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Gary HodgsonTarmachan Mountaineering is run by Gary Hodgson. Gary has lived in many locations throughout The Highlands since 1994. I have over 25 years of personal experience of walking and climbing in the mountains of the UK and many other countries around the world. For the last 16 years I have been guiding groups and individuals of varied ages, abilities and backgrounds. It may sound very clichéd but I really do live and breathe the mountains!

I will aim to give you the best mountain experience ever. On all my days you can expect the very highest quality tuition, safety and enjoyment. Gary lives in Aviemore at the foot of The Cairngorm Mountains, Scotland.


Experience and qualifications

It takes many years gaining the correct skills and qualifications for the activities mountain leaders provide. By employing a company or person with these certificates you are assured of a professional and safe time out on the mountains. My qualifications are kept up to date with regular CPD.


Summer Mountain Leader Award (ML)
Winter Mountain Leader Award (WML)
International Mountain Leader Award (IML)
Trail Cycle Leader Award (MBLA)

Personal & working mountain experience

2015 Three week trekking trip to Patagonia ( Paine Circuit & Los Glaciares)

1995-2015 Many winter climbing routes through out The Scottish Highlands of grade I-III

2013 Mount Elbrus (5862m), Russia with a group of four clients

2006-2015 Over 45 completed circuits of Tour de Mont Blanc with clients

2000-2010 Several 4000m Alpine summits in The French and Swiss Alps

Many circuits of Tour of The Matterhorn & The Haute Route with clients

2010 Second completed round of The Munros

2010 Completed all Corbetts in Scotland (mountains over 2500ft)

2007 Guiding in The Jebel Sahro region in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco

2006 3 months guiding in the Alicante Mountains of Spain

2005-2010 Mountain trekking trips to Mallorca, Dolomites, Tenerife,

2002 Climbed four of the highest peaks in Mexico including Pico Orazibal, 5800m

2001 Completed all 282 Munros in Scotland, many of these in winter and many of these previously ascended countless times.

1998 Expedition to Aconcagua 6982m & several areas in Patagonia, Argentina

1995 Several mountains over 2500m & trekking routes in New Zealands Southern Alps

1990-2000 Many summits in excess of 3000m in The Austrian Alps including Grossglockner and Gross Venediger

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