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 :

Ryan Gibbons

i first started my instructing career with PGL in 2008 at little Canada, worked for PGL till 2012 at versus centers, (merchants hill, windmill hill) also so worked for acorn adventure for a season at royal oak in llyangorse. i then took a few years out from instructing now working for Blackwell adventure in the west midlands, currently working on my cwi.

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Debbie Riley

I use my CWA, CWLA and Fundamentals courses to teach weekly climbing classes to children aged 8 to 16 years at Foresters Park Climbing Wall, Tranent, East Lothian. I enjoy helping children progress over a number of years and introducing them to other aspects of the sport like competitions and outdoor climbing. I also work as a free-lance instructor at other walls including Alien Rock, EICA Ratho and The Climbing Academy. I use my SPA to introduce groups or individuals, who have climbed indoors, to outdoor climbing, which is my passion. I use my summer ML to lead inexperienced groups on hill walks and I use my Duke of Edinburgh Award training to supervise and assess high school pupils on Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions. I specialise in teaching navigation and and I enjoy helping others to become independent on expeditions and hill walking trips.

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Andrew Sweeney

My name is Andrew sweeney and I've just recently ended a career within the armed forces to which i served for 16 years in 1st Battalion Scots Guards,not planning to leave so soon but having received a career ending injury i had the predicament that i needed a job that could keep my 1 inch long attention span entertained. Since i was a climber and mountaineer in my past time i thought why not transition into this as a valid way to pay the bills i thought , so thats what i have been doing since and I'm happy to say that may attention span is within safe boundaries due to the many great opportunities i have in this sector introducing people to the outdoors. Currently working towards MIA and IML awards

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Ryan Lymer

I like being outdoors and getting out on the hills and mountains

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Imogen Anderson

I'm a passionate climber and outdoor enthusiast. Spending much of my free time developing my personal climbing and fitness for future expeditions.

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Steven Law

I have loved walking since I was a child when I would leave the house in the morning and not return until dinner time. I'd spend hours exploring the woods and hills near a small village in Hereford and Worcestershire where I grew up. My first experience of mountains was walking with my father on the Malvern Hills and in the Brecon Beacons. Later in life, and with a bit of money saved, I discovered skiing, high altitude mountaineering and Alpinism. Now I'm training to become a qualified Mountain Leader so that I might inspire and lead others as they explore the mountains.

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Keir McEwan

My name is Keir i live just outside a small town in the heart of Perth Shire i have a love and passion for the mountains and outdoors i am a keen hill walker and enjoy a good Munro i also like climbing, skiing and kayaking. These outdoor pursuits have brought me to some amazing landscapes and places mainly in Scotland like the Cuillin ridge (isle of Skye) and paddling on some stunning lochs. I have been able to also go on ski trips abroad to the french alps. some of the achievements so far in my life are my john Muir award/ leave no trace, Duke of Edinburgh silver award and continuing onto my gold, Nicas level 1,2,3 and fundas 1 climbing award . My future plans in my outdoor career are to keep racking up the number of Munro's and more qualifications like my MIA and to teach and to bring more people into the outdoor world.

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Graham Lodge

Advisor - Outdoor Learning Norfolk

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David Taylor

I have had a love of the outdoors from an early age due to being lucky in living in the South Pennines. This led to a progression in Mountaneering where as a result of friends also taking an interest and enjoyment began a passion I still have. I travelled extensively around Europe and Scandinavia.I have ascended the Alps,Pyrenees and Mountaneous areas in the Artic Circle. I then qualified as a Mountain Leader and set up CompassTrekking.

