Useful Advice before you go up in the Mountains

Kit Lists & Equipment Hire

Equipment for Hire

Rock Climbing Kit List

Summer Mountaineering Kit List

Winter Climbing and Mountaineering Kit List

Alpine Kit List

Ski Touring Kit List

Expedition Kit List


Advice Articles

Simple Advice on Buying Rock Boots

Advice on Winter climbing racks

Making the Most of your High Altitude Expedition



Useful Instructional Articles

BMC – Extremely comprehensive set of articles from blood lactate forearm response to abseiling, winter climbing and mountain medicine.


Dave Mcleod – Great set of advice articles on the actual movement side of climbing – technique, training, tac-tics and injuries.

Planet Fear – Interesting and varied set of articles from an interview with Steve McClure to nutrition and big wall climbing.

Psycho Vertical - Lots of handy practical advice articles on gear, ropework, bivvying etc

Books and publishers

Cicerone - Publishes inspiring guidebooks for scrambling, climbing, ice climbing and mountaineering, cycling guides, hill and mountain skills and outdoor photography.

Baton Wicks - Publishers of the famous British Climbing books Classic, Hard and Extreme Rock and Cold Climbs. If you’ve not checked these out get on-line, get reading, get inspired and get out there!

Third Leaf Books - Chas Griffin's Hilarious tales of an organic smallholding in West Wales. A must read and an ideal gift.

General Climbing Sites – Busy climbing forums (beware of the arm chair know it all!) and an impressive database of information on UK crags. Occasionally some excellent advice about climbing in the Alps and further afield.

Rockfax – A lively and informative site about these clear and inspiring guide books. Get voting! – Huge U.S. site with masses of worldwide information, articles and forums.

Nick Bullock – If you’re in need of some palm perspiration look no further than these gripping, honest and amusing accounts.

Everest 1953 – For all the facts, stories and events concerning the British on Mount Everest. Includes history, summiteers list, facts and a gallery.

Weather, Tides and Avalanche Forecast

UK Weather

UK Tides

Scottish Avalanche Information service – An essential aid to planning your winter outing in the Highlands

Chamonix Weather


Accommodation – Lochaber

Calluna - Fort William bunkhouse run by local Mountain Guide, Alan Kimber and his wife Sue.

Lime tree - Outdoor orientated B and B in Fort William. Attached to David Wilson’s excellent gallery.

Nevis Bank - Fort William Hotel

Accommodation – Snowdonia

Snowdon Bunkhouse - Yr Helfa is a traditional bunkhouse situated in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park - Great location and views.

Pen-y-Gwryd – Claims to be the best hotel for mountaineering in Great Britain – The successful 1953 Everest team would probably agree!

Bryn Tyrch Hotel – Hotel in Capel Curig, Good beer and garden next to the river, good food and views.

Galt-y-Glyn – Hotel on the outskirts of Llanberis featuring the highly popular pizza and a pint night.

First Aid Training

React First - React First is dedicated to the provision of top quality first aid training in both the urban workplace and the more specialised, remote environments where further skills are required.

Other Guiding and Instructing Organisations


Alpha Mountaineering - Nick Carter's mountaineering company, offering all aspects of mountain training and guiding in the Scottish Highlands, summer and winter.

Northern Mountain Sport– Tim Blakemore's Edinburgh based instructing and guiding company

West Coast Mountain Guides – Alan Kimber’s long standing guiding outfit based in Fort William


Mobile Rock Climbing Tower to Hire in Sussex, Surrey, Kent and London – Altitude’s eye catching portable rock climbing wall is the premier mobile climbing tower in the Southeast of England for all ages and abilities. Operating out of Sussex, Altitude Events also offer a full Team Building and Event Management service.

Hatt Adventures – Courses and experiences in rock climbing and abseiling, navigation and mountaineering, bushcraft and survival, canoeing and kayaking, first aid courses


The Rock Climbing Company - Silvia Fitzpatrick's company offering rock climbing and scrambling courses in N.Wales and Spain.

Mountain Art

Hamish Fulton – Stylish site showcasing some of Hamish’s walking inspired works

David Wilson - Lime Tree Gallery – A working Artist Studio and Gallery in Fort William features the work of renowned landscape artist David Wilson.

Mountain Art – A Excellent on-line gallery and shop in Llanberis profiling the work of Mountain Artist, geologist and climber, Anthony 'Ginger' Cain.


AMI – Association of Mountaineering Instructors

BMG – British Mountain Guides

IFMGA – International Federation of Mountain Guiding Associations

BMC – British Mountaineering Council.

Mountaineering Council of Scotland

The Climbers Club

The Alpine Club

Equipment and Shops

5.10 – Excellent rock boots and approach shoes

Scarpa - Mountain Footwear

Wild Country – Lightweight karabiners, rocks, friends etc.

Black Diamond – Excellent hardwear from cams and harnesses to ice screws and axes

Crux – Tough, lightweight rucksacks and tents

Needlesports – Efficient online shopping with sound advice


Group Skiing Holidays - Whether you’re a family looking for a charming cosy chalet with door-step skiing or a group looking for the best après ski activities in a chic vibrant town, Eclipse Ski will provide you with a first-rate service booking your trip to the mountains.

British Alpine Ski School (BASS) - Chamonix – High quality ski instruction based in the Chamonix Valley

Off Piste Skiing - Ski guiding, coaching, off-piste and steep skiing courses based in the French Alps.