As a passionate climber, skier and snowboarder, I spend my year guiding backcountry skiing and snowboarding in the winter and spring, and Alpine guiding , rock climbing and general mountain skills training in the summer and autumn. I started rock climbing aged 14, and since then I've skied, climbed and snowboarded in many parts of the world. My experience includes everything from high altitude mountaineering in the Andes and Himalayas, to a wealth of Alpine climbing and skiing and rock climbing all over the place from America to familiar surroundings on the doorstep where I live in North Wales. I've been working as a mountaineering instructor (MIC) and mountain guide since the early 90s, including a number of years living and working full time in the Alps. I'm a qualified teacher (Outdoor Ed/English), andI have been a regular trainer and assessor on UK mountain awards like ML and MIA for many years. I am also part of the team delivering British Mountain Guides training scheme courses.