James is a self employed IFMGA Mountain Guide working between Chamonix (France) and the United Kingdom. He takes a great deal of pride in working with people in the mountains and brings considerable energy to any project, whether on or off skis.
As an IFMGA Mountain Guide he has robust and current technical skills over a variety of disciplines, honed through in excess of twenty years of mountaineering. The bulk of James' work now relies on building relationships with clients and companions quickly, managing expectations, mitigating the risk of hazardous terrain, and maintaining safety to achieve specific goals.
Having worked in Outdoor Education, as a self employed Mountaineering Instructor, independent consultant and in a volunteer Mountain Rescue Team, James brings both broad and in depth experience to current projects.
I have just returned from a fantastic weekends climbing with James in Glen Coe, where I wanted to experience some of the slightly harder mixed winter climbs. - Allan Robb
Hi James, Just wanted to drop you a line, thanking you for a great day out. It was one of those days that I'll always remember. - Peter Parsons
Beccy and I just wanted to say thanks again for last weekend. It was a great couple of days and we covered everything we had hoped for and a bit more! You're an excellent (and very patient) instructor. - Andy, Peak District
James enjoys selecting itineraries that are highly flexible, meet the needs of clients and take into account the constantly changing weather and conditions of the mountains.
As well as his own climbing and Guiding work, James has pursued other interests associated with the mountains. For over 16 years he was an active member of Edale Mountain Rescue Team and developed an interest in altitude medicine and the management of trauma in the mountains.
Some personal highlights include:
Climbing Gritstone E5 on sight - 'Science Friction' E5 6a.
Froggatt Edge Soloing E6 (headpoint) - the protectionless 'Benign Lives' E6 6b.
Scottish Winter first ascents in Lochaber and the North West Highlands.
First ascents in Greenland's Lemon Mountains up to TD+.
Ascents of classic Alpine North Faces: North Face of the Eiger (1938 Route) ED1. North Face of the Petit Dru TD, North Face of Les Droites (Voie Ginat) ED1, Croz Spur, Grandes Jorasses TD.
North Face of Cima Grande di Lavaredo (Comici/Diamai) VII-, North Face Piz Badile (Cassin) TD.
Attempt on the North Face of Phari Lapcha in Nepal's Khumbu region. Guiding on Ama Dablam.
3rd Ascent of 'Snotty's Gully' Dawa Peak, ED1.