About Kendal Mountaineering Services

Iain Gallagher founder of Kendal Mountaineering ServicesKendal Mountaineering Services is run by Iain Gallagher. Iain was born and brought up in the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the Lake District by parents who were very keen on the outdoors. He spent his early years living in a Youth Hostel his parents ran in the shadow of Helvellyn; the beginning of the love affair with all things outdoor, especially mountains. That passion continues to this day and is apparent in his knowledge of the Lake District; there isn’t a single river, beck, climbing crag or mountain that he doesn’t know in the Lakes.

Childhood holidays were spent in areas such as the Cairngorms National Park, The Isle of Skye, The Outer Hebrides, amongst other remote and beautiful places. Iain has spent his life exploring the Lake District fells and has gone on to explore all over the world including the Alps, Europe, Patagonia and New Zealand.

Climbing Experience

Iain has gone on to climb many Alpine peaks and has also climbed in the mountains of Central Spain, the Dolomites, North America, Nepal, Jordan, Slovenia and the Moroccan Atlas. His biggest undertaking, so far, has been climbing Aconcagua in Argentina.

In the UK, Iain divides his time between the lakes, mountains and crags of the Lake District and North Wales. Winter means Scotland, on a climb in the Cairngorms or Ben Nevis and caving in North Yorkshire is good all year round. The rugged mountains of the Isle of Skye are a favourite.

Having worked in this industry since 1992, he considers himself lucky to be able to make a living doing something he really enjoys and finds inspirational. You’ll find this inspiration and enthusiasm passed on to you in every outdoor activity course that Iain delivers; set against a background of considerable experience.

Outdoor Skills & Qualifications

Iain holds a Bachelor of Education Honours Degree and the following qualifications:

Mountaineering Instructors Award and Winter Mountain Walking Leader Award, NCA Level Two Cave Leader Award, BCU Level Two Kayak and Level Three Open Canoe Awards.

For 22 years Iain was a member of a Lake District Mountain Rescue Team.

The Team

Iain works with a small team of hand picked instructors who all share his enthusiasm for working in the outdoors. He believes in providing unforgettable adventures where you are able to discover and develop your abilities and achieve more than you thought possible; learning new skills whilst having fun in the great outdoors and staying safe.

Iain hopes that you enjoy looking at the Kendal Mountaineering Services website and browsing the many activities he offers. Have a look at the picture galleries showing pictures of clients on past courses to give you an idea of what we do and where we work. We can create tailor made outdoor activity courses for everyone from individual clients to large groups of people. You can choose to come and have a fun day out, learn or improve your skills on one of our mountain training courses or be guided up that classic rock climb you have heard about. You can read about everything that Iain’s been doing with, or without clients, on our blog.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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