I have spent the last 15 years rock climbing and mountaineering throughout the UK and internationally. From shy beginnings 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.
All this 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
I am also 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.
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 some specific highlights 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 Instructor Award (MIA), 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.