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 :

Dominic Roe

My name's Dominic Roe, I'm currently a trainee instructor at an outdoor education centre in Snowdonia, Wales. I currently hold my Mountain Leader Award and I'm working towards my SPA along with other training courses like the RPIOL, UKCC and LMCLA. Raised in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, I have completed a degree in Primary Education at Edge Hill University and spent my time exploring areas in the UK, having taught in schools in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Liverpool, Luton and the Isle of Man whilst completing my degree before returning to the wilderness to work towards becoming an outdoor education instructor.

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Mark Evans

Hi all. I currently work for the Gwent Drug and Alcohol Service (GDAS) as a Recovery Worker. My role is to support individuals, recovering from drug and alcohol dependency, to regain and take control of their lives after varying periods of dependency. A big part of my role includes helping service users to improve their health and access/ engage in meaningful activities (including walking, indoor/ outdoor climbing, caving, gorge walking and geocaching). I have worked within the substance misuse field since 2006 and previously supported individuals with learning disabilities and/ or mental health conditions to access employment/ training/ education. Since entering into the supporting people field I have witnessed and have great passion regarding the improvements individuals can make with support. I have worked with both individuals and groups and have been involved with outdoor activity groups since 2006 (whilst working with the criminal justice service in Merthyr Tydfil) and have helped to set up and run/ co-run climbing, walking, canoeing, caving, geocaching and bush craft sessions. I have hill walked since an early age and was lucky to be part of an active Scouting group in Ebbw Vale during the 70's & 80's. During that period I gained experience regarding camp craft, route planning and other related outdoor skills. My passion for the outdoors and my role within employment has led to me completing the CWA award in 2012 and recently attending Lowland Leader training. I hope that a combination of my passion and the skills I have, and will continue to acquire, will greatly benefit the individuals I support (I must be on the right track as our conservation group won the voluntary environmental award in Monmouthshire in 2016 and we're planning a North Wales trip this summer). Onward and upward!

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Ian Bowles

I registered with MLTE for the Mountain Leader Summer back in January 2011. I have always had a love of the hills and the upland environment, finding it a refreshing retreat from the city / school / university or work. My holidays when I was younger often being to the Highlands of Scotland or the Isle of Arran, I am lucky to have been indoctrinated from a young age. I love the solitude and beauty of the mountains and hills. It was only then (2011) that I decided that maybe I should put my interest into some focus and use the skills I’d learnt and build on them and learn much more. In May 2012, I went on my MLS training course at Plas Y Brenin, I was so excited, to be with people who had the same love for the outdoors. I learnt a of a lot that week, including how much further I had to go! During that week, I also registered for the CWA, having not long been a regular indoor climber and enjoying having breakfast with Dani Arnold while he was being hosted at the Brenin. I continued to walk in the hills and mountains, but put my focus on climbing for a while and in October 2013 had my CWA & CWAA training course at XC Hemel Hempstead and the Westway in London. I really enjoyed the course and the technical ropework. I consolidated over 12 months, including shadowing and helping at 5 different climbing walls, which was really interesting, seeing different ethos and management. I then took my assessment and gained my CWA and CWAA in October 2014. I enjoyed some more climbing and walking, realising my favourite climbing was outdoors, so in July 2015 I carried out my SPA training at Glenmore Lodge. In 2015 I started leading at a local Scout group and that lead me to focus on attaining the MLS. So after a few years focus on QMD’s and scrambling, I successfully passed my MLS in Snowdonia in April 2017. My focus now is working on my skills of navigation, group management and looking to more time in the mountains in Winter and going for my CWA either later in 2017 or 2018.

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Daniel Hobbs

I'm so nervous and excited even about the training for MIA. From a young age about 10 i wanted to climb. so a lot of my growing up and thinking about mountains, travel and going away with my family, camping, scrambling in the lakes and generally having lots of adventures as a kid! I finished School age 16 and Knowing about climbing, mountaineering, scrambling, hill walking, camping, adventuring, and being able to make a career out of all these great activities, doing something that i had loved doing for so long I wanted to help people experience this joy. I completed a 2 year Outdoor Education btec at collage which allowed me to get training done for my spa. I've successfully passed SPA and ML assessments been on various coaching awards run by the bMC, awaiting to go on mltb coaching awards and hopefully MIa Training this year. Since then all i've done is work, climb, lead, develop both professionally and personally in the climbing/Outdoor industry. I am committed and serious about my climbing life. i am a firm believer that experience and time are massive aids and am in no rush to achieve this industry standard NGB. Most of my life has been training me up for this BIG, Serious achievement. I wish to try and gain enough experince to work for BAS, and further my guiding career.

