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THE ALPINE EXPLORATORY TEAM
The Alpine Exploratory Team on Calton Hill, Edinburgh

The Alpine Exploratory Team 2023


We present the Alpine Exploratory team!

Alpine Exploratory's Edinburgh office
In Alpine Exploratory's Edinburgh office are Lucy, Steph, Nicky, Dan, Rob and Simon. Together the six of us are your contacts for your 2023 trip.


Daniel Needham at Alpine Exploratory
Daniel Needham

Travel Advisor

Lucy Harvey at Alpine Exploratory
Lucy Harvey

Operations Manager (England and Wales)

Nicky Mount at Alpine Exploratory
Nicky Mount

Operations Manager (Information)
Head of Group Trips
Rob Rannard at Alpine Exploratory
Rob Rannard

Travel Advisor

Simon Stevens at Alpine Exploratory
Simon Stevens

Co-Founder
Director

Steph Ward at Alpine Exploratory
Steph Ward

Operations Manager
Head of Web Design

Alpine Exploratory's researching and leading team
Alpine Exploratory leaders Alex, Diane, Jonty, Joy, Kathy, Keith, Lou, Mikaela, Paul, Pete, Phil, Rob and Tim will spread out across our trips over Summer.


Ailsa Gibson at Alpine Exploratory
Ailsa Gibson

Co-Founder
Head of Environment

Alex Kendall at Alpine Exploratory
Alex Kendall

Researcher
Trip Leader

Diane McGuinness at Alpine Exploratory
Diane McGuinness

Researcher
Trip Leader

Jonty Mills at Alpine Exploratory
Jonty Mills

Researcher
Trip Leader

Joy O'Flanagan at Alpine Exploratory
Joy O'Flanagan

Researcher
Trip Leader

Kathy Grindrod at Alpine Exploratory
Kathy Grindrod

Researcher
Trip Leader

Keith Miller at Alpine Exploratory
Keith Miller

Researcher
Trip Leader

Lou Stone at Alpine Exploratory
Lou Stone

Researcher
Trip Leader

Mikaela at Alpine Exploratory
Mikaela Toczek

Researcher
Trip Leader

Paul McCaffrey at Alpine Exploratory
Paul McCaffrey

Researcher
Trip Leader

Pete Ellis at Alpine Exploratory
Pete Ellis

Researcher
Trip Leader

Phil Jarratt at Alpine Exploratory
Phil Jarratt

Researcher
Trip Leader

Rob Gale at Alpine Exploratory
Rob Gale

Technical Advisor
Researcher
Trip Leader

Tim Ayriss at Alpine Exploratory
Tim Ayriss

Researcher
Trip Leader

Alpine Exploratory's alumni
We thank Anna-Maria, Chrissie, Hannah G, Hannah W, Ollie, Rachel and Suze for their time in the Alpine Exploratory office team.




Alpine Exploratory's Edinburgh office

In the office and organising your 2023 trip are Lucy, Steph, Nicky, Dan, Rob and Simon.


Daniel Needham

Travel Advisor at Alpine Exploratory

Introduction
Dan joined our team in February 2022 and brought the calm that comes from extensive travel. In 2016 Dan biked from the UK to New Zealand! Then living in New Zealand, Dan completed the Te Araroa trail on the South Island.

Short biography
Dan grew up in Dorset and worked in London on currency transfers. Then, having read perhaps one too many adventure books, Dan set off on a trans-continental bicycle tour across Eurasia, eventually ending up in New Zealand. In his two years living in New Zealand, Dan undertook part of the Te Araro, a three month thru hike across the South island. Having returned to the UK, Dan is keen to explore more of his own corner of Europe.

Plans for Summer 2023
Dan will walk parts of the Hebridean Way in Spring, followed by Summer trips to our new Tour of the Vanoise and our popular Alta Via 1 in the Dolomites.

Recces 2023


Daniel Needham
Daniel Needham

BA History, University of Plymouth

Lucy Harvey

Operations Manager (England and Wales) at Alpine Exploratory

Introduction
Lucy joins us in the office and on the trails. Growing up on a farm in the Yorkshire Dales, Lucy has always loved to be in the outdoors and doesn't feel complete without a trip to the mountains in the diary! Along with her black Labrador Poppy she is happiest out for a walk whether that be on the East Lothian coastline or up a hill somewhere.

