Me in three – Rocksolid | Knowledgeable | Waterproof
Place to play – The North West Highlands provide an amazing landscape that inspires adventures. Island mountains shoot up from the ancient basement rocks and rugged sea lochs reach deep into the land. It’s a great place for exploring those peaks, for remote rock climbing or for multi-day overland treks. And it never rains (much).
Not a lot of people know – Villagers in the Bolivian Cordillera mistook me for a ghost. They set fire to the mountainside to scare me off. I was scared (but not off) and we all laughed together afterwards.
Mini Bio – I have climbed mountains and steep rocks for more than thirty years, beginning in the Yorkshire Dales and graduating through the Lake District and Snowdonia to my current home on the edge of the Scottish Highlands. Obsession with rocks and gravity led to a career as a professional geologist, specialising in landslides and high mountain geohazards, advising the governments of Nepal, Peru, Bhutan and Scotland, among others. I now guide full time but try to throw in a few geo-words if I get a chance. I have trekked and climbed in over thirty countries and six continents, oh, and twice round the Munros so far. Key interests include birds, stars and the Gaelic landscape.
Adventurer's Stories about Andy
Andy was a great guide - friendly, informative and fun.Julie Lane
Andy is a top man. I mean, how many guides recite poetry to their clients over lunch on the hills?Allen Shaw
Andy was an excellent guide, whose wide knowledge of the nature, history and geology of the Cairngorms were clearly driven by a real affection for the area. His warmth of character and good humour made for great company both on the walks and in the leisure time.Simon Fraser
Andy fitted the planned days to the weather very well. He led the walks well at a good pace with suitable breaks.Ken Stewart
Andy is wonderful - smart, funny, well-traveled. Plus very informed of geology, flora and fauna. Made the trip extra enjoyable!Gail Merth
Andy was postitive, knowledgable and watched good how the group "worked"Herman de Vries
I cannot really weigh in here since I barely did the hikes but being around Andy on the ferries and in the restaurants and through conversations in the van he gets my highest recommendation. He is knowledgeable, and such a genuine person. I am sure he gets high marks all the time. He had a lot on his plate with this tour since five of us are related. He had to be witness to too many family dynamics and family chronicles. If you have extra pay for dealing with extreme hardship on any of your tours you might consider shifting some of it his way!!!Gail Kendall
Andy was a superb guide -- very knowledgeable, personable, patient and accommodating!Kimberly Miller
Andy was great as I indicated in previous response beyond knowledgeable and qualified. I learn extensively from him and felt that he was extremely experienced. I felt very comfortable and safe at all points on the tripJera Davis
I have no comparisons to cite as this was my first trip of this kind but I was pleasantly surprised by the passion and comprehensive knowledge embodied in our guide. Andy is a spectacular guide, seems to know how to gauge all situations, never flags and cares for all, really cares.Elisabeth Meyer
I did not expect to learn as much as I did during this trip and that aspect made this trip worth every bit invested. Andy is supremely qualified and highly professional, he has a great sense of humor and makes every effort to accommodate all needs- you're lucky to have this gem ..and to work with all women.. he truly likes and respects women, rare breed of guy! I cannot say more but do want to do another trip with him!
This was a pretty rigorous event given day after day. HOWEVER, for those of us who have spent a lifetime getting and stay in shape it was extremely rewarding. Andy did find routes that gave some relief from boulder scrambling at request of several. Our group completed all of every hike thanks to Andy's encouragement, persistence and great weather. Without all of that it could have gone the other way....Margaret Osterfoss
Andy did great - we were quite a challenge at times. Professional.Catherine Shearing
Our tour guide was Andy, who was knowledgeable, excellent as a guide and adaptable to our group as a leader to make the experience the best one for everybody.Lena Kravtsova
Our guide Andy was an integral part of our trip. His professionalism, vast knowledge on myriad of topics, follow-up and readiness to answer our questions made for an enriching and educational experience. Andy is an invaluable asset to the Wilderness Scotland team!Tanya Kravtsova
Great. See aboveOlivier Schiller
Andy was the best part of the trip!! He was sensitive to everyone's wants, needs and desires and definitely went above and beyond all expectations.Marie LeRoy
Andy was extremely knowledgeable. And a lot of fun.David Camp
Our guide, Andy, was outstanding. Knowledgeable and fun. took good care of us. Good, safe driver too.David Kennedy
Andy was so very understanding of all the group's needs.Bob Swendrzynski
Andy Heald was fantastic-- very knowledgeable, interesting and flexible. A perfect combination.Gwen Borowsky
Andy loves doing what he does; being outside and passing on his knowledge of plants, rock and wildlife. He's passionate about the outdoors and that passion is infectious.Leann Johnston
Andy was excellent! If there was something he did not know he researched it and came up with the answer. I liked the books he provided as they gave a lot of background.Judy Murray
I'm not sure how Andy managed to remain upbeat all the time. He showed admirable patience for all the "Andy, what's this?" "Andy, what's that?" And he has a goofy laugh that's infectious.Rowena Johnston
Andy is a rockstar! I would happily take many more trips with him.Shane Nordyke