About us

After spending 20 years in the mountains of Scotland and elsewhere, Steven decided share his outdoor passion and began leading groups into his beloved hills. Our business was set up in 2007, and now, with a team of friendly freelance guides and instructors, we can take you on weekend hillwalks, technical mountain scrambles, navigation courses, and all-inclusive packages to beautiful remote corners of the country.

The people you see here all hold as a minimum the Mountain Leader Qualification and all are registered with the relevant Mountain Training Associations schemes. All are qualified to lead in summer and winter. In addition to mountain leading, some of our freelance team also have their Single Pitch Award, International Mountain Leader, Trail Bike Leader and Mountain Instructor Award qualifications. All of our team hold appropriate insurance to cover the activity they are leading and are freelance, some with their own business working here in the UK or abroad.

Steven Fallon

Steven Fallon
Likes : Downhill scree running, brocken spectres
Dislikes : People who don't say hello on the hills, midges
Steven has been hill-walking for over 20 years in Scotland and elsewhere in the UK and Europe. In 2003 he 'compleated' his 11th Munro round (all the peaks in Scotland over 3,000ft - there are currently 282), therefore taking the record for the most rounds. In 2012 this passion for the peaks had seen him tick off 15 Munro rounds and in 2013 he finally got around to compleating his Corbetts (hills in Scotland 2500-3000ft).

In 2006 he took up hill-racing, competing with others who love the challenge of running the hills. This led not only to winning several races and mountain marathons outright, but also to writing the Pocket Mountain's guide book "Classic Hill Runs and Races in Scotland".

In 2007 Steven gained the Summer Mountain Leader qualification and has since been sharing his enthusiasm, guiding people up the Scottish Mountains to stunning scenery. His Winter Mountain Leader followed in early 2013 - who knows what is next !

Richard Kermode

Richard Kermode
Likes : Natural world, wild camping, mountain biking, whisky
Dislikes : Pollution, cooked mushrooms, punctures !
Richard has been hillwalking and exploring wild places in the Scottish Highlands for over 20 years. It was an interest in mountains and the natural world that lead him to study Geology and Physical Geography before becoming a hillwalking guide.

Qualified to Winter and International Mountain Leader standard, Richard is now working towards his Mountain Bike Leader qualifications. Most of his time is spent outdoors and loves taking people on adventures whether its a multi-day journey through wild mountains or an easier walk looking for wildlife.

Richard also works with youth groups and has lead expeditions in the UK, Africa, South America and India, but his favourite place is the Northwest Highlands of Scotland or everything west of the Moine Thrust! He is often found relaxing in wild and beautiful places with a book.

Alistair Ewen

Alistair Ewen
Likes : Beach-combing, running in the hills
Dislikes : Bulldozed estate tracks and dehydrated food
Al Ewen has been exploring the mountains and wild places of Scotland for 25 years. Having grown up in Shetland and Orkney he's a keen fan of Scottish islands and northern parts of Scandinavia like Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Svalbard where he first began working as a mountain leader in 1993.

Al is a qualified as a Mountain Leader to Summer, Winter and International standard.

Al is also a hill runner competing in races across Scotland, his favourite race being the Ben Venue Hill Race which takes place in October.

Manny Gorman

Manny Gorman
Likes : Real ales, solo evening hill-runs
Dislikes : Litter, turbines on the hills, cold hands !
A qualified Mountain Leader (Summer and Winter), Manny started hill walking in his youth before morphing into a successful hill runner. With over 25 years of experience in the mountains of Scotland and elsewhere, Manny is now enjoying sharing his skills and wealth of knowledge with others on the hills.

Manny is a veteran of many long distance routes such as coast to coast over the 4000ers, the 200 mile Spey Watershed, and Bens Hope to Lomond 450 miles over 112 Munros in 21 days.

He capped the lot by establishing a new record with a continuous self-powered 2400 mile traverse of Scotland's 221 Corbetts, by sail, cycle and running, in just 70 days.