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Daniel Eade

Volunteer staff with the Air Training Corps (London Wing) providing Adventure Training experiences to our cadets.

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Daniel Thwaites

UKC Log: https://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/showlog.html?id=210992

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Gawain Ng

I started bouldering in summer 2014 and was immediately hooked. After many years in an unfulfilling career in IT management, I have been working towards qualifications to be a climbing instructor since the start of 2017, with the long term ambition of coaching developing/competitive climbers.

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James Orpwood

I offer year-round guided hillwalking in the Highlands of Scotland. Based in the Cairngorms National Park, I also offer introductory rock climbing, mountain biking and low-level walking. You can follow me on Facebook: James Orpwood Mountain Leader

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Oliver Keeling

I have been climbing for around 5 years and over the last few years have begun to take it pretty seriously. With trips abroad, training and broadening my climbing rapport. I have recently undertaken my CWA training and assessment, Foundation Coaching award and BMC Coaching Children award. I have done this in order to become a better and more knowledgeable coach and become more involved with the aspect of coaching within the climbing environment. Getting people involved and fuelling people's climbing passion is why I coach. To see people as excited about climbing as I am!

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Keith Hulse

For myself gaining the Mountain Leader Award was the culmination of many years of tremendous enjoyment on the hills and mountains of the UK, and of course with lots of studying in between. Over the years, before becoming an ML I walked with groups of all ages with varying experience and fitness which, helped me become the passionate and enthusiastic leader I am today. Since gaining my award I have successfully set up my own freelance business and developed my website "snowdoniawalker.co.uk" This gives me the opportunity to offer my services to all, no matter what their age or ability. Working for other organisations also gives me the opportunity to work with diverse groups of people. My area of expertise is Snowdon and Snowdonia and I do believe it is important not just to lead people safely on the hills but also to be able to share my knowledge of the landscape and its ecology. Snowdon itself is a fantastic mountain steeped in Industrial and Social History, the geology is stunning and interesting, all you need to do is avoid the crowds! Four years ago the National Park was setting up a volunteer warden scheme for Snowdon, this was an opportunity for me to be able to give something back to an area that has given me so much pleasure. I applied, and I am proud to say I am one of the first “new” volunteer Wardens on Snowdon. This has been such a rewarding experience for me and has allowed me to become very familiar with the mountain whilst at the same time helping people to enjoy their visit to Snowdon. To hold your Mountain Leader Award puts you in a position of responsibility and I think it is important to continually learn and develop, so I take the opportunity to enhance my skills and knowledge whenever I can, whether it is attending courses, reading books or getting out on the hill to practice, it is a continual learning process and I love being able to do that.

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Mark Phillips

I love climbing. I love mountain walking. I love camping. I've climbed for roughly 12 years and worked at climbing walls throughout college, university etc. I then took a bit of a break from climbing and after university to cycle unsupported around the world with two friends....trip to continue in the distant future....other two are still going and we left on the 31/8/13! Since coming back to the UK I have completed my CWA and plan to complete my CWLA and SPA.

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Andy Lloyd

I am passionate about the outdoors and want to encourage others to get outside and discover wild places. The majority of my experience is with youth groups and adolescents hill walking in the UK. I have supported DofE Expeditions, Scout Expeditions and Ten Tors Training. I am based in the South West and having recently retired after a full career in the Police am beginning to convert Scout Hill-walking permits into something with wider appeal!

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Kathryn Blackie-Taylor

I have a long term love of the outdoors which started when I was introduced to sandstone climbing in the South-East when I was 21. The friends I made on sandstone soon took me to climb on cliffs and outcrops throughout the UK and Europe. As a result of getting lost trying to find some of the less climbed outcrops I learnt to navigate which opened up a whole new world of adventure. I have lived on the edge of Dartmoor for the last 20 years and still find new places to visit due to finding a little feature on the map which I think might be interesting to visit! For the last couple of years I have been involved in off-road triathlon so have been adapting my navigation skills to mountain biking and trail running as well. I offer regular navigation courses on Dartmoor and will lead bespoke courses and walking days if asked. Please do.

