What's an IFMGA Guide?

A Mountain Guide is someone who holds the IFMGA carnet, the highest qualification in the world for leading people in the mountains, be it skiing, climbing or mountaineering.  All British Mountain Guides hold the IFMGA carnet, which is the only UK qualification valid abroad for climbing and skiing in high or glaciated mountain terrain.


Mountain Guides come in many shapes and sizes – the one thing they have in common is their passion for the mountains. They have a mass of experience acquired over many years and over a number of disciplines - from rock climbing to 'Scottish winter', alpinism and skiing throughout the Alps, and often further afield.  They will also have experienced numerous difficult and remote climbs demanding skill, judgement and commitment. Their ability to relate to the hill and mountain environment, be it at its best or harshest, will be second to none.


A Mountain Guide’s personal mountaineering background is consolidated with a rigorous training and assessment process lasting up to 5 years. This includes a 2 year apprenticeship period, working alongside experienced Mountain Guides, before finally being certified to lead people in the mountains. Regular continuing professional development training keeps Mountain Guides up to date with the latest techniques and standards.


In short, Mountain Guides are recognised internationally as mountaineering experts.


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