Providing Quality Instruction From A Mountain Enthusiast

Welcome to JB Mountain Skills

Offering quality Climbing & Mountaineering instruction tailored to all levels of experience, abilities and aims.

Based in Snowdonia, North Wales Jez provides a range of Rock Climbing and Mountaineering courses as well as private guiding. Jez chooses 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.


Meet Jez

Jez is a 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 trad climbing, or walking in the mountains with his Collie called Hovis.


20 Jan


Heading the Shot is a route that I've wanted to do for a couple of years, the trouble is it's hard! It gets given two grades, E5 6b if you don't pre-place the quickdraws and 7a+ if you do, as although it's bolted there's a couple of bits you'd deck out from - they're pretty spaced. I'd long ago decided that if I was to ever get on the lead, I'd pre-place the 'draws.  Read >

18 Jan

This winter I'm spending quite a bit of time in Scotland logging days towards my Winter Mountain Leader qualification and this means I'm spending a fair bit of my time living in the van with my 7 month old spaniel Oreo. Queue mornings waking up to frost on the inside of the windows! As much as I enjoy van living I can get a bit fed up trying to clean pans full of porridge and it's a little depressing when the coffee is already cold by the time it has brewed in the cafetiere...
I've already made a few improvements to the van and hope to get a few more done before I head back up.

I have been climbing too, but I'm trying to be stict with myself so I'm fully prepared for the upcoming assessment. I followed Stu up a VI, 7 on Aonach Mor called Stirling Bridge (It was absolutely nails! It was super thin for the feet, with slightly rubbish ice, it was probably the hardest thing I've ever done..), Mynd am Aur which is a 7a sport route in Llanberis with a tough head height rock over and Goose Creature at E3 6a in Llanberis where I got lucky, just beating the rain!

The conditions in Scotland have been a bit mixed so far, currently there is shed loads of powder lying around which makes progress a little slow going and hard work, plus it's lead to lots of "considerable" avalanche forecast making route choice a bit more limited. It could all do with a bit of a thaw and a refreeze to bring the climbing into really good nick.

I started off in Aviemore with a couple of decent days in the hills, including a really challenging weather circuit on the Cairngorm Plateau where me and Russ practiced what we teached walking accurately on long bearings for a good few legs. After being valley bound for a couple of crap weather days I had a stella day going over to Ben Macdui in almost perfect weather conditions (unfortunately for Russ this was the day he had to head home!) 

Oreo has been getting out with me some days, when the routes and weather have played ball, he's done the traverse of the Grey Corries and even got up the Carn Mor Dearg Arête on Ben Nevis! He loves being out and about on the hills but looks a bit grumpy in this shot 'cos I made him sit still for more than 30 seconds!  Read >
17 Dec

Dark evenings, rubbish weather, and wet rock all mean one thing. Frustration!  Read >

Hillwalking & Scrambling

Want to learn to Navigate? Become a Mountaineer by tackling some exciting Scrambles whilst learning some rope work? Or embark on the Mountain Leader Training Scheme? What ever it is explore this section for ideas...


There are a number of Outdoor Pursuits Instructor Training Courses out there these days, but this one is very different to most. Join us for an intense and exciting 5 weeks culminating with an SPA and ML course.


Instructor Training

Are you excited about rock climbing? There's something unique about the challenge of being on the rock face and it requires some unique skills. Learn these with Jez on some stunning crags in Snowdonia, North Wales.


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