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All our clients are invited to review their experience of James Orpwood Mountaineering on our Facebook page. Here’s what they have to say...


"James took me and my partner our on an introduction to winter walking day. He was helpful before we got there answering lots of questions and giving us tips about kit and local advice about Aviemore. When we met him he was knowledgable and friendly and tailored the day to suit our level of ability as well as our goals as we particularly wanted to learn winter walking skills including using crampons and ice-axes and staying safe in winter conditions. We had a great day and would recommend James! Great company and great guide."

Freya Wallis, March 2020


"We had two days winter skills course with James this week. We had a great experience of winter walking, even though the first day was tough, wind was strong, snow was quite deep, but we enjoyed it immensely. James’s knowledge of Cairngorm mountains & practice teachings, fulfilled our expectations of this course. Definitely recommend for any one who are looking for learning more about mountaineering."

Aimin Liu, February 2020


"Having just returned from a two day winter skills course I can honestly say if you are thinking of booking a course like this then you won't go wrong with James! He is clearly an expert in the hills, and great company to boot. The course covered all critical skills, crampon footwork and movement, ice axe skills, navigation, weather and route planning, avalanche safety, choosing equipment and so so much more. A great balance of practical and theory as well, after two days of expert (and patient) teaching I feel confident enough in my winter skills to head out alone in such conditions. I should have done this year's ago, so if you're thinking about it, just book it!! many thanks again James, all the best."

Nick Holmes, January 2020


"We had a great day with James battling the weather of the Cairngorms. James was flexible with our plans and ensured we got a lot out of the day despite the conditions! He was super helpful throughout booking and ensured we had all the equipment novices wouldn't have (crampons, ice axes etc). Would highly recommend!"

Ruth Wildman, December 2019


"I had a fantastic day. James really listened to what I wanted to get out of the day and picked the perfect route for me. He helped me brush up on my map reading skills & has a great way of explaining things. James has excellent local knowledge and is a great person to spend time with in the hills. I Wouldn't hesitate to recommend him."

Lee Pope, May 2019


"Great hike to Ben Macdui, excellent tour guide, plenty of knowledge of the area, a pleasure to hike with. We would definately recommend James!"

Jeroen Nieuwenhuis, April 2019


"Friendly, affordable and learnt so much. James made sure the experience was tailored to me and gave me choices en route which made it a really enjoyable experience. James let me take my time to stop and take photos and even took a few for me. Great customer service, advised me over email during the run up to the day to make sure I had all the kit I needed. I had an ace day."

Ruth Davis, February 2019


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