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Sam is highly qualified, fully insured and first aid trained.  Owner/lead instructor at Lake District Mountaineering - specialising in instruction and guiding for climbing, mountaineering, navigation and hill walking in both summer and winter conditions. 

Sam's qualifications include:

  • BA Hons Degree - Outdoor Leadership 

  • Winter Mountaineering & Climbing Instructor (WMCI)

    • [the highest UK award for climbing/mountaineering]​​

  • Mountaineering & Climbing Instructor (MCI)

  • Winter Mountain Leader (WML

  • Summer Mountain Leader (SML)​​

  • Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI)

  • RSA Level 2 Route Setter

  • National Navigation Award Tutor (NNAS)

  • ICOPro Level 3 Canyoning Training

  • Level 3 Outdoor First Aid & CPR

Sam is involved with the development, training and assessment of other instructors as a Mountain Leader course director.  He also delivers skills courses on behalf of Mountain Training, the awarding body and organisation for climbing & mountaineering in the UK. 

Both professionally and personally, Sam has been involved in hill walking, rock climbing and mountaineering for over 10 years.  He has an enthusiasm for the natural environment and a passion for outdoor learning, holding a BA Hon's degree in Outdoor Leadership. 

Sam is excited to share his technical skills and mountain knowledge to offer an inspired and educational day in his company. ​ Sam's experience ranges from UK mountaineering to rock climbing in North America and alpine climbing ross Europe, along with guiding on the glaciers and summits in Iceland. 

You can hire Sam privately across the Lake District and Peak District throughout the summer and throughout the Scottish Highlands during winter. 

You're in good hands. 

Find out more about the qualifications, the processes and experience our guides have, click the links below to read more:

Passionate about inspiring others

Here at Lake District Mountaineering, we pride ourselves on delivering high quality and customer focussed skills courses, instructional days and experiences.  

We hope to provide experiences to last a lifetime, inspire you in amazing environments and teach you the skills to become independent to enjoy the beautiful natural spaces we have to offer in the Lake District. 

Most of your adventures will be run and guided by Sam.  When this is not possible, we work closely with a small, hand selected group of outdoor professionals - this means we can draw upon the first-rate experience and knowledge of our team to guarantee a memorable experience.  All of our associate instructors are qualified, experienced, insured and first aid trained. 

All of our chosen activity venues and locations have been carefully selected using local knowledge and this means we can tailor courses and experiences to meet the needs and expectations of all of our customers, allowing us to offer a first-rate experience.  Our ratios are small, allowing us to provide maximum contact time with your instructor.

LDM is proud to be a member of and affiliated with professional organisations such as the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI) and the Mountain Training (MTA). 

Read more about AMI here: About AMI

These organisations oversee the training and qualification process that LDM has progressed through, allowing us to be up to date with best practice in the industry to deliver safe, fun and positive sessions for all.  

The equipment supplied by Lake District Mountaineering is high quality, and has been chosen from selected premium brands within the outdoor industry, guaranteeing you a safe and comfortable experience 

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Lake District Mountaineering are an approved course provider for all of the Mountain Training skills courses. 

This means our courses are professional and moderated to standard, therefore they come with a stamp of approval from the UK awarding body for outdoor training and qualifications. 

Joining an approved Mountain Training course guarantees you are receiving the best training from skilled and experience instructors.  


We look forward to hearing from you and working towards your mountaineering ambitions and helping to achieve your goals. 

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