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 :

Andrew Sullivan

Used this log to record climbing instructing days as well as mountaineering days. outdoor climbs logged using UKC.

My Mountain Training Story :

Thomas Brittain

Tom, a climber from the Peak District that learned that there was more than plastic just over a year ago! Discovered the outdoors when I was a young teenager through walking which eventually turned into an interest in climbing.

My Mountain Training Story :

Martyn Griffiths

I've had a life of mountaineering, letter-boxing and hill walking, all beginning with being part of a Ten Tors Team in my school days. I joined the forces once leaving school and attained various AT quals but the longest standing and most used is certainly my ML qualification. On direction from my management I personally introduced NNAS to my colleagues and across the cadet force fraternity in Northern Ireland. Hence, over the last 3 plus years we have delivered and awarded over 600 NNAS Bronze and approx 30 Silver awards. This number is still growing!

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Phil Windatt

Just coming back to hill walking after an 18 year 'children break' Pre kids spend many weekend in Lake District, Brecon Beacons & Black Mountains Juggled with SCUBA diving . advanced diver & Club instructor with Bristol Polytechnic/UWE SAC. Training students to dive under British Sub-Aqua Club membership. Now getting back into walking with the Gordano Scouts, assisting with ten tours, working towards HML certificate

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Jessica Ainslie

I took my first steps into the outdoors as a toddler, staggering around the hills of the Yorkshire Dales. Followed by a trip up Ben Nevis at the tender age of 5, coerced all the way by well intentioned parents. This led to rebellion, followed by indifference, then finally a strong sense of connection with our mountains and all they have to teach us. Having a career made up of what I love is a choice I'll never regret. Whether it's teaching or guiding, by trail, rock, or snow, I'm lucky enough to travel to and with some extremely inspiring people and places. From skiing expeditions on the sea ice in East Greenland to long summer days climbing in the North West Highlands, working with people in the mountains gives me freedom. And this is what I work hard to give to others.

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Mischa Constant

Since I could first walk, I have always absolutely loved the hills - anywhere! I am now finally beginning to pursue a wee dream I have had (for a few years now); to undertake the UK summer ML. With my training week completed (summer 2015) I'm working towards preparing for my final assessment. I cannot wait to continue exploring, probably the most beautiful garden in the world: Scotland! Like most things in life, its often about 'timing'. Things have aligned themselves for me to undertake the summer ML - the 'gateway' into most other mountain skills development in the UK. Post -training, I now realise that its not simply a one-off undertaking, but a lifelong journey that I have the privilege of joining. A massive thank-you to Bill and Ross on the Glenmore Lodge team, for leading (July 2015) myself and a few other candidates through our ML training. First class, professional and hugely experiential instruction that has definitely set me up for an exciting journey into the realms of professional mountaineering in the UK. I am a full-time youth worker based on the Isle of Skye and plan to use these new skills to serve the young people and families in our communities.

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Belinda Gammon

I caught the walking habit from my Father! About 20 years ago I developed a walking habit of my own while recovering from back problems and it soon blossomed into a passion, which has steadily grown into an activity that continues to sustain, challenge and develop me. A trained counsellor and Mindfulness teacher, my passion is working with people. Having meditated for over 20 years, I have always taken my practice outdoors and now love sharing this with others. Alongside my own Mindful walks, I'm a volunteer walk leader for Lets Walk Cymru, I hope to lead Mindful walks with people who may, for whatever reason, have become physically inactive and socially isolated. I hope to be walking into my 90s!

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Kim Bonner

I'm a lover of walking, hiking, camping & exploring new places & just being outdoors although I don't get out as much as I'd like to due to the day job. In my spare time I volunteer for Hampshire Search & Rescue part of ALSAR. I'm trained as a Search Technician and I'm in the process of training to become Team Leader. Recently I've also taken up climbing as a new challenge. Skills wise I have completed NNAS silver course REC2 first aid course Bank search trained in line with DEFRA module 1 Experience wise I have lowland, moorland & mountain day & multi day trips with wild camping overnight plus a few Spanish mountains. These have taken place in Dartmoor, Brecon Beacons, snowdonia, Lake District, Scotland and the Canary Islands. Most of these trips are logged on an app called Endomondo or ViewRanger more recently. I plan to gain more knowledge/skills and I'd love to be able to turn my skills into a new Career working outdoors, but not sure how just yet.

