James Thacker has a background in Outdoor Education having worked, in part, for Derbyshire County Council's Local Education Authority Centre (White Hall OEC) alongside running his own successful mountaineering company for a number of years. He now splits his time between private climbing and mountaineering instruction and the delivery of national governing body awards.
James is a IFMGA Aspirant Guide and established Mountaineering Instructor (MIC) based in Sheffield. James is often to be found on Derbyshire Gritstone, but is equally passionate about rock climbing in the UK and abroad, the Scottish winter, and alpinism.
James' enthusiasm for the crags and mountains have taken him to Arctic Greenland, the Himalayas, the "classic north faces" of the European Alps and remote sea cliff climbing in the Outer Hebrides as well as many popular climbing venues in the UK.
For sixteen years James was actively involved with Mountain Rescue in the Peak District as a member of Derby and Edale MRT's. As such he has also developed an interest in altitude medicine and the management of the trauma in the mountains.
Finally, James has also published work in Climb Magazine, BMC Summit Magazine and online at UKClimbing.com