Summer Mountain Leader Award
Winter Mountain Leader Award
International Mountain Leader Award
RYA Ocean Yachtmaster (Commercial)
RYA Advanced Powerboat (Commercial)
RYA Yachtmaster Instructor
RYA Advanced Powerboat Instructor
RYA Advanced Dinghy Instructor
SMBLA Mountain Bike Leader
HSE First Aid
I first started working in the outdoors in 1988 at Outward Bound in Scotland. After that I spent one year at Glenmore Lodge on their "night watch scheme" which is a training scheme for outdoor instructors.
In Scotland I have been working as an Avalanche Forecasted in the Ben Nevis area for the past 18 winters. During that time I have walked, climber and guided in most of the mountain areas in Scotland
In Europe I have spent many a happy week walking, skiing and ski touring. I have led a variety of commercial treks in the French Alps, Corsica, the Pyrenees and the Bernesse Oberland.
Further a field, I have guided on over 20 commercial climbing expeditions
to Nepal, Pakistan, India, Russia and Ecuador.
In Nepal I have guided on Naya Kanga, Paldor, Ramdung, Island Peak (twice) Mera Peak (four times), Lobuche and Pokalde. I have also crossed the Migbo La and the Amphu Labsta.
In Pakistan I have crossed the Gondoro La (twice) and crossed Snow Lake and the Hispa La (twice) as well as exploring the Hushe Valley and Gondoro Peak.
Although I spent my younger years racing fast dinghies, for the past 10 years I have been sailing off the west coast. I ran my own charter company for a couple of years and now skipper a variety of vessels including gaff rig, marine research and yachts.
Recently I have been involved with establishing a new sailing club in Arisaig where I will be involved with training.
Having been biking round Lochaber for many years, I have a good knowledge
of the good local bike tracks and routes.