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 :

Victoria Blackwell

I was inspired to complete the Mountain Leaders Award Scheme / get out into the mountains by my parents who used to take us to the Scottish Highlands - Torridon, Glen Nevis, Kintail, Glencoe on family camping holidays. As a young child I grew up in South Wales and lived in a remote farmhouse near the Brecon Beacons, after moving to the flat farmlands of Shropshire I have always missed the mountains. I did a BTEC National Diploma Outdoor Education and have had a career working as Outdoor Persuits Instructor for the past 7 years. During my time at Dalguise House, Perthshire near Pitlochry, I was Lead Instructor for NCS The Challenge as it was then. This was my first real experience of Leading groups in remote hilly areas of the Tay Forest and surrounding moorland. I thoroughly enjoyed training the other staff, running expedition logistics and providing a real wilderness learning experience for the young people. Even with all the challenges - heavy rain, midges and all else that go with remote Scottish expeditions. I have since assisted qualified Mountain Leaders with groups in mountain areas in the Lake District and continued to consolidate and diversify my experience.

My Mountain Training Story :

Jim Murphy

I'm currently the Adventure Training Officer for the West Lowland Army Cadet Force. AT quals, Archery leader Trial cycle leader Mountain leader (summer) Climbing wall award Climbing wall abseil module Single pitch award Mobile climbing wall operator Mobile climbing tower operator Safeguarding, first aid at work and PVG.

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Carlo Riva

My story started about 3 years ago when I got asked to go as a helper on a Geography trip to Arran in Scotland. I was in between jobs at the time and did not think twice to answer yes! I had been to Scotland many times before then but only to visit cities and drive around the highlands. By then I had not been to Scotland for at list ten years and I thought it was about time I went again. What a wonderful experience it was !! we had three days of solid walking in the hills and glens in the north of the island and stayed in Lochranza the all time. I got to see some amazing places and get very near some wildlife like deer stags, red squirrels,royal eagles and because I am into photography, that for me was paradise. Since then I have been on Geography school trips on a numerous occasions and I must say never got tired of them. Every time I enjoyed the walks more ans more and learned about reading maps, the use of a compass and general orientations skills. A big thank you goes to the mountain leader, head of Geography and great teacher Clive that made every trip a memorable one! As well as school trips I have been on DofE expeditions (both bronze and silver) and enjoyed them too having to interact with kids and from my learning I have been able to explain some routes and give them some support . At this moment in life, after a career in catering of over 25 years, I feel the need to change and take a different path. I would like to archive the lowland leader award in order to be able to take primary and secondary school kids on trips and also be able to take small groups out for photography workshops. I also would like to take it further and archive a mountain leader award but lets take one step at the time. Carlo Riva

My Mountain Training Story :

Aaron Braddy

- Medical Doctor - Adult Volunteer with RAF Air Cadets, I'm Training Officer of 1159 (Edmonton) Sqn in North London - Holder of LLA - DofE Expedition Assessor - Keen Walker with most of my experience being in the Peak District and North Wales

My Mountain Training Story :

Thomas McKee

My name is Tom McKee, and I have a passion for outdoor activities. After 10 years in Teaching I will be leaving the profession in October to retrain as an Outdoor Activity Instructor. My training will take place at The Manor House Activity and Development Centre in St Issey, Cornwall. I am currently a Teacher of Technology and Maritime Studies. I believe it is important to have a willingness to share good practice as it allows colleagues to learn from each other and develop as a team. My experience has taught me that the best way to get your ideas across is to be patient, to listen, be calm and confident in the value of what you are delivering and to appreciate the contribution that others can make. I thrive on new ideas and the ways that they can be applied to ensure all areas of society can reach their potential regardless of ability. I am on a quest to become a well rounded outdoor person. The possibilities are endless and the future is exciting…

My Mountain Training Story :

