Summit Ascent is a small independent business that specialises in providing instruction, guiding and coaching in climbing, mountaineering and walking. We tailor every course to your own specific needs and aspirations whether that be your first day in the mountains, climbing your first trad route or tackling your first ice climb. Our instructional courses are based in the Peak district in the summer and Aviemore in the winter. We also offer bespoke private guiding throughout the UK upon request. We are committed to delivering the highest quality instruction, guiding and coaching possible. We are passionate about the outdoors and when were not teaching it we'll be out there doing it ourselves.


I started Summit Ascent because I'm committed to offering high quality instruction, guiding and coaching. I'm passionate about the outdoors and the courses I deliver. I always enjoy and relish, the challenge, of developing people's skills to the next level. I've worked in the outdoor industry for the past 9 years for a variety of outdoor centres, organisations and companies. In that time I've worked my way up through the qualifications and I'm now proud to say that I hold the Mountain Instructor Certificate (the highest U.K. climbing & mountaineering qualification) and I'm a member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors. As well as being the Director I also work on the majority of Summit Ascents courses. 

Over the years I've been lucky enough to have walked and climbed all over the UK from west Cornwall to Orkney and most places in between. Overseas I've been, and led, climbing and mountaineering trips to Norway, France, Belgium, Spain, Italy, China, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Alaska. Some personal highlights from the past few years have been soloing 100 rock climbs in a day, new routing in the Adwa mountains of Northern Ethiopia, mountaineering in Alaska and a one day winter traverse of the Cuillin Ridge, Oh and climbing Great Gully on Craig Yr Ysfa- it's the best VDiff ever! 


From time to time we may employ other instructors to deliver some courses. All of the instructors we use are known to us, both personally and professionally, that way we can ensure that you receive only the highest quality of instruction, guiding or coaching.