Who we are

Steve Davies - Steve holds the prestigious International Mountain Leader Award (UIMLA) and also the Summer and Winter Mountain Leader Awards. He is a full member of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC), the Mountain Training Association (MTA) and the British Association of International Mountain Leaders (BAIML).

He has trained at, and been assessed by, Britain’s National Mountain Centres who are world-class in the instruction and coaching of mountaineering professionals.

Steve is also a DofE Assessor accredited by The Duke of Edinburgh's Award through the Expedition Assessor Accreditation Scheme to assess DofE Expeditions up to and including the Gold Award level.

 He has a Rescue Emergency Care (REC) first aid certificate, a Wilderness Medical Training (WMT) Far from Help parts 1 & 2 (Advanced Medicine) certificate, a Wilderness Expedition Medical Services Institute (WEMSI) First Responder certificate, an Enhanced CRB/DBS disclosure, Disclosure Scotland and his own civil liability insurance. He is based in the North-West of England but can travel anywhere.

Working with his own clients and outdoor adventure companies Steve has led groups of adults and children throughout the UK and the rest of the world and has mentored several people through their Mountain Leader award. He has excellent inter-personal and communication skills and relates easily with people of all ages and backgrounds.

Steve has extensive personal and group travel experience in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Botswana, Canada, Chile, Cook Islands, Czech Republic, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Malaysia (Borneo), Monaco, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, Tanzania, USA, Wales and Zambia. 

Included in this is a broad experience of trekking, rafting, mountaineering and expeditions on six continents including; high-altitude trekking to 6,000m; leading clients across the GR20 in Corsica and snow-shoeing in the French Alps; on expedition in the mountains, jungles and rivers of Ecuador and Borneo; the Himalayas in India; the mountains and rivers of Southern Peru and Kenya, and the deserts and rivers of Botswana and Namibia.

His other interests include photography, food and wine.

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Dave Ascough - Dave holds the Summer and Winter Mountain Leader Awards and is an Aspirant International Mountain Leader. He holds a current Wilderness Medical Training Far from Help award, ITC Outdoor First Aid certificate and an Enhanced CRB disclosure and has his own civil liability insurance. He is a full member of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) and the Mountain Training Association (MTA).

He has a strong training, coaching and mentoring background and this, combined with a lot of patience, makes him ideal for developing your skills and confidence. Dave draws enormous satisfaction and enjoyment from helping others to meet their goals whether it be a fantastic day on the hill or a life-long ambition. 

Dave has often been described as ‘a safe pair of hands’ and puts your safety and enjoyment at the top of his list of priorities on the hill. You won’t find him being ‘macho’ or ‘gung-ho’ on the mountain, that’s just not his style.

When not enjoying himself somewhere in the mountains, you’ll find Dave out on his motorbike, juggling, kite flying or enjoying a glass of wine in the sun!

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Samantha Davies - If both our qualified mountain leaders are out on expedition, you will hear from Sam when you contact the office.

As an aspirant Summer Mountain Leader, you may even spot her on our events as a spare pair of hands and general chatter box.

Sam has spent many happy years, and continues to do so, exploring the beautiful scenery of the mountains, both in the UK and further afield, with her father (Steve) and now also with her spouse (Dave).

When not enjoying the mountains, Sam makes a pretty good go of it wherever she happens to be!