Rob Smith

Rob Smith

Mountain & Ski Guide

AC Guide Rob Smith has been guiding for nearly 20 years, predominantly in Antarctica and the Himalayas. When he's not mountain biking or sea kayaking near his Fort William home, Rob loves nothing more than getting out into beautiful places and sharing challenges and adventures with other climbers.

  • Bio

    Rob Smith BC 2017Born in Omagh, Northern Ireland and now based in Fort William, Scotland, Rob started climbing in 1989. Rob has been guiding since 2000 and now divides his time between guiding during the summer Antarctic seasons and the greater ranges of the Himalaya. 

    A man of many talents, Rob holds a Pre-Hospital Emergency Care qualification and was formerly a Combat Medical Technician and Off-Shore Medic. Notable guided ascents include Mt Everest, Mt Vinson, Cho Oyu, Carstensz Pyramid and Mt Elbrus amongst many others. Rob loves guiding because he gets to share his passion for adventure and challenge with other people, spending time in beautiful places. He enjoys meeting interesting people and sharing experiences with them. "That can be spending time together in a tent in bad weather, or standing on top of a mountain fulfilling a lifetime ambition." 

    When at home, as well as mountain biking and sea kayaking, Rob enjoys watching movies and discovering new music.

  • Notable Ascents

    Rob Smith Everest 17

    Seven Summits


    Everest (8,850m/29,035ft)

    • AC Guide 2015 (no summit), 2017, 2019
    • AC Lead Guide 2018
    • North-East Ridge 2014
    • North-East Ridge (Lead Guide) 2013
    • Everest North Col (7,060m/26,163ft) 2012


    Elbrus (5,642m/18,510ft)

    • AC Lead Guide x 2 summits 2017
    • Elbrus West (5,642m/18,510ft) & East Summit (5,622m/18,445ft) 2009


    Carstensz Pyramid (4,884m/16,023ft)

    • AC Lead Guide 2016


    Vinson Massif (4,892m/16,050ft)

    • 2013
    • 2012 x 2 (new route via Eastern Approach & Traverse)
    • 2011 x 2
    • 2010 x 2
    • 2009


    Kilimanjaro (5,895m/19,340ft)

    • Western Breach 2009


    Aconcagua (6,962m/22,841ft)

    • Traverse 2009


    Denali (6,190m/20,308ft)

    • North-West Buttress Attempt and West Rib Climb 2003

     

    8,000m Climbs

    • Lhotse (8,516m/27,939ft) 2019
    • K2 (8,611m/28,251ft) 2018
    • Cho Oyu (8,201m/26,906ft) 2011

     

    Antarctica

    • Mount Sporli (2,255m/7,398ft), First ascent 2013
  • International Expeditions

    Rob Smith BC

    8,000m Expeditions:

    • Lhotse (8,516m/27,939ft), AC Lead Guide 2016 (no summit), 2019
    • Manaslu attempt (7,200m/22,600ft reached) 2013
    • Makalu - SE Ridge attempt (7,450m/24,500ft reached) 2010

    Himalayan Climbs:

    • Ama Dablam (6,828m/22,401ft) AC Lead Guide 2017
    • Lhakpa Ri (7,045m/23,114ft) 2012
    • Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft) 2012
    • Stok Kangri (6,153m/20,187ft) 2011
    • Kharut Pyramid attempt, Karakorum (6,019m/19,747ft) 2006


    Antarctica:

    • Ski South Pole – Coast to Pole (916km/569 miles) 2014
    • Mount Sidley (4,285m/14,058ft) Lead Guide 2013
    • South Pole Ski the Last Degree 2011
    • Mount Shinn (4,660m/15,289ft) 2010
    • Sublime Peak (4,865m/15,961ft) 2010
    • South Pole Ski the Last Degree 2009 x 2
    • Pine Island Glacier, Science Support 2007
    • Ellsworth Mountains, Science Support 2006
    • Mount Reeves (2,012m/6,061ft), Mount Barre (2,154m/7,067ft) winter ascents, Adelaide Island, 2005
    • Mount Liotard (2,356m/7,730ft) winter ascent and new routing 2005
    • Pine Island Glacier, Science Support 2005
    • James Ross Island, Science Support 2004
    • Dronning Maud Land, Science Support 2002/3
    • Seymour Island, Science Support 2000/1


