Your Mountain Training Stories

MT 200 Mountain Training celebrated its Fiftieth Anniversary in 2014 and since then we've been celebrating your experiences!

Over 143,000 people have registered for an award since 1964. Find out what some of them think of their journey in their own words.

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My Mountain Training Story :

Sebastien Shingler

Hello! I am an experienced outdoor educator and expedition leader currently based in the North Wales area. I hold environmental education at the forefront of my educative values and deliver workshops and training courses under the Leave No Trace Organisation, following their ethos for encouraging positive environmental values and ethics. I am pursuing both the International and Winter Mountain Leader awards, as well as holding a variety of other NGBs and a BSc(Hons) degree in 'Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Management'.

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Mike Ratcliffe

If it's clean, eat it.. And if it's there, go for it....

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neil thompson

I started in the 1980s with a few winter walking trips to Scotland until the day came to try a bit of climbing, I remember a friend demonstrating how to use an ice axe until the moment he lost it, flew over my head and down the hill into a snowdrift. At this point we thought we should take some lessons. The following few winters were more productive with lots of winter climbs including shelf route B.E.Mor, solo ascents of Eas Anie, no.4 gully on west face Aonach Dubh and several others, more latterly lots of general winter mountaineering. I'm only half way through my winter munros but enjoying it thoroughly. A succession of summer alpine trips led to ascents of a few 4000m peaks eg. Dent du geant but mostly were spent climbing on the Aig. Rouge, South face Midi, mirror Argentine etc. and lots of hut tours, via ferrata and wanderings. This eventually introduced me to ski touring which keeps me preoccupied still. Of course throughout all of this there is a fundamental love of anything to do with climbing but also of the whole ecosystem we operate in , hence my interest in wild flowers. I continue to climb throughout Europe and at home in Derbyshire as well as ski mountaineering for several weeks a year.

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Matthew Round

I have always had a great interest for the outdoors and take part in many outdoor pursuits for both recreational purposes and as a professional. I enjoy taking part and delivering a range of land and water based pursuits. One of my other great passions is working with people. Therefore i currently work as a freelance instructor sharing my knowledge and experience to inspires others to develop and enjoy many of the outdoor pursuits i enjoy myself.

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Simon Ashmore

Having been inspired by my now wife to start fulfilling my potential as an outdoor leader I signed up to the Summer ML scheme. After the training and logging of days and experience I finally achieved my 1st goal of gaining my ML. It was soon after that I moved to Beijing,China to accompany my wife whilst she undertook an Art teacher job at one of the international schools here. I found myself looking for work and found a company who offered treks and hikes around the Beijing. Mainly on the wild sections of the great wall of china and amongst the hills and mountains to the north of the city. I gained lots of local knowledge as well as practical experience in dealing with groups ranging from 4 up to 34 and even corporate day hikes consisting of 150 upwards! A new set of skills had to be added to my reportoire such as learning trails by memory and trying to source local usable maps of areas, even creating my own. The skills i learnt as a mountain leader have been invaluable and the training i received definitely payed off on a few occaissions. I am hoping to gain more experience on longer trips in Asia and am actively looking for work. Currently I am working for a Company called The Hutong. They specialize in eductional, cultural trips for all ages across most of China. I have worked in Beijing, Qinghai and Gansu(Tibetan plateau) and Inner Mongolia, Moganshan. I've been working on Duke of Edinburgh International award programs and also multi day trekking trips as well as day programs.

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Alex Williams

My love of the outdoors started from a young age, growing up on the edge of Dartmoor and having a father who travelled to some of the most remote and far reaching areas of the globe, coming back with stories of adventure opened up the way I see the world. Growing up visiting extended family in South and North Wales and having days on the Brecon Beacons or Snowdonia to moving North to Greater Manchester in my teens having the Lakes and Snowdonia within reach was ideal. After a 7 year career as a Royal Marines Commando, this gave me a whole new meaning of 'enjoying' the outdoor environment, being able to cope and operate in severe weather or physical conditions has given me a whole new view of how to REALLY ENJOY the environment. No matter how bad the weather can get or how much it throws at you, having that experience and passing it on to others of how to look after yourself, relax and really take in and thrive in an environment is what makes me tick. The harder it becomes the more I feel alive and want to push! I have led expeditions and challenge events to many international locations for mainly adult groups but also youth trips since leaving the Royal Marines and enjoy making others feel at ease in the environment whilst enjoying the whole experience. My favourite place to travel is winter in Scandinavia; Norway or Iceland as I love the cold or the Alps for the beauty and majesty of the mountains.

