About Leading Edge

Mountaineering instructors Sam Leary and Cath Wilson's personal and professional experience allows them to generate an inclusive and supportive atmosphere. Their empathy will help insure a bespoke and rewarding experience for you. Cath and Sam run open, friendly and fun courses which are packed full of learning, delivered expertly and at the right level and pace for you.

To access the mountains and crags safely requires a varied skill set; physical, technical and mental, we look at them all. You will see measurable improvements during your time with us and most of our strategies you can take away and continue to use and improve to maximise your performance. We look at practical coping strategies to help you deal with blocks, concerns and fears that could be limiting you.

The relaxed atmosphere of our courses will do wonders for your ability and confidence.

Sam Leary

Sam Leary

Sam embodies what it is to be an inspirational coach and educator, her passion, motivation and drive are obvious which hugely benefits the people she is with. She has combined her 30 years of broad and extensive personal and professional experience in climbing and mountaineering to perfect and fine tune skills, this enables her to have maximum impact helping people achieve their personal goals and development. As well as providing 'top draw' coaching Sam values very highly having fun and enjoyable outdoor adventures and the sharing of memorable experiences with everyone she is with.


Cath Wilson

Cath Wilson

Cath is a highly experienced and dedicated educationalist. Her decades of instructing in the mountains is underpinned by a formal teaching background, she seamlessly melds these with her infectious enthusiasm for the outdoors. All of this combined guarantees any day out with her to be highly rewarding and full of enjoyment. Cath is first and foremost a people person and focuses very much on the individual. Her huge empathy, dedication and complete support will allow you to face challenges and achieve things you never thought possible. A truly inspirational woman and superb coach, who is completely committed and driven to help those around her reach their full potential.

Leading Edge Staff

Mick Jones

Mick Jones

Mick is a highly professional instructor who thrives in the mountain environment and is extremely knowledgeable of these surroundings. He is very passionate about sharing this with you and is expert at passing on the skills set and techniques you need. Incredibly supportive, he invests completely in you and will help you to develop and challenge yourself.

Dave Percy

Dave Percy

Dave is a consummate outdoor educator, his enthusiasm for the outdoors is second only to his ability to get the best out of people. Time shared on the crag or mountain with Dave will be an immensely rewarding one, not just for his instructional ability but also because of his great sense of humour.


Rachel Crewsmith

Rachael Crewsmith

Rachael is a super multi talented instructor whose enthusiasm and passion for the outdoors knows no bounds. Her energy and positivity is infectious and you always have a fantastic time out her. She is a dedicated outdoor professional who is expert at being able to take highly complex skills and techniques, break them down and deliver them in easy manageable chunks.


Ryan Lang

Ryan Lang

Ryan is a highly dedicated mountaineer who's passion and professionalism shines through in all that he does. Equally as happy in rock shoes or big boots he loves taking others into the mountains for adventures. His calm nature and mellow humour ensure any day out with him is highly rewarding and a whole lot of fun too.

Sally Lisle

Sally Lisle

Sally will help you get the best out of time in the mountains and yourself. Her background in sports psychology gives her an extra level of understanding and multiple tools to draw on when helping you maximise your capabilities. A dedicated climber and highly experienced educator she ensures any day out is of the highest quality.


Mo Barclay

Mo Barclay

Mo tries harder than anyone we know. That effort is applied to everything she does from structuring and delivering the best day for you or out climbing rock or alpine peaks for herself. She has a vast quantity of experience in outdoor education, across many disciplines and will have you achieving things you didn't think possible.


Sabby Paniccia

Sabby Paniccia

Sabby is one of the most energetic instructors out there. Her inexhaustible enthusiasm will have you thinking anything is possible. With Sabby looking after you it almost is, she is expert at matching the right level of challenge to your needs and always strikes the right balance between teaching and achieving, all done in the most supportive and fun way.

Matt Hawkins

Matt Hawkins

Matt is a very active mountaineer and is multi talented and qualified across many disciplines. Happy in the hills, on the crag or even in a kayak he takes all of this experience and delivers the most excellent days out for you. His wealth of coaching experience allows him to focus on you and your needs and take your performance to the next level.


Branwen McBride

Branwen McBride

Branwen is a professional educator (teacher!) as well as a excellent outdoor instructor. Her passion for the mountains and countryside has no bounds and she delights in taking you into this environment and helping you realise you can access it all too. She is a specialist in delivering navigation and will surprise you in how quickly she can have you moving around the mountains safely and confidently.


Vicky Owen

Vicky Owen

Vicky has years of experience in Outdoor Education and is highly experienced and qualified across many disciplines. She likes nothing more than being out in the mountains with you and will throw all of her substantial knowledge and skills into ensuring your day is top class and great fun too. Her calm and encouraging manner really allows you to feel comfortable and to excel no matter what your experience.