Paddy Cave

Growing up in the mountains

I am based in the Lake District in northern England. I work as an MIC (Mountaineering Instructor) and run my own Guiding and Instruction company

I climb and work around the world leading climbing trips and expeditions but spend a lot of time through the winter coaching/teaching in Scotland. I enjoy all aspects of climbing and expedition climbing but particularly focus on winter climbing and dry-tooling. In my own time I enjoy new routing in particular and am always keen to try new lines.

When working I am always keen to introduce new people to climbing and the mountains as well as helping people develop their climbing and mountaineering to go on and get on the routes they hope to do independently.

Outside the UK my favorite place that I've been climbing is probably the Tien Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan, an awesome place with vast unclimbed possibilities and a fascinating culture.

Some Memorable Routes:

UK Mixed

The Secret VIII/9; Cornucopia VII/9; Snickersnack VII/9 (3rd winter ascent); Apache VIII/9 (1st ascent); Mindbender VIII/8 (1st winter ascent); Angle of Mercy VIII/9 (1st winter ascent); Into the Wild VII/9 (1st winter ascent) 1984 IX/9 (1st winter ascent).

Dry tooling and Icefall

Lipton, Norway WI 7; Super Mario, Norway M6; Lucky Lisa, Norway M8; De kaller meg fjard, Norway M7; First Blood, UK M9+ (1st ascent); Bloodline, UK M10 (2nd ascent); Blood Donor, UK M9+ (2nd ascent); Transfusion, UK M8 (1st ascent); Quick Release, UK M10+; plus the development of the new UK dry tooling venue 'The Works' with over 20 routes from M4-M12.... 


1938 Route, Eiger, ED2 ; Supercouloir Direct, Mont Blanc du Tacul, ED2 M6; Rabadá-Navarro, Naranjo de Bulnes, West Face, 6a, A1 (6c+). 


Ama Dablam, Nepal; Baruntse, Nepal; Lobouche East, Nepal; Mera Peak, Nepal; Khan Tengri, Kazakhstan; 15 Unclimbed Peaks in the Tien Shan, Kyrgyzstan.

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