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 :

allen williams

SPA consolidation: 15/11/17; morning with edale yha, abseiling off millers dale bridge with a group of year 6 kids / evening at foundry climbing wall; adult beginners session 28/11/17 the foundry / spider's club shadowing with ed and ben 30/11/17 edale yha / shadowing morning high ropes and crate tower with lucy

My Mountain Training Story :

Mike Brookes

Started climbing in 2013 - and was immediately addicted! Passing on my enthusiasm for the sport every day. CWA Assessement passed February 2016. CWLA Assessment passed November 2017. SPA Trained and consolidated. Foundation Coach Trained.

My Mountain Training Story :

Andrew Wilson

The Mountain Leader award has enabled me to supervise groups of young people in some of the most beautiful parts of Scotland whilst taking part in Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions. The award has also allowed me to teach and develop navigation and hill walking skills with young people in order to allow them to enjoy the great outdoors for themselves.

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Stuart Beeston

As an avid outdoor person I have walked and climbed for over 25 years. Unfortunately I have only just begun on my pathway to gaining qualifications. The main reason for this being that my main sport and interest is mountain biking. This is something I have done competitively as well as fun and socially. Having concentrated for many years to gain not only mountain bike leader qualifications, but a full range of cycling tuition qualifications, it is only in the past three years that I have been working to extending my qualifications into other outdoor sectors. Over the years I have been lucky enough to not only walk and climb in the UK but to travel around the globe. Some trips include trekking in the jungles of Central America and Malaysia, the deserts of the Middle East and the Sahara. I have been a member of expeditions into the foothills of the Himalayas. Climbed in the Banff area of Canada. Walking in the Greek islands of Cyprus, Crete and Corfu, several summits of Kilimanjaro and the inca trail. More recently I have been involved in, a short winter expedition around the Hovden area of Norway and an expedition to the Khumbu region of the Himalayas. Having completed many instructional courses upto and including a diploma in coaching and mentoring, I have changed my career entering the world of freelance in outdoor pursuits.

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Brett Dennis

Finally achieved MLS status in 2017 having first registered for the scheme many years ago whilst at Teacher Training College. Living in the far south-east corner of the country it can be quite a challenge to collect sufficient Quality Mountain Days whilst holding-down a day job in a completely unrelated field and balancing the usual family commitments. Out of necessity we have become rather skilled at the "day raid" - leaving at dawn and returning by mid-night - to the Peak District or Brecon Beacons. However, our favourite area remains Snowdonia where we have spent many a happy weekend. I'm now looking forward to gaining more experience and passing-on my passion for the mountains to others - including school groups and those working towards their D of E awards.

My Mountain Training Story :

Mike Howlett

I have been hiking since the late 80s and really got the bug for outdoor pursuits as a teenager. Living in a London borough, access to the UKs upland areas was not easy and i took up kayaking as my main hobby/sport. My love of the great outdoors started with a trip to the Lake District arranged by my Geography teachers. I then became really hooked following a course with Outwood Bound at Rhownair, Wales. This was possible through a grant scheme that i was lucky enough to get, after applying to the local council and a subsequent interview process. I have found myself gravitating back to Wales again and again and love the changing scenery and colourful drama of the mountains and their nature, dependant on the time of year. The more you look the more see. In 2014 I become involved with the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. This regularly takes me to the great outdoors with the bonus of helping and sharing its wonders with a local youth group. I am a DofE Supervisor and Assessor and hold the Basic Expedition Leader award. I get involved in Bronze, Silver and Gold DofE awards and look forward to the expedition phases throughout the year. With good planning I can blend my role and responsibilities with personal hiking and extended walks. These regularly take me to the Lowland beauty of rural Essex and Kent, the New Forest, the moors and hills of the Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. I am currently working on the Hill and Moorland Leader Award which has honed my personal hiking skills and opened my eyes even further to the nature that surrounds us on our hill walking. This has helped me gain a depth to my teaching to the youth groups. This should in turn enable me to emulate the instructors of my past and pass on greater knowledge and enjoyment to my groups during their expeditions as well as an understanding and affinity with their natural environment.

My Mountain Training Story :

Paul Roberts

I fell in love with mountains growing up in North Wales in the 1980's. I've climbed in all seasons and all weathers (often in the same day). I've wild camped, stayed in bothy's, done multi-day trips, solo and with friends. I moved to Scotland 10 years ago and spend as much time as I can in the hills; whether this is my local mini-mountain Dumyat in the Ochils or bigger, remoter hills further north. I enjoy mountain biking in the mountains - for the thrills and adrenalin, and running in the mountains - for the simplicity and purity. I enjoy camping, bivvying and staying in bothies: waking up to a new day in the hills is always a magical experience. I love being outdoors and want to use my knowledge, experience and good fortune to introduce others to the hills (and the forests, moorlands, seaside...)

