New Film : AMI - Masters of their Craft

It’s so important to consider this question, what do I desire?
— Alan Watts

It was the great words of the late Alan Watts that were one of the revelations for me to ditch the mainstream and create Mountain Addiction, here in this great new short film from the Association of Mountaineering Instructors they fit quite perfectly to explain why we do what we do.

I am a full member of the AMI, a community of highly experienced climbers and mountaineers with the highest level of instructional qualifications in the UK. If you’re looking for instruction, look for our logo.

LeArn froM ExperIence.

The Association of Mountaineering Instructors is the representative body for professionally qualified Mountaineering Instructors in the UK and Ireland. AMI is committed to promoting good practice in all mountaineering instruction... By employing an AMI member you will be in the very best of hands. All AMI members adhere to a professional code of practice and undertake continuing professional development training (CPD). Look for the AMI logo as assurance of high quality instruction. In this film we use the voice of philosopher Alan Watts to ask "what do you desire". AMI members teach what they love for a living - could you learn from their experience? www.ami.org.uk

2017 in Pictures

2017 in Pictures

It has been another super rewarding year at Mountain Addiction helping our clients gain independence, confidence and experience so they can explore more of the mountains and rock faces themselves. In no particular order here is a varied selection of what we have been up to in 2017!

Mt Saramati

Mt Saramati

It has taken three attempts to summit this mountain! Just this expedition took four planes, a four hour boat journey, a drive in 4x4s, a thrilling ride on overloaded motorbikes and six days of seriously remote and arduous trekking to achieve our goal. But it was well worth the perseverance; I was leading an expedition team for Secret Compass (secretcompass.com) with our objective being Mt Saramati, a remote peak in the Nagaland region of Myanmar and this year the weather conditions were in our favour, finally allowing us to push it out to the summit.

Kurdistan

Kurdistan

I recently returned from working in Kurdistan assisting expedition leader Phil De-Beger for the Secret Compass (secretcompass.com) expedition to summit Mt Halgurd (3607m), the highest mountain that is entirely in Kurdistan. Thanks to an awesome team, hitting it lucky with the weather, amazing views in the Zagros mountains, some whisky and a successful summit this was a great trip. Here are a few photos and a short writeup.

6 Knowledge Essentials

6 Knowledge Essentials

Escape the office and enjoy the mountains! We're all about helping you get outdoors and enjoy the hills and mountains of the UK and this article gives you some essential bits of advice on what you need to know to stay safe and enjoy your days out with your friends. If you are heading out into the hills then a bit of knowledge can open up a whole new world of experiences, whether you want the views, the challenge, the sunsets, the fresh air, the freedom or all of the above!

Hill and Mountain Skills

Hill and Mountain Skills

We are excited to announce that our Hill and Mountain skills courses are now nationally accredited by Mountain Training! Mountain Addiction is an approved provider of the Hill & Mountain Skills scheme designed by Mountain Training to equip you with the knowledge and safety skills required to participate in hill and mountain walking in your own time.

Myanmar

Myanmar

I recently returned from leading an expedition for Secret Compass to Myanmar, our aim was to summit Mt Saramati, a remote peak standing at over 3800m on the border with India in the Nagaland region in North West Myanmar. It is seriously remote, there are no helicopters and no mountain rescue, we had to be entirely self sufficient carrying everything that could be needed knowing that if anything happened we would be dealing with it ourselves. An expedition and an adventure in every sense.

Ring of Steall

Ring of Steall

The Ring of Steall is a classic day out in the Mamores, a route and a range of mountains you might never have heard of that sits on the opposite side of the glen to Ben Nevis. For a relatively fit hillwalker who is up for a decent day out away from the tourist hoards it's an absolute must.

An Teallach (The Forge)

An Teallach (The Forge)

An Teallach means The Forge, arguably Britain's finest mountain it includes two Munros and is high on the tick list of many a mountaineer, on a recent trip to Scotland it gave us one of the most amazing days in the mountains that I have ever had.

Winter

Winter

A good friend of mine once told me that Scottish winter mountaineering is about suffering, in many ways he was right, but that alone would demean the sheer pleasure and satisfaction that it can bring. There are three types of fun, Type 1 Fun is fun at the time, Type 2 Fun is fun afterwards and Type 3 Fun is never ever fun. Undeniably Scottish winter can be Type 2 Fun at times, but brilliant fun nonetheless.

Limits

Limits

I stepped carefully backwards out of our snow hole down onto the steep snow slope, between my legs I could see the lights of Chamonix town below, almost taunting with the visions of warmth and comfort that they induced. The snow was crisp and frozen and these were the safe conditions we had been waiting two nights for in this unplanned bivi, we shook some life into our cold limbs, sorted the ropes in the light of our head torches and then Haydn set off into the darkness up the steepening snow arete of the Frendo Spur. 'Here we go again,' I thought.

Beginning

Beginning

Mountain Addiction is born from a desire to pursue what we believe is truly important in life, driven by principles that we firmly believe in and standards we live to. We are motivated by the satisfaction we get from developing people, helping you to achieve something you thought you could not and also the sheer enjoyment we get from being in the mountains.