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Jeffrey Sewell

First off, I'm rubbish at updating my 'DLOG' but am making a concerted effort since my CWLA trainer promised that he would 'scrutinise my log' prior to my CWLA assessment. I have been climbing, almost daily since starting in January 2015. Since then, I've semi-quit my job as a school teacher to work part time at Big Rock Climbing Centre (MK) as a freelance instructor on top of continuing to be a music and art specialist school teacher! I love climbing outdoors as often as possible where I have bouldered, trad (multi pitch) and sport climbed (only a handful of times so far), mostly in the peaks district. I've spent some summers in northern Italy where I camp and climb via ferrata. Indoors, I consistently flash up to 6a/b while leading, but still like to have a practise on top rope before attacking 6c and 7+ climbs. I've delivered 'Beginner Learn to Climb' courses consistently for the past year, usually with more than one group on different days of the week. Ultimately, I hope to gain enough skills, knowledge and experience to become an expedition leader and work towards my MLS award as I have travelled extensively and am an avid 'backpacker'. Right. That's enough for now. I'm off to update my 'DLOG'. :/

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Timothy Jarvis

Just like everyone else probably says ... I owe a great deal of my happiness, achievements and self-esteem to my experiences outdoors and by pursuing a 15 year career as a Geography teacher, before taking 'early retirement' to focus on providing outdoor education and training, I have been able to share my passion and gratitude for the outdoors with hundreds of people. I held fulltime posts in Secondary schools and Tertiary colleges for 15 years, finally retiring as Head of Department and choosing to follow my heart instead of my bank managers expectations of me. I now run a4adventure.com as well as freelancing for a number of clients in South Wales and around the UK.

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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 if I had needed some positive physical encouragement 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 bad parenting, it was called growing up, they were right !!!! I was incredibly lucky to be there and have quite frankly been incredibly 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 many countries and continents. Exploring many diverse cultures, experiencing all they offer. 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 adventures by the thousand. 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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Elaine J Beesley

Once upon a time at a small warehouse in Bootle, Liverpool in 1999....................... I started climbing at Awesome Walls (before the church) and have been climbing on and off ever since at various indoor walls in the UK and have 'dabbled' in a bit of outdoor climbing. That being said, I've actually only really properly got into my climbing this year going at least three times a week and I'm at a point now where I want to get somewhere with my climbing. After having attended Mountain Training's talk on Monday 20 February 2017 at Beacon Climbing Centre in Caernarfon, I feel empowered to do the Climbing Wall Award as a starting point. So watch this space.....

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Naomi Wittkop

As a keen climber, I am partaking in the Climbing Wall Award (CWA) to peruse my dream of becoming an adventure sport instructor. By completing this training, I hope to further developing my personal knowledge and skills in preparation for mentoring and coaching fellow climbers and newbies in the future. Through gaining the CWA I aspire to pass on my enthusiasm and passion for climbing to others.

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Tom Sawyer

Hi Peeps My name Tom I've worked for an outdoors company for the past 4 years, and a leader for a local scout group, working in the Outdoors means a lot getting out learning new climbing techniques and seeing those views after a good day climbing!!

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Fiona Hutt

A chemistry teacher introduced me to the joys of hillwalking at the age of 14. I have walked in many upland and lowland areas of the UK. Since then I have actively enjoyed outdoor pursuits. I started canoeing in 1980 (pre wetsuits in less than waterproof kit!) Over the years have enjoyed kayaking and canoeing (flat and white-water up to grade 4), the sea (surfing and touring). I have also enjoyed competing in white-water racing and marathon and have raced in K1’s, K2’s and K4’s, winning some national medals along the way. When our children were young we switched more to Canadian paddling as a way of journeying with them and have had many memorable canoe camps. I also enjoy spending time on a bike (road touring and MTB) cycling in a variety of areas including Canada, France (Northern /Southern Alps and Central Massif) Grand Canary, and Iceland ( 7 individual rides mixed in with walking) Recently 2014, I started to learn to ski with the aim of extending winter access to the hills through ski touring – Skinning up is fine, downhill can still be a bit random for me!

