About Us

About us
Graham Uney Mountaineering is owned by husband and wife team Graham Uney and Olivia Abbott. Our ethos is simple: to enhance your time in the mountains by providing expertly taught skills courses, enjoyable and safe rock climbing courses and experiences, and inspiring and informative guided mountain ascents. When you choose to join us, you will be experiencing Britain's wild places and wildlife in the company of a qualified walking and wildlife guide, with over 30 years experience of exploring the mountains and moorlands of Britain, and who is passionate about the upland environment, and about you, our clients.

Graham Uney

is our head guide and instructor, and the owner of the company. He holds Summer and Winter Mountain Leader awards, plus the Single Pitch Award and the Mountaineering Instructor Award for all rock climbing, scrambling and summer mountaineering activities, and is a Full Member of the Mountain Training Association, and the Association of Mountain Instructors. Graham is a course provider of Mountain Training's Hill and Mountain Skills Scheme, Lowland Leader Award, and Expedition Skills Module. 

During the winter, Graham works as the Fell Top Assessor for the Lake District National Park, a role that sees him climbing Helvellyn daily to take weather readings and to assess the snowpack – a vital service that helps to keep other walkers, mountaineers and climbers safe. As if that isn't enough, Graham also volunteers as a Full Team Member of the Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team.

Graham fell in love with the mountains at a young age – his earliest memory of hill walking is from a family holiday in the Yorkshire Dales when he (aged eight) climbed Penyghent and Plover Hill with his two older brothers. He completed the Wainwrights (the 214 hills of the Lake District) just before his 18th birthday, and in 1998 he became the first person to backpack over all the 2000ft summits of Wales (the Welsh Hewitts) in one continuous expedition. (It took two months!). He has since completed two more rounds of the Welsh Hewitts, has also completed all of the English Hewitts, and in Scotland has climbed more than 200 Munros and 100 Corbetts – many of them in the winter. He has also been a rock climber since his early teens, and has a number of first ascents to his name, mainly in Yorkshire, but a few in the Lake District too. 

Graham has also written a number of walking guidebooks including the Cicerone Press series of guides Backpacker's Britain, and is the author of Whittles Publishing nature book Flight of the Wild Geese. He is also an accomplished photographer, a trained horticulturist and an ecological surveyor and counter of birds.

Olivia Abbott

is co-owner of Graham Uney Mountaineering, as well as being a freelance journalist and photographer. Along with keeping things running behind the scenes, with marketing, admin and website design, she bakes cakes for our clients and is the person you're most likely to speak to when you phone with an enquiry. Olivia has worked for a huge range of magazines and newspapers all over the country and has had photographs and articles published in a variety of publications and websites including Shetland Life, Scottish Islands Explorer, Suffolk Life, Yattar Yattar, Cambridgeshire Agenda and even Your Chickens!

Bert

is the company mascot. He had a rough time of it as a pup, until Graham and Olivia adopted him. He was found as a stray, and initially was scared of absolutely everything and everybody. Now he's quite a confident little Parson's Russell, and, though he doesn't often join us on our walks, he loves being out and about around the moorland and coasts, searching for bunnies. He's learned that most people are really nice, and that the wide world is wonderful.
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