Where it all began
Hello, my name is James Siegl and I am the founder of Independent Mountain. As a keen sportsman growing up in Somerset, I developed a love for the outdoors at a very early age roaming the local landscapes and using the Mendips as my playground. With a constant desire to discover, it was only a matter of time before heading further afield to Snowdonia and the Lake District which formed the basis of my passion to trek the great outdoors.
Up until the age of eighteen I studied Leisure and Tourism, followed by a period of running pubs and bars in London. It was then that I decided to change direction, leave the bustle and hectic lifestyle of the UK bar scene behind and head for the alps and my first ever ski season. Morzine, France was my destination of choice and is where I l still live to this day.