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    Iain Powell

    Passionate | Inclusive | Inspired

    Mini bio

    Growing up in the New Forest on the South coast of England I would always much rather be playing outside. At the age of 8, I was able to join my Dad on one of his hillwalking trips to the Lake District and it was there I had my first taste of the mountains. I remember looking up at climbers on Dow Crag and being amazed how small they looked and wondered how they actually got there. A few years later, after a family holiday, I started sea kayaking.

    All this great exposure to the outdoors led me to study Outdoor Education at college and it is here my passion for hillwalking, climbing, kayaking and the great outdoors really took off.

    Gaining a few instructing qualifications at the college my first job in the outdoors was working at a summer camp for 3 months in Maine, USA. Shortly after my time away I moved to Lancashire to start my first proper job and started to work towards where I am now.

    Always looking forward to seeing somewhere new, work and personal interests took me to work in Aberdeen, the Lake District and mid-Wales before now being settled in Inverness.

    I’m happiest when I’m in one of the many wild spots of Scotland introducing people to the incredible landscapes and showing them the many different ways to enjoy it.

    Place to play

    The Cuillin Ridge, the remote North West, hidden gems along the Moray Coast and the big open spaces of the Cairngorms.

    Not a lot of people know

    I am from the South coast of England.

    Qualifications Read More
    • Summer Mountain Leader
    Biggest Adventure Read More

    December 2009 – Living in Lancashire there was a plan hatched one evening for my experienced friend to take me to North Wales winter mountaineering for the first time. A while later another friend came in and joked that Chamonix was only 18 hours away. 3 hours later at around midnight, there was 4 of us in the car heading South to Dover.

    We almost had to turn back before reaching the Alps as we had run out of money on the toll roads. The next evening we were huddled together in an open air bivi in on the edge of Chamonix town centre. The morning after was my first time walking in crampons, on the Mer de Glace, in winter! We made our way up the glacier until we started digging a snow hole for our accommodation for the night.

    In the early hours the snow hole collapsed on us so we then spent another night with an open air bivi. Morning arrived and we walked back down the glacier, up the ladders to the lift station and drove back to the UK. We were knackered and broke, but what an introduction to winter in the mountains!

    Specialist Subject Read More

    Climbing and mountain rescue history.

    Adventurer's Stories about Iain

    Ian was fabulous. Very encouraging for me when I needed some more confidence on steep downhills.

    Anna O'Quinn
    Wilderness Walking - Sutherland: The Great Wild North
    Reviewed on 16/09/2019

    Iain was knowledgeable, caring, and thoughtful about the various needs of individuals in the group. The #1 thing that would have helped him be more effective was if he had gone on the trip with another group as a guest, there were just a few spots where he wasn't sure where he was going or where the trail was, only because it was his first time on a few of them. He was a champ when it rained (it was pouring!) and did a phenomenal job creating a new itinerary (the lighthouse) that we all enjoyed. He made me feel confident to cross that last stream and always put the group first. He's a good one, that one!

    Tanya White
    Wilderness Walking - Sutherland: The Great Wild North
    Reviewed on 05/08/2019

    Iain was superb, low key, gentle, friendly and professional.

    Geoffrey Pearl
    Wilderness Walking - Sutherland: The Great Wild North
    Reviewed on 05/08/2019

    Fantastic, Fantastic, Fantastic.
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    Virginia Anania
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 16/07/2019

    I can’t think of anything that would improve on the guiding abilities of Jen and Ian! Wilderness Scotland is very lucky to have them representing the company. They were supportive, informative, entertaining, and all-around great people.

    Linda Roth
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 04/07/2019

    Jen and Ian were both really friendly and managed to stay cheerful through the trip

    Suzanne Ranken
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 04/07/2019

    The guides provided adequate assistance wherever necessary. The vibe was relaxed but well-organised and the group members were very comfortable. The guides gave us regular historical and geographical information which complemented the physical journey. They were cheerful, encouraging and caring.

    Helen Graham
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 02/07/2019

    Jennifer and Iain were a top-notch team - pretty amazing considering they met for the first time an hour before they met us! They worked well to help a couple hikers who were slower than the rest of the group, helped with arrangements when those hikers did not hike or did half the hike while staying engaged with the rest of the hike. They shared information about Scotland and its history, nature and culture.

    Gail Nawrock
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way
    Reviewed on 27/06/2019

    Iain was excellent. He was quiet at first which was a good thing. I think he was taking all of us in! He was knowledgeable about the land and animals. We had a lot of questions for him and he answered all of them! He was considerate of everyone and tried to make sure everyone was happy with what we were doing. He was very patient with us.

    Amity Gardner
    Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside
    Reviewed on 30/07/2018

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