    Europe:

    • Charmoz (3,445m/11,302ft) 2004
    • Grepon (3,482m/11,424ft) Traverse D 2004
    • Grand Montet-Aiguille Verte Traverse D (4,122m/13,524ft, Whymper Couloir descent) 2004
    • Grande Jorasses Traverse D (4,208m/13,806ft, Rochefort Arête) 2004
    • Lagginhorn (4,010m/13,156ft) 2000
    • Castor (4,423m/14,511ft) 2000
    • Pollux (4,092m/13,425ft) 2000
    • Breithorn (4,165m/13,665ft) 2000
    • Alphubel (4,206m/13,799ft) 2000
    • Matterhorn (4,478m/14,691ft) 2000
    • Monte Rosa Traverse, Vincent Pyramide (4,215m/13,828ft) 2000
    • Schwarzhorn (4,322m/14,180ft) 2000
    • Balmenhorn (4,167m/13,671ft) 2000
    • Ludwigshöhe (4,341m/14,242ft) 2000
    • Parrotspitze (4,432m/14,541ft) 2000
    • Signalkuppe (4,554m/14,941ft) 2000
    • Zumsteinspitze (4,563m/14,970ft) 2000
    • Dufourspitze (4,634m/15,203ft) 2000
    • Nordend (4,609m/15,151ft) 2000
    • Barre des Ecrins Traverse (4,101m/13,455ft) 1999
    • Aiguille du Tour PD (3,529m/11,578ft) 1998
    • Midi-Plan Traverse PD (3,673m) 1998
    • Mont Blanc PD (4,807m/15,771ft) 1998
    • Arolla Pigne Arolla (3,796m/12,454ft) 1998
    • Mont Blanc de Cheilon Traverse AD 1998


    New Zealand:

    • Mount Cook (3,754m/12,316ft) 2002
    • Mount Aspiring (3,033m/9,951ft) 2002


    South America:

    • Cordillera Real, Huayna Potosi (6,088m/19,974ft) 2001
    • Illimani (6,438m/22,401ft) 2001
    • Pequeno Alpamayo (5,370m/17,618ft) 2001
    • Cabeza de Condor (5,648m/18,530ft) 2001
    • Ala Derecha (5,482m/17,986ft) 2001


    Elsewhere:

    • Peak Lenin, Kyrgyzstan (7,134m/23,406ft) 2014
    • Greenland - 3 weeks exploratory mountaineering (East Coast, Lead guide) 2013
    • Mount Meru (4,566m/14,980ft) - 2009
    • Svalbard, Kongsfjorden region, Science Support 2007
    • South Georgia, Travel Area Safety Assessment 2004
    • Mount Athabasca Traverse (3,491m/11,453ft) 2003
    • White Pyramid (3,275m/10,745ft) 2003
    • Mount Hector (3,394m/11,135ft) 2003
    • Mount Birdwood, Lizzie’s Ridge (3,097m/10,161ft) 2003
    • Snowdome, Fortress, Gusty 2003
    • Vatnajökull Icecap - Hvannadalshnúkur attempt (2,119m/6,952ft) 2001
    • Jebel Toubkal (4,167m/13,671ft) 1997
    • Popocatépetl (5,452m/17,887gy) - 1996
    • Canadian Rockies, Mount Robson attempt - 1993

    Rob is also an Emergency Medical Technician, Combat Medical Technician and Off-Shore medic. 

  • Rob's Testimonials

    "Rob has been the best guide I have been on a trip with so far. I know this can sometimes come down to personality but he was always calm, thoughtful and was attentive to all our needs." Neil Long, Carstensz Pyramid, 2016

    "Rob was a superb guide and climber in all aspects. I never questioned or doubted his leadership or decision-making process." Claudia Lopez, Lhotse, 2016