About us


Mark Thomas, Will D'Arcy and Phil Ashby


EMG was set up in 2012 by two IFMGA guides, Phil Ashby and Mark Thomas, and William D'Arcy.


Phil has a military background, having served twelve years as an officer in the Royal Marines, and was awarded the Queens Gallantry Medal for his experience in Sierra Leone.


Mark is a professional 'extreme' international mountain guide with expeditions to Japan, the Indian Himalaya and the high arctic to his name.


William was an investment banker and an executive search consultant and Chairman of Polar Challenge from 2004-2006.

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Phil Ashby

Mark Thomas

Will D'Arcy


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Phil Ashby – email here

+44 (0) 7850 123927 / +33 (0) 6 38 85 20 43


Will D'Arcyemail here

+44 (0) 7775 650217


Mark Thomas email here

+44 (0) 1239 623679 / +44 (0) 7816 873884