About Dave

Dave Talbot Mountain Instructor

How it Started

About Dave – Dave was brought up in the small village of Tytherington just north of Bristol. Here he developed his love for the outdoors – working on farms, riding mountain bikes and generally getting into trouble. At the age of 7 Dave went on his first family skiing holiday to the famous ski resort of Kitzbuehel in Austria. Dave remembers breaking away from his parents field of view and taking the lift to the top of the world cup downhill racing ski slope – ‘The Hahnenkamm”. Dave decided to ski down ‘The HahnenKamm’ in a mach 10 snow-plough – wildly out of control but with a smile from ear-to-ear. From that moment on the mountains, adventures, skiing and personal challenges would be a part of his daily life.

Dave joined the scouts and learnt more about the natural environment – going on expeditions and camping trips around the UK. In his teenage years he raced motocross at a high level before a bad injury led him to the decision to start rock climbing. At the age of 18 he decided not to study architecture at university but to instead follow his heart and passion and work in the outdoor industry.

About Dave

Dave has a passion for all the activities and events that he runs and works on and has extensive experience and certificated expertise. Dave holds the Mountain Instructor Award (MIA) and is a full member of the AMI (Association of Mountaineering Instructors), as well as other qualifications from other sports.  Dave has 13 years experience teaching in the outdoors and loves passing on knowledge learned over the years so that others can get the most from their adventures.

Dave has traveled all over the world skiing, climbing, guiding and coaching, from America to Thailand. Dave’s outdoor career highlights include:

    • 8 Winter Seasons in the Alps working as a ski instructor and guide
    • 4 Winter Seasons in Scotland
    • Onsight climbing up to E4
    • Head pointing up to E6
    • Repointing up to F7b
    • Guided BBC presenter Andy Torbet up the North Face of Triglav for a Suzuki self film project
    • Climbed El Cap in Yosemite
    • Climbing expeditions to Lobuche 6119m and Kyajo Ri 6186m – Nepal
    • Climbedand skied the north face of Elbrus 5642 meters – the highest mountain in Europe
    • Climbed and skied Toubkal 4167 meters – the highest mountain in northern Africa
    • Led M8
    • Worked on the Ice Climbing World Cup for 3 years
    • Scottish Winter Climbing up to grade 6
    • Cycle Endurance Rides such as cycling across Spain, 3 Cities, London to Paris
    • Run the Pembrokeshire Coast Path (202 miles and 11,000 meters of ascent) in 5.5 days
    • Guided London to Paris cycle 10 times
    • Soled the Weissmeis 4017m from the valley floor up and down in 7 hours 14 minutes
    • Guided the UK 3 Peaks Challenge on a push bike
    • Climbed and skied all across Europe, Africa, Russia, America, Canada and Thailand
    • Climbed new routes on the chalk stacks of the Isle of Wight for the BBC program ‘Coast’
    • New routes around the world from the Alps to Pembroke and locally at Avon Gorge – Bristol

Dave wants to pass on everything he can to the people that he guides. Not just the hard skills but also by helping take photos, teaching about wild flowers, telling stories and offering advice for the future. Over the years Dave has taken many photos and made lots of short films for fun and over more recent years companies like the BBC have picked up on this and he has been featured climbing, filming and working for the BBC series ‘Coast’ seen here.

Dave is always developing his skills and loves to work and climb all around the world, from the mountains of Snowdonia to the snowy peaks of the Alps. If Dave can help in any way then get in touch with him and he hopes to see you on an adventure soon.

What Clients Say

What an epic day. Dave gave us an amazing day on Wintours leap. We covered more than I could have hoped. Dave understood exactly what our objectives of the day were, excellent value for money. Dave was the most professional, and clearly knew his stuff.

Mr W Portal

Dave and his team hosted Noah’s Ark Charity Dangle event Sunday 16th October 2016 from Newport Transporter Bridge and we couldn’t have picked a better team of instructors to help us..

Noahs Ark Charity

All of the guides were extremely supportive and had the groups best interest at the forefront of everything we did, they were also very knowledgeable about the mountains and what lay ahead of us. This is the first time we have used Dave but definitely not the last!

CC Projects

Just wanted to say a very big thanks to yourself, Dave and Marcus for a brilliant day yesterday! Great success! As a district of 12 stores allowing us to do the Abseil at Peel Tower we will of raised around £4,500 for comic relief!

TK Max

Highly recommended 🙂 Dave was a great guide, super fun and a good photographer too, capturing all the best bits of our expedition. 

Ms A Challans
The best rock climbing instruction I’ve ever had. Extremely clear and engaging.
Mr P Thompson

I just wanted to add that the quality of instruction was actually more than excellent! I learned loads of things that were very empowering and challenging, while always feeling very safe and in a friendly atmosphere. I had a lot of fun and really enjoyed my day. Many thanks to Dave!

Ms L Houd

I will happily tell all my friends that it is one of the best things I have ever had the good fortune to do.

