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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.

James Clapham

IFMGA Mountain Guide

James is an IFMGA Mountain Guide based in France.

James is a British IFMGA mountain guide and has been based in Chamonix for the last seven years.

Rock climbing on the granite outcrops of Dartmoor led James to adventures on six continents from sea stacks to the high Himalaya and after twenty years he is as passionate as ever and loves to share this enthusiasm with others.

He splits his time between rock & alpine climbing, ski touring and ice climbing depending on the season. Despite living away he still champions all things 'Devon', especially Dartmoor and in 2017 authored the new climbing guidebook to the region.

Robin Beadle - IFMGA Mountain Guide

Robin Beadle

IFMGA Mountain Guide

Robin is an IFMGA Mountain Guide based in France and the Lake District in the UK.

Robin has climbed in the Himalaya, Karakoram, Africa, South America and Antarctica, has summited Everest and Broad Peak with clients and led ski touring trips to Arctic East Greenland and Svalbard. He is a full time IFMGA and British Mountain Guide with over 30 years alpine mountaineering experience. Robin climbs all over the European Alps, being especially at home in the Chamonix Mont Blanc Massif and the Saas-Zermatt area of the Valais, but travels to all alpine regions, and has climbed most of the 4000 metre peaks in the Alps as a guide.

Frederico Arletti - IFMGA Mountain Guide

Frederico Arletti

IFMGA Mountain Guide

Frederico is an IFMGA mountain guide from Argentina..

After moving to Bariloche in Patagonia I fell in love with mountaineering and skiing and started the training to become a mountaineer and later a mountain guide.
I travel the world to discover new areas and saddled now in the Alps in Chamonix for a part of the year and Bariloche, Patagonia for the other half.
Working with guests from all over the world as a mountain guide is my passion and being outdoors is the best office I could imagine!
• Instructor for mountain guide courses AAGM (Asociación Argentina de Guías de Montaña) 2001-2017
• Ski instructor level 2 AADIDES
• Languages: Spanish, English and French

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5 days ago

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Awoke to a wild and blustery day at the Britannia refuge this morning. Plans were scrapped, extra coffees were drunk and we headed down.

Finished the day with some scrambling and summits on the Perron traverse above the Emosson Dam. A day salvaged.

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Fresh snow but summer temperatures on the 4000m Allalinhorn today.

It was nice to follow a track this morning. Tomorrow’s trail breaking is going to be a workout 😬

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1 week ago

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Back up in the #alpine again and enjoying the autumn weather and conditions.

Lots of rime ice on the Marbrees traverse this morning. Scottish.

Off to tick off a couple of Swiss 4000m peaks this weekend.

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Perfect autumn climbing weather. Photo: @allyswinton of Sara scrambling across the Perrons yesterday. The classic rocky ridge line above the Emosson reservoir.

It’s been a mixed few days weather wise, and the original plan of climbing the Grand Paradiso was out on hold. Flexibility is the key to a happy trip :)

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