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    Guide Martyn smiles into the camera wearing a yellow helmet and out in the snow.

    Martyn Stottlaw

    Adaptable | Fun | Easy-going

    Mini Bio

    I only discovered adventure and wild places in my mid-twenties, but since then, I have had the privilege of journeying to quite a few cool places and working with so many great people. My early outdoor career was all about inspiring young people to develop using the outdoor environment as a vehicle. During this time, I had my own adventures that developed me whilst also developing a deep appreciation for the natural environment.

    I’ve been lucky enough to climb and bike in Europe, South America, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as expeditions through the Arctic and working with huskies.

    I now spend my time living, playing, and working in the Highlands of Scotland, sharing the things I love most about the area with those who choose to visit this amazing place.

    Favourite Place to Play

    Bikepacking anywhere in Scotland, often on my single speed; it’s amazing.

    Not a Lot of People Know This

    I have been a baker, captained an England football team, been on the cover of a fashion magazine, and been attacked by a polar bear.

    Experience Read More

    My career started after completing a BSc (Hons) degree in Outdoor Studies in the Lake District, where I also began hill walking, climbing, and mountain biking. Since then, I have been instructing, guiding, and facilitating a wide range of people and groups in adventurous activities. These are most often in the Highlands of Scotland, although I have occasionally worked in some cool places such as South America, the USA, and Lapland.

    More recently, I’ve spent time instructing the Army’s finest in various adventurous training activities, guiding people in the mountains of Skye, teaching them safe travel techniques in the winter environment, and showing them the best biking trails all over Scotland.

    I also volunteer with the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team and am currently responsible for training the team to be safe and effective at whatever we might be called out to deal with.

    Biggest Adventure Read More

    I can’t just pick one, so here are three:

    • Polar Bear monitoring and a month-long self-supported expedition to Svalbard.
    • Riding the Highland Trail 550 on a single speed mountain bike as fast as possible.
    • Having a family and continuing to do big multi-day cycle tours in Scotland and Europe.
    Specialist Subject Read More

    Bikes and pies

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