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Ross Worthington

Having grown up in the mountainous county of Kent I spent much of my childhood escaping to go camping and hiking in the UK and French Alps. On Joining the Air Training Corps (ATC) I found my love for the outdoors fuelled through Duke of Edinburgh Award and adventurous training weekends, I later went onto become an Adventure Training Instructor with DofE Expedition groups for the ATC. I hold the Summer Mountain Leader, International Mountain Leader and Rock Climbing Instructor Awards. I am constantly seeking out opportunities to work in new environments that I love. I am comfortable with all ability levels and group sizes and enjoy teaching new skills to others. I have commercial expedition experience with adult and youth teams in Peru, Borneo, Tanzania, Alaska, Morocco, China, Nepal and Patagonia. I prioritise organisation and safety – with some bad jokes thrown in for good measure! I am also full volunteer member of Llanberis Mountain Rescue team and active British Association of International Mountain Leaders (BAIML) representative with Mountain Training Cymru and BMC rep at Mountain Training UK meetings. I am a firm believer in making ideas happen and can regularly be found tapping up contacts for my latest projects. I have contributed previously to Trek & Mountain magazine with gear test and knowledge articles, as well as assisting in early product development with Jöttnar. On the 8th day of the week, i’ll be working on the latest recce project for a client!

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Giles Davis

Keen climber, walker, naturalist and environmentalist. I started out hill walking as a way of reducing stress whilst studying for a Masters Degree. I then became interested in Winter Mountaineering, Snow & Ice Climbing and Alpine Climbing before moving on to Trad and Sports Climbing. I sports climb a lot more than I trad climb even though trad climbing is more my passion. This is simply down to accessibility. I've climbed all over Europe to a certain extent but as I love to travel and experience new cultures and people I still have a lot of countries on my "hit list". I still do a lot of walking and trekking and use "rest days" from climbing to walk and trek wherever we are.

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Arthur Fearnall

Arthur Fearnall. 23 years old. Graduate form the University of Central Lancashire with a first class degree in Adventure Sports Coaching. Lieutenant and Troop Leader at C (Cheshire Yeomanry) Squadron, The Queen's Own Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps, British Army. Aspiring Royal Marines Mountain Leader. Coming up: I have my ML assessment soon and I'm taking part in an expedition to Nepal in October 1208! Watch this space.

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Emily Ralph

I started climbing just a meer two years ago and I totally fell in love with the sport after going to a taster session with my school. I found climbing completely therapeutic for me and a release for my anxiety. I really found myself in my local climbing community and my confidence sky rocketed! I then chose to do my year 11 work experience at my local climbing wall and that’s when I started my journey with instructing. I then went onto do two work placements over the summer and winter. As soon as I’ve turned seventeen I wanted to persue my dream of getting my CWA to become a certified climbing wall instructor. I have just got home from my CWI training and I was in my element! I also learnt so much. Just another step in the right direction!

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Martina Spisiakova

Born and bred in the beautiful mountains of Slovakia, mountains and mountaineering are in my blood. What began as a hobby, very soon became a career. Apart from teaching adults and children, delivering indoor and outdoor climbing courses, I now train and assess people to become instructors. I give Technical Advice to numerous small climbing walls and youth centres, routes set and look after delivery of climbing sessions in 7 schools across London. For my own climbing, whether its ice climbing in Norway, scrambling in Wales, big wall climbing in Yosemite, mountaineering in the Alps, or pushing my grade in sports or traditional climbing, I love it all! Climbing has given me many unforgettable experiences and pushed me to my limits and beyond, giving me a sense of achievement and allowing me to explore the beauty of nature as I go. As an instructor, I hope to help people enjoy themselves and come home feeling as inspired and passionate about the outdoor life and climbing as I do, giving them the chance to have fun and be challenged in safe hands as they learn. As a trainer I hope to pass on my experience and inspire new instructors entering the industry.

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Stuart Gammon

Love the outdoors and the ocean also love life and inspiring others to do the things they want to do and live life to the full.

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Angus Kille

I've now been climbing for around twelve years, in which time climbing has developed from a hobby into a lifestyle. In the past few years I've made my home among the mountains in North Wales, where I work as an Mountaineering Instructor. Now I work and travel to climb, whether it's in the UK, Europe or further afield. My greatest experiences outdoors have been pushing my limit on sport climbs in the Frankenjura, attempting an unclimbed big wall in Brazil and walking a very fine line on Indian Face at Cloggy.

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Mark Demmery

I qualified as an ML in 2012 and started to look for freelance work to fill in around my day job. I worked 2 seasons of D of E expeditions and led 2 expeditions, 1 to Cambodia and 1 to Peru for Camps International before Work took priority again. I've now done 3 Scottish winter seasons in preparation for the ML winter course as well as attending a week long winter skills course at Glenmore Lodge. For the future I'm off to attend an Alpine skills course with Jagged Globe before driving into France to meet friends and attempt one of the routes on Mont Blanc.

