Welcome to Hunter Mountaineering

Mountain Guiding, Climbing, Instruction and Coaching

Hunter Mountaineering offers Private Guiding and specific Summer and Winter Courses ranging from walking up Ben Nevis, to climbing classic rock or ice climbs, to mountain navigation and safety. We deliver quality professional courses, and bespoke Private Guiding.

Hunter Mountaineering is based in Fort William, at the foot of Ben Nevis in the Highlands. Within easy reach are other venues such as Glencoe, Creag Meagaidh and the Cairngorms.

An Teallach

Private Guiding

Aonach Eagach

Perfect Rock

Rock Climbing

Congratulations on completing the ridge

Walk up Ben Nevis, 1345m


About Hunter Mountaineering

Hunter Mountaineering is run by myself, Max Hunter. I hold the Mountaineering Instructor Certificate (MIC), and am a member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI) and the Mountain Training Association (MTA).



“When I was looking for someone to guide me up Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis, a route I have wanted to do since my climbing days over forty years ago, Max came highly recommended. Meeting Max the evening before allowed me to get the answers to questions I had about my readiness and the route itself. He had a friendly and warm approach, patiently providing the reassuring information I required. Throughout the actual day, Max encouraged me while keeping me informed of the magnificent buttresses and gullies that were being exposed as we gained height. He provided me with reassuring rope belays when required and cleverly commentated throughout more difficult sections to ensure I progressed safely and competently. This allowed me to thoroughly enjoy the day, which was blessed with great weather and snow/ice conditions. Max is both a highly capable and experienced guide, in addition to being great company. I would happily recommend him to others who have high aspirations in our lovely mountains.” Bob Licznerski (21st March 2015)


“Thanks again for a truly brilliant day – we had great fun !” Jackie & Darren    (22nd April 2014)


“Thanks Max, what a great day, Andy and I had a fab time and are looking forward to doing more routes in the future.” Mel and Andy    (23rd April 2014)


“Glad I chose Hunter Mountaineering for my long-time desire to climb Ben Nevis. Max guides with safety foremost but keeps the adventure part of it. Had a great, rewarding day.” Wayne    (26th July 2014)


“I asked Max to give me some help as I prepared for my SPA assessment.  He took the time to note exactly where my weaknesses were and what I needed to work on and then prepared a bespoke training day to help me.  He was then kind enough to let me shadow him delivering a single pitch session the following day.  Max really takes the time to listen to his clients and adapts and evolves a plan around their needs.  I couldn’t recommend Max more highly as an instructor and a guide.” Doug MacDonald    (11th Nov 2014)


‘I just wanted to say thank you once again for a really brilliant week’  ‘Every day that we were out with you was a pleasure and a great learning experience. The attention you paid to my prior experience and to my goals meant that I never felt like I was standing still or being pushed too hard. Your calm manner and clear explanations helped me to make fast progress towards being a safer, more confident and more competent mountaineer and climber. I could not have asked for more. Quite apart from that you were always great company and (along with Mark) made the time we spend out on the hill highly enjoyable as well as valuable. If I was to rate your lessons against Ofsted criteria I would call each one ‘outstanding’ – ‘an example of best practice’.’ Jeremy    (22nd February 2014)