Mountaineering & Climbing Instructor (MCI) and International Mountain Leader (IML)
Learn more about my summer and winter mountaineering and climbing courses in Snowdonia, the Lake District, Yorkshire, the Peak District, and Scotland.
My name is Patrick Hickie and I’ve been mountaineering and climbing for over 30 years now. It’s a big achievement and privilege to be a fully qualified Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI) (formerly called MIA) and a member of our professional organisation, the Association of Mountaineering Instructors. I’ve also held both the Summer and Winter Mountain Leader certificates for over 20 years. In addition, I’m proud to be a fully qualified International Mountain Leader (IML) and member of the British Association of International Mountain Leaders. Mountaineering and climbing are broad activities and I’ve been involved in many aspects of these including hill walking; scrambling; ‘trad’ and sport rock climbing; winter climbing (both ice and mixed); Alpine mountaineering; ski-touring; and expeditions to the greater ranges. Some good fortune has seen me on first and second ascent expeditions in the Himalayas and climbed in corners of the world as far flung as Alaska, Patagonia and New Zealand. I’ve climbed and ski-toured in the Alps and Norway, and, nearer to home, been mountaineering and rock climbing all over the UK from the sea cliffs of Cornwall to the north face of Ben Nevis.
All this should therefore mean two things for you. First, as an experienced mountaineering and climbing instructor I’ve plenty of experience to pass on to you to help make you a self-reliant and safe mountaineer. Second, I know my way around very many (but by no means all!) of the best hills, mountains and cliffs that the UK has to offer. As a result, whatever the time of year, whatever the weather and whatever your goals, I will be able to choose the right place to enable you to get the best out of your course – which is as it should be.