Our Freelance Team

We use freelance instructors when we run larger course, to maintain the low ratios that guarantee results for our clients. Everyone on our team is highly qualified and experienced with a wealth of knowledge to pass on.

Esther Foster

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I live in the Lake District, and I love climbing and mountaineering! Whether it's long days in the mountains, pulling hard on limestone sport crags or doing funky moves on a boulder... I'm pretty happy when I'm climbing. I started climbing as a teenager, first competing indoors and then learning to explore outdoor climbing and mountaineering all over the UK and abroad. As well as working directly with my own clients, I deliver courses for the BMC, adventurous training for the British military, coach at the Women's Climbing Symposium, and coach rock climbing for Rock & Sun in Thailand and Europe. 

Qualifications: Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor

Website: Esther Foster Climbing & Mountaineering

John Kettle

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Based in the Lake District, I work throughout the UK and consult as a Technical Advisor in the public and private sector. During 18 years of coaching I've delivered training to NICAS, the Glenmore Lodge team, the British Mountain Guides and many other professional organisations. I'm a provider of the UK's Coaching Awards and deliver nationally recognised CPD for coaches. I've also published a book on climbing technique, plus coaching skills articles for UKClimbing and the Professional Mountaineer magazine.

Qualifications: Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor

Website: John Kettle

Jon Chamberlain

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After twenty years teaching PE in secondary schools in Derbyshire, Newcastle and Northumberland, with 10 years as an Assistant Head, I set up my own outdoor business based in Newcastle. A 30 year passion for climbing remains undiminished, with 1000s of routes throughout Britain and Europe already 'ticked', there is still so much to do. I am happiest multi-pitch climbing in the Lake District, sport climbing on the Costa Blanca, or bouldering at Fontainebleau. I am Technical Adviser for Mountain Activities for a growing number of local outdoor activity companies in the northeast of England.

Qualifications: Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor, Development Coach (Climbing), Mountain Bike Trail Leader, Orienteering Level 1 Coach, Forest Schools Trainer Level 4, Duke of Edinburgh Award Expedition Assessor

Website: Adventure Training North East

Colin Reilly

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Due to my abysmal footballing skills, I discovered climbing at the tender age of ten, feeling much more at home on the crags of my native Coniston than the football pitch of the village school. Cycling soon became a passion that developed into mountain biking (once it had been invented). I have climbed and biked extensively in the UK, and also in Europe, with mountaineering excursions to North and South America, New Zealand, the Himalayas and Greenland. I have been instructing in the outdoors for over thirty years, working with outdoor centres, youth groups, national Centres and independent providers. I’m the Pastor of my local church, and I grow the finest potatoes in the North of Britain.

Qualifications: Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor, British Cycling Mountain Bike Tutor.

Website: Fells & Forest

Simon Lane

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I’ve been climbing and mountaineering for over 11 years, and climbed through out the UK and abroad. I was introduced to climbing when I was in the  Royal Marines Commandos, and I decided to take it up professionally when I left the Marines. I have been to some amazing places and seen some breathtaking sights, all due to climbing.

Qualifications: Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor

Website: Climb More Rock

Kelvyn James

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I've been hooked on the outdoors ever since my first climbing trip in 1987 - if there's crags, hills or mountains then I'm interested. In 2010 I sold my successful business to focus on outdoor adventures and I'm now lucky enough to do what I love for a living - and nothing is better than helping someone along on their own journey, be it their first time in the hills or on rock, someone wanting the skills to head out on their own - or just someone wanting a grand day out.

Qualifications: Mountain Leader, International Mountain Leader, Rock Climbing Instructor, First Aid Instructor, Gold DofE Supervisor & Assessor

Website: Mountain Services

Alice Kerr

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Splitting my time between North Wales and Lake District, you can nearly always find me out in the mountains. Whether I'm climbing, mountain biking or fell running, I try to get out and enjoy every day as much as I can. I'm well known among friends for having a seemingly endless supply of energy and psyche for the outdoors. I reckon have the best job in the world; getting to take others into the environment that I love and teach/guide/coach them towards finding their own inspiration in the mountains. When not in the hills, you can find me out walking with my dog or hiding from bad weather in a workshop in the Lake District, where I have a small woodwork company.

Qualifications: Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor, Mountain Bike Guide

Website: Alice Kerr Mountaineering