Meet the Team

Lee James Principal Guide To Mountain escapes

Hello I am Lee one of the principal guides for Mountain escapes and love nothing more than sharing our outdoor adventures with you. I am based in the Peak District but spend a lot of my outdoor time In wales, The lake district and Scotland.

I have been involved with the outdoors since 2012 and became a fully qualified Summer Mountain guide in 2015.I have been involved with RAW adventures who have helped Action challenge deliver events for the Macmillan Cancer charity mighty hikes series helping 1000`s of walkers to raise funds and achieve their goals in completing the marathon.

RAW have also asked me to help out in some of the mountain events for the Walking with the Wounded charity which saw me working on the Balmoral Estate and the mountains of the Cairngorms in 2017 and again I am pleased to support the event in 2018.

In 2017 I have been asked to work for Map adventures who deliver summer camps in Mid wales for schools which is extremely rewarding seeing inner city children coming to enjoy the great outdoors. Again this is something i am looking forward to doing in 2018 and with the added option of going to work with the english schools in Cyprus.

2017 has been a great year for myself to begin work with companies that deliver the Duke of Edinburgh scheme to schools. This has involved the training, the practice before they go on to do their qualifying expedition

In November 2017 I have applied to the National Navigational Award Scheme to be able to teach and deliver the silver and bronze awards and it something I am proud of and I am looking forward to teaching and introducing others to the great outdoors

My walking experience began with the target of completing the Welsh Nuttalls ( hills in Wales over 2000ft). There are 189 welsh nuttalls and i will complete these in 2018. As a peak bagger my aims have begun to extend into the English nuttalls of which there are 256 of these and I am now left with just under 200 of these hills to complete. Wainwrights are another set of peaks that I am walking which I love nothing more than meeting up with some local friends and their working cocker to walk this stunning area. .Always after a challenge you cannot go further wrong than the ultimate in UK walking than becoming a munro bagger. This year I have completed 50 munros from the 282 on the munro list.

My other walking passion are the long distance path walking which I would love to do more. In 2014 we completed the West Highland way 96 miles Glasgow to Fort William in 6 days and in 2016 we completed the Offas dyke path 176 miles from Chepstow to Prestatyn in 13 days.

Not only has my walking taken me to some great UK mountains but I have been fortunate to walk and camp in Northern Norway in the spectacular and beautiful archipelago of the Lofoten Islands. A must for anyone who loves scenery wildlife and photography. I also love to walk and visit the sierra Nevada of southern spain and have been blessed to summit 3 of the 4 3000m mountains of the Sierra nevada.

Paul McGrory Principal Climber and water sports Instructor for Map adventures and Mountain Escapes

Hello all I`m Paul McGrory and a owner director of the mounatin escapes sister company Map Adventures and will be your main guide if you wish to try your hand at Climbing either as a single pitch or if you have the skills we can do Multi pitch climbing.

I will also be looking after you if you wish to do any water activities so we can all manage your outdoor needs.

My Background is Military , Ex RAPTC & Freelancing for the military in outdoor education capacity at British Army

I started my outdoor teaching career with the British Army and have over 15 years experience with the Royal Army Physical Training Corps. Since semi retiring, I enjoy working for Help for Heroes and Walking with the Wounded but mainly works with children in the U.K., Republic of Ireland, United Arab Emirates and Oman.

Part of my work involves closely with vulnerable children on a one to one basis as well as working with disabled children and young adults and I still work with the military in a part time capacity offering physical consultancy and organising and conducting U.K. and Overseas Adventure Training.

The British army have been good to me allowing me to gain my qualifications to enjoy sharing my passion and teaching others about the great outdoors.

Please get in touch if there is something we can do for that is bespoke to your climbing and water sports needs