Andy was born and bred in Northern England; with the Lake District and Snowdonia nearby. It wasn't long before he was exploring the summits and crags with skills learned from his time in the Scouts. Since discovering the joys of the Alps with a Cicerone guidebook in 1999, Andy and his wife Sue have explored much of the Western Alps, walking, running, cycling, ski touring or snowshoeing. Andy has been a volunteer member of the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team, Tavistock for 25 years, and has recently completed the in-depth training and assessments to become a qualified International Mountain Leader. He enjoys working with young people in the outdoors and has trained teams for the gruelling Ten Tors Challenge on Dartmoor as well as founding Junior Ten Tors in 1994.