Meet the Adventure Creators

The Adventure Creators are Pyrenees destination specialists with over 10 years experience of living and adventuring in the French and Spanish Pyrenees.

We specialise in creating custom adventure trips for the outdoors adventurer who is seeking an exceptional experience in an unspoilt and authentic mountain environment.

Meet just some of our team.

About the adventure creatorsPenny Walker

Penny is the chief Adventure Creator and lover of all things adventure and outdoors.

She is passionate about the Pyrenees, not only the outdoors adventures to be had here but also the wildlife, the food and the culture of the area.

Never more at home than when up in the mountains, she is happy to be the muse to her husband’s passion for photography and can often be seen on hikes accompanied by border collie Taff.

Mountain Biking Road Biking Mountain Walking Snowshoeing Cross Country Skiing

Abour Jean NoelJean Noel Herranz

Jean Noel was born and bred in the area and naturally has a deeply held passion and infectious enthusiasm for this corner of the Pyrenees.

He likes nothing more than to take visitors off the beaten path, into the wilder corners of the Pyrenees.

Jean Noel speaks excellent English. On one of his guided hikes or snowshoe outings he will tell you all about the animals and wildflowers that you may see.

In winter, yours may well be the only snowshoe tracks in sight as he leads you into the mountains with the promise of glorious mountain views.

Mountain Walking Snowshoeing Photography Ski Touring

About Marc and adventure creators

Marc Chatonnay

Marc’s overriding passion is for the flora and fauna of the Pyrenees. He has many years experience hiking and snowshoeing in the mountains of both the Spanish and French Pyrenees.

He is heavily involved in the project for the reintroduction of the brown bear into the area and may lead you on a wild and beautiful hike to discover their territory.

In winter, Marc is our expert guide for snowshoeing in the Ariege Pyrenees and multi day snowshoeing circuits in the Aran valley across the border in Spain.

Mountain Walking River Walking Mountain Flora and Fauna Snowshoeing

Willi horse riding expertWilli Seifert

Willi is a breeder of the solid and good-natured Castillon breed of horse, native to the Couserans area of the Ariege Pyrenees.

These horses are sure-footed and bred for working in the mountains.

From his stables, Willi will be your guide for a multi day horse trekking holiday in the mountains of the French and Spanish Pyrenees.

He is a passionate and knowledgeable horseman whose enthusiasm for the Castillon is contagious.

Horse riding

Julien high mountain guideJulien Laporte

Julien is one of our Guides de Haute Montagne or high mountain guides.

Fully qualified to accompany you into the high mountains, he is passionate about the Pyrenees and organises some amazing high mountain itineraries for our clients.

In winter he will take you on challenging multi day ski touring, mountaineering and ice climbing adventures.

In summer, join him for some exciting ridge walking, scrambling and alpinism adventures amongst the spectacular 3000m peaks of the area.

Mountaineering and alpinism High mountain walking Ski touring Ice Climbing
Off piste skiing Rock Climbing

Kate Potter MTB and roadie guideKate Potter

Kate along with her long-suffering husband Ian are our resident mountain and road biking guides and training coaches.

They form a formidable team and have vast experience in MTB and road biking. Kate is a former XC MTB elite series champion, qualified nutritional therapist and personal trainer.

Ian is British Cycling qualified coach, skills coach, bike mechanic and MTB guide extraordinaire.

Come on a road or MTB holiday with us here in the Pyrenees and you’ll be in the best of hands!

Mountain Biking Road Biking Trail running Nutritional Therapy Coaching and Training