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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 and Mountain Guides

Our passion for Climbing, Mountaineering and Skiing  is evident and is an essential part of the business. Our guides and instructors are very experienced and have an exceptional amount of personal mountain time to draw upon whilst on on the hill. The guides who make up our team strive to provide a safe, educational and fun day.  They hold a national First Aid Certificate, qualifications and all the relevant Insurance.


Ben Bradford

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.”

Matt Knapp

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 and trips in the south-west and Scotland. He holds the highest Climbing and Mountaineering qualification in the UK scheme – MIC.

Joe Stock

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.

Gavin Pike

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.

Kenny Grant

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!

Neil Mackay Mountain Guide

Neil Mackay

IFMGA Mountain Guide

Neil Mackay is a passionate IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide, Who splits his time between Chamonix, France and the Lake District, UK.

Originally from Scotland, Neil spent his formative years living in the Bavarian Alps.

With over 30 years of skiing and 20 years of mountaineering experience gained throughout the European Alps to the Himalayas.

Neil now works as a guide providing friendly and professional courses to suit your aspirations in both summer and winter.

David Gladwin - IFMGA Mountain Guide

David Gladwin

IFMGA Mountain Guide

David is an IFMGA Mountain Guide based in France.

David was born in Newcastle which is where he spent his youth exploring the sandstone buttresses of Northumberland.  He now lives in the alps so that he can be closer to his passions.

In the winters he teaches skiing and snowboarding in the Portes du Soleil ‘the greatest skiing area on earth’ and the summers are spent guiding in the alps.

He really loves exploring the greater ranges and the cultural diversities they have to offer. Whether putting up new routes in Alaska, Patagonia, Kyrgyzstan or the alps or teaching people which way up the crampons go he is always patient and super passionate.

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Autumn alpine climbing in #Chamonix - wall to wall sunshine, good conditions for the classics and no one's here. Perfect.
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Finally had a go at a long looked-at project, the Aravis skyline traverse. A spectacular ridge opposite Chamonix, full of steep limestone walls and summits.
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The first few peaks and climbs went pretty well, but it was a hot day and I ran out of water pretty quickly. Bailed on my last two summits, but still completed a good loop with all the technical bits. Including some good PD loose alpine down climbing.
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30km, 3236m ascent.
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So good to be out exploring somewhere totally new. A good adventure.
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Good early morning run/hike to the Midi lift in #Chamonix. Training for autumn - winter races and "projects"
Back into the mountains next week for some late season guiding.
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A #tbt to the Cosmiques arête last week. No idea where my clients are in this photo, but they're at the end of the rope somewhere.
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📷: Gavin Pike #guiding #climbing #guideslife #arcteryx #alpinism #Chamonix
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