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James Moyle

Started mountaineering aged 11, hillwalking to begin, but then rock climbing from 15, and later alpinism. University at Sheffield (where else!) Once I started teaching I began to get involved with mountaineering school trips and teaching of outdoor education. Lots of visits to North Wales and expeditions to Morocco and the Alps. As a result of this, did my SPA and ML training in 1998 and 2002. Shortly after this family and work life took over I became less involved. Now it's about time to get that ML award!!

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Gawain Ng

I started bouldering in summer 2014 and was immediately hooked. After many years in an uninspiring career in IT management and yearning for a career in coaching (my life passion) I finally decided to make the leap towards spending my life doing something truly fulfilling so, at the start of 2017, I quit my IT career and began my path towards the long term goal of becoming a coach for competitive climbers. I learned to lead climb, attended every BMC workshop I could get my hands on, earned my CWA and CWAA in July 2017 and spammed my CV out to every dedicated climbing centre I could find in the UK. I moved from Cambridge to Bristol to start working at The Climbing Academy in October 2017. I continue to attend every BMC workshop I can find and shadow more experienced instructors literally every evening I'm off shift. I'm pretty sure that's something that's never really going to change; no matter how many instructor/coaching sessions I'll have under my belt, there'll always be something to learn from the experiences of other instructors and coaches.

My Mountain Training Story :

Josh Henson

I've always had a passion for the outdoors, it grew significantly when I joined the scouts and got to experience multiple different outdoor activities such as climbing kayaking and hill walking, this then amplified when I joined the air cadets and was surrounded by staff that were mountain leaders and began to spend more time in the hills of Dartmoor and the Black Mountains, then going back and helping at taster weekends, because of this I decided to take up an outdoor adventure course at college whilst working in a climbing centre and working towards various climbing and hill walking qualifications

My Mountain Training Story :

Calvin Mason

I have been personally active in outdoors since participating in an outward bound course in the early 1980s. I planned and led my DofE Gold Award expedition which took place in Iceland. For many years I trained DofE groups but had to give this up when my employment took to to many parts of the UK and some places overseas to deliver training. I've now taken voluntary early retirement and am getting much more involved with the things I enjoyed before the pressures of full time employment curtailed my active involvement. I'm a ML (S) with winter training, Gold DofE Award Assessor, CWA + AM and SPA training. I've registered as a DofE Expedition Approved Activity Provider and have a Adventure Activity Licencing Scheme Licence for Wild Country expeditions, climbing and abseiling. I'll extend this kayaking once I regain accreditation. I also run the National Navigation Award Scheme's Bronze and Silver Navigator Awards and the Countryside Leader Award. For more information go to: www.bitadventures.co.uk

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Matthew Gray

I have always enjoyed walking, from the dog walks with my family as a child in Yorkshire to scrambling up volcanos in Iceland by way of relaxation after my A Levels. Unfortunately after my early childhood spent in Yorkshire, we moved south, to the coast near the New Forest, which has a beauty of its own but lacks the hills. I love the New Forest and have walked a lot there and have always had to work hard to make time in the hills, especially now, living as far from both hills and coast as one can in this country! I have travelled the World a great deal with work and for pleasure and have tried to keep up with my walking in new places whenever I can, although this has not always been as easy as I would have liked. Travelling and living abroad for several years took me away from some of my favourite areas but introduced me to some beautiful and spectacular areas which are well worth exploring. It also meant that for the best part of twelve years I did no hill walking in the UK. In recent years I have settled back in the UK and have taken more interest in walking once again and in leading groups, primarily at this stage DofE groups. I would like to continue to develop my skills and learn from others whilst having the opportunity to pass on my own knowledge. My progress has been slowed recently by injuring my knee at the start of 2017 which resulted in getting out far less frequently than I would have hoped and in my having to have minor surgery over the summer. I am getting back to speed and hope to be back into the hills far more often from now on.

My Mountain Training Story :

Kevin Doble

Developed a love for the Hills and Mountains at a young age. Grown up now but still an enthusiastic walker / rambler / hiker. My usual haunts are in the South West (Quantocks & Exmoor), with occasional visits to Dartmoor, Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia. Have had some wonderful trekking experiences abroad notably Everest Base Camp, Kilimanjaro, Annapurna Circuit. Am now seeking to acquire new skills and formal qualifications. Not only for personal satisfaction and competence, but also to enable me to follow my passion in Life and help others do the same.