Robert Mcgrady

Well I've always loved begin outdoors, even as a child I was always off exploring with my bike or going fishing. I guess it never left me. Anyway 4 years ago, I gave up the 9-5 job as I couldn't stand being behind a screen for 9hours a day and I wanted to do something that actually mattered. Not just to me, but to others. At the time, a close friend had just got me into climbing indoors and we were going weekly. At about the same time he got accepted into an instructor role at Kingswood and convinced me to also apply. To which I got the job and had one of the best years of my life teaching children from every walk of life how to climb, abseil, go caving, ride quad bikes the lot! It was this experience that cemented my love for the outdoors and made me realise my calling. I then spend a fantastic 3 years with one of the best outdoor companies I've ever had the pleasure of coming across, The Bushcraft company. During which time, my skills and knowledge progressed as well as my climbing. As of September last year, I passed my CWA and started getting as many instructional hours as possible. Something I still maintain to this day, as well as gaining experience for my other qualifications. Be instructing, coaching or route setting. Once completed, my plan is to continue to develop my skills and qualifications, but most importantly enjoy every moment of it and inspire to explore the outdoors and the associated recreational sports.

My Mountain Training Story :

Tim Houldey

I registered on the Mountain Training scheme in 2000. Since then I have progressed through the awards currently holding the Mountaineering Instructor (MIA) and Mountain Leader Winter (MLW) awards and am working towards the Mountaineering Instructor Certificate (MIC). I have climbed extensively in the UK with a passion for Mountainous or adventurous locations and adventures; I have also traveled and or climbed in many remote locations and led expeditions to Denali, Greenland, Morocco and Mongolia.

My Mountain Training Story :

Nicky Busby

I'm looking forward to completing my first award in February. I have signed up for a first aid course and will be completing this in September/October. I hope to secure a place on the Lowland Leader Award in November with the assessment weekend taking place in February.

My Mountain Training Story :

Clayton Jones

Basic Expedition Leadership Award holder & DofE (Bronze/Silver) Award Expedition Supervisor / Assessor with RAF Air Cadets

My Mountain Training Story :

Johan Cilliers

Started in the outdoor or adventurous activities when i move form South Africa, I have always loved hiking and camping South Africa. So by getting adventurous activities qualification I could help others the enjoy the outdoor world. I have worked as an instructor and coach for around 15 years, both indoor and outdoors. I teach/instructor/coach activities such as indoors climbing NICAS L1-4, Learn to Climb, Learn to Lead. Outdoors climbing and mountain walking.

My Mountain Training Story :

John Tombling

I am a member MTA because I was advised that it is a good idea to be so and it give news about the fraternity of mountain/outdoor people and activities, other than, say the BMA. I don't really have a story, but I do have a lot of experience which has come about by staying alive for quite a long time and travelling around the globe from time to time. Also working with people in an outdoor environment for many years either on short courses or leading overseas expeditions. My current project is working on a my open university BABsc degree - very interesting and will keep me going for a while. In the meantime I wish all members a happy time in the outdoors.

My Mountain Training Story :

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 in 2010 found myself working in prehospital care and pursuing a career as a paramedic whilst climbing and mountain walking in my spare time. I qualified as paramedic in August 2014 and have worked for the NHS since. I 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.

My Mountain Training Story :

Elizabeth Smith

I've been hillwalking for the past 6 years, having joined a club at University. From this I gained a lot of experience leading groups and working with people who had different levels of knowledge and experience of the hills. I completed my Mountain Leader Training in 2015 and since then I have continued to build my experience of a wide range of different mountainous areas in the UK and I'm always looking forward to the next adventure - I particularly enjoy going to remote places, Fisherfield has been a highlight in the past couple of years. I am also a keen climber, my favourite days out climbing are big mountain multipitch routes. I enjoy climbing in its own right, but I see it largely as building my skills as an all round mountaineer, and I've used these skills in the UK and abroad in the French and Swiss Alps. I have recently qualified as a teacher and so in the future I hope to be able to pass on my skills and knowledge to young people in particular, which is one of the main reasons I decided to undertake the ML training and assessment schemes.

