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

Thanks Andy Perkins ski technique broken down and re-built in a day. Fun skiing even on the toothpicks with no visibility.

 

Rebuilt in a day

Rebuilt in a day

Neil Maclean-Martin from La Clinique du Sport, Chamonix. Off piste training in Chamonix, January 2020

Thank you again for a spectacular week. It surpassed all my expectations. We skied some great terrain, we were off the beaten track, the snow was awesome… The technique tuition was added value.

Great also to have photos so that we can relive the memories.

Surpassed all my expectations

Surpassed all my expectations

Susanne Levy, Diablerets Ski Touring, Jan 2022
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