OUR GUIDES

MATT BARRATT

Knows the Cuillin intimately, Solid and seemingly unfazeable with a left field sense of humor!

 

Qualifications

Mountaineering Instructor Certificate (MIC)

Mountaineering Instructor Award (MIA)

International Mountain Leader (IML)

BRAWA Coasteering Training

SLSGB Surf Lifesaver

Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician

 

Guiding History

Matt has been guiding on Skye for 6 years and has helped develop many new coasteering areas with John. Before Skye he worked as a mountain safety advisor in Kurdistan and led expeditions to Nepal, India, Spitzbergen, Norway, Siberia and Kyrgyzstan. He also spent several years working for the Venture Trust in Applecross helping run personal development courses for Youth at Risk.

 

 

 

 

Climbing Highlights

The best adventure climb must be Spitzkoppe in Namibia via the normal route. Slab climbing, squeeze chimneys, subterranean manoeuvres and a rarely visited summit followed by nerve racking abseils! For pure climbing delight my highlight is Westpillaren: a 12 pitch E2 in the Lofoten Islands, every pitch was a total belter!

 

Other Interests

Exploring mountainous regions all round the world has been an obsessionfor some  time.  Particular favourites have been climbing first ascents in Ethiopia and white water kayaking in Nepal.

 

Favourite Skye Day?

The full ridge traverse-all the best bits in one go!

 

JOHN SMITH

Creative, enthusiastic and purveyor of the finest craic on Skye!

 

Qualifications

BRAWA Coasteering Training

SLSGB Surf Lifesaver

BASP Outdoor First Aid

Summer ML

Single Pitch Award

 

Guiding History

John is an East coaster originally but he has lived and worked on the Isle of Skye for over 10 years now. He is particularly obsessed with all things water and waves. Along with Matt he has pioneered coasteering on the Island discovering hidden venues, jumping off virgin sea stacks and playing in stormy swells. A passionate climber he's happiest in the mountains regardless of the season. He's surfed, walked and climbed his way round Scotland since he was a wee lad.

Adventure highlights

Discovering our 'Stacks' venue at the North end of Skye.  First proper winter climb 'Fox's Rake' from Coire na Creiche

 

Other interests

John is a keen surfer and climber and fairly obsessed with all things music.

 

Favourite Skye Day

Clach Glas onto Bla Bheinn.

 

SARAH SUTTON

 

Qualifications
BRAWA Coasteering Training

SLSGB Surf Lifesaver

BASP Outdoor First Aid

 

About Sarah

Sarah’s a proper local, born and bred on the island, she’s been mucking about in the rivers,  wandering the hills and jumping in the sea since she was wee. Now working as our business manager, she’s new to the family but already invaluable. She keeps the boys in check and makes sure everything runs smoothly but is happiest when she’s in her wetsuit leaping off stuff.  Following a ‘training’ trip to Spain sport climbing, she’s got the climbing bug.

 

 

Favourite Skye Day

Kilmaluag - Sunny weather, clean swell, low tide (for bigger jumps) and a long black from single track to finish!

 

OTHER TEAM MEMBERS

 

Adele Pennington

Determined, totally dependable and great sense of humour.

 

Qualifications

MIC

 

Guiding History

Adele has been a full time Mountaineering Instructor and expedition Leader for 15 years and has worked extensively in the UK and the greater ranges. Very passionate about her Scottish rock and ice climbing she spends her winter’s on the West coast of Scotland instructing and guiding winter climbing. In the Spring and Autumn she is usually further a field in the higher mountains and has guided Everest twice, as well as numerous other high altitude Mountains. When back in the UK she provides Mountain Leader and Single pitch award courses and guides summer rock climbing and scrambling all around the UK.

 

Climbing Highlights

When not working Adele is always eager to climb and has to say that her outdoor experience highlights are numerous. Still holding very high on her best day out ever was a solo ascent of Central Gully Great End (Lakes) in perfect winter condition followed by a quick romp up Little Chamonix ( Lakes) as the sun set.

 

Other Interests

As well as climbing Adele enjoys caving in her spare time and is also learning to ski.

 

Favourite Skye day?

To date her favourite day out in Skye was an ascent of Arrow route onto the Cioch followed by Trophy crack but this was closely matched by a traverse of Clach Glas and Blaven.

 

 

Jamie Bankhead

Big man, great conversation and rock solid in the hills!

 

Qualifications
MIA, WinteML, MIC.d.

 

Guiding History

I got involved with instructional awards when I was helping to run my University's mountaineering club. Dabbled with climbing wall and voluntary work before being recruited for full-time post at the Ice Factor in Kinlochleven. Worked there for 9 years, developing experience and qualification and eventually becoming Centre Manager. Have since gone freelance and life is now an enjoyable variety of outdoor work - guiding in Skye in spring/summer, supervising Duke of Edinburgh expeditions throughout Scotland, supporting the Outdoor curriculum at West Highland College and running my own climbing and walking courses year-round in Glencoe. And much more - the variety is very important as it keeps me fresh.

 

Climbing Highlights

1: Years ago, my first solo scramble, the "Tourist Route" Sgurr nan Gillean. I expected to be terrified and turn around; instead I pressed on and realised that I had become a mountaineer!

2: Finally leading Vulcan Wall on Sron na Ciche, having walked under it many times and thought it would always be too hard!

3: My first grade V winter route. My mate and I experienced some collective inspiration and climbed a technical 6 that should have been way too hard for us. Partnership exemplified; the total greater than the sum of the parts.

4: Holidays to English and Welsh sea-cliffs. Crashing waves, sunshine, ice-cream.

 

Other Interests

Starting to dip my toe into the waters (ahem) of Coasteering. Still a bit scared of the water despite my early years as a trawlerman! I also like films, walking my partner's dog and Jalapeno-stuffed olives!

 

Favourite Skye day?

Clach Glas-Blaven traverse. Technical interest, tricky route-finding and fantastic situations.

 

 

 

Dave Fowler

Incredibly talented outdoorsman, full of energy and great craic.

 

Qualifications
Mountain Instructor Award - 2010
Winter Mountain Leader - 2012
UK Canyon Guide Level 2 - 2011
Rescue 3 Swift Water Technician

Guiding History
Dave has been Climbing and Mountaineering since his childhood in the climbing Mecca of Llanberis North Wales, and moved to Scotland 10 years ago in search of big cliffs and harsh winters. Over these 10 years Dave has worked in many different sectors of the Outdoor Industry from Advanced canyon guiding and Safety Kayaker, to personal development wilderness expeditions at Outward Bound Loch Eil and now Venture Trust where he holds a Senior Development Trainer position. He has been actively coming to Skye with guiding in mind since 2009 when he started his apprenticeship shadowing guides and clients before his Mountain Instructor assessment, and has since then kept his hand in on Skye but also guiding in Glen Coe and on Ben Nevis.

Adventure e e Highlights

Traversing the Cullin Car to Slig in 14hours
Climbing El Cap via Lurking Fear 3 nights 4 days
Lead Climbing E5 in the Scottish central belt
First Descent in a kayak of the gorge below the Falls of Glomach the UK's second largest waterfall
Skiing Petit Envers route on the Vallée Blanche from Aiguille du Midi
Being on the First UK Canyon Guide Level assessment

Favourite Skye day out?

The round of Corrie Lagan, because its one of the most continuous sections of Scrambling and Climbing for people with Munro's on their mind, with options to vary the route depending on time and conditions.

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