John Biggar : Mountaineering Instructor : WMCI
Site last updated Tuesday 23rd November 2021.
With the easing of Covid restrictions in Scotland I am available for instruction or private guiding in Dumfries and Galloway and elsewhere in Scotland. This can be winter skills, skiing, splitboarding, climbing, abseiling or scrambling.
Coming soon : WINTER
Picture : Setting off for a skiing and splitboading day on the Merrick, Galloway, January 2021.
If you're interested in a winter course, whether that's a winter skills day or weekend, an intro to ski-mountaineering or splitboarding, or a bit of winter scrambling or climbing then please get in touch. I've just updated the full list of Winter Courses that we'll be running from the middle of February to late March 2022. It's good to be back.
Ski Mountaineering & Splitboarding (it's in winter too..!)
My contact details appear below.
I'm based in Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway. I'm a qualified mountaineering instructor (WMCI) and can guide and instruct scrambling, rock climbing, winter mountaineering and ski-mountaineering in Galloway and at venues throughout Scotland and northern England. In the past I've run climbing sessions and mountaineering courses for individuals and groups, including couples, families, groups of friends, schools. I've also worked in the past with the UK military, TV programs such as Grand Designs, Mountain Rescue Teams and climbing clubs.
As well as working on the hills and crags of Galloway where I live, I have worked in the mountains and cliffs of Skye, The Cairngorms, Ben Nevis, Glencoe, Ben Lawers, The Lake District, Northumberland and North Wales.
Get out Climbing !
Courses Winter skills and other courses for the coming 2022 winter season.
Go Climbing General information about the services I can provide as a Mountaineering Instructor.
Go Skiing Information about the ski-mountaineering and split-boarding courses I run.
Galloway Climbing & Skiing Stuff
Galloway A big index page to further information on the rock
climbing in Dumfries and Galloway. Including photos, topos and
descriptions for many of the best climbs on over 20 of the best crags.
New Climbs in Galloway Some new routes done since the 2004 SMC guidebook.
Skiing in Galloway Ski mountaineering and touring in Galloway.
My wife Linda is also a freelance mountaineering instructor, this is her personal page.
Worldwide Adventure Skiing
Alpine Ski Mountaineering
Photos and some info for any of the main Alpine massifs.
European Ski Mountaineering Europe beyond the Alps, south, north, east and west. Including Scotland and England.
Worldwide Ski Mountaineering Ski Mountaineering in North & South America, the Caucasus, High Asia, New Zealand
New Photos Exactly what it says!
Personal Profile All the dull stuff about me.
Andes The guided skiing and climbing business I run.
Guidebooks The climbing and skiing guidebooks to the Andes I have authored.
Tips and Tricks Some tips and tricks for climbers, not all of them useful!
High Altitude Tips and Tricks Same thing for high altitude climbing and camping.
Links Some other sites that might be of interest.
Galloway Climbers on Facebook
There is a Facebook group for anyone interested in climbing in Galloway - you can post photos, ask about current conditions, start discussions, maybe even find someone to climb with... click on the link below.
Contact me by phone on
or write or call in at 37a, St. Andrew Street, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG7 1EN, Scotland.
W3W : porridge.hunter.report
or email me at
Linda Biggar leading good ice at the top of Better Gully, Milldown, December 2010.
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The sidebar picture is a photoshopped remake of a picture of new blue stars in the N90 region.
A "copyright free" image courtesy of NASA.