Simon Yearsley...

As well as running a successful campervan rental company, Simon also takes great pleasure in doing talks/lectures about his climbing exploits. His previous background in management development and presenting to big corporates, coupled with his mountaineering pedigree means his talks are professionally and enthusiastically delivered, lavishly illustrated… with some fine stories thrown in too!

He currently has two main talks: “New Scottish Winter Routes in Out Of The Way Places” in which he describes his passion for putting up new winter routes in Scotland, and talks about partners, research, effort, and dealing with failure… all key components in his love for new route adventures. And “Rimo III 2012” an account of an expedition to the East Karakorum with Malcolm Bass and Paul Figg where despite not getting up their main objective, they did make the first ascent of a fine 6,300m peak in very challenging conditions.

Simon has successfully presented these talks to the BMC Expedition Forum, Scottish Mountaineering Club Lecture Series, Alpine Club Lecture Series, BMC International Winter Meet, as well as his local pub.

It’s usually just Simon doing the talking… but for more added spice and probably even funnier stories, Malcolm Bass can often be persuaded to jointly present too!

To find out more about the talks, or to book a date,
contact Simon on,
or phone him on 07785 320074

“Absorbing and fascinating insight into his and Malcolm’s new routes in Scotland… the biggest round of applause we’ve given for a long time!”

Geoff Cohen
Scottish Mountaineering Club

“This guy is hugely passionate about his adventures in Scotland, and delivers great presentations.. not as funny as mine though”

Nick Bullock
Leading Escapee From The Rat Race

“Cool stories and great presentation. Not a bad climber too, even though he is more than twice my age!”

Greg Boswell
Scottish Winter Activist

“Great stories which really capture the adventurous and challenging new routes he and Malcolm have added to the Scottish winter scene”

Simon Richardson
Scottish Winter Activist

  • SMC/AC Winter Lecture Series
  • 8th Oct 2014 Edinburgh
  • Scottish Winter lecture
  • Ice Factor Festival of Ice
  • 2nd Nov 2014 Kinlochleven
  • Scottish Winter lecture
  • White Good Dry Tooling Meet
  • 16th Nov 2014 Ruthin, N Wales
  • Scottish Winter lecture
  • Bankfoot Inn
  • 26th Nov 2014 Bankfoot
  • Scottish Winter lecture
  • AC Lakeland Lecture Series
  • 10th Dec 2014 Staveley
  • Scottish Winter lecture
  • Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore
  • 28th Jan 2015
  • Scottish Winter lecture
  • Clachaig Inn, Glencoe
  • 20th February 2015
  • Scottish Winter lecture
  • Youth Adventure Trust, Bristol
  • 25th February 2015
  • Scottish Winter lecture
  • Ochills Mountaineering Club, Stirling
  • 6th November 2015
  • Going Beyond, Pushing The Limit

Simon has a deep love for all things mountain. Fuelled by early rock-climbing adventures growing up in the Uk’s beautiful Lake District, he has developed this love affair with climbing over the past 35 years. His real passion is exploratory climbing, whether it’s making first ascents of Himalayan peaks or new routes on remote Scottish winter cliffs, he is driven by the thrill of finding new lines or new summits.

He has climbed adventurous routes all over the world, including the first British (second overall) ascent of Yogeshwar (6,617m, Indian Garwhal, 1992) with a then youthful Malcom Bass; the first ascent of two difficult new routes in fast and light style on the south face of Kahiltna Queen in Alaska, again with Malcolm in 2003; and more recently the first ascent of Dunlung Kangri (6,365m Indian East Karakorum, 2012) with Paul Figg and Malcolm.

Ten years ago he moved to Scotland to be closer to the wonderful winter playground of the Scottish mountains and it’s on this stage that, mainly with Malcolm, he has climbed dozens of adventurous new routes. Now 51 and a proud father (and hopefully a good husband) he is as driven as ever to continue high standard exploratory climbing in remote and beautiful locations around the world.

Simon is proud to be sponsored by Montane