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 :

Ian Parker

I have had a love of the outdoors for as long as I can remember with family holidays to the Lake district and North Wales, a member of Speak Town Outdoor Pursuits club and the Army cadets. After the Army cadets I joined the Royal Marine Reserves whilst at college and after I joined the Royal Marines full time. Once I had completed and past Commando training I was posted to 45 Commando in Scotland. Here,as well as tactical Mountain Training and military skiing in the mountains around Glenshee and Ben Nevis, I was also able to use my free time to participate in more mountain walking, rock climbing and skiing. After leaving the Royal Marines I didn't visit the mountains as much as I would have liked, however I have renewed my enthusiasm, refreshed my knowledge, developed my skills and qualified as an ML(S). Next on my agenda is the RCI qualification in my pursuit of becoming an experienced mountain professional.

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Holly Peristiani

I started climbing in February 2016, thanks to a friend who took me to the Castle in London. After learning to lead a year later, I joined the North London Mountaineering Club in order to get climbing outside with my newly made friends. I work for Womenclimb, an organisation which aims to support and encourage women in their climbing goals. I believe in the positive power of climbing (particularly outdoor climbing) on physical and mental health.

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Ricky Munday

Expeditions: 1996 - Gondoro Peak 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) 2018 - Mawenzi & Kilimanjaro 2018 - Everest North Ridge (summit - 8,848m)

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Jamie Rose

I have always had a passion for outdoor adventure. I grew up near the Gower peninsula in South Wales and have always enjoyed outdoor sport. I attended university in the Lakes where i gained my degree in Outdoor Leadership. I enjoy spending as much time as possible in wild places. I have spent most of my outdoor career working within young person development as well as primary age outdoor education, i now work with vulnerable young people and families, designing and running outdoor development programmes based around wellbeing and restoration of roles/bonds and self efficacy/ identity (whew). I have a large family and we like to spend our free time outdoors. I am also a keen amateur rugby player and believe adventures are best when they are shared!

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John Mark Robinson

Obtained my Spa in 2012 through BOS and leading groups climbing outdoors ever since

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Keith Wood

My interest in the outdoors began as a young boy with the Boys' Brigade, and over 40 years of mountain experience has followed. I am active in a variety of mountain activity including summer and winter walking, skiing, orienteering and fell running. I have completed a Bob Graham Round in 19 hrs 5 minutes and a Joss Naylor Challenge in 11 hrs 28 minutes. My mountain experience includes all of the mountain areas in northern England and Scotland plus I have organised and led a number of walking holidays to the Alps, doing the walkers Haute Route in both directions. I enjoy leading groups of young people having done this for many years with the Boys'Brigade and in my role as a secondary school teacher. I am available to lead groups walking, teaching navigation skills or leading you around many of the classic fell running routes or preparing you for a long distance mountain challenge. Please get in touch and I will do my best to meet your requirements.

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Ian Martin

It's all at www.mountain-lifestyle.blogspot.com

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James Hage

I got into climbing (very late) through Scouting thanks to a couple of friends. I'm a very casual climber due to time commitments from other things, but do enjoy going out, supporting other Scouts and also going and learning new experiences. Never done any awards like NICAS but always willing (and love) to learn. Currently hold an Artificial Top Rope Leadership permit and Terrain 1 Permit for Scouts to support the DofE awards. Also love to ski, holding the European Bronze (ESF) 3 Star Award, which I thought was just a basic award but turns out is a bit closer to UK instructor. I also like to Scuba Dive, being a BSAC Sports Diver.

