Jim Sutherland set up nineonesix-guiding in 2003. He has climbed throughout the UK as well as the Swiss & French Alps, icefall climbing in Italy and a memorable ascent of a Ten Thousander in the United States. Jim is often described as the most friendly man in Scotland and never short of a story to tell. Winter climbing is Jim’s real passion although he is developing a penchant for carrying his bike up and riding it down some of the Torridon mountains. His relaxed style on the hill will make for an unforgettable experience and he is as handy with a set of bagpipes as he is an ice axe.
Qualifications : Mountaineering Instructor Certificate & Mountain Bike Leader Award
Nathan White is a very passionate outdoor activist who you are just as likely to see with his eyes on stalks floating down a rapid in a kayak as suffering his way up a winter route. Climbing is his real passion though which has taken Nathan to some amazing places such as the Cassin ridge on Denali in Alaska and big walling in Yosemite. Yet he still believes his alpine apprenticeship is not over and is hoping it will take him to some even bigger and better routes. Nathan is excited at the prospect of taking clients on our new ski touring adventures this season.
Qualifications : MIC & Mountain Ski Leader
Ian Stewart spends every available day in the winter skiing and climbing all across Scotland, from the accessible northern corries of Cairngorm on his doorstep to remote mountains in the wild North West Highlands, where the feelings of self reliance and adventure add so much more to a days climbing. Ian has climbed all over the UK, growing up on Yorkshire Grit but then moving to North Wales before leaving the crowds to come to Scotland. His climbing has also taken him across the world: ice climbing in Norway, sport climbing in Spain, France and Australia, alpine climbing and ski mountaineering in France and Switzerland.
Qualifications : MIC, Trail Cycle Leader & Emergency Medical Technician
Dunc Maclennan was born and raised in the Highlands. He was first introduced to the outdoors by his father, who used to take him fishing to hill lochs in Wester Ross. As time passed Dunc found that there was more adventure to be had above the lochs than below them. From this moment, a lifetime’s passion for the outdoors began, taking Dunc to all the mountainous parts of Scotland as well as the Alps, trekking in the Himalaya and the cloud forests of Ecuador. He loves nothing more than sharing his passion and knowledge with others in his favourite Highland places.
Qualifications : Winter Mountain Leader, Single Pitch Award & Emergency Medical Technician
Kirsty Chuchla feels incredibly lucky to call the mountains of Scotland her ‘office’ and loves sharing them with others. She has hiked, climbed, paddled and biked in many different countries but enjoys nothing more than an adventure in her ‘office’. Her upbeat manner and trademark big smile contribute to any day in the hills, whatever the weather! Not only will she provide you a safe and fun day out, it will also be packed full of interesting and informative facts bringing to life the landscape surrounding you. Kirsty is currently an aspirant for the International Mountain Leader Award.
Qualifications : Winter Mountain Leader Award & Single Pitch Award
Laura Mcauley enjoys being outdoors, whatever the activity and the more remote, the better. She has guided many, many times on remote expeditions across Scotland using various modes of transport. As a guide with an interest in environmental education, she will always be keen to share her wilderness knowledge with you while walking, biking, canoeing or climbing. Laura is also pretty good at making her mountain bike jump, climb and fly down the trails! She is also well qualified and experienced to help you fix your bike should it need some ‘tlc’.
Qualifications : Mountain Leader Award, Single Pitch Award & Mountain Bike Leader Award
Members of the nineonesix-guiding team will hold all, or some of the following UK National Governing Body qualifications:
Mountain Ski Leader