Here at Pesda Press we publish books for the adventurous. For us it’s all about conveying the author’s enthusiasm and knowledge to the reader, so you can get out there and get involved. Our own experience of the mountains, rivers and seas informs our editorial judgement, and we bring a wealth of coaching know-how to any project.

People at Pesda Press

Franco Ferrero

Franco is the managing director of Pesda Press which he founded after working for many years as a kayaking coach and a mountaineering instructor. His interests are whitewater and sea kayaking, rock and ice climbing, and ski-mountaineering. His current passion is a thirty-six foot yacht called ‘Caramor’. He has paddled throughout the United Kingdom and in many parts of the world including Nepal, Scandinavia, the coast of Brittany in France, the European Alps, Peru and Western Canada.

Franco is managing Pesda Press, helped by a team of freelancers, while sailing around the world with his partner Kath. To follow his progress visit

Don Williams

Don meticulously plots the many detailed maps which accompany our guidebooks. He resides on the Isle of Bute from where he runs his freelance cartographic service Bute Cartographics. Don’s skill and enthusiasm has earned him the Wallis Award for Cartographic Excellence by the Society of Cartographers.

Ros Morley

Ros is a freelance copy editor and proofreader and member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.

Heather Hall

Heather combines proofreading with science teaching, trek leading in Morocco, and work with an educational consultancy in Wales.

Based in Snowdonia, Heather’s scientific background, and interest in all aspects of travel, wildlife and outdoor adventures, gives her a broad base of experiences from which to draw.

Vicky Barlow

Vicky is a freelance graphic designer who does layout and design work for Pesda’s books. She lives in Snowdonia, and runs Victoria Barlow Design, her freelance creative content and design service.

As a slightly obsessive mountain biker and kayaker she has peddled and paddled all over the world, shredding the trails in Whistler, Moab and the Alps, and completing first descents of the Lohit and Brahmaputra rivers in India.