Like lots of people I’ve had an interesting and varied career. I started my working life as a gardener, working at various large country estates from East Yorkshire to Shropshire, and from Suffolk to a small Scottish Island. I’ve also worked as a counter of birds and other wildlife for the RSPB and the British Trust for Ornithology. In another line altogether, I am also a writer and photographer – I’ve written for scores of glossy magazines, and have also had 15 books published to date.
Since 1997 I’ve worked as a guide and instructor in the mountains. I’m a qualified Mountain Leader (Summer and Winter) and have run various small business around the country, including Wild Ridge Adventure (in Cumbria), the East Anglia Navigation School (in Suffolk), and Shetland Walking and Wildlife (in the Northern Isles) and Wild Walks Wales (in Snowdonia).
I now live in the Eden Valley in Cumbria, sandwiched between the North Pennines, the Yorkshire Dales, the Howgill Fells, and the Lake District. I run Graham Uney Mountaineering, offering a wide range of skills courses for walkers, climbers and mountaineers. I also run guided mountain walks, and all of these have an obvious leaning towards getting people to appreciate the mountain and upland environment, and to really look and listen to the elements and wildness that surrounds them.
In the winter months I work for the Lake District National Park Authority as the Fell Top Assessor on Helvellyn.
My business website is: www.grahamuneymountaineering.co.uk