I’ve been having fun in the mountains for 25 years on adventures at the hard end of walking guidebooks and the easy end of climbing ones.

The idea for Mild Mountaineering was born in a bar in Scotland, when I was talking with the folks I was on a winter mountaineering course with about ‘what’s next?’ – all of the clubs, sites and magazines that came to mind felt either too serious, or too gentle. There didn’t feel like a lot of resources for people who wanted to explore and have fun in Winter Grade I-type territory, without feeling the pressure to progress to harder and harder climbs. What if Winter Grade I was enough?

So I decided to set something up to share what I love doing in the mountains – things that are more than a walk, but less than a full-on climb.

And so here it is – a collection of routes, gear reviews and articles about what I view as the awesome world of Mild Mountaineering.


I’m not a qualified guide, leader, instructor or expert. Everything on this site represents my personal opinion and experience and is provided on a voluntary basis; this is not professional advice or guidance. Before embarking on any mountain adventures you should ensure you are fully aware of and comfortable with the risks involved. THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR SAFETY IN THE MOUNTAINS IS YOU.

Inline with the BMC’s Participatory Statement, I recognise that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions.