Akroyd (Head Guide)
started climbing at the age 16. Based in the Manchester
area, he had access to a variety of rock climbing centres
in the north of England and Wales. Rock climbing was his
first passion which developed into mountaineering in his
twenties. He first visited the Cuillins in the summer
of 1962 . From this visit he new that if it was at all
possible he would move to Skye, and to the area of Glenbrittle.
In 1972 he realised this dream, and hasnt looked
is an experienced Mountain Guide as well as an accomplished
Mountaineer. He has been Guiding in the Cuillins since 1972,
both in summer and winter. During this time he has also operated
in many other parts of Scotland, and has spent time every
summer in the Alps.
Since moving to Skye, Gerry has been an active member of the
Skye Mountain Rescue Team, and in 1975 he became team leader.
He has held this post up to the present day. Along with his
duties as the team leader he has also worked in the role of
training officer since 1975
Over the years his love for the mountains has grown, and his
drive to help others to enjoy the Cuillins remains undiminished.
has lived in Glenbrittle, at the foot of the Cuillins,
all of his life. As a child he walked in the Corries
and in the Lake District, before progressing to the
main ridge of the Cuillin. Graham started rock climbing
at the age of 12 and winter mountaineering at the age
of 13. His Alpine experience started in 1993, at the
age of 17. He has five summer seasons in the Swiss and
French Alps on the 4000 metre peaks to his credit. Graham
is a qualified Mountain Leader, and has been an active
member of the Skye Mountain Rescue Team since 1993.
feels that the hills are very much part of who he is,
and derives great pleasure for helping others realise
how special these mountains are.