About Me

“Discover new places and learn new skills from an experienced mountain professional”

In the Kendal Mountain Festival Back office

When you book with Andy Perkins, that’s exactly who you get. Over 30 years of climbing and skiing, 15 of those as a guide.

I started climbing and skiing in my teens, and have since then been lucky enough to travel all across the world to work and play in its white pointy parts.

Here are some highlights from over 3 decades of mountain experience:

  • 17 days on Cerro Kishtwar’s north face. Intensity of experience is my goal in my personal climbing, and this one had it in spades.
  • 2 rescues on Denali, the second of which earned me the Denali Pro Award and an Award for Bravery from the US Department of the Interior.
  • Skiing in Arctic Norway with my wife Lise, 60 years after my dad was pioneering there in the 1950’s. Mountains run in the family!

My aim as a guide is to maximise my clients’ potential - for you to exceed your own expectations of what you’re capable of. This often means taking on new skills as well as sharpening your existing ones. The big grins when someone finally “gets it”, whether skiing or climbing, makes my job as a guide a real joy.

Andy has an attitude that makes him an excellent guide. He has huge experience in all terrains, but it is his ability to judge the client and the conditions and get the best out of the two that makes it such a relaxing pleasure to climb with him.”
Kenneth I 2014

“Thank you for a terrific week in Chamonix. I arrived with hopes of improving my ski mountaineering, navigation, route planning, avalanche assessment, crevasse rescue etc. I left with all my expectations exceeded and having hugely enjoyed the course, including some great powder skiing. “
Paul R 2012

I’m a member of the British Mountain Guides, and as such I’m proud to be associated with our partners Arc’teryx. In 2014 I featured in an Arc’teryx film about risk assessment and decision making for guides.

I’m also a member of the French guides, the Syndicat Des Guides de Montagne. I speak fluent French and passable German and Italian, a useful asset as I operate throughout the alpine chain.

As well as guiding I have a major role in the Kendal Mountain Festival, Britain’s premier social climbing event, which takes place annually in November.

In my spare time, I ski powder, climb rock and eat cakes.

What my clients say

Thank you as always for a fantastic time over the last few days. It was great to get Harry (my godson and nephew) and his friend, Hugo, out for three days with you to get more appreciation and awareness around avalanches. It was wonderfully educational – skiing in La Thuile and Courmayeur in Avalanche category 3 and 4 put it all in practical persepctive with some very fragile snow conditions, course notes, various transceiver exercises and lots of personal examples and slides. Also, seemed a good excuse for you to get your new and very wide Vokl’s out for a trial.

We all went away with a stack load more practical information, as well as having skied some great powder amid some spectacular scenery.

Thanks as ever and look forward to seeing you in late March for some touring around the Gran Paradiso.

3 days of Avalanche Awareness and powder

Tim Winther

Thanks again for a fabulous day climbing at Servoz! As ever, your patience, expert coaching and enthusiasm is amazing, and much appreciated. I still can’t believe you got me to climb to the top of that cliff! I never thought I’d be able to do multi-pitch climbing, so a big thank you. I definitely feel a lot more confident in my rope work now, and can’t wait to get out in the mountains again.

See you next time!

Learning the ropes

Melanie Brooks
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