Meet the team

It’s good to know who you’ll be out with. Years of guiding experience, professional qualifications and a heart in the right place – that’s what we represent and what our guides represent.  We only use leaders that we know and trust to guide our treks and expeditions. For more details on the guides qualifications, please click here

Mark Walker  is the Managing Director of Exped Adventure, a highly experienced Expedition Leader and Climbing Guide with over 20 years of mountaineering experience. Mark has led a variety of expeditions to the far corners of the globe. He specialises in technical mountaineering and remote trekking expeditions. Mark grew up in the English Lake District and knows the area inside out. He has put up new routes in the Lake District, winter and summer climbing, as well as on the Isle of Skye. He has climbed Himalayan peaks including Tharpa chuli and Singu chuli, and led expeditions to Morocco, Jordan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi and India.

Matt Stapley is an experienced outdoor instructor and has been in the industry for 12 years. He has worked with clients all over the UK, Peru, and Europe and has extensive mountaineering experience in America, North Africa and Western and Eastern Europe. Matt’s personal interests include multiday mountain marathons, ultra marathons and triathlons.

Rich Maywhort has 30 years experience of climbing and mountaineering, with 15 of those years as a professional Mountaineer and Climbing instructor. He has climbed and led clients extensively over the breadth of the UK and in the Alps. With Climbing and Mountaineering experience over Italy, Switzerland, France, Austria, Canada, Slovenia, Greece, random islands and North Africa.

Gary Fletcher has been working as Group Captain and Training Expedition Leader in the Royal Air Force for 25 years before taking on his current freelance work as Outdoor Instructor. He has led numerous White Water Kayaking expeditions to the French Alps and New Zealand, as well as Sea Kayaking expeditions in Scotland. He has been on expeditions to the High Atlas Mountains and Nepal, including Gokyo Ri (5357m).

Tracey Wright is a highly experienced International Mountain Leader and also holds the Mountain instructor Certificate. She has Alpine experience on touring and cross country skis, including summits of Weismeis, Pigne d’Arolla, Grand Paradiso and Mt Leone. She has lead mountaineering expeditions to Mt Kenya, including ascent of Diamond Couloir, Kilimanjaro, Bolivia 6000m peaks and Mont Blanc. She has extensive personal snow and ice mountaineering experience in New Zealand, the Alps and Scotland. Currently, she is working as a maths teacher at an International school of Aiglon College, Chesieres, Switzerland where she assists with the Outdoor Ed programme throughout the year. • Outdoor national qualifications British Assoc of Snowsport Instructors Alpine Level 2, Cross Country Ski Leader; Mountain Instructors Certificate (winter climbing instructor); International Mountain Leader.

Sam Westcott has led many expeditions for Exped Adventure, including Morocco, Elbrus, Kilimanjaro, Poland and Corsica. He is an experienced International Mountain Leader and Winter Mountain Leader. He has extensive mountaineering experience, including peaks in Nepal and the Alps, Mirror Peak, and Mont Blanc.

Neil Mackay is our highly experienced mountain and ski guide with over 20 years of mountaineering / climbing experience and 30 years of skiing behind him. Neil specialises in guiding trips in the European Alps and the UK in the winter season. Neil Holds the IFMGA award, the highest qualification obtained in the outdoor industry. 


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Our office is based in Staveley, in the beautiful English Lake District. You are very welcome to come in to meet us and talk about your trip in person.


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