James Hamilton

James Hamilton

IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide

James loves the challenge of a climb and the reward of a beautiful sunrise. A climber since his teens, James spends his summers based at New Zealand's Mount Cook, where he has graduated from an Alpine Trekking Guide to a fully qualified IFMGA Guide.

  • Bio

    James HamiltonOriginally from Westport, New Zealand, James now spends the winter months there and the summer months based out of Aoraki/Mt Cook.

    James started climbing in 1984 at age 18 and became a guide in 1997. He worked initially as an Alpine Trekking guide and is now a fully qualified IFMGA Guide.

    When in the mountains he loves the early morning sunrises and the challenge. As a guide, he enjoys the variety of work in different places around the world. His most memorable climbing/ski experience to date is climbing Mt Robson in Canada and skiing off!

    When not climbing James says, "Nothing beats snorkelling for Paua on a calm sunny day on the West Coast of New Zealand!"

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  • Notable Ascents

    Douglas Peak

    • Climbed South Face 2 times, 1998


    Mt Hicks

    • Guided right hand Icefields, 2006


    Hvannadalshnukur, Iceland

    • Lead guide, 16 times
  • James's Testimonials

    "We enjoyed very much our experience with James. He demonstrated a deep knowledge on different mountaineering skills and competencies. Apart from these skills we want to highlight his positive attitude and empathy in providing us a very memorable experience. We love skiing with a ski guide like him that is always looking for another ski run!"

    "I came with specific objectives and with James’s assistance I achieved them all. The overall learning experience was bang on for me." Ice Climbing Course