Welcome to The Mountaineering Company and thanks for taking time to visit our website. The Mountaineering Company was established with the aim of helping people develop their skills for use in the outdoors so they can realise their dreams and ambitions. We offer instruction in navigation, climbing, mountain running and scrambling in all the main mountain and hill areas of the UK. We also offer overseas expeditions to Morocco, guided mountain walks and mountain running events.

In 2018 the Mountaineering Company became a course provider for Mountain Training England and are authorised to offer Mountain, Hill and Rock Skills Courses. We also belong to the Mountain Training Association (MTA), Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI)​ and The British Mountaineering Council (BMC).


Smaller group sizes!

Large group sizes reduce learning opportunities for participants so we reduced all our course instructor ratios to ensure a better learning experience for all our clients. We strongly believe this approach helps improve the learning experience and is a contributing factor to our excellent client retention.

Passionate and experienced instructors!

When you attend one of our courses or guided events the one thing that will stand out is our passion for the outdoors and the activities we instruct. We only employ qualified and experienced instructors who are dedicated and passionate about the subject they are instructing.

Comfortable and supportive learning environment

One thing you are guaranteed is a comfortable and positive learning experience when attending our courses or events. Our courses are structured to ensure everybody is included in the sessions and our instructors are trained to ensure that everybody is treated equally.

We don’t offer Female only course or events as we strongly believe this is not the right direction to achieve equality in the outdoor community. All of our courses and events should be able to offer a suitable learning environment for all, no matter of gender, race or religion and this is the high standard we strive to achieve. Check out our reviews to see what others think of our courses!

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Climbing instruction & coaching (Beginner – Advanced)

Scrambling courses

Navigation courses (All levels)

Skills course (Hill skills and Mountain Skills)

Navigation and skills course for mountain runners

Guided walks and scrambling


My partner and I booked Matt for two days mountaineering instruction so we could learn how to use ropes on climbs that were out of our comfort zone. We had a fantastic two days and Matts structured approach allowed us to take it all in and practice all the techniques over and over again. We both now feel more confident to take on more adventurous scrambles. Thanks Matt

Andy and karren

Excellent day with matt scrambling over crib coch. Faboulous and patient instructor, highly recommend .

Anne Brown

Fantastic day on the Back to Basics Navigation course with Matt. Very well organised and learnt a lot. Matt was very professional and great at teaching the skills with lots of patience and encouragement. Really enjoyed it and will definitely be signing up to other courses in future. Highly recommended.

Chontelle Wright

A great day out learning how to use a map and compass with Matt. His teaching style gave us just the right amount of information without feeling overloaded. I would highly recommend Matt !


Just got back from a fantastic weekend with Matt on the Welsh 3k and couldn't have asked for a better time. We had blue skies and cool air so it wasn't too hot and the views were simply incredible. Matt set a great pace allowing us to push our limits but never going beyond what we were capable of and we finished in 18 hours 32 mins. Hes a top bloke and I would certainly recommend him and The Mountaineering Company to anybody. Thanks again Matt. You will certainly see us again next year no doubt!

Chris Mansell

We attended a navigation course today with Matt. He was fantastic, can’t rate him highly enough! We had no knowledge at all, but have come home feeling confident and ready to tackle our adventure! Thank you Matt for a fabulous, fun day

Claire Black

I thoroughly recommend Matt as a leader & guide. I experienced an exhilarating & fun day with a super group doing Matt's Ogwen Classics day. Matt managed our mixed levels of ability & confidence with a calm, encouraging, alert & purposeful manner. He inspired confidence through recognition of our efforts & shared his knowledge & experience to support our skill development. The day passed all too quickly!

Ferne Davies

Awesome day with Matt teaching my 11yr old son and I the basics of climbing. Very patient and approachable would highly recommend Matt to anyone with an interest in rock climbing. Really fun day enjoyed by all!

Ian Roberts

All I can say is amazing!! Never scrambled before Matt looked after us supported us though the scary bits and made the whole day brilliant.

Karen Williams

Had a fantastic weekend with Matt on the mountain skills course - he is really friendly + approachable, and tailored the two days to what we enjoyed + wanted to learn. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to build their confidence with mountain hiking + navigation!


Recently attended an intermediate rock skills course in the Peak District. Really great weekend and excellent fun. Matt is a top bloke; very knowledgeable and just the right amount of laid back. Allows all the information to really sink in - effective teaching!

Matt Pomfrett

Excellent day out with Matt on my first ever Scramble. I found it pretty tough in places but Matt was always there to put me at ease, offer instruction and with his support I made it to the top. Would highly recommend to others.

Polly Hornby


All of my courses are designed to give the best learning experience possible. I aim to educate in all aspects of mountaineering and the outdoors, not only the technical skills.


Inspiration is a key motivator to everybody’s learning experience and one of my main goals. All of my courses are designed around this principle!


Education is not only about teaching you new skills; it’s also about recognising and developing your older skills. By doing this we enhance your learning experience and give you more out of every course I run.

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