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Glenn Rees

Glenn has a long and established career in Social Inclusion and Outdoor Education. Currently, he works as a Youth Inclusion Manager for two local authorities in Greater Manchester which involves the co-ordination and delivery of a variety of educational and physical training programs aimed at developing basic life skills, leadership and team work ethics. Using critical thinking and practical learning activities, Glenn has dedicated his career to the personal development of young adults in the UAE, United States, Afghanistan and today in the UK. Glenn has spent time as a Police officer in North Yorkshire, and abroad. He has lead groups and lived in the Middle East for over two years, and spent 18 months living in Afghanistan working on a military operation. With a multitude of outdoor qualifications, overseas experience, and an impressive and challenging career; Glenn is a strong leader with an absolute passion for the personal development of young adults. Outdoor qualifications Mountain Leader Trained Lowland leader Trained DoFE Manager BCU Level 3 Kayak BCU level 2 Canoe Swift Water Rescue Certificate BCU White Water Safety BCU Level 1 Bell Boat Helm Award Scottish Mountain Bike Leader Award Scottish Trail Cycle Leader Award Power Boat Safety Certification Award

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Jonathan Carter

Previously I was in the Army and that is where my love for the mountains began. I successfully completed the Top Rope and Abseiling Supervisors Course in 1994 I am a Former member of the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team between 2007 and 2012 Completed the National 3 Peaks (Snowdon via the Llanberis Path, Scafell Pike from Seathwaite and Ben Nevis) in under 24 Hours on a number of occasions. Completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks (Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough) on numerous occasions in all weather types in under 12 hours. Trekked as part of a guided group to Mount Everest Base Camp in 2009 reaching an altitude of 5368m An active member of the Yorkshire Mountaineering Club and a member of the Club Committee. I have climbed on the tough Cuillin Ridge, Isle of Skye, for a number of years. Thus far I have climbed 212 of the 214 peaks in the Wainwrights guides to the Lake district. In 2016 I completed the Welsh 3000m peaks alone. In September 2016 I climbed the Zugspitze which is the highest mountain in Germany (2962m) which involved the use of Via Ferrata climbing In October 2017 I climbed the Mulhacen which is the highest mountain on mainland Spain (3472m) In October 2018 I successfully lead a group from Yorkshire Mountaineering Club over two days to the summit of Teide in Tenerife. During which we bivvied for a night at around 3000m In October 2017 I successfully passed the Climbing Wall Award allowing me to instruct groups to climb on artificial walls and since then I have gained experience working at Leeds Climbing Wall. In 2018 I completed the Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Skills Leader course allowing me to teach young people the skills required to successfully complete their Bronze and Silver expeditions. I am also a qualified DofE expedition assessor and a National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) Tutor.

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Steve Manning

Love the outdoors from an early age on camping holidays with family before going on to Scouting (still with family) in the late 70's early 80's. Lots of experience walking, canoeing, surfing over the last 40 years. Professional motorcycle instructor since 1998 that brings plenty of "people" experience. Running guided motorcycle tours since 2005. Really gotten back in to mountain walking for the last decade all over the UK and Spain too.

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Oliver Wilson Astbury

Im an avid climber aiming to rack up more qualifications.

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Sarah Jenkins

An eco lover who loves: the environment, animals, wildlife, countryside, beaches, the seaside, forests, travelling the world, sight seeing, skiing and walking to taking pictures of various landscapes or locations. Whilst trying to live a humble, but sustainable life...

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Lee Crabtree

Hi I don't usually write about myself, not very good at bigging myself up. So bare with!! In 2001 I joined a DofE open award centre in Poole, Dorset as an expedition support staff member. This centre was run on behalf of Poole Borough Council. I brought with me a vast experience of navigating on Dartmoor, through my hobby of Dartmoor Letterboxing. For the first couple of years I helped with the Bronze and Silver expedition groups, when there was enough interest in Gold Expeditions, I undertook the WGLA in 2004 to allow me to supervise the Gold Expedition groups, until our last Gold group in 2008, when the centre was closed down. I also did the South West Mountain and Moorland Summer Leader with Camping around the same time. In 2004 I joined as a volunteer for our local Lowland Rescue team - Dorset Search and Rescue. I help with training our new recruits and bi-annual refresher training for our operational members. All search Technicians need to be trained to a level similar to the Bronze NNAS. All Team Leaders need to be trained to a similar level as Silver NNAS, along with all Team Navs. With my family I have undertaken walks in most of our National Parks and have summited a few of the well known peaks in the Uk. I have slept on Carnedd Llewelyn in a Bivi bag and woken up to a sheep staring at me. Hopefully this short bit of text has been useful.

