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  Gerry Akroyd (Head Guide)

Gerry Akroyd Gerry 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 hasn’t looked back since.

Gerry 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.

Graham G Akroyd

Graham Akroyd

Graham 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.

He 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.