Outdoor Matters


All about me...

Hi, I'm Matt and I love Climbing!

I live in Swansea, South Wales, between the mountains and the sea, giving me access to the best climbing and walking in the area. My love of climbing has taken me to some amazing places around the world from Mediterranean islands to frozen Scandinavian waterfalls and trekking in the Andes to living in the jungle, but I’m always happy to be climbing on the beautiful sea cliffs of South Wales.

I set up Outdoor Matters back in 2005 when I turned my passion into a profession and started taking people out on adventures & teaching them the skills to do it all themselves. I'm a qualified Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (the highest rock climbing qualification in the UK) and love what I do - being in the outdoors, climbing rocks and teaching others.

As well as being a keen climber and mountaineer, with new routes to my name at home and abroad, I am also author to the climbing guide books "Gower Rock" and "South Wales Rock" as well as a technical adviser to local climbing and outdoor centres.

What I do:

My aim is to provide you with a high quality experience that helps you develop as a climber, mountaineer and person, so that you can then get out on your own adventures on the crags and mountains, confident that you are doing so in a safe and effective way.

The outdoors provides us with the biggest of offices to work in, from sea cliffs to rolling hills, from rivers to caves, we like to use them all.

I offer a range services from training courses to adventure days out - run on the South Wales coast or in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Why choose me:

I tailor each and every course that I run to the specific needs of the individuals attending. Each course is built around you and delivered to suit your learning style and pace.

If you're looking for more than just an instructor then I'm your man, no one is as highly qualified, active and as knowledgeable when it comes to climbing on Gower and in SE Wales than I am.

All our course details are suggestions to give you an idea of what can be done, but the course you book will be bespoke to your needs.

Every course comes with a discount code for buying kit at Up&Under in Cardiff - our favorite outdoor shop.