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 40 years of climbing and skiing, with over 20 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:

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 obtained my qualification through the British Mountain Guides in 2001 and since 2005 I've been a member of the French guides' association, the Syndicat National Des Guides de Montagne.

I’m proud to be associated with Arc’teryx. In 2014 I featured in an Arc’teryx film about risk assessment and decision making for guides.

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

Andy, our trip leader, was outstanding. He is clearly very knowledgable, experienced and I felt very safe with him. When a member of the team was struggling he helped them to get through the day/s and they were able to complete the trip. Andy did a great job of not letting this impact the trip too much whilst ensuring that he gave extra support where needed.

Andy was outstanding

Andy was outstanding

Viki Craig, KE Adventure Travel Italian High Level Route, August 2018

Just a quick message of thanks for an excellent week. Not just the guiding, but the organisation, coaching, encouragement and attention to detail was exceptional. It was a great experience for me and has given me the confidence and experience to cope very much better with touring days in future. It looks like this will be put to the test this weekend at La Grave. I may be out in Cham in early April, but look forward to being in touch again with regard to preparation for next year’s skiing activities.

Silvretta Ski Touring

John W
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