About Andrew Wielochowski
Andrew Wielochowski is married with three children and lives in South Wales. He studied Chemistry at Imperial College in London and then Oceanography in Bangor where he first started mountaineering. His varied career included teaching in Scotland, England, Wales, Switzerland and Kenya. He also worked as a mountaineering instructor for the Joint Services Mountain Training Centre in Scotland, as an instructor for the Canadian Rocky Mountains Outward Bound School and at Plas y Brenin in Wales.
Over the last thirty years he has also been running EWP, a mountain guiding company specialising in, amongst other areas, East Africa and the former Soviet Union. He speaks several languages including Russian fluently, which he perfected over the many years he has been guiding in Russia and Central Asia. He has also used his knowledge to publish several climbing guidebooks and maps of mountain areas.
Throughout his mountaineering career he has been involved in numerous first ascents on rock snow and ice, many of these being on virgin summits in the Himalaya, Pamir and Tien Shan. Over the last 12 years he has organised and led 11 Virgin Summit expeditions to Central Asia. In the past he has trained a Mountain Rescue team in Scotland and was a member of the Mount Kenya rescue team. He is a firm believer in developing people’s self-confidence and performance through challenging activities.
Hobbies include swimming, chess, cartography and photography.
Entries by Andrew Wielochowski
A Spirited find on the Mountain A Kilimanjaro memory flashback from December 1987 with a high percentage of bad puns I was in high spirits when I ascended Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, with a group of EWP climbers…Whilst exploring a remote area of Kilimanjaro’s summit, Uhuru Peak, I stumbled upon an unexpected drink that had […]
EWP Director and Mountain Rescue Team Trainer Shares his Top 5 Tips to successfully Climb Kilimanjaro Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru Peak at 5895m is the highest point in Africa. Reaching the top, and seeing the legendary welcoming sign and the great plains of Africa is dream and goal for many. Andrew Wielochowski says he has been […]
So where are the Kackar Mountains? I’m not sure – I think northern Turkey. Well this is how the conversation started. For years I had heard of the Kackar Mountains but what was involved, exactly where they were was shrouded in mystery. Occasional photographs of steep alpine summits, dense forests and flower-filled meadows sprang to […]
We have just returned from Turkey where we re-visited parts of the Lycian Way. Several years ago, generally in October, we would come to walk sections of the route carrying just a guidebook, spare clothes, sleeping bags and a pot to cook over an open fire in case we found ourselves in an area we […]