John Biggar : Mountaineering Instructor
Site last updated Friday 19th December 2014.
My contact details appear below.
I can guide and instruct rock climbing, winter mountaineering and ski-mountaineering at venues throughout Scotland and northern England for groups, families and individuals. In the past I have also run climbing sessions and courses for schools, military groups, groups of friends, Mountain Rescue Teams and clubs. Have a look at my Go Climbing page for more information.
Early next year the new 4th English edition of my Andes guidebook will be available, the tenth book in total that I will have written/published. Pictured above are all ten in chronological order, from 1996 to 2015.
Get out Climbing !
Go Climbing General information about the services I can provide as a Mountaineering Instructor.
Galloway Climbing & Skiing Stuff
Galloway A big
new index page to further information and pictures of the best crags and rock
climbing in Dumfries and Galloway. Including photos, topos and route descriptions for
many of the best climbs on over 20 of the best crags....
also includes neighbouring areas of Ayrshire and the Scottish Borders.
Winter Climbing in Galloway Some general information and pictures of snow and ice climbing in Galloway.
New Climbs in Galloway Some new routes done since the 2004 SMC guidebook.
Skiing in Galloway Ski mountaineering and touring in Galloway. It's not big and it's not clever.
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.
Favourites Photos of my favourite climbing areas, mountains, sights and wildlife taken on holidays and expeditions.
Ski Mountaineering A link thru to a ski-mountaineering website www.piste-off.com which I run.
Tips and Tricks Some tips and tricks for climbers, not all of them useful!
Links Some other sites that might be of interest.
Galloway Hills Webcam
Galloway Climbers on Facebook
Several years ago I started a Facebook group for anyone interested in climbing in Galloway - you can post photos, start discussions, find someone to climb with... click on the link below.
If you'd like to try climbing, winter or summer, whether you'd like a taster session, guided ascents or learning to lead, or if you just want any other help advice or instruction, get in touch with me, John Biggar. 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 leading good ice at the top of Better Gully, December 2010.
If you experience any problems with this website (even if it's just a missing picture or missing link) or with the e-mail address please let us know by phone using the contact details above.
This whole website, including all photos (unless otherwise credited), diagrams and text © 2005-2015 John Biggar. Unauthorised 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 our site.
The banner picture on this website is the central Caucasus as seen from El'brus at sunrise. The prominent peak on the right is Ushba. The sidebar is a remake of a picture of new blue stars in the N90 region. A "copyright free" images courtesy of NASA.