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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 Winter Mountaineering and Climbing 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. 


Heather Morning

Ben Gibson

Ben Gibson is employed by Mountaineering Scotland as the part-time Mountain Safety Advisor.

Ben grew up in Northern Ireland spending a lot of time in the Mourne Mountains, where at the age of 19 he started his apprenticeship as a keen Climber and Mountaineer.

From having worked in various outdoor education centres within the UK and spending a year on the Instructor Development Program at Tollymore Outdoor Centre, Ben then moved to Scotland to continue his career as a Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI).  Since then, he has completed his Winter Mountain Leader (WML), WMCI (Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor) training and other various Climbing Development Coaching awards.  He also holds the Alpine Ski Leader and Mountain Bike Leader awards.  Ben thoroughly enjoys the mountain environment and has a great passion for sharing knowledge and helping others to develop their skills for staying safe in the mountains.

Ben is also a keen mountain runner and has competed in various Skyline races and Ultra Marathons throughout the UK and recently completed his first 100 mile Ultra Marathon!

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 Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor 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 Nathanís 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  lifeís 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 Ď80s and still enjoys all mountain based adventures. 

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