About Wild Spaces

General Mountain DadAlthough born in Birmingham, I got the climbing bug early and moved to study in Leeds. I became engrossed in the Limestone scene throughout the 90’s and put up routes at Kilnsey such as Subculture, a popular 8a.  I’m still based in Leeds, Yorkshire where I live with my wife and two teenage sons. My passion for climbing crosses all disciplines from bouldering at Almscliffe (my spiritual home) to alpine rock and winter climbing.

Wild Spaces offers instruction in bouldering, trad climbing, sport climbing and mountaineering at all levels throughout the UK. I coach climbing movement together with technical skills and I write a popular training blog for The Climbing Depot. I run most of my group courses locally in the Leeds area, the Yorkshire Dales and The Lake District as this helps keep my carbon footprint down.

I try to run my model on a responsibly managed ethic, courses try to be carbon neutral and kit is chosen with great care so that when we work together we are making as light an impact as possible. If you are looking for a ‘Bear Grylls’ type extreme adventure and adrenaline day then I’m not the person for you. If you want high quality, individual instruction that will enable you to become a safe and independent climber together with fostering a desire explore the very best UK mountain experience has to offer then I am the person for you.

Until recently I was the Lead of Outstanding Teaching at a Secondary School in Bradford, I have since stepped down to develop my passion for the mountains and to run Wild Spaces. I use all the skills I developed as a workplace trainer who specialised in Solution Focused Coaching to work with Corporate clients on team building and fundraising events.

I hold the Mountaineering Instructor Award (MIA) and am a full member of the AMI with a fully up to date CPD record.

When not teaching, guiding and climbing I also test a wide variety of climbing and mountaineering equipment for most major outdoor companies. You can read my reviews and reports at www.climbinggearreviews.com. You can also follow my adventures and thoughts on the Wild Spaces Facebook page.

Happy climbing,

Dave sign off

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