Welcome to JB Mountain Skills

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

Based in Snowdonia, North Wales we provide a range of Rock Climbing and Mountaineering courses as well as bespoke private guiding. 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 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 show great passion and enthusiasm in delivering Rock Climbing and 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 dogs Hovis & Oreo.

Latest Blog Posts

Whilst I dislike having to turn the bedroom light on in the mornings when I wake up, it’s quite exciting to notice a little chill in the air!

Although winter is a little way off yet, it’s hard not to start thinking of winter climbing and mountaineering. We are running a few courses up in Scotland this winter and I hope to get lots of personal stuff done too.


Whilst I was still at school I sent a letter off to Mountain Training requesting the scheme booklets for the Mountaineering Instructor Award (MIA) and Mountaineering Instructor Certificate (MIC), I still have them in my mum and dad’s attic somewhere. These slightly confusingly named qualifications are the ones which qualify holders to teach pretty much all things climbing and mountain in the UK, in summer (Award) and winter (Certificate). To me at the age of 16 or so and really only just starting out climbing and hill walking, they seemed almost unobtainable and the people who had these tickets were like mountain gods or something. The instructors I met seemed to have so much experience, with tales and annecdotes to back up the things they were teaching me when I went on a couple of courses at Plas y Brenin, that it sounded like they would take me a lifetime to emulate.


This summer has been awesome!

Work has been top drawer fun and I’ve been enjoying my climbing loads.