© 2016 John McCune. 

Guiding in the Alps is very diverse. I guide on mountains all over the European Alps like Mont BlancMatterhorn, Eiger, and the classic 4000m peaks. Some routes and peaks are a lot more famous than others. There are also many lifetimes of adventure to be had in some of the quieter lesser traveled peaks and areas. 

If any of this sounds interesting get in touch and I can give you more information and arrange a course. 

Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc is the highest peak in western Europe, and is usually climbed over a 6 day course. This gives plenty of time for acclimatisation and preparation. Skills covered include glacier travel, basic ropework and crampon, ice axe technique. It is a serious mountain and although not technically very difficult, it is for most people a big challenge. The two standard routes are the Gouter Route and the Three Monts route. Both routes have pros and cons and most often conditions dictate which route is taken. Both routes involve staying in a mountain hut on ascent and decent. 

Classic 4000m peaks

The classic 4000m peaks of the Alps offer very fine mountaineering objectives. Summiting a 4000m peak is an unforgettable experience. Epic sunrises, breathtaking exposure, knife edge snow ridges, and star filled crisp night skies.

 Peaks such as the Matterhorn, Dent Du Geant, Dent Blanche, Zinalrothorn, Junfrau, Monch, Gran Paradiso, to name a few, all offer exceptional mountaineering experiences, some more crowded than others. Being over 4000m they require acclimatisation and a good level of fitness. Depending on your level of ability there are peaks and challenges for most people with the inclination.

 AD Graded routes like Matterhorn and Dent Blanche, Dent Geant etc, require a high technical standard of mountaineering and some prior climbing experience is important. I can train, instruct and prepare you for these routes. 

Easier peaks such as Wiesmeis, Alalinhorn and Grand Paradiso are much more straight forward, just requiring good base fitness and motivation.