About Us

Quality training based on experience

Peak Mountain Training is a small team of two highly experienced individuals - Neil Johnson and Dave Hollinger.  Each of us is a member of the British Mountain Guides as well as holding the UK's Mountain Instructor Certificate. Established in 2008, along with a third colleague James Thacker, we had a chance to combine our knowledge, expertise and love of the mountains to create Peak Mountain Training. Our shared goal is to provide high quality mountain training based on real mountain experience - and real training experience.

In addition to our own programme of skills development and consultancy, we have been approved by Mountain Training England (MTE) to deliver their full range of training and assessment courses - widely regarded as the industry standards in the UK. This means we provide training and assessment courses for the Climbing Wall Award (CWA); Single Pitch Award (SPA); Summer Mountain Leader Award (ML) and Walking Group Leader Award (WGL).

 

So why us?

Peak Mountain Training may be a new concept but each of us comes with a proven track record in mountain training (see our profiles below). We have all gained a broad cross section of work experience throughout the walking, climbing and mountaineering industry (both voluntary and professional) and continue to be involved in many and most areas of mountain training in the UK such as the National Centres; Local Education Authorities; Voluntary Sector; Independent work; Mountain Rescue etc. Our depth of experience also sees us operating at all levels of mountain training in the UK. Whether it's with those taking their first steps into mountain or leadership skills or those gaining additional training or ongoing development at the highest level we have current, relevant and direct training and assessment experience. As a result we feel we are well placed to understand, communicate, and deliver effective training whatever the level you operate at.

Similarly, as hugely experienced mountaineers, instructors and guides ourselves you can be assured you are accessing a wealth and depth of real experience. Real experience allows us to give you open, honest and realistic answers to the many questions that the dynamic mountain environments create.

Finally, because it's just us.  Our reputation is based on the skills and expertise of our core team and this is usually who you will spend time with on the hills and crags.  When we do use additional staff, they will be chosen from a small and trusted group of similarly dedicated instructors with whom we have worked before  - after all, it's our own personal skills and expertise that make Peak Mountain Training unique.