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. I reckon I’m also 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 stuff I offer is tailor-made and arranged on request. This can be anything from a day’s navigation training 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 Munro or Corbett, or lead you up an ice route on Ben Nevis. I’ll 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 done 26 seasons instructing and guiding north of the wall. I’m based in Scotland from January to March. Outside of the winter months I only work part time as an instructor. However, my availbility is flexible so there’s a good chance I can arrange any hillwalking or climbing stuff you’d like to do.
In my own time, I like cragging and going into the hills whenever life and the weather allow.
As for my experience in the bigger hills, I’ve climbed 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. 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. I’ve also been on mountaineering trips to the Nepal Himalaya, where, as soon as the opportunity arises, I’ll go again.
I also write and publish mountain guidebooks. I’d like to think they’re the type of books you can pick up and get lost in. At present this is a labour of a love rather than a shrewd business endeavour. I’m currently working on book number three. There’s more on this here.
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.