Staff Bios


George Hayton-Hines Climbing

Name: George Hayton-Hines – Manager

About: An avid & talented climber who enjoys nothing more than spending his days clinging to rock faces by the tips of his fingers. His favorite area to climb is the Lake District with its wide variety of crags and amazing views, but he has also been seen climbing in the Peak District and many other of the fantastic climbing spots around the UK.  He can usually be found in our bouldering room trying to solve one of his own maniacal problems!

Ambitions: To explore even more of the rock faces our country has to offer, and to step further abroad visiting new places and climbing to new heights.

Awards held: Single Pitch Award, RSA Level 2 Route Setter, Fundamentals 1-3, Climbing wall leading award.


Ian doctor

Name: Ian Doctor – Instructor

About: Ian quite likes rocks… No, Hes not a geologist, just a rock climber. Climbing is his true passion, and he seeks it where ever he goes! Whether that’s a crag in The Lake District, Wales or anything that seems fun to scale! When not gripping to rock Ian can be found running, walking, biking and paddling around the great lake district in any weather the Cumbria weather gods throw at him. An addict of mountain life regardless of the sport or pursuit, I’m sure one day you’ll bump into Ian living atop the fells as a hermit… Ask him about his love of extreme ironing?

Ambitions: Climb harder rock faces, hike higher mountains, bike cooler trails, iron bigger sheets, and enjoy life in the meantime!

Awards: Single Pitch Award, Climbing Wall Award + Abseil Module, RSA Level 1 Route Setter



Name: Nathan Hughes – Instructor

About: Nathan can be considered a human mountain goat with the amount of miles he’s racked up on his feet around the many mountains of the Lake District! Add to that his impressive list of treks and expeditions abroad, and you have a skilled mountaineer. He is also an accomplished climber with many traditional assents of routes around the lakes and further afield. A question about the lakes you say? Nathan would be the man to ask!

Ambitions: To become a winter mountain leader, and retain the correct number of fingers and toes in the process.

Awards held: Single Pitch Award, Moutain Leader Summer, Fundamentals 1-2.