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 Web ProfileBorn 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. 

    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 172018

    • K2 summit (8,611m)

    2010

    • Makalu, Nepal - South-East Ridge Attempt (7,450m reached)


    2005

    • Antarctica, Adelaide Island - Winter ascent of Mount Liotard 2,356m, new routing on Adelaide Island during the Antarctic Winter


    2004

    • Chamonix, France - Charmoz 3,445m-,Grepon 3,482m Traverse D
    • Grand Montet-Aiguille Verte Traverse D 4,122m (Whymper Couloir descent)
    • Grande Jorasses Traverse D 4,208m (Rochefort Arete)


    2003

    • Alaska, Denali - North-West Buttress Attempt
    • West Rib Climb 6,190m


    2002

    • New Zealand - Mount Cook 3,754m
    • Mount Aspiring 3,033m


    2001

    • Bolivia, Cordillera - Real Huayana Potosi 6,088m
    • Illimani 6,439m
    • Pequeno Alpamayo 5,370m
    • Cabeza de Condor 5,648m
    • Ala Derecha 5,482m


    2000

    • Switzerland, Penine Alps - Lagginhorn 4,010m
    • Castor 4,423m
    • Pollux 4,092m
    • Breithorn 4,165m
    • Alphubel 4,206m
    • Matterhorn 4,478m
    • Monte Rosa Traverse - Vincent Pyramide 4,215m
    • Schwarzhorn 4,322m
    • Balmenhorn 4,167m
    • Ludwigshohe 4,341m
    • Parrotspitze 4,432m
    • Signalkuppe 4,554m
    • Zumsteinspitze 4,563m
    • Dufourspitze 4,634m
    • Nordend 4,609m


    1999

    • France, Dauphine Alps - Barre des Ecrins Traverse 4,101m


    1998

    • France, Chamonix Valley - Aiguilles de Tour PD
    • Midi-Plan Traverse PD 3,673m
    • Mt. Blanc PD 4,807m
    • Switzerland - Arolla Pigne Arolla
    • Mt. Blanc de Cheilon Traverse AD


    1997

    • Morocco, Atlas Mountains - Mt. Toubkal 4,167m


    1996

    • Mexico - Mt. Popocatepetl 5,452m


    1993

    • Canadian Rockies - Mt. Robson attempt
  • International Expeditions

    Rob Smith BCGuided Climbs


    2018

    • Adventure Consultants Everest Expedition (Lead guide)


    2017

    • Adventure Consultants Everest Expedition
    • Adventure Consultants Elbrus Expedition (2 summits, Lead guide)
    • Adventure Consultants Ama Dablam Expedition (Lead guide)


    2016

    • Adventure Consultants Lhotse Expedition (Lead guide)
    • Adventure Consultants Carstensz Expedition (Lead guide)


    2015

    • Adventure Consultants Everest Expedition


    2014

    • Kyrgyzstan - Peak Lenin (7,134m)
    • Antarctica - Ski South Pole – Coast to Pole (916km)
    • Tibet, China - Everest North-East Ridge (8,850m)


    2013

    • Antarctica - Mount Vinson (4,892m), Mount Sidley (4,285m, Lead guide)
    • Greenland - 3 weeks exploratory mountaineering (East coast, Lead guide)
    • Tibet, China - Everest North-East Ridge (8,850m, Lead guide)
    • Nepal - Manaslu attempt (7,200m reached)
    • Antarctica - Mount Sporli (2,255m), first ascent


    2012

    • Antarctica - Mount Vinson (4,892m)
    • Tibet, China - Everest North Col (7,060m) / Lhakpa Ri (7,045m)
    • Nepal - Island Peak (6,189m)
    • Antarctica - Mount Vinson (4,892m) x 2 (new route via Eastern approach & traverse)


    2011

    • Tibet, China - Cho Oyu (8,201m)
    • India - Stok Kangri (6,153m)
    • Antarctica - Mount Vinson (4,892m) x 2, South Pole Ski the Last Degree


    2010

    • Antarctica - Mount Vinson (4,892m) x 2, Mt Shinn (4,660m), Sublime Peak (4,865m)


    2009

    • Tanzania - Mt Kilimanjaro, Western Breach (5,895m), Mt Meru (4,566m)
    • Russia, Caucusus - Mt Elbrus West (5,642m) & East Summit (5,622m)
    • Argentina - Aconcagua Traverse (6,962m)
    • Antarctica - Mount Vinson (4,892m), South Pole Ski the Last Degree x 2


    2007/8

    • South Georgia - Science support


    2007

    • Svalbard - Kongsfjorden region - Science support
    • Antarctica - Pine Island Glacier


    2006

    • Pakistan, Karakorum - Attempt of Kharut Pyramid (6,019m)
    • Antarctica - Ellsworth Mountains - Science support


    2005

    • Antarctica, Adelaide Island - Winter ascent of Mount Reeves (2,012m), Mount Barre (2,154m)
    • Antarctica - Pine Island Glacier - Science support


    2004

    • Antarctica - James Ross Island - Science support
    • Winter - South Georgia - Travel area safety assessment


    2003

    • Canada, Rockies - Mt. Athabasca traverse (3,491m), White Pyramid (3,275m), Mount Hector (3,394m), Mount Birdwood - Lizzie’s Ridge (3,097m), Snowdome, Fortress, Gusty


    2002/3

    • Antarctica - Dronning Maud Land - Science support


    2001

    • Iceland, Vatnojukel Icecap - Hvannadalshnukur attempt (2,119m)

    2000/1

    • Antarctica - Seymour Island - Science support
  • 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