UPDATE July 2015: Ken and Hannah are now running Scottish walking, mountaineering and climbing courses for West Coast Mountain Guides.
Apple Mountaineering is a Fort William based company that specialises in coaching, instructing and guiding on the crags and in the mountains, both in summer and winter. It is run by keen mountaineers and climbers Ken Applegate (who holds the Mountain Instructor Certificate MIC) and Hannah Evans (who holds the Winter Mountain Leader WML and International Mountain Leader IML), who will direct and instruct most of the courses. Occasionally, other instructors will work for Apple Mountaineering, all of whom will have been hand picked for their enthusiasm, ability and expertise.
Ken gained a good insight into the instruction and guiding of mountaineering activities whilst working as a member of the domestic team at Glenmore Lodge in the summer of 2003. Since then, he has skied, climbed, trekked and mountaineered across the length and breadth of the UK, from Cornwall to the Orkney Isles, and overseas, having sought adventures in China, Mongolia, The Indian Himalayas, New Zealand, Japan, Southern Africa, The Swiss, Italian and French Alps, The Pyrenees, Southern Spain and Norway. He enjoys climbing in all it’s forms, whether it be bouldering at Fontainebleau, sport climbing at Rodellar, trad and winter climbing in the UK or alpine climbing in Switzerland. He has also put up a couple of new routes, Mint Sauce E1 5c in Glen Nevis and Feathered Friend V,5 on Creag Meagaidh.
Ken has completed his Mountaineering Instructor Certificate (MIC), the highest instructional qualification in the UK, which enables him to work both in summer and winter conditions, whether it’s walking, mountaineering or climbing, and is a full member of both the Association or Mountaineering Instructors, and The Mountain Instructor’s Community. He has also completed his International Mountain Leader Summer Training and has worked as a contracted instructor for Abacus Mountain Guides, Martin Moran, Glenmore Lodge, Mountain Motion, West Coast Mountain Guides, Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre, Adventure Peaks, The Outward Bound Trust, Ryan Glass Mountaineering, Hike Pyrenees, World Challenge Expeditions and Outlook Expeditions.
Point 5 Gully (V), Ben Nevis Come’s the Dervish (E3), Vivian Quarry, North Wales
Orion Direct (V), Ben Nevis
Route I Direct (VI,6), Ben Nevis
Tower Face of The Comb (VI,6), Ben Nevis
Cutlass (VI,7), Ben Nevis
Chimney Route (VI,6), Stobb Coire Nan Lochan, Glencoe
Smith’s Gully (VI,5), Creag Meagaidh
Savage Slit (V,6), Northern Corries, Cairngorms
Edgehog (E3), Glen Nevis, Lochaber
Left Wall (E2), North Wales, Dinas Cromlech, North Wales
Point 5 Gully (V), Ben Nevis
Come’s the Dervish (E3), Vivian Quarry, North Wales
Steeple (E2), Shelterstone, Cairngorms Taschorn-Dom Traverse, Valais Alps, Switzerland El Puro, Riglos, Spain
The Needle (E1), Shelterstone, Cairngorms
Big Top (E1), Aonach Dubh, Glencoe
Kuffner Ridge, Mont Maudit, Chamonix
La Cosa, Sella, Costa Blanca, Spain
A Quim le Berbère, French Pyrenees, France
Penthouse Platforms and Frog’s Traverse, Yangshuo, China
Stok Kangri 6120m, Ladakh, Indian Himalaya
Steeple (E2), Shelterstone, Cairngorms
Taschorn-Dom Traverse, Valais Alps, Switzerland
El Puro, Riglos, Spain
- The mountains have always played an important role in Hannah’s life, and she has always ensured that they have never been too far away. Her involvement in the outdoors and the list of her adventures, both close to home and in further flung destinations such as Mongolia and Venezuela continue to grow and inspire her. Whether it’s mountaineering in Scotland, rock climbing in China or ski touring in the Spanish Pyrenees, she embraces adventure and continually pushes and expands her appreciation for these beautiful, yet wild environments. Challenges within the mountains have taken her to Venezuela, Mongolia, China, Jordan, The Dolomites in Italy and the Swiss and French Alps.
After completing her studies in Outdoor Education and Sport Science in Brecon, Wales, in 2004, she migrated north to the Scottish Highlands, where she gained employment, first as an Instructor, and more recently, as a Senior Instructor with The Outward Bound Trust. She has also instructed and lead for World Challenge Expeditions, Outlook Expeditions, More Than Mountains, West Coast Mountain Guides, Maximum Adventure, Abacus Mountain Guides and Hike Pyrenees.
Hannah is both a qualified Winter Mountain Leader (WML) and International Mountain Leader (IML), enabling her to share her experiences and passion whilst working as a qualified mountain leader in the UK and overseas, in both summer and winter conditions. She has also completed her Mountain Instructor Award Training (MIA).
Ardverikie Wall, Beinnen Shaus
Original Route, Old Man of Stoer, Assynt
Original Route, Old Man of Hoy, Orkney Isle
The Hammer, Etive Slabs
The Pause, Etive Slabs
Ring of Fire, Ardnamurchan
Last Tango in Paris, Vivian Quarry, North Wales
Green Gully, Ben Nevis
Comb Gully Buttress, Ben Nevis
Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis
The White Line, Ben Nevis
Stag Horn Gully, Creag Meagaidh
South Post Direct, Creag Meagaidh
Steall Falls, Glen Nevis
Five Sisters of Kintail, Glenshiel
A traverse of Stob Ban, The Grey Corries, Aonach Beag and Aonach Mor
The Aonach Eagach
Sgurr Nan Gillian, Skye
Ben Alder Munros
Carn Mor Dearg Arete & Ben Nevis
The Grey Corries
Ben Starav, Glen Etive
SouthRidge of Glenshiel