Thanks for visiting. This is a small enterprise run by
me, Garry Smith, providing climbing and mountain skills training throughout the UK. Probably the best way
to get a handle on what's on offer is to look
around the site.
It's a little hard writing about yourself, but here goes anyway... I'm a qualified climbing instructor (MIC) with a fair amount of climbing and mountaineering experience. I'm pretty keen on anything to do with Scottish winter and have done 25 full winter seasons instructing and guiding in Scotland's mountains. Over the years I've climbed routes on over 125 significant peaks across the European Alps. After a hiatus I'm back on it and have rediscovered just how good alpinism is for the soul. Further afield I've climbed in the
Southern Alps in New Zealand, the Cordillera Blanca in
Peru, the Central Andes in Chile and on Mt Kenya. I've also been on mountaineering trips to the Nepal Himalaya, where, as soon as the opportunity arises, I will go again.
I provide climbing instruction on a daily basis, to help you start
or improve your climbing. I can also teach you stacks of really useful mountain skills, to help you become a self-reliant hill walker or mountaineer.
If what you're
after is simply a good day out in the hills without any teaching, well that's
fine too. Guided climbing, scrambling or mountain
walking can also be arranged
on a daily basis. You can enjoy some of the classic routes of
the area and with the
help of local knowledge, discover some great climbs and walks in the wilder parts
of Wales and Scotland.
Instruction and guided days out are normally arranged on request.
They can be organised for yourself, with a friend, or for a group.
about making a booking just get in touch with your preferred dates
and we'll take it from there. You'll find prices and some further information on the bookings page
and feel free to call or email
with any questions or ideas you'd like to explore.
Occasionally, if you make a booking as a large group, to keep
teaching ratios low, I'll be joined by other instructors
or guides. These are all well qualified, likeminded people who
I know well.
My home is in Dinorwig, North Wales, where I live with my partner Tan. I have family in Kincraig near Aviemore, which makes it easy for me to be based in Scotland throughout the winter.
I've built this website myself with the domain name
being a present from Tan (every sensible name
seemed to have already been registered but hey, I like it). The site is hard coded using the old school technique of tables and columns with some simple CSS thrown in. Despite looking a bit, well, homemade, it seems to function okay in all browsers and not get too messed up on tablets and smart phones. There's life in it yet!