Former soldier, retired Police Officer and now professional mountaineer, Andy moved to North Wales during the pandemic to turn his long-term hobby into a full-time career. And he’s never looked back.

With over 20 years experience delivering Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) expedition training, there isn’t much Andy doesn’t know about the outdoors. You’ll often find him working for MountainXperience on Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) helping clients reach the summit or in the Peak District teaching map and compass skills on our National Navigation Award Scheme courses.

In his spare time, Andy is a keen scrambler and rock climber and, with Simon, is currently working towards his Winter Mountain Leader qualification so loves nothing more than playing in the snow.

Andy gives up his spare time as a volunteer warden on Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) giving advice to hikers and helping keep the mountain litter free. He also organises hiking, scrambling and climbing events for the UK’s largest LGBTQ+ charity, OutdoorLads.

Andy’s outdoor qualifications and CPD

  • Basic Expedition Award
  • Walking Group Leader
  • Summer Mountain Leader
  • DofE Expedition Supervisor/Assessor (Gold)
  • Level 2 Food & Hygiene for Catering

It’s essential that all outdoor professionals maintain regular CPD (continued professional development) to ensure they stay up-to-date within the industry. Here’s a selection of recent outdoor courses Andy has attended.

  • Eryri/Snowdonia Ambassador – Gold
  • Scrambling Supervision Snowdonia
  • Night Navigation Refresher
  • Contour Masterclass
  • Teaching Winter Skills (BMC)
  • Avalanche Awareness Workshop
  • Winter ML Training
  • RCI Trained

What have MountainXperience clients said about Andy?

Had an amazing walk up Snowdon with guide Andy who was just great, really knowledgeable about the mountain and good fun. There were 8 of us in the group and everyone got on well, lots of laughs and all similar level of fitness. Was a beautiful sunny day so great visibility. Would recommend.

Alison_E via Viator

Great experience – Andy was very knowledgable and we had a fantastic group of people who were happy to interact throughout which made the whole experience even better.

Kamran via Airbnb Experiences

Andy was great; encouraging and knowledgeable with a genuine love for Snowdon.

leannerowland14 via Tripadvisor

Our guide, Andy, was fantastic; very knowledgeable and passionate. He also made sure everyone in our party was looked after, despite their abilities.

Mark via Airbnb Experiences

(These are just a handful of the genuine testimonials about Andy that we’ve received from happy customers this season. Thanks Andy for making MountainXperience the number one outdoor provider on Tripadvisor.)

Andy’s mountain photo gallery