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East of Eden’ aims to help individuals or small groups develop their mountaineering skills through investing in proper instruction and friendly guidance.

The courses are organised by David Monteith a fully qualified Mountaineering Instructor (MIC), a founding member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI), and a member of the British Association of International Mountain Leaders (BAIML). David has 40 years experience in the mountains, after completing a PGCE in Geography and Outdoor education at UCNW Bangor in 1980 he has been instructing in outdoor centres and in two schools with comprehensive outdoor curriculums; St. David's College and Gordonstoun with its acclaimed outdoor programme. After taking early retirement from teaching in 2007 he has worked for himself and freelance for Glenmore Lodge, Pete Hill MIC and Stuart Johnston Mountaineering. During a year out with his family in Europe over 2009 – 2010 David completed the International Mountain Leader award in Switzerland and France.

He has climbed in the Alps, Kenya, the Antarctic, the Atlas Mountains, Norway and New Zealand, all of which adds depth to a comprehensive knowledge of climbing and mountaineering across the British Isles. Previously he was an orienteering and kayaking coach and in 1996 ‘compleated’ the Munros.

Courses are run in Scotland and Cumbria. In Scotland accommodation can be arranged to suit the group. In Cumbria courses may be based in comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation nestled underneath the Pennines in the village of Melmerby on the East side of the Eden Valley – hence the name! Activities can therefore be based in the Lake District, the Pennines and South West Scotland offering the opportunity to beat the weather and experience a varied diet of mountain and moorland experiences.

Instructor student ratios are kept to a minimum and courses are not tied to the ‘working day’ but take advantage of windows in the weather and opportunities to further experience such as ‘night navigation’ and climbing on the more remote mountain crags.