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Melvin Turnbull

I gained my awards in 96/97 after being a climber mountaineer for a long time I started climbing on Simondside near Rothbury as a young lad 1956.We had a scout master who took us climbing on the local crags .I then met a lad who also climbed an we started to go out to Crag Lough were we met some other local climbers ,there were not that many around then . I joined the Sunderland climbing club in 1965 and climbed and mountaineered all over Britain and the Alps and am still a member and still climb.my son started climbing with me at 7 and we climbed on most holidays in the Alps we did mont blanc when he was only 15 we still have the photo on the wall. He joined the local Air Cadets as he wanted to join the RAF and I started to take him and other cadets away climbing and walking , he joined the RAF and was in the RAF Mountain rescue team I went on to be a instructor for the ATC at there national centre's were I still work at 73 .I just love being in the hills

My Mountain Training Story :

Shabaaz Moghal

After spending 15 years as a project manager I wanted a change to the way I lived my life. I was looking for something that was both physically and spriritually more fulfilling for me and my family. The natural environment provides us with so much, if we only take the time to explore and connect with it. It can be amazing but also unforgiving so having the right skills is essential. Over the past 4 years I have spent time getting my Summer ML and SPA. Now I am working my way towards my Winter ML. Sharing is one of the most deeply satisfying feelings in the world, knowing you can help in some way your fellow human being. Though I love my solitary walks and climbs. That feeling of aloneness brings peace, tranquility and deep reflection. Something that is hard to find in the urban concrete jungle.

My Mountain Training Story :

Rawnie Dewhurst

Veteran of 6 years of service with the Royal Signals. Working towards summer mountain leader then hopefully mountain instructor. I doing my qualification with adventure quest. I enjoy walking and wanting to improve skills meet like minded people and be safe while out and about.

My Mountain Training Story :

Oliver Gomez

I've always been a climber - I broke my collar bone as a toddler after falling off a sash window that just needed to be climbed. As I got older I progressed to climbing trees and the outside of blocks of flats; the only rocks to be found in Central London in the 70s were some concrete boulders in Battersea Park, but I climbed them too! My first proper climbing was on a school trip to the Kent Mountain Centre when I was 14 or 15. The first mountain I went up was Tryfan, which was also where I did my first rock climbing lead a few years later. I remember we also did Lockwood's Chimney and I was the only one of the group stupid enough to want to go up Snowdon in full winter conditions, getting picked up and dumped by huge gusts of wind. I joined the Army when I was 16 and spent two years at the Army Apprentice College at Chepstow. During my time there I climbed most of the HVS and below routes at Wintour's Leap and Symonds Yat, as well as frequent trips to N Wales. I also went on a 6 week BSES expedition to Arctic Norway in 1989, where I lived on glaciers and mountains, and climbed nearly every day with the two Norwegian guys on the trip, one of whom was Robert Casperssen. The Army gave me the opportunity to take part in climbing and mountaineering, including trips to Kenya, the Tatras, the Dolomites, and the Andes. I qualified as a Joint Service Rock Leader in 2005, and have since completed MLT and the Alpine Klettersteig Leader course. I've taught rock climbing and klettersteig/via ferrata in the UK, Dolomites, Austria, Germany, and Cyprus.

My Mountain Training Story :

Katanya Simm

In my spare time I absolutely love to explore the great outdoors... From getting lost in the country’s hillsides, to dangling off the edge of a knife edge ridge such a Crib Goch. I’m a true hiking girl. I have made it my mission this year to go on a hike every weekend in a variety of places across the North of the UK. In fact, last year I hit the 400 mile mark, which is quite the achievement, and this year I am well on track to completing 400 miles again. If you’re a fan of hiking or walking yourself, or you’re just curious, or even nosey, then please DO check out my ADVENTURE BLOG at www.allgearnoidea.co.uk for more details on my adventures. There’s miles and miles of good fun in this section, including a range of stunning images of mountains and vistas taken by myself and friends. Yes, when my feet are planted firmly on the ground, my camera is out and I am snapping away. I simply cannot resist a lovely backdrop, or a cheeky selfie on the summit of Snowdon. Katanya

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James Gerrie

I started walking and climbing from about the age of 10, mainly climbing indoors. I was fortunate enough to complete by Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards whilst in the Air Cadets and from there decided to push forward with my outdoor qualifications gaining my Summer ML in 2006 and my Single Pitch Award in 2007. In 2008 I was fortunate enough to stand on the summit of Mt Blanc with a good friend on an un guided expedition camping in the snow holes. I regularly climb both indoor and outdoor, always willing to try new places. My indoor climbing has continued right the way through since I was about ten to current day, its only since I have taken an interest in the awards system again I have had to start keeping track so a bit of work to catch up on! I have been fortunate enough to run indoor and outdoor sessions with a variety of people and skill levels both climbing and using my ML. I climb with friends multi pitching and looking forward to pushing that a bit further in the upcoming season. I am looking forward to developing my coaching skills and have taken a vested interest in my own CPD and skill base.