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Christopher Beckett

Hi My names Chris Beckett my story starts from the age of 14 where i started training for Ten Tors and duke of edinburgh. this was through the cadets. My original path was to join the army and teach outdoor activities there. but that soon changed when I discovered you could do it as a civilian. I completed a base Camp trip to Everest when at the age of 16 through the cadet force. I then move on to College studying a Outdoor Education receiving a national diploma. received my BCU level 1 in coaching, received a few other little tickets including Ultimate frisbee coach. I then moved onto a course at Duchy College of Cornwall (Advanced Instructor Training Programme) where I received My training for BCU Lvl 2, SPA, and ML. Since then I've worked at the cotswolds water park and now freelance for a few companies in Wiltshire and south west. My Aim is to get all my tickets assessed and become a leader.

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Ivan Sargeant

I have spent the last 15 years working in special education , since gaining my SPA I have been taking children climbing mainly on Dartmoor . All the children I have been teaching to climb have Emotional and Behavioural and/or Mental Health Difficulties (SEBD / SEMH) , but they all seem to love climbing and have all enjoyed great days out out. I personally started rock climbing late teenage years with regular trips to the southern sandstone areas and sport routes , now though my real love is with trad

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John Hall

Since qualifying as Mountain leader (summer), Mountain Bike Leader (level 2), Paddlesport Coach (level 1) and Climbing Wall Award, I have worked as an Adventure Project Manager with Raleigh International in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Borneo, Expedition Leader with World Challenge in Cambodia, Laos and India and Development Instructor with the Princes Trust in Birmingham. I am passionate about helping young people develop their personal and social skills through experiential learning via adventurous activities.

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John Witton

I am a Biology teacher and have run the Duke of Edinburgh's Award in the UK and the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award in Vietnam. I have also been Director of Co-curricular Activities at a British International school in South Korea. I am currently a Biology teacher and Head of Cross Country at Sevenoaks School in Kent, UK. I enjoy getting into to outdoors as much as possible and am a firm believer in the positive impact of outdoor activities on the development of young people. I am currently completing the Lowland Leader Award, having completed a Basic Expedition Leaders' Award (BELA) through Sports Leaders UK back in 2005 and intend to complete further Mountain Training qualifications. I also enjoy endurance running like marathons and ultramarathons, snowboarding and scuba diving.

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Stuart Paton

My BLOG: https://stuartpatonblog.wordpress.com/ I have been having adventures in the outdoors since being able to walk. I was fortunate to have spent much of my childhood exploring the Lake District by ticking off Wainwright's, kayaking and mountain biking. In 2010 i decided to pursue my passion for the outdoors by making it my job. Four years later in the industry I started working for The Outward Bound Trust in Aberdovey. Here I have the freedom to use my ML and SPA to their full potential by leading young people on expeditions and working on some fantastic dynamic crags. I work among an incredibly talented and passionate group of people, since doing my MIA training I have been able to help push others forwards with their skills on the crag and in the mountains as well as gaining a lot from them. As well as having my own adventures I love nothing more than guiding through or introducing others to their own. Since undertaking my MIA training I have relished in teaching others to climb, my first lead was done with an MIA on a rope next to me - as a result i get a huge amount of enjoyment out of doing the same for others. As far as my own adventures go, I am a bit like a dog - just happy to be out! Whether its a chilled day cragging or having an epic in the mountains, Diff or climbing at my limit I love being out in the mountains. When the crags are wet I like to spend my time kayaking and canoeing, if the rivers aren't full then time for some mountain biking! See you out there!

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Alexander Mills

Climbing has been a big part of my life, recreationally, for many years after someone really important got me into it. It's a way to personally challenge myself and free myself from the day to day routine, giving thinking time and non-thinking time. I regularly climb indoors, with a couple of centres local to me. Recently I have been working with a friend, helping to coach him and his son in the sport. Similarly, when the opportunity arises my friends and I take to the outdoor mountains - The Lakes being our destination of choice - and take on the challenges Mother Nature presents. I'm now working on putting my experience to good use and sharing my passion with others ; mainly the students I work with at a disability college. For many of them such opportunities are rarely - if at all - available, so I want to show them that they can have a go and enjoy it too. Although it will be more traversing and bouldering, as that is the wall we have installed, it is still utilising my skills to help develop others and open the sport to them. I'm also helping raise money for the college later this year, taking a group of low experience colleagues on a three peak hike across the Brecons.

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Kai Chandler

Kai lives in Dorset and runs and walks on Dorset's heathlands and coastal paths. He belongs to local branches of the Rambers Association and Poole Runners. He also enjoys walking holidays with his family in the UK and abroad. Other interests include scuba diving, swimming, cycling and sailing.

