“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
Thanks for a top day out on Friday – hope you enjoyed the rest of the weekend!
If only I’d known you were a Checklist Manifesto fan, we could have been in nerd heaven 🙂
Have a good summer
Nerd HeavenVanessa Barnett, Arc'teryx Alpine Academy July 2022
Thank you very much for safely guiding us so well over the 3 days.
I hope you are putting you feet up after a gruelling few days with the geriatric alpinists! You definitely cater well for the over 70s!
I thoroughly enjoyed the climb especially the bits I was feeling anxious about – the final arête and the down climb. I never felt the expected exposure to any degree. The unexpected crevasse would have stopped me going to the top if we had made it that far alone but you calmly gave us the confidence to just get on and step across – twice!
It was the best trip we have done to the Alps over the last 7 years.