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 :

Gary Butler

I started hill walking in the mid 1980s with trips to the Lake District progressing to the mountains of Wales and then Scotland. I originally attended the then MLTB training week in Snowdonia in 1990 with the aim of taking the assessment shortly thereafter but for a a variety of reasons that didn't happen. Over the years I continued to add to my Log Book, complete a round of the Munros and continued to climb the Corbetts and other hills. I have now successfully completed the MLS assessment and aim to start working towards the winter award as soon as possible. In the meantime I fully intend to get out into the hills and mountains as much as I can.

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Gordon Dowling

I work full time in the outdoors. All of my work is freelance (with the exception of the NNAS navigation courses I run). I’m a qualified Winter ML and am currently working with a Glasgow secondary school; each week I take the kids on various outings - depending on the weather, this could be a nice hillwalk or a visit to a museum. I’m also currently working with Fox Covert and Oxgangs primary schools, running weekly orienteering sessions and hillwalking days. This coming season (2018) I have 22 DofE expeditions in my diary, working for various outdoor companies and schools. I hold a full D class bus license, this allows me to drive any size bus for hire or reward.

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Andy Jones

Started paddling far too late in life when the body will not get in to the positions it needs to!

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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 Assessment passed March 2018. Foundation Coach Trained. Owner of All Climb - specialising in climbing sessions for autistic children and youths.

My Mountain Training Story :

Catriona Laird

Current work: I currently work as a Seasonal Instructor for SU Scotland. Experience: I have been instructing for the past 2 years, including a variety of climbing/roped activities such as Bouldering and King Swing. I have been involved in youth work, education and sports coaching for a number of years prior. Qualifications (climbing related): Outdoor First Aid, completed CWA Training - consolidating for CWI Assessment. Interests: I enjoy education and working in the outdoors, with particular interest in mountain biking, climbing, hill walking, camping and kayaking.

My Mountain Training Story :

Alexandra Clarke

I am a Modern Apprentice at a Local School In Perth and Kinross for Outdoor Education, working towards a SVQ level 7 in Lesuire Management. I help organise DofE groups and other awards like Dynamic youth award, John Muir and National Navigation scheme. I also help with the schools climbing club and enjoy climbing myself. Looking to attempt to ensure i am able to achieve a climbing wall award and Hill & moorland Leader award this year. I enjoy being outside and learning new skills i can use as a instructor in training.

My Mountain Training Story :

Phil Markey

I was born in north Yorkshire, and spent my early years walking the open moors and dales. My family moved to a farm in Cornwall when I was 11. This offered a whole new environment for me to study. I totally immersed myself into the countryside, and went out of my way to know all that was going on around the farm. Throughout my youth I had been fascinated with the natural world and had self-studied many aspects of this to the point of leaving school I could visually identify all birds, mammals, and trees of Europe and North America. As a youth I was also fascinated with wilderness survival and bush-crafts, skills that have stood me well in many situations overseas. In my late teens I learnt hang-gliding, and then static-line parachuting. At age 19 I took a gap-year and explored the wilderness areas of the USA, Europe, and the Middle-east before continuing my natural science studies, which focused on both biology and geology. I joined the army and served 4 years in the Royal Logistic Corps, where I learnt leadership skills, the logistics of moving a large amount of equipment and personnel into and out of all types of terrain. I also attained military wilderness survival and bush-craft qualifications. I then spent the next 15 years travelling the world. I lived in the Republic of China on Taiwan for 10 years, which I used as a base to visit all the wilderness areas of all the East-Asian countries. Now back in the UK I still travel the world with my botany work, and do get away several times each year. But I still make time to lead groups in the UK while I'm here.

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Jack Reed

I am a student at the University of Gloucestershire studying Physical Education and Coaching and will be studying at the University of Edinburgh from September 2018. I am a previous winner of the male pair category in the hardest 24 hour mountain bike race in the world, a level 2 mountain bike leader and owner of Let's Go! Events. Qualifications I earn through Mountain Training will be put to use during activities of business and pleasure.

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Karen Edwards

In October 2015 I had a bleed on the brain. Not many people survive that but I did and ever since then its been a case of "I can do that!" And despite a few set backs........I AM doing it. This qualification will go towards helping Royal Air Force Air Cadets gain the Duke of Edinburgh expedition modules, which I am heavily involved in. It's great taking the cadets out and seeing them understand that a piece of paper, a compass, a ruler and some planning can translate into a really useful skill and that they can negotiate from one point to another without relying on a phone or being spoon fed to get there. I am also planning on climbing Killimanjaro in 2019 so all this will help fitness and training wise. I might take this further or I might not - but I am really enjoying this.