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David Jones

I've always dreamed of working in the Outdoor Industry, and some day I would like to volunteer with Search & Rescue or Mountain Rescue. I have an interest in all extreme sports, so I'd like to work through as many qualifications as possible. It would be a dream come true if my life was surrounded by adventure.

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Shreddie Glew

Flipped a coin at the bottom of Vector, Tremadog with 'Big' Bill Clayden in 1986 -to see who was first up

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Gillian Millar

Scotland-based hill-goer since 1995, originally collecting Munros (150 visited to date) but more recently drawn towards Corbetts, lesser-known scrambles and rock climbing. Completed Summer ML training with Steve Spalding in June 2018.

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Lee Crabtree

Hi I don't usually write about myself, not very good at bigging myself up. So bare with!! In 2001 I joined a DofE open award centre in Poole, Dorset as an expedition support staff member. This centre was run on behalf of Poole Borough Council. I brought with me a vast experience of navigating on Dartmoor, through my hobby of Dartmoor Letterboxing. For the first couple of years I helped with the Bronze and Silver expedition groups, when there was enough interest in Gold Expeditions, I undertook the WGLA in 2004 to allow me to supervise the Gold Expedition groups, until our last Gold group in 2008, when the centre was closed down. I also did the South West Mountain and Moorland Summer Leader with Camping around the same time. In 2004 I joined as a volunteer for our local Lowland Rescue team - Dorset Search and Rescue. I help with training our new recruits and bi-annual refresher training for our operational members. All search Technicians need to be trained to a level similar to the Bronze NNAS. All Team Leaders need to be trained to the same level as Silver NNAS, along with all Team Navs. With my family I have undertaken walks in most of our National Parks and have summited a few of the well known peaks in the Uk. I have slept on Carnedd Llewelyn in a Bivi bag and woke up to a sheep staring at me. Hopefully this short bit of text has been useful.

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Susan Foss

Feb 2019 Having enjoyed hill and mountain walking, backpacking and camping since my teenage years, I undertook Mountain Leader Training in 1989 but didn't at that time return for the assessment, due to a variety of reasons. Now, 30 years later (!!), I find myself hankering after the award for the person with the longest "consolidation period" ! So, in my 20's I particularly enjoyed long distance walking, then got married and had a long period of that being on hold. I returned to it in 2005. For the past 11 years I have been a trainer and supervisor for The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme at Gold level. For this I needed the Walking Group Leader Award at the time (later taken over by Hill and Mountain Award). So every year I do 2 days of navigation training with 16-17 year olds, 3 days of supervising them for their practice expedition and 4 days of supervision for their final expedition. For the past 8 years I have run and lead my own walking group from my church in Nottingham. We go out once a month, usually to the Peak District, (both Dark and White) and walk between 7 - 12 miles. Attendance averages around 8-10 people ranging from children and inexperienced adults up to Mountain Leader Award holders I also have participated in The Great Outdoors Challenge every year bar one since 2014, a two week, self sufficient, self guided backpacking coast to coast cross Scotland event with 350 others, all with their own individualized routes. The first time was as a member in a group of four people and the last three times I walked solo. I shall be walking it again this coming May in a group of three. The other two are people I have met along the way on previous years and have become firm friends with. For these above reasons I now want to upgrade and attempt the ML assessment

