Place to Play – The North face of Ben Nevis and Skye
Not a lot of people know this – I once walked all the Wainwrights in the Lake District in 13 days!
Qualifications – MIC trained, TCL 3 star sea and canoeLevel 2 paddle coach D1.
Mini Bio – I grew up in Kent in the south of England, completed a Geography degree at the University of Portsmouth then moved to Fort William where I have been for the last 10 years. I now spend most of my time going up and down the hills around Ben Nevis and Glen Coe as well as the Black Cuillin on Skye. I like to spend my free time climbing, road biking and exploring the west coast of Scotland.
Experience – 13 years instructing in Scotland. 7 in young people outdoor centres focusing upon personal development and 6 guiding adults mostly hill walking, mountaineering, road biking.
Biggest Adventure – It is difficult to choose just one. Highlights include: walking all the wainwrights in the Lake district in 13 days. Every time i go winter climbing in Scotland it is a big adventure! Climbing Kilimanjaro when i was 19 was also a pretty memorable adventure!
Specialist Subject – I have a geography degree, so anything natural and to do with the landscape. I also have a personal interest in mountain flora.
Mountain Training Association Profile – https://mt.tahdah.me/candidate/detail/131219
Adventurer's Stories about David
Informative, friendly and very helpful.Astrid Wheatley
The guides were great, and adapted to the ever-changing Scottish weather, adding a bit extra on a sunny day to compensate for a wet one previously. Good local knowledge, good cycling expertise and maintenance skills, and an uncanny ability to reverse the van and bike trailer through the narrowest spaces.Paul Travers
The Wilderness Scotland guides were exemplary. Nothing was too much trouble, from the briefing before each ride to the expertise in bike mechanics and attention to details in order to make our riding a safe and enjoyable pursuit.Murray Hunt
I was particularly impressed at the guides willingness to talk about some of my interests on the tour, the geology of the regions and the animals, landscape and history in which they showed a thorough knowledge.
Both David and Wally are experienced, friendly and knowledgeable. With their due care, practical tips and encouragement, I managed to have break-throughs in finishing most of the though routes. My sincere thanks to both of them.Rosanna Choi
As I mentioned previously, Dave Greer is an exceptional guide. We've traveled around the world (65-70 countries) and have used guides in many places, and he's at the top of the list!Kate Ludeman
He's extremely attentive to people's needs, has a noticeable intuitive streak, he has exceptionally high EQ and is able to build on whatever else people are talking about, and he seems interested in what you're saying, which is remarkable considering how many different people he has to deal with. He's also very knowledgeable and entertaining, and he delighted my husband with all his information about Scottish whiskey!
Our guides by turns accompanied us on bike and support vehicle.Günther Klepper
They offered detailed information for the for the part of the route ahead of us by means of map and accurate explanation.
Nevertheless on the road we sometimes took the wrong turn or the group split up
because of everyone’s individual speed.
David and Neil always managed to bring all of us to the next meeting point along
the way and everyone savely reached the destination in the evening.
Although they pedaled some extra mile to accompany the faster as well as the
slower ones of our group, both did this in a calm pleasant and very friendly way.
What Neil and David did for us was much more than just guiding, I would call it a
full week complete service.
- luggage service
We had lightweight bikes, for our guides this meant dragging lots of our heavy
bags to the van in the morning and to the hotel in the evening.
- technical service
to keep our bikes running
- food service
preparing our picnic and coffee stops (always in style with tablecloth)
- psychological service
When my legs lost power the last miles of the day, I appreciated the encouraging
words of Neil or David riding by my side.
- knowledge service
Due to our guides‘ detailed knowledge we learned a lot about the regions we
Wilderness Scotland Promise: „ you can expect to be in friendly and safe hands“
I completely agree
David was just as he describes himself: organized, laid back & stoic. He was always quietly supporting us and so attentive to our needs. I really appreciated that he believed in our abilities and just always seemed to be there when we needed him. It felt like he was always one step ahead, adjusting and rearranging routes, timing, the schedule to ensure we had the most optimal experience. He made our trip extremely special.Rachel McMillan
As noted, the guys accommodated everyone and every situation with grace, charm and humor.William Aycock
The guides were pretty good at making everyone was ok and accommodating a range of speeds and desires. I was often on my own for an hour at a time, but then I'd come around a corner and a guide would be waiting for me. I also appreciated their flexibility in adapting the schedule to the weather.Janet Wiener
We felt very well taken care of by David and Neil.Scott McMillan
They were great guys who worked hard and were always super helpful. Dave helped with a flat in record time. Neal kept the conversation lively and was eager to help as well.Mark Bajorek
The guide during our trekking in Torridon was very helpful. He explained and gave us information about certain flora and fauna and was always pleased to answer to our questions and queries.Andrew Giordmaina
Our guide for trekking David Bucket was very informative and friendly . He made our trekking experience a memorable one .Etienne Micallef
Joe (the Quiraing) and David (Torridon) were both a delight. Temperamentally perfect for our gang. Please give them our contact info in case they are ever in the Southwest U.S.Stephen Bowers