A huge thanks for taking the time to visit our website. Peak Mountaineering is a long established provider of the highest quality mountain training, group events, outdoor adventures and overseas expeditions. We are extremely proud of the services we provide.
Our business has been built on developing great relationships with our clients and offering a personalised and tailored service. We cater for all experience levels and so, whether you are taking your first steps in the outdoors or are a seasoned campaigner wanting to push yourself to the next level, we are confident that within these cyberspace pages you’ll find what you need. So, please have a browse and we hope to hear from you when you are ready to share an adventure.
In the meantime, we'd also be really honoured if you'd take the time to have a read of the information on this page so you can get to know us a little better........
Who We Are
My name is Paul Lewis and I started our guiding business with my wife and long term climbing partner Cal. We had previously worked extensively in outdoor education and spent all our free time climbing and exploring - creating a business based around our own life passion seemed like it would simply be another great adventure. We haven’t been disappointed. It's been a fantastic journey and we relish every minute. Whether sharing a client's first Himalayan ascent or teaching someone the essentials of life saving first aid - we have absolutely no doubt how privileged we are to lead such a life (if you are interested to know more about our journey an article I wrote called 'Full Circle' explains my path into instructing and another, called 'What Does Success Look Like?', explains our business philosophy).
Over the years my personal adventure tally has grown and, along with playing in mountains around the world for my own pleasure, I’ve also worked my way to the top of the qualification ladder. I’m now a proud holder of the Mountain Instructors Certificate and a member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors. Alongside this I'm a mountain biking and kayak coach, ITC first aid trainer, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Leading Practitioner of the Institute of Outdoor Learning.
Cal is also a qualified climbing instructor and still instructs regularly along with taking the lead admin role as our office manager. She’ll be your main port of call when booking a course. We are also helped in the admin department by Brian and Emma who work on our marketing and accounts. We know the quality of our behind the scenes service is very important and we try to make booking as easy as possible. Having said that, we deliberately don’t offer online booking because we want to have personal contact with clients to ensure you are booked on the right course (our bookings philosophy is clearly explained here).
Our office is a cosy log cabin in the picturesque Peak District National Park village of Castleton. Castleton is also the village where we are privileged to have made our home. If you are in the area please call in to the office and say hello (best to phone in advance to check that we'll be around).
The Peak District is a fantastic playground and lots of our courses take advantage of the world class climbing, hillwalking and mountain biking available right on our doorstep. Of course, as our course itineraries show, we also operate across the UK and overseas.
I love running a business but my first love will always be guiding. I still try to run as many Peak Mountaineering courses as possible but there's only so much one person can deliver. As the business has expanded so has our instructor team.
The quality of instruction on offer is the lifeblood of any guiding business and we have always ensured that our associate team are among the best in the industry. They are always fully qualified, very experienced, familiar with the areas they work in and, crucially, personally known to us.
The second key determinant in the quality of training you receive is the instructor to client ratio. Ours are always kept as low as possible.
The upshot of this is that, although our prices are generally comparable with other guiding businesses, we don’t let competing with others dictate what we charge. Our focus is always on quality. You may occasionally pay a little more for a Peak Mountaineering course but you’ll get the best possible guides and ratios that maximise your learning and that's got to be worth a few pounds more.
Year on year our business grows. We have a broad and varied client base and we are delighted so many come back to use our services again and again (in 2015 we had a return rate of 88%). We make our clients feel like friends and we are delighted that many of them do over time become good friends both with us and amongst themselves. It's the most important thing.
We also try to incorporate our personal values into our business. You won't be placed on a course that isn't suitable for your needs. We keep costs transparent and we are hot on protecting the environment. We also try to use our business as a force for good through initiatives like our annual litter collection events and trainee instructor support programmes. Above all else, we try to give as many people as possible a passion for wild places and outdoor adventure by being the best ambassadors we can.
So, if you've stuck with us this far, we really hope you'll feel we are the right company for your training or adventures. Whether a standard course or some exciting bespoke itinerary – it is our privilege to help.
Thanks so much for reading.