Ambassador for the Martin Moran Foundation…

I’m delighted to be an Ambassador for the Martin Moran Foundation.

‘Nigel is an accomplished mountaineer, author and motivational speaker and a dear friend/climbing partner to Martin, here’s Nigel’s story in his own words:

“I first met Martin in the late 1990’s and vividly remember driving over Spean Bridge in a driving blizzard on my way to Lochcarron. We enjoyed a wonderful week climbing together around Torridon and his love and passion for the mountains was boundless. We traversed Liathach in full Alpine conditions and I still rate it as one of my best winter mountain days.

I then suffered a severe accident in North America and lost my fingers and toes to Frostbite. As soon as I could walk again, I contacted Martin for help and guidance. Alongside his guides, he was soon helping me adapt to my new body on both Scottish and Alpine routes. We climbed last together in 2017, crossing the Cuillin Ridge in two days under beautiful sunny skies. We joked that my toeless feet required B3 mountain boots and he had a bus pass. What a pair!

I owe more than I can say, through his patience, guidance and help I have returned to the words great ranges and climbed harder than ever. I have since become President of Buxton Mountain Rescue Team, a core presenter at the Kendal Mountain Festival and work as an Ambassador for the Mountain Heritage Trust.

His loss was deeply felt by many people, but with the creation of the Martin Moran Foundation his spirit lives on.”

Nigel has been a great inspiration to us and many people around the world who have suffered setbacks and barriers to the mountains. His resilience, humour and passion are infectious and we are delighted to have him on the MMF team!’

If you’d like to know more about the foundations work, take a look at their website…

Peak District National Park 70th Birthday..!

I’ve always believed in fresh air and exercise for both physical and mental health. The Peak District has always been on my doorstep and I’ve been a regular visitor for all of my 52 years.  The picture above was taken about 1976 in the Winnats Pass with my big Sister Amanda and my Nannars Dog Sally..!

Recently the park celebrated its 70th Birthday and to mark the occasion, I shot the sunrise from Thorpe Cloud above Dovedale…


Mountain Walking Newbies Podcast…

I entered the outdoors as a young lad, with family days in  the Peak District, Tazzing about the fields and hills in the early 1970’s.  Since then my career has taken me Mountaineering across the world.
If you’re a hill-walker who dreams of going higher, further, longer, but don’t know where to start, Mike Potts hopes to provide advice, information and inspiration.

He’s a walker, climber, (ex-)skier and member of Mountain Rescue in the Peak District, who’s dabbled in winter-climbing. He loves the hills and mountains; they provide comfort, solace, respite, exercise and general physical and mental well-being.

We spoke recently and Mike has produced a Podcast relating to my experiences on the hill.  I hope you enjoy the Podcast..!

Roots Of Reality Podcast…

I was recently contacted by Ben Baumann of the Roots of Reality Podcast.  Ben is an historian from the United States of America and has always been fascinated by life’s greatest questions: Who are we?  Where do we come from?  Why are we here?  And where are we going?  As a result, he decided to become a historian with a focus on the history of existence in the big picture and how it connects to our modern world, with the goal of taking our complex history and making it easy to understand.

I hope you enjoy the Podcast..!

Buxton Mountain Rescue Team – Live and Online..!

On Sunday 25th April,  we were given unique opportunity to get behind the scenes of Buxton Mountain Rescue Team with their first Live Event.

A huge amount of background work went into the evening and I’d like to thank everyone for inviting me to join them.

If you’d like to watch what happens behind the scenes of the Team and how it works, go to the Team Website…

Young Explorers Trust Forum – Live and Dirty..!

Last Sunday I spoke with the Young Explorers Trust about my childhood experiences in the outdoors.  Years in Farming, Hill Walking and Outdoor Pursuits at School cemented not only my love of the outdoors, but my physical and mental capacity to thrive, no-matter what the odds.

Here’s my story and my thoughts on how we can all improve…

The National Outside and Active Festival 2021…










Sadly COVID-19 is still restricting our abilities to meet, and this coming weekend we hoped to crowd into the NEC for the National Outdoor Expo.  However, the show will go on – online..!

The National Outside & Active Digital Festival launches this Saturday (27 March). The week-long digital festival is packed full of inspirational sessions, ‘how to’ workshops and all the latest kit, tech and gear from a host of top brands. On-demand sessions will be available 24-7 with live sessions at 6pm each night.