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Stu McInnes

I'm a freelance Mountaineering Instructor based in Pembrokeshire, and also the owner of The Climbing Company. We are providers of the RCI scheme for Mountain Training. I’m lucky enough to have climbed, worked and travelled to 6 continents, and am as keen to get out climbing as the day I started nearly two decades ago.. Highlights include big walling in Yosemite, Alpine North faces in winter, ski mountaineeering in remote areas and any day in Pembrokeshire above the crashing Atlantic Ocean exploring new cliffs with dolphins swimming below! Most of my work includes learn to lead climb courses, self rescue skills for climbers, scrambling and Alpine ropework, NGB courses , guided days out climbing and coaching. Quite often get in the water for work too! Coasteering, surfing, kayaking...

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Owain Williams

Having been introduced to the hills by my family at the age of four, the probability of playing / working in the outdoors was high! In May 2009 I enrolled on the Centre Assistant Scheme in Plas y Brenin, Capel Curig. Here I learnt to rock climb, navigate and paddle. I accessed the training element of the Mountain Leader and Single Pitch Award. I passed the SPA in March 2010, followed by the new (at the time) Climbing Wall Leading Award in 2013 and finally 5 years on the ML Award. I’m still continuing my journey - I’m currently working towards the pre-requisites for the MIA Award. I’m a keen fell and mountain runner, scrambling, trad, sport, some easy winter walking and climbing and mountain biking. Wedi i fy nheulu fyng nghyflwyno i'r bryniau pan oeddwn yn bedair oed, roedd y tebygolrwydd o chwarae / gweithio yn y maes yn uchel! Ym mis Mai 2009, nes i gofrestru ar Gynllun Hyfforddai Ganolfan ym Mhlas y Brenin, Capel Curig. Yma ddysgais i dringo, mordwyo a padlo. Wnes i fynchu elfen hyfforddiant yr Wobr Arweinydd Mynydd a'r Wobr Dringiad Sengl. Pasiais yr Gwobr Dringiad Sengl ym mis Mawrth 2010, ac yna'r Wobr Arwain Waliau Dringo yn 2013 ac yn olaf, 5 mlynedd ers yr hyfforddiant, y Wobr Arweinydd Mynydd. Rydw i'n dal i barhau â'm daith - rydw i ar hyn o bryd yn gweithio tuag at y rhagofynion ar gyfer Gwobr MIA. Rwy'n rhedwr mynydd, yn sgramblo, dringo traddodiadol, dringo boltiau, cerdded a dringo hawdd yn y gaeaf a beicio mynydd.

My Mountain Training Story :

Leo Berry

Leo’s Story I was diagnosed with PTSD back in 2005 after an attempt at taking my own life, I survived due to the fact there was a hill walker out with her dog and the dog found me unconscious. Not proud at all of this, but at the time I honestly thought that I was doing the world and my family a favour. How wrong was I! Following this event, I lost everything, family, included.? Since that moment I have spent a lot of time and money training to become a counsellor and Mountain Leader.? It is positively the best thing I have done since leaving the army. I am busy getting my mountain leadership qualification so that I will be able to take people out in the hills, Mountains as well as the countryside, and do some therapy with people.? I would just like to help people see that there is hope and spending time out in the hills and mountains can really be life life-changing, a combination of wild places (without social media) and some talking therapy really can help people grow and develop in a positive way. It's time for people to stop hiding, and come forward for some help. You are not alone. Help is out there, anger, anxiety, depression, stress, and work place stress not just PTSD. Helping those that have served in our uniformed services and suffer as a result of things they have seen and done to help others life a normal life. I am a Counsellor and Outdoor Therapist, Mountain Leadership soon, first-aider and follower of The Law of Attraction and positivity.

