About Us

Stewart Mountain Skills provide bespoke mountain experiences across Scotland and further afield.  Our small, professional and qualified team can tailor your course to your individual needs, from introductory to advanced skills.

Ian Stewart

MIC, BASI Level 1, Trail Cycle Leader

I was lucky enough to have a fairly 'free range' childhood, walking and climbing in the Yorkshire Dales with my family. This lead naturally on to a career in the outdoors, starting close to home at Bewerley Park Centre for Outdoor Education in 2006. Then drawn by bigger mountains and higher crags I first spent a year working for the Outward Bound Trust in Aberdovey, Wales before moving north to Aviemore in search of winter and wilderness.

 

I have climbed extensively in Scotland, summer and winter, working my way through an endless list of classic climbs and always keeping an eye open for rare conditions, such as in March 2014 when I was able to complete a one day winter traverse of the Skye Cuillin Ridge in near perfect conditions.

 

I am also a keen fell runner, I completed a Bob Graham Round in the Lake district in 2012 and am about two thirds of my way through my munro round.

 

As well as climbing I also love skiing in the winter, the simple fun of skiing on the pistes, the thrill of a good powder day and also ski touring for efficient journeying in the winter mountains. Laura and I completed a full winter season in Chamonix in 2012/13 mixing with the most 'psyched' outdoor enthusiasts I have ever met. We are also now both working through our BASI ski instructor qualifications.

 

Searching for the next mountain adventure has taken me all over the world, Ice climbing in Norway and rock climbing in all the sunny parts of Europe. I have also made many mountaineering trips to the Alps, climbing in summer and skiing and Ski Touring in winter, including a ski ascent of Mont Blanc in 2013.

 

Stewart Mountain Skills was born in 2011 when I completed my MIC qualification. I believe that our small team and bespoke approach mean that we really can give the best possible adventure for each of our clients.

Laura McAuley

Mountain Leader, BASI Level 1, BCU Level 3, Single Pitch Award, Mountain Bike Leader

Laura is the team's expedition and environmental specialist, having guided on a huge number of remote wilderness journeys across the Scottish highlands, on foot, by bike and canoe. With a certificate in environmental education and an endless supply of enthusiasm you will be sure to learn a lot on the hill with Laura.

 

Jim Sutherland

MIC, Mountain Bike Leader

As the only native Scot in the team Jim makes up for the rest of us, and is as handy with a set of bagpipes as he is an ice axe. A mountaineer, mountain biker and Training officer for the Torridon Mountain Rescue team, Jim is often described as the most friendly man in Scotland and never short of a story to tell, Jim's relaxed style on the hill will make for an unforgettable experience.

 

Nathan White

MIC, MTUK Development Coach, BCU Level 3, Alpine & Mountain Ski Leader

'The boy' of the team, Nathan's youth hides a huge amount of mountaineering experience and knowledge. He has climbed extensively across the UK, the European Alps and Alaska and never stops planning for his next big adventure. Nathan also works regularly for Glenmore Lodge.

 

Stewart Mountain Skills only uses fully qualified and insured local instructors, ensuring the knowledge and expertise to provide a high value experience.

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