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UK Mountain Leader

Rock Climbing, Abseilling, Scrambling & Mountaineering Skills Courses. Guided walks, Challenges, Navigation courses and Expeditions in the UK & overseas.

UKML are a small group of qualified and experienced Climbing instructors, Mountain and Expedition leaders, Cavers Skiers and Bushcraft experts. Between us, we have skied, climbed or trekked on every continent, topped many peaks and logged 10,000’s of rock climbing routes in the UK, the continent and beyond.

Each of our instructors are specialists in different areas of the outdoor industry but all share one thing, the passion for the outdoors and the desire to teach others. With a wealth of knowledge and extensive experience between us within our chosen outdoor pursuit, UKML instructors are highly qualified and professional individuals. Our freelance instructors are experts in their field, working with groups and individuals of all ages for many established outdoor providers including County Council centres, Climbing walls, the Army and numerous companies/organisations within the UK’s National Parks and overseas.

And occasionally, when we’re not working, we still manage to find time to have some adventures of our own together, climbing, caving, hiking, scrambling, wild camping etc. Whatever the activity, its always a good laugh.

So whether this is your first venture into the Great British mountains or you are an experienced walker/climber looking to improve and expand on your existing techniques and skills, we guarantee to have an instructor ideal for you.


UKML Chief Instructor | Danny Crump

Danny was exposed to the great outdoors at an early age through the Scouts movement. Frequent trips and expeditions into Britain’s wilder places sparked a passion for the mountains that has only grown since. Completing the Queens Scout and Gold D of E awards before his A-levels, Danny went on to work in Secondary Education teaching Physical Geography. He became responsible for co-ordinating field-trips and DofE so began working toward the ML Award scheme.

On gaining his Mountain Leaders award, Danny founded UK Mountain Leader, quit school and moved to the North-west to work as a full time instructor. He has guided groups and individuals walking or rock climbing in the mountains, both for UKML and numerous other providers including Lancaster University, Highpoint Mountain guides, Total Adventure, Large Outdoors and Bowick Hall OEC.

Crumpy is a keen all-round mountaineer, enjoying rock climbing, scrambling, hiking, high-altitude trekking and winter-mountaineering in equal measure. He is currently half way to climbing all 282 Scottish Munros and has logged over 1700 rock climbs in the UK and abroad.

When not in the UK’s mountains, Danny also leads Expeditions overseas for several providers including World Challenge and Outlook Expeditions. Since his first expedition to Nepal in 2011, he has led school groups to Swaziland, Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana, Laos, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Peru and Bolivia with future trips to India Himalayas and Borneo also confirmed. He has led clients to Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Ri, the Annapurna Sanctuary and around the Annapurna Circuit.

Qualifications & Experience

Mountain Leader Award (Summer & Winter)
Single Pitch Award Qualified
Mountain Instructors Award (Trained)

UKML Senior Instructor | David Fisher

David holds the highest UK qualification through Mountain Training – the Mountain Instructor Certificate, along with being a member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors.

Based in the Lake District, a keen summer, winter and alpine climber, mountain biker, along with a bit of skiing, and enjoy taking the odd photo when the opportunity arises. He’s passionate about taking people out into the mountains, weather it be to develop their skills and confidence, or take them on their next adventure.


David feels lucky to have had the opportunity to both work and play in areas across the UK, Europe, Norway and New Zealand, along with leading high altitude treks and mountaineering expeditions in Tanzania, Russia, Morocco, Nepal, and Kyrgyzstan.

Qualifications & Experience

Mountain Instructors Certificate
AMI Full Member


David Fisher