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PHILIP MANNUS

I have been mountaineering for almost 40 years. I began my journey and my love of the mountains whilst participating in the DofE award scheme, where I completed all three awards. During this time, I developed a love of climbing and cut my teeth with Philip Cupples and Gordon Murray in the Mournes and at Ballygally Head before the face was closed down by the golf course. Since then I have climbed in the Alps, summiting the Matterhorn and climbing around Mount Blanc. I have climbed extensively in Scotland where I lived for 11yrs, as well as in the Lakes, Wales and the peak district. I also have a love of downhill skiing and achieved my ski leader certificate some years ago. I have continued skiing in private and by leading disabled skiers in Austria bi-annually. I currently hold the SML, Multi-Pitch Rock leaders award, Ski leader award and bronze NNAS assessor award. I was also a member of the search and cave and rescue team for a number of years. I love all things outdoors and enjoy helping others to enjoy their time in the hills.

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Finn Campbell-Young

I am a medical student at the University of Glasgow. Head of Teaching for the Mountain Medicine Society, I organise day trips for students and medical teaching situations whilst on the walks. Junior Representative for the Friends of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) Society, I help organise fund-raising events such as hill walks. I qualified as a nurse from Bayonne in France in 2017 where I would spend my spare time trail running, surfing or triathlon training. I am working towards my Summer Mountain Leader Qualification and would like to gain some Alpine and Winter Mountaineering Skills before working towards qualifications in these areas as well.

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Catherine Sinclair

I was brought up in a walking and nature loving family in the southwest of England and left home to take a Biology and Geography degree in the Midlands. Since the 1980s I have been leading walks for friends and family in UK and more recently ran a hiking club in Switzerland. Having given up my career for the family, when the children left home I decided to follow my dream to improve my mountain skills and get qualified to lead walks anywhere in the UK. Two years on from ML assessment, I'm enjoying paid freelance work leading mountain and lowland walks for a holiday company and supervising young people on D of E and team-building days (scrambling, team games, bottom roping, abseiling, adventure walks, raft building, mobile climbing wall).

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Tom Hanlon

I have been involved in Adventure Training for 12 years, 9 of those years have been spent at Adventure Training centres delivering a wide range of activities. Walking, Climbing, Scrambling, Kletterstieg, Alpine Skiing, Ski Touring, Kayaking, Canoeing and Mountain Biking. I am also a keen Winter Mountaineer. I have a range of developmental qualifications, BA Hons in Outdoor Leadership, NLP Master Practitioner, SDI Instructor, Human Factors Instructor and Transactional Analysis Trainer. I have used my qualifications to develop individuals in two main areas technical skill training towards instructional qualifications and personal development. I am am currently working at an Adventure Training Centre in South Wales the role provides opportunities to deliver training in France, Germany, Austria, Spain and the UK. I love my job and am very passionate about providing people with an opportunity to develop themselves within the outdoor environment.

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Alvina Labsvirs

Having walked for years, someone persuaded me it was time I used what little I had learned. So I've now I'm qualified and actually working as an ML!. Was brought up in the Lake District so hiked up many hills before I can remember and continue to do so.

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Paul Farthing

Climbing is a passion and being able to teach my passion to others is without doubt the best job in the world. Climbing is a way of life to be embraced and every minute of it; whether high on an alpine mountain or pumped on a sports route; should be enjoyed and savoured. If not climbing, then what else is there? I started climbing at age 16 on an Army Cadet trip to South Wales. I have never looked back. My rock shoes have sought out grip on routes all over the world; my favourite place to climb being the rock climbing mecca of Red Rocks, Nevada. Sports climbing is clearly fun but climbing high above your last piece of decent pro is definitely the way ahead. :)

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Christina Hick

To give a little overview of myself; I have worked in the outdoors over 13 years instructing in Scotland, Zambia, and London working for Princes Trust on their Adventurous Activities team, working with difficult to engage / at risk young adults. I also volunteer with British Exploring Society, leading on their Sinai Desert Expedition in 2012 and Iceland 2015 Expedition. I now live and work in Switzerland and am approaching my fourth year at Beau Soleil International School where I am an instructor in their outdoor department.

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Carol Emmons

I live and work in sunny Wasdale.