My Mountain Training Story :

Duncan Reed

Origially I did indoor Climbing at 'The Castle' for a short period at the beginning of 2006, but due to change in circumstance I then had a rest of about 10 years. Then a small local climbing wall opened up nearby in April 2016, and looking for something to do as a whole family, I (we) started climbing again. This has gradually increased to climbing 3 times a week and helping with childrens lessons twice a week. Currently I have completed my CWA training and am chalking up DLOG time before taking the CWA assessment, hopefully, next year.

My Mountain Training Story :

Israh Goodall

Israh Goodall Motivated by a desire to explore and connect with people and wild places, Israh has travelled and hosted programmes all over the world. Her journeys and programmes have included travelling the Silk Road, trekking in New Zealand, the Middle East, Central America and Europe, and the Pacific Crest Trial (from Mexico to Canada). She is a qualified Mountain Leader and trained in Outdoor Environmental Education, and has lead expeditions worldwide. She has particular interests in Rites of Passage work and runs a Nature Based mentorship outdoor programme for teenage girls. As a trained midwife she has worked with remote tribes in the Afar region of Ethiopia and in Zanzibar’s government and bush hospitals.

My Mountain Training Story :

Jonathan Carter

Previously I was in the Army and that is where my love for the mountains began. I successfully completed the Top Rope and Abseiling Supervisors Course in 1994 I am a Former member of the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team between 2007 and 2012 Completed the National 3 Peaks (Snowdon via the Llanberis Path, Scafell Pike from Seathwaite and Ben Nevis) in under 24 Hours. Completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks (Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough) on numerous occasions in all weather types in under 12 hours. Trekked as part of a guided group to Mount Everest Base Camp in 2009 reaching an altitude of 5368m An active member of the Yorkshire Mountaineering Club and a member of the Club Committee. I have climbed on the tough Cuillin Ridge, Isle of Skye, for a number of years. Thus far I have climbed 208 of the 214 peaks in the Wainwrights guides to the Lake district. In 2016 I completed the Welsh 3000m peaks alone. In September 2016 I climbed the Zugspitze which is the highest mountain in Germany (2962m) which involved the use of Via Ferrata climbing In October 2017 I climbed the Mulhacen which is the highest mountain on mainland Spain (3472m) In October 2017 I successfully passed the Climbing Wall Award allowing me to instruct groups to climb on artificial walls

My Mountain Training Story :

Barry Mcadam

Regional Adventure Training Technical Officer for Scotland & Northern Ireland Air Cadets. UK Technical Advisor to Scouts for Hillwalking. Carry out Walking and Climbing session throughout the UK having delivered a large number of NICAS session over the years. Delivered Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions at all levels also an Accredited Bronze,Silver Gold Assessor. A course director for the Expedition Safety Supervisors and Accrediated Assessor courses. Led expeditions abroad to Vietnam,Egypt,Morocco, Norway*2 and Germany. Wilderness Medical Training - Far From Help. Qualified as a Trail Cycle Leader, Mountain Bike Instructor Award Scheme (MIAS) Level 4. BCU UKCC level Coach for Kayak / Canoe and Paddlesport Leader, Coach with Edinburgh Kayak Club. Delivered a high number of Basic Expedition Leader Courses as a course director. Course Director for Lowland Leader Award and asssisted on other Mountain Training Awards.

My Mountain Training Story :

Steve Dennis

When i have the time, i enjoy getting out into the hills. It's a great way to stay fit, without having to go to the gym. I have been part of Mountain Training since 2015, having firstly held the LLA & Exped Skills awards. I used these skills working with young people teaching AT navigation days, camp craft and delivering DofE expeditions. I am a DofE Leader, Expedition Supervisor and Gold Assessor. I also hold the MIAS Level 2 mountain bike leadership award for off-road experiences. I have recently gained the ML(s) award to widen the areas i am able to take the young people for their experiences. I am also currently working toward my CWA so that the young people can use the skills learnt toward their DofE awards.

