is our head guide and instructor, and the owner of the company. He holds Summer and Winter Mountain Leader awards, plus the Single Pitch Award and the Mountaineering Instructor Award for all rock climbing, scrambling and summer mountaineering activities, and is a Full Member of the Mountain Training Association, and the Association of Mountain Instructors. Graham is a course provider of Mountain Training's Hill and Mountain Skills Scheme, Lowland Leader Award, and Expedition Skills Module.
During the winter, Graham works as the Fell Top Assessor for the Lake District National Park, a role that sees him climbing Helvellyn daily to take weather readings and to assess the snowpack – a vital service that helps to keep other walkers, mountaineers and climbers safe. As if that isn't enough, Graham also volunteers as a Full Team Member of the Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team.
Graham fell in love with the mountains at a young age – his earliest memory of hill walking is from a family holiday in the Yorkshire Dales when he (aged eight) climbed Penyghent and Plover Hill with his two older brothers. He completed the Wainwrights (the 214 hills of the Lake District) just before his 18th birthday, and in 1998 he became the first person to backpack over all the 2000ft summits of Wales (the Welsh Hewitts) in one continuous expedition. (It took two months!). He has since completed two more rounds of the Welsh Hewitts, has also completed all of the English Hewitts, and in Scotland has climbed more than 200 Munros and 100 Corbetts – many of them in the winter. He has also been a rock climber since his early teens, and has a number of first ascents to his name, mainly in Yorkshire, but a few in the Lake District too.
Graham has also written a number of walking guidebooks including the Cicerone Press series of guides Backpacker's Britain, and is the author of Whittles Publishing nature book Flight of the Wild Geese. He is also an accomplished photographer, a trained horticulturist and an ecological surveyor and counter of birds.