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jordan greenwood

Hi Im Jordan Greenwood im 24years old I have been a Below Knee Amputee since the 18th May 2017 Due to being involved in a RTC whilst on my Scooter vs a car. I am already walking and cycling in 10 months since the accident, i am into my fitness and am very determined to succeed and not let this stop me achieving things.

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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, three 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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Stuart Turner

Nearly Three Decades ago, I was involved heavily with outdoor pursuits as an expedition leader, Kayaking Instructor and Arctic Warfare specialist in the British Army. All this with a view to making a life in the outdoors, swearing that I would never work in an office. It was on the bucket list to become a mountain leader. It never happened. Family, marriage, work took over, left the forces and ended up in an office. After various quite serious illnesses, and life changing experiences ,and later on in life I realised there is no reason why I cant execute the original plan and live life to the full. All with the full support of a loving wife who said just do it. Pass or Fail, looking to prevent regret for not trying, even 25 years on. I am mapping my journey on a website and am writing this to myself to remind myself why. When injury is encountered or motivation wanes.......I will re-read this. Courage is the virtue on which all other virtues mount.

My Mountain Training Story :

Cualann Richley

A simple story for a simple climber. Always been passionate about the outdoors and climbing so I pursued it. Became competent and gained my SPA, that was a very proud day. Continued to push my climbing from there and it doesn't look like I'll stop anytime soon!

My Mountain Training Story :

Sam Brown

My story mainly consists of good times spent under crags and on windy hillsides with great people. I aim to recreate this by becoming an adventure counsellor so that I can enable more like minded people to enjoy these places and to find as much comfort in them as I do. I wish good luck to all those pursuing their own adventures!

My Mountain Training Story :

Beth May

I started climbing with my Dad when I was 8 years old. I have climbed all over the UK, Australia, France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland. I began Trad climbing with my Dad and family. I developed into training (indoor climbing) at school and with my brother at 14 years old. Since then I have been sport climbing and bouldering. I like to get outside climbing every week in my campervan. I go on several trips to Europe climbing every year. I thought it would be nice to start gaining some qualifications for climbing and further my experience. I have started with my CWA and would like to develop lots more.

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Robert Colin Pugh

Over 20 years of experience of the hills in both the UK and Europe

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Malcolm Dickson

MIA since 2000. Work as a freelancer providing rock climbing courses in Devon and Cornwall, also available to work on SPA training and assessments. Day job is working as a teacher with responsibility for risk assessments and outdoor activities including providing Ten Tors training and mountain trips to North Wales. Also hold Mountain bike leadership awards and a keen whitewater and sea kayaker.

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Dan Mckinlay

Dan is a mountain leader, rock climbing instructor, climbing wall instructor and climbing wall development instructor provider. Dan started his career in the outdoor industry at Glenmore Lodge, the National Mountain Centre for Scotland where under expert tutorage he learnt the hard skills of a mountaineer as well as the professional standards that should be expected at the highest level. After this he worked as an outdoor instructor in the Lake District and North Wales for several years gaining his Mountaineering Instructors Certificate (MIC) and developing his soft skills working with young disenchanted children from a variety of difficult backgrounds. Whilst in Wales he worked for the Joint Service Adventurous Training Centres which included training the SAS mountain troop and the joint service instructors themselves. He now runs his own mountaineering company based in Yorkshire and is a technical advisor for Carnegie Great Outdoors at Leeds Met University. His company is the largest provider of the national governing body awards for mountaineering and climbing in the North of England and provides technical advice on these matters to many schools, universities and local authorities in the area.

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Richard Mclaughlin

I now run Adventure Cafe Ltd and Grand Tour Cycling. We offer both UK Hillwalking adventures, as well as worldwide treks. Nowadays we also find that Cycling trips are extremely popular - so we specialise in European Cycling trips. For worldwide trek leadership / challenge event management / and 25 years of cycle expedition leadership - just call us to discuss - on 01823 444 246 - www.adventure-cafe.com www.grandtourcycling.co.uk I am passionate about the physical challenges that the Great Outdoors offers - from Trekking to Scrambling to Biking Climbing and even Caving Open Boating / Sailing and Rowing.... I'm also a competitive (make that VERY competitive) Triathlete.... whilst I still can :-)

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Charlotte King

I have been working at Awesome Walls Sheffield for 18 months and throughout my time here, I have completed my CWA, CWLA and SPA awards. My biggest accomplishment was setting up a women's climbing club that I run once a week. I am a great supporter of encouraging more women to get into climbing and I am working towards my MIA so that I can share my love of climbing with others!