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Christopher Allewell

Chris has been working in the outdoors for over 25 years. This has been interspersed with senior management and CEO roles in training and development both within the UK and internationally. He has pioneered new routes in the Himalaya and New Zealand Alps although his greatest claim to fame is multiple first ascents on the popular cliffs of the Falkland Islands! Chris has spent a significant amount of time living remotely in mountains, deserts and jungles around the world and, having climbed and instructed on every continent, brings a huge diversity of experiences to his work. He is an active member of Edale Mountain Rescue Team. Chris is also passionate about the environment and a keen amateur naturalist. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and holds a plethora of outdoor and management qualifications.

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Seren Stacey-Jones

In the summer of 2016, following an eight year career in the NHS, I decided to pursue my passion for climbing and the outdoors and become an outdoor instructor. I hold a Single Pitch Award qualification and largely work providing climbing instruction in a range of locations including the Peak District, Yorkshire and the Lake District. I also instruct indoors, providing coaching for junior and adult beginners as well as NICAS and GCSE groups. I am currently working on other NGB qualifications, having completed training for Summer Mountain Leader and Level 1 Local Cave and Mine Leader with L1 Cave Core Skills Assessment complete . I have assisted and led a number of outdoor activities apart from climbing, including caving, raft building, adventure walking and scrambling. I have also developed an interest in supporting wider access to outdoor activities; volunteering at The Lake District Calvert Trust. To try and give something back to the natural areas I work in I volunteer with organisations such as Friends of the Lake District as well as trying to encourage good practice through my instructor role. As part of my role I am trained in First Aid, Safeguarding and fully DBS checked. My main aim is to share my love for the outdoors and the variety of activities used to explore these spaces with as many people as possible!

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Morten Lindholm

I am a Danish-born photographer and photo-journalist based in Oxford. I am now working as a Planning Manager for World Challenge Expeditions organizing expeditions to East Africa including Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. I have started the process of updating my DLOG but are still far off as many of my overseas days are still only in diary-form/or in my old paper DLOG (I started my ML journey back in 2003) I have always been fascinated by mountains and have spent a lot of time over seas including 2 years in Chamonix (mainly for summer climbing and summit bagging) 4 years in Greenland, 5 years in Australia and now almost 4 years in the UK where I live in Oxon with my British wife and kids. As we recently bought a house think my travel activities will need to be put a bit on hold for now. In my short carer as a mountaineer I have summited more than 20 x 4000m peaks (including 8x Mont Blanc and 2x Matterhorn, Weismies, Dom etc) as well as Kilimanjaro (4 times) Mount Meru (3 times) and Stok Kangri. I was also a member of an international expedition to Lhotse back in 2009 (partly as a photographer and partly as a paying member) I did not make the summit but made it up app 7150m before one of my lungs collapsed. I have done the EBC trek three times as well as Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna BC too.

My Mountain Training Story :

Robert Glaze

Cumbria based full time (seasonal) outdoor educational freelancer. Self Employed with insurance and portable DBS. Qualified teacher holding QTLS (Taught Design & Technology and Uniformed Public Services) and have spent many years in sales and business development roles across diverse industry. Lived in Snowdonia for 3 years. Other skills and coaching qualifications held in Watersports and Mountain-biking. D of E training and assessment / team-building.

My Mountain Training Story :

Richard Townshend

1959 - tobogganed into a gorse thicket in the New Forest, rescued by my granny. 1969 - tobogganed into a barbed wire fence with 6 mates on Winchester golf course, broke fence with feet. 1979 - climbed Point 5 with Jon Conville, 'mentored' by Al Kimber. 1989 - directed my first ML course (possibly not the most important moment of the decade). 1999 - Lubiyanka (the climb not the prison) with Tim Jepson. 2009 - commented on ice climbing web blogs saying 'we did that years ago'. 2017 - cycling round the New Forest, probably achieved 'old fart' status?

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Charlotte Dovey

Working full time in the mountains across the globe, sharing my passion for the outdoors and guiding clients in mountainous environments. My professional outdoor leadership experience extends from leading international expeditions, guiding uk challenge events, guiding private mountain walking. Along with working abroad on expeditions in places like Africa and Peru, I definitely have the travel bug. Personal travel has taken me from trekking in New Zealand, to Via Ferrata in the Dolomites, and from rock climbing in the Verdon Gorge, to mountaineering in the French Alps. My personal outdoor experience is diverse as my spare time and career is devoted to developing my skills in the outdoors. Lucky enough to live in Snowdonia National Park, with the mountains on my door step any spare time is spent outside. Nothing is better than living a life of adventure!

