Growing up in northern Scotland I felt a natural affinity with adventure sport. Whilst studying biology at Aberdeen university I started trad climbing in summer and winter. Time spent in the Scottish mountains enforced humility and respect for serious environment. My professional career began in climbing walls and with local schools. I solidified my ambitions to specialise in climbing coaching, training and guiding climbing and so moved to North Wales to work alongside well-respected coaches, instructors and guides at the National Outdoor Centre, Plas y Brenin, where I continue to work part-time.
I am a Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor and trainee Development Coach and am qualified and insured to deliver all aspects of climbing and mountaineering on offer in the UK. I’m widely experienced in and enjoy most forms of climbing and mountain travel. Bouldering, traditional, sport and mountaineering in summer and winter. I find these activities immersive and rewarding. Basing myself in North Wales a typical year involves a big spread of work, from introducing novices at Tremadog and lead coaching at Gogarth, to guiding ice on Ben Nevis.
I’ve worked through many of the classic climbs our islands have to offer and made a few first ascents along the way. In a normal year I’ll climb consistently at E5, F7c, f7B, VI and a grade or two higher if I’m going well and conditions are right. Being active helps me to maintain currency. My professional delivery is up to date and rooted in the context of a wide base of experience.
In climbing, variety is a defining feature of the challenge. In the environment; an evolving snowpack or change in rock texture and in ourselves; a new movement unlocked or perception altered. Every boulder, wall and mountain is unique and every persons aspirations, experience and interests too. My task if you employ me is to tune in and to adapt to your needs in the environment. Engaging in this process is something I’m excited by.