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.

meet-jez
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

A Return to Boulder Ruckle, Swanage

My climbing has been going really well lately, I’m loving it and getting some great routes ticked, like El Guide Direct E3 5c in the Pass, The Weaver E2 5b at Tremadog and Quartz Icicle E2 5b at Gogarth. Recently I had a few days work in Swanage…

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The theme tune to The Littlest Hobo starts playing, I love that tune and the lyrics seem to resonate with me, so it’s been the ringtone on my phone for years.
“Hello?”
“Er hi! Is that Jez”
“Yep, speaking!”
“Are you available for some private guiding during the week after the Bank Holiday?”
“Let me check the diary, I am, what have you got in mind?”
“I’d like to get some climbing done, but I’d really like to get a little more familiar with Lliwedd, especially Bilberry Terrace…”

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I was recently sent a couple of bits of kit to test, a jacket and a tent by a relatively new British company called OEX. I didn’t know a huge amount about the brand to be honest other than it is sold through Go Outdoors and a D of E group I worked with last year was using OEX tents, which had performed admirably in some pretty brutal weather.

When the parcel arrived I sort of knew what to expect from the tent as I’d checked it out online, the Lynx EV 1 is a one man tent costing £169.99 (if you’ve got a Go Outdoors card) and perhaps more importantly weighs in at 1.65kgs. The jacket however was a mystery, I can’t say I was expecting great things but I was pleasantly surprised when I got it out, it looks smart!

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