Testimonials & Reviews

Suzanne Stroker

Scottish Winter skills 2015

Just to say thanks for a super weekend in Fort William. I think I can safely say we all learned loads over the two days and it was great to have a day on the hill with Adele on a beautiful day out and while the weather was pretty grim yesterday we covered a lot of ground with Spike on the crag. Theyre both super teachers and so patient and encouraging. You really feel in a safe pair of hands. Its been years since I did a winter skills course so I almost thought Id be starting from stratch but as the song says..it was all coming back to me which was great. Im hoping to do Island Peak again with Lobuche East in October so Im sure all the training and good tips will come in very useful.

Johnny Maher

Mont Blanc 2009

I’m 36 years of age and the best holiday in my life to date has been the time when we went with Ian and 15 others, on a one week trip to summit Mount Blanc and Grand Paradiso in June 2009. We all succeeded in summitting, it was the most out of this world experience, filled with adrenaline, fun, fear and adventure. My most memorable moment was when at 12 midnight 1 hour before summit day we were all singing in the dorm, the famous Irish Euro Vision song “We were the rock and roll kids” and laughing with anticipation

Oisin Ryan

Mont Blanc 2009

Reaching the summit of Mont Blanc in 2009 was an amazing experience, especially as all 16 of us on the trip succeeded in getting there. This level of success among a group of novice mountaineers on Mont Blanc is almost unheard of. Ian was the primary reason we all made it, as he made sure everyone had the right training and equipment prior to departure. Nothing was left to chance. At the same time we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and there was great camaraderie among the group. Fantastic! Thanks Ian!

Simon Boland

Mont Blanc 2009

I have known Ian for years and heard about one of his Mt. Blanc climbs in work. Ian was an inspiration to me, being the youngest Irishman at the time to stand on the top of the world. I wanted to join him on one of his adventures and adventure it was. Our trip was climbing two 4,000m peaks in 6 days. We set out to climb Gran Paradiso and Mt. Blanc. The adventure in climbing was amazing, but the journey with the team was incredible. We are all still friends 4 years later. It was truly one of the best trips I have ever been on. What a rewarding, challenging and immense experience to have in my life. Ian was a great leader, friend and look forward to getting out on the hills with him again soon.

Michael Kinsella

Winter skills Scotland 2014

I took part in a winter skills weekend training course in Scotland in a group of 6. We were late arriving at the b&b due to airport issues but Dave still had a warm welcome waiting for us. After an excellent breakfast our 2 instructors for the day joined us for a coffee and a talk about the day ahead. Dave’s hallway turned into a temporary outdoor store as harness’, boots, crampons & waterproofs were dispersed and checked. With bags packed with the required gear, our instructors drove us to our training location. We spent the day learning to survive in snow and ice and windy conditions. We ended the day with a cup of tea in an igloo, even though I don’t think it was designed for 8 people at one time. Back at the b&b, we dumped all our damp gear and equipment in Dave’s hallway in exchange for a warm cup of tea and picked it up the next morning all dry and ready for another days adventure. On our second day there was 3 guides so there was the opportunity for 3 separate tailored training events. I chose to focus on absailing and also spent a few hours in the indoor ice wall. Adele was brilliant with her 2 students on the day and taught us a lot and gave us some great tips for our future trips. We all met back at Dave’s b&b for a hot cup of tea and a debrief from our instructors while enjoying the last few minutes of the rugby match. It was a fantastic weekend and one I will definitely repeat again.

Alfonso Ahedo

Mount Elbrus Climb 2019

After a few days of our fabulous Elbrus experience, I would like to share my thoughts about it. This has been a total different experience, facing new elements that could make everything more difficult, at least for me, snow, ice, cold, wind…… the use of many new tools for me the same moment, no doubt I was overwhelmed for most part of the summit night, physically I was OK, but mentally overwhelmed. I am a person who likes to have everything on control and that night I control nothing!!!!! I learn how far I am from be a good mountaineer, I learn that I need to walk before I run and I need to train much more in the mountains facing real problems, managing the gear properly. This experience give me lots of perspective and I hope to be better after this.

