Sam has been climbing and instructing for fifteen years. His climbing career began in native Devon, and once he’d escaped the cream teas, has taken him all over; from Yosemite, to Venezuela and throughout the UK. Sam holds the Mountaineering Instructor Award. He also works for Plas y Brenin, the National Mountain Centre. Sam is a member of the AMI Test Team for Lowe Alpine and Rab. Recently he has also been managing WarmStuff, an organisation with the simple aim of getting unused outdoor kit into the hands of homeless people.
Will has been climbing for thirteen years, and instructing for ten. Skiing and climbing have taken him all over, climbing Jebel Misht, and ski touring in Colorado being recent highlights. He is a ski instructor and holds the Mountaineering Instructor Certificate. He also works for Plas y Brenin on their summer and winter programmes.
Lou loves being in the mountains; whether it’s rock climbing, winter climbing, or skiing. She also grew up climbing in Devon, and then moved up to Scotland for its diversity of climbing. She’s ticking her way through classic Alpine routes, the West Ridge of the Salbitschijen being her favourite so far. Lou is a ski instructor and holds the Mountaineering Instructor Certificate.
Harry’s Collie-like energy has to be seen to be believed, nearly matching his enthusiasm for the mountains. Harry grew up climbing in Cumbria, and then worked at PYB for a spell. Currently, he’s a bit of a Nomad, spending chunks of time in Chamonix, Norway, and the Himalaya. He holds the Mountaineering Instructor Award and Winter Mountain Leader.
Rich moved to North Wales after realising just how the good the climbing was. Rich can often be found at Gogarth, his favourite crag. You’ll know it’s him, as he’ll be wearing what appears to be a hi-vis jacket, but is in fact a gilet. Will is the only other person in the world to have bought this crime against fashion. When they both wear them together, it’s not something to be missed. Rich also works at PYB and holds the Mountaineering Instructor Award and Winter Mountain Leader.
Bruce is hard to mistake. He’s massive (at least 6’5″) and has a permanent grin. His enthusiasm for hard rock climbing is infectious. European sport climbing is Bruce’s focus at the moment. Bruce holds the Mountaineering Instructor Award.
Nim loves being in the mountains and having an adventure, be it climbing, fell running, mountain biking or skiing. Having grown up in London, she escaped to live in the mountains and has not been able to leave since. Her love for climbing and the outdoors started with a quick boulder session in Squamish and has since taken her all over the world. She has enjoyed living in Canada, Austria and the French Alps. She is a qualified Snowboard Instructor, and holds the Mountain Leader and Single Pitch Awards.
Tom’s climbing began in the Lakes and has taken him all over the world. A keen climber, fell runner, and skier, he’s ticking the Alps’ 4000 metre peaks off, on foot and on planks. Tom is easily the fastest person we’ve ever seen on a mountain, and takes great pleasure in moving through them. Tom holds the Mountaineering Instructor Award.
Ian grew up on Orkney. This explains his hardiness when it comes to the cold, or midges. Ian is a keen mountaineer and alpinist. His hardiness and mutant-like strength are an unfair advantage when it comes to tackling hard Scottish mixed climbs, they stand no chance! He holds the Mountaineering Instructor Award and Winter Mountain Leader.
Mike hails from the North and started climbing in the Lakes. You may notice a worrying glint in his eye if you mention you’re keen for a ‘big day’. Look out! His highlights include climbing the North Face of the Eiger, soloing the Matterhorn, and big walling in Yosemite. He also works for PYB.
The simple pleasure of ascending any rock brings a smile to Brad’s face, luckily for everyone around him, enthusing others to climb only adds to that cheesy grin. Brad sets a great example for efficient movement, safe climbing habits, and colour coordinated outfits. He loves passing those skills on. Brad holds the Mountaineering Instructor Award.
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