01479 831583 bob@barton.myzen.co.uk

Bob Barton

Bob Barton has spent a lifetime engaged in adventurous activities both as an enthusiastic amateur and a successful professional. He lives in within sight of Cairn Gorm.


Bob sails a 1988 Sadler 34 from Ballachulish on the beautiful West coast of Scotland. He has made singlehanded passages to Norway, Madeira and the Canaries, and has also sailed alone across the Atlantic from the Caribbean to Scotland.


He started climbing on Peak District gritstone and ended up as an international mountain guide and a mountain rescue team leader. He has made first ascents in Britain, the Alps, the Himalayas, the Andes and Greenland.


Adventure Education

He started his career as a tutor at Brathay Hall and went on to become an instructor at Glenmore Lodge and then Principal at Outward Bound Eskdale. He passionately believes that we all, and especially young people, need to be exposed to wild places and to experience the challenge of adventure activities.


Consultancy and Expert Opinion

Bob is in demand to provide expert advice to individuals and organisations. In particular, he is a highly experienced expert witness and has given evidence in Coroners’, criminal and civil courts.


Authored a number of technical articles and accounts of particular adventures. He has published two books:

“A Chance in a Million? Scottish Avalanches” published by Scottish Mountaineering Trust in 1985, currently in a second edition (2000) and with a third edition on the horizon.

“Safety Risk and Adventure in Outdoor Activities” published by Sage


Bob is a keen photographer with a particular interest in wild landscapes and seascapes. His photographs have been used as book and magazine covers and as illustrations and on the walls of the Everest Indian restaurant…

Public Speaking

Bob Barton is an experienced lecturer with illustrated presentations including:

  • Adventure education
  • Risk and adventure
  • Himalayan mountaineering
  • Avalanches
  • Sailing the Atlantic
  • First ascents on the Equator