Welcome to JB Mountain Skills

Offering quality Rock Climbing & Mountaineering instruction & coaching, tailored to your level of experience, ability and aims.

Based in Snowdonia, North Wales we provide a range of low ratio Rock Climbing, Scrambling and other Mountain based courses, such as learn to lead climb courses, intro to scrambling courses, mountain leader refreshers, private guiding, coaching and lots more! We are also a Mountain Training approved provider of the Single Pitch Award & the Mountain Leader Award.

We choose great course locations in Snowdonia and across the whole of the UK to best suit your specific aims and needs. Find out more about the courses and how to book by looking around the site or getting in touch and check out our Testimonials page.

Jez climbing coach instructor snowdonia wales
Jez is a qualified Mountaineering Instructor who started JB Mountain Skills in 2009 and has been working in the outdoor industry since 1999. He continues to be excited and enthusiastic about all things related to the outdoors, and is passionate about delivering fun and engaging Rock Climbing & Mountaineering courses, from his base in North Wales. Jez is at his happiest when he’s out climbing, bouldering or walking in the mountains with his dog Oreo.

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20th October 2017

Mountain Training Moderation Visit

As a course provider for Mountain Training awards (Single Pitch & Mountain Leader), we sometimes get visits from them to make sure we’re delivering courses that are up to scratch.

Our aim is to always deliver great courses that meet everyone’s aims and objectives. They’re always informative, safe and fun.

We love what we do so it’s never a chore! How could it be, we get to spend time in the mountains and on the rock faces with super excited people, winning!

Here’s a couple of quotes from the moderation report:

“Jez is a keen climber and is regularly found cranking at the Beacon. His enthusiasm of climbing comes through as part of his course promotion and delivery, in which candidates feel in the company of a dedicated mountaineering instructor who keeps his skill set fresh along with a strong commitment to cpd.”

“Jez’s course was being run to a good standard and clearly the candidates were put at ease and enjoying the process, particularly the reviewing of each task with each other. The information flow was good and the syllabus was being covered in a logical way.”

Jez brown Mountain leader courses

Working on ML training and assessment courses is flipping ace!

My brother brought me to N Wales when I was 15 and it has lead to a lifetime of fun filled adventures all over the world, for which I’m extremely grateful. The ML award has been vital to my career, enabling me to take groups out in the mountains and leading on to my Mountaineering Instructor Award and Winter Mountain Leader, so I feel very privileged to help others on their own journey.  

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(Sorry, this is a long one!)

I hear this a lot but it’s not something that rings true to me! When I think of sport climbing I think of climbing at my limit, not just physically but mentally too.

Onsighting a hard trad route (the grade is irrelevant, if it’s hard for you that counts as hard) is scary. We have a lot to think about, the moves, the exposure, the gear that’s below your feet, the potential fall you might be about to take, the fading strength in your arms.

Where’s the stress in sport climbing then? We know the bolts are safe, we can see the next one shining away in the near distance, even if we do fall, we’re not going far. The fear factor is taken away. The stress comes from other places.

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