Our Expedition Leaders

A highly experienced Earth’s Edge expedition leader leads each of our expeditions. This ensures we consistently deliver professionally run expeditions. They will be there to offer you expert advice throughout your trip. Our incredible leaders allow us to deliver an unrivalled level of safety and service for each and every one of our clients. Read more about what sets us apart from other expedition companies here.


Gabriel Barral

Gabriel, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, found his passion for mountains during an outdoor class while studying to be a P.E teacher. After seven years in the US, he became a seasoned guide, leading ascents on Mount Rainier, Mount Denali, and exploring various locations worldwide.

Having moved closer to the mountains and earning his guide certification, Mount Aconcagua is now his second home, with over 20 seasons and 43 ascents to his credit.

Mark McInerney Earth's Edge Expedition Leader

Mark McInerney

Mark has worked as a  senior glacier guide in Iceland and is a part of the Kara Icelandic search and rescue team. He has also guided on Ama Dablam in Nepal. He enjoys hiking in  more remote places like central Asia and the Middle East. His favourite Earth's Edge trip is our Kilimanjaro expedition as he believes the food and landscape makes for a truly unique experience!

Edgar Tito Peralta Earth's Edge Expedition Leader

Edgar Tito Peralta

Edgar has been working as an expedition leader for Earth's Edge since 2016. He has been leading groups to Machu Picchu for 26 years, each time creating a unique and memorable experience for our clients. Being a leader is Edgar's passion and he loves sharing his knowledge of the rich history of Peru. In his spare time Edgar is working on creating his own sustainable travel lodge outside Cusco.

Rashidi Mvungi Earth's Edge Expedition Leader

Rashidi Mvungi

Rashidi has summited Kilimanjaro more than 200 times. What he loves most about being an expedition leader is meeting new people from different parts of the world and helping clients achieve their dreams of summiting Africa's highest mountain. In his spare time Rashidi loves educating himself by attending different courses and exercising to stay fit and healthy to keep climbing!

Fred Barukeke Earth's Edge Expedition Leader

Fred Barukeke

Fred has been working with Earth's Edge as a leader since 2012 and has climbed Kilimanjaro more than 250 times. His job allows him to provide for him and his family but also share knowledge with people from all around the world. He loves helping people achieve their goal of climbing Kilimanjaro. In his downtime he likes to relax, spend time with his family and read.

Goodluck Earth's Edge Expedition leader

Goodluck Ndossy

Goodluck has climbed Kilimanjaro more than 200 times and has been working as a leader on the mountain for 12 years. He loves sharing his passion for nature, the outdoors and  the rich history and culture of the area with others. Goodluck is a big advocate of environmental conservation and sustainability and inspiring others to help protect our planet. In his spare time Goodluck enjoys running, reading books, watching nature documentaries and nature walks.

Walter Mushi

Walter Mushi

Walter began climbing Kilimanjaro with Earth's Edge in 2012 as an expedition leader. Since then he's summited the mountain hundreds of times. As a leader he loves getting the opportunity to meet new people and learn about different cultures. When he's not climbing Kilimanjaro he manages his own shop selling clothes and shoes.

Mick Murphy Earth's Edge expedition leader

Mick Murphy

Mick has been a mountain leader since 1983 and has been leading treks in Ireland and abroad since.
Mick attemped to climb Everest twice. In 1983 he climbed from the Tibetan side and got to 8000m.
In 1993 he climbed Everest from the Nepal side and reached the summit at 9am on May 22nd.

John Gorman Earth's Edge expedition leader

John Gorman

John is a qualified mountain leader with hiking and mountaineering experience built up over 20 years at home and abroad. His travels have brought him as far as Mt. Elbrus, Mt. Blanc and Mt. Kosciuszko.
John is a qualified advanced paramedic, combining his passion and his profession to deliver safe experiences in remote areas. He also delivers safety training and wilderness first aid skills via remotesafety.ie 

Terrance Glancy Earth's Edge expedition leader

Terrance Glancy

Terrance trains new instructors to become outdoor leaders in a variety of adventure sports including hill walking, rock climbing and kayaking. He has climbed Kilimanjaro a whopping five times with a 100% success rate and has travelled to India many times including having guided on Stok Kangri.

Terrance has cycled and explored every single island on Scotland’s West Coast by bike and is also an amateur ornithologist.

Josie McGee Earth's Edge expedition leader

Josephine McGee

Josie was born and raised in Monaghan and has been working in the outdoor industry for over ten years. She now lives and operates out of Scotland where she balances freelance and contract work with obtaining more qualifications! Josie studied Business Sports Coaching and Development and through her studies found her love for the outdoors. Her passion for the outdoors has lead to many adventures across Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia!

Sam Benson Earth's Edge expedition leader

Sam Benson

Sam has been involved in the outdoors for over 30 years – his first job was instructing in North Wales and then France back in 1991. In 2002 he returned to Uni as a mature student in Bangor North Wales and studied Sports Science and Outdoor Education. He now splits his year between Wales and the Picos de Europa mountains of Northern Spain. Some of the peaks he has summitted include Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, Mera Peak and Island Peak!

Jono Redmond Earth's Edge expedition leader

Jonathan Redmond

From Co. Wicklow ‘Jono’ is a passionate rock and mountain climber. He is a qualified IML and when not working for Earth’s Edge he can be found guiding groups on the tour du Mont blanc and Haute route during the summer. He also runs Mountain Odyssey when home in Ireland, a company for instructing and guiding rock climbing based in Wicklow.

Mike Napier Earth's Edge expedition leader

Mike Napier

Mike is a qualified International Mountain Leader and has been working in the outdoors on three different continents for the last 14 years. He has lead people in a range of different activities and environments from multi-day hikes in the European Alps and Jungle in South East Asia to the high summits of Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru in Tanzania. Mike has also guided rafting and kayaking trips on the white waters of the Nile and sea kayaking off the coast of Malaysia.


Aaron Byrne Earth's Edge expedition leader

Aaron Byrne

Aaron started working in the mountains more than 15 years ago and led his first expedition for Earth’s Edge in 2012. He is a qualified IML and also holds the Winter Mountain Leader award. Aaron was involved in Mountain Rescue for 10 years and served as Training Officer and Team Leader for the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team in Wicklow. 

James McManus Earth's Edge expedition leader

James McManus

Jam grew up in Tipperary and from an early age fell in love with the outdoors. He got his first job as a guide in 1999 and set up Earth’s Edge in 2007. Each year he climbs a big mountain in the greater ranges with friends. He is passionate about the importance of going on adventures in a fun, safe and sustainable way. For more about Jam and his journey click here

Louise Lawrence Earth's Edge expedition leader

Louise Lawrence

Lou has been working as an outdoor instructor for more than 20 years. Having spent her childhood kayaking and mountaineering she went on to explore the mountains of Nepal, Chile, New Zealand, South Korea and Europe. She has a BSc in Sports Science and Psychology and is a Mountain Leader, Orienteering Level 2 Coach, and PADI Dive Instructor. Lou also runs Branch Out, a company that is passionate about teaching the school curriculum outdoors.