My Mountain Training Story :

Christopher Smart

Hi, I started walking in the hills when I was a teenager at School. I was quite talented in the Physical Education. dept. I was a pretty good all round athlete. playing Basketball, Rugby, Soccer but excelled in the athletics section. i represented school, area, city, county, and country, as a junior. I loved the 400 metres, flat race, hurdles and relays. However, I digress. My PE Teacher reccomended that I should try a spell at Birmingham's Outdoor Adventure Centre - Ogwen Cottage in Snowdonia. I went more than once and had some interesting experiences, there. When I got older and retired from playing rugby league, I was looking for a sport/physical activity I could do for 'life'- and came back to walking in the hills and mountains. By this time I was living in Denby Dale, West Yorkshire. This gave me fairly easy access to the Peak District. After an initial splurge of doing every Challenge walk available - i looked for a way to learn more about the hills and develop the skills needed to navigate myself in around and out wild country.

My Mountain Training Story :

Simon Yates

Currently logging some Quality Mountain Days. ML Training booked for 7th October 2017 at Plas y Brenin

My Mountain Training Story :

Philip Dyer

Mountain leader training completed. Preparing for assessment.

My Mountain Training Story :

Emma Davies

NOTE: Log book incomplete, still transferring from paper records, but shows 40 QMD's I was introduced to the mountains at university when I joined the OTC and between 1997 and 2000 walked in Scotland, Bavaria, Dartmoor and the Peak District. In 2002 I took part in a Raleigh International trip to Southern Chile where I spent 3 (out of 10) weeks in Cerro Castillo enjoying my first taste of winter skills. Later that year I joined the ACF and enjoyed walking with other adults and as part of cadet expeditions. In November 2003 I completed my SPA (T) in South Wales and in January 2004 I completed my MLT in a wintry North Wales. Unfortunately, the 'green side' of the ACF took over and I wasn't able to pursue my qualification in the way I would have liked; I was, however, lucky enough to assist with expeditions to Patagonia (2005), the Harz Mountains (2007) and Bavaria (2008) and to be selected as an escorting officer for the Rocky Mountain Canadian Exchange in 2008 where I took part in all of the activities on offer to the cadets (including alpine trekking, rock climbing and winter skills on the Peyto glacier) In 2007 I undertook training for the BELA but an administrative delay meant that it wasn't formally awarded until 2011. Since this time I have continued to support with navigation training and the planning and supervision of many ACF D of E and APC Expeditions. My personal mountain walking and climbing activities have continued throughout including overseas trips including summiting Jebel Toubkal in Morocco, rock climbing in Spain, ice climbing in Canada and via ferrata in the Dolomites. A climbing accident in the Lakes in the summer of 2014 led to me delaying pursuit of my SPA indefinitely and more recently I have taken up triathlon which has changed my focus from the outdoors to lots of swimming, cycling and running. Now that my big race of the 2017 season is over I am now working hard to ensure my skills are on form for my ML assessment in October.

My Mountain Training Story :

Glen Charlton

Joint Services Adventurous Training Instructor Previous jobs: Army Foundation College (AFC) Harrogate, Personal & Team Development Department (P&TD). Adventurous Training Foundation Delivery (ATFD), Inverness, training Co-ord. Current role: Joint Services Mountain Training Centre (JSMTC) Instructor, Indy, North Wales. Delivering; challenging outdoor training for Service personnel in specified adventurous activities, involving controlled exposure to risk, in order to develop leadership, teamwork, physical fitness, moral and physical courage, among other personal attributes and skills vital to Operational capability.

My Mountain Training Story :

Hugh Geoffrey Harman

I first started working in the outdoors in 1998 and got my ML(S) and SPA in 2000...just in time for foot and mouth. I escaped to Thailand to teach EFL for a few years and returned to the UK, did my PGCE and have been working as a supply teacher in primary schools since 2010. Recently I've been getting more and more freelance work in the outdoors, trying to get back to the level I was at in 2000! A lot of my work in the last couple of years has been DofE expeditions which I really enjoy supervising and assessing. I have not done very much with my SPA, and don't feel nearly as confident as I should using it, but that's something I want to change and develop.

