“Discover new places and learn new skills from an experienced mountain professional”
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:
- 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 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
For anyone thinking of utilising a mountain guide – book Andy!
We have just returned from a great 4 days of mixed rock and alpine routes including the Monch and Jungfrau. Having used a number of different guides in the past I can honestly say I feel Andy is by far the best. A great combination of instruction, patience, safety and above all fun! (even if Type 2 sometimes hey Andy).
All the best for the coming ski season, and hope to see you again.
Totally agree with David. We had a superb time. Really enjoyable (and safe!). I look for mountain wisdom in a guide – someone who you know has that sixth sense that ensures things go well. It only comes from experience and that is exactly what Andy has. Great fun but safe with it.
4 days in the OberlandDavid Fletcher, Cameron Lawes
Having switched from a snowboard to skis to take up touring, Andy put me through a fast-track four-day training plan in preparation for a trip to Greenland.
Andy’s training is delivered in a comprehensive and yet understandable fashion and my skiing improved drastically in only a few days under his guidance. I also learned more about safe mountain travel than I had in the previous 30 years.
As an added plus, he also has an uncanny ability to smell out good snow!
If you are looking to develop your own skills, whilst training in a entirely realistic environment, then I couldn’t recommend Andy highly enough. He’s an excellent tutor.