Short biography
A geographer by training, Lucy has worked for Alpine Exploratory since the company was based in Yorkshire. Lucy is involved with many aspects of the business and primarily deals with clients as they book with us. A keen skiier, Lucy ran a chalet between Tignes and Val d'Isere in 2014-15. Since then she continues to ski much on-piste and off-piste (including in Japan in 2019), with a goal of skiing the Haute Route between Chamonix and Zermatt in the near future.

Plans for Summer 2023
Lucy will still be on maternity leave for Summer 2022 so we await to plan her latest adventures!

Recces 2023


Lucy Rushton
Lucy Rushton

BSc Geography, University of Edinburgh

Nicky Mount

Operations Manager (Information), Head of Group Trips at Alpine Exploratory

Introduction
After a four-month trip around Patagonia, Nicky joined Alpine Exploratory and brought her joie de vivre and experience. With a background in the expedition industry, she’s always planning an outdoor adventure and can’t wait to help you organise your next one too!

Short biography
Having graduated with a BA in Anthropology and African Studies Nicky has a keen interest in people, travel and culture. She’s been lucky enough to travel to places such as India, Ghana, Latin America, as well as living in New Zealand. When she’s not in the office you’ll find her out paddling down rivers, walking in the hills or climbing at the local gym. In late 2022 Nicky was able to spend a month exploring Colombia.

Plans for Summer 2023
Nicky will walk our new Kerry Way in Spring 2023, having organised our initial recce by Pete. In Summer, Nicky will be our person in the Jotunheimen and more widely in Norway, also visiting the Swiss Via Alpina in its lesser-known areas!

Recces 2023


Nicky Mount
Nicky Mount

BA Anthropology and African Studies, University of Birmingham

Rob Rannard

Travel Advisor at Alpine Exploratory

Introduction
Rob is the newest member of the Alpine Exploratory team, and joins us from a background of hillwalking and climbing around the UK and particularly the Scottish Highlands. Rob was Meets Secretary for Edinburgh University’s Hillwalking Club.

Short biography
Rob studied Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, spending his spare time playing music and exploring as much as possible of the Scottish Highlands. Alongside handling bookings and enquiries at Alpine Exploratory’s office, Rob is also working towards his Mountain Leader and Rock Climbing Instructor qualifications with Mountain Training.

Plans for Summer 2023
Rob heads to the West Highland Way in Spring to get to know better one of our bigger routes, and in Summer the Walker's Haute Route into Zermatt. Rob is also going to check over our (hopeful) new hike the Alta Via 2 in the Dolomites.

Recces 2023


Rob Rannard
Rob Rannard

MA Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

Simon Stevens

Co-Founder and Director at Alpine Exploratory

Introduction
Simon's first mountain was Coniston Old Man in the Lake District. This kicked off an enthusiasm that has led to countless trips in the UK and the Alps. Simon was at various times Trip Co-ordinator, Archivist and Minibus Rep in the Oxford University Walking Club, solid training for Alpine Exploratory!

Short biography
Simon was an economist with Economic Consulting Associates in London working on development bank projects. In 2005 it became time to start a mountain life proper, and after five months of traveling Simon set up Alpine Exploratory.

Plans for Summer 2023
Simon will be looking at the Kerry Way in Ireland, and will walk some of the new Tour of the Vanoise and possible Alta Via 2 in the Italian Dolomites... with a possible excursion to the North of Norway!

Simon on LinkedIn
Recces 2023


Simon Stevens
Simon Stevens

International Mountain Leader, UIMLA (retired)
Mountain Leader, MTUK
BSc Philosophy and Economics, University of Bristol

Steph Ward

Operations Manager and Head of Web Design at Alpine Exploratory

Introduction
Steph joined Alpine Exploratory with an extensive background of walking, like many of the team solidly into the Munros in the Scottish Highlands. Steph was Social Secretary for the Edinburgh University Hill-Walking Club.

Short biography
After university Steph spent 14 months in New Zealand, working and traveling on the South Island, as well as Vietnam and Cambodia.

