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.


21 Nov


Seamstress and Seams the Same, Serengeti, Llanberis Slate Quarries  Read >

03 Nov


I've had a great few weeks work, but not many days off!

It started with a trip down to Dartmoor with a group of MOD apprentices who were up for a challenge and full of banter which made for a top week. We did an overnight walking expedition, a challenging day on mountain bikes and a chilled but productive day climbing (including some leading) at Dart Rock.  The group of instructors on the course was top class, mostly made up of other MIA's and other really experienced people, which really makes a big difference to the "product". We managed to get an evening out bouldering at the wall as well, where I got pretty shut down by some cheeky grading!

Then I ran a learn to lead course up here at home in Wales for Chris who was looking to build on his previous leading experience. I made some inspired crag choices (or got lucky!) and we escaped some really grim weather going to Milestone Buttress on day one and Tremadog on day two. Quality couple of days!

The next week was another local one working for CCAT, which is a military camp in Capel Curig. I had another enthusiastic group for the week on a Summer Mountain Foundation course which runs along similar lines to a Mountain Leader course. We had some really challenging weather and one stunning day where we were treated to some stunning scenes on the North Ridge of Tryfan. All the cadets passed comfortably.

Finally this weekend I was running a Single Pitch Award assessment. The weather was challenging again but we made the most of any shelter we could find. We went to Lion Rock, Union Rock, The Beacon and Colgwyn Cyrau. The candidates all did well so there are three brand new enthusiastic SPA's out there now.  Read >

10 Oct


I've been working on a number of Mountain Leader Courses over the last few months and whilst working on Training courses or Refreshers the topic of conversation inevitably comes on to Assessment top tips at some point!

So, I've put together my top five general tips, in no particular order.... But do remember, as a potential Mountain Leader you shouldn't forget the assessment is just a little snap shot and the real focus should be on becoming a good leader for working with your future clients....

1. Relax  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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