Testimonials

Great week snow shoeing in the alps with Big Smiles Adventures. Gary made it tough but rewarding and was constantly making sure that I was pushing myself without overdoing it. Fantastic views with the peaks we climbed and great fun doing it. If you want something different then make this it, excellent

Steve Ellis reviewed Big Smile Adventures5 star

Gary is one of the most knowledgeable and friendliest people you could wish to spend time on Exped with. “Big Smile” is Gary, “Adventures” are what he makes happen

David McGill reviewed Big Smile Adventures5 star

Thanks again for playing a key part in what’s been such an enjoyable and memorable holiday for us all. Sincere pleasure to meet you

Mark Coleman reviewed Big Smile Adventures5 star
Martin Bayliss reviewed Big Smile Adventures5 star

Spent a great week with Gary and 6 others doing the Tour Du Mont Blanc. Laughed, drank and joked throughout the entire week. The mountains were fantastic and the weather kind, and Gary chose the best times to avoid any dodgy weather. Excellent guiding throughout the week, made for some very special memories. Hope to be back soon!

Sue Purcell reviewed Big Smile Adventures5 star

Having spent most of the last 20 years living in the city, what a joy to spend an amazing time in the mountains with such a knowledgeable,warm and friendly man like Gary. He made me feel so at ease even when I thought I couldn’t do something he would push me with words of encouragement and gentle persuasion. His love and passion for the mountains is so very obvious and I highly recommend him as a guide as any time spent with Gary in the mountains will be a time you will never forget. Big love x

Elliott Blain reviewed Big Smile Adventures5 star

Having previously been snowshoeing with Gary, I’ve Just spent the last 4 days trekking in the Italian and French alps with Him. What an amazing time, the routes he showed had the most fantastic views. His knowledge on the areas we visited was exceptional and he took the time to explain so much about the mountains.
Would highly recommend Big Smiles if you truly want to see the alps

Gary is simply a legend.
I will always be grateful for the experiences I have had in the mountains being guided by such a brilliant person.

ADAM HARTLEY  – 18-30/12/18 – MOUNT MERU & KILIMANJARO (Machame route) 

Gary is the mountain guide that looked after me and Hannah on Kili.

I cannot recommend him highly enough.

Big Smile is his company. He organises amazing trips in amazing locations that inevitably puts a big smile on your face.

Anyone seeking adventure, please check out his website.

WILLIAM BACON – 18-30/12/18 MOUNT MERU & KILIMANJARO (Machame route) 

Gary led my expedition on Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro in December 2018. I can say with utter confidence that Gary added to the enjoyment of the trip. He successfully managed to balance a tremendous sense of fun whilst remaining highly professional. After suffering with altitude sickness on Meru, Gary helped me down safely and remained calm throughout. Gary was excellent also when it came to working with our in-country team of guides and porters. He united all as a team and this added to the atmosphere of the expedition. I would recommended Gary as an expedition leader to anybody.

ANDY FISHWICK – 18-30/12/18 MOUNT MERU & KILIMANJARO (Machame route) I have just returned from a trip to Mt Meru and Kilimanjaro led by Gary- it was fantastic. He assisted each member of our group in a personal and professional manner, offering advise on everything and anything mountain/altitude/kit/health related. He was great at dealing with each of our expectations and worries individually, monitoring and checking we were healthy, safe, and happy the whole time. He dealt with different abilities within the group superbly, I felt in safe hands the whole time we were on the mountains. Gary clearly has a passion for being in the hills, with an amazing amount of knowledge he loves to pass on. Unfortunately he also has a passion for remembering and passing on some absolutely terrible dad jokes!
10/10 would travel with Gary as a guide again!

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