Paul Swail

IFMGA Mountain Guide

UK

My heart lies in traditional climbing, especially in my homeland of Ireland, however I am constantly drawn away on all types adventures to all corners of the earth.

I am a qualified IFMGA Mountain Guide, meaning that Skiing, Sport Climbing, Ice Climbing, Big Wall Climbing and Mountain Biking are all high on my list of distractions – my main problem in life is having enough time to fit in all the fun!

My desire to climb became the basis on which I made most of my life decisions and it’s no surprise that climbing and travelling have taken me all over the world.

I not only aspire to experience fantastic adventures and progressing my own skills, I also have a passion for developing climbing at a grass roots level. After spending 4 years as a Youth Development Officer for Mountaineering Ireland, I identified the significance of participation and of teaching young climbers the importance of enjoying the mountains responsibly and safely.

In addition, I play a key role in the promotion of climbing in Ireland, which has recently resulted in the biggest (and reportedly the best!) Fair Head Climbing meet, securing Alex Honnald as the guest speaker.

My main motivation is to get out there, get stuck in and seek out adventure, whilst maintaining a lifestyle of freedom, quality friendships, good music and good beer. I am great at doing the simple things right and living the outdoor lifestyle…with my van and my dog, I'm a happy man – oh and my wife Ellie and wee dude Luca!