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Matty BOWMAN

My first memories are of being dragged / wading through raging torrents (paths) wrapped in a yellow plastic sou'wester, fisherman's hat and wearing red wellies. I was only three or four, we were on our annual holidays in North West Highlands of Scotland on a "family walk" to Stac Pollaidh. There was no children's outdoor gear, what I had was probably the best available. It was from my parents point of view, the gap between the sou'wester and the top of my red wellies provided an excellent target for a good slap when I had driven them to the brink with my moaning and complaining. That age old classic "Stop crying or I will give you something to cry about" It wasn't abuse, it was called growing up, they were right !!!! I was bloody lucky to be there and have quite frankly been bloody lucky ever since' That's what lit my fire, from that point on its been uphill all the way, I'm not a superstar that bags every peak by the hardest route, but if its out there, I'm up for it. I live for it, I breathe it, its what flows through my veins and nourishes my soul its kept me alive for the 46 plus years since that "family walk" Its taken me to multiple countries, many safe and unsafe. Many of my friends will vouch for me, its always an adventure, Oh how I love to hear that immortal line "Matty what are we doing here" So far the score is adventures by the thousand, lives lost nil. I intend to keep it that way, but not by resting on my laurels, are you with me ?? One Life Living it

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Alex Foster

Currently I have completed all three levels of the Duke of Edinburgh award and have gone on to become a Duke of Edinburgh award leader. Currently, I am hoping to attend a Lowland Leader Award course in order to make my first step in hopefully eventually being able to take out and assess groups of Duke of Edinburgh award participants within a plethora of different environments. I additionally hope to attend any other courses open to me in order to gain knowledge in aspects of activities that I may not have already taken part in such as climbing for example.

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Warwick Bailey

Started out as a white water kayak instructor but FINALLY figured out that I would not get so wet if I did hiking, trekking and scrambling instead - duh. Massively over-reached by climbing about 100 UK summits in 2 years to pass my Mountain Leader award at the National Mountain Sports Centre. Plas y Brenin, North Wales.

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Rebecca Amos

I have had a sense of adventure throughout my childhood but didn't truly discover the outdoors until I reached my late teens. The first things to get me hooked were climbing and kayaking. From those early experiences on Peak District crags and testing my nerve on the river Dee I have developed a passion for outdoor adventure that has taken me around the world and opened doors to new experiences and to becoming an outdoor and expedition leader. The Mountain Training awards have been a significant part of my journey. I enjoy learning and being able to pass on experiences, knowledge and skills to others is what I love about being a mountain leader. As my own experience has grown, the winter and international mountain leader awards have been a logical progression and it is my aim to begin on the mountaineering instructor pathway. Highlights of my personal experience include climbing Cotopaxi, Scottish canoe touring and mountaineering in the alps. I have developed an interest in trail running which in recent years has seen me undertake ultra distance runs including the running the tour of mont blanc. When I'm not working I can be found running or mountain biking in my local hills or cooking something tasty!

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Gerry O'brien

I have always been attracted towards the adventure, the beauty and the challenge of life outdoors. As a teenager I was lucky enough to have the freedom to experience wild camping on Scotland’s moors and mountains and to travel the country on my bike- camping and hostelling and trying my hand on rock for the first time. During my vacations from university I worked as an “Adventures Counsellor” in Camp Howe, Goshen, Massachussetts and managed groups of young people on overnight camping trips, basic rock an abseiling experiences, longer treks in the White Mountains in Maine, ropes courses and team building. I maintained an active interest in the outdoors, partaking in many different activities including mountain biking, scuba diving and fell and trail running. Working as a teacher with an interest in raising achievement for all pupils saw me looking at the expedition section of the Duke of Edinburgh award as an area in which my interest in the outdoors could be used to great advantage for the young people with whom I work. I successfully completed the Sports Leaders UK Basic Expedtion Leader Award, my first formal qualification in the field. I was very happy to achieve a distinction for my work throughout the programme leading to the assessment. The ML award was recommended to me as a route for further certification by the Outward Bound instructor who assessed my BEL award. I was also looking for ways in which to enrich the learning experiences of the students I work with in high school and felt that an ML qualification would allow me to offer a wider range of experiences outdoor education to the young people I work with.

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Sean Bettinson

Formerly a Maths and PE/Sports teacher, and then head of department in a secondary school, and a burning desire to organise and deliver lots of adventure programmes and expeditions. Leaving teaching I became the manager of the England 7s Rugby team (yes, I used to play and coach a lot of rugby back in the day!) but soon felt the outdoors calling. I then ran Activ Social Enterprise Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation trading as Activ Camps (multi-activity camps for children aged 4-14 yrs) and Activ Adventures (adventure programmes and expeditions for young people). Based in London, and always thinking about the move to the mountains, we were very lucky to be bringing so many young people out into the UK's beautiful AONBs and NPs, and overseas. Now I run Altimise, a company dedicated to developing and supporting companies and community-based projects worldwide. Always learning and always inspired by those around me.

