About Esther

Rock Climbing Instructor Lake District
Esther Foster Climbing and Mountaineering
George Fisher Salomon Rachel Keenan

I have spent the last 17 years rock climbing and mountaineering throughout the UK and internationally. Beginning climbing indoors as a young teenager, I became engrossed in the world of climbing: as a sport, an adventure, a way to explore the world, and a way to explore myself and others. I became surrounded by the most welcoming and enthusiastic tribe of people, who are oblivious to age, gender or status, and am passionate about sharing this with others. 


I now live in Keswick, in the Lake District, and am privileged to have so many crags and mountains on my doorstep.


Through work and play, I get to see the 'whys' in climbing and mountaineering firsthand. For some it's the physical challenge, for some it's an escape, others enjoy the outdoors mainly as a time with friends, and for some it's all about the summits and the ticklists. I have seen the value of climbing and mountaineering as therapy, as skill mastery, as simultaneously an empowering and humbling experience. 

This passion has led me to pursue a career coaching, guiding and instructing in climbing and mountaineering. Whether you are after a hill day, classic scrambles, guided climbs or specific coaching, I'd like to hear from you. 

Alongside personal climbing and mountaineering work, I work with other organisations including Outward Bound, Rock and Sun, the British Military, Women's Climbing Symposium, the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) and Mountain Training.

I am a part of the George Fisher Ambassador Team, run by Keswick's long standing outdoor shop which has played a huge part in the development of climbing and mountaineering in the Lakes. I am also a Rab and Lowe Alpine ambassador for the Association of Mountaineering Instructors. 

Pursuing my own passion for the outdoors is really important to me, particularly in rock climbing. I enjoy being outdoors regardless of the grade, but also really enjoy training and pushing my personal limits. Some specific highlights for me have been trad climbing up to E5, sport climbing up to 8a, and bouldering V9.

I am also currently studying part time for a masters degree in Outdoor Environmental and Sustainability Education, with a keen interest in how we can effectively engage people with environmental issues. 


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

I hold the Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor award (MCI). Previously named the Mountaineering Instructor Award (MIA), this is a high level qualification allowing me to guide and instruct on any rock or mountaineering ground in summer conditions (i.e. not snow and ice!).

I am a member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI), the representative body for mountaineering instructors, which promotes the very best practise, continued professional development and high quality instruction.