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Michael Wright

Since leaving the army I have worked at various outdoor centres around the country instructing a variety of activities including canoeing, kayaking, climbing, abseiling, shooting, archery, fencing, high ropes courses and hill walking. I have worked with both adult and youth groups, stags and hens, and management training groups. I am one of the few Master Educators with the Leave No Trace Centre for Outdoor Ethics in the UK, gaining my qualification at Lake Placid, in the Adirondacks in upper State New York. I have lead expeditions for the British Schools Exploring Society to Malawi, World Challenge to Namibia with ACS Cobham International School and for Reed’s School CCF to South Africa. Other travel destinations include America, Canada, Europe, the Maldives, Japan and Africa. Other leisure interests include skiing, scuba diving,clay pigeon shooting, sailing, hill walking, photography and I am still actively involved with music. I now work as the School Staff Instructor with a Combined Cadet Force at a school in Surrey, looking after the day to day running of the contingent. I organise camps, exercises, run ranges, organise visits and am the liaison between the cadets and the Ministry of Defence. I also organise flying sessions in both fixed wing and helicopters for the cadets and facilitate anything the cadets and Officers want to do. I have initiated a highly successfully Corps of Drums who have become much sought after both at the school and around London. I also plan and run overseas expeditions for the cadets including bush craft and survival courses in South Africa, scuba diving in Cyprus and trekking across the Falkland Islands.

My Mountain Training Story :

Luqman Samiruddin

I got into climbing quite recently (1-2 months ago) and have grown to enjoy it more each time I climb. Having a fair amount of hill walking experience in the past, I would like to formalise my experience and get qualified as Mountain Leader. I'm also a volunteer at my local Scout group where I really enjoy helping children develop through camping and outdoor pursuits. What better way of combining all my passions with Scouting, climbing and hill walking than to complete the Mountain Leaders Award scheme.

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Harry Williams

23 Years old based in South Wales. I mostly climb at the moment and am trying to improve ability in the sport, this is mostly through Bouldering and Sport climbing at my local crags in south wales. I am also a keen mountain biker and enjoy riding the extensive trail network the south wales valleys has to offer, I have also gone further afield to the Alps and Canada to ride and work. Any of my spare time is usually occupied with one of these sports. I am currently working as a freelance outdoor instructor at several outdoor centres based in south wales and I lead and assist a range of activity's such as climbing, mountain biking, gorge walking and caving. Currently I am looking to gain more experience and further outdoor qualifications, to broaden the work I can do in the outdoors. I really enjoy learning and teaching new skills and pretty much enjoy anything outside.

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Gregor Flynn

I grew up doing a lot of climbing, Mostly indoors on top ropes and auto belays as well as a few outdoor tops ropes and abseils. for a while I stopped climbing but have more recently refound my enjoyment and passion for it. I have been a tutor in other activities before and am looking to widen my range of skills by competing several training awards.

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Dominic Tomlinson

Former Royal Marines Commando. Welsh Ambulance Service Hazardous Area Response Team. Bear Grylls Survival Instructor Level 1. IRATA level 1. Swift Water Rescue.

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Branwen Mcbride

Not that I knew it at the time; but my first taste of mountain walking was at the age of 9, up bristly ridge and over the Glyderau with my uncle who was in the mountain rescue at the time. I remember having an amazing day out, but it was only last year that we found the photo's from that day! When we were 13 my friend and I joined the local cadets who seemed to only take us out into the hills when it was pouring with rain, carrying our massive orange force ten tents and wearing oversized army waterproofs . . . they weren't exactly comfortable expeditions but they were the best things we'd ever done! Together we worked our way through the DofE syllabus, getting squashed by our massive rucksacks at Bronze, enjoying the wonderful Welsh terrain at silver, and expeditioning in some fantastic places for Gold. Our practice was an expedition around Loch Ness, and our qualifying was in Cyprus (which obviously needed plenty of acclimatisation time on the beach beforehand!) Things quietened down whilst working my way through uni and getting qualified as a teacher, but I still spent plenty of time outdoors running the DofE expeditions for the cadets. The best week ever was spent trekking in the Pyrenees, also with cadets. A few years ago I decided to work towards MLS and started logging walks properly in 2013 when I was trying to get through the MLT course. That was a tough week, knee deep in snow for most of it! But it was so good I didn't want to go back to school the following day! I've since spent lots of time in the mountains; as well as doing things like getting qualified as a canoe coach, walking most of the Anglesey coastal path and setting up a DofE group in school. For that to work though - I need an ML qualification so that is the next goal :-)

