RPM Guiding is a personal guiding business run by me – Mountain Guide, Ric Potter.

I am a climber, skier and snowboarder and  fully qualified International Mountain Guide (IFMGA). I’m also a  UK qualified winter and summer mountaineering instructor (MIC/WMCI) , qualified teacher (PGCE English/Outdoor Activities UCNW Bangor). I’m a member of the British Association of Mountain Guides (BMG) and Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue team (OVMRO)


I started climbing and skiing as a teenager in the 1980s, and since then I have had a lifetime of mountain experiences ranging from my passion for UK rock climbing to high altitude mountaineering. Highlights include exploratory climbing in the Himalayas and the Andes, many of the classic Alpine and Scottish routes,  desert rock climbs and big walls in North America, any snowboarding in deep fluffy snow and ski touring in Svalbard off a yacht with a hot tub on the back!

Svalbard summit (Photo: Bruce Goodlad)

My mountain professional career began with working in outdoor centres and then trek and expedition leading, before working as a full time instructor at Plas Y Brenin National Mountaineering Centre. I set up on my own with RPM Guiding in 1996, and began with guiding UK rock and Scottish winter climbs , before finishing my Guide’s qualification and moving to the Chamonix valley, where I worked as a full time Guide for over 10 years.

I now divide time between guiding in the UK,  the Alps and Arctic Norway.  I offer private guiding, courses and trips in all aspects of climbing, mountaineering, skiing and splitboarding.  My trips have included destinations in the French and Swiss Alps, Norway, Iceland, Japan and many more. Get inspired!

By employing the services of a qualified IFMGA Mountain Guide you are guaranteed to be guided by someone who not only has a wealth of experience, but has also been through a rigorous training and assessment program and apprenticeship, in all aspects of mountaineering and skiing guiding. It is only a fully qualified IFMGA Guide who can legally guide you in the high mountains and on glaciers – most Guides have spent 10 years of their life gaining the experience and attending all the courses and assessments necessary to pass all the exams.

The aim is to provide professional guiding and instruction without losing the adventurous spirit of amateur climbing, skiing or snowboarding, so that it’s enjoyable and fun, but also challenging and with a high level of safety.


Lofoten sun. (Photo: Yvan Cohen)