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Gary Daines

Gary Daines
Arles sur Tech, French Eastern Pyrenees

International Mountain Leader

A bit about me

I was born in Essex in the UK, a long way from any mountains. But, at the age of 18 I started to travel and work across the world. By my late twenties I decided that sleeping on other people’s sofas or floors and not having anywhere to call home meant it was time for a change. However, I did not want to give up the lifestyle I had grown to love so much – and that is how I fell into expedition guiding. I started to get my certifications and then, in 2009, I moved to Chamonix, France, which became my home.

Three years ago I moved down to the French Eastern Pyrenees to be nearer to my little boy, who lives just over the border in Spanish Catalonia. Here, I can run the trails all year round, and have finally discovered the home of my heart.

Trail running background

I came to trail running later in life. Beforehand, I was always a climber and expedition leader, but when I discovered trail running something changed in me and it’s all I do now! I started racing a couple of years back, but I love being out by myself and doing long distance trails and multi-day fast packing trips. The Pyrenees are very wild and remote compared to the Alps, which is one of the reasons why I love it here.

Why I love guiding

The mountains changed my life and I truly believe that they bring not only physical, but also mental and spiritual well-being to our lives. To be able to help others step outside of their normal routines and experience that sense of freedom and well-being on the trails is very special for me.

I also love to talk and laugh, and guiding is a great way to meet new people from all walks of life, share some very special moments and make a lot of new friends.

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Run the Alps guide, Gary Daines, above the clouds in the Jura, Switzerland

Run the Alps guide, Gary Daines, in the Jura, Switzerland

Run the Alps Guide, Gary Daines, on the Tour du Canigou, French Pyrenees

Run the Alps guide, Gary Daines, on the Tour du Canigou, French Pyrenees

Gary Daines in the Shangphu Valley with a local Indian guy, holding goats

Run the Alps guide, Gary Daines, in the Shangphu Valley, Ladakh, India


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Breezy Mornings Merino Beanie

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