Our Staff

Dave Chapman

Dave Chapman has worked in the outdoor industry for 17 years turning his passion for the mountains into a full time job. He is a Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor living and working in the Cairngorms. He spends his free time climbing, mountaineering, biking and skiing. Dave also works training and assessing new Winter mountain leaders and has several years of mountain rescue experience. 

Dave@cairngormadventureguides.co.uk


Liam Irving

Liam is a highly qualified and experienced outdoor professional who has been working in the outdoors for 20 years. Liam holds qualifications in winter mountain leadership, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking and many more. Originally from the west coast of Scotland, he is now based in Aviemore where he climbs, kayaks and surfs as often as possible. 


Liam Irving


Mike Brownlow

Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor award and IFMGA Guide. Mike is a highly experienced and qualified outdoor professional who has been working in the mountains and rivers for years. In addition, Mike has qualifications in white water kayaking, open boating and sea kayaking. He is held in very high regard within the industry and if you are lucky enough to be out with Mike you are sure to be left inspired.

Mike Brownlow

Kirk Watson

Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor award. Kirk is an experienced mountaineer and cameraman/ film maker who has mountaineered and made film in lots of interesting foriegn places, including a large amount spent in Antartica where he was guiding scientists and filming a huge construction project. His reassuring confidence and mountaineering skills will ensure you are kept safe and are able to learn as much as possible.


Kevin Rutherford

Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor award. Kevin has been climbing in Scotland, the Alps, Africa and Nepal for the last 20 years. He has worked as an associate instructor for various Outdoor Centres in Scotland over the past 12 years, including the National Mountain Centre, Glenmore Lodge. He has been trained and assessed under the UKMLTB and holds the Mountain Instructor Certificate MIC, the UK's highest instructional mountain qualification. He is a full professional member of AMI.

Kevin Rutherford

Mark Ker

Mark Ker

Winter Mountain Leader, BASI Level II Ski Instructor & Mountain Ski Leader. Mark is another local and excellent guide who's outdoor passions are for skiing and canoeing, and who has spent a great deal of time exploring the Highlands of Scotland and the Cairngorms. Marks huge amount of experience and knowledge, combined with his excellent coaching skills, allow him to use the best locations and to deliver courses to a very high standard. 


Jon Sanders

Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor award. Jon is an active climber who most enjoys multi-pitch rock climbing and Scottish Winters. Jon also holds qualifications in kayaking and mountain biking, and is a keen sea kayaker. Jon has been heavily involved in Tayside Mountain Rescue over the years so you know you are in expert, safe hands when you are out with Jon.

Jon Sanders

Ian Craigie

Ian Craigie

Ian holds theWinter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor award. Climbing and mountaineering are his passion, with many summer trips to the alps, climbing numerous 4000m peaks and with the aim of climbing some classic north faces and high ice lines, he enjoys pushing my own skills or sharing his knowledge with others. Ian has climbed and walked extensively in Scotland during summer and winter.


Rory Brown

Rory Brown

Rory Brown holds the Mounatian Instructor Certificate as well as qualifications in ski touring, mountain biking and paddle sports. He enjoys getting involved with a wide range of outdoor activities but mountaineering is his real passion, and has walked and climbed extensively throughout Scotland, as well as bigger trips to the Alps and Europe. 


Simon Edwards

Simon Edwards has been working in the outdoor industry for nearly 10 years. He is an experienced and enthusiastic outdoor professional, who holds theWinter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor award and has as a variety of paddle sport qualifications. He loves the challenges of the Scottish winter mountain environment and the opportunity to share is passion and knowledge with other people. Simon also loves to travel further afield and has led trekking trips to Ecuador and the high mountains of India.

Will Nicholls

Rachael Crewesmith

Rachael Crewesmith is a Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor awards and Winter Mountain Leader as well as being a tutor of the British Cycling Leadership Awards. She is a wilderness first aider and has walked, biked and climbed in Europe, Africa and the Himalaya but is always drawn back to the wildness of Scotland. Rachael has 15 years experience in coaching the best out of people and is equally at home on the hockey pitch as in the mountains. Inspired by the small adventures we can have every day, she loves sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm for the mountain environment.


Rich Parker

Rich Parker is a Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor and a rope access working at height specialist with worldwide experience over 30 years. He remains a committed enthusiast and is always keen to share what he’s learned so far. Rich comes from Skye but now lives with his wife Gill in Fort William. 


Emma Atkinson

Emma Atkinson

Emma Atkinson is a keen climber and winter mountain leader based in Aviemore. Having grown up in the area with mountaineering parents, she was carried up her first Munro at three months old (in a rucksack) and hasn’t stopped since! She loves working and playing in the Scottish mountains and enjoys pursuing rock climbing around the world. Emma is currently working towards completing her Mountaineering Instructor Award.


Lawrie Brand

Lawrie Brand has worked in the Scottish mountains for the last 15 years and holds the Mountaineering Instructors Award, Winter Mountain Leader and is a BASI Alpine Ski Instructor. He enjoys exploring the more remote areas in Scotland, both on foot and by mountain bike. He has climbed extensively in Scotland and many other countries, including Jordan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Sweden and the Alps. 


Ben Gibson

Ben Gibson

Ben is a Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor. He also has the Winter Mountain Leader Award and holds other qualifications in Skiing and Mountain Biking. He has been playing, living, and working in the outdoors since 19, starting in the Mourne Mountains of Ireland to now being based in Scotland. He is also a very keen ultra-distance runner and has a real passion for just being out in the mountains in any weather! He is currently working towards the Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor award.  


Jack Morris

Jack is a Mountaineering and climbing instructor with a lot of love for the Scottish mountains, especially in the winter time. Most of his time is now spent guiding and instructing mountaineering, but he also has a history of working with boats, bikes and many other outdoor pursuits. He enjoys all things outside and showing people just how amazing Scotland is.

Jack Morris

John Brooks

John is a Mountaineering instructor based across the UK. He is a member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors and holds the winter mountain leader award as well as host of outdoor first aid and water qualifications. John has a love of the Scottish mountains especially in winter. He has worked in the British mountains for over a decade and is passionate about promoting independence in these amazing environments. He has spent time climbing in the European Alps as well as the Himalayas, when he is at home he can be found volunteering for the local Mountain Rescue.


Andy Stotesbury

Andy holds the Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor qualification and has been climbing in the UK, N. America and Australia for 30 years. Over the last 20 years he has worked at the National Mountain Centres of Glenmore Lodge and Plan y Brenin.
Andy also holds Mountain biking and Water sports qualifications. Andy is keen on Sea cliff climbing, cycling and skiing.

Martyn Stottlaw

Martyn is a Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor based in the Cairngorms. He has been working in the outdoor industry for nearly 20 years and has climbed and biked all over Scotland. He’s enjoyed some great adventures outside of Scotland too including climbing in the Andes, biking in Patagonia, ski touring in Norway, working with huskies in Lapland and getting woken up by a Polar Bear in the Arctic. He also has several years experience with the local Mountain Rescue Team and has recently started ‘enjoying’ ultra-distance bikepacking