climbing coach

My love of climbing has seen me gain extensive experience over three decades, including first ascents of trad, sport and ice routes, solo winter expeditions, and developing new bouldering venues. If there’s a summit, climb or new grade that inspires you I’ll match your enthusiasm and use my proven coaching approach to make it happen.


During 18 years of coaching I've delivered training to NICAS, the Glenmore Lodge team, the British Mountain Guides and many other professional organisations. I'm a provider of the UK's Coaching Awards and deliver nationally recognised CPD for coaches. I've also published a book on climbing technique, plus coaching skills articles for UKClimbing, Training Beta and the Professional Mountaineer magazine.


Listen to a podcast interview with me, about my own progression through the grades and my coaching philosophy.

climbing guide

I'm based in the Lake District, and I hold the highest UK-specific mountaineering qualification – the W.M.C.I. I am fully insured, and I’m a full member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors. If you have a dream route, climbing grade or scramble get in touch and I'll do everything I can to get you to the top.

h: 01539 739125

m: 07764 936802

Kendal, Cumbria, England, UK

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