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Tim Blakemore

Tim Blakemore Mountain Guide in Antarctica

Northern Mountain Sport (Ltd) is directed by Tim Blakemore. His outdoor career has spanned over twenty years and he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Northern Mountain Sport.

Tim has a varied background which has taken him to all of earth's continents and he continues to travel widely. He has worked for the British Antarctic Survey, Plas y Brenin, Outward Bound and was a former Deputy Head of Dukeshouse Wood Centre. In the UK Tim acts as a Technical Advisor to many organisations and was a Mountain Training (England) Provider for all their awards for many years. He has been published in many magazines and journals including 'Summit', 'Scottish Mountaineer'. He's also co-delivered the BMC's Winter Safety Lectures in England and Wales over a three year period. He is a past Director of the British Mountain Guides and is currently involved in the mentoring, training and assessment of (mostly!) younger guides. He does worry that he is now forgetting more than he knows.

Tim is an IFMGA Mountain Guide and holds the Mountain Instructor Certificate (MIC). He's climbed many of the Alpine North Faces and 'Grande Courses' (mostly with a slow and heavy approach), too many Scottish winter routes to remember to grade VIII, and still enjoys struggling on rock climbs in the UK. Skiing is also a passion and he enjoys touring in wilder, quieter areas.

He has climbed new routes in the UK, Norway, Antarctica and Alaska (and attempted others in the Himalaya). Much exagerated accounts of these adventures have been published all over the net, in alpine club journals, in various climbing magazines (in different languages) and have even attracted recognition from the Piolet d'Or award. He's led many ski and sail expeditions, including Arctic Norway, Svalbard, Greenland and the Antarctic Peninsula skiing new lines and peaks.

A committed environmentalist, he puts his (and your) money where his mouth is and has been a member of 1% for the planet since 2007. Currently, Northern Mountain Sport has donated nearly £3500 to various individuals and environmental groups and is currently sponsoring projects in Africa.

He is father to Michael who is growing older considerably faster than his dad.

Northern Mountain Sport is also lucky enough to have a wealth of talent to choose from among friends and colleagues in the British Mountain Guides who share our client centred philosophy.

The vast majority of our work is with small private groups, families and individuals. We work at all levels (novice through to expert) and specialize in custom, bespoke trips. We won't pair unknown people together. We believe that your time is important and strive to maximise your experience in the mountains.

Based in the Chamonix valley of France we are perfectly placed for your alpine adventure.

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Tim is a guide of integrity and fun, with a sense of adventure balanced with care. He pushed us to our limits for unforgettable memories and ski pleasure. I always had absolute confidence in Tim’s judgement, somehow taking us to the edge, but knowing our limits, and then delivering thrilling runs and great snow, making all the effort worthwhile. Thanks so much Tim for sharing your extraordinary world

Ian S Bernese Oberland Ski Tour 2011

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