Climbing and Trekking Expeditions Worldwide
We offer support for climbing expeditions worldwide in areas where we have considerable personal knowledge and ground support contacts. We have established new routes in Jordan, Pakistan, Sinai, Venezuela, Madagascar and Kyrgzstan.
Working with Media
We have worked for the BBC in Venezuela on making programmes for the BBC Natural History Unit including:
- Lost land of the Jaguar with Steve Backshall climbing Umpuigma (first ascent) 2007 http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=45225
- Steve Backshall Extreme Mountain Challenge series episodes 1 & 2 shown 2016 with John Arran http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b073gr87
"Series combining stunning wildlife with high octane adventure. A team of explorers search the depths of the last great unspoilt jungle on the planet"
In addition for media we have supported: Gladiators climbing training, BBC childrens TV, SAS Survival secrets double role (2003-2004)
"Making the first ascent of Upuigma was a huge challenge - not only from a climbing point of view but especially how to capture it on film. John is a superb climber and his seemingly effortless approach to some very hairy pitches was nothing short of artistic and his leads gave the rest of the team a huge boost in confidence. We certainly couldn't have done it without John. Equally importantly, John is a brilliant team member with a great sense of humour and was just at home humping loads and helping to prepare dinner as he was in leading the climb. He understood all the (very frustrating) demands of filming on big walls and constantly came up with great ideas of how to overcome the technical and logistical challenges. It was a great privilege to work with John and also great fun."
Steve Greenwood, BBC Film Producer
Ivan Calderon video of the First Free ascent of Angel Falls main face with Ivan, Anne and John Arran, Yupi, Ben Heason and Miles. The world's highest free drop waterfall.
Our team members have provided bespoke adventures climbing unclimbed peaks in the jungle to achieve an ambition of a lifetime including teaming up with Dan Reeds and Luke Hanson in 2014 to making a first ascent on the tepui of El Soy y la Luna. Each of us have over 20 years of climbing experience and at least 10 years in remote locations in places where people rarely climb or have never climbed.
How much time is needed to go on an expedition adventure?
Usually it is neccessary to take two-three weeks off work as the locations can be difficult to access - but we are rewarded by doing something new and having a ground breaking adventure. You can expect to travel by light aircraft, dug out canoe, boat, helicopter, mule, 4x4 depending on the location.
When can we go?
Any time that is suitable for the climate and for the team. We are familiar with putting together the logistics for expedition but usually 2-3 months warning is useful!
What kinds of places have we been to?
Jungle - Venezuela, Columbia
High Mountains - Pakistan, China, Kyrgyzstan, India, Nepal
Deserts - Jordan, Egypt, Sinai
Other - Madagascar, Russia, South Africa, Korea, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Croatia, USA, Greece, Iran, Australia, New Zealand, most European countries
Who can do it?
If you have some climbing or trekking experience its possible depending on the adventure. We offer training prior to departure.
Can we put a team together and carry out neccessary risk assessments?
Yes. We have access to wilderness medcine experts including polar, film crew and safety personel who we have worked with before and trust.
What if we can't do it?
We have loads of great contacts in the expedition world and are sure to know someone who can help.
Thanks to DMM, Arcteryx, Boreal, The North Face, Wild Country, Petzl and Lyon equipment who have supported some of our team members over the years on their adventures