Phil Ashby QGM Director BMG IFMGA


Phil Ashby


Phil is a British Mountain Guide and a member of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association. He was brought up in the Scottish Highlands, educated at Glenalmond and sponsored by the Royal Marines to read Engineering at Pembroke College, Cambridge (1988-1991). On completion of Royal Marines Commando Officer training in 1992, he was awarded the Commando Medal as one of the top recruits.  Phil served on operations and training exercises around the world, undergoing a further year of arduous training to become a Mountain Leader Officer in 1996. When promoted in 1999, Phil was the youngest Major in the UK. In May 2000, Phil was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal (QGM) after leading an audacious escape out of captivity from the clutches of the Revolutionary United Front in war-torn Sierra Leone. Badly injured during escape and evasion in the jungle, Phil spent a difficult period recovering from partial paralysis and was forced to leave the Marines in 2003.


In 2005, Phil decided  to re-train as a civilian Mountain Guide and now splits his time between Swanage, Dorset and Chamonix, France. He is married to Hester and has a baby daughter, Isla.


Phil is a particularly strong, robust all-round mountaineer and leader and prides himself on his ability to help his clients achieve their best. He is also a sought-after public speaker and the author of a best selling autobiography, Unscathed.


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