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Alan Smith

Alan Smith

Me in three – happy | thoughtful | bearded! 

Place to play – Cairngorms, NW Highlands and the Moray coast for the beaches. 

Not a lot of people know this – I once worked as the stunt co-ordinator on an episode of ‘The Krankies’, an iconic Scottish children’s  TV programme!

Mini bio – My passion for wild places began early with youthful explorations of the woods and beaches of Morayshire. My youth was spent living in Strathnaver, Sutherland. I worked alongside local crofters and helped my father in his work as water bailiff on the River Naver. I studied outdoor pursuits at Ilkley College before working at Outward Bound Ullswater. I’ve been involved in Youth Expeditions to the Yukon, Iceland and Alaska as well as a 3 year spell as a field assistant with the British Antarctic Survey at Rothera base. I live in Forres on the Moray coast, a great base for exploring the wilds of Scotland.


Adventurer's Stories about Alan

Good knowledge of local flora, fauna, geology, peak names. Set a good pace the groups was comfortable with. Kept group together. Good at organizing activities, including alternatives during bad weather. Good company.
John Brennan
Superb - thanks Alan. Both you and I need to go on a geology course - lots of interesting rocks, faults and geomorphology! I very much appreciated your ability to enable the group to walk the hills considering ability, injury and the weather - you made it seem easy.
Gillian Allison
Alan Smith was terrific. Knowledgeable and fun.
Cool guy.
Grayson Drexel
Allan Smith is a home run.
Experienced, calm, skilled, patient, friendly, good sense of humor
David Adelberg
I have been fortunate to have climbed with superb guides in both North and South American. Alan was in that class. Good teacher, good listener, top-notch skills.
Terry Casey
See my earlier comment. Our guide was the BEST. All kudos. This is not mere praise: I have worked with many mountain guides and Mr. Smith is, by far, the best.
Gregory W. Hornig