About

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 instruction and guiding which are matched to individual requirements. Recent guiding and advisory projects include:

#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.

#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.

#AssuredTraining – Alpine skills training for The Alpine Club Aspirants Meet held in Saas Grund, including crevasse rescue and moving together on alpine ridge terrain. These two days of concentrated training acted as a spring board for the participants own independent alpinism over a further two weeks.

If you would like to find out more about our philosophy and values, you can do so here.

About James Thacker

Mountain Assurance Ltd was founded by James Thacker in 2017. 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), which was formerly known as the Mountaineering Instructors Certificate or simply the “MIC”.

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.

In recent years, James has also been involved in the training of leaders and instructors in  the UK as well as contributing to the wider agenda of mountain safety and public engagement via the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) and the Chris Walker Memorial Trust (CWMT).

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.

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James Thacker, on belay duty in Wen Zawn, Gogarth, Anglesey (Ynys Môn). Photo: Alison Thacker

Regulation and Membership

Mountain guiding is regulated in European alpine countries, while in the UK guiding activities fall under the auspices of The Health and Safety at Work Act. Regardless of the country of operation you can be assured of our high standards by:

What People Say

One of the trickiest aspects of Les Droites was the approach across a highly crevassed glacier. James found a safe and superbly efficient line, in the dark. Reaching the top in good time, this was a truly memorable way to climb my final 4000er.

Chris Bedford


James acted as one of the guides working on essential alpine skills on the 2019 Alpine Club Aspirant meet in Saas Grund.

He is thoughtful and thorough, and is a gifted communicator, which was a big inspiration for our new members. Thanks!

Nicholas Hurndall Smith, The Alpine Club

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