Company founder

Mountain Wilderness Survival was founded by Edinburgh based Rab  Williams, who has travelled globally, gaining further specialist skills and knowledge to make MWS a well suited provider for outdoor pursuits.

“My skills and experience stem from the North Sea as part of a maritime Search and Rescue crew, radio communications officer for the offshore and aviation industry, and a chartered field archaeologist. I have been a freelance instructor for a number of years and provided field assistant services to TV film crews out in the Moroccan desert. In 2017 I was privileged to work in Antarctica alongside the British Antarctic Survey, which was a truly unique experience”.

Qualifications & experience


MA (Hons) Archaeology
Level 4 Survival Bushcraft and Wilderness Living Skills Instructor
Joint Services Mountain Expedition Leader
Mountain Leader (Winter & Summer)
Rock Climbing Instructor (SPA)
Climbing Wall & Abseiling Instructor (CWA & CWAA)

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expedition Supervisor & Assessor


STCW Radio Communications Operator (GMDSS GOC) VHF, MF, HF, Satellite Comms
STCW Navigation Watch Rating
STCW Personal Survival Techniques
STCW10 ECDIS Operator (Electronic Chart Display and Information Service) ENC (Electronic Navigation Chart)
R.Y.A Advanced Powerboat


CAA Air Ground Communications Service (Aeronautical VHF/HF)
Meteorological Observer Certified