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; guided walks, navigation skills, route planning, wild camping, classic ridges, mountain weather, avalanche awareness, and mountain safety.
Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss any mountain skills guiding. Speak soon,