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Lorna Potter

I've been climbing for about 5 years and have become increasingly passionate about supporting the development of female climbers and making the sport accessible. I set up a successful local women's climbing group, Bristol Women Climbers, last year and have been busy developing this. I recently passed my CWA assessment and I'm looking forward to being able to continue sharing my enthusiasm for climbing with newer climbers and helping them to increase their ability and confidence.

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Gary Mitchell

I caught the hill walking bug many years ago when doing my Duke of Edinburgh award. I get up the hills as often as I can and I'm still involved with the DofE Award helping young people complete their expedition section.

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Timothy James

Hi I'm Tim from South Wales. I've recently been on a low hill and Moorland leaders training corse whitch I really enjoyed, the corse consisted of 3 hours classroom environment followed by two days out on the hills. I have the assessment in September so I hope to get out on the hills as much as possible before the time of assessment. For me I hope this will progress my training and I am keen to get any relevant qualifications necessary as opportunities present themselves

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John Knock

Living in Anglesey has given me easy access to the delights of Snowdonia for many years. I didn't really discover the mountains till my mid twenties though, when a friend got me interested in scrambling. I already had a good background of outdoor skills from being a Scout as a youngster, but during the following couple of seasons I knocked off most of the classic grade 1 scrambles in the area, and one foray to grade 2 on Clogwyn Y Person. It was a slow start, but the bug had bitten. My DLOG entries represent a lot of the walks that I can remember, there have been many others that I will have forgotten, and many repeats of some of the routes (Tryfan, Crib Goch, Glyders and Carneddau), as well as plenty of shorter "dog-walks" which I've not bothered to enter. Since then I've graduated to hillwalking and wild camping, and have completed the Welsh 3000s on three separate occasions, most recently in 2014. I also undertook a 5 day backpacking circuit of the Bob Graham Round in the Lake District, wild camping on all but one of the nights. The vast majority of my time is spent in Snowdonia though, an area I feel very at home in at all times of the year, and in all conditions. Most of my walking has been solo, but being a small business owner with 17 years of management experience I'm comfortable in a leadership role as well. I'm interested in completing the MLS as a personal challenge, and also to help me to safely lead small groups in the mountains in the future.

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Joel Self

Hiking: 11 years Rock Climbing: 7 years Shooting: 4 years Caving: 4 years Tree Climbing: 3 Years Loving the great outdoors: A Lifetime

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Kristina Wetter

I first started my professional career as an outdoor instructor by doing a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation in Cairns Australia in 2005. My fist jov in the Outdoor Industrie was that as a Group Leader for the Outdoor Education Group in Victoria Australia for two years in 2006 amd 2007. Since then I have lived and worked as a Freelance Outdoor Instructor in Germany and Austria (2008-2011). Since May 2011, I have been living and working in the UK, but also leading numerous expeditions overseas since 2008. In all those years I have been continiously expanding my experience and qualifications. What I love about my awards is that they give me the opportunity to instruct and guide people in the mountains. It gives me the opportunity to share my passion of being in the mountains with other people and to assist them experience the beautiful mountain environment.

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Des Barnett

I have been climbing from the age of sixteen when I joined the newly formed Hinckley Mountaineering club in the east midlands and my first foray was a weekend trip to north wales in November. We did Snowdon Horseshoe via Crib goch on the Saturday and Dives/Better things on Dinas Cromlech on the sunday as my first ever rock climb. It was brilliant and I was hooked. I continued to climb and improve, climbing on the gritstone edges and down in the dale on the limestone leading up to E5 on a really good day. In my twenties I went further afield climbing in france and spain. A highlight was a couple of long trips to the USA, firstly Colorado and then Calafornia where I climbed Salathe wall on El Capitan, Astroman on Washington Column and The Rostrum with Aliens finish. I became a MIA in the 90's and worked freelance at a few centres in the lakes. Clmbing took back seat when our children came along but now 18yrs later I'm starting to do more again at a far lower standard but probably enjoying the whole experience a lot more. I'm keen to pass on my experience and enthusiasm to others and am enjoying climbing with my now adult son and members of the Wrekin Mountaineering club. I work for The Edge Adventure and act as their Technical Advisor and do a little other freelance work.

