Paul’s heart lies in traditional climbing, especially in his homeland of Ireland, however he is constantly drawn away on all types adventures in all corners of the earth. Paul is a qualified IFMGA Mountain Guide. This means Skiing, Sport Climbing, Ice Climbing, Big Wall Climbing and Mountain Biking are all high on Paul’s list of distractions and his main problem in life is having enough time to fit in all the fun. His desire to climb became the basis on which he made most of his life decisions, and it’s no surprise that climbing and travelling have taken him all over the world.

Paul not only aspires to experience fantastic adventures and progress his own skills….he has a passion for developing climbing at a grass roots level. After spending 4 years as a Youth Development Officer for Mountaineering Ireland, he identified the significance of participation and of teaching young climbers the importance of experiencing the mountains responsibly and safely. In addition, he plays a key role in the promotion of climbing in Ireland, which has recently resulted in the biggest (and reportedly the best) Fair Head Climbing meet.

Paul’s main motivation is to get out there, get stuck in and seek out adventure, whilst maintaining a lifestyle of freedom, quality friendships, good music and good beer. He is great at doing the simple things right and living the outdoor lifestyle…with his van and his dog he’s a happy man – oh and his wife Ellie!

What is an IFMGA Guide?

An IFMGA Guide is the highest recognised mountaineering qualification in the World.  The IFMGA Mountain Guide is the only qualification valid to work outside UK and Ireland for climbing and off-piste skiing on glaciated terrain.

A BMG Guide has gone through extensive and thorough training over a minimum of 3.5 years to achieve and be able to use the IFMGA Carnet.  This is not to mention the years of experience required just to apply and be accepted on to the scheme

Mountain Guides share a common love and appreciation for the mountains. Many have followed this career path to share this love with clients of all abilities in diverse, challenging and varied environments.  You will find the enthusiasm and passion your guide displays is contagious, their love for the mountains will shine through and create an amazing environment for your adventures!

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