Based in historic Hayfield, at the foot of Kinder Scout, Stu is dedicated to providing quality hill skills training, experiential learning and adventurous journeys. With training that aims to build confidence and technical skills, whilst having a great day(s) out in the hills, so that clients can safely move forwards with their own independent adventures.
Stu had been involved in a wide range of mountain activities and expeditions.
He is The Spine Race Mountain Safety Team manager and Training Event Coordinator, working with ultra-runners of all abilities to developing a successful "complete racer" approach to long distance adventure events. He has also led groups on successful challenge events such as the UK 3 Peaks and works tirelessly to ensure the best possible outcome for the team and individuals.
Stu's overseas expeditions (as a freelance leader) have centered upon Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Swaziland, Namibia) & Iceland, in a diverse range of environments (Altitude, Desert, Jungle, Savannah, Volcanic Desert).
To contact Stu:
Tel: 07890 620 274
I worked with/under Stuart when he was coördinating the safety teams of a 250km (60 hours) navigation race in heavy winter conditions on the hills & woods of the Belgian Ardennes. He was very professional and proved to be a capable leader coördinating safety teams over a very large area. Both the race directors and the participants that ended up being rescued speak very highly of him and he has performed the same role several more times since then. It was obvious to me that Stuart has extensive experience and thorough understanding of difficulties in mountainous terrain in winter conditions. His leadership style and people skills quickly forged a working team out of a selection of people that had never met each other before diving into 3 days and 3 nights of frantic activity. I gladly vouch for Stuart's abilities as a mountain leader and manager.
I have worked with Stuart on event mountain safety teams for both the Montane Spine Race and Ranger Ultras, ultra marathon mountain running races. Stuart's kind and friendly manner immediately puts clients and colleagues at ease. He is a highly organised individual with attention to detail, this shines through in his reliable and sound mountaineering judgement. When working as the Spine Race Mountain Safety Co-ordinator he is a very approachable and no problem however significant fazes him, his cool head allows him to work under immense pressure. He maintains the highest standards when with clients and represents the race organisation(s) with integrity. I have no hesitation in recommending Stuart and his skills as a Mountain Leader.