About Me

me web pageOriginally from the Isle of Wight Mike spent most of his childhood holidays hiking around the Lake District and Snowdonia. Always a lover of the great outdoors he's spent much time travelling over the years, notably trekking in Central and South America and the Nepalese Himalaya. More recently hiking in the Cascades and Olympics mountain ranges of Washington and Oregon. He's also worked as a guide in Bulgaria and Greece.

In 1990 he came to Serre Chevalier for a three week holiday specifically to train at altitude for marathon running. Twenty eight years later he's still living in the region, which pretty much says it all...!

Having followed all the necessary training courses and taken all the exams in France, he now holds the french state diploma of “Accompagnateur en Montagne”, recognised as a professional guiding qualification all over the world, the UK equivalent for which is International Mountain Leader or hiking and trekking guide. This qualification also enables him to instruct Nordic Walking and work as a personal trainer and Trail Running coach.

A keen skier, snowboarder, cross country skier, mountain biker and trail runner he now runs a Bed and Breakfast Le Gite du Lautaret with his family at 2000m altitude in an idyllic spot for enjoying all these outdoor sports.

As a qualified coach he can offer advice and draw up tailor made training programs for beginners and for those who wish to improve their trail running or mountain marathon skills.

He is an active member of the UNAM (Union Nationale des Accompagnateurs en Montagne) and a qualified advanced medical first responder and as such has everything necessary in order to ensure that your trips are carried out with your safety and security as a paramount consideration.