David Matthews
Professional Mountain Leader
A Personal Profile


At home in the Snowdonia Range of North Wales, the foundations of a
lifetime apprenticeship.  A love affair with mountains.









Older, just a little wiser, and
maybe rather grey, but still
enjoying the same love affair!





Working with David Dimbleby and the BBC Team on the 2005 Series 'Pictures of Britain'.  Here pictured at Gordale Scar in the Yorkshire Dales.





I have been a full and active member of a UK Mountain Rescue Team for more than 24 years, and hope to continue to do so for many more.  As well as being a qualified Registered Nurse I hold the Casualty Care Certificate issued by the Mountain Rescue Council.  Visit the website -
High Drama on Helvellyn                                                                            Like a coiled spring!

Swift Water Rescue demonstration

I hold the MLTB ML Certificate (Mountain Leader) and the SPA (Single Pitch Award).

I have a Master's Degree from the University of Keele and a teaching qualification (Cert Ed).  Having spent nearly 20 years leading groups in the hills and providing outdoor activities for many groups in the community in a mainly voluntary capacity, I gave up my 20 year career as a University Lecturer to work as a freelance Mountain Leader.

Some Photographs from my album

Early Days - Climbing in Langdale Valley                                                      Early days - Climbing on Dow (Coniston)

High in the Pyrenees Mountains                                                                A Pyrenees Summit

An apprenticeship in the mountains of  Lake District and Snowdonia

High in the Italian Dolomites

The Himalaya - On Kala Pattar with Pumori  (1997)                 High above Everest Base Camp (2000)

Italian Dolomites - Via Ferrata climbing (2006)            

Africa - Mt Meru  (2006)                                                                      Africa - Kilimanjaro  (2006)                  


The Swiss Alps (2007)


Approaching unclimbed summit  (5,850 metres)          -        Indian Himalaya (2007)             -        Crossing Lasrimo La (5,300 metres)