Mr M Draper

Dave, was excellent. He manages to combine an inspirational passion for climbing with very knowledgeable advice and instruction and an unerring eye for safety.

Mr A Wheeler

It has been an amazing experience. A gigantic sincere Thank you to Dave for his care, effort and lovely sense of humor! He made us really happy.

Ms V Giudici
Just wanted to pass on my thanks for a fantastic abseiling service from you guys yesterday. The feedback from all was what a professional and warmhearted company you are and even the very fearful felt safe and cared for and thanked you for your patience and reassurance.
Mrs R Dolton

It would be an understatement to say the Abberley Hall Clock Tower Abseil event exceeded my expectations.

Mr J Gittins

Qualifications Held

  • Mountaineering Instructor Award (M.I.A)
  • IRATA Level 1 – with confined space training and signed off for nuclear sites
  • MLTB Single Pitch Award
  • BASI Alpine Ski Instructor and British Race Coach
  • Swiss Ski Instructor
  • MLTB Mountain Leader Award
  • BCU Kayak Coach Level 2
  • Power Boat Level 2 with Tidal Endorsement
  • Mountain Bike Level 2 Leader
  • Accredited Assessor for Duke of Edinburgh
  • Basic Expedition Leader Award
  • Grand National Archery Leader
  • Enhanced CRB
  • Sports Coach UK
  • NCFE Professional Development Certificate for the Outdoor Industry
  • Outdoor First Aid Certificate
  • Full member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors

Extra’s

One of best projects was working for the BBC on the Isle of Wight. I had to abseil over 100m down into chalk tunnels that ran beneath the island and find a way out. The tunnels hadn’t been explored since the 2nd world war and very little was known about what I would find. I ended up making a film for the BBC about what was down there – a great experience.
Over the years traveling the world climbing and skiing has been awesome fun but most people forget quite how much can be done in the UK – top tip – get to know your back yard as you will be surprised how much there is to offer on your doorstep.
My eagerness lies in the natural environment; taking people into the outdoors; developing their skills and giving them an enjoyable and adventurous day. For me life is a journey – offering exciting challenges; which I am keen to embrace to further my experience, learn new skills and develop my character.
I am always keen to develop through new qualifications and continuing professional development whenever I can but if you have any ideas or feedback from courses or events that you have been on with me, I am always keen to listen and improve as best as I can.
As always with the outdoors industry, it’s a fine line between learning new skills, safety, adventure and some things that are just plain dangerous. I always ensure the safety of everyone around me and hope to help you have a good time and enjoy learning new skills in amazing places.
A lot of companies and instructors cut you off after the course has finished but I believe that if you need any advice on anything or you want a good rock climbing route recommendation then just ask. When you’re starting out it’s hard work to make the right decisions and I want to help you enjoy what you have learnt.

What Clients Say

What an epic day. Dave gave us an amazing day on Wintours leap. We covered more than I could have hoped. Dave understood exactly what our objectives of the day were, excellent value for money. Dave was the most professional, and clearly knew his stuff.
Mr W Portal

Dave and his team hosted Noah’s Ark Charity Dangle event Sunday 16th October 2016 from Newport Transporter Bridge and we couldn’t have picked a better team of instructors to help us..

Noahs Ark Charity

All of the guides were extremely supportive and had the groups best interest at the forefront of everything we did, they were also very knowledgeable about the mountains and what lay ahead of us. This is the first time we have used Dave but definitely not the last!

CC Projects

Just wanted to say a very big thanks to yourself, Dave and Marcus for a brilliant day yesterday! Great success! As a district of 12 stores allowing us to do the Abseil at Peel Tower we will of raised around £4,500 for comic relief!

TK Max

Highly recommended 🙂 Dave was a great guide, super fun and a good photographer too, capturing all the best bits of our expedition. 

Ms A Challans
The best rock climbing instruction I’ve ever had. Extremely clear and engaging.
Mr P Thompson

I just wanted to add that the quality of instruction was actually more than excellent! I learned loads of things that were very empowering and challenging, while always feeling very safe and in a friendly atmosphere. I had a lot of fun and really enjoyed my day. Many thanks to Dave!

Ms L Houd

I will happily tell all my friends that it is one of the best things I have ever had the good fortune to do.

Mr M Draper

Dave, was excellent. He manages to combine an inspirational passion for climbing with very knowledgeable advice and instruction and an unerring eye for safety.

Mr A Wheeler

It has been an amazing experience. A gigantic sincere Thank you to Dave for his care, effort and lovely sense of humor! He made us really happy.

Ms V Giudici
Just wanted to pass on my thanks for a fantastic abseiling service from you guys yesterday. The feedback from all was what a professional and warmhearted company you are and even the very fearful felt safe and cared for and thanked you for your patience and reassurance.
Mrs R Dolton

It would be an understatement to say the Abberley Hall Clock Tower Abseil event exceeded my expectations.

Mr J Gittins

GO ON AN ADVENTURE EVENT NOW