Grey Corries

About us

Our team of qualified mountain guides and leaders

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 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. By 2019 this passion for the peaks had seen him tick off 16 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".

Steven is summer and winter ML qualified and carries out all the back-office admin and events' organisation. You'll occasionally find him on a guided events when help is needed !
Likes : Downhill scree running, brocken spectres
Dislikes : People who don't say hello on the hills, midges

Richard Kermode

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.
Likes : Natural world, wild camping, mountain biking, whisky
Dislikes : Pollution, cooked mushrooms, punctures !

John Walker

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 !
Likes : Climbing long mountain routes, the Alps, touring on his motorbike
Dislikes : Melons, cotton wool, cold hands

David Buckett

David moved up to Scotland about 15 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 !
Likes : mountaineering, tea and rugby
Dislikes : midges and people climbing above me in winter

Alistair Ewen

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.
Likes : Beach-combing, running in the hills
Dislikes : Bulldozed estate tracks and dehydrated food

Ken Applegate

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 then partner, 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. He also spends part of the year guiding in the Spanish Pyrenees.

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

John King

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 completed his Winter ML Assessment in January 2018.
Likes : Ridge walking, a good single malt
Dislikes : Midges, loose rock, industrial developments in the hills

Fabian Seymour

Fabian's interest in the mountains began when he had the amazing opportunity to work in Antarctica (2001 – 2002) researching how life was surviving in one of the most extreme environments in the world. Since then he has been exploring the high places of Britain, bagging all of the Munros and the other 3,000ft+ peaks in the UK, as well as having explored many other wild areas across Britain.

Fabian holds the Summer and Winter Mountain Leader and the Rock Climbing Instructor Awards. He is a member of the Mountain Training Association and the British Mountaineering Council. He also is accredited to provide Bronze, Silver and Gold Navigator Awards and the NNAS Tutor Award through the National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) and is a member of the NNAS Board of Directors.
Likes : Winter, being out in the wild, playing guitar
Dislikes : Midges, horse flies, crowds

Al Halewood

MIC, IML qualified and more, Alan's first love is helping people become more independent in going to the crags and mountains.

Based in Fort William, Al leads our Aonach Eagach traverses and occasional events up Curved Ridge on Etive Mor and Tower Ridge on Ben Nevis.

Olly Stephenson

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.

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