My Mountain Training Story :

Lisa Wells

I'm very lucky to live in North Wales and have the Snowdonia National Park as my playground. I've had a love of the outdoors for as long as I can remember but found that I was becoming increasingly frustrated by my lack of skills and confidence to head out on my own or venture off the usual beaten paths. I've spent the last 2 years building on this love by gaining confidence and developing the skills needed with the help of navigation courses, hill & mountain skills weekends and advice from fellow ML's. I am now working towards my ML award and thoroughly enjoying logging my adventures as well as learning about the history, myths and legends of this beautiful part of our country. I'm looking forward to completing my ML and helping others safely explore and experience our mountains

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Evie Sargrove

P PHi my name is Evie Sargrove I am 24 years old. I have loved sport and outdoor activies all my life I have a learning difficulties with I have overcome I have achieved. Lots awards over the year such as my PADi diving. , My NPLQ Award (lifeguard AWand , fist aid at work ,fire warden D of E I'm a hard working penson. Who never gives up and achieve my goal. !!

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Quentin Brown

I qualified two years ago as a summer mountain leader, I use my qualifications at work regularly as being a member of the armed forces gives plenty of opportunities for it. I take members of my unit out hillwalking, climbing munros and wild camping. In the last year I have had the chance to get to lead groups overseas too, having been trekking in Nepal twice. The first was a trek around the Dhaulagiri circuit over 15 days with a crossing of French pass at 5370m as part of the combined services medical research expedition. The second was last month, trekking around the Annapurna circuit and crossing Thorung La 5416m. I enjoy being in the outdoors and think that being able to take other people out of their comfort zones (a little!) and show them a bit of our country is a fantastic thing to be able to do.

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Jez Nasse

Background: After leaving the army, I was employed by Manchester Education as a Child Care officer. One of my roles was Instructing Mountaineering, Caving and rock climbing, with children who had emotional difficulties. It was a rewarding and challenging role :) In 1995 I joined the Police service. Due to my previous occupation and ML qualifications, I was involved in taking recruits and other officers mountaineering around the UK to help improve teamwork and self confidence under arduous conditions. Later in my career I worked alongside the military and other agencies conducting specialist mountain training on a regular basis all around the UK. Mountaineering experience: I have climbed and mountaineered extensively throughout the UK in both summer and winter (don't you just love Scottish winter ? mostly) I have climbed over 40 4000m alpine peaks in the last 25 years, including Mt Blanc by various routes, Aiguille Verte, Mont Dolent, Dufourspitze, Weismeiss and the Dom etc. Ski touring is also another interest and i have toured in both Scotland and the Alps :) Other interests: I used cave and dive regularly and was a member of the CDG (cave diving group) and a member of the Cave Rescue Organisation as a cave rescue diver. I have ran numerous triathlons including olympic and ironman distance. ........................................................................................................................................................................................... Mostly i just like helping people gain the skills and abilities to have fun in the mountains as much as I do !!! ...........................................................................................................................................................................................

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Paul Sherman

I have also walked in Alaska, Africa, Canada, Cyprus,Spain and Nepal.

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Davey Lawton

Serving in the Military since 2011 and I have been enjoying fell running, outdoor walking and camping since 2008, I have a great passion for outdoors in general so it made sense to pursue Mountain Leading. I'm fortunate enough to live in Hayfield, which is located in the Peak District at the foot of Kinder Scout, so that's probably what got me started. I would also like to start pursuing climbing due to participating in a few indoor face climbs with friends occasionally.

