Why Choose Us?

Why Climb with Alpine Guides?

Here are a few good reasons to climb with us on your next adventure… we hope you can join us!

Solid Foundations

Company directors Al and Rich have over 30 years of guiding experience between them and have been climbing partners and friends since the early 90’s. They founded Alpine Guides together in 2004 and over the years have developed particular areas of expertise: Rich specialises in Alpine, ice and rock guiding year round, whilst Al is a dedicated skier in the winter time and directs many of our alpine training courses in the summer. This breadth of knowledge provides a sound base for all of our ski and climbing programs.

Specialist Guiding

All of our summer guiding team specialise in alpinism, trad rock and ice climbing; many also have a strong teaching and instructional background. This focus, knowledge and expertise allows us to offer high levels of instruction and guiding, delivered by people who are truly dedicated to the sport.

Specialist Advice

When you contact us about a trip or a technical matter you will speak directly to a UIAGM guide. You will get specialist climbing specific advice from someone who has actually climbed the routes, used the equipment, or knows the logistics first hand.


All of our itineraries are planned with flexibility in mind, which means choosing meeting points, accommodation and transport to give us as many options as possible. We have a very broad knowledge of different climbing regions across the Alps and the UK, so if the weather and conditions work against us, we are happy to move to other areas (within the constraints of the course hotel base) in order to keep climbing – rather than being tied to a particular place and having to make the best of it. As anyone who’s spent any amount of time in the mountains knows, it can be very frustrating being stuck in the wrong place during poor weather, rather than doing what you came to do! Sometimes this means jumping in a car for an hour or two, but as a result we always manage to go climbing and give you the best holiday we can.

Personal Service

We are a small company with just a handful of guides, which means we get to know our clients well and build up many lasting friendships over the years. This helps us a lot when planning and tailoring itineraries – often we involve clients in planning our programs, so you get an input into the trips that we run.

Well Balanced Groups

We all know that climbing in a group with similar fitness and experience is more enjoyable than when people have widely differing abilities. That’s why we make a big effort to advise people carefully and ask the right questions, in order to make sure that everyone has the right skills and fitness for each trip – making things as safe as can be, and also the best possible fun for you, and us!

Focussed Training

On teaching based courses, we are used to working with groups who have a broader range of experience and ability levels – so we tailor our courses accordingly. To ensure that everyone gets the most out of their time with us, we regularly differentiate teaching content and vary the challenges on the hill each day for individual course members.  This allows stronger climbers to push themselves further and less experienced, or less confident, climbers to learn skills appropriate for their level and receive extra support when they need it.

A Trip To Remember

We’re very, very keen on taking photos! ALL the images you see on the website were taken by guides and clients on our regular climbing weeks or ‘area research’ trips. If you bring along a USB stick, we’ll give you plenty of great photos of your trip, or share them with you later online.