Simon is a lifelong climber, coach and mountain guide, living in our home town of Bishop, CA. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, he began climbing with his father at age 2, in the Mourne Mountains of County Down.
Fast forward 35 years, and Simon enjoys all mountain sports from alpine big wall climbing to sport climbing, back-country skiing to bouldering. He’s equally at home climbing up icy couloirs, free climbing on El Capitan or pulling hard on the boulders. When he’s not guiding, he’s coaching and developing training plans for climbers, alpinists and skiers. Simon takes an educational approach to his guiding and loves to share his training and technical knowledge with his clients, helping them move towards their goals. Learn more about Simon’s passion for coaching and training for rock climbers and endurance athletes here.
Simon is currently on the AMGA/IFMGA guide track. He is an assistant rock guide and apprentice alpine guide. He holds his AIARE 2 certification and is a Wilderness First Responder.
“If it wasn’t for Simon teaching me how to learn from my failure in early March, and helping me to train, I would NEVER have succeeded this week. I owe him big time! He helped me so much with all kinds of advice on his own time, for free. He is a tremendous asset to your organization and is what makes SMI a great company!” -Client – John K