Mini Biography

After ten years in the Royal Air Force I completed a PGCE at UCNW Bangor then worked in two schools that supported learning through the outdoors. That gave me the chance to inspire young people to develop a passion for the outdoors and geography, my academic subject. I have worked as a freelance instructor at the two National centres – Glenmore Lodge & PYB – where the clients are always motivated and the work keeps me up to speed with instructional techniques and developments. Personal mountaineering highlights include  – six months in the Elephant Island Group Antarctica 1976/77; running down to Troutbeck to take 3rd place in the KIMM  A  class 1985; traversing the Matterhorn 1988; the grand traverse of  Mount Cook 1995; completing the Munros 1996; rediscovering ski touring 2006. After retiring from full time teaching in 2007 I have worked as a freelance mountaineering instructor and in a voluntary capacity as secretary of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI) and currently as an AMI Trustee and Director of Mountain Safety for the Mountaineering Council of Scotland.

Favourite destination

Val d’Anniviers, Switzerland . Zinal, Grimentz & St Luc offer outstanding off piste skiing and touring in winter and the area has terrific summer mountaineering opportunities, importantly it is quiet!

I Never Leave Home Without

Map/guidebook, comfort food, smartphone and a good weather forecast

My Next Big Adventure

More a series of mini-adventures….I aim to visit as many new areas of the European Alps as I can before armchair mountaineering takes over! The Alps never fail to deliver whether on skis in winter or mountaineering in summer.

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