Kath James – Senior Instructor



I’m a part-time, senior instructor at Plas y Brenin and a keen climber and mountaineer. I work on the full range of Mountain Training awards as well as skills courses for climbers and mountaineers. I really enjoys rock climbing and the Scottish winter.

I love passing on my knowledge and experience to others whether they are new to it all or experienced climbers who want to become instructors or leaders. And I also love being able to share my passion for being outside in the mountains or on sea cliffs with the people that I take out in a variety of different environments.



  • Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (WMCI)
  • International Mountain Leader (IML)
  • Level 2 Canoe Coach
  • Level 2 Kayak Coach
  • BSc Physical Geography



Some of the highlights of my climbing career include climbing The Nose on El Capitan, and the 1938 route on the north face of the Eiger (I talk about these climbs in my evening lecture).

I’ve also been lucky enough to explore the beautiful, wild and sandy climbing in Wadi Rum, Jordan and climb Mount Kenya.

My other passion is skiing, and exploring the mountains in winter, enjoying lots of ski touring in the European Alps, as well as a crazy trip ski mountaineering in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Consuming huge amounts of tasty tajine and mint tea in the hut after fantastic days out exploring the 4000m peaks of the Atlas – a perfect skiing adventure!



Skiing is always high on the agenda; each trip away always ends with more knowledge and a huge list of new places to explore. Long term, a return to the Himalaya or some of the peaks in South America would be great.