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 played a major role in the Kendal Mountain Festival, Britain’s premier social climbing event, which takes place annually in November for 21 years, though I have now retired from that role to take up guiding in the Antarctic Peninsula.

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

What my clients say

“I can’t say enough good things about Andy Perkins. He is simply THE BEST! Totally focused on the safety and well-being of his clients, knowledgeable, experienced, professional, hard-working, personable, and multi-lingual. I would have Andy lead me again without reservation!”

Simply THE BEST!

Simply THE BEST!

Robb Lentz - Gran Paradiso Ski Tour - April 2018

Thanks very much for the great skiing and instruction this week, and the pleasure of your company. I really appreciated your patience and focus on helping me understand and start fixing my technique.

Patience and Focus

Patience and Focus

Peter Wolf, off piste ski technique coaching, Feb 2022
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