Tim Neill – Senior Instructor

Technical Development

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About

I am a part-time Senior Instructor and Head of Technical Development in mountaineering and climbing at Plas y Brenin.

This involves helping instructional staff stay current with skills, techniques and equipment to help delivery and safety within their work.

In my day-to-day work, I instruct on all aspects of climbing and mountaineering, as well as training and assessing candidates for the highest level of qualifications. Luckily for me, this involves climbing and mountaineering in inspiring places with people who are keen to learn and do.

In my own time, I’ve been lucky to climb in many places around the world, although climbing rock in North Wales is still my passion. Highlights at home are classics like Lord of the Flies, The Rainbow of Recalcitrance and Free Stone Henge. I’ve also spent much of my life avoiding the rainy UK weather travelling to rock climb worldwide from Australia to America, Africa and widely throughout the rest of Europe.

I’m also a fairly keen winter climber when I get the opportunity and have climbed many of the Welsh classic routes, as well as those throughout Scotland. I always jump at the chance to climb something different on the Ben or anything in the North West Highlands.

Beyond these fickle little islands, I enjoy climbing in the alps and beyond when I can.

Qualifications

  • British Mountain Guide

  • Mountaineering Instructor Certificate

Achievements

I’m chuffed to have completed Rebuffat’s list of the classic lines on the 6 great North Faces of the Alps, plus other icy belters like the Colton/MacIntyre on the Grandes Jorrasses and the Lesueur route on the Dru above Chamonix.

Alpine climbing further afield has had me shivering and out of breath in Alaska, Greenland, Peru and Argentine Patagonia. Seeing the sunrise from the summit of Fitzroy was mind-blowing (and cold)!

I’ve still got lots of ambitions on the crags and in the mountains...mostly just trying to keep up with the youngsters!