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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 and crags - this is my primary motivation for undertaking my NGBs. I do, however find it very rewarding to enable adults to do these things too - they may not have had opportunity as a young person and I feel there is a huge amount to be gained when discovering these activities as an adult. Planned courses/CPD - Contour Masterclass (25.03.17) - SPA Assessment (May 2017) - Technical Alpine Mountaineering Course (12.06.17 - 16.06.17) - Chamonix - Expedition Medicine and Field Skills (19.06.17 - 23.06.17) - WMT - Chamonix More planned in the Autumn/Winter

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Adam Savage

Hi, Im a partner in Epic Outdoors, we work predominantly with 11-19 years old with our outdoor activity and education programs.

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Marcin Piela

I developed my passion for rock climbing during my university time. I had studied sport and science and physical education. After dedicated training, I made numerous climbing trips to the crags in Jura and walls in the high Tatra's mountains in Poland. As I have enjoyed climbing and had already coaching and teaching qualification from Poland I decided to take professional courses and become rock climbing instructor and climbing coach in the UK. I have already done and passed all MTA indoor qualification, SPA and Mountain Leader Award. In June I'm taking MIA training. I have climbed many places in the UK and Europe and met many people passionate about rock climbing. Since 2014 I run my own private business and I'm taking people for climbing and mountaineering in Europe. I work occasionally as well freelance instructor, coach and route setter.

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Oli Simmons

I started studying Outdoor Education at college, doing a Level 3 Extended Diploma. During this time I was advised to look into the then MLTE qualifications as this would allow me to get a good foothold into the outdoor career I desired. I started with my CWA Training then began volunteering at a local climbing wall to gain experience and log session hours. I also spent many, many afternoons in climbing walls here and there to get my personal climbing up to scratch, log leads and most importantly; because I loved it! Whilst being involved in a semi-intensive instructor course i completed and gained some qualifications, i spent 2 season working in the Lakes next to the gorgeous Lake Windermere. Here I worked on my ML which I sadly deferred but then net on to finish when i moved to Wales. I then spent the last 2 and half years working at Outward Bound in Aberdovey, where i now live. Over these last 2 years i have run many residential courses, the majority of which having an edition element. this meant 2-5 days out i the hills working on everything from teaching navigation to helping foster an attitude of "I can, I will" in the young people. I'm moving on from there and looking for the next adventure and looking forward to learning more on the way.

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DELPHINE DEJOU

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/delphine.djn/

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Jonathan Miller

I enjoy climbing, hill walking, mountaineering, ski touring and international expeditions. These activities all challenge me in different ways, they introduce me to new people and take us on adventures to new places. Now seeking Freelance opportunities in the U.K. Currently living in Chamonix for the winter season but will be back in Devon and Cornwall for spring/summer 2017. I have set myself a goal to work towards the MIA over the next few years. I thrive on going adventures and hope these training courses give me the knowledge to achieve my passions & interests.

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Andrew Stratford

I'm a late convert to mountaineering having never done anything until the age of 41. Consequently i think the joints aren't too badly worn out yet! I've thrown myself into it in a fairly big way with hundreds of trad climbs, scores of winter routes, five trips to Norway to ice climb, two trips to the Alps and one to the Cordillera Blanca in Peru on a non-guided mountaineering expedition with the Alpine Club.

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Tracy Robertson

CCT -Community cycle trainer 2012 TCL -Trail cycle leader 2015 Velotech silver award 2015 Walking and camping accreditation October 2016 Outdoor 1st aid Exp.2017 First aid level 4 Exp.2018

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Jim Snape

I love bringing my passion for the outdoors to others and aim to progress towards my MIA over the next few years

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Jethro Withers

I have spent the last ten years exploring the outdoors from trekking in Arctic Sweden and the High Atlas mountains in Morocco, to scrambling in Snowdonia. There is no doubt that I has a passion for the mountains and the remote places of the world. I set up www.mountain-yak.com in 2015. Mountain Yak offers Trekking holidays along with guided walking and skills courses. I also freelance both as a IML and ML.

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Liam Mills

I currently work at the Joint Services Mountain Training Centre Indefatigable where i deliver the following Adventurous Training course: - Summer Mountain Foundation - Mountain Leader Training (Summer) - Rock Climbing Foundation/Supervisor - 2* Inland Kayak and Canoe - Mountain Bike Training. I also worked down a Sennybridge for 18 months prior as an Adventurous Training Instructor taking climbing, mountaineering, paddling and caving. I am currently working towards my Summer Mountain Leader (completed military SML already) and Rock Climbing Instructor with future aspiration of completing my MIA Training and progress through the Winter Scheme also.