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Julie Bell

I have come back into the world of the outdoors having spent the last 20 years focussing on my "real job" I run an award winning "Inn with rooms" in the beautiful Brecon Beacons but can be found out and about (generally on Thursday's!) on the hills and in the surrounding areas. I walk with my dog Lottie, she is a scrambler, roller in sheep muck and generally a good sort to have around. Walking and the hills have proved to be the best way to manage my stress levels but also have rekindled the love of the outdoors that I had as a teenager. I have completed my ML training and am in that middle period where are supposed to "Consolidate" it but i think it's more accurate to say that I am in that middle period where I am out at every given opportunity so that my DLOG is interesting and full of good stuff for you to see! I walk in the Mournes when at home in Northern Ireland, with my family. Am going to do some hills in Wicklow for the first time. North & South Wales are my playground I enjoy helping other activity providers and Walking festivals as "back walker" to get my experience levels up. I also climb, indoor and out and love to scramble. Working on my rope work. I also have the best "view from a loo" ever....... my cottage has un-paralleled views over the Black Mountain range. When I moved in I had never walked them, now I don't think there are many areas I have not placed my feet!

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Richard Collins

I've been walking and climbing all my life, so when I took redundancy from a job in local government, I decided to take the opportunity to add a new string to my bow and build on my passion for the outdoors. I signed up for the Mountain Leader scheme and undertook training. However, living in the East Midlands I realised that I could share my passion and get people out and about sooner through the Lowland Leader scheme, which I undertook and passed. I have since set up Curlydog, a company based in Lincolnshire that takes people out for walks and outdoor adventures. We specialise in supporting everyone, including people with different abilities. I continue to build on my experience, working towards completing my Mountain Leader Assessment and continuing my professional development. My love of the outdoors, and the success of Curlydog has led to features on BBC Radio 4, BBC Lincolnshire, BBC World Service, and in the Guardian, where my Winter Walks Series was listed as one of the top ten best winter walks in the country. I was also shortlisted for a prestigious Extra Mile Award in The Great Outdoors (TGO) Magazine, a wonderful honour.

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James Butcher

I'm a UK hill walker/hiker based in the South Downs. I've also been hiking internationally - on the Tour du Mont Blanc, in the Dolomites and have completed the Everest Base Camp Trek via the Gokyo Lakes and over the Cho La Pass. I've recently completed the MT Hill Skills course and am going through the process of becoming a Lowland Leader. I hope to qualify this year (2018) and then lead walks in Sussex on weekends.

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Chas Ward

Brought up to value the great outdoors by my parents I walked in the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District and N.Wales from an early age. I joined Cubs, Scouts & Ventures where I learned to rock climb and climbed with school friends. In 1990 I joined the T.A. & ran with the O.T.C. Mountain running squad. I was Reserve for the British Military Pentathlon Squad. In 1991, aged 20, I climbed the west face of the Eiger. I studied Geological Sciences at Leeds Uni, joined the Climbing Club & led E6 on Grit, F7b+ Limestone and E5 Slate across the UK & abroad with Winter Climbing grade IV in the Lakes & Snowdonia. I began to lead groups in the outdoors following graduation in 1994, first as Assistant Leader & Expedition Photographer in Arctic Norway for the British Schools Exploring Society. In 1998 I was joint Fire Leader for the BSES Indian Himalaya Expedition (Mountain Leader & Science Leader: Geology and Geomorph.) I first ran the Welsh 1000 m Peaks Race in 1989; after an accident and several operations I learned to walk again then run. It took a while. I trained up via the 2008 Snowdonia & Langdale marathons to rerun the W1k in 2009. I have since completed the CRO Challenge (Ingleborough Marathon) 4 times 2014-18 & am aiming for a repeat ten years on, next year. I began Archery in 2012 and volunteered to help translate for English speaking Archers in France each summer to 2016 including disabled. I trained as an Archery GB coach in 2017 and coached at local clubs, where I continue to shoot. I have spent many wonderful days & nights in mountain and wilderness environments and enjoy sharing my passion for flora, fauna and landscape with others. I am a firm believer in the “Nature Fix” as having the potential to bring wide-ranging benefits for many and varied issues to lots of different people. I believe that key to building individuals, group and teams’ confidence is a shared challenge & stretching experience in a fun, engaging & active outdoor environment.

