Aspire to climb big picturesque mountain ridges leading to inaccessible pinnacles and summits? Or, develop your skills as a competent rock climber? Synergy Guides do not run an ‘off the shelf’ summer climbing course but we do embark on classic outings such as scrambling over the Aonach Eagach, Alpine preparation and rock climbing courses aswell as providing private mountain guides.
Located in view of the UK’s highest mountain Ben Nevis, we pride ourselves with local knowledge, enthusiasm and a shared appetite for Summer Climbing be that rock climbing, scrambling or mountaineering.
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Our goal is to help you make the jump; whether you’re just starting out and want a beginners rock climbing course, need a rock climbing guide to climb Centurion on Ben Nevis, or want to become a competent leader ready to push themselves into the elusive ‘E’ grades.
All of our rock climbing and scrambling adventures happen on the West coast of Scotland. We don’t have a big team but we do have some of the best local instrcutors available to guide you on your next summer climbing adventure.
Steve Holmes of Synergy Guides is quite a bit more than just your average mountain guide. We had had an amazing winter week climbing varied, interesting and challenging ice, and mixed routes - sometimes in wild conditions! It was like climbing with a friend - who happens to be a badass climber and is also very fun to hang out with!Finn Millard3/26/2020
I booked Steve to guide me on some walking / scrambling in the Cuillins and couldn't have asked for a better guide. I would thoroughly recommend him from anything for an introduction to scrambling to completion of the full Cuillin Traverse. He is extremely competent, very experienced and great company. An awesome couple of days 🙂Frances C5/28/2016
Our guide Dave was fantastic. From the minute we met he was full of energy and enthusiasm whilst at the same time making sure that we were aware of the risks of the walks and that he would be constantly assessing us and the weather.
We did the walk & scramble which for me was a big stretch and Dave was just brilliant with his enthusiasm and constant alertness for our safety.
Cannot recommend him highly enough if you are walking in Glencoe.Mark Pritchard6/01/2017
What a great day out this was in the company of a really good guide, From the initial booking to coming off the mountain at the end of the day, everything went so well. Highly recommendedBarry M7/12/2016
Steve was recommended to me by a fellow hillwalker who knew I was looking to finish the last of my scary Munros on Skye.
Although it was short notice Steve was able to fit me in and I'm so glad that he did.
I met him at the Slig and was greeted with a huge beaming smile and a warm handshake. On the journey to the start, Steve reassured me that the route that we would take would be the most straightforward and safest and hopefully the most enjoyable for me.
On the ascent to the ridge and the dreaded An Stac screes, Steve constantly we went at my rather moderate pace. So once on a climb I was never out of breath or suffering from sweaty back syndrome. We had a couple of pitstops along the way and plenty of opportunities to look back at views when we got them.
The scary part of the climb up to the summit was made extremely safe because Steve used short roping and lots of encouragement to get me there. No I'm sure he has reached hundreds of summits but he made me feel as if I had done something very special and unique. I was so pleased with myself.
The descent was a reverse of our ascent route and it reassuring to spot familiar bits of rock and knowing what obstacles were to be overcome. By keeping my rope tight I was able to downclimb/ bumshuffle my way to safety. All too soon our day was over- I never thought I was say that about a dreich day on the Cuillin!
I would wholeheartedly recommend Steve to anyone, no matter what your abilities are. What he does in a very subtle way is encourage you, he breaks down the climb into stages so that you are aware that you are making progress and most importantly he gives you confidence and at no point do you feel that you are being a pathetic wimp!Pauline Henderson6/30/2016
Just had a totally brilliant climbing weekend with Steve from Synergy Guides. Steve is really easy to get along with and his mountaineering and climbing knowledge is absolutely top level. He is patient when he is instructing and has a great ability of reading people and pushing them in a really good way. I have used Steve a number of times before and he has taken me from keen hill walker to mountaineer and climber. Highly recommended and I will be back out with Steve in the future.John Adams5/21/2019
I spent two fantastic days with Steve and enjoyed every minute. The weather wasn’t on our side but Steve made sure we made the most of it and tailored our experience to suit the conditions. Clearly a professional in his field and a genuinely nice guy. If you’re a budding or experienced climber, I would highly recommend Synergy guides for a fantastic experience whatever the weather.Karl Henshaw2/01/2020
I’ve been out with Steve Holmes quite a few times and would strongly recommend him as your guide. His sole aim is to give you a great day out. He is an excellent judge of where to go for the conditions, weather and your ability. On the hill, he is ever alert to your safety and also offers good coaching tips. He is such a good climber that I always feel he is completely on top of everything. Importantly, too, he is great company and full of enthusiasm, whatever the weather.