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Lukas Max Widrig

I am a MT summer trainee due for assessment shortly. I have a business where I organise trips in UK and European mountains. This is my website: www.mellowjourneys.com Max

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Richard Parsons

Hey everyone, I love being in the outdoors. As of yet I've not achieved any awards but I'll get there. I want to spend my life hiking all over the world, as well as taking people to places they never thought they'd be able to reach.

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Mark Foster

Hello everybody, a little about me. I'm currently a serving member of the Royal marine commandos, my love for the outdoors is much the reason I chose the profession I did. After 10 years of been in the marines I decided it was time to pay a little more attention to my passion for the mountains and get some uselful qualifications at the same time. 2016 became a challenge year for me. I decided to set myself a goal.. That goal was to conquer 365 peaks before the end of 2016. This began with a January ascent of Snowdon with what can only be described as a perfect mountain day. By the end of the year of achieved my goal and then some. With 370 peaks achieved (not including ones I'd climbed already). This was a great achievement but merely the beginning of what's to come. My ultimate goal will be to bag every peak over 2000ft in England and wale and every Munro in Scotland.

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Richard Carribine

I love lowland walking especially coastal paths. I love helping at my school Finham Park with D of E, it's a real pleasure to watch the pupils develop their confidence and push themselves to achieve their awards. I am also a Beekeeper and really enjoy this wonderful hobby.

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Brian Hall

Hi, I've been Hill Walking, Mountaineering and Climbing throughout the UK for nearly 20 Years. Having become interested in the outdoors from a very early age, through family holidays and camping trips. I was keen to make the outdoors a prominent part of my life. When I was 12, I joined the Wiltshire Army Cadet Force. Through being a Cadet, I gained valuable training and experiences in First Aid, Team work, Leadership, Navigation, Expedition skills and Camp craft. I have spent the last 15 years working towards and becoming a qualified Summer Mountain Leader and a Single Pitch Climbing Instructor. In 2008, I set up as a freelance instructor operating under the trade name of Rockyventures. Through this, I provide the National Navigation Awards, plus a whole range of Climbing, Hill walking and Mountaineering Activities. In addition, I have also attended a number of work shops including the BMC Climbing FUNdamentals, The Disability Awareness work shop and the Turbo SPA Course. In march of 2014, myself and Mike Aston decided to actively pursue a long standing idea we had of Building our own climbing centre. On the 9th of November 2015, The Rockstar Climbing Centre opened. My role within the centre is as the operations Manager. This means I'm responsible for the day to day running of the Centre. In addition to my employment with Rockstar Climbing Ltd, I have recently relaunched my own company Rockyventures but now as a Ltd company. Through Rockyventures, I will be able to get out more leading groups on mountaineering and climbing trips. In my spare time I volunteer as a Search Technician for Wiltshire Search and Rescue,

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Darren Parkinson

With my old man being an instructor in the Army, I grew up in the Outward Bounds Centres in North Wales and as a result I was first introduced to the mountains at a very young age. Every weekend I was out on the mountains and at 14 years old I was accepted as a junior member of the Moelwyn Mountain Rescue Team. At 16 I joined the Army where my love for the outdoors continued and I successfully completing the Army's Mountain Training Course. After leaving the Army I continued my walking and mountaineering with regular visits to Scotland, Wales, Dales, Lakes, Peak District, Alps and the Pyrenees. Then family life and work commitments kept me away from the hills for a few years until about 10 years ago where I took one of my kids up onto Bleaklow and the fire was re-ignited. Since then I am working my way through the Wainwrights and Munro's. I regularly enjoy getting up at silly o'clock to climb a hill and watch the sun coming up with the Jetboil roaring away in the background. A few months ago I took a mate suffering from depression on a decent walk around the Carneddau; on returning back to the car he was a completely different person and he wanted to know when we could go out again, this really was a rewarding experience and I have now set the wheels in motion to obtain the relevant qualifications to do this regularly. I am currently a Wildlife Crime Officer with West Yorkshire Police and I have signed on with Peak District National Park as a volunteer ranger. I retire in 6 years by which time I intend to have completed my Mountain Leaders Winter or IML, either way I am determined that my next office will be the great outdoors.

