ABOUT

AFS MOUNTAINEERING

All Four Seasons (AFS) Mountaineering provides a range of hill, moor and mountain adventures and skills training to enable you to become more confident in the great outdoors and explore more. Fabian Seymour established AFS Mountaineering in 2016 to combine his passion for teaching, science, nature and the mountains, and bring that to others.

"I've been amazingly lucky to have been involved with some pretty amazing mountaineering clubs along with the opportunity to go and work in the Antarctic - which was the catalyst to awaken the thrill of adventure, snow and ice in my blood. I love teaching and helping folks gain the confidence to go out exploring, creating their own routes, getting out in winter, starting climbing, and of course Munro bagging!"

We provide courses, private guiding, private courses, night events, wilderness treks, climbing and winter mountaineering activities. There is so much to explore. 

We mainly work with adults as, although all instructors hold a fully enhanced DBS Certificate, we do not hold an AALA License. Under 18s are welcome to attend if accompanied by their parent / legal guardian. 

 

As the saying goes "Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain." - Jack Kerouac

 

It's all about you

You will get experienced mountain guides who aims to provide:

  • An inclusive and encouraging atmosphere. We are LGBT+ and BAME friendly.

  • Quality courses that will equip you with tools and confidence to become a more independent hill walker, climber and mountaineer

  • Advice on equipment and hill/mountain craft for your own adventures

  • Recommendations for different regions to visit which match your interests

  • Information about the landscape, flora and fauna we may encounter plus other interesting historical snippets if applicable!

  • Advice about accommodation nearby and transport options based on your budget

What we can't guarantee is the weather which, in Britain, is notorious!

 
About the Guide

Fabian is the driver behind AFS Mountaineering. However he does work with other trusted guides who are both knowledgeable as well as qualified and experienced where needed. He also likes to collaborate with others to provide new experiences and adventures and compliment skill sets. We all share a passion for the outdoors and want to share the love of the outdoors with you!

ABOUT

FABIAN SEYMOUR

BSc (Hons) PhD (Exon) SML WML RCI

Managing Director

I've been exploring the high places of Britain since 2001. I've worked with, and been a member of many University and other mountaineering clubs. I have a passion for enthusing others with the love of mountain environments and landscapes, and building people's confidence to get outdoors.

My interest in the mountains began when I had the amazing opportunity to work in Antarctica (2001 – 2002) researching how life was surviving in one of the most extreme environments in the world. I have a PhD in evolutionary molecular genetics and microbiology and have published peer-reviewed research articles.

I've climbed all of the 282 Munros (mountains in Scotland over 3,000ft), all of the other 3,000ft (+) peaks across England and Wales, as well as having explored many other wild areas across Britain. But I am equally happy exploring coast, moors, the enchanting and bleak plateaus of the Pennines, wild camping, exploring remote glens or climbing and scrambling crags and cliffs.

I hold the Summer and Winter Mountain Leader awards which are designed to ensure leaders have the necessary skills above and beyond what is expected to lead group walks and expeditions in the mountains of Britain and Ireland in summer and winter conditions. I also hold the Rock Climbing Instructor Award. I'm also a member of the Mountain Training Association and the British Mountaineering Council and undertake continuing professional development. I have a valid wilderness first aid certificate which is a requirement to holding the awards. I also hold a current (and transferable) enhanced DBS certificate and ​I'm insured to provide the range of activities within the remit of the Mountain Training Awards held​.

I'm accredited to provide BronzeSilver and Gold Navigator Awards and the NNAS Tutor Award through the National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) and I'm a member of the NNAS Board of Directors.

 

ABOUT

ALEX KAY

SML WML RCI MCI IML

Technical Guru who does all the hardcore stuff

Alexander Kay is a qualified Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor and International Mountain Leader with extensive worldwide experience. He has guided for over 12 years, his career taking him all over the planet. He has a vast knowledge of the UK’s national parks and most demanding mountain ranges. Throughout the spring months, Alex delivers guided Cuillin Ridge traverses and facilitates successful ascents of all 12 Munros on the Isle of Skye. During this time Alex also guides similar mountaineering objectives in Scotland, such as traverses of the Aonach Eagach ridge and ascents of Tower Ridge on Ben Nevis, both situated on the West Coast of Scotland.

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Alex loves to teach, and to look after people, and he has a great talent for leading others. He gains the utmost satisfaction from seeing people realise life-long ambitions; learn; analyse; reflect; and achieve greatness. His enthusiasm is truly contagious, and whether he is working or playing, he'll never be too far from the sea, rivers, mountains or crags.