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Geoff Bennett

I began climbing aged 15 whilst at school; I distinctly remember the first day in the Avon Gorge because the Council blew up Teatime Ledge. A year later I had bought a pair of EBs, a harness & a rope & was already ‘instructing' younger pupils. The school took regular trips to Snowdonia, so I was also introduced to the mountains early on. My third 'walk' was across Crib Goch: I don't think I'd ever been so frightened but somehow I kept calm & continued. It's hardly surprising therefore, that I decided to study at Bangor University, but I spent my summers instructing climbing & canoeing in the USA. Instructing led me into teaching & I was lucky because the LEA paid for me to do my NGB awards in climbing, hill-walking & canoeing. They'd be glad to know that their investment paid off as I have continued to do this throughout my 29 years as a teacher, whether it was preparing pupils for the infamous Ten Tors on Dartmoor, canoe under Bristol City Centre, abseil down the Sea Walls or complete their Gold DoE expedition. I pursued the MIA to take my son multi-pitch climbing safely & didn't foresee the doors it would subsequently open up to me. When I looked for a way to escape teaching, a new path presented itself as I was offered work training prospective MLs. I really enjoy this work as I get to meet so many enthusiastic people who want to share their love of the mountains & after 40 years in the hills, I have a wealth of experience to draw on to answer their questions. Being able to take folk to the more secluded areas of Snowdonia than they might be familiar with, is also gratifying. Climbing & hill-walking, teaching & instructing have been inextricably entwined in my life for 40 years now, have taken me all over the world & made me many, lifelong, friends. I still bump into ex-pupils & their huge smiles tell me that my career choice was a good one, for in many cases it has changed lives, for the better, forever. But then I knew that, because it's my story too.

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Sitiveni Kabulevu

I am a serving Soldier within the Royal Army Medical Corp and have achieved an MLT award since 2004. I have completed a lot of mountain days in the Brecon Beacons and also have been taking recruits of up to 6 pers on AT.

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Elena de Jesus

I'm a musician, school teacher and counselling student. I discovered climbing in 2012 as a 'bucket list' day and am now totally hooked. It's made many positive changes to my life and in turn, I hope to help young people develop their confidence and self-esteem through climbing activities. I thrive on the constant challenges that climbing brings; I've met some amazing people through this sport and I want to go on learning and improving as long as I can.

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Chris Terrell

I started walking in the hills in North Wales while at Bangor University, doing a lot more after joining the Royal Navy in 1986 and gaining Joint Services followed by SMLTB Mountain Leader awards, then climbing awards to run single-pitch sessions. After the RN I worked for Outward Bound in Scotland and Wales, then several years as a freelancer for Arthog/Telford & Wrekin centres and other outdoor education centres and providers. Trips abroad include a long hike solo through Oregon on the Pacific Crest Trail, climbing in the Dolomites, an ascent of Mount Ararat, Mont Blanc, then lots of time in Wales and latterly, Scotland in Summer and Winter conditions. I spent some time as a member of the Aberdyfi Outward Bound Mountain Rescue Team, taking part in several rescues including a challenging winter crag rescue for a solo climber. I have led many groups on day walks and expedition trips in Scotland, Wales, Lake District and Yorkshire Dales and two World Challenge trips to India. At the time of writing I am starting to get involved with helping with Duke of Edinburgh Award students at Bannockburn High School, where I work currently as a Technician. I aim to become trained as a DoE Assessor for walking and expeditions and am planning to do more outdoor-based work in due course.

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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 have reccurrently complete the International Mountain Leader scheme amd am working through the, Winter ML and the UK Canyon Guides Scheme.

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James Clarke

It all started when i was in the scouting movement. It was when i was in explorers whe i knew that i want to be a outdoor instructor. We visted the peak district many times and went to the roaches more often than anywhere se in the peaks. After i decided tjat is is what i wanted to do i join a BETC course at reaseheath college and spent 3 years there learning basic skills in from mountain navigation to canoeing. When i completed my college course i became a seasonal outdoor instructor at a outdoor centre. Where i got the hill and moorland leader training. Following this season i decided that i will need more experience amd learn how to be a good instructor and continue to inprove my outdoor knowledge. I went to another outdoor centre and became an apprentices instructor. Looking back on this i did learn alot and got my CWI trianing..... this is just the start

