Ex - Lake District National Park Ranger and mountaineering specialist John White set up John White Mountaineering in 1992. This evolved to become Highpoint Mountain guides in 2001.   Joe Harrop became part of the business in 2011, and runs the Highpoint office which has now expanded to offer a range of activities and training for Individuals, Family groups, schools and Corporate groups as well as specialist services to the media, film and TV industries.

Our aim is to provide a high quality experience for everyone who comes out with us, whether you are undertaking some skills training, enjoying some guided climbing or just having some fun with a group.

Instructors and Guides used by Highpoint are experienced, qualified professionals who are committed to ensuring that you have a safe and enjoyable time with them. Their local knowledge, and understanding of the mountain environment will frequently add some entertainment to your day and we have dozens of testimonials to this effect.

Highpoint hold an AALA Licence for the provision of a range of activities to unaccompanied under 18′s,  - details at www.aala.org.uk, see our School groups page, where there is more information on what we can do for school/youth groups.

Our insurance cover and risk assessments and client testimonials are all available on request.


Highpoint work with hundreds of individuals every year who undertake courses, guided walking, Mountain training, and activities, In addition, we work with several large organisations including:

Berghaus and The North Face outdoor clothing companies.


Olympic Delivery Authority

Loughborough University

Homes & Communities Agency


John White: John started climbing in 1976 (when very young, obviously…). He has written or co-written guidebooks to Langdale, Northern England and the Stubai Alps. he has also written a book on Mountain Rescue and contributed to many walking books such as Classic Walks in Great Britain and AA Guides to France. John has made well over 100 first ascents up to E5 standard and Winter 6. He has climbed in Africa, throughout Europe and the Alps, the Rockies and Greenland.

Paddy Cave: Paddy  is one of the Lake Districts leading winter climbers and has an unquenchable enthusiasm for the mountains. He’s a great guy to climb with and is highly recommended by his clients, a fantastic guide in everything from a half day climb to a month long expedition to Nepal, Paddy now holds the MIC award, and is a valued member of Highpoint.

Highpoint also employ many other instructors on a freelance basis. Many previous course members will recognise the names of Mark Eddy and Alex Willey, also Dave Willis who combines instructing with his life as a professional mountain sports photographer,  Bill Birkett, the well-known Lake District author is another popular occasional freelancer. We use many freelance instructors, all of whom are very carefully selected for their ability to offer a safe and enjoyable experience for you.