Plans for Summer 2023
Steph will lead our Affric Kintail Way research in the Spring, before heading out to Sweden for our Kebnekaise adventure, and to Switzerland for some of our magnificent Via Alpina.

Recces 2023


Steph Ward
Steph Ward

MA History, University of Edinburgh


Alpine Exploratory's researching and leading team

We'd like you to meet our leaders for 2023: Alex, Diane, Jonty, Joy, Kathy, Keith, Lou, Mikaela, Paul, Pete, Phil, Rob and Tim.

From the start of Alpine Exploratory in 2005, all our trek leaders have been International Mountain Leaders (IMLs). The IML under the organisation of the Union of International Mountain Leader Associations (UIMLA) is the professional qualification to lead trekking and mountain walking groups worldwide. Supporting the IML award ensures for our clients the highest standards in leadership, safety and environmental awareness.

The IML is one of two mountaineering awards that are recognised internationally, the other being the UIAGM Guide. In the UK the IML holders are represented by the British Association of International Mountain Leaders (BAIML). Until early 2005 the IML was known as the European ML in the UK and the Accompagnateur in France. Some of us are old enough that we passed the EML, as it was..!


Ailsa Gibson

Co-Founder and Head of Environment at Alpine Exploratory

Introduction
Ailsa is an environmentalist and an experienced walker and skier, with trips to Iceland, Austria, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Slovenia as well as plenty in the Lake District and the Highlands.

Short biography
Ailsa's environmental experience covers the fields of planning, conservation, local environmental quality and climate change. Ailsa spent a summer on the Isle of Skye while researching forestry management for the John Muir Trust.

Plans for Summer 2023
Ailsa will be back in the Scottish Highlands, the Lake District and the Alps.

Ailsa on LinkedIn
Recces 2023


Ailsa Gibson
Ailsa Gibson

MA Geography, University of Oxford
MSc Environmental Technology, Imperial College London

Alex Kendall

Researcher and Trip Leader at Alpine Exploratory

Introduction
Alex is a mountain leader and author who lives in the Yorkshire Dales, where he can mostly be found running and mountaineering in the Howgills and the Lake District.

Short biography
Alex has worked in the outdoors since 2011, travelling all over the world on expeditions as varied as mountaineering in the Arctic, trekking across the Oman desert and working in the Borneo rainforest. He loves to explore new places and is generally up for trying everything once. He has written guidebooks for Cicerone Press, and various magazine articles on outdoor topics.

Plans for Summer 2023
Alex will be active this Summer in the Dolomites and more widely across the Alps.

Recces 2023


Alex Kendall
Alex Kendall

International Mountain Leader, UIMLA
Winter Mountain Leader, MTUK
Mountain Leader, MTUK
BSc Biology, Imperial College London
MSc Conservation and Forest Protection, Imperial

Diane McGuinness

Researcher and Trip Leader at Alpine Exploratory

Introduction
Diane is an expert in the Italian Dolomites, spending whole Summers researching hiking routes and leading groups on the Alta Via 1, the Alta Via 2, and her own routes. As well as Italian and French language and cultural knowledge, Diane has vast experience of successful incident management of accidents and injuries, and an eye for the logistics and organisation that make a trip a success.

Short biography
Diane was manager at Patterdale Youth Hostel in the Lake District, later working in operations for three large travel companies. Diane's UK base is in the Lakes, and since 2005 she has lived and worked amongst the mountains of Italy and France. Diane has a wealth of local knowledge and enthusiasm for their many attributes, whether language, history, fauna and flora, local legends or the fantastic food and drink to be encountered on the way. Diane loves to find the cosiest refuges and the best restaurants along the way.

Plans for Summer 2023
Diane will be in the Dolomites for large parts of Summer 2023, basing her season in Italy.

Recces 2023


Dianne McGuinness
Dianne McGuinness

International Mountain Leader, UIMLA
Mountain Leader, MTUK
MA Modern Social History, University of Lancaster
BA Geography, University of Lancaster

Jonty Mills

Researcher and Trip Leader at Alpine Exploratory

Introduction
Jonty is a mountain leader and a medical doctor. Jonty has been hill-walking, climbing, skiing and biking in many areas of the UK for 20 years, including across the Scottish Highlands & Islands, the Lake District and Wales. His overseas experience includes multiple trips to the Alps, the Pyrenees, the Rocky and Coast Mountains of Canada, Corsica, Morocco as well as Mount Kenya.

