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Macdonald
Mountain Guiding

IFMGA Qualified // Chamonix

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Stuart MacDonald

Mountain Guide

About me

I am an IFMGA Mountain Guide based in the Chamonix Valley in France. Whether you like rock climbing, ice climbing, Alpine Mountaineering, Skiing or Ski Touring – it is all available here in Chamonix - the world capital of alpine mountaineering with fantastic access to other areas in France, Italy and Switzerland.

I began working as an independent Guide in 2008, but nowadays I have a strong team of mountain guides working with me. We arrange trips year-round aiming to put like-minded and compatible groups together for trips. Private Guiding is also available.

All of the guiding team are exceptional at what they do. Every individual has been chosen because of their knowledge, their talent and their inter-personal skills. When you book a trip through me you are booking an unforgettable adventure where the guides put you first.

My Climbing Achivements

Himalayas

Mount Everest (8850m), Pokalde (three times), Island Peak (twice), Mera Peak, and Lobuje East. In India attempted a first ascent of Peak 6184 in Himachal Pradesh (unsuccessful).

Scotland

Too many winter routes to count, up to grade VII. New routes at grade VI. Solo ascents of Point Five Gully (V,5) and Smith's Route (V,5)

Alps

Completed well over 100 Alpine routes. Numerous ED grade test pieces including: North Face of the Eiger, North Face of the Matterhorn, North East Spur of Les Droites in winter, North Face of Les Droites (Ginat) - solo, North Face of the Grandes Jorasses (Croz Spur) North Face of the Grandes Jorasses (The Shroud), North Face of the Droites (Colton Brooks) in winter, North Face of the Droites (Axt Gross), North Face of the Piz Badile (Cassin route), North Face of the Aiguille Talefre, Grande Rocheuse (Bettembourg Route) Grand Capucin (Swiss Route) Peutery Ridge Integrale North Face of Cima Grande (Comici route) West face of Petite Jorasses

Alaska

Three expeditions including ascents of Mount Foraker (3rd highest peak in US), Mount McKinley (Highest peak in US) and Mount Bona (4th highest peak in US).

Yosemite

My first aid climbing experience which culminated in an ascent of the world famous “Nose” of El Capitan

South Georgia (Antarctica)

A combined sailing and climbing trip where we sailed a yacht from the Falkland Islands across the Southern Ocean to South Georgia before then making two first ascents of mountains on the island. These included Mount Roots which at the time was the highest unclimbed peak in British territory and had been previously attempted by numerous teams.

Morocco

A successful ascent of the 2nd highest mountain in the Atlas on a 5 day return trip from UK

Greenland

Exploratory mountaineering in the remote Liverpool Land Peninsula. Numerous 1st and 2nd ascents

Kenya

Guided two inexperienced climbers up the “North Face Standard” Route on Mount Kenya

Bhutan

Remote trekking in this unspoiled Himalayan Paradise

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