Kingsley’s love of the mountains started as a five-year-old. It wasn’t a big surprise that he studied geography and glaciology at university. He’s climbed the north faces of the Eiger, Matterhorn and Grandes Jorasses in the Alps, and led expeditions to mountains all over the world. Through mountaineering he developed a passion for a minimalist approach in the mountains, and soon discovered trail running as an ultimate form of fast and light travel.
Over the years Kingsley has participated in many mountain ultra running events, including the Tor des Geants and five finishes (and counting) of Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc series races (two UTMBs, two TDSs and one CCC), as well as many mountain races including the Chamonix Marathon, 80km du Mont Blanc, Zermatt Marathon, Lakes in a Day, and countless others. He’s also run in Vertical Kilometer races in the Alps and fell races in the UK.
He runs a mountain running and guiding company (www.icicle.co.uk), and so divides his time between the Alps and the Lake District each year. This peripatetic lifestyle enables him to guide running groups in the mountains throughout the year, and his qualifications range from UIMLA International Mountain Leader to Personal Trainer. While researching all the routes in this book, Kingsley was accompanied by Maximus, his ever faithful four-legged training partner.
Websites: www.icicle.co.uk & www.kingsleyjones.com