Olly grew up in the Yorkshire Dales and explored the hills, crags and trails extensively throughout his teenage years. He then headed to Ambleside, Lake District, to complete a BSc Hons in Outdoor Studies. Throughout his time in the Lake District, Olly took advantage of his location; climbing, scrambling and walking all over the National Park.
Olly is qualified with the Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor award (MCI) which is the highest UK qualification for summer climbing and mountaineering. Olly also has extensive knowledge of Scotland and holds the Winter Mountain Leader award, delivering winter skills and guided winter mountain walks. He has worked all over Yorkshire and the Lakes, for outdoor centres, schools and himself. Climbing and mountaineering are Olly’s passion and he has climbed throughout the UK; from the Cornish sea cliffs to Welsh slate quarries and everything in between. Climbing has also taken him abroad on numerous trips to the Alps, sport climbing across Southern France and Spain, bouldering in Fontainebleau and climbing ice in Norway.
Being based in the Yorkshire Dales, Olly is also a keen caver and in the darker months spends a lot of time exploring the caves of the Dales. There is a lot of transferable skills between climbing and caving and Olly particularly enjoys the rope work and positions it can take you underground. Olly is also a full team member of the Cave Rescue Organisation, which is a voluntary emergency service providing assistance both above and below ground.
Olly aims to help you reach and exceed your expectations in the outdoors. Feel free to contact him to chat through your aims and aspirations.
Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor award holders are qualified to instruct mountaineering in non-Winter conditions including all aspects of rock climbing, both single and multi-pitch, plus hillwalking and scrambling.
Some MCI holders also hold the Winter Mountain Leader Award which allows them to lead mountain walking in winter.
Find out more about the MCI here:
Olly also holds the British Caving Association Local Cave Leader Level 2 Award. This enables him to explore a number of caves with vertical pitches, requiring rope to abseil down and wire ladders to climb back out. The award also qualifies Olly to lead in simpler, horizontal caves; perfect for beginners or those wanting to experience an underground adventure.
Olly is also a member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors, who require members to operate at the highest standards and be committed to continual professional development.