Up Route is a venture born out of a passion for the outdoors which is driven by Chris Renney, a Mountain Training England certified climbing instructor. As well as delivering skills courses to both new and improving climbers, Chris provides freelance cover to activity centres, climbing walls and event organizers across the North East of England.

Chris is a Single Pitch Award holder and a Climbing Wall Leading Award Holder. Before attaining his Single Pitch Award, Chris successfully gained the Climbing Wall Award and supplementary Climbing Wall Award Abseil module. Presently he is working to achieve the Level 2 UK Mountain Bike Leader Award. In addition, Chris is a trained first aider, holds an enhanced DBS disclosure and civil liability insurance.