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Betts Fetherston

I started climbing in April 2013 and have never looked back. I work as a Duty Manager and Core & Lead Climbing Instructor at Harrogate Climbing Centre - since 13 October 2016 (DM since 10.7.2017). I started a new job in July 2017 as for Care 4 Children, Crisis Team as an Activity Care Instructor. I started full-time in this job in October 2017 and worked there until November 2018. This C4C job was on a motor home, working with a young person (male) in Care and in crisis, on a 28-day placement (up to 56 days) and in remote locations focused on outdoor experiential learning. Staffing was 2:1, and we worked 5 days on 10 days off. We did mountain biking, climbing, hill walking, canoeing and so on with the young person. Its a challenging job, but so far, also rewarding. The Crisis Service was closed in November 2018. I started working for New Reflexions a company based in Cumbria in November 2018, doing the same work with young people in Care. The shifts are three days on - 6 days off. From my previous career as a University Senior Lecturer I have a wealth of experience. My expertise is in communication, conflict management and resolution, and my skills include training, facilitation, and mentoring. I won a national teaching award for innovative curriculum. I also have expertise in managing people and developing and delivering policy - including health and safety policy. I have qualifications in the area of mental health and have a strong interest in the cross-over of coaching and mentoring for vulnerable people and how climbing can be a key part of improving mental and physical health. I love climbing and being outdoors. My personal goals are to continue developing my trad experience, including multi-pitch climbing. I would like to take both the SPA and ML awards at some point in the next year or two.

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Robert Mcgrady

Well I've always loved being in the outdoors! As a child I was always off exploring with my bike or going fishing. I guess it never left me. 8 years ago I gave up the 9-5 job as I couldn't stand being behind a screen for 9 hours a day anymore. I needed 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. I got the job!! I had one of the best years of my life, teaching students 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 soon as I passed my CWA, I started getting as many instructional and route setting hours as possible, working at Rockstar, Swindon. I then decided to get some life experience by doing a solo tour of Europe and seeing how the climbing walls on the continent operate. After that I was ready to get to instructing! I got a position at Redpoint, Bristol as an instructor and route setter. I've just recently attained my CWDI and RCI. Continued development is something I still prioritise to this day, gaining experience for my next qualifications; Be it instructing, coaching or route setting. But most importantly enjoy every moment of it and inspire others to explore the outdoors and the associated recreational sports.

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Christopher S Starnes

Ex services Armed forces ,retired Senior Nurse Practitioner NHS, part time teacher Completed and passed Lowland leaders Award . Working as HF leader for ten years leading walking holidays in the U.K. Completed and passed Bronze ,Silver and Gold NNAS Awards. Next training is NNAS assessors training ,HML training and assessment and climbing scrambling and QMD activities. Also hope to do some supervision for Dof E award training Over the next few years plan to work on my leading qualifications plan to attend ML Summer assessment in October and increase my HF leader level and attend HF abroad assessment to lead abroad for HF holidays and gain more experience .

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Pratik Paija

Hi & Namaste, I've recently started up Rock Climbing and I've completed my Rock Single-Pitch Climbing Foundation Course in Germany. I would like to further develop my climbing skills and hope to lead a group in future. I am a keen learner and would like to learn other adventure skills as well.

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Toby Leckie

Currently I am a full-time freelancer specialising in training, supervising and assessing young people on their Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions as well as leading private walking tours and overseas expeditions. I am based in the South East but spend most of my time on the road depending on work and the weather! My main passion is for hillwalking yet I am a keen climber and alpinist. I have a background and degree in Outdoor Education as well as spending time as a Youth Worker. Please do get in touch if you would like to work, network or simply get out in the hills together.

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Chris Morris

Writing a story about myself is a somewhat alien affair to me. I use my award to help others to further their skills with the aim of introducing young people, through the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme (DofE) to the joys of the expedition section and I also use the qualification to develop the navigational skills within our local lowland search and rescue team. Within the DofE scheme I have gained experience training, supervising and assessing young people through their bronze and silver level expeditions. In the Lowland Rescue Team I use the skills gained from the HML and WGL awards to help others in our community either teaching them how to read a map, read the land and use a compass or just simply go out into the wilder parts of the country to explore. The challenge comes from keeping everyone safe, making our training in the search group, accessible to everyone, and pitching the challenge and growth potential of each member at a level that keeps it relevant and fun! As a member of the search team I can deploy as a search technician, a team leader, a search manager, a team tracker, a medical first responder, or in support of our water rescue group. Strange as it may seem the HML and WGL qualifications are a perfect fit to my volunteer role, adding an extra degree of professionalism to an already professional organisation. The award allows me get involved with the National Navigation AWard Scheme (NNAS) Bronze and Silver levels although this hasn't happened in our search group yet( fingers crossed in time this may happen). It does provide a valuable string to my bow.

