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 scheme.

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.

Latest Blog Posts

The Cromlech, it’s a special place that oozes history. From tales of Joe Brown dropping a peg hammer on his unfortunate belayer whilst climbing Cenotaph Corner in 1952 to James McHaffie putting up a new E9 called House of Talons in 2016 which uses 12 sky hooks for protection.

It’s not just about the hard stuff though! Spiral Stairs at Diff takes in some amazing positions traversing across the cliff with some great exposure, Sabre Cut at VS has a brilliant pitch on it, Noahs Warning, another VS provides a tough challenge for the grade and Flying Buttress on the far side of the cliff gives an almost mountaineering experience at V Diff. I haven’t even mentioned Right Wall E5, Resurrection E4, Lord of the Flies E6….

I’ve climbed quite a bit on the Cromlech over the years, but the other day I had an especially great day there taking in a few of the classics.


16th April 2017

Hang on in there!

If you’ve worked in the outdoor industry for any length of time, you’ll have seen plenty of instructors come and go. There’s probably good reasons for that, starting out as an instructor is flippin’ hard work! The hours are long, the pay is pretty poor and the work is often seasonal, we all know people who have worked hard all summer and then have to take shop work, become a temp postie or even sell Christmas trees.


21st March 2017

Brits Abroad!

I’m really looking forward to my Alps trip this summer, it’s always one of the highlights of my year and I’m also looking forward to running a few Alpine Preparation Courses here in Wales to help other people get themselves ready.

It’s prompted me to write this very tongue in cheek blog about how to spot a Brit abroad in the Alps!