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John King

John is an experienced mountaineer, Summer Mountain Leader (ML) and Single Pitch Award (SPA) holder who has been hillwalking, scrambling and climbing throughout the mountains of the UK his whole life. Growing up in and around Glasgow, John first developed his love of the outdoors in the Scottish Highlands. Taking every opportunity to get out into the hills he has explored many of the wilder and remote corners of the Highlands, in all seasons, and has built up an intimate knowledge of the Scottish hills and glens as well as a keen interest in the ecology, geology and history of the natural environment. He completed the Munros in 2013 (and is currently well on his way to a second round), has visited many Corbetts and Grahams, and in recent years has also explored many of the UK’s other significant peaks. John also enjoys getting his hands on rock and has completed many of the UK’s classic scrambles and is a keen rock climber. John is passionate about passing on his knowledge and skills, and sharing his enthusiasm for the hills with others. This led him to qualify as a Summer ML in May 2014. Since then he has gained the SPA award and has a Winter ML Assessment coming up during the coming season. He also holds a current outdoor emergency first aid certificate and is a full member of the Mountain Training Association.

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Stuart Bird

I am coming back to hill walking after a long break (I am now in my early fifties). In my teens and twenties I did a lot a hill walking and some mountaineering. I have good experience of hill walking in England having completed the Pennine Way twice and undertaken many walks and ascents in the Lake District and Brecon Beacons as well as Ben Nevis. I also completed Alpine walking and Ski Mountaineering training in the Zillertal with the Peter Habelar Alpine School. I have done occasional outings more recently and have remained fit through running cycling and triathlon. I am an advanced downhill skier.

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Samantha Sowerby

I grew up in Cumbria where l spent time climbing fells, going on long walks and climbing trees - I guess this is when my love for being outdoors was born. My answer to "what do you want to do when you grow up?" was "a mountain climber" but I ended up joining the Army rather than pursuing that earlier childhood aspiration. During my time in the Army I took part in adventure training weeks which gave me a taste of doing the outdoor activities I find myself doing in my own time today. I learnt how to look after myself and those I was responsible for in the field as well as other essential skills such as navigation and battlefield first aid. After 5 years I left the Army and found myself working in prehospital care and pursuing a career as a paramedic whilst climbing and mountain walking in my spare time. I am now into my third year as an NHS paramedic and am actively engaging, probably more than ever, in outdoor activities. I have also been working voluntarily with young people since 2009. I have developed a passion for enabling and encouraging them to learn about themselves and the world, to grow and experience new things. This has often included the use of outdoor activities and I never cease to be amazed at what these activities can do for young people! Now, I find myself yearning to take them beyond the 2 hour sessions they have had in the past to spending days on the hills/mountains, crags and water as I did on my adventure training weeks in the Army - this is my primary motivation for undertaking my NGBs. Planned courses/CPD - Expedition Leadership (15.12.17) - Contour Masterclass (18.03.17) - SPA Assessment (April 2017) - Expedition Medicine and Field Skills (19.06.17 - 23.06.17) - Wilderness Medical Training - Technical Alpine Mountaineering Course (26.06.17 - 30.06.17) - Alpine Guides

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David Brown

I was lucky enough to be brought up in the North Wales village of Llysfaen, as a child I would go out exploring with friends and climb the cliffs at Craig y Forwyn, Castle Inn and Llandulas caves. Every Sunday, 8 – 10 families would converge at the village hall at around 8.30am and decide on what adventure we would partake during the day – beach, mountain, sea, and river, with summer trips up to the Lake District. At the age of 18 yrs a family member bought the Cobden’s Hotel in Capel Curig where I worked for a few years, this was when my proper love affair with the mountains started. After work I would run up Moel Siabod, get out scrambling, climbing with friends and guests at the hotel. Life was good. Work took me around the country and abroad (Europe) but there was always plenty of places to explore and when I came home to the Conwy area I met my wife Michelle. We have two amazing children and they have grown up with my love of the outdoors to my family and their friends, and thoroughly enjoy exploring as well. In 2006 I took up a post in the Conwy & Denbighshire Youth Justice Service as a Development officer where among other things part of the role was to deliver the DofE , Forestry School and accredited activities. It’s a privilege to be in the presence of folk who have their eyes & hearts opened to the beauty of the mountains. To enhance my delivery in supporting young people in my role, I have completed my ML(s), TCL, SPA, Forest school practitioner, C&G7303. In 2012, I Joined the Conwy council as a support DofE officer and gained B, S, G assessor’s accreditation in 2014.

