Alan - Scottish climbing both summer and winter
I first used your services back in 2010 and during these eight years I have thoroughly enjoyed every single day on the hill with you.
Your competence is exemplary as is your quiet reassuring encouragement. And as we both well know, I’ve often been in need of all these qualities as you have lead me out of the comfort zone which I would otherwise be inclined to inhabit.
You have coaxed and cajoled me up to grade V winter level and a single day traverse of the Cuillin Ridge. Neither of these would have happened without you...............and we’ve had lots of laughs along the way!
Apart from myself, you have also given the benefit of your skills and professionalism to other members of my family: My wife Linda managed Tower Ridge. My 12 year old grandson, Kyle had his first scrambling experience under your care on Ledge Route, Ben Nevis and my son Austin has enjoyed many great days on The Ben, in Glencoe and on a Cuillin Traverse with you.
I hope that we will all benefit from many more years of days out on the hill with you but as you may have noticed in my own case; ‘old age doesn’t come alone’ and I’m not quite skipping up the hills with the ease I used to.....even eight years ago, so you might have to adopt a ‘slow guides pace.
Katya - 2 Day Cuillin Ridge Traverse
Thanks for the photos and for our successful Ridge last week, I know you say we were lucky with good weather – this is true – but also you are too modest. I have met a quite a few instructors in the past but no-one quite like you: highly competent but also really good judge of character and people’s abilities and so much fun to be with! Your passion for the mountains is infectious and you seem to actually enjoy the work too (or am I just flattering myself…) which makes such a difference. You definitely have a rare combination of technical and social skills – lucky clients.
The Ridge was a totally amazing experience – I just wish I could take it all in properly: there was so much going on that it is hard to remember everything (other than the obvious highlights such as the dripping wet Sgurr nan Gillean scramble which was certainly memorable). Guess I am just going to have to do it all again some day…
Andy - Mountaineering
I just wanted to say thank you for a fantastic 4 days "Munro bashing" on Skye. Your guiding enabled us to achieve what we wanted to do, and to challenge ourselves and really enjoy the mountains. You quickly sussed out our abilities and led us skilfully so we went beyond simple peak bagging and really got to grips with some fantastic scrambling. Your enthusiasm and your love of the mountains shines through everything you do. It felt like going walking with a knowledgeable and respected friend, who joined in the banter and swapping of tales, but who quietly knew the way and how to keep us all safe and confident in ourselves. That's a great skill and a great art. Mike at Skye Guides was saying how lucky he is to have you working for him and I agree. Once my knees have recovered I'll have to start plotting another adventure!
Roger - Winter Climbing
I climbed with Guy for 5 days in an effort to fall in love with the mountains again. After Everest in 2012, I had little appetite for the hills, but was sure that with the right mountain experiences I could find that passion again. Guy totally “got it”. Over our five days his enthusiasm, passion and energy and careful planning of appropriate routes got me back in the groove and I got the passion back. His enthusiasm is infectious – and I caught it again. If you want a lot of laughs, boundless enthusiasm, encouragement, and a great climbing partner, then Guy’s your man. He was clearly a Labrador in his previous life – full of energy and always wagging his tail. I cannot recommend him highly enough
Calum - Winter Mountaineering
Hi Guy Many thanks once again for taking me out on Ben Nevis last week. I had a great day which absolutely met all of my objectives - I'm very impressed by your teaching style and ability to impart skills and confidence in a subtle yet effective manner. I also appreciate your flexibility in moving dates from the Monday to Friday following our holiday delay. I would be grateful if you would send some pictures of the day to me as I forgot my camera. Feel free to point any clients in my direction if ever requested for a client reference - id be more than happy to recommend you.
Ivon & Giles - 5 Days Mountaineering
Hi Guy,…I just wanted to say a massive thank you for sending us the CD with pictures, you have taken some very good ones! I also wanted to thank you on behalf of Giles and I for a fantastic course. We learnt loads and feel a lot more confident. You are a brilliant teacher. We are hoping to get up to the Torridon in Easter, hoping for snow (doubt it!!!). Hope work is going well.