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Michael Howard

I was born and raised in Argyll on the west coast of Scotland and introduced to the outdoors from an early age. Hill walking was seen as a family pursuit, which is something that I really appreciate now as an excellent activity to offset time spent at work. I'm also a keen skier, which I learnt in Glencoe & Aviemore when I was very small, with some experience of ski touring on the Cairngorms. I now live in the south-west of England, Exeter, and am keen on getting outdoors. It is only recently that I've started to take my walking more seriously. Having spent a week on Skye a while back (in 2001), I've since been on a walking week in Filzmoos, Austria (2015), Abergavenny (2016), as well as the occasional day out on the hills whilst visiting Argyll (2016). In 2017 this year I've decided to 'get it together' and start planning for my Mountain Leader qualification. I have several more 'adventurous' trips to Wales (e.g. Helvellen) and Scotland (e.g. Ben Nevis) in the diary now, and am currently looking at doing my mountains leader's course & assessment in the next couple of years. Having recently enjoyed my 50th birthday - celebrated in the Dolomites in February - my goal is to develop the personal knowledge, fitness and skills needed to go and explore safely places such as Nepal (i.e. Everest base camp), the African subcontinent (e.g. Mount 'Kili'), Morroco (e.g. Atlas) and the Torridon mountains in Scotland (e.g. Benn Eighe). Perhaps I might also be lucky enough to have the opportunity to lead and inspire others along the way.

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Kevin Cheung

I started hillwalking back at Duke of Ed Bronze level. Keep at it right through to Gold. At university level, I joined the Mountaineering Club and gained an interest in mountaineering. I have been around the UK and Ireland climbing and hillwalking. I've also been abroad to Spain, Morocco and several regions in China climbing, hillwalking and winter mountaineering respectively. More recently, I've been to the remote Kaindy Glacier in Kyrgyzstan in an attempt to gain first ascents in the region (Trip report to follow).

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Raymond Chambers Curtin

For many years i have been involved with the Scouts and a full time member of the Irish Mountaineering Club. Started getting involved in the Outdoors back in 2008 after attending an open night in one of the outdoor stores in Dublin. I joined a local indoor climbing gym and hill walking group just for a taster to see if the interest was still there! I decided to join the IMC and it took off from there, attended Hikes and Climbing trips around Ireland and then ventured across to the UK for a new taste. This experience ignited my inner youth! So most of my holidays would consist of Hiking and Climbing in The Alps, The Dolomites, Pyrenees, Australia and China. After joining the IMC and once trained up on navigation and climbing i would then pass my knowledge and experience onto the new members of the club where i would teach them how to navigate and climb. This activity kicks off in April and runs through to October, I have been helping out since 2010. Mountaineering Ireland hosted a lot of intro programmes in Rock Climbing, Navigation, and Scrambling which i attend yearly. From this i went on to learning Mountain Skills 1 & 2 and MSA, Single Pitch Rock Climbing, and Mountain Leader Training. I have also covered the BMC Fundamentals of Climbing with Paul Swail and received a few Master Coaching sessions from Ricky bell. My long term goal is to achieve professional training and gain plenty of in depth knowledge and experience which i can then pass on to others. My outdoor back ground covers a large area such as Rock Climbing, Hiking, Navigation, Mountaineering, Scrambling, Ice Climbing, Winter Climbing, Via Ferrata, Mountain Biking and Ultra Running in the Mountains. A lot of these activities have taken placed in Europe, China, and Australia.

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Simon Murray

Currently I am a team member of the Braemar Mountain Rescue Team. I work as a commercial airline pilot currently operating S92 helicopters for Bristow helicopters in support of the North Sea oil and gas industry. I have recently returned to flying having just completed a 1 year sabbatical where I was seconded back to government operations overseas. I carried out an observation / surveillance mission across the front lines in the Russian backed separatist held Donbass region of Eastern Ukraine where there is an ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine. Although I am a former Royal Naval Officer, I spent most of my time with Royal Marines Commando units and Army units on ground operations all over the world. I have completed tours of duty in Afghanistan, Bosnia, N.I, the Persian Gulf and elsewhere. All my life I have been passionate about mountains and wild places. I am a keen hill walker, cross country skier and expeditioner. Each year I do several small expeditions in Northern Sweden or Norway (up to 2 weeks). Usually I bivvy and am self sufficient throughout. I go often with my brother and I act as the leader in such circumstances. I have completed solo Arctic ski expeditions also covering distances of 300km in extremely remote areas. I am also a keen wildlife enthusiast with a particular interest in the creatures of the Boreal region such as Wolves, Bears, Wolverines, Lynx and Owls, but which also includes many Scottish species such as Capercaillie and pine martin. I have climbed hills in many areas of the world including Europe, Caucusas, North America, Falklands, Arctic, Antarctic and the Hindu Kush. I hope to continue to wandering the silent high places for many years to come.