Manny lives in Kingussie and packs any spare time playing with his daughter.

John Walker

John Walker
Likes : Climbing long mountain routes, the Alps, touring on his motorbike
Dislikes : Melons, cotton wool, cold hands
After many years touring through mountainous regions on his motorbike, John thought it would be even better to get among them, so he and his wife Tracey bought walking boots in Chamonix 20 years ago, and was immediately hooked.

The intervening years has seen a round-and-a-half of the Munros, the achievement of the Summer and Winter Mountain Leader Awards, walking and climbing trips all over the UK, the Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites, Sierra Nevada, Carpathians and Africa.

John is particularly passionate about the Scottish mountains, and enjoys taking people to new places and helping them to share the experiences that fire him.

When not in the hills, he enjoys cycling, motorcycling and the odd dram !

Emma O'Shea

Emma O'Shea
Likes : Assynt, west coast sunsets and wild camping
Dislikes : midges and over busy mountains
Emma was introduced to hill-walking at the age of 8 by her father and was teaching him how to navigate by the time she was 12! She grew up exploring the Lake District and Snowdonia before moving to Scotland 20 years ago where her Munro career began. She completed her first round of the Munros in 2004, and regularly returns to her favourite mountain areas. Emma enjoys single and multi-day adventures and is at her happiest when in the outdoors, frequently accompanied by her 7 year old collie cross, Moss.

Emma studied Geology at the University of Edinburgh and is currently working towards an MSc in Environmental Management. She holds the Summer and Winter Mountain Leader Awards and is a qualified Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician. In her spare time she volunteers as a member of Tayside Mountain Rescue Team and is a key member of the 'hasty' team which responds quickly to call outs, she is trained in all aspects of search and rescue.

Her next ambition is to work towards becoming an International Mountain Leader after numerous independent trips to the Alps, Pyrenees, Andes and Himalayas, a highlight of which included a solo venture across the Haute Route of the Pyrenees in 2012. Emma is also learning to ski and when not busy outdoors can be found relaxing by the fire with a good book.

Ken Applegate

Ken Applegate
Likes : moving fast in the Alps, Scottish winter climbing, warm rock climbing
Dislikes : crowds, rain and long drives (of which he does far too many!)
Ken has spent more than 10 years climbing, trekking and ski touring throughout the UK, Europe and further afield. He's as happy bouldering on the sandstone boulders of Fontainbleau, France as he is climbing a committing and technical route in the Alps or guiding a classic ice climb on the North Face of Ben Nevis.

As an independent team, Ken and his partner, Hannah summited the majestic AmaDablam 6,856m, in Nepal in Nov 2014.

Ken holds the Mountaineering Instructor Certificate and the International Mountain Leader and lives in Fort William with Hannah. They also spend part of the year guiding in the Spanish Pyrenees.

Ken leads our Skye Cuillin Munros events which take place in May and September.

Hannah Evans

Hannah Evans
Likes : adventures, skiing, red wine and dark chocolate
Dislikes : Wet feet, cows and biting insects
Hannah's passion for mountains and the environment is deep routed, having spent most of her spare time on mountains across the globe it is no surprise she finds herself also guiding on them.

Growing up in Wales, Snowdonia was her playground and in 2007 she moved to Scotland which reinforced her passion for wild places. Not only does she enjoy walking, she also spends much of her spare time climbing and skiing too. Mountain ranges she has visited include Jottenheim, Norway; Himalaya, Nepal; Andes, Venezuela plus the Alps and Pyrenees.

She gained her Summer Mountain leader qualification in 2008 and has since completed her Winter and International Mountain Leader qualifications too.

David Buckett

David Buckett
Likes : mountaineering, tea and rugby
Dislikes : midges and people climbing above me in winter
David moved up to scotland about 10 years ago after studying geography at Portsmouth. Now a qualified winter mountain leader and with the mountain instructor award, he has spent his time, climbing, scrambing, walking and running around the mountains of Scotland ever since.