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Elena de Jesus

I'm a musician and school teacher. I discovered climbing in 2012 as a 'bucket list' day and am now hooked. It's made so many positive changes to my life and by completing the CWA training and assessment, I hope to branch out my love of teaching and climbing in helping young people to develop their confidence and self-esteem, as well as taking my own skills to a much higher level. I thrive on the constant challenges that climbing brings; I've met some amazing people through this sport and I want to go on learning and improving as long as I can.

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ian capps

I first had a go at rock climbing near matlock with a kids group when i was 13 and i thought it was great. I didn't have an opportunity to do much more till a holiday in wales when i managed to spend some of my holiday boldering over a river. Again a big break before i got a chance to go again. Then in 2000 had a change of friends and circumstances and found a reasonable local climbing wall and started my indoor climbing life. Had a stretch of personal climbing on indoor faces once a week for about 8 year's and a few trips to the peaks. Then had a few years off again. Now its 2013 and there is talk of a trip to the peaks so back to indoor climbing for a bit of a refresher. I have been climbing at least twice a week since then. With at least 1 trip to the peaks a year since. At the start of 2016 a friend said he was opening a small climbing wall and would i like to set there routes for them, i thought why not it could be fun. So started setting there route and after a while they asked if i wanted to do my CWA and i said why not. Did my training and closely followed by my assessment. Since then i have been instructing and supervising every Saturday. Mainly groups of kids from 6 to 15 years old. And from clip and climb sessions to full climbing club sessions where we teach everything. I have enjoyed myself enough that this year i hope to do my CWLA and a foundation coaching course. Also i have found new joy and frustration at taking my 6 year old daughter climbing once a week.

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Martin Kelly

Highland Hikes specialise in creating customised outdoor activity holidays in the Scottish Highlands. From guided walking tours to cycling and water sports we have the perfect holiday for any outdoor enthusiasts.

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Mark Valentine

Way back in time before the onset of adulthood, with all its commitments and responsibilities, I enjoyed countless days heading into the hills and Dales of Yorkshire with nothing more in my pockets than a return bus ticket, a squashed sandwich & a youthful sense for adventure! Despite a few years having passed since qualifying as anything like youthful and work commitments keeping in the city, the sense of adventure and love for the outdoors never left me. After digging my boots out and returning to the hills I attended a number of courses to improve my hill knowledge and skill base, during one of these courses it was suggested I join the Mountain Leader Training scheme and was delighted go on to gain the MOUNTAIN LEADER Award in April 2012. As well as spending time on the hills and mountains of the Yorkshire Dales, Snowdonia, Lake District and Highlands of Scotland I have also enjoyed trips to Patagonia, the Nepalese Himalaya, Swiss & French Alps, Mallorca's Tramuntana, Andorran, Catalan & French Pyrenees, Morocco's High Atlas, Tanzania's Mt Meru & Kilimanjaro and snow shoe expeditions to Norway's Hardangervidda region. I have now also gained the SINGLE PITCH, INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN LEADER and the WINTER MOUNTAIN LEADER awards.

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Richard Sagar

I am a Trainer and Assessor for Mountain Training UK. British Canoe Union and National Navigation Award Scheme. I have been "Playing out, teaching skills and taking people on adventures in the mountains for over 40 years". I am a partner in "carolclimb" where with Carol we run a wide range of outdoor activity skills courses, NGB Awards (Mountain Training, NNAS and BCU) and adventure courses. We run the following Mountain Training Courses, Mountain Leader(S), SPA, Lowland Leader, Expedition Module and Hill and Mountain Skills courses. NNAS Gold,Silver and Bronze. I went to Brathay Hall Outdoor Centre in 1965 as a teenager from my school in Oswaldtwistle, in deepest Lancashire. This was the start of my love affair with the Lake District and Mountains. I have been climbing, running, orienteering and skiing through and over them ever since.

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Stephen Miller

In late 2014 and at the age of 30, I left a very good university research job to make a change to working as a climbing instructor and mountain guide. Prior to this, I had been a CWA-qualified indoor rock climbing instructor for a few years. Based in Glasgow, I have a lot of time for the Scottish mountains and have been working towards outdoor qualifications. I got my Summer ML in 2015, and spent a lot of time looking at lines on maps! But before trying to make it in the outdoor industry, I decided to take some time out and do six months of travelling in Nepal, South East Asia and New Zealand, from 2015 to Spring 2016. In six months I trekked the Annapurna Circuit solo, wrote for UKClimbing.com on rock climbing in Thailand, and climbed three Alpine peaks in New Zealand, amongst many other experiences. Now, in 2016, I’ve made the change and I’m a guide, climbing instructor, and overseas expedition leader – though I’ve still kept some research work to make ends meet. I've led a four-week youth team expedition to the Indian Himalaya and plan to do my Winter ML training in March 2017. I work under the name linesonthemap - www.linesonthemap.wordpress.com