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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 - Technical Alpine Mountaineering Course (12.06.17 - 16.06.17) - Chamonix - Expedition Medicine and Field Skills (19.06.17 - 23.06.17) - WMT - Chamonix - 2 weeks of skill consolidation in Alps (with climbing partner) More planned in the Autumn/Winter

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Marian Denham

I work with girlguiding . I love the out of doors . Now I help with gold D fo E groups . i am about to renew my outdoor first aid this weeken (May20-21 2017). I love being in the hills

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Stuart Ereaut

I am an avid traveler and hiker who loves to go for regular walks in the countryside. I am a Duke of Edinburgh leader at the high school I work at.

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Simon Duringer

It has been a long road leading towards Mountain Leader Training but I gained the grounding firstly working with and motivating teams and groups in Operations Management and then by entering the military. I underwent Basic military training all the way back in 1997, learning field craft and skills. I took that experience and went on to lead a number of Adventure Training expeditions in the Cairngorms between 1998-2000 and in the Three Valleys (S.France). In 2000 I went back to training as SNCO Airman Aircrew within the RAF. A section of this training included 6 weeks of intensive field craft training, survival training, navigation and leadership training. I completed a number of survival courses between 2000-2002 I led a couple of further expeditions, firstly to Picos Mountains (N.Spain) as part of Advanced Leadership Training and secondly to Ascension Islands. Since leaving the RAF, and after a fairly long time away from hiking I rekindled my love for hiking in around 2012 when I started visiting the Lake District. In 2016 spent a number of months overseas and hiking on trails in France and Norway, and further multi-day trails in Faroe Islands and Iceland before moving to be close to the mountains of the Lake District in Sedbergh. From Sedbergh I walk as often as I am able and blog about my hikes on my website http://simonduringer.com/blog

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Peter Hutchinson

I am a lifelong countryside walker of over 40 years experience. Enjoying mountains and fells in the UK plus treks in several countries worldwide including Iceland, Nepal, Slovenia, Switzerland, and USA with extensive travel in Scandinavia. For many years I was a youth leader encouraging young people to get outdoors and a canoe instructor, competing in White Water Racing and Marathon events such as Devizes to Westminster. Formerly a member of the 'Long Distance Walkers Association' I tackled challenge walks including the daunting 'Fellsman' event in Yorkshire. Now I am more of a casual walker leading others and getting a thrill seeing people discovering the countryside. I work part time as an adult education tutor teaching outdoor pursuits skills and natural history with professional membership of 'The Society for Education and Training'. Recently I planned and led over 100 education walks for a local provider including City Heritage Walks and Public Art Walks. I hold the 'Lowland Leader Award' via 'Mountain Training Association', the 'National Navigation Silver Award' and membership of the 'BMC'. Recently I formed 'PH Guided Walks'. A business venture offering freelance leisure walking in Tyne and Wear, Co Durham and Northumberland. See www.phguidedwalks.co.uk My walks are at a sensible pace with lots of stops to look at heritage and nature and often with refreshments at the end. They are proving to be popular with the retired and those new to walking. I am available to do freelance work for other providers and hold my own insurance and first aid certificate.

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Darren Butt

Hi I’m Darren. I purely work within the voluntary sector, primarily with the Air Cadet Organisation where I am the Regional Adventure Technical Training Officer South West. ML(S) and Trail Cycle Leader. Additionally I am a Course Director for the Lowland Leader, Expedition Skills Module and the DofE Expedition Accredited Assessor Scheme and Expedition Supervisor Training Course. I also assist with the Corsham Explorer Scout Unit and local Schools. Additionally I am a member of the Ten Tors Scrutineer team.

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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, and Training Officer at 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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Mark Quinn

I have almost 25 years experience in the RAF that includes a wide and varied operational portfolio as a helicopter pilot, Flight Commander, Detachment Commander and other joint staff officer roles representing the RAF, MOD and NATO. I have fully appreciated the outdoor challenges and active life associated with being a member of the armed forces. I enjoy leading, managing, motivating and developing successful teams whilst establishing and maintaining long-lasting and sustainable working relationships. During my time in the RAF I organised and led a number of military expeditions both in the UK and abroad. Since leaving the military I have taken on the appointment of Regional Director of the RAF's leading Welfare charity, the RAF Benevolent Fund. In 2016 I volunteered to lead a Duke of Edinburgh Guiding Unit based in the Lake District and I would like to train to become an Assessor.

