BMG Speakers at Kendal

The Kendal Mountain Festival running from Thursday 20th till Sunday 23rd of November is the UK’s premier event, celebrating all things adventurous and adrenaline fuelled. The line up of speakers and films for 2014 is truly inspirational and features more qualified International Mountain Guides than ever before. With an all star cast of British and International Mountain Guides there are almost a dozen opportunities to see and hear them.


John Ellis Roberts killed on Dinas Cromlech

It is with great sadness that the British Mountain Guides announce the death of Retired Guide John Ellis Roberts MBE. The former Chair of Mountain Training Cymru and founding member of Llanberis MRT, was killed on Thursday 17th July 2014 after a tragic accident on Dinas Cromlech in North Wales.


BMG Rock Training

Supported by Gore, this year’s rock 2 training was directed by Martin Chester at Plas y Brenin with guest appearances from local North Wales Guides. Tamsin Gay’s report gives a great insight into the high quality of BMG training.


British Mountain Guides

Welcome to the website of British Mountain Guides (BMG), which is the national association that:

  • Trains and assesses mountain guides in all forms of climbing, mountaineering and ski mountaineering.
  • Sets professional standards for services offered by BMG members.
  • Promotes safety, enjoyment, and good practice in climbing and mountaineering.

BMG is a member of the International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations (IFMGA), which is the body that coordinates the standards and mutual recognition of the twenty-six national mountain guide associations. A British Mountain Guide is an IFMGA Guide, which put simply, means an internationally qualified guide with the knowledge and skills to lead parties in the world’s most challenging mountain environments.

IFMGA Mountain Guides are the most qualified and experienced professionals to lead people in the mountains with a training and assessment that takes many years and exceptional skills to achieve.

On this website you will find information on:

From first steps to the biggest objectives, a British Mountain Guide is an expert in techniques and safety, and a reliable companion for your adventures.

How do I become a Mountain Guide?

Qualifying as a Mountain Guide is a demanding and rewarding process. It is a tough route, but worth it because it is, quite simply, the best job in the world!


IFMGA Conference 2012, Aviemore

In November 2012 the British Mountain Guides hosted the international meeting of the IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations) in the Highlands of Scotland. The week culminated with the IFMGA climbing competition at Edinburgh's superb 'Ratho' climbing wall....

About the BMG

What is a Mountain Guide?

A Mountain Guide is someone with the IFMGA carnet, the highest qualification in the world for leading people in the mountains, whether skiing, climbing or mountaineering. A BMG Guide holds the IFMGA carnet, which is the only UK qualification valid abroad for climbing and skiing off-piste on glacial terrain.


Why Hire a Mountain Guide?

Climbing or skiing with a Mountain Guide gives you peace of mind, knowing that you have chosen the best. The best person for you today, and who can go wherever your ambitions take you in the future.