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.


08 Aug


I've just returned from assessing on the expedition section of a Mountain Leader assessment course for Rob Johnson - Expedition Guide (

I had three strong candidates with me and we started in Capel Curig going across the Glyders to Cwm Ffynnon the first day, over to Lliwedd the second day camping in Cwm Tregellan and finishing off with a short walk on the final morning. The weather was extremely kind to us, even being dry for the night nav which is a novelty!  Read >

04 Aug


Number 5 has been a long time coming! This was my first climb in 6 weeks, I haven't had a break from climbing for so long in years, but working in Kurdistan meant no climbing for me.  Read >

29 Jul


Well it's still unsurprisingly hot and dusty in Kurdistan! Today was particularly unpleasant, getting blasted by dust and dirt in strong winds whilst replacing some seismic equipment...

The work here has been interesting and a world away from my regular work back home, that's what's great about working as an MIA, there's potentially so much variety.

I only have a few days left on this hitch before a 3 week break where I'll be back home for a bit and then off to the Alps with Heather, then I'll be back out here for a bit more sun.

Things haven't stopped at home though, we had a learn to lead trad course with Richard this weekend, which Stu McInnes stepped in to run for me, with Andy Owen (going for his MIA soon) fulfilling the photography and belay duties role.   Read >

03 Jul


You know it's going to be an interesting job when it starts with a flight from Heathrow that lands in Iraq.  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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