climbing as well as having a sociable and enjoyable day. As the Association of Mountaineering Instructors say, we believe you Learn from Experience. You will benefit from the guidance we pass on as well as the rewarding experiences we can give you in the mountains.

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