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Brian Watt

Hi, My passion for mountains took off aged 12, when I climbed my first Munro with my dad and brothers. Gradually I got to know the hills of Scotland really well and then explored further afield in the Alps, Pyrenees and Rockies. I completed my round of the Munros in 2012 and have led countless small groups on days out in the Scottish hills, summer and winter - sometimes with friends, sometimes as a volunteer leader, and sometimes on a professional basis. I completed the Mountain Leader Award as a personal development project and also with a view to developing more mountain leading work. I'm a French speaker and also know some German though not well enough to lead exclusively in that language! I'm happy to lead people on single or multi day trips in the Scottish Highlands - my 'backyard"! I'm based in Glasgow and use a Landrover Defender to travel to the hills. I also manage a very convenient and comfortable AirBnB flat in the city which hillwalking clients are welcome to use, subject to availability.

My Mountain Training Story :

Iain Anderson

My love for the outdoors and action sports developed from a young age. I like being out in the hills walking, biking, skiing and climbing. I am using my training and awards to help others, mainly young people, to experience and enjoy outdoor sports and the natural environment in a fun, exciting, safe and healthy way.

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Sam Marsland

I hold a BA Hons degree in Outdoor Leadership from the University of Cumbria. I am associate member of Mountain Training and hold the summer mountain leader award and the rock climbing instructors award (formerly SPA) and I am a trainee in the winter mountain leader scheme. I am also a trainee member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors and I am progressing towards completing the mountain instructor award.

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Brett Dennis

Achieved MLS status in 2017 having first registered for the scheme many years ago whilst at Teacher Training College. Living in the South-East can present a bit of 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. Over the years we have expanded our horizons to include the usual favourites (Peaks, Lakes and Snowdonia) with some further afield - Scottish Highlands, the Cairngorms, Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. Out of necessity we have become rather skilled at the "day raid" - leaving at dawn and returning by midnight - to the Peak District and Wales. However, our favourite area remains Snowdonia where we have enjoyed many adventures. 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 :

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 4/1/18 foundry with alex, evening adult beginners group 15/4/18 morning at burbage north with foundry activities and scout group from chesterfield (bottom roping & abseiling) nice group

My Mountain Training Story :

Chris Parry

I am a trainee Emergency Medicine doctor, Summer Mountain Leader and Level 2 Mountain Bike Leader who thrives off sharing experiences in the outdoors. I have been fortunate enough to have travelled, biked, skied, hiked, climbed, kayaked and surfed throughout the UK and further afield. I feel the independence, resilience, confidence, and both teamworking and leadership skills developed during these adventures has been vital to my survival in A&E! These days I also find these activities vital to decompress from work. As such I have first hand experience of the importance of outdoor activities to both developing youngsters as well as working adults and therefore get a real buzz from helping people get out and about - be that as a medic or a guide. I have also been working on my photography and feel the quality of my pics are starting to look much more professional. I take my camera most places and am happy to provide photos of any event / day out if asked in advance - my best photos are displayed here: http://outsidecity.co.uk/portfolio/chris-parry

My Mountain Training Story :

Adam Withey

My personal experience with climbing started within the scout movement where I would take part in evening trips and camping trips, a lot of these being at Eaton Vale in Norwich. This is where I would say my love for the sport started. I began to take the sport more seriously aged 18. I chose to study Outdoor leadership and Adventure Tourism at University of Derby Buxton within the heart of the Peak District. I graduated in 2016 with second class honors in the first division. During my 3 years studying there, I took every opportunity to climb in all disciplines of the sport with highly qualified lecturers and experienced guides such as Andy Turner. These mentors taught me technical instructional and rope skills, improved my climbing technique, and imparted valuable coaching knowledge. This led me to pursue a career in the outdoors and specifically climbing. I have spent 4 summer seasons from 2014 working as a climbing instructor at Blue Star Camps in North Carolina, USA, with children aged from 6-16. Over those seasons I have expanded my coaching knowledge and techniques a vast amount with the opportunities that Blue Star and coworkers have given me. Through them, I have earned the American Mountain Guide Association Climbing Wall Instructor and Single Pitch Instructor certifications along with my WMA Wliderness First Responder certification. This has provided me with a wealth of technical rope work skills, risk awareness and an efficient, modern coaching style. I have lead groups of children varying in age from 10-16 years on day trips to a single pitch setting, giving most, if not all of them, their first experience of outdoor climbing. I have also lead 2 week skill development programs on the camp climbing wall.