Short biography
Jonty lives near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. He still practises part-time as a doctor, with interests in Infection as well as Mountain Medicine, but now spends more of his time guiding and instructing in the mountains. When not working, he can usually be found either back in the mountains again, or enjoying family-time at home with his wife and two young sons.

Plans for Summer 2023
Jonty will be leading our Via Alpina trip in Summer 2023.

Recces 2023


Jonty Mills
Jonty Mills

International Mountain Leader, UIMLA
Mountain Instructor Award, MTUK
Mountain Leader, MTUK
MA, MB BChir (Medicine), University of Cambridge

Joy O'Flanagan

Researcher and Trip Leader at Alpine Exploratory

Introduction
As well as hiking and snowshoeing, Joy is a keen climber, runner and skier. Joy has trekked and climbed across the Alps and also in North America, Pakistan and the Indian Himalaya.

Short biography
Originally a Chartered Physiotherapist in the UK, the pull of the mountains was too strong and in 2002 Joy relocated to Chamonix. After several years based in Chamonix, Joy has spent recent Winters at the Venabu lodge in Norway, leading cross-country skiing. Now our person in Norway, we seek Joy's locla knowledge for the Jotunheimen and Rondane areas. Joy has successfully competed in The North Face Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, the Chamonix marathon, and mountain marathons in the UK and France.

Plans for Summer 2023
Joy is based in Southern Norway and will be advising us on our Norwegian operations.

Joy on LinkedIn
Recces 2023


Joy O'Flanagan
Joy O'Flanagan

International Mountain Leader, UIMLA
Nordic ski instructor, BASI
Mountain Leader, MTUK
BSc Chemical Pathology, University of Leeds
BSc Physiotherapy, University of Manchester

Kathy Grindrod

Researcher and Trip Leader at Alpine Exploratory

Introduction
Kathy is from the Lake District and developed an early love of the mountains. Kathy has made several trips to the Himalayas, mainly guiding treks to Everest Base Camp. Kathy's first trip to Nepal was in 2005 when she summited Ama Dablam, the beautiful 6,856m climbing peak.

Short biography
Kathy spends the Winters in the Scottish Highlands, working on the Cairngorms avalanche reports for the sportscotland Avalanche Information Service (SAIS).

Plans for Summer 2023
Kathy will be part of our leading team this Summer.

Recces 2023


Kathy Grindrod
Kathy Grindrod

International Mountain Leader, UIMLA
Winter Mountain Leader, MTUK
Mountain Leader, MTUK

Keith Miller

Researcher and Trip Leader at Alpine Exploratory

Introduction
Keith is a hugely experienced mountaineer and environmentalist, and is based in the Scottish Highlands.

Short biography
In winter Keith works as an Avalanche Forecaster for the sportscotland Avalanche Information Service (SAIS), is an instructor on IML Winter training and assessment courses for Glenmore Lodge and teaches winter hill walking skills. Keith spends the summer in the Alps, leading a variety of treks and, when not working, exploring new areas. During the rest of the year he leads walking trips throughout the Highlands & Islands, and runs mountain environment courses.
Prior to becoming self-employed Keith had a career in mountain environment conservation and worked for a variety of different organisations, the final one being the John Muir Trust where he was Senior Conservationist. Keith is a contributor to the key book on the Scottish mountain environment, Hostile Habitats. He has ascended all of the Munros and Corbetts in Scotland, and was a member of the Langdale/Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team in the Lakes.

Plans for Summer 2023
Keith will be part of our leading team this Summer.

Keith on LinkedIn
Recces 2023


Keith Miller
Keith Miller

International Mountain Leader, UIMLA
Winter Mountain Leader, MTUK
Mountain Leader, MTUK
MSc Wildlife Biology & Conservation

Lou Stone

Researcher and Trip Leader at Alpine Exploratory

Introduction
Lou has a wide range of experience leading a variety of trips, from hut to hut trekking and via ferrata in Italy, to Snowshoeing in Arctic Norway. Now based in Switzerland, Lou has enjoyed exploring her home close to the Alps.

