I provide guiding and instruction for technical mountaineering.

Scrambling an exposed ridge line is one of the most rewarding and adventurous ways to summit a mountain.

Technical skills take time to learn, but with mountaineering, knowing when to use the right skills for the right terrain is as important as knowing the skills themselves.

I offer courses and guided experiences to suit all levels and abilities and I cater to beginners or those looking to progress their existing skills.

If you are unsure of where to start, if you have a particular mountaineering objective or if you would like to design a course suited to you then contact me here.

technical mountaineering skills
Howling Ridge, Carrauntoohil

What will you learn?

The skills needed to become a self sufficient mountaineer are many. Not only are technical skills needed but also decision making skills. While I can provide you with the training,  you will only become fluent with these skills by putting them into practice yourself.

While each course will be designed based on your existing level of knowledge, below is a list of some of the skills you can expect to learn.

  • efficient movement skills – climbing graded terrain in big boots
  • route finding and decision making in scrambling terrain
  • moving together, short roping or pitching – when to use which technique?
  • belaying and safeguarding others
  • ropework, knots and gear placements
  • basic navigation
  • appropriate equipment

What do you need to bring?

You will need to bring the appropriate gear for a day in the outdoors. Hiking or mountaineering boots and plenty of layers and spare clothing. A good pair of gloves are essential.

I will provide all the technical gear: ropes, helmets, harnesses etc. But feel free to bring your own equipment if you have it.

Duration: 1 day or multi day courses. This is up to you and what you would like to achieve.


Private 1:1    €160

2:1    €90 per person

3:1    €70 per person

Location: Various locations around Ireland

Pre-requisites: To get the most out of any mountaineering course or guided scramble, you should have a good level of fitness.

Ratio: No minimum, max 1:3 ratio

Irish mountaineering challenges
Howling Ridge, Carrauntoohil

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