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    Jim Sutherland

    Inquisitive | Patient | Imaginative


    Since 2003 I have had my own guiding business as well as working in high schools teaching outdoor learning, maths and computing science. I have guided clients all over the Scottish Highlands in winter; summer as well as overseas. This has included hillwalking, mountaineering, rock climbing, ice climbing, mountain biking and bike packing. I enjoy seeing my clients skills, confidence and plans grow for their own future trips.

    Before moving to the Cairngorms National Park in 2017 I was a key member of the Torridon Mountain Rescue Team and a national trainer for Scotland. I have worked with companies such as the BBC and Jack Wolfskin to provide location services and mountain safety. My personal skills, motivation, flexibility, enthusiasm, attention to detail, writing and photography
    skills have made me proud to be a guide.

    Place to play 

    I am lucky enough to live in one of the biggest ‘sweetie shops’ in the World…the Cairngorms National Park. I can leave my home and be at the edge of the forest and the mountains within an hour, this is one of my favourite places to play.

    Not a lot of people know this 

    When I was a student in Chicago I led the McDonalds Christmas parade dressed as one of Cinderella’s footmen – it was broadcast on national TV in the States.

    Qualifications Read More

    Mountain Bike Leader

    Mountaineering Instructor Certificate (WMCI)

    Experience Read More

    Hillwalking, rock climbing, mountaineering and winter climbing throughout the Scottish Highlands for thirty years. Ten or more summer or alpine trips to the Alps for mountaineering or ski touring. My wife and I have also backpacked in over half a dozen of the wonderful National Parks in the Southwest of the United States. For the last few years I have spent more time mountain biking and bikepacking with an exploratory theme as well as classics such as the Torridon Loop, the Capital Trail or the local trails of Strathspey.

    Biggest Adventure Read More

    Leaving Banff, Canada on my bike and heading south to Mexico…

    Specialist Subject Read More

    Inspiring myself and others to dream big.

    Publications Read More

    Cicerone guidebook ‘Walking in Torridon’ I helped edit the third edition.

    Various magazine photographs and articles in publications such as ‘Wilderness Scotland’, SYHA magazine, The Scottish Mountaineer and online.

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