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Sally Lisle

I discovered my love for the outdoors very young on an adventure island off West coast of Scotland. I got fully into the outdoors at eighteen when I went on a kayaking course at Plas y Brenin. While there, I convinced them it was a great idea to give me a job behind the bar and teach me everything they knew! Since then I've achieved a 1st class Honours degree in Sports Science with Outdoor Pursuits and developed my instructing and personal skills in a wide variety of disciplines all over the world. Everything from camping in the Scottish Highlands to jungle and high altitude expeditions abroad, ghyll scrambling in the Lakes, coasteering in North Wales, climbing in Turkey, kayaking in Uganda, community projects in Durham and Cambodia, dog sled guiding in the Canadian Rockies - the list is ever growing! I moved back to North Wales in February this year after working and playing in Cornwall for a few years. Since then my focus has been on consolidating my skills as a Mountaineering Instructor and working towards my Winter ML. Next stop is Fort William for a solid Winter of building my personal skills in the snow!

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David Bell

I used to love being outside as a child. Be it walking, cycling or climbing (usually things not meant to be climbed or shouldn't have climbed) I preferred to be doing that than being indoors.When I was indoors, it was reading about adventures people had in far off places. I used to dream about going there some day. Through the years, I have been fortunate enough to visit, trek and climb in some of the most fantastic places in Europe and world-wide including the Alps (French, German and Swiss), southern Spain, France and as far afield as Australia. Today, I work in the outdoors with young people and adults of all ages. I get to share my passion of the outdoors with them. I get to meet people with similar passions and have formed great friendships from this.

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Calum Vaughan

Outdoor & Adventurous Activities Instructor based in the South West of England with easy access to the M4 & M5. 2:1 Graduate in Outdoor Leadership BA(Hons) from the University of Cumbria . Primarily specialising in D of E Bronze & Silver climbing instruction and NICAS delivery. 16 Hour activity first aid qualification. Any questions, drop me an e-mail or text and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. E-Mail: Vau9hany89@outlook.com Mob: 07876265245

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Seamus Wrigley

Hello, I suppose I better tell you something about myself ? I am from Southwold in Suffolk, I suppose that I have always been a bit on an active/adventure type from a young age from playing on the beach at Southwold, swimming in the sea. When in my teens I used to play rugby quite a lot, and loved to be going on bike rides with my mates exploring all of the nooks and crannys we could find in the local area. At about the age of 20 I joined a running club, and I started to get very into it competing for the club in cross country and some road races, this then led onto me getting into triathlon as well. Around this time also I started to get into surfing at the local beach and all the way through the long cold winters I would be out in any avoidable swell possible. After completing my Public Services Level 3 Diploma at Lowestoft College, I applied to do a degree in Outdoor Education at the University of Cumbria, I started this in 2013 and graduated in 2016. when studying in cumbria, I learnt how to rock climb, and persisted with it from single pitch climbing, multi pitch, and some winter climbing as well. While at university I did a number of placements at different outdoor centres, from Arthog outdoor education centre in mid Wales to the Ice Factor in Kinlochleven, Scotland.

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Andrew Sweeney

My name is Andrew sweeney and I've just recently ended a career within the armed forces to which i served for 16 years in 1st Battalion Scots Guards,not planning to leave so soon but having received a career ending injury i had the predicament that i needed a job that could keep my 1 inch long attention span entertained. Since i was a climber and mountaineer in my past time i thought why not transition into this as a valid way to pay the bills i thought , so thats what i have been doing since and I'm happy to say that may attention span is within safe boundaries due to the many great opportunities i have in this sector introducing people to the outdoors. I don't get more satisfaction than when I'm teaching and coaching Serial course and knowledge addict Avid book reader( knowledge is power ) Currently working towards MIA and IML awards

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Daniel Thomson

I started in the outdoor industry at PGL on the Isle of White where I gained invaluable experience working with guests in an instructor capacity, I got used to the pressure and responsibility that goes with fast paced taster sessions! I moved to Scotland a year later to work at Dalguise Activity centre where I could gain personal experience in Mountain biking, climbing and mountain walking as well as deepening my understanding of group dynamics, problem solving and team building/reviewing. I worked with The National Citizenship Service, youth groups, Scout groups, school groups and other organizations, while I was there, as well as the group experience, I gained a BC Level 1 in Mountain biking, took my ML Training Course and climbed/walked/cycled some of the biggest mountains in Scotland. After this, I worked at YMCA National Centre in Cumbria and have gained more personal experience in climbing, walking and scrambling. I have undertaken my SPA Training and have booked SPA Assessment. I went on an ML assessment but deferred on navigation so retrained for a year and passed second time round. I think i t made me a better navigator in the end! I now work with New Reflexions as part of a response unit that care for looked after children, promoting well being and self belief through outdoor activities. i am looking to freelance as an outdoor instructor in the near future too.

