Welcome to Sandy Paterson - Mountaineering Instructor (MIC).

I run hill walking, navigation, scrambling, rock climbing, winter skills and ice climbing courses in the Cairngorms as well as all over Scotland - and often venture further afield in the UK, as well as offering instruction and guiding in wintry Norway and sunny Spain.

All courses can be tailored to your needs so it does not matter if you are a complete beginner or a more experienced mountaineer. If you do not see exactly what you are looking for please feel free to get in touch.


Winter's Started 

Winter has started in Scotland with people out climbing routes in the Northern Corries and on Ben Nevis at the start of November. Now is a good time to book some instruction or coaching. 

Mountain Leader Training and Assessment 

Intersted in doing you Summer Mountain Leader Training or Assessment in 2013? Summer ML course dates have now been released so book early to not be disappointed.

Cullin Ridge Scrambling 

Fancy going to the mecca of scrambling in the UK? May and June is a great time to get across to Skye for some scrambling guiding and instruction. 


Courses and Guiding

Courses can be one of two types. "Skills" courses are aimed at teaching you new competencies and leaving you self sufficient in your chosen area. Alternatively, I offer guided holidays that will leave you free to enjoy the activity and not worry about the worries of leading, organising and the weather.
So whether you want to take your first steps in the great outdoors, climb a famous route, scale an isolated sea stack, pick up an ice axe for the first time or tick off that elusive winter climb, get in touch.

  AMI Member

I hold the Mountain Instructors Certificate (MIC); this is the highest qualification for UK mountaineering. For more information about my qualifications have a look at the ABOUT page.


I am a member of The Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI) and the MLTA. AMI is the association for anyone who holds an MIA or MIC.

© 2009 Sandy Paterson
Phone: 07789 173840 - Email: info@sandypaterson.co.uk
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