My Mountain Training Story :

Luke Ogden

Hi My Names Luke Ogden, I am currently 22 years of age at 2017. Iv always had a passion for the mountains around the world, especially Mt Everest. When I was 12 I watched the famous Bear Grylls summit and that inspired me to climb the highest mountain above sea level without oxygen. I left school and joined my local Mountain Rescue Team and have so far summited the highest mountain in the atlas, Mont Blanc and Monta Rosa. I go away constantly in the winter for ice climbing in Scotland and Snowdonia, which iv solo climbed the North Face of Ben Nevis with a friend of mine. I do indoor/outdoor climbing both trad and sport. I also teach people how to lead climb. Mont Blanc was a self guided by self leading two. My next mountain to climb will be Aconcagua and the Matterhorn. Then hopefully a 8000m peak in the Himalayas. I have met many extordany people along my travels with amazing story's and lessons to learn. Two people say in my head one lady from the US who still is the oldest lady to climb Mt Everest and a International Guide from Chamonix who inspired me to become an International Guide. I train once a week with the Mountain Rescue team and currently I'm in the Merchant Navy as a Able Seaman but studding to become an Officer towards the end of the year. I have a passion for snowboarding and surfing also.

My Mountain Training Story :

Daniel Hutchins

I'm a Postman. I'm also an Infantryman in the Army Reserve, as part of 3rd Battilion PWRR since 2014. I train in the Brecon Beacons/Black Mountains every month. I'm currently on a ML (s) night nav defferral. Worked for Highsports as a senior climbing instructor from 2010, Europes largest provider of indoor climbing. I'm hoping to complete my CWLA here. I facilitate a climbing wall at a private school and run their junior climbing clubs with my CWA/CWAA. This was originally on behalf of a large overseas expeditions group in 2014, but since 2016 I've taken this on myself in a self-employed capacity. I have my own Instructor Public Liability Insurance. I lived in Snowdonia between 2009-2011. I was an RAF Cadet civilian instructor between 2007-2014 where my teaching in Adventurous Training, Rock Climbing and Mountaineering began. I first went rock climbing at the age of 14 on Southern Sandstone in Kent while attending a Crowborough summer AT camp with the Air Cadets. I also completed a glider flying scholarship around this age, many years before I learnt to drive. I've always loved heights.

My Mountain Training Story :

Ricky Munday

Expeditions: 2005 - Mont Blanc (unguided) 2006 - Khan Tengri 2008 - Africa 3 Peaks (Stanley, Kenya, Kilimanjaro) 2010 - Australasia 3 Peaks 2011 - Carstensz Pyramid 2012 - Denali 2012 - Pico de Orizaba 2013 - Elbrus 2014 - Falso Morocho / Volcan / Cerro de San Francisco / Monte Pissis / Ojos del Salado / Aconcagua 2014 - Nelion, Mount Kenya 2015 - Ojos del Salado 2015 - Damavand, Mont Blanc (solo) & Matterhorn (unguided) 2016 (winter) - Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis (IV), Ledge Route, Tryfan North ridge, Crib Goch 2016 - ML Training completed & Outdoor First Aid Feb 2016. 2017 - Everest North Ridge (to 7,900m)

My Mountain Training Story :

Sip Powers

I have been lucky enough to have completed numerous expeditions all over the world be it climbing, mountaineering, kayaking or MTB. I have been both student and instructor in countless UK AT expeds and fortunate to have lead on high altitude expeds in the Alps, Africa, Canada and the Himalayas. I am a keen sea and inland kayaker, and share a passion for open canoeing with my wife who is also one of my climbing partners. My most avid activity is supporting Battle Back as an adaptive AT instructor having been involved with DMRC Headly Court for the last 7 years. These guys are inspirational and I am proud to be part of the team and give them something back. I intend to become an MIA/IML before I leave the service and continue for as long as I can to support and develop all who have an interest in the great outdoors.

