Client Testimonials 2008

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Scotland has some incredible scrambling, rock climbing and mountaineering to offer. Whether it's summer or winter there is always some great mountaineering to be done.

On this page you can see what previous clients have had to say about their time with Alpha Mountaineering. If you have had a day out climbing, scrambling or walking with Alpha Mountaineering then please contact us with your feedback.

Email from Stephen Price 17 September 08:
Dear Nick,

We'd just like to say a huge "thank you" for our three excellent days scrambling in Skye. The experience totally surpassed our expectations: exhilarating, inspiring, informative .....

We just got home to your CD of photos - which are a great reminder of the trip. Never having used a guide before, we were both a little unsure as what to expect. You really helped us get the most out of our days in the hills and we achieved things we would have never have done by ourselves.

The trip has given us new skills, and much more confidence about what we can do. We will unreservedly recommend a trip with Alpha Mountaineering to friends and colleagues, and will be telling them all about it when we go back to work tomorrow..

Best wishes and thanks again

Steve and Kath

Steve and Kath on a very windy In Pinn

Email from Michael Hale 10 June 08:
Hi Nick,

I wish to thank you very much for excellent week I have just had with you touring the far North West Highlands and Orkney climbing the sea stacks.

It was a dream come true for me and all done in a week. When I showed friends your programme they said it was to ambitious and wouldn't get done but thanks to your superb organisational skills the week was a breeze. The accommodation was great, the food and company was excellent and the weather was marvellous.

Your guiding skill on the stacks was very secure and I learnt some good techniques. I even suspect you persuaded a fulmar to puke on me to make the experience special. Again, many thanks and I would recommend you to anyone.

Michael Hale

Mike on the Old Man of Hoy

Email from Ian Fleming 4 June 08:

Thanks for the photos...Fantastic.

Thank you for a brilliant three (or in my case two and a bit!) days. It is the first time on Skye that we have had a guide who has listened to what we wanted to do rather than following his own agenda

It is also great to be coached and educated rather than just dragged over the tops; we have learnt a lot from you in three days.

I certainly (and I know Alastair feels the same) felt safe in your hands.

I would have no hestitation in recommending you to anyone and have already sent an email to some of my friends who have an interest in exploring Skye (and indeed the Ben and Glencoe) on the end of a rope.

Thank you, again.
With best wishes,

Ian on the Cuillin Ridge

Letter from Alistair Watson 3 June 08:

Many thanks again for all the assistance in getting me over the Cuillin Ridge, and the good scrambling on the other days.


Al on the Skye Ridge

Email from Chris Haywood 19 May 08:

Thanks for such a great day on the mountain last week - it was a fantastic day - learnt loads regarding navigation and climbed a Munro to boot!

Thanks for the CD of pictures also - great images...

I'm sure that we'll use you again if we're in Scotland in the future


Chris on Schiehallion

Email from Martin Hunt 22 Apr 08:
Dear Nick,

All three of us thoroughly enjoyed our recent two days with you in Skye.
Your expertise was much appreciated and we had the bonus of a winter skills course in the superb alpine conditions which we encountered!

Please convey our thanks to Donald for his fine contribution to the proceedings and as usual we will have no hesitation in recommending your services to others.

Best Wishes, Martin

Martin, Archie and Gerry on Sgurr Alasdair

Email from Willie Linklater 22 Mar 08:

Thanks for two brilliant days on the hills working on winter skills last week.
We covered much more than I expected and you passed on so much information not just for winter but year round.
The way you conducted everything was very professional yet so much fun.

Regards Willie

Willie on Aonach Mor

Email from Don Mc Gill 12 Feb 08:
Hi Nick,

Thanks for a great 3 days in Scotland.

Cheers Don.

Don on Ben Nevis

Email from Nigel Dibbo
after a 3 day intro to winter climbing course
8 Feb 08:

Hello Nick,

Well done for running a really professional course. Your infectious enthusiasm for the sport combined with your obvious skills & knowledge of the techniques, equipment, route options, ensured you really helped us get the most out of the winter environment and during our 3 days. We'll be back for more next year.....and that's a threat!

Best regards,

Nigel Dibbo

Nigel on Aonach Mor

Email from Robin Smith after a day of winter skills
5 Feb 08:


Thanks a lot for organising the course on Saturday ... we had a great day, although perhaps too much snow for some aspects.

The whole group wanted to pass on our thanks to Kev - they were unanimously complementary about his relaxed teaching style, his responsiveness to the varied group and developing weather conditions, and his overall approachable flexible style.

We went on to have a go at Meall a Bhuachaille on Sunday, but turned back with the wind after an amphibian trudge up to Ryvoan - but as Kev kept saying, the hill will be there next time.

Thanks again, see you in a year for the next level?


Email from Gemma Waterworth after a day of winter skills 4 Feb 08:
Hi Nick,

My name is Gemma and I have just come back from a weekend in Aviemore on one of your winter skills courses. I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and in particular Kev, our instructor, for making the course such a great experience. A great time was had by the whole group and I believe this wouldn't have been the case without the knowledge and experience demonstrated by yourselves as an organisation and by Kev as an instructor.

I hope that we will very soon take part in one of your other courses and I certainly will be recommending you to anyone else I know that is interested in doing any similar courses.
Many thanks again! Gemma

Email from Andrew Powers
after a 2 day winter climbing course
28 Jan 08:

Hi Nick,

Thanks very much and thanks again for the weekend. We really enjoyed it again and even Friday was full of good lessons and experience.

Cheers Andrew

Andrew in Coire an Lochain

Email from Will Wilkinson
after a day of advanced winter climbing coaching
13 Jan 08:


Just wanted to drop you a line to say thanks for a good day on Friday, I found it useful, instructive and fun. All in all a top day, gave me just what I asked for 'a good insight into to some harder terrain.'
Following on from Friday and feeling confident, we went and bagged two first ascents in the Southern Sector of Lochnagar.
Anyway thanks again.

Cheers Will.

Will on Pot of Gold in the Cairngorms

Email from Alex Tuck
after a 2 day winter skills course
11 Jan 08:

Dear Nick,

Thank you for two very worthwhile days in the Cairngorms. All three of us were very pleased by the amount that you managed to squeeze in we covered much more than we had anticipated, and all agree that everything we learnt will be very useful in the future. The day after the course, David C and I and another member of our group walked to Ben Macdui, then scrambled down the Fiacaill Buttress ridge using all of the skills that you taught us (apart from emergency procedures!). We also enjoyed a very white and windy walk to Braeriach later on in the week it definitely felt like Scottish winter! So thanks again for excellent tuition, and an amazing time in the Cairngorms!
Thanks again,


Alex in Coire an Lochain in the Cairngorms

Email from Neil Norberg
after his day of guiding on Tower Ridge on Ben Nevis
9 Jan 08:


Well, I am back in the US and back to work today.This is an unfortunate development but, necessary. Just wanted to thank you for the great day on the hill. Our success was a testament to your skill and professionalism, it also helps that you were a cool guy and fun to talk with.
Good Luck in winter 2008 and if you are ever out this way give me a shout.


Neil in The Douglas Gap on Tower Ridge