I live on the Westcoast of Scotland, just outside Fort William close to where I was brought up. I spend about half my year in Scotland guiding on Ben Nevis, Glencoe and the Cairngorms. The other half I spend working in different places, mainly the European Alps.
I grew up ski-ing, climbing and mountaineering in my local hills of Ben Nevis and Glencoe and have maintained that enthusiasm and sense of excitement over the last 20 years. I've done lots of travelling to climb and ski throughout the UK, Europe and North America. As a committed ‘all rounder', on my days off you could find me battling up a winter route on the 'Ben', fighting the pump on a sunny sport crag, enjoying ‘Type II' fun on an Alpine North Face or putting in some fresh ski turns -whatever is going to provide the most fun and satisfaction according to the conditions.
I’ve listed some of my more memorable mountain experiences below.
As well as my personal mountain experience, I’ve worked in the outdoors instructing and guiding for the last twelve years. I hold the Mountain Instructor Certificate and I’m currently an Aspirant IFMGA Mountain Guide. This means that I’m fully qualified and insured to offer any mountaineering activity in the UK. As of April 2016 my IFMGA training will be complete and I will be able to independently offer skiing and climbing in the Alps and beyond.
I love my job and you'll find me to be hugely enthusiastic about all aspects of Mountain Guiding. I'm equally happy coaching beginners in the core mountaineering skills as helping an experienced climber up a harder route.
Standout mountain experiences include:
Hundreds of routes all over the Highlands including some great first ascents and repeats of a few tricky ones. Also trips to Norway for icefall climbing where I have done several first ascents up WI 6.
Point Blank VII,7 Ben Nevis
Un Poco Loco VII,7 Glencoe
Line Up VIII,8 Glencoe FWA
From Trad, Sport, Bouldering to Sandstone, Limestone and Grit
climbing, I love it all!
A few really standout experiences include:
Positron E5,6a and The Cad E6,6a at Gogarth, North Wales.
Just a little Tease E5,6b Glen Nevis
Railway Children 7c, Glencoe
Lots of Alpine routes of all grades and lengths all over the Alps including over a dozen Grande Courses. Highlights include:
1938 Route North Face of the Eiger
Several Routes on the North Face of the Droites.
North Face of the Dru
Two routes on the North Face of the Grande Jorrasses.