Chips Rafferty spent most of a coaching career in the Army Physical Training Corps Coaching and Training elite athletes in numerous sports as well as preparing soldiers fit for duty.

He is the founder and Chief Executive of MBCUK, a nationally recognised awarding body for mountain bike coach-leader awards.


His personal performance over 3 decades has seen achievements including Top 20 Finisher London Marathon! 3 X Combined/Service Triathlon Champion and most recently silver medallist Long Course World Duathlon Championship (Austria) World Championship Ironman qualifier Canada.

Adventurous highlights include climbing leader of the first descent of Lows Gully Borneo, many of the worlds most challenging caves and numerous world mountain ranges. See video dairy.


An academic profile including a Master’s Degree discounts any accusation of “all brawn and no brain” as do coaching qualifications including English Institute of Sports “High Performance Coach”.


Coaching achievements include two National Age Group Champions, winner and runner up Home Nations Triathlon Championship and four GB Triathlon / Duathlon Representatives.

Recently his involvement with High Altitude Mountaineering has seen him coaching and or climbing with three of the major Services expeditions;Everest West Ridge 2006, Ski Shishapangma 2007 and BSME Makalu 2008. Currently Makalu SE Ridge 2014

Mountaineering In print

book_cover_mountaineering-trainingWhether you’re an experienced mountaineer, a hardened climber, or about to embark on your first expedition, nothing is more critical than anticipating, understanding, and preparing for the adversities and accomplishments that await you and your team.

In Mountaineering: Training and Preparation, Chip Rafferty was lead writer in three chapters preparation x endurance training x and equipment, along with the members of the British Army Everest West Ridge Expedition team and sport and exercise scientists from Leeds Metropolitan University, share their insights, experiences, and expertise on these aspects of mountaineering Academic profile incl:

Selecting the right team for each expedition
Physical conditioning and training programs to ensure success
Nutritional strategies for your training and expeditions
Team safety, climbing precautions, and first aid
Preparing for and surviving in extreme conditions

From the technical aspects of a climb to the leadership and teamwork skills so essential to success, this comprehensive guide covers all of the essentials for a safe and successful expedition.

Mountaineering: Training and Preparation is must-read for every mountaineer. Read it before your next expedition.

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