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    Ian Johnston

    Committed | Passionate | Positive

    Mini Bio

    My formative working life was a balance of firefighting and adventure travel so in preparation for my ‘next life’ I qualified as an instructor of Mountaineering, Telemark skiing and Sea Kayaking.

    At 16 I joined a six week expedition to Iceland and have since canoed in the Yukon, dived in the Galapagos, taught telemarking in Norway and Europe and rock climbed wherever I can! I was fortunate enough to go to Vancouver, buy a van in a bar and travel 14,000 miles from Valdize, Alaska to San Diego, California climbing all the way then selling the van for $200 less than I paid for it!

    Returning to Scotland however, is a real joy, few who haven’t visited for the first time will really understand what’s on offer , once you’ve visited it’s wild places, you won’t fail to be impressed.

    Places to play

    In winter, the classic ice routes on the ‘Ben’ (Ben Nevis), in autumn, searching for good conditions to take my sea kayak into tidal races off the West Coast of Scotland.

    Not many people know this

    On one trip, everyone else could play a musical instrument. I couldn’t play anything so I was compelled to learn a few ‘tunes’ on a tin whistle, but don’t worry I won’t trouble you with them!

    Qualifications Read More
    • Rock Climbing Instructor
    • Mountain Walking Leader
    • Mountain Climbing Instructor
    • BASI Level III Telemark Ski Teacher
    • BC 3 Star Sea Kayak
    • CTC Mountain Bike Trail Leader.
    Experience Read More
    • Spent six weeks as a 16 year old backpacking in Iceland.
    • Spent 31 years in a real job as a Firefighter.
    • Rock climbing and Mountaineering for 49+ years, UK,European Alps and North America
    • Alpine and Telemark ski touring throughout Europe. I’ve guided and lead trips to Switzerland and Norway as well as Scotland!
    • I’ve spent over 20 years sea kayaking and exploring the coast lines of Wales, the Scottish Island and Alaska
    Biggest Adventure Read More

    The trip from Alaska to California by van, climbing along the way, was pretty big!

    Specialist subject Read More

    Knots, I’m a terrible bore! Someone once asked me “What knot I tied my anorak with”!

    Adventurer's Stories about Ian

    Ian was very safety conscious but fun at the same time. He did an excellent job managing people with different abilities (and some egos!). He got all of us--including some 70 year olds--up Goatfell, which was impressive. We felt like we were in very good hands at all times. We liked his stories and history lessons. He is a natural at trips like this and he really made the experience special.

    Ellen MacDermid
    Wilderness Walking - Arran: Scotland in Miniature
    Reviewed on 07/05/2023

    As mentioned above, Ian Johnston had just the right blend of deep knowledge and a self-effacing sense of humor. He made constant efforts to learn more about each group member and was discreetly attentive to any personal needs or limitations. Awesome guy!!

    Andy Lechner
    Wilderness Walking - Arran: Scotland in Miniature
    Reviewed on 29/04/2023

    Book a trip with Ian

    Trip / DepartureAvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    Wilderness Walking – Northumberland and The Lake District
    8th Jul - 14th Jul 2023
    3 place(s) leftCONFIRMED£2,245Book Now
    Sailing and Walking – Knoydart, Skye and The Small Isles
    29th Jul - 4th Aug 2023
    2 place(s) leftCONFIRMED£2,295Book Now
    Wilderness Walking – National Parks of the UK
    13th Aug - 22nd Aug 2023
    7 place(s) leftUNCONFIRMED£2,995Book Now

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