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Ian Morton

I was able to leave a 30+ year career in banking just before my 50th birthday in 2011 to pursue a career in Freelance Mountain Leading courtesy of a small legacy from a late Uncle. Having walked for many years as a hobby in my spare time I had wanted to make the switch to making it a career for some time and decided to take the plunge after taking part in a couple of overseas Charity Challenge events (Machu Picchu 2010 and Jebel Toubkal 2011) I did my ML Training at Plas-y-Brenin in 2011 and made the decision to buy into Striding Ahead LLP later the same year. Striding Ahead LLP was established in 2005 and I have known the other partner in the business for a number of years; he approached me after leaving the bank to ask if I wanted to join them. Since early 2012 therefore I have been jointly leading Groups in many different areas and in addition adding my own QMD's and attending MTA courses and refreshers, finally obtaining my ML(S) qualification in early 2014. I now undertake Freelance Leading work for other companies - in the U.K. and overseas - as well as continuing to work as a Freelance Leader under the Striding Ahead LLP name with our existing, regular clients. As George Eliot once wrote - "You are never too old to be who you might have been"...!

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Derek Brown

I love the outdoors and climbed my first Munro in 1968. I have been climbing hills ever since and while I have not climbed every Munro I have climbed many of them more than once. I don't climb hills to tick a list. Been working with DofE for many years and completed the Gold Award myself in 1972 and immediately went to Iceland to supervise another Gold group from Glasgow. Love Rock climbing and Winter climbing and never really excelled although I did climb a 6b route in 1980. Being Scots there is a special attraction for me in Scottish Winter Mountaineering. I organised trips for years along the West Highland Way and run some navigation courses - more to get people involved in the outdoors and enjoy it safely. Currently a member of Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue team.

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Maria Jesus Barbera Tomas

I moved from Spain to Scotland and I started climbing trad in 2009, working for the hostels I have been lucky enough to live in many different places in the uk and I have climb in most of them, from the very far north west of Scotland, Reiff, Sheigra, Ardmaiar in Ullapool, to Glen Nevis, Glencoe, Cairngorms.. From Scotland I moved to Wales, to Snowdonia so I could also explore that area climbing in Tremadog, Llanberis the pass or the quarries, in mid wales etc from there I moved to the lake district where I am at the moment, I have climbed in pillar rock, Borrowdale valley, Langdale, everywhere and still thousands and thousands of climbs to be done.... When it rains too much in the lakes we go down to the peak district. My partner is from south wales so I have also been climbing in the Gower and other places from that area. I have been thinking for a long time of starting working as an instructor doing what I love, I wasn't sure if I would have the time to do all the training and assessment but should be fine this year. So here I am, going for it.

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Stephen Hobdell

Stephen has been attracted to wild terrain since scrambling up Grindsbrook Clough in the Peaks as a boy while on family holidays. He eventually escaped the flatlands of Suffolk to study in Bangor, where for some reason he chose rowing instead of mountaineering. He returned to North Wales in 1995, and tried to stay, when work took him away again in 1998. Stephen finally committed fully to North Wales and the outdoors in 2012, learning to climb trad in 2013 and gaining his Mountain Leader qualification in November 2014 and SPA in 2015. Stephen enjoys a steady amble in still conditions as much as going out in foul weather and high winds; and sometimes reaching the top the difficult way (scrambles and classic trad routes preferred). Stephen's passion for sharing skills and knowledge are matched only by his enthusiasm in seeing someone els fully enjoy his favourite area of Britain.

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Steven Pease

It’s not easy putting across in words, the essence of who you are and what you offer potential clients. Long lists of personal achievements aren’t my style, and are often speedily forgotten by everyone but ourselves. I’ve been fortunate enough to have collected a wealth of positive experiences, and some epics, in the UK and further afield, through solo experiences or via the sharing of personal and professional time with experienced peers. A common enthusiasm,dedication, sense of fun and adventure have ultimately gone a long way in shaping who I am today, what I can do and have done, and yet still want to achieve. Importantly I’m active personally, whether it be a simple boulder session, a visit to the mountains,it’s what I enjoy and want to spend my time doing. It motivates, and pushes me to broaden my experiences further still and enables me to meet new people, opinions and ideas. I’ve achieved this in some varied places across most of the UK and several countries worldwide, enjoying the adventure of foreign travel as part of the deal. Vertical Relief is a small set up, its just me and a handful of carefully selected freelance staff who share our ethos of approachable professional skills delivery and good customer service. It is firmly founded however by an enjoyment of the outdoors and belief that being physically active can provide many benefits, not least enjoyment, adventure and skill development.

