Garry Smith
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Thanks for visiting  it's a little hard writing about yourself, but here goes anyway... I'm a qualified climbing instructor (MIC) and 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, scambler or winter mountaineer.

If what you're after is simply a good day out in the hills without any teaching, well that's fine too (not everyone wants instruction or coaching). Guided climbing, scrambling or hill 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.

My experience - I'm pretty keen on anything to do with Scottish winter and have done 25 seasons instructing and guiding in Scotland's winter mountains. I get out rock climbing whenever time and the weather allow. Over the years I've climbed alpine routes on over 125 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'll go again.

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.

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