Alex Riley

Alex is the company owner and main instructor at Moelwyn Mountaineering and started the company to pursue the delivery of high quality climbing and mountaineering instruction in a friendly and approachable environment. He's also an active route developer, climbing new routes all over the UK.

With over a decade of sports coaching and outdoor industry experience Alex holds the following qualifications and training;

Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor

Summer Mountain Leader

Rock Climbing Instructor

Winter Mountain Leader (training)

UKCC Level 2 Kayak and Canoe Coach

Outdoor First Aid 


Alex's Story

How was I introduced to the outdoors?


Like many young people growing up in the UK I was fortunate to be able to go on a residential activity holiday when I was at primary school. This involved a multi activity week trying archery, raft building, mountain walking and finally climbing and abseiling. Fast forward a few year after a college course which involved lots of sports coaching elements, I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do (I hadn't enjoyed formal education that much other than school trips and sport!) so I enrolled on a gap year program at Abernethy in Scotland. This gave me the opportunity to revisit the outdoor activities I had tried years earlier, I particularly enjoyed doing lots of snowboarding, kayaking and mountain biking, however I avoided climbing, having been really scared when I tried it a school.   


After lots of protesting against it I was taken out climbing and whilst I wouldn't say I was bitten by the bug instantly there were certainty elements I enjoyed, for example I found the movement really engaging so quickly took to bouldering. I also struggled with the technical elements at first, taking what must be a record breaking 6 months of indoor climbing to learn to tie a figure of 8!


After this period I moved to North Wales to start a trainee outdoor instructor course, on which I met my wife and a great group of friends. It didn't take long for rock climbing and mountaineering to become my favourite activity, quickly picking things up where I had struggled previously. Since then I have had the opportunity to work all over the UK, travel and work in Europe and further afield. 

Personal climbing highlights;


Cool Moon E7 6c - Curbar Edge

My Halo E7 6b - Serengeti

Merionnydd E7 6b - Moelwyn Bach (Second Ascent)

Isolation Motivation E5 6b - Y Garth (First Ascent)

Bloody Arete E4 5c - Meikle Ross (First Ascent)

Don Quixote VI+ - Marmolada

Abram VII - Piz Ciavazes

Dierdro Nanchez 6b/E3 5c - Caporal

Catacomb Crack 7A - Glen Ogle (First Ascent)

Breadcrumbs 6C+ - Sandyhills (First Ascent)


El Mancho VI/VII 7

Crest Route V 7

Savage Slit V 6

Scabbard Chimney V 6

Once Were Alpinists Left Hand V 6 (First Ascent)

Clogwyn Left Branch V 6