Staff Bios


George Hayton-Hines Climbing

Name: George Hayton-Hines – Centre 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.



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.


Name: Samuel Pilcher – Deputy Manager

About: Sam says he loves the adventure of climbing, others say he does it because his arms are longer than most legs (which is clearly cheating)… He’s also very keen on big mountains and anything that involves being out and about in the beautiful lake district, so just maybe we’ll believe him? Sam has lots of stories to tell involving numerous welsh routes, whipping through the air off cliffs, Mount Toubkhal, tower ridge on Ben Nevis and much more.  Just as happy falling through the air as he is hugging to Ambleside’s climbing wall, he is always looking for those next vertical challenges that lie ahead!  With a pack on his back and a smile on his face, you’ll likely find him walking the fells whatever the weather to reach his next adventure.

Aspirations: To climb loads more traditional routes in the Lake District, More Alpine ridges, Further experience in winter conditions and worldwide climbing!  

Qualifications: CWI, Fundamentals 1 and 2, Foundation Coach.

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Name: Adam Strickland – Instructor

About: Most will recognise Adam from his enthusiastic attitude to Climbing and his love to get others started in the sport. That and hes quite noisy, energetic, and cheerful so its hard to ever forget him. With experience on mountains, caves and cliffs Adam inspires confidence in even the most fearful of those wanting to try our sport. He can mostly be found in our centre running our popular sessions with lots of smiling faces, or attempting to tell our manager what needs doing and being scowled at.

Aspirations: To climb grade 3 winter by the end of the year, get to the top of more Scottish mountains, and find Wasdale.

Awards held: Single Pitch Award, Moutain Leader Summer.