I am now in my early seventies, and prone to angina, so the qualities above are very important to me. Steve makes sure that associate guides working for Synergy meet the same standards. Through Synergy I’ve had wonderful days on winter routes at III to V in standard.David Wilson5/27/2020
Great day out I have met Steve a few times for instruction courses in mountaineering. I am always impressed with his calm and collected tuition whilst feeling very safe. Every time I have had an awesome experience learning new skills and getting out into stunning locations. Cheers Steve.Colin5/27/2015
Had an absolutely incredible time climbing Tower Ridge with Synergy Guides. Steve is an extremely knowledgeable guide and a truly accomplished climber. Tower Ridge itself was a stunning and fun route on the iconic Ben Nevis. Steve made it easy to achieve a real adventure in Scotland just a day after arriving from the U.S. without needing to bring any gear. I'd absolutely recommend Synergy if you're interested in getting into the mountains in Scotland and I look forward to some more climbing with Steve and Synergy in the future!Brandon Rose9/22/2019
Absolutely fantastic experience climbing with Synergy in Glen Coe for 3 days. Really well planned and executed by our brilliant guide who showed us all the essentials before taking us up some pretty challenging routes, which is what we asked for. Our guide was very experienced and we never felt at risk, and great company. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a winter adventure.Rory Calderwood3/01/2020
We had a wonderful day out with Synergy Guides! Steve was a fantastic guide, and ensured we had a great climb up Tower Ridge. He was knowledgable, kind, thoughtful, and cared a lot about our experience. We couldn't have asked for more. Highly recommend!Colette Hinckley10/18/2019
A great day on the Aaonach Eagach with Rich. Expert guiding throughout-it made what could be intimidating ridge a great fun day out. Thanks!Stephen H7/12/2016
Expedition to Nepal I thought the whole pre-expedition planning was excellent. The food was better than expected and none of us got any kind of stomach bug or illness much to the credit of the in-country staff. The whole Expedition was extremely well organised from start to finish, it went way beyond my expectations.Emma Law11/10/2011
We completed the Cuillins with Steve, and had an amazing time. He is a great friendly guide, and knows the mountains and his craft so well, that we felt really comfortable up in the mountains. I'd definitely book further climbing days with Synergy, and cannot recommend them highly enough.Clare Dickson8/17/2020
Want to scramble over the longest ridge in Glencoe? The Aonach Eagach is one of, if not the best ridge scramble in mainland Britain. Lining the Northern side of the main road in Glencoe this ridge really is a beautiful route and should be high on the list of any visiting climber or hill walker.
No summer climbing experience is necessary but a good head for heights and an above average level of mountain fitness will allow participants to enjoy this fine grade 2 scramble.
Training for the Alps, an overseas expedition or maybe your first Skyrunning event? Synergy Guides are here to train, guide, instruct and advise you on your journey to success. Get in touch to start your journey with our professionally qualified team.
Scrambling Course Scotland
This scrambling course will teach you how to become a more independent mountaineer. The content is entirely bespoke meaning we can make the course fit your next summer climbing adventure. That might be a Cuillin Ridge Traverse, an ascent of Tower Ridge or your first trip to Chamonix and the European Alps.
We can cover many aspects including how to scramble with a rope, what equipment to take for a grade I scramble and how to find a route using a guidebook. Alpinists will make use of crevasse rescue training, advance rope techniques such as moving together, bivi skills and glacier travel.
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