"I've been mountaineering for as long as I can remember, and climbing for the last 7 years."
"Being on the committee of my university climbing club for a few years, I have led large groups in the mountains, taught navigation, and instructed at our indoor and outdoor climbing sessions. On my many trips to Snowdonia, I’ve tackled some of the UK's most unforgiving weather conditions, there's no experience quite like it!"
Any unbelievable anecdotes?
"I always pack my climbing shoes on any backpacking trip. So far, it's paid off every time. In Belize, a friend and I took a wrong bus and wound up in small village quite far off the beaten track, whilst there we just so happened to start-up conversation with a man who described himself as 'the only man in Belize with an interest in climbing'. We spent the next three days deep in the rainforest, accepting fully the risk of flesh eating flies, so that we could sample our new friend's best recommended climbs.
"Another stand-out find was the little-known bolted sport climbing routes in Vinales, Cuba. Just beware - it's still technically illegal!"
What's your favourite destination/resort/challenge to carry out your expert activity? Why?
"Impossible to pick a favourite! Trad climbing on the Pembrokeshire coast is something quite special, with the waves crashing underneath, the seabirds circling all around, and the fresh sea-air in your lungs, it’s an extremely atmospheric spot for climbing. However, given the right conditions, nothing beats a bit of exploratory deep-water solo climbing on a nice stretch of river or coast in a warm country."
What are your aims this season?
"With the arrival of winter I’m looking to get into ice climbing, and move towards alpine mountaineering, big mountain days are high on the agenda!"