Who We Are
Put simply Chasing Peaks for the time being is me - Phil. Having worked for other companies on and off in various outdoor activities as well as running my University Mountaineering and Climbing Club for a few years I decided it was time to dust myself off and start my own business on the side. You will notice I use the phrase "we" when talking about what this company offers and does. This is an indication of my future ambitions to eventually leave my regular full-time work behind, make a living from the business and eventually be able to employ others in doing so. Further, while I mostly work on my own I may at times call in other instructors to carry out the work where appropriate. While these instructors are not directly my staff and you would not see them in the instructor list, they are nevertheless working in the spirit of my vision for Chasing Peaks.
So what's with the name Chasing Peaks. We believe that everybody has their own personal mountain to climb when it comes to adventure. We would love to be your partner in doing so, either taking you by the hand and guiding you directly, or equipping you with the necessary skills to succeed yourself. We know that any challenge, no matter how big or small it might seem, requires persistence, perseverance and motivation - hence it can sometimes feel like you are chasing your peak.
Phil(Click for more)
Phil is our founder, owner and the brain behind Chasing Peaks. Hill Walking since the '90s (read: since he could walk) and climbing for almost as long he has amassed a wide range of experience growing up in the lower Alps. Since moving to the UK in 2009 he has built an ever increasing repertoire of qualifications despite living in one of the least mountainous parts of the country.
He currently holds the Summer Mountain Leader (MLS), Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI) and Climbing Wall Development Instructor (CWDI) awards, allowing him to lead people on non-technical and non-wintry walks, hikes, expeditions and scrambles anywhere in the lowlands, moorlands, uplands and mountains of Britain and Ireland. As a qualified climbing instructor he teaches the full spectrum of indoor climbing skills, including lead climbing, and introduces people to climbing on real rock outdoors. Phil also provides basic coaching in climbing movement and technique up to intermediate level.
Aside from the outdoors, Phil enjoys good beer, good food and good company while also occasionally writing about all things outdoors in his blog.