Who are we?
Kevin O'Neale qualified as an IFMGA British Mountain Guide in 1992. This is an International guiding qualification which allows holders to work legally as a guide in the European Alpine countries. He is also a member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors and passed the Mountain Instructors Certificate - M.I.C. in 1989.
He has been an instructor and mountain guide in the UK since 1978, having worked in North Wales, the Lake District, the Swiss & French Alps, as well as the Highlands of Scotland, and the Indian & Nepal Himalaya since then.
Guiding from Chamonix for the Summer seasons 1992 to 1995, he has based himself in Saas Grund & the Swiss Alps from 1996 to the present.
We also employ a regular team of UK and New Zealand Aspirant and full IFMGA guides for our courses and guiding in the Alps.
What do these badges signify?
Saas Grund in the Swiss
Valais Alps. We run most of our Alpine courses from here, including
Matterhorn ascents, Swiss 4000's, The Big Three -
Eiger, Mont Blanc & Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Alpine Introduction.
Courses in Scotland Download
our 2014 Winter Brochure From
Shieldaig & Kinlochewe, near the
hills just south of Torridon. Within 20 minutes drive north
of your accommodation, you can be in the
hills - Liathach, Beinn Alligin, Beinn Eighe, are the select
Within distance are the Fannaichs - An Teallach, Sgurr Mor & Beinn Dearg. Glen Sheil & Kintail - the Saddle, the South Cluanie Ridge & the Five Sisters.
The North-West highlands are more susceptible to mild winters, and snow & ice conditions can change very rapidly with a change in the wind direction. Good quality ice can be scarce during mild spells. However winter ice climbers are guaranteed climbing on Ben Nevis and in the northern corries of the Cairngorms. Both areas are within driving distance for a full day out.
From Carbost on Skye for the Cuillin Traverse, Cuillin Munro's and Cuillin Scramble courses during the Spring & Autumn months.