The Team

We love climbing! Between us we have climbed all over the world but we call the Peak District our home and our local knowledge aids us in finding the best training venues and climbs for all our clients whatever their ability. We love what we do and our passion for climbing shines out on every course we run. All our staff are qualified climbing instructors and coaches, trained and assessed by Mountain Training and most importantly, very psyched!

Stuart James Honick 

Stuart is the 'jack of all trades'. He has climbed some of the worlds largest mountains and rock faces, bouldered, sport and trad climbed his way all over the world. 'Bigger is always better' however there is no style he doesn't love and has climbed some of the Peak Districts most iconic (& most terrifying) routes. He holds the highest qualifications for climbing instruction and coaching in the UK and has been teaching others to climb for over 10 years. 

Michael Adams

Michael 'the guns' Adams has been climbing for nearly 10 years and regularly competes in national competitions. He has tick some of the countries hardest routes and is a self confessed sport climbing and bouldering addict. He has traveled all over the world in the pursuit of these disciplines, from Font in France to Yosemite Valley in America. 

He also holds multiple degrees in Chemistry and regularly enjoys blowing himself up in labs across the country. If you meet him and he doesn't have any eyebrows you now know why. 

Maddie Sweetman

Has been climbing for over 7 years and in that time she has worked for a variety of climbing and outdoor activity companies teaching, coaching and guiding climbers all over the UK. She is an avid traveler and has been climbing in a variety of areas including many in Europe, China and India. Maddie is a true trad specialist and has done multiple E grade routes in her time and is happiest, when most of us are not, on the sharp end of a climb.

Nick Bentley

Nick AKA 'Red Beard', has been climbing pretty much all of his life. Introduced to climbing at a young age he caught the bug early on and has been climbing ever since. He has climbed extensively throughout the UK & Europe and has years of knowledge and experience teaching others how to enjoy the outdoors and is a permanent member of The Peak Climbing School Staff.

Matt Shepherd

Matt 'the bold' Shepherd is an exceptionally strong climber and fantastic instructor. His climbing skills have been honed on the Grit for a number of years but is equally (and frustratingly for the rest of us) as good on any rock type in the world. He has been climbing all over Europe, studied outdoor education in Buxton and has been instructing others in his dark arts for some time now.

Buddy Budson

Buddy predominately runs the Peak Climbing School's HR and sandwich security departments. He has been climbing since the age of one and has travelled all over the UK & Europe on climbing trips. Buddy loves nothing more than just chilling in the sun at a crag and ensuring that no food waste is permitted whilst on courses. 

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