The above quote from the Mountaineering Council of Scotland’s website gives us a broad definition of Mountaineering. I like to think of it as climbing up mountains where skill is involved to make it more than a walk.
My mountaineering résumé includes:
Technical scrambles in the UK such as the North Ridge of Tryfan, Chasm Face on Glyder Fawr, Pinnacle Ridge on St. Sunday’s Crag, Aonach Eagach Traverse, Liathach Traverse and many more;
(I’ve lead rock climbs up to a grade of E4)
Winter climbs on Ben Nevis, Cairngorm, Lochnagar, in Glen Coe, and the North West Highlands;
(I’ve lead winter climbs up to Scottish grade of V)
Alpine Summits like Aiguille Verte, Aiguille Argentiere, Pointe Louise, Tofana di Rozes, Cima Piccolissima, and the Langkofel
(I’ve lead alpine routes up to Très Difficile / UIAA VII)
International mountaineering on rocky peaks such as the Lions Head (Morocco) and Puig Campana (Spain).
(I’ve climbed new routes on remote cliffs)
How it all began – in brief
I have been mountaineering since my early teens. My trips walking on Dartmoor soon led to visiting Snowdonia and the Lake District where I found the rocky peaks of Tryfan and the Langdale Pikes inspiring. I resolved to take up rock climbing as soon as I was able.
At Bath University, I joined the Mountaineering Club – a decision that was to forever change my life. With the club I travelled throughout the UK and Europe. I’ve climbed on mountains, crags and sea cliffs. After finishing university and a brief but successful career in e-commerce I decided to take others climbing as a career.
Since then I’ve gained the highest level award in rock climbing and summer mountaineering within the UK, the Mountain Instructors Award (MIA) and have trained to complete my winter climbing awards within the next few years.
I have worked at Plas y Brenin, The National Mountain Sports Centre, in Snowdonia and as a freelance instructor in Scotland.
Mountain training are the organisation responsible for coaching and leadership awards for mountaineering within the UK. Their Mountain Leader (ML), Mountain Instructors Awards (MIA), and Mountain Instructors Certificate (MIC) are recognised throughout much of the world as providing the standard for instructors in the appropriate discipline (mountain walking, summer climbing and winter climbing respectively).
You can find out more about mountain training on their website.
My online can be found below linking from the mountain training website. This gives you piece of mind I’m as qualified as I say I am.
If you’d like to learn about mountaineering yourself or perhaps you’ve done lots of mountain walking but would like to adventure onto the rocky buttresses and ridges you’ve always dreamed about then why not get in touch.