John Biggar : Mountaineering Instructor
Site last updated Monday 20th November 2017.
I've scheduled a variety of courses in Scotland for winter 2018. Click here for more information.
John Biggar, climbing on Meall a'Bhuiridh above Glencoe, November 2017. This was my first winter day out in Scotland this season and a good chance just to refresh skills and knowledge. Never forget that ice can be extremely slippy!! If you'd like to learn some basic winter skills such as using ice-axes and poons, please get in touch. I have various courses scheduled for February and March 2018.
My contact details appear below.
I'm a qualified mountaineering instructor (MIC) and can guide and instruct rock climbing, winter mountaineering and ski-mountaineering at venues throughout Scotland and northern England. In the past I've run climbing sessions and mountaineering courses for individuals and groups, including couples, groups of friends, schools, the UK military, Mountain Rescue Teams and climbing clubs. Have a look at my Go Climbing page for more information and my Courses page for details of scheduled winter courses. My wife Linda is also qualified to instruct rock-climbing and summer and winter hill-walking. She works on some of the regular courses and if I'm not around she may well be able to help!
Get out Climbing !
Courses Winter skills and other courses for the 2016-17 season. Details for 2017-18 to follow soon
Go Climbing General information about the services I can provide as a Mountaineering Instructor.
Go Skiing Information about the ski-mountaineering courses I run.
Galloway Climbing & Skiing Stuff
Galloway A big index page to further information on the rock
climbing in Dumfries and Galloway. Including photos, topos and
descriptions for many of the best climbs on over 20 of the best crags.
New Climbs in Galloway Some new routes done since the 2004 SMC guidebook.
Skiing in Galloway Ski mountaineering and touring in Galloway.
My wife Linda is also a freelance mountaineering instructor, this is her page.
Worldwide Adventure Skiing
Alpine Ski Mountaineering
Photos and some info for any of the main Alpine massifs.
European Ski Mountaineering Europe beyond the Alps, south, north, east and west. Including Scotland and England.
Worldwide Ski Mountaineering Ski Mountaineering in North & South America, the Caucasus, High Asia, New Zealand
New Photos Exactly what it says!
Personal Profile All the dull stuff about me.
Andes The guided skiing and climbing business I run.
Guidebooks The climbing and trekking guidebooks to the Andes I have authored.
Tips and Tricks Some tips and tricks for climbers, not all of them useful!
High Altitude Tips and Tricks Same thing for high altitude climbing and camping.
Links Some other sites that might be of interest.
Galloway Climbers on Facebook
There is a Facebook group for anyone interested in climbing in Galloway - you can post photos, ask about current conditions, start discussions, maybe even find someone to climb with... click on the link below.
Contact me by phone on
or write or call in at 37a, St. Andrew Street, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG7 1EN, Scotland.
or email me at
Linda Biggar leading good ice at the top of Better Gully, Rhins of Kells South, December 2010.
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This whole website, including all photos (unless otherwise credited), diagrams and text © 2005-2017 John Biggar. Unauthorized reproduction of any part of this website is prohibited. If you wish to use any material from this website please contact me for permission first, it will often be granted for non-commercial use providing you give full credit and link directly back to this site.
The banner picture on this website was taken skiing up the Merrick (843m) in early 2013. Merrick is the highest point in the southern uplands of Scotland. The sidebar is a remake of a picture of new blue stars in the N90 region. A "copyright free" images courtesy of NASA.