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Andrew Vint

I am passionate about the great outdoors and using my knowledge and skills to invest in others. In hope that what I do and say positively impacts on their lives. A relationship developer and builder who enjoys empowering others to achieve. Over the past 10 years i have trained hard gaining academic qualifications in youth work and building a career in which I consider myself a dynamic, creative and adventurous crisis intervention worker and manager with a desire to create a culture of leadership and engagement through aspects of morals and beliefs, intrinsically linked to the national occupational standards. A relationship developer and builder who considers good practice as a step by step process, providing an environment in which to release potential. More recently I have trained within the outdoors earning qualifications in coaching canoe and kayak, MTB instructor, FSRT, 2 star kayak and canoe, and completed my ML training. I believe these are the tools that will support my development in reaching out to young people and empowering them to be all they can be through experiential and practical aspects of learning

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Thomas Armes

Summary of experience : Freelance Mountain Leader - see www.mountainwalkingclimbing.co.uk Mont Blanc - climbed four times (once solo) Mount Toubkal - climbed twice, both solo Matterhorn Briethorn Monch Elbrus Kilimanjaro Poon Hill - Nepal WGL Award H&M Award MLS Award Welsh Winter Skills 5 day course - PYB Scottish Winter Skills 5 day course - PYB Introduction to climbing course - PYB National Three Peaks competition - completed 4 times Yorkshire Three Peaks competition Dartmoor 30 30 competition Freelance clients / work - Inspired Expiditions, Charity Challenge, Action Challenge, Adventure Expeditions, Global Adventure, Peak Expeditions, RAW Adventures, World Challenge. Mountain experience in Snowdonia , Lake District , Yorkshire, Scotish Highlands , Brecon beacons Long distance paths - West Highland Way, South West Coast Path, Isle of Weight, Solent Way, Norfolk coast path,

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Jim Evans

"If you think you can, or you can't, you're probably right"

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Christopher Jackson

I started climbing indoors aged around 12-13 years old and have taken part regularly since then, expanding into summer walking (and a bit of winter!). And then getting into kayaking and canoeing. This saw me take part in many outdoor adventurous activities through the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO) as well as the Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke Of Edinburgh's Award Scheme. Between the years of Sep 2010 and May 2013 I studied for a degree in Outdoor Leadership living in Penrith & Ambleside, which gave me ample opportunity in an amazing location to learn skills outside and play.

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Duncan Melling

Currently (winter 2017) living in Switzerland I spend most of my spare time playing in the Mountains - hiking and gaining mountaineering skills in the summer and ski touring, cross country skiing and snow shoeing in the winter. Living here gives me a chance to build the mountain skills I have picked up over my lifetime. I am also an HF walk leader - a voluntary position which enables me to gain experience leading groups without the need for formal qualifications. I am booked on a ML training course at PYB in April 2017. I am hoping the years of experience I have in walking and skiing overseas will help to accelerate my progress to become an IML.

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Clare Kelly

I was invited to Nepal to do the Annapurna Sanctuary trek by a friend in 1994 - for a non-walker it was a baptism by fire! It hurt - mainly my knees! - but as time passed the rose-tinted spectacles went on and I now view it as my "Eureka!" moment. I was back in Nepal 5 years later as a walk leader and haven't stopped since. I worked firstly for Exodus in Italy, Nepal, Spain, Mexico and Morocco before moving to WalkingWomen where I continue to lead walking holidays in the UK and abroad. I also run women only navigation courses in the Peak District which I really enjoy. Always ready for the next adventure...

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Pete Cooke

19.06.16 Over the last two years I have been rediscovering my enjoyment and passion for being outdoors, hiking and camping. Remembering skills that I thought I had lost and excited about gaining more in depth knowledge about mountain walking. Finding the Mountain Leader assessment felt like a natural progression from this enthusiasm, I passed the MLS this year. My background is in youth work, youth crime prevention, working with young offenders and social work. Maybe in my future I can combine this skill set with the outdoor skills. Exciting times.

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Perryn Biggs

I have been hill walking for about 8/9 years now starting with trail walking first being Hadrian's Wall. I have lead the navigation trails both solo and leading others such as National Trails Hadrian's Wall, Offa's Dyke, Cotswold Way, South Downs Way and Coast to Coast (no National Trail). Mountain areas I have walked mostly are North Wales and Lake District (64 Wainwrights done and counting) I am seeking to achieve Mountain Leader Award.

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Georgia Arnold

I moved to Canada in 2015 and am currently working as a Ski Patroller at Mount Norquay, Banff. I have completed an 80 hour Advance Adventure Medic course with Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine and now get to practise my skills daily on the hill. I am an avid hiker and live in the best place to tackle some huge mountains with some great people. I have just started climbing and hope to pursue climbing when I return to the UK in 2017.

