Geologist & Glaciologist
Colin grew up in the West Highlands of Scotland and has been inspired by wilderness areas for as long as he can remember. He has a particular love of mountains – the more rugged the better – and has spent much of his life developing his relationship with highland areas and bettering his understanding of the processes that shape them. This love of peaks led Colin to study geography, eventually specializing in glaciology, and he now holds an MA (Edinburgh University), MSc and PhD (Aberystwyth University) in this field. It was ice, after all, that sculpted the Scottish Highlands, long before kilted warriors made their home there.
Colin served for a time in the British Royal Air Force (where he was first trained in the use of firearms) and has also seen a number of years of service in the United Kindom’s Royal National Lifeboat Association, working inshore search and rescue. It was here that he learned to operate watercraft.
Scotland lies on the fringes of the Arctic, so northern latitudes have always fascinated Colin, who first set foot upon a glacier in 2007 in Iceland. Since then, he has explored much farther afield, conducting glaciological fieldwork in Greenland, crewing an unsupported three-person sailing expedition across the North Atlantic in 2010 (from Greenland to Scotland), and subsequently working throughout the Arctic region with Quark Expeditions. He has taken numerous trips to the north of Russia, a region he is particularly interested in.
When not working for Quark, Colin pursues his own mountaineering adventures and writes about his experiences.