Short biography
Lou has been exploring mountains by many means since 1997, mostly in the UK and Western Europe. Particular highlights have been: an ascent of Mera Peak (6,476m) in Nepal; a birthday trad multi-pitch up the East Face of Tryfan in N Wales; picking off four 4,000ers in a day in the Monte Rosa massif on the Italian side; and seeing a brocken spectre on Angel’s Ridge in a Cairngorms winter in Scotland.

Plans for Summer 2023
Lou will be part of our recce team on the Via Alpina and Walker's Haute Route trips in Summer 2023, in Switzerland.

Recces 2023


Lou Stone
Lou Stone

International Mountain Leader, UIMLA
Mountain Leader, MTUK
BA French, University of Birmingham

Mikaela Toczek

Researcher and Trip Leader at Alpine Exploratory

Introduction
Mikaela is an International Mountain leader, Outdoor Educator and Media-maker currently living and working in Slovenia with her young family. Mikaela is passionate about how we connect with our natural environment and can usually be found hiking, running, climbing, swimming or snowshoeing in the forests, mountains and open-water of Slovenia.

Short biography
Prior to moving to Slovenia, Mikaela was based in Wales, working with groups exploring the Brecon Beacons, teaching climbing on the Gower Peninsula and leading overseas expeditions, including India, Morocco, South Africa and Nicaragua. With a background in teaching, Mikaela brings her expertise in experiential learning to all that she does, particularly when it comes to the incredible adaptations that can be found in Alpine flora and fauna.

Plans for Summer 2023
Mikaela will be part of our recce team on the Julian Alps trip in Summer 2023, in Slovenia.

Recces 2023


Mikaela
Mikaela Toczek

International Mountain Leader, UIMLA
Mountain Leader, MTUK

Paul McCaffrey

Researcher and Trip Leader at Alpine Exploratory

Introduction
Paul joined Alpine Exploratory in 2022 bringing an enormous range of experience across Europe and further afield. Paul is based in Winchburgh outside Edinburgh. A perfect day for Paul is one where he is challenging himself, guiding other like-minded people in beautiful wild places and bringing those places to life.

Short biography
In 2014-15 Paul was on the Nightwatch scheme at Glenmore Lodge, responsible for kit stores at this famous outdoor centre in the Cairngorms. Paul has since worked at other outdoor centres and is a long-standing leader with one of the big walking firms in Scotland.

Plans for Summer 2023
In Summer 2023 Paul will be researching for Alpine Exploratory.

Recces 2023


Paul McCaffrey
Paul McCaffrey

International Mountain Leader, UIMLA
Winter Mountain Leader, MTUK
Mountain Leader, MTUK
Advanced Certificate in Outdoor Leadership, University of the Highlands and Islands
Certificate in Physical Activity and Adventure Leadership, UHI
BA Business Studies, Edinburgh Napier University
MSc International Events and Festival Management, Napier

Pete Ellis

Researcher and Trip Leader at Alpine Exploratory

Introduction
Most summers Pete can be found working in the European Alps and he has become an expert in the region around Les Contamines, a village on the Tour du Mont Blanc. Outside the summer, Scotland is a favourite destination - Pete has climbed all 282 Munros twice, the highest Scottish peaks - or trips to mountains anywhere around the world if the itinerary looks appealing!

Short biography
In May 2012 Pete climbed Everest! We are thrilled at Pete's achievement, especially as it completed the Seven Summits; the highest peaks in each continent. Earlier, in 1999 Pete took to the hills in earnest after 15 years working in agricultural biotechnology. This included living in Canada.

Plans for Summer 2023
Pete will be visiting the Lofoten islands in Norway, for us this Summer, in search of a new long-distance route.

Recces 2023


Pete Ellis
Pete Ellis

International Mountain Leader, UIMLA (retired)
Mountain Leader, MTUK
BSc Soil Science, University of Reading

Phil Jarratt

Researcher and Trip Leader at Alpine Exploratory

Introduction
Phil Jarratt is a widely experienced mountain leader. Formerly based in Chamonix year-round, now in Oxfordshire, Phil returns to Chamonix in the Winters to lead snowshoe walks.