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Clare Kelly

My love of walking began on a trip to the Annapurna Sanctuary in Nepal in 1994. Since then I have worked as a guide for both Exodus and WalkingWomen. I now run navigation courses in the Peak District through www.navigationforwomen.com. I really enjoy teaching people to use a map and compass and am looking forward to running many more courses.

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Edward A Brown

Started walking & climbing in the Cumbrian mountains aged 7. I grew up seeing pictures of my grandparents climbing in the Alps with ropes wrapped around their waist & while all of my family were introduced to mountaineering from an early age I was the only one crazy enough to want to continue. My first led trad routes were Brown Slabs on Shepherd's Crag & Ordinary C on Dow Crag. More than 20 years of walking & climbing later I found myself graduated &, after considering & disregarded all the office jobs I thought a graduate should have, I decided to join my local wall as an instructor. Having progressed through my CWA, CWAA & CWLA I was fortunate to join Reading Climbing Centre (a strong contender for best centre in the country) eventually becoming Operations Manager & Senior Instructor & finishing my FCA, DCA & SPA. I now work for Adventure Peaks as Centre Manager at Ambleside Climbing Wall & spend my spare days out in the mountains pushing toward my MLS & MIA. The determined independence mountaineering nurtures is more than fair return for the effort demanded. I consider completing the Tour du Mont Blanc in summer heat & the West Highland Way in full winter conditions as my most rewarding & memorable walks. Similarly Tennis Shoe Direct (HVS 4c) was not the hardest route I have led by any means, but the adverse circumstances surrounding that trip (long story) & the fact it was the first route logged for my MIA means it will stand long in the memory.

My Mountain Training Story :

Iain Forrest

I grew up at the foot of the Campsie Fells where early stravaigin into the woods, moors and fells sparked a lifelong passion for the outdoors. I qualified as a Mountain Leader in 2001 and has been involved in numerous mountain adventures, including wilderness expeditions, winter mountaineering journeys and mountain marathons. I have led and participated in many trips both with adults and young people. Highlights include a planning and leading a group of local pupils on a mountain journey in the Cairngorms. This was part of a nationwide celebration of the Dalai Lama`s visit to the Scotland, which culminated in the group having an audience with His Holiness to show him a short film of their experiences. Another highlight was a two week wild camping and trekking expedition across the GR11 in the Spanish Pyrenees co-leading a group of Army Cadets which was another truly amazing experience. I am also a qualified Duke of Edinburgh Award Expedition Assessor and have been privileged to work with many groups of young people striving to achieve their potential in the wild country environment. Moreover, as a Woodland Activities Leader I have been involved in planning and delivering Forest Schools and outdoor learning sessions to many school pupils.

My Mountain Training Story :

Adam Betts

I started to get involved in mountaineering at the start of 2013 once i moved to RAF Leachers where i joined the RAF Mountain Recuse Team. Once Leachers closed in mid 2014 i moved to RAF Lossiemouth north Scotland, and continued with the MRT. Feb 2016 i was given a full time job on the MRT at RAF Valley. So i have gained a lot of experience and training in the MR system. I'm now working towards SML, WML and MAI.

My Mountain Training Story :

Calum Vaughan

Climbing instructor and marketing manager working in the outdoors in various locations for the past 5 years. 2:1 Graduate in Outdoor Leadership from the University of Cumbria . I work as the Marketing & Events Manager of Rockstar Climbing centre, one of the South West's newest and fastest growing climbing centre. I have planned and executed several successful events in the short time I have been at Rockstar with high levels of professionalism and customer satisfaction. I am also volunteering with the Air Training Corps as a Cadet Forces Adult Volunteer teaching fieldcraft & military skills, outdoor skills and leadership.

My Mountain Training Story :

Martyn Willows

I am a freelance indoor climbing instructor and mountain leader. I have the role of Course Director at a local climbing wall overseeing and delivering NICAS sessions, learning to climb and learning to lead courses. I deliver the Duke of Edinburgh's Award at a local school. I also freelance at a local outdoor centre. I enjoy working with young people, adults and people with disabilities. I am also a qualified D of E assessor and World Challenge Leader. I have taken expeditions to the Lake District, Brecon Beacons, Peak District, and the Cairngorms in the UK; and worldwide to Honduras, Tanzania, Uganda Morocco and Ecuador. Living in Northamptonshire is a little distant from the hills and crags, but the road network to get away is excellent! I am always keen to get out and about.

