Nick Parks

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Nick Parks is a leading International Ski and Mountain Guide (IFMGA) who has been guiding parties, since 1985, in mountain ranges around the world. As an experienced Mountaineer and Adventurer, he has become a highly sought after Guide, Expedition Coordinator and TV Safety Consultant. Following his childhood passion for skiing, kayaking and climbing Nick has carved out a life in the world of adventure. Cutting his teeth (literally!) on the cliffs of Snowdonia whilst qualifying as a school teacher, Nick was soon venturing to bigger hills with expeditions to Iceland, Greenland and countless trips to the Alps. Many of the great north faces of the alps, including the Eiger, succumbed before trips to the Greater Ranges followed. Although  skis have tended to be Nick’s favoured mode of transport of late he is equally at home armed with a paddle, saddled to his bike or hanging from his paraglider; from sea kayaking around Ireland to cycle touring with his children across France and flying off volcanoes in Indonesia there are few adventures Nick isn’t prepared to face. Nick’s colourful career has included running selection programmes for Operation Raleigh, spells as an Instructor at Plas-y-Brenin, the National Mountaineering Centre and teaching at Marlborough College, where for a decade he directed the Outdoor Activities department. In 2000 he set up Mountain Tracks, one of today’s leading UK Mountain Guiding Companies which gives over a thousand people a year the opportunity to live their adventures in the mountains. Mountain Tracks have a long association with Berghaus and Nick represents them as a sponsored athlete (just!) Nick is also sponsored by Scarpa, Trab and Grivel. In addition to guiding, Nick has become a safety consultant to the adventure film and television Industry. As a ‘safety man’ for Bear Grylls since 2007  he has helped rig the Man v Wild crew into some of the world’s most remote locations, making it the Discovery Channels most successful show to date. This has led to becoming something of  an “extreme locations fixer”, combining his experience in working with TV crews in remote locations with his mountaineering, safety skills and wide range of contacts. Most recently Nick has become a Remote Areas Associate with 1st Option Safety Nick and Niki have three children and live in Devon.

 


Sponsors

berghaus
Ski Trab
mountain boot company
Scarpa
GRivel