About Mountain Motion

Mountain Motion is a small independant mountaineering company run by Richard Bentley. We specialise in providing the highest quality winter guiding, winter climbing courses, ice climbing courses, summer rock climbing courses, Skye ridge guiding and cuillin ridge traverses.

Richard provides instruction and advice in all areas of mountaineering, from summer scrambling to performance winter climbing clinics, filming safetywork and technical advice. Richard has held the Mountaineering Instructors Certificate, the highest UK based award for well over ten years.

Richard is a sponsored winter climber, a member of the MIC org community and the association of mountaineering instructors. He is also a course director for Mountain Leader Training UK for SPA, summer mountain leader courses and winter mountain leader courses. We run Summer and winter mountain leader training and assessment courses as well as single pitch award courses.

He regularly delivers Winter safety lectures, avalanche courses and other skills courses for the Mountaineering Council of Scotland. He has climbed across the world and also worked as the head of mountaineering for various outdoor organisations.

He works as a Ski Patroller on Aonach Mor and is an Emergency Medical Technician. He also holds the Mountain Ski Leader award. 

For the past twelve years we have been based in Fort William with Ben Nevis and Glencoe our home patch! Unlike many other organisations, we live here in Northwest Scotland, rather than just visit occasionally. This means we know the area extremely well and can ensure you get the most out of your experiences here in Scotland. Indeed, we annually run courses for other guides and instructors on how to get the best out of the local mountains.

Winter climbing and ice climbing on Ben Nevis is our speciality, running courses throughout the winter and also staying up at the CIC hut.

Richard's enthusiasm for the mountains is as great now as it was twenty years ago. In particular he has a passion for winter climbing and is happy to discuss routes and epics (not ethics!!) with anyone.

We hope you find this site useful and welcome any feedback. We look forward to hearing from you. 

Our instructors and Guides

Practically all of our courses and guiding are ran by Richard himself. Occasionally we bring in other top level guides and instructors to work with us. They will all hold appropriatte national qualifications, usually BMG or MIC and are some of the cream of British mountaineering. People such as Di Gilbert, Dave Hollinger, Rob Jarvis, Kenny Grant, Blair Fyffe.


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It's important to know that whenever you pay for professional mountaineering services the person you get is qualified, experienced and insured to the best nationally recognised standard. If you want free advice drop Mountain Motion a line.



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  • Written about 6 days ago
    Frustrating weather this May. Pants really! Finally got our Skye ridge traverse season underway this weekend. http://t.co/FDW2vx06G5 via @BentleyR16
  • Written about 4 weeks ago
    A last ice climbing fling on Ben Nevis on Mon / Tues with Ruth. Still plenty to go at up there: http://t.co/7E0cxCMRLx via @BentleyR16
  • Written about 4 months ago
    Winter mountaineering and avalanche decision in Scotland http://t.co/aiBqHPs2zv via @BentleyR16