My Mountain Training Story :

Patrick Hickie

My first taste of the hills and mountains was doing by Bronze DofE Award in the Black Mountains in south Wales in the 1970s. I don't mind admitting that I found it tough, and as I approached the finishing point on the Assessment expedition, I made a silent promise to myself that I really didn't need to repeat the experience. A year later, a healthy bit of peer pressure had got me dragged into Silver. Then Gold. By then I was hooked, especially having had a taste of the rugged nature of Snowdonia in the process. I joined the Army, and the opportunity to try some rock-climbing came up. It seemed the obvious progression to me, and of course back then that was 'the' normal pathway into climbing and mountaineering. A variety of courses, meets run by the Army Mountaineering Association, and the opportunity to participate in expeditions to far-flung corners meant that by the time I left the Army in 2001 I had done a huge variety of mountain activities all over the UK, Europe and the world. I also completed the Summer and Winter ML awards at the start of the 1990s. A change of career to an exclusively indoor line of work meant that I wasn't out and about as much as I once had been, but I continued to climb regularly from my new home in Yorkshire. This included some local gritstone climbing, but it was always the bigger mountains that attracted me and so I tended (and still do) to climb more in Snowdonia, the Lakes and Scotland in the winter. There were trips abroad too, of course - Norwegian ice, Mediterranean sports climbing, and Alpine mountaineering. Now, I have made another career switch into professional mountaineering and climbing, enjoying sharing what has been my passion for over 30 years with those just starting out. Over a period of time I have completed both the MIA and IML awards and the openings created by those awards are now the mainstay of my work. I am also progressing towards MIC and developing my coaching skills through the coaching awards.

My Mountain Training Story :

Stoyan Nenov

I did start climbing in 1999. Until then I've done bouldering (in/outdoor/comp up to V9), sport (in/outdoor/comp F8b)...

My Mountain Training Story :

Simon Bereit

I still remember my first "proper fell". A teaching colleague asked me if I was busy at the weekend to which I replied, "Other than some marking then no"! Consequently we spent a cold, wet but thoroughly fantastic day on the Helvellyn range in the Lake District. Ever since then I've been "hooked" on mountains! The mountains of the UK hold a special place for me; a place to breathe, relax, unwind and test my mind and body. They never fail to put a smile on my face and although it sounds a little cliché I am always happy and content when in the hills. Since my first outing on Helvellyn I've built up a range of experience in both UK hills and further afield. In 2009 I was lucky enough to spend 3 fascinating weeks in the mountain kingdom which is Nepal. We spent a fabulous week trekking in the Langtang region; what a place, the people are just so humble and welcoming! One day I intend to return to Nepal and hopefully summit a trekking peak in the Khumbu valley. I've also been lucky enough to spend a fabulous week in the High Atlas (Morocco) culminating in a fabulous summit day on Jebel Toubkal. My Summer ML assessment is booked for this August and I plan to use it as a stepping stone onto bigger and more varied things, not least sharing my passion for the hills both in the UK abroad with lots of different people. Thanks for stopping by and reading my profile and keep "getting out there"! :)

My Mountain Training Story :

Peter Sherman

Having been spurred into action by a friend and early retirement galloping ever closer, I decided to enroll in the HML award so that there will be the possibility of combining one of my loves, walking on Dartmoor, with earning some money . . . . . . . hopefully! My walking story started back in the mid 70's, when I completed the Ten Tors expedition on Dartmoor with the Air Cadets. Ever since then I have been hooked! in the mid 80's, when I had a particularly bad job, I would go up to Dartmoor about twice a month and spend the day walking across the moor, just to blow out the frustration and general 'bad vibes' from that job. Life is so much simpler when it is you, the wind and the skylarks! Anyway, moving on, when the family had grown up sufficiently, I joined the Dartmoor Rescue Group, to combine Dartmoor with 'doing my bit' for fellow walkers, not to mention getting a 'buzz' from some of the crazy things that we get up to in the name of 'training'! I have been walking in the Lake District, Snowdonia and Scotland with my Son, having climbed Snowdon (Crib Goch), Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis (CMD route). If I had known that I was going to do this HML, I would have kept better records of all the walks that I have done so that I could fill in the DLOG properly!

