After starting his working life as a Yorkshire coal miner, a strike provided an unusual opportunity to spend more time climbing. From there he went from strength to strength, building up a wealth of experience and eventually ending up with a Piolet d’Or nomination for an ascent of the north face of Changabang.
Somewhere along the way he found time to become an IFMGA mountain guide, write two award-winning books (Learning to Breathe and Thin White Line) and complete a PhD in Linguistics at the University of Sheffield.
Andy is a friend of Rab Carrington and over the years has used Rab products extensively in the Alps (Croz Spur, Divine Providence) and Himalayas (Shishapangma). He is still extremely passionate about climbing, skiing, Barnsley FC and real ale.