John Biggar, WMCI

John Biggar : Mountaineering Instructor : WMCI

 Site last updated Monday 17th January 2022.

If you're interested in a winter course, whether that's a winter skills day, an intro to ski-mountaineering or splitboarding, or a bit of winter scrambling or climbing then please get in touch. I've 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.

Skiing on Corserine, Galloway Hills, January 2021.

Skiing on Corserine, Galloway Hills, January 2021.

Winter Skills

Introduction to Winter Climbing

Ski Mountaineering & Splitboarding 

  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

Climbing in Galloway   A big index page to further information on the rock and ice 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. 

Linda's page

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

Other Stuff

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.

You can now find us on Facebook  


 Contact me by phone on

01556 503929

or write or call in at 37a, St. Andrew Street, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG7 1EN, Scotland.

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or email me at  Email address

Linda leading good ice at the top of Better Gully, December 2010.

Linda Biggar leading good ice at the top of Better Gully, Milldown, December 2010.

If you experience any problems with this website (even if it's just a missing picture or missing link) or with the e-mail address please let us know by phone using the contact details above.

This whole website, including all photos (unless otherwise credited), diagrams and text  2005-2022 John Biggar. Unauthorized reproduction of any part of this website is prohibited. If you wish to use any material from this website please contact me for permission first, it will often be granted for non-commercial use providing you give full credit and link directly back to this site.

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.