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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 ( still walking and climbing personally) 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 assessment booked for October 2018. Just lovin it! So good to be back climbing with GMC. Gained Gold D of E Expedition Assessor accreditation July 2018.

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Adam Bayley-Bligh

Ive been climbing on and off since I was a teenager, only started being serious within the last 2-3 years. For me climbing has been a Focus and wellcome distraction. I am currently serving within the British Army and processing along with in service qualifications. The hope in joining, is that I can get my current level and qualifications recognised in the civilian world. The only way is up from here!

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Emma Holland

My love and passion for the outdoors began when I was a child as a very active and enthusiastic Brownie, Girl Guide, Venture Scout and then a Leader. I spent many a happy childhood year camping, walking and partaking in all manner of outdoor activities with friends and family. As an adult I have enjoyed exploring the UK in greater depth and despite many opportunities to travel abroad, I do feel privileged and secretly proud to have spent all of my holiday time getting to know lots of the hidden corners of the UK. My favourite areas to walk in (for differing reasons) are the Black Mountain- for the solitude, The Isle of Arran - for the compactness, beauty and variety of walks available in a small area, Northumberland - for the wildness and wild remote landscape, and more recently Snowdonia, as that is where I trained and passed my Summer ML in 2017. Passing my ML was a very proud moment and I worked hard at increasing my confidence and fighting personal demons along the way. I spent as much time as possible meeting new people, getting advice, support and picking up useful information from other trainees and qualified ML's. The MTA were integral for my continuing development with some excellent courses available. Now I've achieved my own personal goal I am very keen to support and encourage others to follow their own dreams. I have bags of enthusiasm, positivity and drive to motivate people on an outdoor journey of their own. I feel very passionate about supporting and encouraging all socially and disadvantaged groups to access the countryside. My 'home turf' is the Peak District where I grew up, and where I now walk regularly when I'm not venturing further afield.

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Carol Emmons

I live and work in Sunny Wasdale.

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Gregory WADE

I'm currently based in Exeter working and gaining qualifications as an outdoor instructor. I'm trying to concentrate on my sea paddling qualification and mountaineering qualifications with a hope to carve out a path with in the realms of mental health/behavioural issues. I am also pursuing my counselling qualifications and have done my Level 2 in Counselling Skills, with the ambition to move on to my level 3. If you feel you could use me at all, please get in touch.

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Tom Clague

The first ever hike I went on was to the summit of Loughrigg Fell in 1992, I was 5 years old. After that initial introduction my dad and I would go on a few hikes each year. In 2014 a friend from school said he was interested in taking up hiking as a hobby and asked if I would like to join him for some hikes. I believe we did the Fairfield Horseshoe as his first walk in early April. From there 2014 was very busy and we climbed, Bow Fell, Coniston Old Man, Blencathra, Glyder Fawr, Great Gable, Pavey Ark, Pen Yr Ole Wen, Pillar, Tryfan, Snowdon and completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks in 8 hours and 43 minutes. To finish off 2014 we headed to the Kentmere Horseshoe on 28th December and it was during this walk that I came up with the idea for my first challenge, to climb all 214 Wainwrights in 1 calendar year. Since completing that challenge I have also climbed the 104 Hewitts in Snowdonia and then the 116 Outlying Fells of Lakeland. I have currently climbed 14 Munros, mostly in winter conditions and have completed a winter mountaineering course in Glencoe. Last summer I visited the Pyrenees and while there I reached the summits of Grand Vignemale and Pic du Taillon.

