About Me - Jamie Bankhead

Jamie BankheadI had the great fortune to grow up in the Highlands (near Plockton), with Torridon, Skye and Kintail within easy reach. My first big hill was Liathach with my dad when I was 11, and I've continued to enjoy hillwalking ever since. I completed the Munros in 2011, and am now well into a second round.

My love of the hills stepped up a gear when I went to university in Preston -- with the Lake District at my very doorstep -- as a mature student, joining the mountaineering club where I became a keen rock and ice climber. At the club I also started to assist with training new members, sowing the seeds of my future career.

A founding team-member at the Ice Factor in Kinlochleven, I spent 9 very happy years there, developing my skills and qualifications and gaining an intimate knowledge of the Glencoe area. In 2012 I stepped down as manager to pursue a freelance career, which became Glencoe Climbing a year later.

I now live on the Isle of Skye with my lovely partner Lisa, which means more travel but has opened up lots of great opportunities to return to my old stamping-grounds among the beautiful Cuillin hills. In addition to Glencoe Climbing, I also work for a number of other providers, so my calendar is continuously varied and interesting; which certainly helps to keep me fresh!

I hold the MIC (Mountaineering Instructor Certificate), which is the highest UK-based award for all mountaineering activities in winter and summer conditions.

Climbing in ArdnamurchanStone Armchair, LiathachA Cold Day in Glencoe