From a background of trad and Scottish winter climbing in the UK, Chamonix in the French Alps has been my home for the past nine years. I have climbed and ski toured extensively throughout the Western Alps and beyond in this time. Climbing, expeditions and adventure have taken me to such far-flung places as the Karakoram and Himalayas, Alaska, Yosemite valley in California, and the Southern Alps of New Zealand.
For several years, I have been working as a guide in the mountains, and in 2015, I obtained the benchmark IFMGA qualification. My passion is for sharing the experience and adventure that the mountains can offer, wherever that might be in the world!
The International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations is the umbrella body responsible for the coordination and implementation of guide training and practice worldwide. The IFMGA currently has 24 member nations, each with their own guide's training programme. The IFMGA badge is internationally recognised as the worldwide benchmark qualification and indeed, the requirement for this standard is legally enshrined in the core European Alpine nations. If you head into the mountains with an IFMGA Mountain Guide, you can be confident that they are trained and assessed to the very highest standards.
British Mountain Guides is the national association and IFMGA member responsible for the training and standards of UK-based Mountain Guides. Currently with around 140 members, the BMG represents a small but very significant part of the IFMGA.