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. 

    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 (AC Lead Guide, 8,850m) - 2018
    • Everest (AC Guide, 8,850m) - 2017
    • Elbrus (2 summits, AC Lead Guide, 5,642m) - 2017
    • Carstensz (AC Lead Guide, 4,884m) - 2016
    • Everest (AC Guide, 8,850m ) - 2015
    • Everest North-East Ridge (8,850m) - 2014
    • Everest North-East Ridge (Lead Guide, 8,850m) - 2013
    • Mount Vinson (4,892m) - 2013
    • Mount Vinson (4,892m) x 2 (new route via Eastern Approach & Traverse) - 2012
    • Everest North Col (7,060m) - 2012
    • Mount Vinson (4,892m) x 2 - 2011
    • Mount Vinson (4,892m) x 2 - 2010
    • Kilimanjaro, Western Breach (5,895m) - 2009
    • Elbrus West (5,642m) & East Summit (5,622m) - 2009
    • Aconcagua Traverse (6,962m) - 2009
    • Mount Vinson (4,892m) - 2009
    • Denali (6,190m) North-West Buttress Attempt and West Rib Climb - 2003


    8,000m Climbs:

    • K2 (8,611m) - 2018
    • Cho Oyu (8,201m) - 2011
       

    Antarctica:

    • Mount Sporli (2,255m), First ascent - 2013

     

  • International Expeditions

    Rob Smith BC

    8,000m Expeditions:

    • Lhotse Attempt (AC Lead Guide) - 2016
    • Manaslu attempt (7,200m reached) - 2013
    • Makalu - SE Ridge attempt (7,450m reached) - 2010

    Himalayan Climbs:

    • Ama Dablam (AC Lead Guide, 6,828m) - 2017
    • Lhakpa Ri (7,045m) - 2012
    • Island Peak (6,189m) - 2012
    • Stok Kangri (6,153m) - 2011
    • Kharut Pyramid attempt, Karakorum (6,019m) - 2006


    Antarctica:

    • Ski South Pole – Coast to Pole (916km) - 2014
    • Mount Sidley (4,285m, Lead guide) - 2013
    • South Pole Ski the Last Degree - 2011
    • Mount Shinn (4,660m) - 2010
    • Sublime Peak (4,865m) - 2010
    • South Pole Ski the Last Degree x 2 - 2009
    • Pine Island Glacier - Science support - 2007
    • Ellsworth Mountains - Science support - 2006
    • Mount Reeves (2,012m), Mount Barre (2,154m) winter ascents, Adelaide Island - 2005
    • Mount Liotard (2,356m) winter ascent, 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) - 2004
    • Grepon (3,482m) Traverse D - 2004
    • Grand Montet-Aiguille Verte Traverse D (4,122m, Whymper Couloir descent) - 2004
    • Grande Jorasses Traverse D (4,208m, Rochefort Arete) - 2004
    • Lagginhorn (4,010m) - 2000
    • Castor (4,423m) - 2000
    • Pollux (4,092m) - 2000
    • Breithorn (4,165m) - 2000
    • Alphubel (4,206m) - 2000
    • Matterhorn (4,478m) - 2000
    • Monte Rosa Traverse, Vincent Pyramide (4,215m) - 2000
    • Schwarzhorn (4,322m) - 2000
    • Balmenhorn (4,167m) - 2000
    • Ludwigshohe (4,341m) - 2000
    • Parrotspitze (4,432m) - 2000
    • Signalkuppe (4,554m) - 2000
    • Zumsteinspitze (4,563m) - 2000
    • Dufourspitze (4,634m) - 2000
    • Nordend (4,609m) - 2000
    • Barre des Ecrins Traverse (4,101m) - 1999
    • Aiguilles de Tour PD - 1998
    • Midi-Plan Traverse PD (3,673m) - 1998
    • Mt. Blanc PD (4,807m) - 1998
    • Switzerland - Arolla Pigne Arolla - 1998
    • Mt. Blanc de Cheilon Traverse AD - 1998


    New Zealand:

    • Mount Cook (3,754m) - 2002
    • Mount Aspiring (3,033m) - 2002


    South America:

    • Cordillera - Real Huayana Potosi (6,088m) - 2001
    • Illimani (6,439m) - 2001
    • Pequeno Alpamayo (5,370m) - 2001
    • Cabeza de Condor (5,648m) - 2001
    • Ala Derecha (5,482m) - 2001


    Elsewhere:

    • Kyrgyzstan - Peak Lenin (7,134m) - 2014
    • Greenland - 3 weeks exploratory mountaineering (East coast, Lead guide) - 2013
    • Mount Meru (4,566m) - 2009
    • Svalbard, Kongsfjorden region - Science support - 2007
    • South Georgia - Travel Area Safety Assessment - 2004
    • Mount Athabasca Traverse (3,491m) - 2003
    • White Pyramid (3,275m) - 2003
    • Mount Hector (3,394m) - 2003
    • Mount Birdwood, Lizzie’s Ridge (3,097m) - 2003
    • Snowdome, Fortress, Gusty - 2003
    • Vatnojukel Icecap - Hvannadalshnukur attempt (2,119m) - 2001
    • Jebel Toubkal (4,167m) - 1997
    • Popocatepetl (5,452m) - 1996
    • Canadian Rockies - Mt. 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