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Meet The Team

Our team of outdoor adventure personalities are dedicated to giving you a safe and memorable trip. These outdoor enthusiasts lead an extreme hedonistic lifestyle, all of them specialising in their own discipline, whether it's surfing barrels in Indonesia or expedition white water kayaking in Nepal, they have been there and done it.

Brothers Ben Starkie and Sam Starkie are pioneers in Canyoning and Coasteering respectively, In 2011 Vertical Descents East Scotland was set up and Olly Baylis came on board with wealth of knowledge in Adventure sports industry.  They are proud to be leading the way in training and development of these outdoor adventure sports and are widely respected in the outdoor community.

Here is some of the team training in the Alps 

Check out the profiles below.

Scotland Team

Cornwall Team

Ben Starkie –Director of Vertical Descents Scotland

Sam Starkie – Director of Vertical Descents Cornwall

Olly Baylis - Director Vertical Descents Scotland East

Mel - Sales and Marketing Guru and Kite Instructor

Ellie Raymond - Marketing and Office Manager Scotland

Charlie – Head Guide Vertical Descents Cornwall

Danny Watts - Head Guide and Equipment Manager Scotland

Kyle Maywood – Trainee Guide

Mathew Burden - Guide Vertical Descents Scotland

Duncan Wallace - Jet Ski Driver and Coasteering Guide

Jessica Acheson - Guide Vertical Descents Scotland


Rory Bell – Guide Vertical Descents Scotland