Mountain Motion

Winter climbing and ice climbing courses across Scotland, Ben nevis, Glencoe and the Skye Cuillin ridge


Mountain Motion is an independant mountaineering company run by myself, 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.

I provide instruction and advice in all areas of mountaineering, from summer scrambling to performance winter climbing clinics, filming safetywork and technical advice. I have held the Mountaineering Instructors Certificate, the highest UK based award for over fifteen years.

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

I regularly deliver Winter safety lectures, avalanche courses and other skills courses for the Mountaineering Council of Scotland. I have climbed around the world and also worked as the head of mountaineering for various outdoor organisations. I also work as a Ski Patroller on Aonach Mor and am an Emergency Medical Technician and also hold the Mountain Ski Leader award. 

For the past fifteen yearsI have been based in Fort William with Ben Nevis and Glencoe our home patch! Unlike many other organisations, I live here in Northwest Scotland, rather than just visit occasionally. This means I know the area extremely well and can ensure you get the most out of your experiences here in Scotland. Indeed, I 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 my speciality, running courses throughout the winter and also staying up at the CIC hut.

My enthusiasm for the mountains is as great now as it was twenty years ago. In particular I have a passion for winter climbing and am happy to discuss routes and epics (not ethics!!) with anyone.

I 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.


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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E-Mail Mountain Motion
Mobile phone: 07720893566
Home phone:  01397 701731
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  • April 4, 2019
    Rock Climbing Instructor assessment today. Wet morning, (ie cafe for presentations), then a fairly nice dry crag se… via @BentleyR16
  • March 30, 2019
    First summer ML of the season this week. Easy to dodge the snow but there was the odd interesting non summer ml sno… via @BentleyR16
  • March 22, 2019
    One of the great things about my job is variety. CIC hut last week, chasing the sun East this week for a Rock Climb… via @BentleyR16