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Summer Courses

See the full programme of summer courses and dates here

Winter Courses

See the full programme of winter courses and dates here

Additional Information & Kit List

Additional information relating to expenses on private guiding trips and kit lists for all types of guiding and courses.
Private Guiding Expenses

If booking a Private Guiding trip, then you are liable to expenses arising during the trip as follows:

  • Mileage: unless stated that mileage is included, mileage (outside of the Chamonix Valley) will be charged as follows: €0.5/km. This is the lowest rate allowable under 2022 French Taxation rules. This rate is from before the fuel price increases of 2022 and may increase in the future. Also, any road tolls or tunnel fees will need to be met by the client.
  • Mountain Uplift: any mountain uplift (outside Chamonix Valley) will need to be covered, for both Guide and client. In winter, Guides are expected to have an Annual Ski Pass which covers them for all lifts in Chamonix Valley, Courmayeur, the Skyway Lift, Megeve, Saint Gervais, Les Contamines, Combloux, and occasional trips to Verbier.
  • Mountain Refuges/Hotels: if staying in a mountain refuge the client will be expected to cover the cost of the refuge for themselves and the Guide. Clients are also expected to cover reasonable sundries in refuges such as drinks, snacks and lunches. If staying in a hotel with your Guide the client should cover all reasonable expenses and the cost of the hotel. Guides should have their own room and not be expected to share.
  • Tipping: Guides do not expect to be tipped, however if you feel your experience has been exceptional then tipping is at your discretion. Cash is preferred. “

Kit Lists

You can download a kit list for all types of courses and guiding from HERE

Terms and Conditions

You can download our general Terms and Conditions HERE

Team Member

Stuart MacDonald

Mountain Guide

About me

I am an IFMGA Mountain Guide based in the Chamonix Valley in France. Whether you like rock climbing, ice climbing, Alpine Mountaineering, Skiing or Ski Touring – it is all available here in Chamonix - the world capital of alpine mountaineering with fantastic access to other areas in France, Italy and Switzerland.

I began working as an independent Guide in 2008, but nowadays I have a strong team of mountain guides working with me. We arrange trips year-round aiming to put like-minded and compatible groups together for trips. Private Guiding is also available.

All of the guiding team are exceptional at what they do. Every individual has been chosen because of their knowledge, their talent and their inter-personal skills. When you book a trip through me you are booking an unforgettable adventure where the guides put you first.

My Climbing Achivements


Mount Everest (8850m), Pokalde (three times), Island Peak (twice), Mera Peak, and Lobuje East. In India attempted a first ascent of Peak 6184 in Himachal Pradesh (unsuccessful).


Too many winter routes to count, up to grade VII. New routes at grade VI. Solo ascents of Point Five Gully (V,5) and Smith's Route (V,5)


Completed well over 100 Alpine routes. Numerous ED grade test pieces including: North Face of the Eiger, North Face of the Matterhorn, North East Spur of Les Droites in winter, North Face of Les Droites (Ginat) - solo, North Face of the Grandes Jorasses (Croz Spur) North Face of the Grandes Jorasses (The Shroud), North Face of the Droites (Colton Brooks) in winter, North Face of the Droites (Axt Gross), North Face of the Piz Badile (Cassin route), North Face of the Aiguille Talefre, Grande Rocheuse (Bettembourg Route) Grand Capucin (Swiss Route) Peutery Ridge Integrale North Face of Cima Grande (Comici route) West face of Petite Jorasses


Three expeditions including ascents of Mount Foraker (3rd highest peak in US), Mount McKinley (Highest peak in US) and Mount Bona (4th highest peak in US).


My first aid climbing experience which culminated in an ascent of the world famous “Nose” of El Capitan

South Georgia (Antarctica)

A combined sailing and climbing trip where we sailed a yacht from the Falkland Islands across the Southern Ocean to South Georgia before then making two first ascents of mountains on the island. These included Mount Roots which at the time was the highest unclimbed peak in British territory and had been previously attempted by numerous teams.


A successful ascent of the 2nd highest mountain in the Atlas on a 5 day return trip from UK


Exploratory mountaineering in the remote Liverpool Land Peninsula. Numerous 1st and 2nd ascents


Guided two inexperienced climbers up the “North Face Standard” Route on Mount Kenya


Remote trekking in this unspoiled Himalayan Paradise


Some Pictures from recent Trips

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