Short biography
Phil has trekked and been on expedition in Europe, South America, Southern Africa, the Himalayas, Southeast Asia, China and Mongolia. Before life in the mountains, Phil spent several years in industry.

Plans for Summer 2023
Phil is out of action at least as far as the Alps are concerned, having moved to Malaysia for a couple of years! We wish Phil the best of luck and we are in regular touch about all matters Alpine Exploratory.

Recces 2023


Phil Jarratt
Phil Jarratt

International Mountain Leader, UIMLA
Mountain Leader, MTUK
BSc Chemistry, University of Nottingham

Rob Gale

Technical Advisor, Researcher and Trip Leader at Alpine Exploratory

Introduction
Rob's experience in European mountains includes France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Romania, and in the USA his travels have taken him to Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona, Nevada and into Montana including many 14,000ft peaks.

Short biography
Rob is based in Austwick in North Yorkshire and in Chamonix in France. Rob works for a variety of organisations on training and development on professional and degree courses.

Plans for Summer 2023
In Summer in the Alps, Rob again forms a big part of our Tour du Mont Blanc programme. In 2022 Rob becomes our Technical Advisor to oversee our walking and researching procedures, and continues this into 2023.

Recces 2023


Rob Gale
Rob Gale

International Mountain Leader, UIMLA
Mountain Leader, MTUK
BA Recreational Studies, University of Bradford
PGCE Physical Education, Bedford College

Tim Ayriss

Researcher and Trip Leader at Alpine Exploratory

Introduction
Tim has a specialism in the Austrian Alps, working with the Austrian Alpine Club (AAC), and back home with youth groups in the hills of Scotland. Away from trekking, Tim is a proficient skier.

Short biography
Tim is originally from Calgary, Canada, more recently living near Stirling, and now in Germany with his young family.

Plans for Summer 2023
Tim will be back in the Alps for us in 2023!

Tim on LinkedIn
Recces 2023


Tim Ayriss
Tim Ayriss

International Mountain Leader, UIMLA
Winter Mountain Leader, MTUK
Mountain Leader, MTUK
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Alpine Exploratory's alumni

It's rare to leave! We record our thanks to Anna-Maria, Chrissie, Ollie, Rachel and Suze for their time with Alpine Exploratory.


Anna-Maria Luton

Anna-Maria came with Alpine Exploratory to the Julian Alps, we discussed the route afterwards, and we offered a job of systematic checking of our other routes! Anna-Maria is a keen walker and cyclist and has discovered the delights of multi-day hill-walking and mountaineering.

In 2007 Anna-Maria took 3 months off to bag Munros, the highest peaks in Scotland, starting with Ben Lomond (the most southerly) and finishing with Ben Hope (the most northerly). Before long she found herself chasing 4,000m peaks in the Swiss Alps. Anna-Maria has a keen interest in the specific challenges that women face in outdoor pursuits and in sporting endeavours in general.

Anna-Maria walked practically all Alpine Exploratory's routes and set off to teach language in Spain.


Anna-Maria Luton
Anna-Maria Luton

MA Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Cambridge

Chrissie Hickling

Chrissie was Alpine Exploratory's first employee, joining in April 2010 on our move to Settle. Chrissie is a seasoned traveller and even before joining us had lived in Australia and spent much time in South Africa.

Chrissie followed Alpine Exploratory through its expansion first in the Yorkshire Dales and then in Edinburgh, all the while completing her studies in Sheffield and Leeds. Chrissie dealt with so many of our accommodation bookings in the Alps and the UK, plus the other tasks involved in running our trips. Chrissie developed an exceptionally efficient way with our trips and analyses.

Chrissie was Alpine Exploratory's Bookings Manager for some years and left in 2017 to join a City law firm.


