01479 831583 bob@barton.myzen.co.uk

Bob Barton Expert Opinion

Bob Barton has worked widely as a consultant in the field of adventure activities and has provided expert advice to organisations such as the Outward Bound Trust and the Scottish Government.

He has been providing expert witness reports and evidence across the field since 1992. He has prepared more than 60 reports and has given expert evidence in criminal, coroner’s and civil courts including the Royal Courts of Justice, the London Civil Court and the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

His instructions are currently divided between claimants and defendants in a 60:40 ratio but he has also acted as a Single Joint Expert.

Some of the cases in which he has given evidence include:

  • Injuries arising from rock fall
  • Accidents occurring in river walking, gorge-walking and canyoning
  • Avalanche accidents in mountaineering and skiing
  • Falls from crags and steep ground in hillwalking, rock climbing and mountaineering
  • Accidents on constructed equipment such as ropes courses
  • Belaying errors on climbing walls

The majority of his cases have arisen from incidents in the United Kingdom and Ireland but he has also reported on cases in the Alps, North America and elsewhere. He has completed site visits across the UK and in the Alps.


Bob’s expertise rests on a foundation of extensive personal experience in a range of adventure activities. He has been a mountaineer of note, with many first ascents but has also sailed and skied extensively and to a high level. He has chaired the UK Mountain Training Board and is a former Principal of Outward Bound Eskdale where he was responsible for a large staff and the widest range of adventure activities from ropes courses to multi-day unaccompanied journeys.




His evidence is valued because he combines the skills of analysis from his Natural Sciences degree at the University of Cambridge with an ability to express himself clearly in the written and spoken word. His publications include the technical books:

“A Chance in a Million?”– a manual of Scottish avalanches, which has been in print for 30 years and is just about to go to a third edition.

“Safety Risk and Adventure in Outdoor Activities” – the definitive book on how to get the balance right between risk and opportunity.



He has worked as an instructor, has run his own business as an International Mountain Guide and has held senior managerial positions in the charity, public service and commercial sectors. He is a Director of Adventure Activity Associates Ltd.


Bob is happy to have an initial, free of charge, conversation about a prospective case.

Please contact him by:

Email: bob@barton.myzen.co.uk

Phone: 01479 831583 and +44 (0)7711 570211

By post:

Kinchurdy Road,
Boat of Garten,
PH24 3BP