International Mountain Leader
I’m originally from the UK and discovered my love of the mountains in the Lake District, England, while studying Outdoor Education – learning to lead and share journeys on foot, by mountain bike and by canoe. I worked with inner-city ‘youth at risk’ for a decade, and now lead a Foundation, funding community projects across Scotland.
My earliest Alpine journeys were on skis, touring hut-to-hut, then later mountaineering and running trips. This led to exploring and working in the Himalaya, with personal highlights of climbing Mount Everest and Ama Dablam, as well as guiding on peaks such as Cerro Aconcagua in Argentina.
While big-scale expeditions can be equally challenging and satisfying, my heart lies in the Alps – big adventures are on your doorstep, yet you can enjoy pizza and coffee back in the valley the same day!
I took part in ‘fell’ (hill) races in the Lake District in my twenties, and discovered the buzz – the runner’s high – and the joy of running away from tarmac. Some years later, ‘ultras’ came into being and, naively, I thought I could complete a mountain-based 100-miler without much training, given my mountain background…! That was probably my biggest fail ever, but taught me to prepare well and complete long ultra-races. Since then I’ve enjoyed trail and mountain races in the Alps, in the States and the UK. Despite cultural differences, the companionship through all these events is the same – new friendships found along the trails. I usually sign-up for one long ultra-race each year and several shorter trail events: it’s good for my soul.
I feel most at home sharing my love of mountains with others. It’s a joy to see guests develop their skills, knowledge and experience, and to share a journey with them that will be a trip to remember – maybe the trip of a lifetime. Running is the best way to journey, enjoying the transition from valley to mountain environments, and back again – and running in the Alps is even better, as there’s always a café or mountain hut en route to enjoy a coffee and the view!
Run the Alps guide, Giles, on the Sierre-Zinal course in Valais, Switzerland
Run the Alps guide, Giles, running close to the Matterhorn, above Zermatt, Switzerland.
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