I started Mountain Guiding in New Zealand in 1984. As a rookie ski guide for Alpine Guides at Mount Cook I was employed to lead their guests on descents of the Tasman Glacier. Going to work every day involved a 20 minute scenic flight in a Cessna – needless to say I was hooked!
In 1987 I qualified as a full IFMGA Alpine Mountain Guide. I’ve been a member of the British Mountain Guides for 25 years, am still passionate about guiding in the mountains and have been lucky enough to journey with my guests to some of the most remote corners of the globe.
In 2000 I set up Mountain Tracks which I now run with my brother Chris, who plays golf. I am proud to say Mountain Tracks is today one of the UK’s leading independent specialist travel companies providing guided mountain adventure travel holidays including trekking, climbing, skiing and mountaineering expeditions.
It’s all down to the incredible team of dedicated professionals we work with, Susie and Chris in the office and our highly qualified staff including IFMGA alpine mountain guides or experienced ski instructors specialising in off piste techniques. We all share a passion for the mountains and a determination to share our enthusiasm with our clients. We are committed to delivering outstanding alpine mountain experiences and to help each individual achieve their personal goals.
We run challenging and rewarding courses and holidays to the Alps and beyond throughout the year. In winter our programme includes off-piste skiing holidays, hut-to-hut ski tours and mountain and avalanche awareness training courses. In summer we focus on high altitude glacier trekking, alpine mountaineering; and throughout the year we offer great worldwide expeditions. We offer trips that are suitable for everyone from alpine novices exploring the mountains for the first time to experienced skiers and mountaineers striving for the ultimate challenge.
Being a guide and bringing up my own family on skis has reinforced the importance of learning to respect nature and understand the hazards that exist when travelling in mountains. To that end I’m particularly passionate about teaching Backcountry skills to young people so they can appreciate the risks involved and learn how to minimise them, hopefully, before they run into trouble.
You can contact Mountain Tracks or feel free to contact me direct, I’d be happy to discuss your Mountain dreams…