Growing up in a quiet village in the West Midlands I had plenty of outdoor space to keep me busy and the fields and woodlands near my home was where my passion for the outdoors really began. After school and college I left the UK to live in Greece and Canada before returning home to start looking for a career. After a long stint in management and working as a retail manager in a cycle store I made the decision to turn my passion for the outdoors into a career and start working towards mountain leadership and becoming an outdoor instructor.
In 2015 I passed my Mountain Leader and Rock Climbing Instructor Award which gave me the skills I needed to set up my own business and start offering courses to the public. Since then business has grown rapidly and I set up The Mountaineering Company in 2018 with the aim of offering high-quality instruction in smaller group sizes with passionate instructors. I now hold the Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor qualification (MCI) which is the highest qualification you can hold for summer mountaineering in the UK.
Passing on knowledge and skills to my clients is what I am really passionate about and watching my clients go on to have big adventures with their new skills is the reason I became an instructor. As a passionate mountaineer, climber and mountain runner I try my hardest to bring that passion with me to every course and feel that’s one of the reasons why I have so many repeat clients.
I now live in North Wales where I spend most of my free time climbing, running and hiking in the mountains. I also spend lots of time abroad leading treks in Morocco and climbing in the Alps but North Wales will always be where my heart is!
I'm a full member of The Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI) a member of Ogwen Mountain Rescue Team (OVMRO) and a member of Mountain Training and British Mountaineering Council. I also work as a Safety Manager for a number of large participation events and Technical Advisor for large-scale organisations.
Matts Latest Articles
Mountain Leader (ML), Mountaineering Instructor (MCI), Winter Mountain Leader (WML), Rope Rescue (RRO)
Jbel Toubkal Expedition Leader - 2015, 2018, 2019
Jbel Mgoun Expedition Leader - 2019
Morocco Three Peaks Expedition Leader (Mgoun, Toubkal, Ouanakrim) - 2019
Charlie is a comitted and dedicated mountaineer who holds the Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor qualification, the highest award for instructing mountaineering in the UK (Non winter). He has a dedication to climbing that goes far beyond his professional work and has made a number of hard ascents on extreme climbs around the country.
Rebecca Coles is a Winter Climbing and Mountaineering Instructor (WMCI) and International Mountain Leader (IML). She has climbed and trekked around the world from Nepal to Kyrgyzstan, Argentina to Madagascar and made multiple first ascents including peaks over 6000m in the Greater Ranges and an ascent of Peak Lenin (7134m). In 2019, she climbed 56 of the 4000m peaks in the Alps. When not taking people climbing, she can be found climbing, or at her allotment.
Sam is a full-time Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI) and is part of our core team at The Mountaineering Company. Sam has a passion for teaching and his enthusiastic and patient style had made him very popular with our clients. When Sams not working in the mountains he's either busy at home being a dad or out at the crags of Snowdonia enjoying his time on rock.