My Mountain Training Story :

Daniel Bottomley

Where to start...? I am mad passionate about the great outdoors. For me my main passions have only come as recent as the last few years. I now freelance as an outdoor instructor trying to inspire others into the outdoors. Before this I was serving in HM Royal Marines. It was always my dream and goal to get my green lid and become a Royal Marines Commando. I think my sense of adventure and travelling where really the underlying agenda's to signing up and joining the corps. I had some great adventure training packages doing via ferratta, white water rafting, skiing and climbing. However i never pursued any of these sports and focused mainly on football. In 2008 after deploying to Afghanistan for the second time, I was injured on patrol one day in December losing my left foot to an IED, from that point my life took a slightly different direction. After this I found a huge love for the mountains. I try to go out walking as much as possible and have definitely have the bug for climbing. After leaving the marines i began working my through the Mountain Training Awards. I did my MLS training at the Brenin and absolutely loved it. The instructors were so informative and dead chilled out. I have done my CWA, SPA and went on to do my MLS Assessment at PyB. If I'm not working I will be found cragging, walking, biking or running.

My Mountain Training Story :

PETER BENNETT

After turning a sometimes safety questionable youthful passion for random scrambling and climbing into a profession - I studied climbing with chainsaws, aerial rescue, tree biology, tree mechanics and tree law for a year and have 15 years experience as a team leading RFS Cert. climbing Arborist - I took up indoor wall climbing, and want to gain instructor qualifications in order to teach climbing to beginners, children and people who face challenges. I have been a community organiser for many years in Hackney, London as a director of social enterprises that run workshops with the local community. I'm a manager of a sustainable and ethical business: Grow - bar, venue and community arts space in Hackney Wick. Who knows where this will lead me. Upwards, certainly...

My Mountain Training Story :

Cat Trebilco

In addition to guiding clients in both summer and winter conditions, I also do life coaching based in the Great Outdoors. I use my Mountain Leader Summer award, combined with my NLP Practitioner qualification to take people out into nature, to feel more connected and help them work out what they want to do with their life. I run retreats in the Scottish Highlands and I love to see people transform their own lives, using a connection with nature and the mountains to help them feel grounded and in control.

My Mountain Training Story :

Martin Davies

I'm a qualified doctor working in the NHS. I'm currently studying for the Diploma in Mountain Medicine and am a trainee member of Bowland and Pennine Mountain Rescue Team. I'm applying to anaesthetics training and am interested in combining my medical work with expedition work in mountain environments in future. I have just returned from a 3 month trip to Nepal, volunteering and trekking in the Himalaya.

My Mountain Training Story :

Andrew Macintyre

Tutor of Outdoor Education at the Outward Bound Trust based in Aberdovey and Ogwen Cottage. Previously completed a traineeship with Blue Peris Mountain Centre, Llanberis after working in the industry all over the UK, North and Southern France with a large Activity company for 6 years. ML SPA and CWAA holder with career aspirations of a Mountain Instructor. Hard working and respectful individual with varied experience of all age ranges and back grounds. I also hold my UKCC L2 Paddle sports coach, BCU 4* WWK and OC as well as many other NGB's. My love of the mountains originated from an outward bound expedition, showing me the beauty, challenge and silence they offer. I hope to use my qualifications to ignite this spark in others and get young people into the outdoors.

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Gary Williams

A bit of a late developer really, first interest in the outdoors in my thirties, doing the much maligned '3 Peaks' charity challenge then became involved in the outdoors in my role as a youth worker. Did the old BELA award and got involved with a group of climbers who did the Welsh 3,000 and other mountain walks. More international treks followed in Peru, Tanzania, China and Nepal. Took over role as Duke of Edinburgh Award Development Officer with local authority in North Wales so managed to get even more time 'on the hill' as part of my job ! After a lengthy consolidation period following my ML training, did my HML assessment as a stepping stone in 2014 and then passed my ML(S) in 2015. Now looking at developing my experience further through CPD with MTA and leading groups and individuals in the UK and abroad during 2017

My Mountain Training Story :

Jack Moss

I use the CWA, CWAA and SPA primarily at Lower Grange Farm, Kent Scout's climbing facility, and as a volunteer for the Scout Association. As part of my role in Scouts, I am a county climbing trainer & assessor for new instructors in Kent. Employers have included Arethusa Venture Centre, Medway Council, and Lower Grange Farm Climbing Centre. At these venues I had a variety of roles from a centre instructor to delivering courses to adults and also the NICAS scheme. Currently I am working towards his ML(s) and CWLA.

My Mountain Training Story :

Lewis Lane

I've used the WGL & CWA in my current work (Fire Service) to instruct & assess our Firefighter Cadet Instructors in the Basic Expedition Leader Award and youth groups in outdoor and climbing wall activities. Having recently gained the Mountain Leader Qualification I am moving into expedition leadership from 2017 starting with Tanzania and the Yukon. Additionally, after completing a BSc Environmental Studies, I've recently started postgraduate studies towards an MSc Sustainability & Adaptation at the Graduate School of the Environment at CAT in Machynlleth. Other interests include road cycling & mountain biking.