My Mountain Training Story :

George Arbuckle

I have been involved in Hillwalking since school and gradually progressed to winter walking, rock climbing, winter climbing and alpine mountaineering. I subsequently became a scout leader and have tried to pass on my enthusiasm for the outdoors. I obtained some scout permits for camping and walking and have now decided to convert this experience into the ML award, and so a new journey begins.

My Mountain Training Story :

Helen Cheshire

Since the age of 22, I have been slowly setting myself challenges both hill walking and indoor rock climbing. Currently, I work in education (as a Tutor Mentor supporting over 180 students) and help to run Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. In 2005 I graduated from a MSc in Sports Management and completed my PGCE Post Compulsory Education and Training in 2002. My research for my MSc in Sports Management was based on the hedonic motivates of indoor rock climbers and the ‘flow’ theory. I have been involved in youth projects from 2007. From 2007 to 2010 I worked for Rotherham Council as a Community Sports Coach delivering sport programs for 5 to 14 year olds (of which came from vulnerable backgrounds). In 2011 I volunteered coaching children at The Edge Climbing Wall and at Leeds Wall. During this time I was working towards my CWA. I started working at Sheffield College in 2012 and have volunteered to run Gold Duke of Edinburgh from this point. As apart of duties working as a volunteer to run the program I promote it, support students through all five elements and help to train students for the exhibition. This has entailed helping to do risk assessments, planning and delivering sessions on navigation, first aid, fund raising to do the award and the equipment required. Also, I have had contact parents when any issues have arisen. I find the process students progressing through their Duke of Edinburgh rewarding.

My Mountain Training Story :

Samuel Dicks

After finishing college and not really sure what i wanted to set out to do, i went and had fun. Three winter seasons in the alps, skiing and indulging in winter. Summer months spent surfing and climbing. Having recently sustained almost devastating illness, which bought light to me. After recovery, I decided where to focus my time becoming a British Mountain Guide. Recently qualified as a Mountain Leader, now working towards my SPA and then onwards to MIA & MIC. I now work full time freelance and love every second. Generally love spending as much time as possible in the outdoors. Energetic and fun, wanting a full filled life.

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Paul Seymour

I was a late starter to the hills, moors, mountains and crags of the the UK, only stepping onto CRoW access land for the first time back in 2004 (Aged 34). From that moment I was hooked and wanted to share my experiences with others. I undertook the SWMML scheme to lead others on the moors and have since achieved ML, SPA and CWLA to enable me to lead others to make the same discoveries as me. I have taught students from all backgrounds and abilities, from six to sixty years of age. I have worked in testing environments and still come out loving what I do. The most rewarding experience for me has been to train potential moorland leaders within the SWMML scheme and also Climbing Supervisors within the Cornwall County scheme. These courses are a fulfilling experience and they have enforced my involvement in the wonderful and diverse 'sport' of mountaineering.

My Mountain Training Story :

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. I have also focused on my climbing more and improved the grade at which I climb at both trad and sport having been on multiple trips to Spain.

My Mountain Training Story :

Oscar Virno

Before I registered with Mountain Training I was inexperienced in nearly all aspects of hill/mountain walking and navigation. Only on a number of social occasions had I traversed hills in changing weather conditions and without navigation equipment. In 2016, I began pursuing a career in the armed forces, which involved completing many physically and mentally challenging tasks to continue progressing from one stage to the next. This encouraged me to take part in the Hill Skills course with my friend, Arran Bladen, who already had a strong interest beforehand. After completing Hill Skills, I now feel much more capable and am looking forward to the next course...

My Mountain Training Story :

Nick Kavanagh

I am just about to enroll on a ML course. I have been walking for a number of years mainly in the lakes but occasionally further afield. I do quite a lot of lowland walks with a Scout group i help run. These are mainly around Rivington which is north of Bolton in Lancashire. I want to take the scouts on more challenging walks as some of them are very good and should have more opportunity to experience the hills.