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Shaun Baker

I have been in and around the mountains since i was 10 years old. I started off going with my Dad around Snowdon and then when I joined the cadets became part of the Adventure training team and was regularly attending week ends, again in snowdon and Dartmoor. I joined the Royal Marines at 17 and spent quite a bit of time mountain training in Scotland and completed a couple of 3 month Norway tours learning to live and work in winter conditions. I left the Royal Marines in 1996 and started my career in the fire service, at the same time i started as a cadet Instructor with the Marine / Sea cadets and completed their qualifications to enable me to take groups on adventure training activities. I then moved to work with a CCF contingent where I have been for the last 15 years where I have been visiting the mountains in my free time and as organised activities with the CCF Detachment. I am a Dof E leader and exped assessor. We are looking at doing more activities within the school and therefore I am seeking to get ML summer / Winter and RCI to help develop more young people at the school.

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Tom Crane

I have climbed, trekked, paddled, and ridden in countries all over the world, from single day expeditions to week-long adventures. I have explored some of the largest cave systems in Oman; circumnavigated the islands of Mykonos and Delos in Greece; and climbed Mount Nga in New Calendoia. As an expedition leader and outward-bound instructor, people put their trust and faith in me. The meticulous planning and the hard work that takes place during the days are all worthwhile when you see smiles of delight as adults and children enjoy a new sport, hear laughter as teams work together to solve a problem, and experience the buzz of people who have achieved challenges they never thought possible.

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Robert Colin Pugh

Over 25 years of experience of the hills in both the UK and Europe. Did ML(S) training in 1996 in the Lakes and then lived in Europe for over a decade. Returned to the UK in 2015 and now back into Mountain Leader and looking to do ML(S) assessment in 2019. Living on the edge of the Peak District I have also rekindled my love of rock climbing (nothing too serious!) and have become a full hill going and casualty care qualified member of the local MRT.

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lee simmons

Climbing has been a great recreational activity to have in my life and work. I enjoy linking it with my work as a therapist, sharing some of the benefits of bouldering, rope climbing and the physical awareness around that with a wide range of people.

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Barry Greensides

I have done 26 Years in the Army with over 15 Years experience in AT. I hold BASI 2 Alpine, BASI SB 1, Snow Sport Scotland Race coach. SPA, Cave Leader 2 with CIC training, MIAS L5 and Powerboat Instructor. In the Army I hold Rock Climbing Leader, Mountain Bike Instructor, Alpine Klettersteig Leader and Joint Service Ski instructor Alpine. I have taught in Slovinia, France, Cyprus, Austria, Germany and the UK. I am working towards my ML and BCU 1. I am now working as a Freelance Instructor.

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William Wilson

I'm in the military and on several military mountaineering schemes, rock climbing, summer ML, Winter ML, Winter Climbing. My aim is to get as much mountaineering qualifications whilst in the army so when I leave in 2030 I will be able to do this full time. My overall aspiration is to be a mountain guide. MIC and MIA minimum.

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Andrew Cash

Currently recovering from a back injury and therefore pretty inactive at the moment, or that's what it looks like as I don't put on lowland DofE based work at present. Still a very active climbing coach down at High sports in Brighton and currently alongside my studies in education this has been my main area of focus recently because of injury.

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Rasa Juras

I am currently doing my Geography PGDE at the University of Strathclyde after completing my Earth Sciences degree at the University of St Andrews. I hope to introduce young people to the beauty of Scotland to encourage them get outside (and hopefully look at some rocks along the way).

