Thanks for visiting my website! I’m a UIMLA International Mountain Leader, who specialises in guiding groups mountain running (trail and fell) and teaching mountain safety skills (avalanche training, navigation, steep ground, etc).
I’m based in the Lake District, and spend a few months each year in the Chamonix region of the French Alps. As well as guiding, I’m a Dip.PT personal trainer, award-winning trail running book author and outdoor writer.
Mountain running and ultra-trail races have been a big part of my life for the last decade. I’m a Tor des Géants finisher, and multiple UTMB ultra-trail survivor (6 series finishes). Mountain running is a fascinating sport, and I’ve never discovered a discipline with such highs and lows, where you learn so much about yourself. I’m happiest when moving fast and light in the mountains, exercising in the best gym in the world!
I’ve previously climbed at quite a high level, including ascents of the North Faces of the Eiger, Matterhorn and Grandes Jorasses. My first visit to the Alps for mountaineering was in my late teens, and making an unguided ascent of Mont Blanc, since when the area has effectively become a second home to me for a few months guiding each year.
Guiding – mountain skills
Mountain-craft is virtually impossible to define, yet we all know it when we see it. There’s an innate ability, fluidity, and efficiency in the mountains across all skills; movement, navigation, steep ground, and in all weathers. If you want to develop your mountain skills, or are seeking inspiration for a great day out, then here is a selection of areas I can teach you on guided day(s) with me in the Lake District or abroad.
If you want to get the best out of your visit to the Lake District, and would like guided walks, you can leave it all to me, to select and lead you on a brilliant walk(s) to suit the conditions and your aspirations, showcasing the very best scenery in the area.
If you are looking for a more challenging day out to tackle one of the Lake District’s more arduous ridges, such as Striding Edge or Sharp Edge, then get in touch. I also coach groups on lesser known and more remote routes that are off the beaten track.
If you are looking for event safety / marshalling / remote supervision, I specialise in these fields, so get in touch with any requirements, as these types of events are often very bespoke, and I can provide other qualified leaders for larger events.
If you’ve always dreamt of sleeping out under the stars in the mountains, but never had the confidence or known how to go about it, I can organise a wild camp over a two day mini-expedition, or for those wanting less creature comforts a mountain bivouac.
Whether you are a complete map-numpty or nav-ninja, this area is one of my favourite mountain geekery topics. I work a lot with people preparing for their Mountain Leader exams and MTA night nav CPD, or anyone who wants to learn or improve their skills.
As soon as the clocks change, or there’s an inclement day of weather, the fells empty of people. Largely this is due to them lacking confidence with night nav, and to learn how easy it really is, opens up the possibilities of watching sunsets and sunrises in the fells.
In a coating of snow, the fells are a magical playground, and their wintery mantle shows them in a completely different light. The winter months see far less people in the fells, and to learn winter walking skills, enables you to explore this amazing winter landscape.
I’m an avalanche and mountain weather geek, and spend a fair bit of my time in the winter months teaching groups how to adapt to these factors. Snow safety is essential for all those venturing into the winter arena, and even basic skills can keep you alive.
Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss any mountain skills guiding. Speak soon,