My Mountain Training Story :

Alistair Daish

I would describe myself as an outdoor enthusiast . I love being outdoors; learning, teaching, helping people to push themselves and discovering new places. my main background is in water-sports and currently hold -BCU UKCC level 2 MWE kayak -RYA Senior Instructor -RYA Dinghy Instructor -RYA Start Windsurf Instructor -4* Canoe -5* Kayak -BSUPA level 1 SUP Coach -RYA Safety Boat Land based skills such as ML and SPA where only introduced to me during my time at University and have become a larger part of what i do now in the outdoors.

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Emma Harrison

As well as running a bunkhouse, I am a Brecon Beacons National Park Ambassador, Fforest Fawr GeoPark Ambassador & Dark Skies Ambassador on behalf of the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority. I help organise an annual walking & mountain biking challenge called Bwlch With Altitude, and I appeared on BBC1 Wales, leading the Derek Brockway, presenter of Weatherman Walking, on a guided walk in the Black Mountains (Series 10, Episode 2). I am a highly experienced walking group leader, and I am a current supervisor & assessor of walking expeditions for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Bronze, Silver & Gold levels. I provide guided walks for bunkhouse guests, other companies by request (e.g. Explorers Connect), and I also lead for a charity group called Welsh Women Walking on a voluntary basis.

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Mark Woolley

I have been involved heavily in mountaineering sports for well over 35 years, having worked in outdoor pursuit centers in my late teens and early 20s. My earlier interests were mainly in canoeing and rock climbing but rock climbing became my main focus. One day in the Slate quarries of the Llanberris pass I fell and had to be rescued by helicopter. That event has defined my sporting life since. I was always into running but after the accident I was determined to run again, especially as the doctors said that it would be impossible with the injuries I had. When my children were born I became squeezed for time until the only activity I did was running, and then I discovered ultra distance running which was often staged in the mountains. In training for races I would often be alone or with friends in the mountains doing more mountaineering routes than simply running. I have done some of the world's premium races including the Badwater in Death Valley, the Spartathlon in Greece, La Ultra, The High 333 km non stop (in which I feature in a documentary) in the Indian Himalayas above 5000M as well as a host of European 100 mile mountain races. (I have done the Ultra Tour du Mont Blanc 7 times). I have been racing ultra marathons for the last 15 years. More recently I have been guiding and instructing groups of school children in the mountains particularly within the structure of the Duke of Edinburgh International award. I work in an international School in the South of Spain.

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Philip Wilkinson

My first real taste of the mountains was, as for many others, through the Duke of Edinburgh Award. It was through completing the expedition section that I really felt a calling to explore and enjoy the wilder parts of the UK. Shortly after this I left for university and studied Geology and (I'm sure my lecturers would say) rock climbing in equal measure. After leaving university I based myself near Birmingham working for the various local climbing walls as an instructor and route setter. I ticked my way through the mountain training awards and had a great time exploring wild places all over the UK. In the process of this I joined the Midland Association of Mountaineers, a wonderful club that I currently sit on the committee for. In early 2014, my partner suffered a life changing injury to her legs in a climbing accident meaning our adventures took a definite back seat for a few years while she started her recovery. In this time of change I took a keen interest in mountain running (so I could get back down in time to make dinner for us both!) and founded a company specialising in Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. Using my awards I have the benefit of meeting, working with and supporting a massive range of people, from the huge supportive community of fell runners, adventure racers, climbers and mountain professionals to the young people who have never yet slept under canvas or even seen a sheep. My experiences have shown me that anyone can use the challenges the mountains provide for positive change in their lives. Be those challenges big or small; physical, mental or social, being there to help people face them is why I love doing what I'm doing.

My Mountain Training Story :

Matthew Welsh

I love the outdoors as it allows challenge by choice and I want to share my love for it; creating the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts and facilitators.

