“Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all”… Ernest Shackleton, British polar explorer


Chris is the founder of Ecrins Alpine Safaris, a trekking company based in the village of Allemont in the French Alps. He is a qualified Accompagnatuer en Moyenne Montagne (AMM) and is a member of the Union of International Mountain Leaders (UIMLA).
After many years of teaching Physical and Outdoor Education in a special school for pupils with autism, he now lives and works in the Alps providing trekking experiences in the mountains and valleys near his home.
He has worked extensively in the hills and mountains of Great Britain and has led expeditions to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Namibia. Chris has also worked with the British school of Paris.

He is a qualified Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver Award trainer and assessor and has worked with many Gold award teams helping with their preparation and training.
Chris holds a Wilderness First aid certificate.

Ecrins Alpine Safaris’ policy on the environment:

As a company passionate about our work and the environment in which we work, we want to make our impact on our environment as light as possible. In our small way we do what we can to help keep this area of outstanding natural beauty as pristine as possible.

To help us achieve this goal we try where possible to “leave only foot prints and to take only pictures”. may be a picture of foot prints and photo.

We carry out all waste rubbish from the mountains and where and when it is safe to do so we will tidy up after those who haven’t been as careful and considerate.

When trekking we all need to answer the “call of nature” at some point. Our best advice would be away from any kind of water source; 100m for a pee and a 200m away for the “other one” and a practical distance from any habitation such as mountain refuges. Dig deep where possible and cover well so the animals don’t dig it up! Sanitary items should be wrapped, sealed and carried out and disposed of appropriately.

We keep travelling distance to a minimum and actively encourage transport sharing.