To be determined upon completion of booking.
Be sure to bring the following before arriving for the start of our Haute Route expedition:
-Skis with touring bindings
-Ski mountaineering boots – preferably that have been worn before the trip to ensure comfort
-Ski Poles with normal baskets not small piste baskets
-Skins for skis
-Shovel, Probe, Avalanche Transceiver – these can be borrowed from the guide.
-Ice Axe, Crampons – these can be borrowed from the guide if advised in advance
-Harness and screw gate Karabiner – these can be borrowed from the guide if ordered in advance
-Rucksack – 30 litre for day tours and off-piste skiing 45-50L for multi-day tours. Models that skis can be attached to are best.
-Sheet sleeping Bag
-Alpine membership card may give hut discounts BMC
-Cash in local currency
-Thermal base layer top, light colours reflect heat best. No Cotton
-Fleece top Soft shell fabrics are also excellent
-Spare Fleece or fleece alternative like a Puffball
-Trousers to wear under waterproofs, Schoeller type fabrics or powerstretch if you have the legs to get away with wearing it in public. No Cotton.
-Waterproof Trousers gore-tex or other breathable fabrics are best
-Waterproof Jacket gore-tex or other breathable fabrics are best
-Gloves – Thick and thin pair
-Hat – Warm hat and sun hat
-Goggles; sun glasses;
-30+ SPF sun cream and SPF lip balm
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!
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