British Mountain Guides



3pm Saturday 2nd November

4 micro lectures Followed by 'this is my winter' film




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13 Becoming a British Mountain Guide takes many years' training and assessment and exceptional skills to achieve.   We're proud to present a panel of four BMG members - all internationally qualified and experienced professionals who lead parties of explorers, skiers and climbers in the world's most  challenging mountain environment.

JamesThacker_highres2 Mark Walker: Mixing and Matching - A Season Ski Touring Across the European Alps

Getting the best conditions is a tricky business when ski touring. The quest for inspirational and stunning journeys into remote areas and cracking powder descents is the name of the game.  Mark takes us through his last season mixing and matching mountain areas and conditions, getting the best possible for his folk on the hill.

Jon Morgan - 'Chamonix Zermatt Haute Route on Skis - a purists version'

Ski-racer Jon will talk about skiing the 180km ski touring High Route between Chamonix in France and Zermatt in Switzerland following his simple, self-imposed rules - no road transport, no ski lifts, no sleep!

JamesThacker_highres4 Al Powell - 'Ski Mountaineering in Greenland - exploring the arctic wilderness on dogsleds and skis'.

Al's talk will describe a series of ski expeditions exploring the remote East Coast of Greenland, using dogsleds to access this beautiful arctic wilderness.  During the winter months, Al works as a specialist ski mountaineering guide for the company Alpine Guides Ltd - working mostly in Europe, but also in other far flung parts of the world.

Mark, Jon and Al will each give a 20 minute talk, compered by fellow guide James Thacker who will then give an overview of the work of the BMG followed by an audience Q&A.


The panel will be followed by a screening of This Is My Winter.