Cheese on the summit of Jbel Toubkal (alt. 4167 mts, the highest peak in North Africa). UIAGM Mike “Twid” Turner, KragRags founder Nigel Braggins and Chris McLaren ticked the summit during their recent ice climbing trip to the Haute Atlas mountains of Morocco. Awesome views of Algeria, the Western Sahara and the Atlantic from up here.
Mike is a British Mountain Guide (BMG), lives in Switzerland and works all over the world as an international mountain guide (UIAGM) and instructor (MIC). He has worked in the outdoors all is life, qualified as a UIAGM guide in 1993, and was Senior Instructor and head of rock climbing at Plas y Brenin for 15 years before starting his own guiding business. He has climbed ice, rock and big walls for over 20 years, more than 75 routes graded at E7/8 and many at 8a.
Mike has established over 20 major new lines in the greater ranges and has climbed some of the hardest mixed and rock routes in the Alps. As for winter climbing, he has over 20 seasons in Scotland under his belt, plus first ascents, such as Scrabble VIII 7 on Stob Coire nan Lochan in Glen Coe. He also has extensive experience of alpine icefalls and has climbed up to WI 7. Whilst Sport routes may not have been his main focus he has still ticked numerous F8as.
Just a few of the highlights on his climbing CV include the first ascents of Supa Dupa Couloir VI ED4 in Alaska (for which he was nominated for the Piolet D’Or), The Good the Bad and the Ugly A3+ E3 on the South Tower of Paine in Patagonia, Endless Day VI A3+ on Baffin Island and Grains of Time, a 16 pitch E3 on Suro Tondo in Mali. He has accrued more than 100 mountain bivi nights living on portaledges, many with his wife Louise! (who is also a BMG).
Having climbed, skied and drunk beer with Mike for many years, I would recommend him to anyone who is seeking to develop their climbing and mountaineering skills (at any level, beginner to highly experienced).
You can find out more and contact Mike at www.themountainguidingcompany.com
The South West Face of the South Tower of Paine is the biggest unclimbed wall in Patagonia. You can read about the “Wall of Paine 2013” expedition with team members: Mike Turner, Calum Muskett, Jerry Gore and French film maker Raphael Jochaud at http://www.facebook.com/WallOfPaine
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