James Thacker is a IFMGA Guide and Mountaineering Instructor (WMCI) based in Chamonix, France and Kingussie, Scotland. Equally passionate about alpine mountaineering in the summer months and skiing in the winter; James' time is now split between 'Mountain Assurance Ltd' and 'Off Piste Performance Ltd' respectively. James' enthusiasm for working in the mountains have taken him to Arctic Greenland, the Himalayas, the "classic north faces" of the European Alps and rock climbing around the world. In the spring James has visited northern Norway in recent years where he enjoys exploring the mountains and fjords in search of the perfect ski tour with clients. Closer to home James enjoys exploring the limitless opportunities that Scotland's mountains offer from skiing lines on Ben Nevis, to climbing on the sea cliffs of the Outer Hebrides. For sixteen years James was actively involved with Mountain Rescue in the Peak District as a member of Derby MRT and Edale MRT. With extended casualty care experience James has also developed an interest in altitude medicine and the management of the trauma in the mountains. In recent years James has also contributed to the wider agenda of mountain safety via the British Mountaineering Council (BMC), delivering the popular 'Winter Lecture' series with his colleague and fellow IFMGA Mountain Guide Neil Johnson. James is also a Trustee of the Chris Walker Memorial Trust (CWMT) which strives to fund and deliver, in conjunction with the Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS), continuing professional development training with a particular emphasis on the Scottish Snowpack. Within the British Association of Mountain Guides (BMG), James held the post of Website Coordinator for six years, was responsible for the BMG's Strategic Plan and is now lead for the BMG Governance Group. Finally, James has also published work in Climb Magazine, Trek and Mountain Magazine, BMC Summit Magazine, Mountain Rescue Magazine and online at UKClimbing.com.