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Nick Green

Have always loved being outdoors and throughout my career I have worked outdoors. I also love my sport, competing in Triathlons from sprint to ironman distance. I am a level one British Triathlon Coach and have coached all ages from young to old and beginner to expert. In 2016 I started to volunteer for a friends business supervising DoE students on their bronze practice & qualifying expeditions. This has grown into more than just a volunteer role. I am now contracted to help and have loved this role as part of my life and the reason why I have now chosen to achieve the Lowland Leader qualification. I hope to move up to Hill & Moorland Leader in time. I am a level 2 Swim England qualified coach. I lead coached swim sessions for Evesham Swimming Club in my home town. I take every opportunity to open water swim, I am often found swimming in my local river the Avon. Any opportunity I can get, I squeeze myself into my wetsuit and take a swim up and down stream.

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David Duggleby

Big enthusiast of the outdoors and love sharing my experiences via YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP_c7rYAahsEoE2Oy2b6_Dg as well as knowledge gained in the specific area that I'm filming. Am currently mid-process in the interview stage for PGCE courses as a Geography teacher that start in September 2019. International experience of hiking around the world and running bushcraft courses in the UK. Ran a remote research station in the Mexican jungle for two months for biodiversity monitoring. This involved both compass and sat nav navigational technique as to create transects running up to 4 km in length through difficult terrain. Volunteered as a ranger in the Vietnamese rainforest for 3 months where I mostly tracked Pygmy Loris by day as well as night. Paid work as a ranger in New Zealand which also involved tracking Kiwi birds on the rugged West Coast of New Zealand (Franz Josef) as well as Kakapo on off-shore islands in the Fiordland region. Completed UK 3 peaks twice as well as an avid hiker wherever I go.

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Laura Luzanycia

Climbing Wall Instructor currently working at Oakwood Climbing Centre

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Carl Watkiss

Hello I.m Carl Ex army (17.5yrs ) and have a passion for the great outdoors . Ive gain all my Rock Climbing qualifications (CWA, CWAA,SPA,BMC 1) and hold my Summer Mountian Leaders Award. I'm Trail Cycle Leader. Also hold my BCU 2 star kayak and canoeing also looking at gaining further experience to gain more kayaking and canoeing qualifications. My intention is to gain further knowledge and work with groups. I.m also a DofE supervisor. I currently work at beaumanor hall in leicestershire where i deliver different events from climbing. high ropes. zip wire. team challenages, surivival, group games, bridge buliding, map reading, Archery and evening events. I enjoy teaching within the outdoors and pefer my time on the hills or rock face and working as a team or individual . looking for any freelance work. TEL; 07368242822 EMAIL; cwadventures@yahoo.co.uk

My Mountain Training Story :

David Tapley

I'm a ISIA and IVSI (L3 \ L4) qualified Ski Instructor and Coach and a Snowsport England Tutor. As part of my Ski qualifications I hold a BASI Mountain Safety qualification (Leading groups off piste) which was completed in Zermatt a while ago (See cert uploaded in the the 'Files' Section). The L3 remit is leading off piste within the resort boundary. More recently I completed the training for the Level 2 Back Country Mountain Safety (EMS - European Mountain Safety) - Training completed Chamonix a couple of years ago (see course report uploaded in the files section). The remit (once I complete the assessment) is ski touring outside of the resort. I'mcurrently logging ski tours before assessment and I've uploaded a Zip file containing ski tour logs submitted for the L2 EMS award prior to assessment. Some of these are for ski touring in England and Wales. Dlog entries have been quickly added. I need to flesh out and add pics where I can find them. Some dates are estimated \ guessed at. In addition there are a lot of days (over 100) in our local Shropshire Hills (550m) which I've not included plus other 'mountain' days if needed.