Follow the link below to see the full programme –…/outside-and-active-programme

Register for your free pass to attend

Speaking Online with the Young Explorers Trust…


Next Sunday I’ll be speaking online with the Young Explorers Trust about ‘The importance and value of expeditioning for young people’ The outdoors has shaped my life and enriched it more than any formal education ever could.

Getting youngsters outside, learning the important lessons of resilience, self-dependence, trust, teamwork, achievement, consequences, problem solving, limits, appreciation of risks, play v adventure, inner strength, coping mechanisms, stress – the list goes on..!  We can’t do this from behind a desk.

Join us on Sunday 28th March 2pm.  It’s free to see, but if you’d like to make a donation to the trust , they’d be very grateful…

The Kendal Mountain Festival 2020…

The 40th Anniversary of the Kendal Mountain Festival will be fully online and available to watch wherever you like.

Have a great time folks, theres over 400 films, 15 specialist sessions and over 30 literature talks. Live and on-demand from Thursday 19th November..!

National Outdoor Expo….



I’m very pleased to be an ambassador for The National Outdoor Expo at the NEC next March.

Tickets are on sale now but the event team have given me a code which you can use to book your ticket for free! Check out their website and use the code ‘NVARDY’ to claim your free pass (until 31st December). It’s something to look forward to early next year (stumps and vaccines crossed) and a great springboard for your 2021 outdoor activities.

By booking one of these complimentary tickets you can put something in your diary to look forward to without losing any money.

Many of the other #GetOutside Champs will be there be there, along with loads of great speakers with plenty of goodies for everyone who loves to spend time outdoors.

Hope to see you there!


BecomingX is launched..!

“If you knew what they knew, what could you become?”

We all have potential. It’s the journey from dream to reality. From good to great. From ordinary to extraordinary.

We’ve set out to help create a world where everyone can realise their potential, no matter what their starting point in life. Demystifying success and building skills on a global scale is not going to be easy. But doing difficult things doesn’t faze us. It’s what we do. It’s who we are.

I’m delighted to be part of BecomingX and look forward to inspiring stories from the worlds top achievers.

Life of a Mountain – Helvellyn at the London Mountain Film Festival…

On Saturday 7th November 2020, I will be live in the Lake District with Filmmaker Terry Abraham, hosting the opening night and interviewing Terry about his latest mountain epic.

In a simultaneous broadcast, with a live Q&A from the iconic Zeffirellis Cinema in Ambleside in the heart of the Lake District, you can join us from your own home and watch the world premiere of Life of a Mountain: Helvellyn.

Tickets can be purchased here…

‘The spectacular finale of the ‘Life of a Mountain’ trilogy from multi-award winning filmmaker and photographer, Terry Abraham whose critically acclaimed ‘Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike’ (2015) and ‘Life of a Mountain: Blencathra’ (2017) have been enjoyed by millions of viewers on the BBC. Nearly three years in production and featuring contributions from household names, locals and visitors alike, Abraham’s final love letter to Lakeland takes the breath away with sensational cinematography as we see Cumbria like never before’

The DofE Virtual Adventure…

The Duke of Edingburgh Award Scheme have launched their Virtual Adventure to raise funds which will support young people by walking the entire coastline of the UK (no you dont have to do all of it..!!!)

Here’s a few thoughts from myself on how to pack your bag, but also your companions, care, smiles and sharing…

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

The 21st anniversary of my fateful climb on Mt.McKinley has coincided with  the COVID-19 Lockdown and Mental Health Week 2020.

Here’s a few thoughts and life lessons I’ve learned over those 21 years…

Explore From Your Door…

How well do you know your local area? You may be surprised by how many paths and greenspaces are waiting for you to find! Now’s the time to explore from your door, on foot or by bike, and discover the lesser-known paths and trails. We asked our GetOutside Champions how they’ve been exploring their local area and what they’ve enjoyed the most.

Learning to Survive and Thrive…

21 Years have passed since my fateful expedition to Mt McKinley in Alaska.  Besides the obvious surgery, I also experienced isolation, fear, mental fatigue, physical damage and came out of lockdown a very different man.

I’ve shared a few thoughts with Ordnance Survey on how the present COVID-19 lockdown brings back those memories and how much both of them have affected me…