Summer Alpine

 Some of the finest mountaineering challenges are on my doorstep

I’m based in Chamonix and my front window looks directly at Mont Blanc, the top of Europe at 4810m. From here, I climb throughout the Western Alps (and sometimes beyond!), with special attention on the area between Chamonix and Saas at the east end of the Rhone valley. The high season for alpinism is in July and August, but you can often climb here in June and September and have the mountain to yourself!

The European Alps are more accessible than ever with cheap flights from all over the UK, and whether you want to progress from Scottish winter walking to alpine snow peaks, or from rock climbing to the broad skills of alpine mountaineering, there are venues and objectives to suit everyone.

I offer a wide variety of itineraries and courses to suit all tastes. Most courses last 6 days, from Sunday to Friday.

Upcoming summer alpine trips

Sun 24

Alpine techniques course

June 24 - June 29

A week of instruction to build on existing climbing and mountaineering skills, through both teaching and practice. The course is designed to turn you into a fully-fledged, independent mountaineer.

Jul 01

Private Guiding

July 1 - July 3
Jul 06

Arc’teryx Alpine Academy

July 6 - July 8

I manage the involvement of the British Mountain Guides in this prestigious international event. I’ll also be on stage in the Place Balmat delivering tutorials on crevasse rescue, crack climbing […]

Jul 22

A Long Walk

July 22 - August 2

This is the ultimate high Alpine trekking adventure following the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt. Taking a dramatic and uncompromising line, the Classic Haute Route traverses the heart of […]

Aug 11

Italian High Level Route

August 11 - August 16

A simply unbeatable walking holiday, adventure trekking high in the Swiss-Italian Alps with easy climbing to Alpine summits. This fantastic walking and climbing holiday begins with an afternoon of Alpine […]

Aug 21

Private family guiding

August 21 - August 24

4 days with Darren and family. I’ve already climbed with him and his father in Scotland. Last year his two children took in their first alpine summits. Now we’re looking […]

Aug 25

Italian Summit Climber

August 25 - August 30

There is nowhere in the Alps which has such a high concentration of 4000m peaks than the Monte Rosa group. On our list of objectives this week we have Pyramid […]

Sep 02

Private Matterhorn Ascent

September 2 - September 7