Chrissie Hickling
Chrissie Hickling

BSc Zoology, University of Sheffield
MSc Biodiversity & Conservation Management, Uni of Leeds
Graduate Diploma in Law, University of Law
Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Law

Hannah G

Hannah joined Alpine Exploratory in January 2020 and brought a wide experience of travel and tourism, with a focus on walking. The Bavarian Alps were on Hannah's doorstep growing up, and we heard about the many VW campervan trips! Hannah describes her motivation as 'crisp mornings and sunrises over mountain tops, picnic lunches shared with friends, and cosy huts to return to in the evenings.''

Having grown up in Southern Germany, Hannah explored the length and breadth of the Alps from an early age. Her most recent travels have taken her to Iceland, Lofoten, and Shetland.

Hannah was Alpine Exploratory's Operations Manager (Scotland) and Head of Marketing. Hannah left in December 2021, staying in Edinburgh to continue her work in Scottish tourism.


Hannah G
Hannah G

MA Geography: Culture, Environment and Tourism, University of Passau

Hannah Wright

Hannah joined Alpine Exploratory in November 2018 with a love for anything outdoors, be it walking, mountaineering, climbing, skiing, paddle boarding or just a walk around the park. You'll most likely find her exploring the mountains around Loch Lomond and Glen Coe.

Hannah studied Geography at Durham University, specialising in sub-polar glacial environments. Since university she has gone on to complete her Summer Mountain Leader qualification and has lead expeditions to Northern Norway, the Indian Himalayas, Mongolia, Sumatra and Malawi.

Hannah was Alpine Exploratory's Operations Manager (Alps) and Head of Mapping. Hannah left in September 2021 and joined the Ordnance Survey.


Hannah Wright
Hannah Wright

Mountain Leader, MTUK
BSc Geography, Durham University

Ollie Boyd

Ollie joined us in Edinburgh in April 2015 and brought to the team his experience from long bike journeys. A graduate in sound engineering, Ollie had worked on projects including the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Ollie became a familiar contact by phone and email with our enquirers and hotels. Ollie immersed himself in Alpine Exploratory's operations and quickly developed entirely new ways of running our operations including what we know daily as our itinerary generator.

Ollie was Alpine Exploratory's Head of Technology. Ollie left in April 2020 and went on to coding, development and consulting.


Ollie Boyd
Ollie Boyd

BSc Sound Engineering, University of the Highlands & Islands

Rachel Law

Rachel joined Alpine Exploratory as our Summer intern for 2017, and doing so well that we asked her to rejoin us in 2018. Rachel became our main person on information packs, writing, assembling and posting to our clients. Rachel also took on a weight of accommodation bookings, and stayed on for post-Summer work during her first degree. Rachel remained with Alpine Exploratory as a key team member throughout her subsequent course at Aberdeen.

Rachel grew up on a farm in the Scottish Borders, near to the end of our Pennine Way. Rachel is used to spending her free time outside, and is exploring more of the Alps (and beyond).

Rachel left in 2020 and is now working as a Physician Associate at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.


Rachel Law
Rachel Law

BSc Medical Sciences, University of Edinburgh
MSc Physician Associate Studies, University of Aberdeen

Suze Connolly

Suze joined Alpine Exploratory as our Summer intern 2016. Suze had recently finished her PhD at Edinburgh and joined Alpine Exploratory in our Edinburgh office. Suze brought to the team a depth of travel experience including a decade living in the US, and a perceptiveness that help refine our routes and plan new ones.

Suze lived in New York state for several years, at Ithaca College and Cornell University studying in the fields of public health and exercise science. Suze's travels have involved working in Seoul and Dubai.

We are grateful to Suze for laying the ground on our Jotunheimen, Rondane, Alta Via 1 and Julian Alps routes. Suze goes on to work in public health policy in Edinburgh.


Suze Connolly
Suzanne Connolly

BA Recreation and Leisure Management, Waterford Institute of Technology
MS Exercise Science & Exercise Physiology, Ithaca College
PhD Population Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh

Buster
We remember Buster the collie-cross, with Alpine Exploratory from July 2006 to October 2016. One of Buster's joys was to walk, to be on the move with his pack, and then in the evening to be on the floor when people were sitting round... possibly with a fire going.

Buster was the impetus behind our first explorations on UK routes, with a dog's experience in mind. How is the trail, how are the hotels?!

Buster
Buster

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Ascending Snohetta in Norway
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