All of our instructors are qualified and highly experienced, have been CRB checked and hold a 16h Emergency First Aid certificate.
Pete - the Boss and the one that will handle your enquiries!
I started climbing at the age of 13 whilst at a boarding school very close to The Roaches, one of the areas iconic crags on the Staffordshire Moorlands side of the Peak District. Our teacher, and also my house master, inspired me with stories of the development of rock climbing at these wild places by such legendary figures as Joe Brown and Don Whillans. This experience etched into me the holistic values of contact with rock and wild places and the way we should introduce rock climbing to others and to take on the challenges the sport offers.
As the founder and owner of Rock Climbing Peak District I enjoy putting together the best team for each client and to ensure each person achieves their goals with us.
I am responsible for running the NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) at a local indoor climbing wall and am an External Instructor delivering NIBAS (National Indoor Bouldlering Award Scheme) at Awesome Walls.
I hold the Single Pitch Award (SPA), I am qualified to train Lead Climbing (CWLA) at indoor climbing walls and I was officially the first 'Development Coach' to qualify in the country! I also hold FUNdamentals 1, 2 & 3 and am a PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) qualified Inspector. So, your harnesses, helmets, ropes and metal work are all in good order!
My climbing has given me many amazing experiences for over 10 years and taken me to some beautiful places. Most of my time and focus in climbing has been spent in the Peak District where I have pushed myself to a high standard on the rock. I enjoy all areas of the sport, whether it's trad, sport climbing or bouldering and I continue to develop myself as an instructor, working as an MIA aspirant so I can continue to pass on my knowledge in all areas of the UK.
Favorite climb is Deep Space at Mother Carey's, Pembroke. I love climbing at sea cliffs, there is an amazing atmosphere and it feels like a real adventure. It's a magnificent route which gives entertaining climbing in a stunning position.
My first rock climbing efforts started at school on weekends away where supervision and Health and Safety were non-existent.
Early in my climbing career we got stuck high up a local limestone cliff - without a rope! Following a rescue by the local MRT, my climbing partner and I (and the school) learnt some valuable lessons.
I went on to lead many of the hardest routes of the day in Wales, The Lakes, Yorkshire and the Peak District in the ensuing years.
I've enjoyed climbing all over Europe and in Thailand, but my home peak rock takes some beating!
I'm still addicted to our sport and climb regularly all over the world.
I'm happy with sport or 'trad' climbing, mountain, crag or sea cliff, and as an instructor, I strive to pass on my enthusiasm for rock climbing, and enjoy seeing students meet their potential and progress to become safe and competent climbers in their own right.
My favourite route of all time, purely for its awesome atmosphere, is A dream of White Horses, Gogarth, in Anglesey.
I am originally from Germany and came to the UK to do a Masters in Adventure Tourism Management in 2005. Since then I have been working as an Outdoor Instructor and ski guide in the UK, France, Italy, and Portugal. I am currently doing a PGCE and will also be teaching German in the near future.
The Peak District is my base! It offers so many little hidden gems. The Peak is full of culture and history, hard and classic climbing as well as spectacular walks. My favourite spot in summer is Cheedale! The vegetation makes you think you are taking a stroll through Jurassic Park and the bubbling water relaxes your mind while you enjoy a classic sport route.
As an instructor & guide I aim to give you a memorable time when we head out to explore the beauty of the rocks in England's first National Park. I believe that it is not the difficulty but the personal challenge in rock climbing that's fundamental to a most self-fulfilling experience.