/ recommend a mountain guide for the alps
I've was on a course lead by Tim Blakemore (http://www.northernmountainsport.co.uk/index.php/eng) a few years ago. Great guy, often takes his teenage son into son in the alps, so will know the score in that regard. Found him to be keen to teach alpine skills not just show people the way too.
I can't recommend Mike "Twid" Turner highly enough. Vastly experienced, very motivated, and great company
John Lyall is a great guy. He's become a family friend.
Rob Jarvis, Stu MacDonald, Tim Blakemore, Mark Walker, Twid Turner: have met all of these guys on and / or off the hill, and can't recommend them too strongly. You don't get a carnet without an exceptional level of technical skill and mountain experience, but being a guide also requires great 'people skills'. These folks (and others in this profession) have this in bucket loads, without it being too 'in yer face'. You would have a great time with any of them, and they'll bend over backwards to fit you in around any current bookings. Drop them an email via the BMG website (or their own sites).
Unless you are French or Swiss of course. Then misanthropy and arrogance are compulsory.
Many thanks all - your recommendations are very much appreciated.
[In response to Gaelforce above I would indeed strongly agree that being a BMG is not a guarantee of social skills. Hence my original request based on a fairly "mixed" experience in the alps this year. And no, I wont be telling, after all it might be us not him....]
Not true, I know some great French guides. In my experience they are the same as British Guides in that you get just as many that are arrogant etc. I've had some great banter with them before.
Trying to find one of their cards now but I seem to have misplaced it.
It is probably not helped by the French guiding system, rather like the French ski-intructing selection, encouraging absolute hard-core, envelope pushing alpinists - and then telling them to take punters up the voie normale on Mont Blanc du Tacul for the first 3 years, while the more experienced guides get to take the more capable clients up the more interesting and challenging routes.
Rob Jarvis gets my vote too.
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