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Stephen Brown

Joined OEAP when appointed to this role of outdoor education adviser in 2002. Have been very committed to OEAP in the inclusive organisation that this body promotes. This does create tensions at times but members are all clear that we promote excellent outdoor learning and safe practices. We need to continue to welcome all and not compete against each other

My Mountain Training Story :

Peter Kinyaiya

Dear Friends My name is Peter Kinyaiya, the professional Tour Guide & Operator in Tanzania and the founder of Twende Africa Tours Company. Our local company is legally registered and accredited by the Government of Tanzania. We offer advanced Trekking, Wildlife Safari, Cultural tours (Excursion) and Beach Holiadays. Is our pleasure to welcome you in our country Tanzania, the country of Mt Kilimanjaro, African highest point and world’s highest free standing mountain in the world , Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro Crater, Zanzibar Island and more others. www.twendeafricatours.com. As a professional Tour guide, I have been guiding several trips for the past Ten years. I love and enjoy my job and have gained a lot of experience through leading many groups from all over the world. While you are here in Tanzania we would like to promise you that you are going to have an enjoyable and comfortable stay with us and look forward to meet your expectation. Twende Africa Tours Company is pleased to share the culture and enthusiasm for lifetime experience. I am pleased to let you know that, I am going to be your Guide over here personally; I will take you there not to send you there BEST PRICE IS GUARANTEE. Thanks in Advance, Hope to hear from you soon, Humble Best Regards, Peter. Please contact us, for more information. Website: www.twendeafricatours.com Email: twendeafricatours@gmail.com Phone/whatsapp: +255766808335

My Mountain Training Story :

Mal Thomas

I started mountaineering and climbing 20-odd years ago when I was invited on a RAF expedition to Skye. From there, I was hooked! Since then, I have become an accomplished instructor in my own right where I hold the Mountain Training qualifications of MLS, SPA and CWLA as well as the military adventurous training qualifications of Advanced Mountain Leader, Alpine Mountain Leader and Rock Climbing Instructor (not to be confused with the new MT RCI!). I have led expeditions to Nepal, Spain, New Zealand, European Alps (many times), Peru and Slovenia; to date, my greatest achievement was being the technical lead on the first UK military expedition to the Tavan Bogd National Park in Mongolia where I was the sole Alpine trainer, spending 18 days instructing glacier and mountaineering skills, and qualifying 8 personnel with the Alpine Mountaineering Foundation qualification. I am currently working through the IML scheme, Winter ML and the UK Canyon Guides Scheme and live in Northern Italy where I have to drive past the Monte Rosa massif every day on the way to work – very frustrating!!!!!

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John Wrightson

I have walked on the hills and moors around the UK since I was a young boy when my father used to take me onto the moors of Lancashire and on holidays camping. That was many moons ago now. In my 20s I seriously started to walk the mountains of the UK and have continued to do so for the last 40years. In 2014 I started training for my ML(S) so that I could lead DofE groups in 2015 achieved my ML(S) at Glenmore Lodge. Since then I have led many groups and enjoyed passing my experience onto others. If you're looking for a leader who will be sympathetic to your requirements just drop me an email.

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Simon Gardiner

Took out Scout Leaders Warrant in February 1983. Moved to Venture Scouts to help mainly with outdoor activities in November 1984. In June 1985 I completed my MLTB Summer training at Plas Y Brenin and moved to Asst Venture Scout Leaders Warrant in July 1985. Given Scout Association Form M ( long since out of date) authorizing Mountain Walking for Scouts covering England/Wales all weather conditions plus rock climbing to VS and abseiling. After break, returned to run 1st Brightwell cum Sotwell Scout group in around 1990 and ran a few Lowland and Hill Walking trips. After many years away from leading and supervising I am planning a return to assist with Duke of Edinburgh's Award based in Guernsey. Looking forward to finally finishing various Mountain Training Assessments. Now completed Lowland Leader training and hoping to get assessment done soon. Just lovin it! So good to be back climbing with GMC.

