Hi I'm Tom, a Trainee British Mountain Guide, halfway through the long process of becoming an IFMGA Mountain Guide. Currently I am qualified to take people climbing and mountaineering anywhere in Britain, in both summer and winter conditions.
I grew up in the Lake District, into an outdoor family, and have been walking in the hills for longer than I can remember. I have been rock climbing since my early teens, which quickly progressed to Scottish winter climbing, and then trips to the Alps, and beyond.
I now live in North Wales, in the climbing mecca that is Llanberis, with my wife Nikki.
When I'm not guiding I'm normally either climbing, or occasionally running, biking, or ski touring. I also write gear reviews and articles for UKClimbing.com, and help out with the writing of local climbing guidebooks. Before I started training to be a guide I worked in the outdoor kit industry. I still have links with that world, and currently work with Alpkit and Boreal wear testing prototype footwear, clothing, and equipment.
To give you a flavour of who I am, and the sort of climbing I enjoy I have listed some of my best climbing experiences, both personal and professional, below. Ask me again tomorrow and the list will have probably totally changed!
To see what I've been up to most recently follow me on Instagram: @tomripleyguiding
I am always happy to chat about your climbing aims and aspirations, or just climbing in general.