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I was born and raised in Scotland and went on to serve around the world as a Scottish infantry officer, gaining considerable experience of operating in the outdoors over a decade long career.  On leaving the military I realised a long held dream to move to the Scottish Highlands (and to grow a beard).  I consider myself hugely fortunate to live and work in the Cairngorms National Park, and relish the opportunity to share my knowledge of it.

I am a qualified mountain leader and a full member of the Mountain Training Association, which includes a commitment to continuous professional development and ensures that I am kept informed of the latest developments in industry practice.  I also hold the British Cycling Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Award and the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance Level 2 Instructor qualification.  I am a Leave No Trace trainer and National Navigation Award Scheme tutor, as well as holding an outdoor first aid qualification, civil liability insurance and an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.  I am also a Cairngorms National Park Volunteer Ranger.

Whilst never compromising on safety, I like to take a relaxed approach to time spent in the hills; appreciating the whole experience, rather than rushing to simply bag the summits.  I love the simplicity offered by the routine of the mountains, and the space for thought which is generated.