8th April 2019

Meet the Team: Tamsin Gay

Written by Jack Nicholl

Aspirant British Mountain Guide


Our instructional team has gained some fantastic new members this spring, this week we’re meeting Tamsin Gay, instructor for climbing and hiking.

  • Tell us a bit about yourself Tamsin.

I am lucky enough to have a wildly diverse working life. I have joined Plas y Brenin part-time as a mountaineering and rock-climbing instructor and spend the rest of my year working across the globe as a mountain guide. I continually find motivation in helping other people to realize their own ambitions in the mountains. It is a privilege to share the hard work, the joy, the disappointment and the sense of arrival that people experience when climbing and mountaineering at all levels

  • What are some of your notable achievements?

I love the idea of being self-sufficient and resilient in difficult situations and this is what originally drove me to want to be able to operate confidently in the outdoors and ultimately to undertake the BMG qualification. When the Zombie apocalypse comes I like to think I’ll be well prepared to take to the hills! As such I take pride less in individual summits or particular routes but in being competent in a wide range of disciplines. This being said.. there are some things that stand out!

Climbing Beyond Good and Evil ED 3 on Aiguille des Pelerins, putting up a new WI6 ice route in Norway, skiing Mt Elbrus in Russia from its Northside as part of the 1st British team to do so, skiing the Couloir in Coire an Lochan, running the Cuillin ridge in summer, kayaking the Apurimac, the main source of the Amazon and once, consistently doing yoga every day for a month!

  • Any ambitions looking forward?

To own my own home and start paying into a pension scheme! I have just whizzed through life having one adventure after another and it has only recently occurred to me that I would like a base of my own and a spot of stability so that is my next goal. Oh and I want to climb harder, bike faster, ski better, learn French and hold a handstand…who doesn’t?!

Keep an eye out for me on the telly in spring/summer 2019 on the BBC2 Expedition series with Steve Backshall.

Tamsin will be working on our Hike and Climb courses this season, click the links below to see our full programme.