Steve has almost forty years of outdoor experience on which to draw. His extensive practical experience in all the major outdoor activities is underpinned by a specialist understanding of the theory behind the practice – it’s a rare combination. He holds a wide range of academic and practical qualifications, including the SMLTB Winter Mountain Leader Certificate, which qualifies him to lead and coach mountain walking throughout the UK and Ireland in all conditions. This guarantees an expert and personalised approach as well as a commitment to supporting everyone to realise their adventure sports ambitions.
Steve has lived in or near Keswick all his life and has walked and climbed extensively in the Lakes, Scotland and the Alps as well as in the USA. This includes the ascent of a third of the alpine 4000m peaks – often by quite entertaining routes. Steve has competed in a great many fell races and orienteering events including 17 mountain marathons.
His enthusiasm for coaching, guiding and adventure led him to set up Steve Banks Outdoors so he can provide high quality outdoor and environmental experiences for individuals and groups. He caters for all levels of ability and ambition, and seeks to actively engage individuals fully in their own adventures, learning and experience. Keswick Guided Walks aims to support anyone interested in going into the mountains safely, as well as providing mountain skills training and relevant environmental information as needed.