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    Andrew Turner

    Passionate | Interested | Active

    Mini Bio.

    Brought up in North Yorkshire, I made the move to Scotland in 2013 and never looked back! After a stint working in outdoor shops, I trained at Glenmore Lodge, becoming qualified to instruct and lead in the outdoors on foot, bike, boat, and ski. In a previous life, I was a professional French horn player and music teacher in London. However, I now combine my love of music and the outdoors by working as a secondary school music teacher in Royal Deeside and as an outdoor instructor throughout Scotland. My outdoor passions are being in the mountains, biking, skiing, climbing, being surrounded by snow, and sharing these experiences with other like-minded people!

    Places to Play.

    Home turf – the Cairngorms! Although every time I go to the West Coast I am blown away. Usually literally as well as figuratively…

    Not a lot of people know this.

    When I was younger, I performed at Glastonbury Festival on the Pyramid Stage. Yes, it was the Sunday morning slot, but it still counts right?

    Qualifications Read More
    • Mountain Leader Summer
    • British Mountain Bike Leader Award Level 2
    • Rock Climbing Instructor
    • Paddlesport Instructor Award
    • British Association of Snowsport Instructors Alpine Level 1
    • Snowsport Austria Ski Instructor Level 2
    • British Association of Ski Patrollers Outdoor Emergency First Aid
    Experience Read More

    Since arriving in Scotland, I have made the most of what is on offer. I have walked extensively in the Highlands, been on some epic solo wild camping multi-day expeditions, and have traversed and scaled some of the most wonderful ridgelines and peaks in the country. On the bike, I have enjoyed the versatile terrain on offer from steep, technical ‘Enduro’ riding through the forestry, to big mountain Munro missions. The winter season always excites me and I adore getting the ski-mountaineering equipment out along with my ice axes and crampons, and heading up into the snowy peaks. Scrambling up a snow-encrusted ridge and then descending on ski is my dream way to spend the day, before consuming an excessive amount of tea and cake… Aside from Scotland, I have walked, climbed, skied and biked in a variety of places including Austria, New Zealand, Montenegro, and Canada. As a guide and instructor, I am experienced in and committed to ensuring that the experiences I deliver are meaningful and inspiring. Whether it is a relaxing stroll through the countryside taking in the scenery, or a committing multi-day expedition, I can’t wait to show you the beauty of the stunning Scottish wilderness.

    Biggest Adventure Read More

    This is a tough one! If I had to choose only one adventure, it would have to be skiing solo down the ‘Black Spout’ gully on Lochnagar for my 30th birthday. It was so windy on the high plateau that I wasn’t sure I would make it round to the gully entrance. However, as soon as I dropped over the cornice and into the bowl with the crags towering above me on either side, there was perfect calm. Fantastic spring snow, an enjoyable climb out of the coire, and a reminder of the
    power and beauty of Mother Nature – I couldn’t imagine a better way to turn 30!

    Specialist Subject Read More

    I’m a snow geek! Can’t get enough of it – layers, grain types, the effects of the weather and the wind. Don’t get me started… although it does come in handy in the winter!

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