Meet the Team

Phil and Annie

Phil & I (& our dog!) spend our time between the UK and the French Alps (work commitments depending…) and we love to share our passion for the hills & mountains with others…

Phil is a fully qualified International Mountain Leader and a Film Director/Producer (www.philcoates.tv) and he leads and coaches on our Film and Photography courses – sharing his vast experience of filming in some of the most extreme climates…

Our Trail Running Leaders are all either; Mountain Leaders, International Mountain Leaders or UK Athletics Accredited Coaches – they are also some of the top UK ultra & fell runners. Our Trail Running Camps are usually very popular – whether it’s a day’s run in the UK hills, picking up some top tips – or a longer week’s course in the French Alps.

The majority of our French Alps courses are based in Les Contamines-Montjoie and with France’s highest nature reserve on our doorstep we have some great hiking routes within easy reach…

All our Trekking Courses are led by International Mountain Leaders or British qualified Mountain Guides (the law for operating in France).

If you’re interested in us organising a specific course/holiday/trek/ascent of Mont Blanc etc. for you and your friends/colleagues – then please do let us know…we would be happy to help.

We look forward to sharing some amazing mountain experiences with you!
Annie & Phil


You’ll find all the information on our trips including; dates, location and kit lists, but please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions

We look forward to sharing some amazing mountain experiences with you!
Annie & Phil

Team Profile

Phil Coates

Phil Coates

Phil Coates is an accomplished, remote location Director Cameraman with an enviable track record of working in extreme environments in seven continents. Clients include: BBC, Discovery International, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and National Geographic Channel. 

Phil is also a respected expedition leader and polar guide and has led over 30 international expeditions taking him to the four corners of the globe. He has trekked through steamy jungles and arid deserts, climbed in the high Himalayas and explored the icy wastes of the Polar Regions working in temperatures from minus 40 °C to plus 50°C and to altitudes of up to 8,000m. www.philcoates.tv

Julian Love

Julian Love

Julian Love is an award-winning photographer specialising in travel & the outdoors. He works with us on our Photography Courses & Holidays as he’s great at teaching & explaining & he loves the mountains!

Check out his pics on: www.julianlove.com

Andy Mouncey

Andy Mouncy

Andy is our ultra running expert who is responsible for the content and the quality of your running camp experience. Andy is the one who will call you in advance of your stay with us and who will be coaching you during the camp so that you get the most from your time with us. An inspirational speaker and coach who has worked in business, education and sport in the UK and abroad since 2000, he is world-class at making the complex appear simple.

'I can't believe how much I learnt in such a short space of time. One thing for sure anyone spending any time with Andy whatever age and ability would see a huge benefit' Helen, Lake District Camp 2011.

He also practices what he preaches. In 2003 he said goodbye to a 17 year spell in triathlon by setting fastest stage times for the Enduroman Arch To Arc Challenge - a 300 mile solo triathlon linking London & Paris via an English Channel swim. Since then he has focused on ultramarathon running with career highlights to date being 4th, 2nd & 2nd at Lakeland 100 (2008, 2010, 2011). He is a published author who has appeared on TV and radio and lives with his family in the north of England.

"Andy has the ability to engage rather than simply instruct and discipline. This helps the athletes grow as people and take more responsibility for themselves and their actions" David Tillotson, Regional Manager - English Institute of Sport.

You can read more about Andy's exploits on his blog http://www.bigandscaryrunning.com

Joy 0’Flanogan

Joy O'Flanogan

Joy O’Flannagan is a fully qualified International Mountain Leader, a Chartered Physiotherapist & a BASI qualified ski instructor. In her spare time (!) she also runs – in the mountains, and has completed the Northface Ultratrail (CCC), Chamonix marathon & mountain marathons in the UK & France.

She works with us on our Ultra Trail Running Camps – and shares with us her love of the mountains & running : www.mountainbalance.com

Phil Thomas - International Mountain - Guide IFMGA

Phil Thomas

Phill has a long standing passion for all aspects of mountaineering. He qualified as mountain guide in 1979 since when he has been actively involved in teaching and guiding parties in rock climbing, mountain walking, alpinism, ski mountaineering and trips to the greater ranges.

Personal and guiding trips have taken Phill to a wide range of venues across the world: Western and Eastern Europe, Siberia, Africa, South America, Canada, USA, Greenland and the Himalaya. His passion for the mountains is unabated and so the list continues to grow. He greatly enjoys the company of others who love the mountain environment; even his immediate family are all mountaineers.

He is an authorised Provider of training and assessment courses for ML, WGL, SPA & CWA and has also worked as an assessor on Mountain Guide assessment courses. His other numerous qualifications include; Qualified Teacher, Kayak Coach Level 4, Cave Instructor Certificate, Senior Instructor Dinghy Sailing.

Contact Phil @ phill@mountainguide.freeserve.co.uk


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