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Saffra Monteiro

I Am a Self confessed Mountain addict! I love the great outdoors, all things adventurous and adrenaline filled. I am also a big lover of geography but especially studies of weathers and understanding of avalanches. Also I think that climbing can be a great social activity where you get to meet new people and make new friends. Above all you can share your love of mountains with them and hopefully make them fall in love with them too :) I was one of the youngest published fictional Author in Cambridgeshire at the age of 17 in 2014, a keen skier, husky sledger and paraglider- I also enjoy snow shoeing, rock climbing and scrambling in Snowdonia and the French Alps. I worked with the British Red Cross for a while as a volunteer junior first aid instructor where I taught members of the public basic first aid such as CPR and sling work and my specialty was first aid in the outdoors and improvising with what you had available to you. I helped out with the Cambridge search and rescue team while I was at sixth form and I was also a junior instructor with PGL for a while and took part in a week long leadership course where I was taught the ins and outs of teaching and instructing groups and basic rope skills. I Took part in the D.O.E duke of Edinburgh awards: bronze and silver and have just successfully completed my Gold Duke of Edinburgh award where I hiked in the north yorkshire dales with my team, covering 62 miles at around 30k a day. I've been on various courses with plas-y-brenin outdoor centre in Snowdonia including a advanced scrambling summer course and have most recently joined the CCC Cambridge climbing and caving club in order to develop my rope skills and climbing ability as well as meeting other like minded climbers which can be hard to do when you live somewhere that’s so flat!. Over all I would say that I have good experience with hiking and scrambling- having climbed many of the welsh 3000 but am always up for climbing more and learning more.

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Nathan Stares

I love getting into the hills and the mountains when the opportunity arises and have a passion for the outdoors. I gained my Mountain Leader qualification in the Military with whom I still have links since leaving in 2010. When family and work commitments allow I like to get out and share my passion for the outdoors with like minded friends but I also like to introduce people with little or no outdoor experience to the great outdoors. Since gaining my award I have enjoyed getting out into the hills and mountains and have helped less experienced people experience the outdoors, and enjoyed leading students from Darlington College. Since then I have either lead small groups or enjoyed the mountains with friends and people in outdoor groups. Whilst in the mountains I like to pass on my knowledge, such as navigation tips, security on steep ground, mountain geology, mountain weather or the local flora and fauna, the knowledge of which I have built upon since gaining the ML award.

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Andy Cloquet

I have been working as an Instructor for over 30 years, from outdoor centres to schools and now running my own company ‘Outdoor Adventure Scotland’. My work takes me across the mountains and hills of Scotland and I most enjoy providing special experiences for small groups and pairings as we explore and learn from our journeys together. Apart from my climbing and scrambling course, primarily on Skye and in Torridon, I partner ‘Mountain Aid.org’ in providing accessible low-cost training and a range of mountain skills services for ‘The Outdoors and The People’. My mountain guiding and instruction work is freelance and special comtracts leading bespoke groups for ‘Steven Fallon Mountain Guiding’ and ‘Adventure Peaks’. As a teacher and member of Scottish Mountain Rescue with OchilsMRT, where I have been a former Training Officer, I understnd the difficulties folk can have learning & practising naviagtion and on my courses, I use my experience of learning styles to enable every course participant to develop their confidence with navigation and demystify what to some is a ‘black art’ and this goes for all my mountaineering work, whoever you are! Courses can be booked from my website and even better is to have me create a tailor-made course for you and your friends. Just ask!

My Mountain Training Story :

Richard Vincent

I started out hill walking in 2010, although my Grandfather used to take me walking in Wales when I was young. Getting back to the hills was a way for me to improve my fitness and to get outdoors. Since then I have lost over 4 stone in weight and kicked the habit of smoking. I am now a qualified Personal Trainer and Mountain Leader (Summer) and love helping others achieve their own health and fitness goals. Snowdonia is my favourite place for walking at anytime of the year, although I do visit the Peak District and Lake District quite regularly. Scotland is a place I would like to visit more and experience more winter mountaineering. I have recently started indoor climbing and would like to take that outdoors. I qualified as an ML in May 2016 and have to say that the assessment was a fantastic experience. It was very intense but such a great week of more learnings and being with a great bunch of people. This award means that I can now combine it with my PT level 3 qualification and introduce people to the mountains and improve their fitness. I love to have fun, experience and learn new things and encourage others to do the same. I'm now director at Tri Active Ltd providing: Triathlon, Running & Outdoor gear / Navigation Courses / Mountain Awareness Days / Micro Adventures / Charity Challenges Check out my website for more information and to connect with me on social media. http://www.triactive.co.uk or Contact me on 07795 276203 Thanks for reading, Rich

My Mountain Training Story :