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Roy Stokes

I just love the outdoors ever since I did the coast to coast with a mate in 1990 my goal is to learn as much as possible and pass this on to the groups I manage either with the Cadets or DofE.

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Katherine Bailey

Living in the Lake District and in a relationship with an experienced climber and mountaineer. My current position has been life changing, my partner Harry taught me everything I know for the past 5 years. He constantly supports, guides and advice's me while rock climbing, hiking or winter walking. I enjoy every adventure we do and we would love to work in the outdoor industry together.

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Chi Cheng

Hello, I have been climbing over 15 years. I'm Assistant Manager at Manchester Climbing Center.

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Giles Davis

Started surfing at my local beach, Rest Bay / Porthcawl, when I was 12 years old and continued surfing until I was in my early 30's. During this period I was a member of the Welsh Surfing Team as both a Junior and Senior competitor and traveled frequently throughout the UK, mainland Europe and the Canary Islands. I also made several longer trips to Indonesia and New Zealand surfing at world famous breaks such as Uluwatu, Bingin, Padang Padang and Raglan (New Zealand's premier left hand point break). In my mid 30's I changed my passion from water sports to more traditional outdoor activities such as hill walking and then climbing. A change in my employment circumstances in July 2017 led me to becoming an Outdoor Instructor and I'm currently in the process of turning years of experience into much needed Outdoor Qualifications.

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Andy Sharman

I was fortunate enough to have parents who enjoyed the outdoors and had the ability, determination and confidence to get us “out there” as a family no matter what the weather, and I strongly believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience adventures in great outdoors I first became involved as a volunteer DofE Leader at my local secondary school as a paramedic to deliver the expedition first aid training syllabus required by the DofE and also volunteered to join them on their expeditions. I rapidly became more involved in the other aspects of expedition training and am now a DofE Accredited Expedition Assessor for the school. I am also an Assistant Section Leader in my local Explorer Scout unit. Even though we live right on the edge of the South Downs National Park and are surrounded by beautiful countryside with hundreds of miles of well signposted footpaths, it is not unusual to find that many of the young people I work with haven’t explored our local area. My involvement with the DofE and Explorer Scouts has allowed me to help provide opportunities for these young people to get “out there” and start having their own adventures. There is nothing more thrilling for me personally than when I see the sense of achievement on a young persons face at the end of a walk, expedition or camping trip and the twinkle in their eyes of the spark of interest that has been ignited. I hope obtaining my HML will allow more opportunities to kindle that spark and nurture the flame by introducing young people to some of the slightly more wilder places in the UK where different outdoor adventures can be experienced. Later this year I plan to complete the Expedition Skills Module, and looking to the future I may well be drawn to Mountain Leader training.

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Stephen Higgins

I am an active mountaineer, caver and skier and have been for over 20 years. I have worked in all mountainous areas of GB, as well as expeditionary work widely across Europe, as well as India, Africa and Nepal. I was the Senior Training Officer for the Joint Services and led on the creation and design of new rock climbing, caving and mountain biking schemes. I also held the senior position on risk management for all outdoor activities and was the author of the daily risk assessment paperwork now used widely across all organisations. I am still an active outdoor enthusiast and passed CIC in Dec 2017. I have two working cocker spaniels who always keep me on the move, and am available to help other mountaineering and caving enthusiasts across the country as a free lance instructor, planner and advisor - just give me a call.

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Mike Ratcliffe

I hold the qualifications - Mountain Leader Award, Single Pitch Award, Climbing Wall Award, RYA Dinghy Instructor, Whitewater Rescue Technician and Swiftwater Rescue Technician that allow me to lead activities in wild and mountainous areas as well as terrain more closer to home! I fully believe in the value of students learning outdoors and can offer activities that include bushcraft, navigation and nature research. I am a full member of the Mountain Training Association. I have over 20 years teaching experience teaching all five Key Stages in Mainstream and Special schools and have taught children with a very wide range of abilities, from Foundation to Year 13 in various environments (and through the medium of both Welsh and French); managed a department and a great many aspects of the curriculum; appointed, managed, trained and supported staff; started and been involved in many new initiatives. I am a member of the local Mountain Rescue team and volunteer for the Duke of Edinburgh Award as an Accredited Assessor. Both these activities permit me to contribute to the wellbeing of others and help those less fortunate. It is also very rewarding! Naturally I have a current DBS (update service), EWC registration - all documents and certificates are available immediately on request. 

