Paul James MIC (Mountaineering Instructor Certificate)


Paul James holds the Mountaineering Instructor Certificate. He is a full member of AMI and a registered member of the Mountain Instructors Community. He is also and an approved Duke of Edinburgh’s award assessor. Paul has personal and instructing experience throughout the UK. Having grown up in Derbyshire he holds a particular love for the Gritstone climbing in the Peak District. He currently lives in Wales in the summer and heads north in the winter to enjoy all that Scotland has on offer.

He started his instructing at a young age, as a black belt in Karate he was a Karate Sensei (instructor) in his late teens. After finishing university Paul moved onto climbing instruction working at Nottingham's climbing wall. Since then he has spent a period of time working at Plas y Brenin, furthering his qualifications and gaining experience in climbing, mountain walking, canoeing, kayaking and skiing. For the last five years Paul has been working freelance at a variety of centres in Wales and the Peak District, including Arthog OEC, Marle Hall OEC, Ogwen Cottage OPC, Llanrug OEC, Glenmore Lodge, Reaseheath College and Outlook Expeditions as well as a variety of private companies offering climbing and mountaineering courses.

Paul has a patient approach to his teaching and carefully plans his day to make sure you will have an enjoyable learning experience.

Find out what Paul has been climbing recently HERE>>


Kathryn James (Bromfield) MIC (Mountaineering Instructor Certificate)


Climbing and being in the mountains is something which Kathryn is passionate about, she enjoy sharing this passion with those who she spends days out on the hill with. She have climbed throughout Great Britain, Europe and in California. Notable ascents include North Faces of The Eiger, Piz Badile and Aiguille Verte, Traversing the Chamonix Aiguilles, Point Five Gully, Ben Nevis; The Nose, El Capitan. She is a full member of AMI (Association of Mountaineering Instructors) alongside this I am a registered member of the Mountain Instructors Community and a member of the Alpine Club. As a course director of Mountain Leader Training and Assessment courses she is also a member of the Mountain Training Association. The qualifications I hold allow me to work in all conditions in Great Britain and Ireland, Summer and Winter.

Her personal climbing experience throughout Great Britain, Europe and other parts of the world combine to give me a solid base to help you on your adventures in the mountains. After graduating from a Geography (BSc) degree at Aberystwyth University, her instructional career began with a successful and enjoyable period of time spent working at Plas y Brenin, The National Mountain Centre in Snowdonia. She has continued to work at Plas y Brenin and for other companies offering specific climbing and mountaineering skills courses as well as national governing body award training and assessment. In contrast to this I have experience of working with young people at education centre's, these include Kent Mountain Centre, Marle Hall OEC and most recently Ogwen Cottage OPC. Combining work with young people and adults has allowed her to gain experience in working with a variety of ages, abilities and motivation levels.

From time to time we will have other like minded instructors working on courses for us.





The King Swing, El Capitan, Yosemite

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Paul James, Clogwyn Lo, Llanberis
Kathryn James Whymper Couloir, Aigulle Verte

A short video on what to expect from a Mountaineering Instructor Certificate Holder

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Paul James  07739 813927 or Kathryn James  07859 024799