About me

I work year round as an IFMGA high mountain guide, since 1995. I am a member of the (A.I.G.M.B.) Association Internationale des Guides du Mont Blanc, based here in Chamonix.

I discovered rock climbing at the age of 16 and it quickly became the passion of my life. From rock climbing I graduated to Alpine summits and frozen waterfalls.

I settled in the Chamonix valley in the late 1970s and, among other things, I have worked as a ski-patroller at the Brévent ski area in Chamonix. At that time I was almost certainly the only Englishman to be working as a ski patroller in France. This work involved maintaining security on the marked pistes, evacuating the injured from the pistes and avalanche control. For several years, before deciding to become a guide, I ran my own rope access business.

As well as private guiding, I have also instructed and guided for Adventure Consultants, High Mountain Guides and the Dutch organization E. B. Ski & Alpinism.

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