Dartmoor Granite, Haytor Three Sisters from Aonach Eagach Ridge, Glen Coe Ben Nevis North Face from Castle Ridge Skiing in the French Alps Sunset on Skafell Pike, Lakes

Shaun McCance

Shaun's work has consisted of an extensive experience leading and instructing groups in areas across the UK and abroad. With experience gained from from both leading hillwalking and mountaineering groups, from teaching climbing and advanced ropework and from mountain-bike guiding. Shaun has organised numerous expeditions to both Africa and the Himalayas.

Shaun is highly experienced in working with groups of all abilities where he has led and instructed in numerous areas, on scrambling routes, single and multi-pitch climbs and mountaineering activities both in the UK and abroad. Shaun is equally proficient in both summer, winter and alpine environments, which, coupled with his experience of the European Alps and further afield at higher altitudes, gives an excellent background for teaching and instructing and leading in the mountain environment.

Shaun is currently MIA and WML trained, Single Pitch Award (SPA) and Summer Mountain Leader qualified. Shaun is also a qualified Maths teacher and a graduate in Marine Technology, with which he is also employed as a Naval Architect.

Shaun's has worked freelance for a number of private companies since 2006, prior to which he held a leadership role with adventure training activities during his involvement with the Army Reserves, both in the UK and Europe, and had instructed at climbing towers and crags across the UK with several childrens cadet groups. Shaun has been involved with organisation of high ropes courses and other adventure activities. Shaun has guided mountain bike tours across Europe and has led groups on many of the UK challenge events. Also, in his involvement with several mountaineering clubs, Shaun has acquired extensive experience leading in the mountains and teaching climbing beyond the remit of the qualifications he currently holds.

Shaun is an advanced powerboat handler and safetyboat instructor, his experience and knowledge is backed up by extensive sailing qualifications including RYA Yachtmaster and Ski boat driver. Shaun has worked as powerboat instructor and has considerable experience in providing safety cover for sailing groups.

Shaun's personal interests are reflected in his work where he has spent several years visiting the European Alps and other mountain regions summiting a number of 4000m+ peaks and notably including ascents of Elbrus and an attempt at Ushba in the Caucasus. Shaun's mountain trips include both summer and winter ascents and has in recent years started to focus on more technical and demanding routes. He now has now some six years skiing experience including ski-touring and mountaineering.

Shaun is an experienced mountaineer and climber in addition to his love of Mountain Biking where he has raced both at a national level and in other more local events. He has considerable experience riding at an advanced level and has worked as a bike guide in Europe.

Experience and Skills Base:

  Mountaineer and Skier


  Mountain Biker

  Power Boat Instructor

  Ski Boat Handler


  MLTUK Mountain Instructor Award (Trained)

  MLTE Mountain Leader Award (Summer)

  MLTS Mountain Leader Award
(Winter Trained)

  MLTE Single Pitch Award

  Wilderness First Aid Certified - HSE/NGB Approved

  RYA Powerboat SB & L2 Instructor

  RYA Advanced Powerboat

  BWS Ski-boat Driver

  RYA Yachtmaster Shorebase

  Marine VHF Radio SRC Certificate

  DITS Certified (Defence Instructional Techniques)

  CRB Disclosure


  PGCE (S) Mathematics
University of Bangor; 2008.

  BSc (Hons) Marine Sports Technology
University of Plymouth; 2006.

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