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Kate Worthington

After University and Further Education, I trained as a Primary teacher and worked for a short time in the South East...but inspiration led me back to the Lake District and I worked for a worldwide mountaineering expeditions company. How excited was I to be unpacking filthy tents from Everest expeditions and re-writing their glossy brochures?! I quickly registered for my Mountain Leader Award and had well over 100 days for my logbook, thanks to experience with family, friends, clubs and societies. By 2007, I had gained my first Mountain Training award, met my husband Ross (we met at Plas y Brenin on our Mountain Leader training course) and was working full time for Adventure Cafe, in Kent, heading up their UK event organisation which involved sales, admin, logistics and leading on the hill - such great experience. From 2008, I was freelancing further afield, building good relationships with employers and travelling a lot from home, including overseas. In 2010, Ross and I decided that living in Kent was too far from the mountains we loved. So we moved, with our then 10 month old daughter, to North Wales, where I had spotted a house for sale at the foot of Snowdon. The plan was to keep developing our own business, RAW Adventures, from a place where we could incorporate work, family and life a little more cohesively. I have since gained my Winter Mountain Leader Award and am loving living in Snowdonia, mixing business and family life - it's always a challenge and never dull! I am currently painstakingly adding as much of my general mountain experience to DLOG as I can - it's a long term goal!

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keir mcewan

My name is Keir i live just outside a small town in the heart of Perth Shire i have a love and passion for the mountains and outdoors i am a keen hill walker and enjoy a good Munro i also like climbing, skiing and kayaking. These outdoor pursuits have brought me to some amazing landscapes and places mainly in Scotland like the Cuillin ridge (isle of Skye) and paddling on many Bonnie lochs. I have been able to also go on ski trips abroad to the french alps. some of the achievements so far in my life are my john Muir award/ leave no trace, Duke of Edinburgh silver award and continuing onto my gold, Nicas level 1,2 climbing award. My future plans in my outdoory career are to keep racking up the number of Munro's and more qualifications to teach and to bring more people into the world of the outdoors.

My Mountain Training Story :

James Kimber

I started climbing and hillwalking at school. I undertook a multi-activity trip and found I was quite good at navigation and climbing. From there a friend and I planned and walked the entire Southwest coast path over the longer summer after our GCSE exams. In sixth form I met some friends keen to climb, one of them had a dad who had loads of old climbing gear in his garage. We borrowed it and the BMC Handbook of Climbing and tried it out on the cliffs of Swanage. We didn't die so we quickly moved on to Tremadog and the obligatory stay in Eric Jones' bunkhouse. At university I joined the famous SCUM (Sheffield University Mountaineering Club) and learnt a great deal from those around me including friends who went on to represent team GB. Sheffield University encouraged me to take my SPSA (as it was then). I pushed my grades and achieved a sponsorship deal with Red Chilli who stuck with me for many years as I developed climbs and bouldering on Portland/Swanage. I developed some first ascents and helped write some sections of the Climbers' Club guide to Portland. As a school teacher I undertook further training to support mountain walking and trips abroad. I am still as keen as ever and still think the best is still to come...

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Luke Enoch

Born and lived in Merthyr Tydfil South Wales, studded Outdoor Education for 5 years in Merthyr College and University of Wales, Trinity, Saint Davids. passionate about the outdoor and motivated to get people evolved and interacting with their environment. also enjoy teaching Welsh culture, history, identity and language throughout using the outdoor. I am a keen Caver, Climber, paddler and explorer. i have had a lot of experience exploring South and North Wales and trekking through Morocco. -Completed LCMLA Lv1 (training). -Foundation Safety and Rescue. -First Aid Lv3. -BELL award. Geni a byw ym Merthyr Tudfil, De Cymru. Astudio Addysg Antur Awyr Agored am 5 mlynedd yng Ngholeg Merthyr a'r Prifysgol y Drindod Dewi Sant. Brwdfrydig am yr awyr agored a chael pobl i gymryd rhan a rhyngweithio a'i hamgylchedd. Mwynhau addysgu am Hanes, hunaniaeth a ddiwylliant a iaith Cymru trwy ddefnyddio'r awyr agored. Ogofwr, dringwr, padlor ac archwiliwr awyddus. Mae gen i lawer o brofiad archwilio De a Gogledd Cymru a cherdded drwy Morocco.

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Peter Surrey

Dragging my old carcass up steep hills so I can teach and inspire my children how to be happy and comfortable in the outdoors.

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Adam Jasko

I first heard about NNAS when I was preparing for my ML and went on a silver course to consolidate my navigation and find out more about the scheme. I realised then that it would be a great way to formalise the navigation training that the Explorer Scout Unit (where I am a leader) offer to the young people. I've since applied to be a course director and now offer NNAS as well as our informal nav training. This has really helped develop the Explorer Scout's navigation and hillwalking skills. It has also improved my personal proficiency with navigation and helped me to reflect on the ways that I coach others.