 

He tends to move with the seasons, spreading his time between many parts of the UK and further afield; A typical year will see him in Scotland for the winter season, home in Snowdonia for a short period in the spring, up to the Isle of Skye for May/June before heading to the Alps for the summer, finishing off the year being somewhere overseas for autumn before back home for November/December. Each destination offers a plethora of opportunities and experiences.

As well as for himself, he has worked for a vast array of renowned organisations, including national outdoor centres, local education authorities, military training facilities, public and private schools, and travel and expedition companies. He has worked with an innumerable amount of people, of all ages and abilities, from beginner to advanced. He has a brilliant aptitude for building relations and bringing out the best in people; he relishes every opportunity to work with someone new. 

Alex holds the Summer and Winter Mountain Leader Award, Rock Climbing Instructor Award, Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor Award and International Mountain Leader Award. He also dabbles with paddling and holds another plethora of water-based qualifications. He's a member of Mountain Training Association, British Association of International Mountain Leaders and the Association of Mountaineering Instructors.

 
 

ABOUT

NAV REF

MA (Hons) MSc SML 

Nav is passionate about connecting people with the outdoors and wilderness, creating memorable experiences. He recognises the privilege of being able to help provide people with the confidence and opportunities to complete walks that they’ve been wanting to do, enabling them to reach their goals. He particularly loves climbing hills and has completed over half of Scotland’s munros and quarter of its Corbetts in the two years since moving to Scotland. He loves to plan and explore routes that are slightly different from the main paths and tries to ensure a mix of adventure and challenge where feasible. His walks can involve varied terrain including vehicle tracks, mountain paths or rough pathless moorland at different times of the year.

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In his own time he loves all types of walking including scrambling and climbing all-year round. For him, hillwalking is a form of active mindfulness, being in the present and observing the wonders that nature has to offer.

 

He holds the Summer Mountain Leader award which is designed to ensure leaders have the necessary skills above and beyond what is expected to lead group walks and expeditions in the mountains of Britain and Ireland in summer conditions. He is also a member of the Mountain Training Association and Mountaineering Scotland and undertakes continuing professional development. He also holds a current enhanced DBS certificate and is insured to provide the range of activities within the remit of the Mountain Training Award held.

 
 
 Collaborators

We work with other small independent companies to bring you additional benefits. We can develop more trips, use different skills, more skills and ultimately a better adventure experience for you! 

ABOUT

Adventures for the Soul

Adventures for the Soul is run by Alison Goodwin. 

 

She's passionate about the natural world and the outdoors. She holds a BSc degree in environmental management and PGCert in Tourism, Conservation & Sustainable Development. She's a keen fell walker and loves the north of England for all it's wild places. For her, being in nature is the great restorer. 

 

She set up Adventures for the Soul in 2019 after experiencing just how good being out in nature is for you. 

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Over the last 18 years, she's run wellness sessions & nature experiences for: Manchester University, Creative Support, Red Rose Forest. Groundwork Trust, Walking Women Holidays and Glenthorne Quaker Centre. Participants came from: BBC, central Government, Tesco, Nissan, Jaguar, NHS, JP Morgan, Deloitte, Vodafone, Glaxo, Sheffield University and Lancaster University.  

 

Since 2009, she's taken people to some of the most stunning areas of the UK on yoga, mindfulness and contemplative walking holidays. More recently she's worked with a team of fantastic collaborators offering truly awe-inspiring nature and dark skies experiences. And can't wait to get out and offer so much more......

 

She's a gentle walks leader, wellness coach, mindfulness practitioner, yoga instructor, holistic therapy specialist and former Zen Buddhist.

Together with AFS Mountaineering, we deliver Awe walks - designed to alter perception of the outdoors by being out in the hills at twilight and at night. Along with yoga sessions, we offer the chance to see the universe and dark skies and reconnect with  nature. 

 
 

ABOUT

Nick's Outdoors

Nick's Outdoors is run by Nick Rowe. His love for the outdoors started as child. He was also a member of the Royal Marine cadets that also gave him a love of the outdoors. He joined the army in 1995 and had a full career of 24 years. His final years were spent at the UK Armed Forces Mountain School, Joint Services Mountain Training Centre (JSMTC) in North Wales

This led him to gain experience in most outdoor activities and delivering training to military personnel in mountaineering, rock climbing, mountain biking and kayaking. From the snow of the Rockies to the hot sun of Mount Kenya, to the moorland of the Yorkshire Dales & Moors, his passion is all things outdoors. 

Nick is working with AFS Mountaineering to increase capacity for delivering rock climbing and abseiling activities and who know what else in future!

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