I’m originally from the UK, but for the last 12 years I have been living in Le Chable, which is near Verbier in Switzerland’s French-speaking Valais region. During the winter I teach skiing and a little bit of snowshoeing. Through the summers I guide trail running and hiking trips. I have two young daughters, Matilda, 8, and Sofia, 6, who were both born here in Switzerland. I have been married to Emma, who is Swedish, for 14 years. So, we have quite a mix of nationalities and languages in our household! When I’m not working, I love to get out into the mountains, whether alone, with friends, or with Emma, Matilda, and Sofia.
Trail running background
My running journey started when I was very young: my father used to send me and my brother out running along the lane on which we lived, so we would burn off energy! Later, in my teenage years, running became something that I did to train for other sports. This continued until I got to university, when I started to run longer distances. It was then that I started to realize how much I loved running. A couple of years after university, I was living in the UK’s Lake District and was fortunate enough to meet some fell runners. That was the start of my life as a mountain runner! Twenty years later, I still love running in the mountains, whether for fun, guiding clients, or taking part in trail and Skyrunning races.
Why I love guiding
Quite simply, I love the mountains. I love being able to share the mountains with people, and help them have the best experience possible while they are in such a fantastic environment. I also enjoy meeting and working with a wide range of wonderful people. Obviously, there are days when the rain is falling and the views are hidden by the clouds. Still, even then, it’s just fun to be in the mountains with like-minded people. It’s a real privilege to be a guide!