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Stephen Dorrity

I have been climbing off and on for around 40 years and have climbed extensively in the lakes where I worked as an OB Instructor/tutor for two years during the 80s. Prior to this I was involved in the development of Climbing on the Island of Guernsey, putting many new routes up, mostly severe/VS but up to E1 and was climbing to E3 regularly. I have climbed in Scotland, North Devon, The peak and North wales, including Gogarth and enjoy the Swiss and French Alps and Austria. I am the Training officer for The Guernsey Mountaineering Club and a Principle member of The Guernsey Cliff Rescue Team.

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Brian Watt

Hi, I've been hillwalking in Scotland since I was 12 years old and know these hills in all conditions really well. I've climbed all the Munro's and have completed many expeditions in the Alps, Pyrenees and Rockies. My next adventure (in April 2018) is to the Himalaya. I've led countless small groups on hill days in Scotland, sometimes with friends, sometimes as a volunteer leader, and sometimes on a commercial basis. I secured the Mountain Leader award partly as a self-development project, and partly with a view to developing my commercial leading.

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MATHEW HUMPHREYS

I'm interested in all things outdoors and meeting new people or groups to gain knowledge and experience to develop myself and members of the armed forces.

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NICOLA CARTER

I don't have any awards yet but I have recently registered to complete the Summer Mountain Leader and the Climbing Wall Instructor training. I'm looking forward to completing these training courses and to the consolidation period that follows!

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Roger Greenhalgh

I'm the founder and principal walk leader for Madog Dog Walks Group, a social walking group which aims to provide regular dog walks of a range of ease/difficulty, throughout the year. The group was founded in October 2016, when I first moved to live in Snowdonia. The group is a great way to meet up with people who enjoy going on group walks with their dogs around this area of the Cambrian Coast and Snowdonia. It connects people with similar outdoor interests and is a great opportunity for members' dogs to have fun and make new friends too.

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Dorian Thomas

My passion for mountains and the great outdoors started at the age of 19 when I was on a 4 week Outward Bound Course in the Lake District. Since then I have explored mountains all over the UK and overseas, including climbing Kilimanjaro and completing the Annapurna Circuit. Becoming a ML seemed to be the natural thing for me to do as I was always leading friends and family in the mountain environment. The deciding factor was when my work asked me to take a number of Directors into the Mountains as a team building exercise, the day was such a success and I got such a buzz out of it I knew then I had to go for it! Since qualifying as an ML(S) I have been busy setting up my own freelance business providing guiding, training and support for DofE. I get a huge sense of achievement through my outdoor activities be it taking a group up their first mountain or providing training, especially when it all clicks into place! Dorian

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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 worked part time for Big Rock Climbing Centre (MK) as a freelance instructor on top of continuing to be a music and art specialist school teacher! I am currently developing myself as a freelance provider and have recently begun coaching a paraclimber voluntarily twice a week. 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 and Wales. 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 over a 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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Nicholas Rodger

I've always been climbing, since a young age I was climbing trees and walls but it wasn't till I was about 14 years old that I started rock climbing. I climbed through a lottery funded club in Edinburgh called Adventure Edinburgh, and it was through them that I learnt how to climb, indoors & outdoors, as well as learning to lead climb indoors. I climbed with AE till I was 17 years old, at which point I concentrated on my school exams and the club unfortunately stopped running. It wasn't until I started university in 2013 (Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen) that I got back into climbing and began to climb regularly. I climbed through my university climbing club, RGU Shelterstone, a least two times a week as well as doing the uni's Volunteer For Sport programme as a step towards becoming an instructor. Through this programme I have completed my CWA Training and later my assessment. I worked as a climbing instructor, while studying, at the university wall for two years as well as working at Transition Extreme's wall for a year and a half. Since graduating from university I moved back to Edinburgh and am currently working as an instructor for Eden Rock Edinburgh.

My Mountain Training Story :

Alex Rouse

I grew up on the southern edge of Dartmoor, after my graduation from university (adventure tourism management), having had the chance to study in Finland, Italy and Peru during the course, I began focusing on the Mountain Leader Award. Once passing assessment, I aimed to build upon international experience, specifically in New Zealand, Thailand and Austria. Having been an active climber in my free time for ten years, I am finally focusing on the SPA/RCI qualifications.

My Mountain Training Story :

Laura Packford

Climbing 6 years - DLOG only includes a small number of recent climbs