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Our Values and Ethos

Our ethos is to inspire you to get out and start enjoying the hills, mountains and crags of the UK. We want to help develop your skills and see you progress towards becoming an independent hill walker, mountaineer and/or climber. Mountaineering and climbing is our passion! Our instructors radiate this passion and we want to share this love of the mountains and crags with you too.



Our ‘course content’ gives you an idea of what we will cover on the day, but this is not a set-in stone list. At the beginning of a course, our instructors will ask what you want to achieve by the end of the course and will endeavour to achieve this for you. If you and the group pick up the skills early on, there is no reason why we cannot progress and teach you more. And course timings are flexible too. We will aim to finish around 1630-1700 on most of our courses, but if you have no plans after the course and the weather is good, why rush going home.


Quality Instruction

We strive to give you the best possible experience on every course! We want you to learn as much as possible in a safe and comfortable environment and offer an action-packed day in the hills and mountains and on the crags. Our aim is for our instructors to transfer their passion for the outdoors to you.


Experienced Instructors

All of our instructors are qualified mountain leaders and rock climbing instructors as a minimum, members of professional associations, first aid trained and fully insured. Our instructors experience stretches from climbing on the Tors of Dartmoor to ski mountaineering in the Alps! We have intimate knowledge of all the areas our courses are based and have spent many days, weeks and months personally climbing, walking and training in these areas.


Friendly Atmosphere

From the moment you first meet your instructor, you will be welcomed into a friendly and relaxed environment. Our aim is to make all our courses as friendly and relaxing as possible. Whilst you learn new skills, we want to find out more about you and get to know you too! And vice versa. Get to know your instructors and fellow course mates and make new friends to enjoy the hills, mountains and crags with.


Chris Cowdrey - At The Edge Mountaineeri

About Chris

Hi all, I’m Chris Cowdrey. I’m a climber, mountaineer, skier, summer mountain leader and rock climbing instructor based in Somerset, England. 


I have spent many years hill walking, mountaineering and climbing all over the UK. I got into the outdoors at a very early age and have built up my experience over the years. From hill walking in the Lake District to Ski mountaineering in the French Alps, I have progressed and developed my personal skills to be able to deliver my courses in a safe and professional manner.

I am an Army Cadet Force Adult Volunteer and an expedition leader for Outlook Expeditions. I decided to start AT THE EDGE MOUNTAINEERING because of my love of teaching people new skills and seeing the joy that the mountain environment brings to others. 

A list of some of my favorite adventures in the mountains include:

Summer scramble: Pinnacle Ridge (St Sunday Crag, Lake District) 3

Winter Scramble: Aonach Eagach Ridge (Glen Coe, Scotland) II

Rock Climb: The Old Man of Hoy (Hoy, Orkney) E1 5b

Ice Climb: Clogwyn Left Hand (Clogwyn Du, North Wales) V,5/6

Alpine Climb: Cosmique Arete (Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix) AD

Ski descent: Middle Triffide Couloir (La Grave, France)

I hold the Summer Mountain Leader (MLS) and the Rock Climbing Instructors (RCI) NGB awards. I am also a Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI) trainee, in the consolidation period between training and assessment.


As such, I am a trainee member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors and a full member of the Mountain Training Association. This ensures I keep my qualifications current through regular Continuing Personal Development (CPD).


I am a provider for the NNAS Bronze and Silver awards and am fully insured and have an enhanced DBS check. 

That's it for now, but feel free to contact me if you require any more information or if you have any questions. Click on the image above to go to my Mountain Training profile page.


See you in the mountains!

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