WHAT OUR CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT US
We are extremely proud of the work we do and we feel that our client get the best out of themselves and us because of what we do and how we do it. It is all well and good us saying that however, this is a what our clients have said about us. You can visit our facebook page to see that these are the genuine answer to a simple question, “How did you find snowdonia mountain guides services?”
I had the privilege of climbing with Mark for two months and I quickly learned that he possess the perfect mix of rock and book smarts. Not only is he one of the best climbers I have ever met, but he has the education and training to translate complex physical and mental climbing concepts into material that is easily absorbed by those who are new to the sport. At the same time, I was also able to observe Mark engage his skills in ways that challenged even the most seasoned climbers in my group. Do yourself a favor, climb with Mark and find out why he is a great instructor and guide!
Mark was a a great coach who really helped me improve my climbing dramatically. He was able to cater to my needs as a student and had an awesome approach to the coaching. Highly recommend.
I've been a client of Mark's on multiple occasions. He has decades of experience climbing and it shows. He doesn't just show you how to do things, he helps you to understand why and when you should do them. My climbing grades reached an all time high under Mark's instruction. Thats really all that needs to be said.
I had the pleasure of being one of Mark’s students about three years ago for climbing courses in Europe and South America. His style of instruction and mentoring still resonates with me to this day. In fact, I have found myself using his methodology throughout my time working as a climbing instructor on a professional and personal basis. Over the years I have worked with other professionals in the industry and would not hesitate to put Mark up against the very best!
Mark is beyond just a Mountain Guide, he is an educator. What you glean is not just his passion for the mountains, excellent photography skills that make you look rad and constant sense of humor...you come away a more competent climber. Thanks Mark for all you have done for my development and so many other climbers we hold in common. V/R-Nick Gaines
We had a great day with Mark out on the Costa Blanca. Our brief to him was to help us boost our confidence whilst pushing our grade sport climbing, and in this he didn't disappoint. We both came away with some key points to work on, and feeling much more confident. Thanks Mark!
Have become a regular client having met Mark on a climbing course some years ago now. Every time out has been great, with the pace and level of the climbing always being well suited to my fitness and level of psych on the given day. Not to mention Mark's ability to find dry rock and new crags each time. Can't recommend Snowdonia Mountain Guides highly enough, and will be back again many times in the future I'm sure.
So incredibly lucky for a beautiful day out on the mountain with Mark. He was wonderfully accommodating and went above and beyond to ensure that I had the best day climbing possible. We were able to do a couple of classic routes and he was constantly sharing his local knowledge and climbing expertise. His familiarity with nearly every person we passed on the mountain showed his remarkable depth of commitment to the climbing community in Wales. I couldn't have asked for a better guide.
I am not really a facebooker, but if I were I would be giving you a 5-star review of this week’s lead climbing coaching course. I found the overall approach relaxed yet professional and tailored to ensure that the 2 days were maximised in terms of climbing value. As a result I learned a lot. The selected routes were challenging but achievable and teaching points introduced throughout were useful and relevant. I am now super keen to get out and put them into practice. It was also great to be on a course in which I was allowed/expected to be lead climbing for most of the time. You also did a great job of maintaining my motivation on day 2 when things were getting tough on Creagh Dhu Wall!
I would have no hesitation in recommending Snowdonia Mountain Guides to others, or to use them again myself for further coaching. A very positive experience all round – thank you Mark.
We took John on a lead climb coaching course and after chatting to him and have him demostrate he could lead and place gear on an easy pitch of climbing, we then gave him some exercises to do whislt leading. This included a couple of tough VS leads and some severe and HS terrain over two very hot days.
Marks service is professional, informative & fun. He has run many courses/sessions for my daughter & for the NWYCA (North Walkes Youth Climbing Academy). If you have specific issues re[gards] your climbing or reaching your potential Mark & SMG are the people you want. You will not be disappointed.
Working with Richard’s Daughter and the whole team at NWYCA was really good fun and a way to test my coaching. unfortunately, I was away too much over the winter to offer the type of ongoing support the team needed.
Guide, coach, mine of information and all-round good craic. Getting out in the Pass and Ogwen with Mark have been some of the very best climbing days ever. Be it covering a lot of ground in one day, building confidence and skills for harder routes, or both at once, I can recommend SMG, 100%.
We coach Jeremy on VS/HVS terrain and he inspired us with his skill.
I spent two days in May scrambling with Mark as preparation for a climbing trip to the Alps. Mark’s professionalism was obvious from the start and inspired confidence. I had a fantastic two days and would have no hesitation in recommending Mark and SMG.
We had a great two days climbing some amazing classic scrambles including Dolmen ridge. Thanks to Peter I now know a Dolmen is a burial chamber, embarrassing I know!
GARETH AND NANDO’S TEAM
Well organised and lovely people – our group of 34 had a fabulous time exploring Snowdon for our fight against malaria! Thank you to Mark and the team!
This was one of Snowdonia Mountain Guides Busiest days as we had a rock climbing course running at the same time. So I called on my best guides to run this event up and down Snowdon. A real testament to not only the Nando’s team but my team of guides, coaches and instructors as well.
Spoken to the lads this morning for some feedback for you. The lads said it was a quality week, pitched at exactly the right level and really enjoyed it. They asked me to pass on a massive thank you for your efforts.
We worked with dave to deliver a rapid trad climbing development week to 6 students.
Just a quick note to say a big thank you for the time you spent with Andy and me over the weekend. I really enjoyed the course and learnt a fair bit from the instruction too. Add some cracking routes and good weather, and I don’t think we could have done any better!
We worked with Gareth and Andy on an Intro to Trad climbing course.
JO AND EXTENDED FAMILY
I just wanted to drop you a quick email to say thank you very much for all your efforts on our trip up Snowdon on Friday. As you were aware it was a particularly emotionally charged day and we did have one or two ‘slower paced!’ The day would not have gone as well as it did without your professionalism and guiding hand it was wonderful to have someone with us (especially in those weather conditions who had such excellent working knowledge and patience!! Thank you again for all you did and we hope to meet again one day, in the meantime, we would like to thoroughly recommend your services.
We worked with Jo to get a group to the top of Snowdon to raise money for her mums charity.