Rock & Ice Climbing, Ski-Mountaineering & Winter Skills
Instruction & Guiding
I can guide and instruct rock climbing, winter mountaineering, ski-mountaineering and mountain navigation at venues throughout Scotland and northern England. In the past I have run climbing sessions and mountaineering courses for individuals, military groups, schools, groups of friends, Mountain Rescue Teams and outdoor clubs. My wife Linda also works freelance as an outdoor instructor.
Climbing Elders Crack at Clifton Crag in the spring a couple of years ago. An incredible day of good weather!
Scottish Ski Mountaineering More details of courses and private guiding if you're interested in learning ski-mountaineering skills in Scotland.
Winter Skills Courses Details, dates and prices for winter skills courses in Scotland.
Andes Website - Visit the website of my main business "ANDES" if you're interested in climbing, skiing or trekking in South America.
Please call or email for details and
a quote for private guiding or a bespoke course.
As a guideline my normal rates as an instructor are between £160 and £220 per day, depending on the activity, equipment required, location, number of clients and timing. Shorter sessions locally of 2 to 4 hours would normally cost from £60-80. Generally speaking this cost can be shared between two or more people and will also be cheaper for multiple days or sessions. Please phone or email me to discuss your requirements. Contact details appear below and on the index page of this website.
Advice and information are usually free!
To arrange private guiding or instruction please call or email me to discuss your requirements.
I am a professional Mountaineering Instructor and member of the AMI. I hold the highest level of mountaineering qualification for the UK, the Mountaineering Instructor Certificate, (MIC) and have also done the BASI Alpine Level 1 ski instructor course. For more information on my experiences please see my personal profile page.
My wife Linda Biggar is also qualified to teach rock climbing and summer and winter hill-walking. She has the Mountaineering Instructor Award (MIA) qualification and Winter ML. In the past she has also been an active orienteering coach and Alpine Ski Leader, and she worked for fifteen years at the outdoor education centre in Castle Douglas.
There are further details of what Linda can offer on her own profile page on this website and on her Facebook page:-
If you'd like to try climbing, winter or summer, whether just a taster session, guided ascents or learning to lead, or if you want any other help advice, get in touch with me, John Biggar. Contact me by phone on:-
or write or call in at:- 37a, St. Andrew Street, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG7 1EN, Scotland.
or email me at:-
Linda Biggar on the top, III/IV, crux pitch of the Black Gutter, Black Gairy, Merrick, March 2010.