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Neil Spence

The DLOG record has 256 entries from 1986 to 2017 and includes the training for the ML. There is a range of leading walks, overnight camping, 600m plus climbs and outdoor experiences in the UK and abroad. In 2012 I moved to regular cycling, which includes overnights, Raids and guiding. A record of these activities is recorded as gpx files and can be sent on request. Alternatively I can give you access to my Strava page. Walking has therefore become a lesser activity for me but as you can see from the DLOG that I am still going on short (lowland type) walks with family and friends. My plan is to complete the Lowland Walking Course so that I can be a volunteer guide for Cumbria Wildlife Trust at Eycott Hill Reserve. They are kindly paying for me to do the course. Who knows there is possibly every chance that I may do another course building on the Lowland Leader award or even the ML assessment for it at some later date!

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Tom Fitzjohn

I love walking. I have walked with my family since Secondary school and my Dad taught me to map read on these walks. Whenever we went on a family holiday there were always days of walking to be planned. I undertook D of E bronze when I was at school and now that I'm a teacher I have loved helping with putting these opportunities on for young people.

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Emma Harrison

I am ex-Army Reserve, but I have gained most of my mountain leadership experience through volunteer work with the Cadet Force (tri-service), by leading guided walks & weekend breaks for work colleagues and 'Welsh Women Walking' (a group specialising in leading guided walks for charity). In 2014, I bought a bunkhouse in the Brecon Beacons National Park, and I now offer guided walks for bunkhouse guests & others by request (for example, 'Explorers Connect'), and I occasionally freelance as a supervisor/assessor for a local DofE AAP for Bronze, Silver and Gold walking expeditions.

My Mountain Training Story :

Martyn Griffiths

I've had a life of mountaineering, letter-boxing and hill walking, all beginning with being part of a Ten Tors Team in my school days. I joined the forces once leaving school and attained various AT quals but the longest standing and most used is certainly my ML qualification. On direction from my management I personally introduced NNAS to my colleagues and across the cadet force fraternity in Northern Ireland. Hence, over the last 3 plus years we have delivered and awarded over 600 NNAS Bronze and approx 30 Silver awards. This number is still growing!

My Mountain Training Story :

Neil Sant

I am a regular soldier of the Parachute Regiment sine 09 Feb 1999, currently still serving. Over the years I have completed many of winter and summer climbs both as a team leader and group member over various military training areas such as, The Brecon Beacons, Garelock Head, Scotland, Dartmoor, Warcop, Peak district, Lake district and the Grand Canyon (US) 2015 just to name a few. in 2000 I completed my SRT & Caving proficiency. 2006 completed Telecoms rigging, roped access and rescue with XL training in Cumbria. 2011 I helped and supervised a group of 25 Soldiers multi pitch at Black Rock, Matlock, An area I have visited and climbed since I was 15 with the youth centre. Also climbed Top rope over many of Trad locations within the peak district. Currently undergoing CWA which I started in March 2017, to date I have completed 20 Lead climbs and 1 coaching session. climbed at Redpoint in Birmingham, Climbing The walls, Shrewsbury and Shropshire climbing centre.

My Mountain Training Story :

Rachel Bott

I grew up in the south east of England and had a love for the outdoors from the word go, specifically the marine world. After university, where i studied marine biology and conservation and learned to surf I started spending more and more time in the mountains. After spending some time at the Sir Edmond Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Center (Now Hillary Outdoors) I began working towards my qualifications and working with groups. Upon returning to the UK i embarked on my Mountain Leader and finding employment as an outdoors instructor. I kept my hand in conservation by working for the Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme (to date) and working as a terrestrial ecology surveyor for the forestry commission during the winter months. I currently work as a freelance instructor in Pembrokeshire and enjoy leading expeditions for British Exploring Society. Working as an ecological surveyor during the winter months i travel between Scotland and mid and north Wales throughout the winter which is great for getting out in the mountains. I'm currently experimenting with ski touring and after a questionable winter in Scotland and a brief trip to Austria, i'm off to Iceland to try my hand at exploring and touring, how hard can it be?!