garry and tan

It’s a little hard writing about yourself, but here goes anyway… I’m a climbing instructor with an MIC/WMCI qualification, which covers everything from teaching basic hill walking skills through to winter climbing. Also, I reckon I’m easy to get on with and good at sharing what I know about climbing and walking in the hills.

I train people of all abilities and all levels of experience; if you’ve never stepped on a mountain before, that’s absolutely fine. The training I provide is tailor-made and arranged on request. This can be anything from a day’s mountain navigation through to a multi-day winter climbing course, just ask.

If you’re simply after a good day out, without any teaching, that’s fine too. I offer guided days in the mountains, for individuals and groups. I’d be happy to take you around the classic scrambles of the Ogwen Valley, accompany you to the top of a snowy Munro, or lead you up a winter climb on Ben Nevis. I always make sure any guided day is as good as it can possibly be.

I’m pretty keen on anything to do with Scotland’s winter mountains and have worked 26 winter seasons north of the wall. I’m available to guide and teach in the Scottish mountains throughout Jan, Feb and March. Outside of the winter months I now work only a limited number of days as an instructor – this gives me time to work on a small publishing venture, producing mountain guidebooks. There’s more about the books here.

In my own time, I love cragging and going into the hills whenever life and the weather allow. As for my experience in the bigger hills, I’ve climbed alpine routes on over 125 peaks across the European Alps. After a brief hiatus I’m back on it, rediscovering just how good alpinism is for the soul. I’ve also climbed in the Southern Alps in New Zealand, the Cordillera Blanca in Peru, the Central Andes in Chile and on Mt Kenya. I’ve also been on mountaineering trips to the Nepal Himalaya, where, as soon as the opportunity arises, I’ll go again.

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.