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Carl Hinks

I am a very active person and since a young age I have been involved in outdoor pursuits; cubs, Scouts, Air Training Corps and school skiing to name but a few. Upon successful completion of my degree, and getting married, my connection with the mountains evolved, and I began to ski multiple times a year. I also gained my Alpine Ski Course Leader award. In my best winter ever, I managed to ski in every month of the season! Through my twenty-year career as a secondary school teacher, I have lead 21 ski trips, all over the northern hemisphere, and become involved in a leadership capacity with the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) awards. Progressing to the position DofE Centre Manager, within school, has given me the opportunity to participate in the HML and ML training courses, in order to help improve the quality of training for our students. Some of the training that the staff and I have completed for the DofE awards has resulted in us participating in charity challenges, with personal achievements and milestones reached along the way. We recently represented the school on the DofE Diamond Challenge, spending three days on Skye, a series of Munro’s and the Inaccessible Pinnacle, followed by the national 3 peaks. A wonderful experience! I hope to gain further awards, and broaden my experience, to ensure that our students are safe, and that staff and students get the best support whilst participating in the awards that we run at our school. Above all else, participating in and working towards the awards, gets me into the environment that I simply adore!

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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 also now have my CWLA and have led some adult lead climbimg sessions. I have enjoyed myself enough that this year i hope to do 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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Matthew Smith

Hi all, I’m currently building up my portfolio as I have changed careers. I will be attending a sport science degree in Bangor university in 2019 and am looking forward to being so close to where my passions lie. I have currently got my Sumer mountain training complete, which I great as I’m currently still in the forces and his allows me to take up to 6 MOD personnel out o. The mountains helping me to gain pleanty more experience as time goes by. I aim to have Sumer mountain leader completed by early 2018, with a quick advancement into winter mountain leader.

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Andrew Higson

I'm a keen mountaineer and am looking to complete the ML course over the next 18 months.

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Hilary Smith

I did a lot of walking as a child and teenager but wasn't lucky enough to be able to do the D of E award at school. Still with the love of the outdoors in my bloodstream, I have continued walking and exploring with my children. I have completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks for charity. Just recently I have been appointed the Joint Leader of the Duke of Edinburgh award at my school. I have just completed the training phase of the Lowland Leader award and am booked for my assessment in March 2018. I'm looking forward to using my navigation skills more and more to explore new territory with confidence!

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Kieron Green

I have done ML training I have done spa training I have done CWA training all my log books are paper one`s and now have started to DLOG BELA award and used to be a Dof E bronze and silver Now Level 3 canoe coach and level 2 kayak coach and Archery leader and crossbow, BOF teacher leader, RCD level 2 High Ropes and was also ERCA rescue Work at Woodlands Adventure since 2000 I have passed my CWA I have my CWAA Nicas Course Director Levels 1,2 and 3

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Lukas Max Widrig

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Chris Knight

My first experience of walking in the hills of the UK, was In the scouts, aged 11. We camped at Edale for a week and walking on Mam Tor and the other hills around the area. This got me hooked and over several years went on camping expeditions with the scouts and venture scouts to many areas of England, Scotland and Wales. My walking has included Ben Nevis and the Isle of Mull in Scotland. Snowdon many times but only once with a view from the top, as well as other mountains in Snowdonia. In England, I my higher level walking has mainly been in The Lake District and The Dark Peak, with lowland walking in Shropshire and The White Peak. I have recently taken early retirement from teaching after a 35 year career. My first school had an active outdoor education ethos and. We used an outdoor education center in Llangollen and so I accompanied ML qualified teachers or lead groups on the Berwyns and other hills in the area. We also ran expeditions in North Yorkshire, The Lake District, mid Wales and The Brecon Beacons. My wife is not a big walker, so most of my walking experience has been through school. I was not involved with the DofE, when my last school started to run the program about 10 years ago, as my school responsibilities kept me elsewhere but when the Deputy Head who oversaw the DofE left to take up a headship at another school I was asked to take over. At that time DofE was mainly offered at Bronze Level but over the 7 years I ran it, we increased the numbers of participants significantly and offered Silver and Gold awards. At this time DofE was coordinated through the LEA but financial cutbacks lead to them not supporting the schools any more and so we became a DLC in 2015. Running the DofE has enabled me to keep going on expectations with the students at and work with other colleagues to get them trained in mountain leadership etc. six of us attended HML training at Plas y Brenin in 2015 and 2 of us came back for ML training in 2017.