The background of our main team members may be of interest to you:
Simon Greaves: Lead Guide, founder and owner of Cairngorm Treks. Qualified and highly experienced Mountain Leader with a life time of mountaineering throughout the British Isles, Europe and as far afield as New Zealand. Simon’s longest trek involved guiding two clients on a successful 44 day epic self supporting trek across the complete High Route of the Pyrenees. It was on this trek that he formulated the idea for Cairngorm Treks and making the experiences as lightweight and comfortable as possible. Originally from the Peak District National Park, Simon has spent much of his life being involved with outdoor pursuits and education, including rock climbing, canoeing, dingy sailing, caving and mountain biking. Now based in Tomintoul, Simon has been involved with guiding in the Cairngorm mountains for the past 14 years. His main passion is to provide opportunities for others to enjoy and benefit from the great outdoors, whatever their abilities or limitations.
Myrddin Irwin: Guide and photographer. Besides having a passion for the outdoors, mountain environments and bushcraft, Myrddin is a Mountain Leader and professional photographer who specialises in landscape and biographical photography. During his early professional photography career he worked as a studio photographer which involved photoshoots with adventurers such as James Cracknell. He has also had articles and photographs published in the outdoor magazine TGO. He is an active member of the Mountain Bothy Association, retained Fire Fighter and also works in the local distillery making the Tomintoul ‘Gentle Dram’.
Jessica Greaves: Assistant Guide and administration including web building. Jessica also currently works part time in the conservation sector with Trees for Life, and is very focused on rewilding initiatives such as the protection of the Scottish wild cats. Like her partner, Myrddin, she is a trained photographer and specialises in wildlife and environmental photography. Jess also has a keen interest in the positive effect the mountains can have on people’s physical and mental wellbeing and has been instrumental in setting up 3 Day ‘Trekking for Wellbeing’ experiences aimed at women.
Kerry Greaves: Base camp manager and in charge of administration, catering and logistics. She excels in making sure all our gear is in good order and up to date, and that the preparation for each trek runs smoothly. She organises all the food for our treks and is an expert in individual dietary considerations and making sure that all our trekkers get a balanced and nutritious diet whilst out in the hills. She also works in hospitality in one of the local hotels. Kerry is the partner of Simon and, like him, has lived and worked all over Europe.
Mike Fletcher: Consultant Guide. Qualified and highly experienced Mountain Leader with a life time of mountain walking and trekking experience throughout the British Isles, especially in Scotland and the Cairngorms. Mike is a recent amputee and has a prosthetic leg. This has been a new challenge for him which he has met with massive positivity and determination, and has helped the rest of the team understand better the needs of clients with limitations.