Hello I'm
Phil Tinning 125009

Membership Mountain Training Association

Membership Type Full Member

Membership Number 125009

Renewal Date 31/03/2023

I have been actively involved in the mountains for over fifty years. I love walking in wild places. I get great satisfaction from teaching people about the hills and how to be safe in them. I deal with a huge range of folk from Special Needs kids and bright teenagers at Duke of Edinburgh to adults lacking knowledge and confidence in mountain skills. I also work in training and assessing MLS candidates. I would love to do more of this.
At work I have had 40+ years of experience in outdoor equipment use and sales through my former business, Freetime climb + ski based in Carlisle and I am happy to advise anyone on their needs from a Sunday ramble to an Arctic expedition. I realise that I might not know everything so I can recognise when to ask for detailed advice.
Outdoors I am good at route finding and navigation and identifying the right level of challenge.
I also ski downhill and ski tour, rock climb and winter climb, enjoy road and mountain biking and wild camping.
Mountain Destruction 10/11/2018 0.25
Geology - Mountain landscapes & rock types 06/01/2018 0.25
Mountain weather 25/10/2017 0.50

I have loved the outdoors all of my life. Introduced at Grammar School to the Lake District by means of the "Hike and get wet club" I soon discovered rock climbing and since then it hasn't been "never looked back", more "always looked up".
As my rock climbing career developed I progressed to winter climbing and then skiing. Now I still do all of these as well as admitting to being a fell walker, mountain biker and road cyclist, occasional fisherman and golfer, gardener and backpacker! In my spare time I'll walk my dog, fix bits of the house and get distracted by the internet.
I teach evening classes in Hill Skills and Navigation as a qualified adult education tutor, I work as a freelance instructor on the fells showing them how to navigate as well as be safe and appreciate their environment. I am also an assessor and trainer for ML students and an assessor and supervisor for DofE.
For thirty years I was busy raising a family and running my own outdoor shop Freetime climb + ski in Carlisle. Now, having sold that business I genuinely have the free time to get out into the hills more often and pass on my years of experience to others wishing to learn.
When conditions permit I also have time to do winter routes in the Lakes, ski tour in the Lakes, Alps, Norway and Scotland and fit regular walks up some of the quiet and secret fells of Lakeland.

I have been out with Phil Tinning and Andy Brown on Helvellyn, learning and practicing Winter Skills. My introduction to using ice axe, crampons and winter walking was made a great day out, it felt safe - I could tell that I was in good experienced hands, it was fun and learned a lot. I have also assisted Phil with leading a guided walk for the 'Grand Day Out in Cumbria'. This was part of a larger fund raising event in which we ran one of the guided walks from Pooley Bridge. I was able to observe Phil in action as a walking guide for a group and I was given the opportunity to practice some of my ML training. I particularly enjoyed seeing and hearing all the positive feedback from the group at the end of the walk. Including requests for another event soon! Phil made the day a success.


  • Hill walking
  • Winter walking


  • Trainer / assessor

Phil was the main leader of two walking groups taking part in Grand Day Out at Pooley Bridge (16.1.16) - a fundraising event in Cumbria. The day was very successful and walkers were very positive, everyone reported having enjoyed the day. At a personal level, I certainly enjoyed picking his brains on his vast knowledge of the Lake District. From a training point of view, it was very useful for me to discuss different strategies and practical aspects of leading groups.


  • Hill walking


  • Colleague