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Guide Profiles

 

Julian W M Wright – Company Director, Lead Guide/ Field Expert, Professional Mountaineer

julian+254 711735100, Julian@africanascents.com

Julian Wright is a highly experience rock climber and mountaineer. This passion began at the early age of 14 and has resulted is creation of his own company.

Wright’s Climbing career was nurtured from an early age whilst at school in South Africa. The four years of school comprised daily climbing trips to the local crag and weekend trips to some of the Eastern Cape’s finest rock. Mentored and trained by well-known South African climber Keith James, Wright was inspired to take on Kenya’s ultimate challenge, Mt Kenya’s highest peak, point Batian 5199m.

Returning back to Kenya after graduating from Kingswood College, at the age of 17, Wright proceeded straight up the Mountain with a good friend and mentor James Kagembi.  Summiting Mt Kenya’s second highest peak point Nelion 5188m, in four and a half hours.

For the past 4 years Wright has been guiding on Mt Kenya and Kilimanjaro, both trekking and technical climbing, as a freelance Guide for Tropical ice, Rift Valley Adventures and Savage Wilderness.

Further guiding has been done in South Africa for a several companies around Table Mountain and the Sneu Bergh Mountains.

Mountaineering and climbing is his true passion, taking Wright’s experiences all around the world, climbing routes all over Kenya, South Africa, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, South East Asia and most recently Europe.

Qualifications: 

  • Top Rope Supervisor.
  • Single Pitch Supervisor.
  • Multi pitch Supervisor.
  • Abseil Supervisor.
  • Mountain Leader (TG26)
  • Wilderness First Responder.
  • Wilderness Medic.
  • FGASA Level 2- Safari Guide.
  • Trails Guide.

Responsibilities:

  • Field Expert.
  • Expedition Leader.
  • Lead Rock Climbing Guide.
  • Itinerary Planning.

Experience:

  • Summited Mt Kenya 50 times.
  • Guided the technical ascents of Mt Kenya’s point Batian and Nelion.
  • Extensive climbing in Kenya and South Africa for over eight years.
  • Creation and development of new crags throughout Kenya.
  • Ice climbing in Ouray, Colorado and in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Ski touring in Utah.

 

Thomas A Gregory – Company Director, Guide/ Operations and Logistics

tom+44 7870889772, +254 721911272, tom@africanascents.com

A qualified rock climbing guide and keen mountaineer, who has aspirations to gain similar qualifications as Julian Wright. Educated in the United Kingdom, Gregory has a degree in Sports Studies and Leisure Management. Gregory has recently achieved his Mountain Leader Award (ML), and is now working towards achieving his Mountain Instructor Award (MIA).

Qualifications:

  • Single Pitch Award (SPA) (MLTE).
  • Mountain Leader Award (ML) (MLTE).
  • Wilderness First Responder.
  • Bsc Sports Studies and Leisure Management.

Responsibilities:

  • Administration and Bookings.
  • Logistics and Operations.
  • Assistant Mountaineering Guide.
  • Assistant Rock Climbing Guide.
  • U.K and U.S.A Marketing.