My Mountain Training Story :

Phillip Royston

I completed ML Training (Summer) in 4/7/2003 at a course run in Wales from a centre in Indefatigable. Since then I have continued hill-walking but there was a gap of about 3 years when I only did the occasional Munro' while I was up visiting my parents in Scotland. I live in York now. Since my first ML Training I have led a group of soldiers up Scafell Pike some time after the course, assessed by my section commander, and I have been involved in just a few days out with similar groups. Mainly though my walking experience since 2007 (since I requested to leave the army) my walking has been intermittent due to studying and knee problems. I have always managed to do some big days out on Munro's each year, at least Ben Lomond on newyears day! I took-up the pasttime in a big way again about three years ago. Since then I have been on a lot of moorland walks in and around North Yorkshire and I have got to know some of the bigger hills in the Lake District, basing myself and with a friend in Keswick. I have decided to re-do my ML Training again this year! :)

My Mountain Training Story :

Michael Hendry

Outdoors from the age of six. All aspects of mountaineering from the age of twenty, with hardly a week without engaging in at least one activity in that time. Climbed at the main European destinations. Member of the Ogwen Valley MRT from 1991 to 2005, as an advanced 1st aider. Teaching and lecturing in the outdoors from the age of forty three. Outdoor course coordinator for Llandrillo College in North Wales since 1999. MIA & WML. AMI member and an Associate member of AHOEC.

My Mountain Training Story :

Brian Hall

I've been Hill Walking, Mountaineering and Climbing throughout the UK for over 20 Years. Having become interested in the outdoors from a very early age, through family holidays and camping trips. When I was 12, I joined the Wiltshire Army Cadet Force. During my teen years, I also competed in Athletics and at a National level in shooting and Cross country. Over the last 10 years, I've been operating as a qualified Summer Mountain Leader and a Single Pitch Climbing Instructor. 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 and a range of courses to operate as a NICAS Instructor. To compliment these courses and training activities, I've also attended various Military Adventure Training Courses including the Winter Mountain Proficiency Course. These courses compliment my civilian qualifications. In 2008, I set up as a freelance instructor operating under the trade name of Rockyventures. Through this, I provide the National Navigation Awards (Bronze, Silver and Gold Training). Plus a whole range of Climbing, Hill walking and Mountaineering Activities. Over the last couple of years, I've embarked on a bigger projects. This meant operating as a freelance Instructor through Rockyventures, had to be put on a back burner. On the 9th of November 2015, The Rockstar Climbing Centre opened. My current role is as the operations Manager, this means I'm responsible for the day to day running of Rockstar Climbing Centre. With my ultimate aim of ensuring the centre complies with all regulations and that all activities are delivered safely and t0o a high standard. After a number of years committing to Rockstar Climbing, I'm now keen to start delivering outdoor activities again involving navigation, climbing and mountaineering. So as of March 2017, I relaunched Rockyventures as a Ltd company.

My Mountain Training Story :

Ronald Abrams

Hello my name is Ronnie Abrams, a 44 year old living in Manchester. I've been happily married to my life long soul mate, Alison for 10 years now. Our beautiful daughter Betty 8, is the funniest amazing girl you could ever wish to meet. Betty is a super strong indoor boulderer and Alison is learning to teach Yoga. I have been in the Ambulance Service now for 9+ years, as a fully qualified Emergency Medical Technician. I started my Spa training back in 2002 after discovering outdoor rock climbing whilst traveling through New South Wales, Australia. 15 years on the plan is to book in for a refresher course, preceding an assessment. 2014 I commenced the Summer 'ML' training at Plas y Brenin, Snowdonia, and have since been consolidating the prerequisite quality mountain days (QMD). The last 5/6 winter seasons, I have been winter training within the Snowdon and Lake District National Parks.

My Mountain Training Story :

Natalie Griffiths

I was introduced to outdoor climbing in 2014 , when I joined Hampshire Scout Expeditions and ventured to the Lake District for a long weekend of Adventure. I studied Outdoor Adventure at college and took every opportunity to be outdoors in the mountains, saying this I have not completed any assessments so far. I am currently studying Youth Work at university with an emphasis in adventure education and outdoor pursuits. I have been working at various outdoor activity centres for the past four summers completing a variety of in-house and NGB qualifications. A life one again in the outdoor industry beckons, through university holidays I hope to attain more awards which will put me in good stead for post university freelance work.

My Mountain Training Story :

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. This is what I work hard to give to others.

My Mountain Training Story :

Ben Westwood

I have been working for Robinwood Activity Centre's for the past 10 years. Through starting there I really found my love for the outdoors both on a personal level and then also passing it on to others through various NGB's and ultimately gaining my Mountaineering Instructor Award in 2013. I also have technical advisor responsibilities and am improving my knowledge on an on-going basis regarding this role. My real passion personally is Rock Climbing (Trad, Sport, Bouldering) - I really love the places it can take you and the personal challenge, and when I get the opportunity to run climbing and mountaineering days and expeditions this is a real highlight for me!