The Team

Dan McKinlay

Dan Mckinlay has been climbing and instructing for the last 20 years and holds the MIC award. During that time he has worked for many well regarded organisations such as Plas Y Brenin, Glenmore Lodge, and even regularly trained the SAS mountain troop.

Dan has been involved in the development structure of the UK awards such as the CWA and CWLA. He is now the director of Mckinlay Mountaineering which has been delivering MT climbing and mountaineering awards for over 10 years. In addition Dan is the technical advisor for a number of local authorities, universities and schools specialising in site specific training for climbing walls.

He is a passionate climber, whether its local grit, sea cliff adventures or Scottish winter. He lives in Leeds with his partner and two children.

Adam Hughes

Adam Hughes is a full time Mountaineering Instructor and holds the Mountain Instructor Certificate (MIC).  Adam has over 15 years instructional experience across the UK and has worked for Scotland’s National Centre, Glenmore Lodge and other providers such as West Coast Mountain Guides.

His passion for the mountains has taken him to America, Spain, Poland and the European Alps.  He is constantly searching for new goals and challenges to push himself to the next level. As well as putting up new routes across climbing disciplines from hard trad leads to full on Scottish winter adventures.  He is a Course Director for the CWA and SPA Awards, and has been delivering these for over 8 years as well as working on CWLA and ML Summer courses. Adam lives in Halifax and with his wife and daughter.

John Proctor

John Proctor has been working as an outdoor pursuits instructor since 1989 and holds the MIA award. During this time he has worked with a wide and diverse client and has implemented adventure programs for education and youth groups, charities and scout troops. 

At the moment he enjoys providing climbing wall advice and training to Education Leeds, delivering NGB awards and running around after his twin daughters.

John’s has entensive experience across Britain’s mountain ranges, in both winter and summer. He enjoys walking, wild camping, biking and climbing and has trekked, climbed and skied around the world.

Mark Smith

Mark has been instructing in the outdoors for 20 years. He holds the Mountain Instructor Award (MIA).

A keen climber, Mark has climbed in many places around the globe and can often be found on the Eastern Edges of the Peak District.

Having worked as a freelance instructor for many years, Mark is currently involved in delivering Adaptive Adventure Training for Wounded, injured and sick service personnel as part of their Personal Recovery Programme. He has been delivering Mountain Training courses for many years and also works in the TV and Film Industry as a rigger, working alongside stunt teams providing safety cover.

He lives in Sheffield with his two daughters.