Welcome to JB Mountain Skills

Offering quality Rock Climbing & Mountaineering instruction, guiding & 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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I loved the outdoors when I was a kid, playing outside with my friends, making dens in the woods down near Westover Farm and suchlike. I was afforded a lot of freedom when I was growing up in our little village, sometimes I’d disappear for hours, most of the day with a well stocked rucksack, an OS map (more of a Harveys man now) for identifying footpaths and Boswell the dog in tow. My brother took me to North Wales one weekend, while he was getting fit for a trek to Everest base camp in the days before it was quite such a circus, and that was me hooked. The North Ridge of Tryfan and the Glyderau on the Saturday, with dinner in the Stables in Betws, followed by the Snowdon Horseshoe on the Sunday. After that, life really did take a different path.


13th November 2017

Straight Arms


A mini blog looking at shoulder form.

Every climbing instructor and coach will at some point stress the importance of straight arms, but what do they mean and do they even know what they mean?

The idea is that a bent arm is burning more energy and a straight arm less energy. Simple.
So we try and climb with straight arms, paying particular attention to having a straight arm when resting, clipping or placing gear.


Rock Climbing Instructor, the new Single Pitch Award

So the SPA has been around a long time, especially when you consider it was the SPSA before that (the extra S was for supervisor), but it’s days are numbered! In April ’18 the award will be replaced by the Rock Climbing Instructor scheme. We’ll be continuing to provide the SPA until then, after which we will be providing RCI training and assessment courses.