My Mountain Training Story :

Patrick Diskin-Barr

Most of my career has been based in high ropes. My first qualifications are with ERCA (European Ropes Course Association). Then moved to site-specific qualifications within the different high ropes companies. My last role was as Lead Guide/Operations Supervisor for a Zipline company in New Zealand, which required my highest level of competency within the sector so far. For now, the challenge is to gain more qualification and broaden my skill set.

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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. 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 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'. In 2017 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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Diane Fisher

I've been passionate about getting young people out into the UK mountains for over eight years now. Living in London and helping with a youth organisation, I see a lot of young people who have never ventured out of the city. I decided that I wanted to help motivate and encourage young people to see more of our beautiful country and hopefully inspire them to take up outdoor persuits. I decided to gain my Mountain Leader (Summer) award so I could do take people anywhere in the UK without ever being out of remit (weather conditions permitting). Since passing my ML(S) award in 2015, I've been fortunate enough to work for an outdoor activity provider helping young people pass the expedition section of their Duke of Edinburgh Award. Since passing I've also been able to support the youth group I volunteer with on expeditions in the UK mountains. I'm keen to inspire as many young people as i can to love the outdoors, whether they've never been outside of a city or whether they're seasoned hill walkers, young people can always be inspired to challenge themselves and realise their potential with the right encouragement and mentoring. I know I was and those amazing memories are what make me want to keep doing what I'm doing.

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Beth May

I started climbing with my Dad when I was 8 years old. I have climbed all over the UK, in Australia, France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland. I started out Trad climbing then got 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 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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Mischa Constant

Since I can recall, I have always absolutely loved the hills - anywhere! As a result I have embarked on the pursuit to undertake the UK summer ML. With my training week completed (summer 2015) I'm working towards preparing for my final assessment. Like most things in life, its often about 'timing' and life has finally aligned for me to undertake the summer ML. Post -training, I now realise that its not simply a one-off undertaking, but a lifelong journey that I have the privilege of entering into. 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 to explore the realms of professional mountaineering in the UK. I am a professional 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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Nicholas Mcentee

I am an Army Officer currently stationed at HQ 20 Armoured Infantry Brigade in Germany. I have been involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme for around 25 yrs as a Leader, Expedition Supervisor and Accredited Assessor. In addition to my day job I also run a company called Expedition Support Services Ltd, we provide professional safety supervision for expeditions both in the UK and overseas. My voluntary work includes running expeditions for the Army Cadet Force and also as acting as an Accredited Assessor for the Dartmoor DofE Assessor Network. In addition to the experience gained whilst undertaking DofE duties I also have a wealth of experience gained from military operations involving arduous terrain in various parts of the world.

My Mountain Training Story :

Andrew Makison

Assistant Manager, Route Setter, NICAS Director and Senior Instructor at Huddersfield Climbing Centre ( in association with the Climbing Centre Group) Passed: Freelance Instructor (Employed By: Huddersfield Sport Centre - Climbing Wall (OLD), Bradley Woods Scout Camp, Todmorden Climbing Wall and Rokt Climbing Gym) Ambassador of Rokt Climbing Gym Been climbing for 18 years

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Harvey Tudor

I want to qualify for ML Summer Assessment. I have the experience and would like take the qualification that confirms my passion and competence walking in Mountain environments. I am a school teacher at an International School and currently involved with the International Award. I believe the ML award will allow me to be recognised as a competent assessor.

My Mountain Training Story :

Joshua Hadley

I have been climbing for over six years including trips to several European countries. During University where I studied Sport Science I was President of the Oxford Brookes Climbing and Mountaineering Club. Here I organised climbing trips in England and in France as well as teaching skills from climbing movement to Trad climbing. Moreover, I used my degree to focus on how exercise physiology and training principles can be used to improve climbing performance. I now live in Sheffield where I work in Outside, Hathersage and climb as much as the weather will allow.

