Meet the team...
We specialize in working with small groups or individuals on tailor made courses and trips, taking people on adventurous climbs to match their ability and ambitions. Our philosophy for Outdoor Training is to provide a safe, informative and relaxed atmosphere to allow clients to gain as much as possible from their time with us.
Vertical Frontiers Instructors...
Our passion for Climbing and Hill-Walking is evident and is an essential part of the business. The majority of courses and days are run by Ben Bradford or Matt Knapp. Occasionally we use select local instructors to run courses. The select leaders are highly experienced, friendly and enthusiastic for all the activities they coach and instruct on. They also hold a national First Aid Certificate, qualifications and all the relevant Insurance.
Owner and Director of Vertical Frontiers Ltd
“For many years I worked in outdoor centres through out the South-West of England as an outdoor instructor in different activities including kayaking and sailing.
After specialising in rock climbing I started guiding on expeditions around the world on many six and seven thousand meter peaks. I now live year round in the Chamonix valley, mountaineering in the summer and skiing during the winter. I am a passionate Ski tourer and ski mountaineer and am a member of the British Ski Mountaineering team, competing at an international level around the alps through out the winter.”
UK Rock Climbing and Mountaineering Instructor
A keen climber, mountaineer, skier and runner, Matt has been working in the outdoor education industry since leaving the Royal Marines.
For a few years Matt lived in the southern French Alps during the winters, returning to Devon in the summer to work and enjoy the UK trad climbing in the south-west. Now based on the edge of Dartmoor year round, he is “forced” to make the odd pilgramage to La Grave or Chamonix just to keep his hand in.
Matt works on our courses in the south-west and takes charge of the emails and admin when Ben’s away on expedition. He holds the highest Climbing and Mountaineering qualification in the UK scheme – MIC.
IFMGA Mountain Guide
Joe is an IFMGA Mountain Guide with a passion for mountain adventure in Alaska. He has been climbing and skiing around the world for 30 years with significant time in New Zealand, Australia, Asia, Alps, and throughout South America and the western United States.
Of all the places he's visited, the mountains of Southcentral Alaska are his favorite. Joe has an undergraduate degree in geology and geography from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and a graduate degree in watershed science (snow science focus) from Colorado State University. In addition to guiding, Joe works as a writer and photographer. The second edition of his guidebook for backcountry skiing in Southcentral Alaska, The Alaska Factor, was published in 2016. He lives in Anchorage with his wife Cathy.
IFMGA Mountain Guide
Gavin is a British IFMGA Mountain Guide based in Chamonix. He has been a keen rock climber, skier and alpinist for the past 15 years, and enjoys sharing the mountain experience in the Mont Blanc massif and surrounding areas of the Alps.
Climbing and guiding trips have taken Gavin to the mountains of Pakistan, Nepal, New Zealand and Alaska. Expedition climbing remains a great passion, and he looks forward to planning future adventures to remote and far-flung corners of the planet.
IFMGA Mountain Guide
Kenny is an IFMGA Mountain Guide based between Scotland and the Chamonix valley.
Originally from Fort William in the West Highlands of Scotland, Kenny served his apprenticeship skiing and climbing on the local mountains of Ben Nevis and Glencoe.
From there, his passion for the mountains took him to Canada, America and extensively the European Alps.
A keen mountain sports ‘all rounder’, bouldering, sport climbing, alpinism and winter climbing also feature in his Guiding and days off. Highlights include over a dozen Alpine ‘Grande Course’ routes including the North Faces of the Eiger, Grande Jorrasses and Dru. Any other spare time is taken up with mountain biking where he enjoys trying to keep up with his young son Fraser!