Jean Crowson, Skye Ridge, May 2000

I’m a reasonably fit woman in my sixties, nearing the end of ‘bagging’ the Munros; some of the ‘scary’ ones were looming large mentally, and they had to be approached if I was ever to achieve my goal. Rob happened along at just the right time, and with his skilful, laid-back but utterly competent guiding, I was able to get up Inaccessible Pinnacle (roped), Sgurr Mhic Choinnaich via King’s Chimney (also roped!) and Aonach Eagach (unroped). What was particularly good about Rob’s approach was the way he boosted my confidence in an entirely understated manner, leaving me with the strong feeling of still being ‘in charge’ of my own endeavours, whilst unobtrusively keeping a very sharp eye on how matters were progressing. At all times I felt I was in entirely safe hands, and was able to own real enjoyment of activities I had been somewhat dreading . The King’s Chimney route was different in that it was not one I would ever have contemplated, and Rob would not have suggested it had he not been able to assess my possible capabilities on ‘Inn Pinn’. That experience put me in touch with the challenge of something new, as well as the exhilaration of achievement, for which I shall always be grateful. That seems to me to be the very best of guiding skills. I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Rob to anyone who wants an informative, challenging and fun experience in the company of an excellent guide.