Alpine Mountain Guides
Alpine Mountain Guides are adventure specialists. We provide guiding and courses in alpine mountaineering, climbing and skiing throughout the European Alps and beyond. Based in Chamonix and formed by Tim Blakemore, an IFMGA British Mountain Guide, Alpine Mountain Guides offer a personal, flexible and friendly service with client satisfaction as our priority. We offer guiding at all levels: from introduction to alpinism to grande courses throughout the year as well as cascade climbing, off-piste skiing and classic ski tours throughout the winter and spring . We hope you can join in the adventure!
Alpine Mountain Guides is directed by Tim Blakemore. His outdoor career has spanned over twenty years and he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Alpine Mountain Guides (the trading name of Northern Mountain Sport Ltd).
Tim has a varied background which has taken him to all of earth’s continents and he continues to travel widely. He has worked for the British Antarctic Survey, Plas y Brenin, Outward Bound and was a former Deputy Head of Dukeshouse Wood Centre. In the UK Tim acts as a Technical Advisor to many organisations and was a Mountain Training (England) Provider for all their awards for many years. He has been published in many magazines and journals including ‘Summit’, ‘Scottish Mountaineer’ and is a regular contributor to the BMC’s website. He’s also co-delivered the BMC’s Winter Safety Lectures in England and Wales over a three year period. He is a past Director of the British Mountain Guides and is currently involved (he sits on the BMG Training Committee) in the mentoring, training and assessment of (mostly!) younger guides. He does worry that he is now forgetting more than he knows.
Tim is an IFMGA Mountain Guide and holds the Mountain Instructor Certificate (MIC). He’s climbed many of the Alpine North Faces and ‘Grande Courses’ (mostly with a slow and heavy approach), too many Scottish winter routes to remember to grade VIII, and still enjoys struggling on rock climbs in the UK. Skiing is also a passion and he enjoys touring in wilder, quieter areas.
He has climbed new routes in the UK, Norway, Antarctica and Alaska (and attempted others in the Himalaya). Much exaggerated accounts of these adventures have been published all over the net, in alpine club journals, in various climbing magazines (in different languages) and have even attracted recognition from the Piolet d’Or award. He’s led many ski and sail expeditions, including Arctic Norway, Svalbard, Greenland and the Antarctic Peninsula skiing new lines and peaks. He is recognised as an expert on mountaineering and skiing on the Antarctic Peninsula, working for individuals on private yacht charters and heli-operations.
A committed environmentalist, he puts his (and your) money where his mouth is and has been a member of 1% for the planet since 2007. Currently, Northern Mountain Sport Ltd has donated over £4000 to various individuals and environmental groups and is currently sponsoring projects in Africa.
He is father to Michael who is growing older considerably faster than his dad.
Alpine Mountain Guides is also lucky enough to have a wealth of talent to choose from among friends and colleagues in the British Mountain Guides who share our client centred philosophy.
The vast majority of our work is with small private groups, families and individuals. We work at all levels (novice through to expert) and specialize in custom, bespoke trips. We won’t pair unknown people together. We believe that your time is important and strive to maximise your experience in the mountains.
Based in the Chamonix valley of France we are perfectly placed for your alpine adventure.
The 2018/19 Winter season has started. Below is a rolling list of routes etc that I have skied, climbed, visited etc
Two voyages (22 days) to the Antarctic Peninsula. The first was a ‘standard’ Peninsula voyage where I guided various peaks and glaciers. The second was a voyage to the Weddell Sea and Snow Hill Island where I ran Heli-Ops to visit this northernmost Emperor Penguin Colony.
Pointe de la Croix, Val d’Aoste ski tour
Col Ouest de Barasson ski tour
Val d’Isere and Tignes off piste including Col Pers (2 days)
Mont Paglietta, Val d’Aoste ski tour
17 days working Antarctic Peninsula on private yachts including skiing and helicopter operations.
Arp Vielle, Valgrisenche
Convened British Mountain Guides Ski Entrance Exam – Off – piste at Hauteluce and Col de Cicle, Les Contamines
Col de la Fenetre, Les Contamines
Off Piste at St Gervais
Col de Cicle, les Contamines
Aiguilette des Houches ski tour
2 day avalanche course Grands Montets & Le Tour inc Posettes, Nant Noire, Vormaine etc
16 days working Antarctic Peninsula on private yachts including skiing and helicopter operations – into Feb.
Antarctica as above
Off Piste Grand Montets and Le Tour
Glacier de Amethystes ski tour
South Arete Aiguille de Genepi D 5C
Bettembourg de Droite Aiguille de Refuge (Argentiere) D+ 5C
Col de Serena, Vallee d’Aoste
6 days Ski Mountaineering in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco. Including Jbel Toubkal 4167m, Akioud 4030m, Tizi n’Ouanoukrim and the Tizi Likemt.
Morocco as above.
3 days Freeride course around Chamonix/Evasion resorts
2 days ski touring Val di Rhemes
6 days ski safari around the Monte Rosa massif – Valtournenche, Champoluc, Gressoney, Alagna and Zermatt. Skied Pyramid Vincent and Punta Gnifetti.
Arete des Cosmiques AD
Gressoney 3 day off piste including Bettolina, Indren/Bors col and Alta Luca
3 days adventure rock climbing on Mull & Iona (Hebrides)
3 days ski touring from the Carro and Evettes refuges (Haute Maurienne) including the classic ‘3 cols’.
7 days on the BMG/IFMGA Ski Assessment. We skied Aiguilles Rouges, Vallee Blanche and completed a 4 day tour around the Tre-la Tete Glacier.