Big Smile Adventures Team

Gary Daines

 Gary is a qualified International Mountain Leader and a member of SNAM (Syndicat National Des Accompagnateurs en Montagne) the French Association, he has traveled, climbed and trekked all over the world for work and pleasure. He lives in France but works worldwide, as well as being an International Mountain Leader he is also a Duke of Edinburgh accredited expedition assessor up to Gold level and a SPA climbing instructor. Gary has an extensive wealth of knowledge and experience leading youth and adult expeditions worldwide and has been trek guiding worldwide since 2004. He is in a position to tailor fit any trip you would like to go on anywhere in the world. From climbing to the “Roof of Africa” Kilimanjaro, to snowshoeing in the European Alps & Pyrenees, trekking through the Patagonian wilds and across the mountain ranges of the Himalaya, Gary is known to leave you with a Big Smile on your face when you finish an adventure he has created.

David Potter

David is a qualified International Mountain Leader and a member of SNAM (Syndicat National Des Accompagnateurs en Montagne) the French Association. David has lived in the French Pyrénées Orientales since 2004. He is passionate about the beautiful mountains, the history and culture of eastern end of the Pyrenees. Before settling in France he lived in Tanzania, and Spain traveling extensively in Europe, Africa, South America and Asia exploring mountainous and wilderness areas, climbing at altitude, paragliding and caving.
He leads groups in both the Alps and Pyrenees hiking and trail running year round and snowshoeing in winter.  David is British, lives with his French partner and son and speaks French and Spanish fluently. 

Emma Jack

Emma is a qualified IML (International Mountain Leader) and has been leading expeditions for the last 17 years. She’s led the Tour du Mont Blanc over 40 times, the Everest Base Camp trek 27 times, Kilimanjaro 10 times, and has also led trips in Nepal, Peru, Cuba, India, Bhutan, Cambodia, Thailand, the Alps, the Pyrenees, Russia, Uzbekistan and Madagascar, amongst others.
A passionate skier, in 2009 she made the first ski descent of Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world (8156m).Fluent in French, Russian and Spanish, she also works as an interpreter and loves to chat.

Peter Myers

Peter is a qualified International Mountain Leader, a rock climbing instructor and an open canoe guide. His dual passions are nature and adventure. Having been drawn into adventure travel by seeking out wildlife in Africa in the 90s, Peter was inspired to make traveling through the natural environment a way of life, be it on foot, on 2 wheels or on the water. He has trekked and climbed to high altitude in North and Central Africa, cycled across of North America, canoed in Scandinavia and established new rock climbs in the Middle East. Besides introducing countless young people to the challenges and delights of the outdoor life, he has led expeditions to Africa and Asia as well as guiding hikers and trekkers in the Alps, the Highlands of Scotland and the Dolomites to name but a few. After years of living on the road wherever it may of taken him, Peter finally settled in the French Pyrenees and uses this as his springboard into the mountains of Europe where most of his guiding work takes place these days.

Simon Conroy

Simon is a qualified International mountain Leader. He joined Her Majesty’s Royal Marines  in 1985 where he specialised as a Physical Training Instructor. After 22 years of service Simon retired from the Royal Marines and became an International Mountain leader and Ski Instructor working and living in the Bavarian Alps, where he met and married his wife Jen, who is also an International Mountain Leader and Ski Instructor. After working out in Bavaria they moved to the Swiss Alps where Simon worked as a freelance instructor for International Schools and various trekking companies based out of the Chamonix valley. After a few seasons he started specialising in Guiding Ultra distance trail running trips and this is where he found his passion for life, running trails all around the world including back in his now home country of Scotland where both Simon and Jen reside in the small village of Dalwhinnie, famous for its Whiskey distillery which is yet another added passion of his.



Sam Hill


Sam is a fully qualified International Mountain leader, and having grown up in the Lake District, in the North West of England, the “Fells” are in Sam’s blood. From a young age Sam has been wandering around in the mountains having adventures, and this seems to have grown into a career! 

Based in the Swiss and French Alps and the Lake District of the UK, Sam also travels for work across the globe. Not only is Sam an incredible trail runner he also competes in a lot of big races around Europe and in 2019 Sam entered and completed the PTL (Petite Trotte à Léon) the 300 km and 25,000 mtrs ascent race of the UTMB. Sam is a great running coach and his talents do not end there. Sam is an exceptional film maker and photographer and was actually the force behind making the Big Smile Adventures introduction video. We feel very lucky to be able to have Sam as one of our Big Smile Adventures guides.


Now. Why to choose us.

Because we love our job and we know exactly what we do.

Because we work professionally and safely.

Because we know the areas where we are taking you.

Because your needs are our priority.

Because you will live a True and Emotional Experience..