New Book - 'Higher Ground' by Martin Moran

Martin Moran is one of the most experienced British Mountain Guides. Higher Ground (published by Sandstone Press, £14.99) is the story of his guiding life and recollects some of the stand-out climbs from his career.


BMG at the Arc'teryx Alpine Arc’ademy

The British Mountain Guides are proud to be involved with the Arc’teryx Alpine Arc’ademy in Chamonix on June 13-15 .


Busman's Holiday on Senja Island...

British Mountain Guides Twid Turner and Tim Blakemore took a short busman’s holiday to the Arctic island of Senja this February. Whilst there they repeated a couple of classic routes (including British Mountain Guide Rich Cross’s ‘Great Corner’) and attempted two new lines, succeeding on one of them.


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.