Pete Royall was born and raised on Walney Island in the ‘South Lakeland’. By the age of fourteen he was spending most of his weekends exploring the mountains and valleys of the Lake District National Park. By the age of 16 he had discovered the joys of granite, and exploration grew to encompass climbing the crags and cliffs of the mountain faces. Several seasons of climbing in the highlands of Scotland and the European Alps, led to exploration in the Himalaya and eventually most of the World’s Greater Ranges.
After a long and comprehensive apprenticeship learning the skills necessary to stay safe in the mountains in all situations, it was perhaps inevitable that Pete, originally a teacher by trade, became a guide to others wanting to discover this fascinating world. Since 1992 Pete has made his living from leading treks and expeditions to the Nepal and Indian Himalaya, the Karakoram, and Hindu Kush ranges of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and to the South American Andes. During this time he has taken close to a hundred groups into the world's Greater Ranges for Britain's premier real adventure travel company, Keswick-based, KE Adventure Travel, and has pioneered new routes in the Himalayas and the Karakoram mountains including first pass crossings and first ascents of unclimbed peaks.
Pete also runs Wandering Aengus Treks' with his wife Karen and now spends much of his time introducing groups and individuals to the magic of the mountains of the British Isles. Every year in May Wandering Aengus Treks' offers five classic walks for the Keswick Mountain Festival which is rapidly becoming Britain's premier outdoor event. All these walks are led by Pete and the ethos is simply to have a great day out on the high fells in good company.
Pete’s passion for the mountains and especially those of his home in the English Lake District remains undiminished.