David Watson

I have been a keen climber since my teenage years when my friend and I taught ourselves to climb outdoors. I then progressed with professional courses and tuition and continued more actively in my 20's and 30's, eventually joining the Hertfordshire Mountaineering Club and becoming the climbing representative on the committee, representing climbers interests and organising trips and training. I would climb regularly at our local wall and at weekends mainly trad climbing on gritstone, trips to Wales and an annual sport climbing weeks in Spain. I took a backseat to focus on my career but have returned to the sport I love to become a self employed climbing wall instructor teaching regularly at various centres to new and experienced climbers and hoping to introduce more people to the sport I love

My Mountain Training Story :

Derek Dover

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My Mountain Training Story :

Thomas Gay

I started to climb in October 2017 after my girlfriend Anna took me to our local centre (Quay Climbing Centre, Exeter) I soon became extremely passionate about climbing and now climb as much as possible! I have recently completed a lead climbing course and am really enjoying leading in the centre as well as continuing to further my skills in top roping and bouldering. I plan to complete my CWA as soon as I can and then hopefully in time complete my CWLA and SPA.

My Mountain Training Story :

Ian Doctor

I am currently a High Ropes Course Instructor at Center Parcs. I have previously held the positions of Activity Instructor/Group Leader at PGL and Climbing Instructor at Roefield Leisure. My qualifications include Rock Climbing Instructor and Climbing Wall Instructor (Plus the Abseil module). I have plenty of instructing and coaching experience and I am always looking at improving my skills and qualifications. In my own time, I enjoy almost all types of outdoor activities from walking and climbing to mountain biking and paddling. I am always up for trying a new sport or challenge.

My Mountain Training Story :

Richard Griffiths

I started Climbing as one of those brats at the Saturday kids club at the local wall... This over years lead me onto climbing, walking, running and mountain biking. I am now an Emergency Medicine Consultant working in Bangor North Wales. I am the team doctor for Llanberis MRT and faculty for the international diploma in mountain medicine.

My Mountain Training Story :

Mike Ratcliffe

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, Canoe Wales, RYA, BMC and NEWSAR/NWMRA. 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, in various environments. I am a member of the local Mountain Rescue team and am an Accredited Assessor to Gold for the Duke of Edinburgh Award. 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. 

My Mountain Training Story :

Matthew Styles-West

I started climbing 35 years ago, before it was cool. Then didn’t climb for about 10 years due to an accident when I lost 3 fingers on my left hand. My youngest son Jack want to get into climbing and that brought me back. I work as a Head Gardener but spent sometime working offshore as a commercial diver and also a rope access technician. I now want to complete my CWI so I can instruct and help people to learn to climb and enjoy this amazing pastime. I have no intention of making money from this I am nearly 50 and want to give back what climbing has given me. Over the past couple of years I have gain great pleasure taking friends and colleagues with me when I go climbing. I have successfully taught them to a sufficient standard to pass their. competence test at for tying in and belylaying, 5 of the 6 still climbing regularly.

My Mountain Training Story :

Jonathan Foden

I was born into the outdoor life, with my parents running Buxton Youth Hostel when I was an infant. We moved to a small village in the Peak District before I started school and learned to love the outdoors, eventually falling in with a bad lot who started me climbing! I cut my teeth in the Peaks and spread my wings to the Lakes, Wales and eventually Scotland where I live and work now. For 26 years I worked as a Royal Marine Commando, specialising as a Mountain Leader, training other commandos to operate in mountainous and cold weather environments. This career also gave me opportunities to visit exotic places and climb, hike and ski when ever I could. Norway, the Alps, Kyrgyzstan, America, Cyprus, Kosovo, Jordan and Bavaria were just a few of the places I found myself able to practice my trade. I also spent a year aboard HMS Endurance the ice patrol ship heading down to Antarctica and South Georgia, where I took the opportunity to cross the Antarctic Peninsula on ski amongst other things. Parallel to this career I continued my own climbing and as well as regular trips to the Alps and North America, I took part in successful expeditions to the Himalayas and South America and have planned ski mountaineering trips in the Alps and Silvretta. I started building my portfolio of climbing skills alongside my military qualifications and had a great time meeting lots of interesting people on the way. Now I divide my time between mountaineering and my other job as Paramedic with the Scottish Ambulance Service.