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Meet the instructors

Our basic philosophy is to improve safety through the delivery of top quality, professionally delivered and affordable skills courses.

All our courses are designed to encourage participants to become better informed and skilled to operate safely and efficiently in the Scottish Mountains. The mountain safety programme is organised by Heather Morning, the Mountaineering Scotland Mountain Safety Advisor. Alongside Heather work a team of highly qualified, experienced professionals in the outdoors. We always welcome feedback and look for ways of improving our work. If you have any ideas/comments please contact Heather at heather@mountaineering.scot

Meet our team:

Heather works full-time for Mountaineering Scotland  as the Mountain Safety Advisor and is based at Glenmore Lodge in the Cairngorms. Heather holds her Mountain Instructor Certificate and has taught for many years in the mountains of Britain. In her spare time she is an active mountaineer, climber, sea kayaker and mountain biker. 

Depending on the type of course you have signed up for, you might also get to meet Milly (DOG). Milly is a retired Search & Rescue Dog and a firm favourite with many Mountaineering Scotland members.

Heather Morning

Richard Bentley

Ian Stewart is employed by Mountaineering Scotland as the part-time Mountain Safety Adviser.

Ian was hooked into life in the outdoors at an early age, growing up 10 minutes from Armscliffe Crag at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.

After starting working in the outdoors in Yorkshire and then Wales, Ian moved to Scotland to spend a year on the ‘nightwatch’ scheme at Glenmore Lodge. Ian has been working full time as a mountaineering instructor for 10 years and holds the Mountaineering Instructor Certificate. During this time he has worked for a wide variety of providers across Scotland, including Glenmore Lodge, delivering instruction and guiding in all aspects of mountaineering, summer and winter. He has also spent significant time climbing, walking, skiing and working in the Alps and hopes to complete his International Mountain Leader award this year.

As well as walking and climbing Ian is an enthusiastic runner, regularly competing in trail and mountain running events, and specialising in skills training for runners. In the winter he is a keen skier and holds the BASI level 2 and the Mountain Ski Leader awards, taking groups ski touring in the Cairngorms.

Ian has a keen interest in teaching navigation and is on the board of directors for the National Navigation Award Scheme and delivers its Tutor Award.

Di Gilbert is a hill walker, mountaineer, climber and ski mountaineer. She has climbed all of Scotland's Munros, the World's Seven Summits and represents Great Britain in Ski Mountaineering Racing. Based in the Highlands, Di runs her own company, www.digilbert.co.uk and when not working for herself will be found working on some of the most popular Mountaineering Scotland courses.

Di Gilbert

Richard Bentley

Richard is based in Fort William and runs his own outdoor business Mountain Motion.

Richard is probably most well-known for his winter climbing expertise on Ben Nevis, but equally has many years of experience enjoying the Scottish Hills. Richard is the course director for our Summer Mountain Leader Training Award and a regular contributor on our winter lecture series.

Nathan works full time as a MIC based in Aviemore where he lives with his family. He works as a Senior Instructor at Glenmore Lodge, The National Outdoor Training Center, where he delivers rock and mountain sport courses year round. Nathan also runs his own business, www.stoneplay.co.uk, where he provides bespoke coaching and guiding courses. Climbing is Nathan’s passion. He enjoys all disciplines of the sport and has climbed to a high level in most. Climbing has taken him to some amazing places from high altitude alpinism in Alaska to big walling in Yosemite - all while trying  to juggle climbing,  work and family life. Because of this Nathan has a good appreciation of  life’s challenges and a good understanding of how he can help others be more time efficient and train smarter in their time starved lives.

Nathan White

Nick Carter

Nick is based in the Highlands and runs his own business www.alphamountaineering.co.uk  Over the last 10 years, he has worked for Plas-y-Brenin, Glenmore Lodge and Mountaineering Scotland. Nick has climbed since the early ‘80s and still enjoys all mountain based adventures. Nick is now also employed as the St John Mountain Safety Instructor running bespoke courses in the autumn and winter semesters for our affiliated University Clubs. 

Johannes is a qualified teacher of Outdoor Education and an Associate Instructor at Glenmore Lodge.  Having worked in the outdoors since the late 1990s, he is now based in Inverness where in his spare time he is an active hill runner, orienteer and climber.

Johannes Petersen

Donald is based near Stirling and offers personalised guiding and navigation courses for hill walkers. Guiding also available in Spanish. Donald has completed the Munros, is a member of the Lomond Mountain Rescue Team and works with Capability Scotland and other charities to offer hill-going activities for disabled people including blind/partially-sighted and wheelchair users. Donald can be contacted on info@compassdirections.co.uk

Donald Pow