About Ben

I am a fully-qualified Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor, as well as a Summer, Winter and International Mountain Leader, with over 25 years' experience of working in the outdoor industry. I will be your guide or instructor.

I fell in love with the mountains of the Lake District at first sight and I am happy to say the Lake District has now been my office and my home for 20 years. I can't imagine living anywhere else.

I have walked up every mountain in England and Wales, all the Wainwrights, and am well into my Munro list. I have rock climbed widely across Europe and on three other continents. I love the snowy mountains and nice warm rock, and am a regular at the local climbing wall. I'm glad to say my family enjoy the mountains just as much.

I hope that I can impart a little of my passion for the outdoors on my days with you. See you in the mountains!


"Had a thoroughly enjoyable climbing day with Ben today. Not easy to manage three lively kids and a mixture of abilities but Ben did a great job. We were all stretched, learnt some interesting techniques and had a lot of fun. Great that Ben does all the guiding. Most outfits use a mixture of contracted guides so you never really know who you will get. We will be back!" - 1 day outdoor climbing for family of 4 indoor climbers.

" Thank you for this fabulous day, everything was perfect, and thanks for the great pictures, too" - after 1 day mountain walking.

"Thanks Ben. 
We had a great day. Will defo remember to give you a call if I'm ever heading up that way." -  after 2 people walking.

"Hi Ben. Thanks for a great day out, we all had a great time, really enjoyed the route and your planning and care.  As I said to you on the walk, your communication in planning our event was first class and appreciated. We felt in good hands with both you and Kristina. It all made the event and my birthday (60th) excellent." - Walk for large group.

" Hi Ben, I just wanted to let you know that we really appreciated the 2 days we spent with you last month. We have talked about it many times since and drawn on our experience with you. We both felt you were very well prepared, pitched it right as to how hard to push us when we were out of our comfort zone, had a plan that took into account the poor weather and all in all gave us a great time. We will certainly be recommending you to friends and family and we wish you all the best for the coming months and beyond." - Two people after 2 days scrambling.

"Hi Ben, Thank you for all of this (post course) info - I did have a slight panic that I’d forgotten the names of the knots. And thank you for an awesome day - I learned so much ! So excited to do more. Many Thanks." -after 1-day of outdoor climbing instruction.

"Dear Ben, Had SUCH a wonderful time with you on Friday. Absolute highlight of the trip and you have gotten me back obsessed with climbing after my 10 year hiatus. Thanks so much for being amazing. Hopefully I will be able to make it back to the Lake District and climb with you again soon." - Group of three after 1-day single pitch climbing experience.

"Ben is truly fabulous and organised a perfect four day learn to lead climb course for us in the Lakes. This was my second climbing trip with Ben and I wouldn't trust anyone more - he remembered me wanting to learn to lead and reached out when another client of his also wanted to do the same, which was super thoughtful. Ben ensured we were changing venues each day, making the most of the Lakes and even accommodated my request for pretty views and an easy commute home to Manchester on our final day, which was very much appreciated. The course was a perfect mix of laughter, multi-pitch/single-pitch technical climbs, skills building and ultimately safety tactics. Ben is well versed in maintaining the balance between pushing you beyond your perceived comfort zone and encouraging you to a point he knew was within your means. I came away feeling more accomplished than I thought possible in four days as Ben adapted the course to each of our learning styles - Thanks Ben!" - 4-day Learn to Lead course.

"Hi Ben - all home safe and everyone was crashed out by about 9pm (myself included) so result!!  We all had an awesome day, the girls (6&8) loved climbing on “real rock” and we got some fantastic photos. Loved your infinite patience and ability to teach all of us at different levels. I learned a lot about map reading too, so hopefully we will find the right car park next time using the grid reference provided! Cheers" - Family of 4 after a Mini-mountains day.

"Our day with The Lakes Mountaineer was the best day of our holiday!  We spent the day with Ben doing the Mighty Mountains family adventure, along with our 13 and 11-year-olds. Having never scrambled or abseiled before it was a great introduction to climbing, in the beautiful surroundings of the Lakes. The whole day was a fantastic challenge, completely tailored to our family. Ben was a brilliant guide not only giving us information about climbing but local history and geology too, I would thoroughly recommend booking an adventure with him." -Family of 4 after a Mighty-Mountains day.

"Ben is more than just a walking guide - in whatever activity you book you will find Ben to be highly competent and ready to listen and act on any feedback. I shall certainly hire Ben again. He is highly skilled, honest, patient and very supportive." - after 5 days walking in the Lake District.

"Hi Ben, Just wanted to say thank you for a great afternoon of climbing and abseiling. We all really enjoyed it and feel suitably shattered this evening. Thank you for your guidance and encouragement and for being flexible with the location to suit us." - family of 4 after a climbing and abseiling session.

"Thank you very much for arranging a wonderful weekend for us. We really enjoyed both days and the boys have gained a great load from the experience.  We will definitely be in touch soon to arrange further tours" - family of 4 after a Mini-mountains treasure hunt and a Wainwright Walk.

"Thanks for a fantastic day yesterday. We loved it (type 1 and type 2!)." - mother and daughter after a Mighty-Mountains day including grade 3 scrambling.

"Thanks again for a great morning of climbing today. We all had a fantastic time." - family of 4 after a morning of climbing and abseiling.

"Just a quick thank you once again for a cracking day yesterday, can’t believe how much we covered, you did a great job of getting this old noob climbing, really appreciated." - after a Rock Introduction day.

"Would just like to say that I really enjoyed the weekend. Thank you." after a 2-day NNAS bronze navigation course.

"We had a fab time... thanks so much!!!" - family of 4 after a Mighty-Mountains day of rock climbing, scrambling and abseiling.

"Thank you so much. I had a great time and really appreciated the time you took in explaining so much to a newbie like me. I feel very privileged to have learned so much from someone like yourself with such a vast amount of skills and experience." - after 1 day of bespoke multi-pitch instruction.

"Thanks so much for the brilliant couple of days out the other week :) Let us know anytime you want any kind of testimonial... we'd be more than happy to say nice things!" - 2 people after 1 day of scrambling, 1 day of multi-pitch climbing.