My Mountain Training Story :

Devan Crawford

My outdoors experience started with Kingswood Outdoor Education centre. Based in France and travelling to 4 other centres in the UK make my years apprenticeship was varied. I now work at a mobile outdoor education company where I have gained experience supervising a climbing wall with auto belay and running archery sessions in schools and public events. Along side this position I work casual hours at a bouldering centre, supervising junior climbers and coaching beginners to improve their technique. I have been on two expeditions to the peak district this year. These where the first times I had climbed real rock which fueled my passion to continue climbing. Camping is something that I did a lot growing up and as an adult I enjoy the life style of being outdoors.

My Mountain Training Story :

Jack Metcalfe

Started climbing whilst in the Royal Marines, one of my first outdoor climbing experiences was The Curtain on Ben Nevis. Was sent off on lead having never built a belay or places an ice screw, and that experience, more than any other, made me realise the value of structured training courses! Since then I've enjoyed a variety of climbing disciplines all around the UK and abroad, with ice climbing in the Cirque De Gavarnie being a particularly memorable experience. Currently living in North Wales, and trying to make the most of the endless variety of climbing, walking and scrambling on offer.

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Emma Watton

I started climbing regularly in 2005, indoors and trad. This included a trip to the Peaks, and climbs near Cornwall. I trained to be an outdoor activity instructor and did this from 2005 - 2010. I specialised in watersports but also led sessions of climbing and ropes courses. I've had a break from climbing, but got back on it again at the start of this year. In January I made a new bunch of friends and we now climb regularly. I started a new job in March and am now getting trained to lead climbing sessions there too!

My Mountain Training Story :

Finlay Mills

I am a History teacher with a passion for the outdoors and mountain trekking. I am currently working towards my Mountain Leader (summer) award and will complete my initial training in early August 2017.

My Mountain Training Story :

Sam Leake

Now completed MLS SPA and CWLA I'm currently working as an elecrician part time as I have since leaving education qualified to design level. However my interest lies firmly with the outdoors in all forms mountain biking climbing,scrambling and walking along with a good wealth of experience in open water swimming. My longest serving experience is hill walking which I have done since being at school, currently having around twenty years experience in all conditions. I hope to complete as many outdoor qualifications as possible besides being a dad over the next five years. Currently I also hold BASP outdoor 2 day first aid and also first aid at work full cerfificate. Currently outdoor wise I'm working at Awesome Walls Sheffield also I'm doing lots freelance for many different company's/centres and absolutely love it!! Here I've completed CPD in the form of fundamentals 1 and 2 and completed some in house rescue training at Awesome Walls Sheffield. I've recently registered for winter ML and MIA when I get enough multi pitch routes logged, bring it on!!!!!!!!!!! Here's to more time climbing and walking and high ropes working in the great outdoors.

My Mountain Training Story :

David Love

David Love is a UK adventurer, mountaineer and expedition Leader. He’s also an officer in the British Army and instructor with the Bear Grylls Survival Academy. - David’s passion for the outdoors was forged at a young age in the rugged mountains of North Wales and the Scottish Highlands. Leaving school at the age of 18, and despite having no prior experience of alpine mountaineering, he made a solo unguided ascent of Mont Blanc, igniting his lifelong flame for adventure. - Before joining the British Army, David qualified as a mountain leader and expedition coordinator for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, undertaking numerous expeditions across the world, both by land and sea. He’s also travelled to some of the world’s most volatile countries, including Afghanistan, South Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Mali and other vast swathes of Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. - Having now climbing extensively throughout the European Alps, David has made multiple ascents of some of the Europe’s most famous peaks including the Matterhorn, Mt Blanc and the Eiger. - In early 2017, he completed a solo traverse of the Transylvanian Alps during winter to reach the summit the highest mountain in Romania; a journey that involved constant sub-zero temperatures, unplanned emergency snow holes and a very close encounter with a mountain bear! - He now spends much of his time volunteering and leading young people in some of the UK’s most challenging environments with the aim of inspiring the next generation to discover their own spirit of adventure.