James Thacker - North Face of the Eiger (c) Nick Wallis


About Mountain Assurance

Mountain Assurance Ltd is owned and run by James Thacker. Our mountain guiding and instructional services are based on broad skills and worldwide experience.

Most importantly we use our skills and experience to help our clients achieve their aspirations and full potential.

We specialise in tailored mountaineering instruction and mountain guiding which are matched to individual requirements.


Some vignettes of our services

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#AssuredExperiences – An ascent of Les Droites (4000m) with Chris Bedford, marking the end of his pursuit to climb all of the major 4000m peaks in the European Alps.

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#AssuredExpertise – Safety cover for winter snow photography and film shoot with Superdry Plc. Risk Assessment, Method Statements and on location support for athletes and staff in Hintertux, Austria.

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#AssuredTraining – Alpine skills training for The Alpine Club Aspirants Meet held in Saas Grund, including crevasse rescue and moving together on alpine ridge terrain.

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#AssuredExperiences – A summer introduction to alpinism in the Mont Blanc Massif. Rock, snow and mixed routes and associated techniques over the period of a month.

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#AssuredExpertise – Audit of standard operating procedures for a government organisation operating in glaciated terrain. Technical advice and system design.

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#AssuredTraining – Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training delivered to the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI) in applied Human Factors (HF).


About James Thacker

James Thacker

IFMGA Mountain Guide and WMCI | Director

James is an IFMGA Mountain Guide and member of the British Association of Mountain Guides (BMG). In addition, James is also a Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (WMCI).

Having worked in Outdoor Education, as a self employed Mountaineering Instructor and full time IFMGA Mountain Guide, James brings broad and in depth experience to current projects.

Being based in both Kingussie, Inverness-shire and Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France, allows us to explore the best that both Scotland and the alps has to offer. Both these areas provide ample opportunity for work and play, particularly for James’ children’s own assured experiences.