Dave Talbot


Dave Talbot – Adventure Events was setup by Dave Talbot 14 years ago. 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 Kitzbühel 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. He decided to ski down this 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 learned 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 18, he decided not to study architecture at university, but to instead follow his heart and passion, and work in the outdoor industry.


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
Needles Isle of Wight


Dave helps people find adventures through his passion in the outdoors. A connection to adventure and the great outdoors is inside all of us. Nobody grows old living a number of years, people grew old only by deserting their ideals. Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Dave’s mission is to bring people back to their adventurous self and discover what can be achieved.  

Dave is a qualified adventure consultant and adventure professional with over 18 years of experience in the industry having worked across the globe for organisations, charities and brands – bringing world class events and experiences to all. 

Dave has a passion for all the activities and events he organises and work on. He has extensive experience and certificated expertise, holding the Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor Award (MCI), and he is a full member of the AMI (Association of Mountaineering Instructors).  Dave holds many qualifications from other sports. Dave has 18 years experience teaching in the outdoors, and 12 years experience running large events for companies around the world, and he loves to pass on knowledge and help people 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
    • Redpointing up to F7b+
    • Guided BBC presenter Andy Torbet up the North Face of Triglav for a Suzuki self film project
    • Sea 2 Summit Challenge in Costa Blanca 13 hour 24 minute – involves 20 miles or running, 1000 meters of rock climbing, 2500 meters of height gain and a very long ridge scramble.
    • Climbed El Cap in Yosemite
    • Climbing expeditions to Lobuche 6119m and Kyajo Ri 6186m – Nepal
    • North Face speed ascent of Mt Kenya 5199m via Standard Route IV+ in 10 hours up and down
    • Kilimanjaro expedition 5895m
    • Eleven peaks above 4000 metres in 6 days guiding clients in Morocco
    • Climbed and skied the north face of Elbrus 5642m – the highest mountain in Europe
    • Climbed and skied Toubkal 4167m – the highest mountain in North 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 and mountain bikes routes up to 150 miles a day
    • Many ultra marathon distance events
    • Runing the Pembrokeshire Coast Path (202 miles and 11,000 meters of ascent) in 5.5 days
    • Ran the Jurassic Coast 100 km race in 17 hours
    • Guided London to Paris cycle 12 times
    • Soloed 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 Talbot Winter Climbing

Dave Talbot wants to pass on his enthusiasm, knowledge and experience on all of his adventure events. The team that work with Dave are the most experienced, qualified instructors in the outdoor industry. They do more than just the hard skills of keeping people safe. They take great photos, teach people about the environment and have friendly banter – helping to make your experience more fun and fulfilling.

Dave Talbot – Adventure Events has been featured on the BBC, Channel 4 and Blink Films demonstrating safe working practices in the outdoor industry. Dave’s company has helped big brands such as Hyundai, Land Rover and Suzuki create adverts for television and the press. More information can be found here – https://davetalbot.net/adventurecontent/

Dave Talbot – Adventure Events will offer free advice on any event. We’ll give you the ideas you need to create the very best event and then work with you to deliver that adventure event. Get in touch here.


  • Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor – asp (WMCI) – formally known as the MIC
  • Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI) – formally known as the MIA
  • Winter Mountain Leader
  • IRATA Level 1 – with confined space training and signed off for nuclear sites
  • Rock Climbing Instructor – RCI – formally known as SPA
  • BASI Alpine Ski Instructor
  • British and Canadian Race Coach
  • Swiss Ski Instructor L2
  • 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


One of best projects was working for the BBC on the Isle of Wight. I had to abseil 100 meters + into a chalk tunnel. This tunnel ran beneath the island. My jobs was to 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 I found.

Over the years, travelling the world climbing, skiing and mountaineering has been hugely rewarding. Most people forget quite how much can be done in the UK. My top tip is get to know your backyard. Pick up a map and head out running and exploring on your doorstep. You’ll be be surprised how much there is on offer.

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 read huge numbers of business and life coaching books. I am always keen to develop through new qualifications and continuing professional development whenever I can. 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, there’s a fine line between learning new skills safely on an adventure, and taking unnecessary risks that are just plain dangerous. I always ensure the safety of everyone around me 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 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.

The fruit of everything good in life begins with a challenge. Everything is uphill that’s worthwhile and it’s not going to come to you and it’s not going to fall in your lap and it’s not going to be something that, oh my gosh it was so simple – it’s always going to be difficult. If you want it, you gotta go get it. Challenge yourself.