Rich in mountain history, the UK is home to the biggest variety of traditional rock climbing anywhere in Europe. There are few places in the world where you can climb on such a broad range of different rock types in such diverse landscapes, all within a relatively small area – as a rock climber, it’s an amazing place to live! Hiring your own private guide is a flexible way to go – whether you’re an individual or a small group we can offer skills for general mountaineering, coaching in trad climbing techniques, or guiding on any of the UK’s great classic routes.
Please visit our Covid-19 Climb Information page for Covid FAQs, details of our new participation requirements, travel advice and what to expect on your trip.
You simply pay the guides daily fee in advance, then cover the guides and your own expenses as you go during the trip. Hiring a guide is also a great option if you are on a budget and wish to choose your own accommodation/camp, or if you live nearby or have your own holiday accommodation.
Just get in touch with your group size and requirements and we will create an itinerary for you. When you are happy to proceed, we will then send a personalised link to make your booking.
Private guiding is suitable for any fitness/technical level, from 1-5 (see Fitness and Experience guidelines). However, your group should be well matched in terms of fitness and ability, so everyone can make the most of their holiday.
As a rough guideline, these guiding ratios apply:
- Introductory level/skills based trips – 1:4 max ratio
- Intermediate level/skills – 1:3 max
- Training courses/trips involving multipitch climbing – 1:2 max
- Serious/technical/time consuming objectives – 1:1
For trips of 1 or more days in length.
Our season runs from April to November, with best conditions/chance of good weather between May and September.
Guide fees (price per day)
- 1 person – £260
- 2 people – £280
- 3 people – £300
- 4 people – £320
The following expenses are payable during your trip:
- Accommodation half board (no guides accom payable if climbing in Yorkshire)
- Local travel – fuel and tolls, for use of guides vehicle
- Your travel to resort
- Your insurance
- Your equipment hire
You are responsible for organising your accommodation at the venue – we are happy to make some recommendations to suit your budget.
We offer rock guiding throughout the Uk and across the grade range – popular outings and types of climbing include:
- Multi Pitch Classics – Wales, Lake District, Scotland.
- Peak Grit and Limestone.
- Sea Cliff Climbing.
- Skills Development and Training.
Please get in touch to discuss your aims and objectives and we will be happy to create an outline itinerary for you.
We will provide help with your travel arrangements once final plans are in place.
To view all climbing Technical and Fitness Levels, and for advice on trip preparation and training, please visit our training advice page.
Rock Climbing Kit List
Above all, your kit needs to do the job but be as light as possible. Lightweight breathable fabrics are ideal for waterproofs, which are carried as often as worn (hopefully!).
- Waterproof jacket – lightweight breathable model
- Overtrousers – with long side zips
- Socks – warm ‘Smartwool’ type, plus thin liner socks and spares
- Wicking thermal tops/t-shirts
- Fleece mid layer – or equivalent light insulating layer
- Mountain trousers – light/mid-weight windproof softshell model
- Thin gloves – windproof ‘hardfleece’ model is good
- Warm hat – must fit under a helmet
- Spare warm layer – fleece or lightweight synthetic belay jacket
- Water Container – at least 1 litre
- Headtorch and batteries
- Map, compass and whistle (optional, but a good idea)
- Personal medications and blister kit – zinc oxide tape, compeed, painkillers etc
- Sun Glasses – CE rated 3 or 4
- Sun and lip cream – factor 30+
- Sun hat
- Shorts and t-shirt
- Wallet and passport
- Rucsac 35/45l is perfect for general use
- Rucsac – superlight 15/20l model, for taking on long multi-pitch rock routes
- *Semi rigid B2 mountaineering boots – Axe, Boot and Crampon advice
- Rock boots – must be comfortable enough to wear for several hours
- Approach shoes or trainers – sticky rubber models are excellent
- Trekking poles
- Harness, locking karabiner and belay device
- 2 prussik loops and karabiner – if in doubt, bring 3m of 6mm climbing cord!
- 120cm sling and locking karabiner
- Climbing helmet
- Camping gear if you choose to camp in the valley
Your guide will have ropes, climbing rack, first aid and survival equipment.
*Boots must be reasonably stiff 3/4 season mountaineering models. These will be needed if we decide to go ‘big boots’ climbing on easy rock climbs or scrambling terrain. Very soft bendy boots are no good for technical scrambling/climbing. See below for advice.
Recommendations and Advice
Visit the Knowledge Base section of our website or our blog for equipment advice. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please get in touch!
Backcountry UK in Ilkley offer an excellent mountain boot fitting service and general equipment advice.
It’s best to have your own rock climbing shoes so you can get a proper fit, but if you need to hire some please get in touch. Other safety equipment can be hired from us (subject to availability) – please see our Equipment Hire page for details.
For UK residents – we strongly recommend that you purchase cancellation cover, in case you’re unable to attend your trip due to personal circumstances or injury.
For non UK residents – search and rescue is currently free in the UK, but you may be charged by the NHS for certain treatments, and you should also consider the need for emergency repatriation in the event of a serious illness/accident. We also strongly recommend that you purchase cancellation cover, in case you’re unable to attend your trip due to personal circumstances or injury.
Please arrange your insurance as soon as your trip is confirmed to run.
Please find further details on our insurance info page.