Episode four: a conversation with Giles Ruck

Today is Giles Ruck day! Giles is a true mountain man with some amazing stories and honest experiences to share. He’s an accomplished mountaineer, ski mountaineer, endurance runner and International Mountain Leader, and his day job leading Foundation Scotland takes him on more local travels all over Scotland from his home in Edinburgh.


In 2011 he summited Everest and has also climbed Ama Dablam, Aconcagua, Mont Blanc and the highest active volcano in the world, Ojos del Salado in the Andes, amongst others.

He runs a few miles; in the last few years he’s finished the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, the West Highland Way Race and a Bob Graham Round, a circumnavigation of 42 peaks on unforgiving terrain in the Lake District in under 24 hours (I was there, and I struggled to keep pace with this guy as he flew down brutal scree slopes!).


Giles’ active lifestyle is another level and a constant inspiration to me. Rather than following rigid training programmes he heads out to the mountains to do the things he loves as much as he possibly can and it’s been fascinating to get more insight into the experiences that have influenced him through his life so far. Interestingly, his performance in running has also soared through his 40s, supported by the lifestyle he chooses to live, seizing mountain challenges in so many different ways.


In this episode we talk about Giles’ adventures in the high mountains: on Everest and other expeditions like Ama Dablam, the struggles of daily life at altitude, the psychological and physical preparation, the impact of losing his father early in life and his practices to stay healthy and improve performance as he gets older.


The episode is RIGHT HERE! Please subscribe and leave a positive review if you love this. Oh and Giles is running the Monte Rosa Skymarathon tomorrow so give him a cheer or two at @ruckgiles on Instagram!


Thanks Giles for sharing a slice of your mountains and your mind.



View from the summit of Everest (photo credit Giles, thanks!)

Show notes


Adventure Peaks


Needlesports in Keswick


Tim Mosedale guided expeditions


Sleep by Nick Littlehales


Run the Alps


Monte Rosa Skymarathon

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