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On 'South Gully'.
Photo - Ray Wood.

Thanks for visiting. This is a small enterprise run by me, Garry Smith, providing climbing and mountain skills training throughout the UK. Probably the best way to get a handle on what's on offer is to look around the site.

It's a little hard writing about yourself, but here goes anyway... I'm a qualified climbing instructor (MIC) with a fair amount of climbing and mountaineering experience. I'm pretty keen on anything to do with Scottish winter and have spent 23 full seasons in Scotland's winter mountains. Recently I've rediscovered just how good alpinism is for the soul. Over the years I've climbed routes on over 120 significant peaks across the European Alps. I'm now back on it. Further afield I've climbed in the Southern Alps in New Zealand, the Cordillera Blanca in Peru, the Central Andes in Chile and on Mt Kenya. More recently I've been on mountaineering trips to the Nepal Himalaya, where, as soon as the opportunity arises, I will go again. I'm a bit rubbish at bouldering.

Also, I'm fortunate to benefit from working freelance for the National Mountain Centre. Around 25 days each year teaching on a range of PyB climbing and scrambling courses is something that keeps me in touch with good practice.

I provide climbing instruction on a daily basis, to help you start or improve your climbing. I can also teach you stacks of really useful mountain skills, to help you become a self reliant hill walker or mountaineer. What's on offer is extremely flexible and personalised. Everything possible (well okay, within reason) is done to make sure you have the best possible climbing or mountain experience ... after all, it's also your holiday time.

If what you're after is simply a good day's climbing, scrambling or mountain walking, without any teaching, well that's fine too. Guided climbing and mountain days can also be arranged on a daily basis. You can enjoy some of the classic routes of the area or with the help of local knowledge, discover great climbs in the wilder parts of Wales and Scotland.

Guided days out and instruction are normally arranged on request. They can be organised for yourself, with a friend, or as a group. To enquire about making a booking just get in touch with your preferred dates and we'll take it from there. You'll find prices and some further information on the bookings page and feel free to call or email with any questions or ideas you'd like to explore.

Occasionally, if you make a booking as a large group, to keep teaching ratios low, I'll be joined by other instructors or guides. These are all well qualified, likeminded people who I know well.

My home is in Dinorwig, North Wales, where I live with my partner Tan. I have family in Kincraig near Aviemore, which makes it easy for me to be based in Scotland throughout the winter.

I built and maintain this website myself with the domain name being a present from Tan (every sensible name seemed to have already been registered but hey I like it so we'll stick with it for now). Any comments on the site are always massively welcome, particularly on how to improve it. It's hard coded using the ancient technique of tables and columns with some very simple CSS thrown in. Despite this, it still seems to work in all browsers and not get too messed up on ipads and smart phones. There's life in it yet !