My Mountain Training Story :

Scott Webster

Scott has been working full time as a mountaineering instructor and expedition leader since 2009. He has a particular passion for expeditions in the polar regions. Scott has worked in the Antarctic since 2011 and has spent 8 summer seasons as well as two winters working on the continent. Scott worked for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) for 6 years as a Field Guide and was responsible for safety and logistics on numerous scientific expeditions. Additionally Scott is the author of the BAS' Field Operations Manual. In 2017 Scott joined the team at Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions (ALE) where he has guided on Mount Vinson, Ski Last Degree to the South Pole and a variety of other logistical projects. Scott also works in the Arctic and has led expeditions to East Greenland, including guiding the winning team in the 2016 ICEMAN Polar ski race. In 2017 Scott managed the snowmobile logistics for Tangent Expeditions Ltd. as well as running several Polar Training Courses and guiding ski expeditions within Liverpool Land and the Stauning Alps. Scott will be working in Greenland again during the 2019 winter/spring season. Other expeditions have taken Scott to Alaska - where he summited Denali (6190m); Kyrgyzstan - attempt on Khan Tengri (7010m) with a successful summit of Peak Chapayev (6210m); Mongolia - summited several 4000m+ peaks in the Altai range including Mongolia's highest peak Mount Khuiten (4374m); Russia - guided Europe's highest mountain, Mount Elbrus (5642m), and throughout the European Alps. When in the UK Scott runs training courses in all aspects of climbing, mountaineering and ski touring as well as offering guiding services. In addition to running courses through Scott Webster Mountaineering, Scott also freelances for numerous other organisations such as Glenmore Lodge, Skye Guides and Cairngorm Adventure Guides.

My Mountain Training Story :

David Leslie Norris

I have been mountaineering for many years. Throughout this period I have worked and lived in North Wales, Australia, New Zealand and recently the United Arab Emirates until 2014 mainly in the Hajar Mountains for 6 years. Seeing people develop during courses, passing on knowledge within groups really brings fun to learning. I focus on a two way process of passing information as old dogs do learn new tricks.

My Mountain Training Story :

Filipe Alves

Dear fellow adventurers, my name is Filipe Moreira Alves, I'm a portuguese PhD student on Policies for Sustainable development with a passion for mountains, climbing, trailrunning and adrenaline sports. In the past 4 years I've been mostly active in Spain and France with multiple experiences with Alpinism, vias ferratas, multi-pitching and a lot of sport climbing, mostly in Siurana and Rodellar. I'm currently moving to Scotland (Findhorn) were I hope to explore more trad climbing and winter trekking in the Cairgorns. Looking forward to meet you in the great outdoors. Cheers,

My Mountain Training Story :

Nick Dawson

At its simplest, I love walking - especially in hills and mountains. Initially, I wanted some training to improve my navigation skills and to build my confidence in getting more off the beaten track. I am passionate about sharing my love for the outdoors with other people. In 2016 I set myself an ultimate goal of qualifying as a Mountain Leader over a 5 year period, but I'm not in a rush. I started with a Hill Skills course in the Peak District, followed by Mountain Skills in the Brecon Beacons. I did my Lowland Leader training course at Longtown OEC and was assessed at Plas-y-Brenin in October 2017. I am currently building my experience to prepare myself for Mountain Leader training but I love lowland walking too.

My Mountain Training Story :

Abigail Cooke

I started climbing back in 2016 when I was an Apprentice Outdoor Instructor at the Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre. I joined the LOPC Climbing Club every Tuesday night to meet new people and have a new hobby. In mid 2017 I was able to instruct climbing at the Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre and I thought I should get better at climbing myself. I Have been to a few climbing centres across the uk and have gone on trips with LOPC Climbing Club to the Peaks and to Yorkshire. In 2018 I was off for a long period of time due to my health so I had to stop climbing unfortunately. Now it is 2019 and I have big plans for this year. I would love to gain my CWI this year and coach at different centres. My health is being monitored and I cannot wait to go on climbing adventures this year. I am spending majority of my days off either lead climbing or shadowing/coaching at centres in Leicester ready for my CWI in April.

My Mountain Training Story :

Thomas McKee

On a quest to become a well rounded outdoor person. After 10 years in Teaching I chose to follow my passion for the outdoors and retrain as an Outdoor Activity Instructor. I am based in Devon. I spent my first season at The Ultimate Adventure Centre, worked on a part time basis with Adventure 24/7 until February 2019. I now work in a full time Instructor Role at Moorland Hall on Dartmoor.