David has a keen interest in the geology and botany of the Highlands and is keen to learn new plants and get stuck into the rock.

David has climbed and walked in France, Spain, Turkey, Indonesia, Tanzania and Ladakh including Mt Kimanjaro, Mt Blanc and Stok Kangri.

He considers the mountains his natural habitat !

Andy Cloquet

Andy Cloquet
Likes : Andy and his shadow are Gemini and because he likes food he often eats for two !
Andy's father was an Alpine photographer in the 1950's and an uncle was an Multi-Activity Instructor in North Wales. At school two superb teachers nurtured his love of outdoor pursuits by taking small groups onto Dartmoor in late winter, living under (real) canvas whilst climbing and walking (without adults) across the bleak moors. The legacy of his early years continues.

Andy's early steps in the Outdoor industry were on Drake's Island last Century where he learnt his trade through some eye-watering experiences. For the past 25 years he's been a teacher of English in Scotland and freelance MIC. He's a former Training Officer in Mountain Rescue Scotland (currently, he just tries to do as he's told): he has climbed throughout the Western Alps & now enjoys working with Steven and other similarly excellent companies in the World's most beautiful classroom: our great outdoors.

Kevin Woods

Kevin Woods
Likes : 'Vast silence' from a mountain top
Dislikes : being cold!
With a decade of regular hill-going behind him, Kevin has completed two rounds of the Munros and is on his third. Among these, he completed a 98-day round in the summer of 2013, the subject of which became a one-hour documentary for BBC Alba; Dhà-Ochd-Dhà (Two-Eight-Two).

He has a particular fondness for multi-day mountain trips. He enjoys the bothies, camping (sometimes on the summits), the 'bivvys' (in retrospect!), and also rock and winter climbing, all of which which he records on his blog.

Kevin holds the Mountain Leader Award and enjoys sharing the mountains with others. If not on the hills, he will often be found film making or playing music.

Olly Stephenson

Olly Stephenson
Likes : Quality time in the hills with friends old and new alike
Dislikes : I pass out with needles, but hopefully you'll never need to see this for real!
I love the outdoors, it's always been a significant and very positive influence in my life and I'm keen to pass this gift on to others, hence working as a qualified Mountain Leader (Summer and Winter).

I moved to Scotland 18 years ago to be nearer the hills and it's an awesome place to live. My outdoor interests include cycling, climbing, walking and running, which I've been lucky enough to pursue here and across six continents over the last 30 years. Recent highlights include a 2015 completion of the John Muir Trail in California solo, self-supported and with no resupplies in 5.5 days, and in 2016 I came 7th in the 300km/25,000m Petite Trotte a Leon ultra-trail race in the Alps.

In my spare time I organise Scotland's biggest hill race a series of inspiring winter talks plus I'm also a Director of a Forestry Charity.

John King

John King
Likes : Ridge walking, a good single malt
Dislikes : Midges, loose rock, industrial developments in the hills
Growing up in and around Glasgow, John first developed his love of the outdoors at an early age in the Southern Highlands. Since then he has taken every opportunity to get out into the hills, exploring many of the wilder and more remote corners of the Highlands, in all seasons, and has built up an intimate knowledge of the Scottish hills and glens as well as a keen interest in the ecology, geology and history of the natural environment.

He completed the Munros in 2013 (and is currently well on his way to a second round), has visited many Corbetts and Grahams, and in recent years has also explored many of the UK's other significant peaks. John also enjoys getting his hands on rock and has completed many of the UK's classic scrambles and is a keen rock climber.

John is passionate about passing on his knowledge and skills, and sharing his enthusiasm for the hills with others. This led him to qualify as a Summer ML in May 2014. Since then he has gained the SPA award and hopes to complete his Winter ML Assessment during the coming season


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