I would like to thanks your commitment with the Elbrus expedition, I know I am a bit guilty to have you there, but be sure my friend you make the difference, summit night without you? We have no commander, no leader, no motivator and many of us may be don’t make it? without your hard work and experience everything could go wrong. This is why I am not going to Elbrus or Aconcagua without you, and I only can be grateful with you.

Ahedo Diaz Jose Alfonso

Mount Elbrus Climb 2019

Last July I had the chance to participate on ITT Trek to Mount Elbrus in Russia. It was a great experience. I had been with Ian in Kilimanjaro and Everest Base Camp but it still impresses me the excellent program in terms of acclimatization and preparation for a successful and safe summit. As in the previous trips we had a 100% success for all the crew! This time was my first experience with ice axe, crampons and carabinars but it was always easy and super safe. We had the proper training during the trek and the climbing was amazing! And as in previous trips we had great local guides and staff supporting Ian. We felt both in home and at living the culture and lifestyle of the country. Russia didn't sound as exotic as Africa or Nepal at the beginning but the region is beautiful and so peaceful. Some days we didn't see any people at all! And Viktor and Luba made were great company. I really recommend this trip. Now is time to plan the next one for me!! Thanks Ian, Viktor, Luba and all the guys that made it possible.

Neil Hill

Mount Elbrus Climb 2019

What a brilliant trip i had!!! Summiting the highest mountain in Europe was my best but toughest trek to date! As for Ian Taylor trekking what a great company! We were lucky enough to have Ian lead our trek, such an interesting and amazing guy and guide! Having summited Everest and having done 6 of the 7 summits he always had great advice or stories to tell! Although the weather could turn so easily on Elbrus we always felt so safe knowing that we were in good hands! I would recommend Ian Taylor trekking to anybody who wants a quality trek run by complete professionals from the day you sign up with Laura to the start of the trek!!😁👍. Just need to decide which trek to do with them next!!😀

Ken Smyth

Mount Elbrus Climb 2019

Ian, thanks again for an excellent and well organized trip.  I loved every minute of it ... you are are star, and a guiding star at that.

Lou Duval

Mount Elbrus Climb 2019

Absolutely the most enjoyable and fun trekking and climbing experience I have ever had, an experience with Ian Taylor, our Head Guide, Victor, our Russian Guide, and Luba, our Russian Cook, that far exceeded my expectations. A little perspective: although I am an ex-US Marine and have worked to stay fit my entire life, I am a grandfather in my mid-seventies who began more serious hiking and trekking only after retirement four years ago. Although I summited Kilimanjaro in 2016, the Gran Paradiso in 2018, Mont Blanc de Tacul and Mont Blanc in 2019, I am a “beginner” at mountaineering. My struggles with the altitude and fatigue on Tacul and Mont Blanc earlier this summer left me extremely apprehensive about my plans to participate in Ian’s Elbrus Trek, so apprehensive that I came awfully close to backing out. As it turns out, I have never experienced a trekking and climbing trip as enjoyable and satisfying as Ian’s Elbrus Trek. First, the acclimatization hikes on the north side of Elbrus were superb, well-planned and highly effective. Although Elbrus is 3,000 feet higher than Mt. Blanc, I did not experience the altitude or fatigue problems I had in the French Alps. In addition, the hill country north of Elbrus in which we did our hike s is stunningly beautiful terrain, with waterfalls, great vistas in many directions, and a variety of very interesting trails. Second, Ian’s Elbrus Trek was consistently well-planned and well-organized. Luba, our Russian cook, was terrific, the meals ample and well-prepared. Our guides, Ian and Victor, were terrific, encouraging, consistently informative, and consistently equally engaged in the enjoyment of our shared experiences. Ian is very easy to talk to and, notwithstanding his experience, very unassuming. Victor was extraordinarily kind and attentive throughout our trek. Finally, our teammates on the Trek, could never have anticipated the amount of fun we would have together over a period of nearly two weeks. A very diverse crew, including two other grandfathers, and including three teammates from Barcelona and two teammates from Manchester, England. Absolutely blessed with such kind, humorous and positive teammates. And, almost forgot, we all summited Elbrus, a beautiful finale to a great trip!