Rob Johnson
Mountaineering Instructor (MIC)
& International Mountain Leader
Photo: Private Guiding in Snowdonia

Private Guiding in Snowdonia

Location: Snowdonia, North Wales
Price: £245 per day
Ratio: 1:1 to 1:6 depending upon the activity
Length: To suit you

We have a limited amount of time each month for private guiding.

Some of the advantages are:
- You choose the date - just call or email to arrange dates
- You choose the activity - you can mix and match perhaps going climbing one day and
navigating the next
- You spend your time with friends that you know
- You can do specific routes or peaks
- You can learn specific new skills or train for specific objectives

Our dates do get booked up pretty quickly so if you have a date in mind please give us as much notice as possible. It is not unusual to be booked up 6-9 months in advance.

How does it work?
We charge a daily rate. You decide what you want do in that day and share the cost with your friend(s).
Different activities require different ratios for safety - this affects how many people you can share the cost with. If I am unavailable I may be able to arrange for one of our instructors to take you out instead for the same price.

We charge £245 per day for private guiding in Snowdonia from Monday to Friday. This is the cost per instructor, if you have a large group I can provide additional instructors, please email me for a quote. We don't offer private guiding at weekends or outside of Snowdonia. Private guiding will be with Rob or Huw.


What about accommodation?
You will need to arrange your own transport and accommodation. In Snowdonia we recommend Plas Curig Hostel in Capel Curig. Formerly a YHA the hostel is now a family run business that has been extensively refurbished in 2011. You can choose single or bunk rooms dependant upon budget and you can self cater or choose to eat in or at one of the nearby pubs.

Who runs the course?
Private guiding is run by myself or by fellow instructor Huw, he also holds the MIC and is a really nice guy with stacks of experience, we have a very similar style. You can read more about our qualifications and experience here.

Other Questions
If you have any questions that you can't find answers to on the website visit our contact page for details on how to get in touch. We look forward to meeting you!

Book Private Guiding

If you have any questions about booking then please just email. Booking is a simple two stage process:

1. Email us to arrange a date

2. Book private guiding
Online: You can book online securely by clicking on the "buy now" button
Download a postal booking form from our booking page.

If you are booking multiple days more than 8 weeks in advance you can choose to pay a deposit of £245 to secure your booking, simply select one day in the field below and pay the balance 8 weeks prior to your course.

Course type Location Price Quantity  
Private Guiding in Snowdonia   £245 per day


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Hi Rob

Thanks for lasts week's excitement. Tracey and I had an absolutely great time. I think our work colleagues are fed up hearing about our adventures.
You covered all the things we wanted to "tick off" and got us leading a route in the rain too! I don't think I'll ever forget the exhilaration and satisfaction of the sea cliff at South Stack on such a windy day! Yet another successful holiday where I have had the mickey taken by the two of you all week.

I've posted up some photos (although I have still got the videos to process).
Whilst the one of you in the storm shelter is a classic, the one of you giggling at South Stack is brilliant.

We're already looking forward to our next marriage guidance holiday... 6 weeks to go!

Thanks again

Richard - 5 days private guiding - June 2015


Hi Rob,
Just to say thank you for giving me such an amazing Five days climbing. I really feel I have progressed and gained in confidence, even if my body is battered! Huw took me to Angelsey today and we did three routes, ending with Shite Hawk Alley, one name I won't forget! The weather just got better and better with not one drop of rain.
Hope you have a great weekend and already looking forward to scrambling in July.
All the best,
Julia - 5 day climbing (Private Guiding) May 2015

Hi Rob

Just to say thanks for a brilliant day of private guiding, the level for both of us was just right, not too easy and definitely hard enough to challenge our present skills set ( or lack of ! ) You have given both myself & Kestas a renewed determination to crack on with our rock climbing endeavours now and we hope to return to train with you again soon. Again, brilliant session, loved it. Kind Regards

John Aldcroft & Kestas Blazonis - Private Guiding - July 2014

Hi Rob,

Thanks again for a brilliant day - I'm still grinning from ear to ear. The photos on your blog look great, too.

That odd white flower was indeed New Zealand Willowherb (score 1 point to me) . Never seen it in flower before.

As always, it was great to see you

All the best, Roddy Private Guiding - June 2014

Hello mate, I've already delegated the driving responsibilities for the day :-) Anyway thanks again for today, thoroughly enjoyed myself as always, despite my language suggesting otherwise haha.

See you next month and enjoy yourself in Glencoe next week, that's a lovely thing to be able to do.


John - Private Guiding - June 2014

Hi Rob, Thank you very much for the the last 4 year,s of tuition / guidance and most of all friendship.
I have enjoyed every part of it from winter skills to the Isle of Skye to ice climbing in Scotland & Norway and most recently the Picos . But most of all to the top of Island Peak ( LIVING THE DREAM!).I've met so fantastic people along the way & seen some fantastic places. Thank you very much Martin
(aka THE LORD) Sept 2013

Hi Rob, Just wanted to drop you a quick note thanking you for a great day yesterday. Spent most of today, day dreaming at my desk, wishing I was back climbing in the sunshine. Anyway thanks again, John - Private Guiding - July 2013

Hi Rob, Just to say thank you very much for an incredible week. I cannot believe everything we have climbed, and climbed happily, without any scared squeaking. It feels great! A big thank you again. Jude & Sue - Private Guiding - May 2012

Hi Rob
Many thanks for a fantastic day of scrambling. We have enjoyed it very much and we have both learned a lot. Although I initially felt a bit nervous (compounded by being stuck in Manchester traffic for 4 hours), your relaxed and confident leadership style helped me to feel at ease almost immediately. It has certainly boosted my confidence and we both feel inspired to do more and gain more experience. The most valuable learning for me was descending Seniors Gully.. and not being completely freaked out by looking over the edge. I usually avoid looking down. It was good to see you again and we are already thinking about doing a next course... maybe the winter skills. We are home now and Cassie is happy and asleep in her bed...and all we are thinking about is heading back to the Welsh mountains. Take care and thanks again, Amelia and Gael - Private Guiding - October 2011


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