Having climbed with James on some great snow and ice routes in Scotland over the last few years, he was the obvious choice when I wanted to climb the Matterhorn. I knew with [his] combination of enthusiasm and professionalism, that it was going to be a great trip and it was. I would recommend James to anybody that wants instruction or guiding anywhere in the world. Thanks again James and roll on the next trip. Tony Clapham, Matterhorn 2013
After a couple of Scottish Winter outings with James, he was a natural choice when I decided to spread my wings and take the plunge with my first proper Alpine trip. The 5 days flew by, with a great selection of routes on both snow and rock, despite some weather challenges (ironically too warm, before the storms came in). I'll be back as soon as I can, and fully intend to rope up with James again to continue my Alpine education. Dave Isherwood, Chamonix 2013
Before heading off to Ama Dablam friends would often ask me why I was going on a guided trip. I start by saying that I wasn't going on any guided trip and preceded to explain the benefits of a James Thacker Mountaineering Expedition. We were a capable group of clients, between us having the skills of a doctor, 2 MIA's, 3 IML's and having the benefit of many alpine routes under our own steam. We were a carefully selected team, therefore allowing us each the biggest chance of success and highlighting that our safety was of paramount importance. All the logistics were in place for us, meaning our main focus could be on climbing the mountain. One of the highlights was having a helicopter arranged when our scheduled plane was going to arrive in Lukla too late in the day; you can't do that on your own. Alison Culshaw, Ama Dablam 2012
During February of 2012 James took us for our first Scottish Winter trip. On the first day he taught us how to move on snow and ice, how to use our axes and crampons properly and basic winter ropework. The rest of the week was spent climbing awesome routes and putting the theory into practise, with James leading and teaching us how to transfer our rock climbing skills to this new environment. The whole experience was fantastic and we will be going back next year for more of the same. David Espley, Scotland Winter Climbing.
Since our trip to Scotland, we have also spent 3 days in Wales with James improving our multipitch climbing in preparation for a trip to the Alps this summer. James's ability to quickly transfer years of experience to learners never ceases to amaze me, he had us leading multipitch on the first day, helped to massively improve my gear placements by calming me down and getting me to focus on my stance and position. By the end of the 3 days we were climbing a sea cliff at Gogarth - a truly wonderful experience. David Elspey, Multi Pitch Rock/Alpine Preparation
Just to reiterate my sentiments from yesterday, thank you for an awesome weekend. It was great climbing with you and learning from you, I had a wicked time. Hanh Tat, Multi Pitch Rock, North Wales.
Beccy and I just wanted to say thanks again for last weekend. It was a great couple of days and we covered everything we had hoped for and a bit more! You're an excellent (and very patient) instructor. No doubt we will see you again for another course at some point.
Andy, Peak District
Just a short note to say a big thankyou for last week. We had a brilliant time and Dave is quite grumpy today having to go back to work on Monday! Steph, Winter Mountaineering
Hi James, Just wanted to drop you a line, thanking you for a great day out. It was one of those days that I'll always remember. Boy, do my shoulders and stomach muscles ache today !! Cheers again, see you on the hills.. Peter Parsons, Peak Rock, Peak District
Hi James, Just wanted to reiterate how much we enjoyed and learned this weekend. Pete’s emailed me at 08.30 this morning to find out when we going to the Peaks again! Thanks so much, take care…
Morgan Hollis, Resin to Rock. Peak District
I have just returned from a fantastic weekends climbing with James in Glen Coe, where I wanted to experience some of the slightly harder mixed winter climbs. During the weekend we climbed pitches of technical 6 & 7, which gave me a real insight to this kind of climbing. I went on the weekend thinking I was fairly experienced, but the tips, tricks and efficiency I gained from James in the short space of a weekend was invaluable, and has given me the skills and confidence to climb that bit harder and that bit safer. Allan Robb, Advanced Scottish Winter Climbing.