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      Hannah Francis

      Wild | Curly | Adventure

      Mini Bio

      As a 6 year old I announced I wanted to be an Outdoor Instructor… many years later here I am. I work and play in the Scottish Highlands, based in Fort William and nowhere I have ever lived felt more like home than here. I love being in the mountains, exploring and improving my geography and sense of identity in Scotland. I also love being part of people’s climbing journey – be it sharing someone’s first munro, or taking a group of children clambering on the rocks.

      Hillwalking and climbing are my particular passions. I’ve climbed in a lot of places around the world from Tibet to Jordan and I’m currently working on my first munro round and finding all the hidden bothies around Scotland. I’m learning to play the piano, I adore baking treats and one day in the future I will have chickens, a dog, and a hot tub!

      Places to play

      Ben Nevis! I see “The Ben” from my front window and I wake every morning wondering how I got so lucky. The Pony Track can be anything from someone’s very first, very epic mountain challenge to the descent after a mammoth day climbing a huge winter route. From rock climbing on the North Face to skiing down the Red Burn on a glorious winter afternoon, Ben Nevis has it all!

      Not a lot of People know this

      I really can’t stand raisins and my first ambition, before wanting to work in the outdoors, was to own a cheese shop.

      Qualifications Read More
      • Summer Mountain Leader
      • Rock Climbing Instructor
      • Geography Teacher
      Experience Read More

      I am predominantly self employed and the majority of my work is in taking people mountain walking in Lochaber and Glencoe. Other places I have worked in and explored are Skye, Knoydart and a number of the Inner Hebridean islands. I am the inaugural chairman of the Inside Out Climbing Club in Fort William which is open to climbers of all ages, so I help facilitate the meets and work with everybody to develop their climbing. I am involved in overseas expeditions most years with groups of teenagers. I am also working towards my MIA and Winter ML qualifications.

      Biggest Adventure Read More

      I’m going to have to describe a “first date” for this.
      Day one – a traverse of the Cuillin mountains on Skye.
      Day two – a big rock climb on Ben Nevis called Centurion (and I forgot one of my climbing shoes!).
      Day three – a big climb on Buachaille Etive Mor called Agag’s Groove (in the pouring rain).
      Safe to say I was delirious with exhaustion but what an adventure!

      Specialist subject Read More

      I’ve got some pretty good West Coast ghost stories!

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