About Me

Born in Swansea, South Wales, from a young age I've been exploring the outdoors in Wales, the rest of the UK and many other wild and beautiful places around the globe.  After realising that my bike would take me to places I’d only dreamt of, I spent the first years of my adult life pursuing a career as a professional cyclist, winning 8 Welsh Championships, being runner up in 2 British championships and representing Wales and Great Britain at international level on many occasions.

 

The need to get a proper job meant that my cycling career was curtailed, but my passion for the outdoors soon led me to become an accomplished mountaineer, rock and ice climber.  I have vast experience of all disciplines of mountaineering and climbing; from bouldering to high altitude mountaineering; from natural history walks in the hills to ski mountaineering; and from scary free hanging icefalls to test piece rock climbs.

 

But, more importantly for you, I am passionate about encouraging others to enjoy the space, freedom and sense of achievement that a good day out in the hills brings (even if sometimes the pleasures aren’t fully realised until after we’ve returned to a nice cup of tea and a hot shower!).  To that end, I am a professional Mountain Instructor and a member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors.  I am also a qualified Winter Mountain Leader.

 

Some highlights of my climbing achievements include:

 

SuperCouloir of Mt Blanc du Tacul ED2, M6

South West ridge of Chopicalqui, 6,354m, Cordillera Blanca, Peru

The Nose, El Capitan, Yosemite, V, C3, 5.9

West Pillar Direct of Scheidegg Wetterhorn, ED1, Swiss Alps

Aemmer Couloir and East Ridge of Mt Temple, Canadian Rockies (Canadian IV)

N Face of Piz Badile, TD+, Swiss Alps

N Face of Cime Grande, TD+, Italian Dolomites

Zmutt ridge of Matterhorn, D+, Swiss Alps

Saboteurfossen, VI,6, Rjukan, Norway

Occidental Discovery, V, 7, Cairngorms, Scotland

Strange Little Girl, E4, 6a, 6a, Wye Valley

The Grasp, E1 5b, Borrowdale, On Sight Solo

F7a+ On Sight Deep Water Solo

F7b on sight