Steve Loraine- apsiring Mountain Leader

MTA 200
Steve has been an MTA member since 2012 and is working towards his Mountain Leader qualification. Read more about his journey:
Steve on LBS

Have you always been interested in the outdoors? What inspired you to do a qualification with Mountain Training?

I’ve been interested in the outdoors since my father took me on to the Lake District fells as boy. For the past 25 years I have gradually been working around the Munros and their Tops, making these the focus of my mountaineering. I attended two winter mountaineering courses at Glenmore Lodge but took no formal qualifications until Mountain Training came into being.

I have gradually developed my techniques and skills to a level where I would like to work with others to assist them to enjoy their mountains journeys and develop their techniques and skill and decided in 2006 to register for an award to gain formal recognition of my skills and a qualification appropriate to my experience.

What award/s are you working towards?

Mountain Leader.

What do you do for work?

After a long career in local government I started a company specialising in improving the performance of organisations, teams and individuals, specifically by using appreciative and strengths-based methods. Over the years I became more focused on working with individual leaders and their leadership teams, primarily via executive coaching and leadership mentoring, gaining a recognised qualification in those fields.

How do you plan to use your qualification/s in the future?

I intend to work exclusively with adults and preferably with older adults interested in the outdoors and pursuing adventurous mountain-related activities. There are many individuals and organisations focused on working with children and young people in this context, so to work with older people who may have a similar experience to me is of particular interest.

What have you found most challenging and most enjoyable so far about working through your qualification?

Most challenging is finding the time to undertake the necessary consolidation and quality mountain days between my training week and formal assessment in 2018. I have generally concentrated my mountaineering in Scotland (see above), so every journey north now takes over 8 hours plus. I am looking forward to spending more time in Wales and the Lakes as assessment gets closer.
Corrag Bhuidhe

Most enjoyable has been putting into consistent and regular practice the learning from my training week and associated reading, in remote and challenging environments. It’s hugely enjoyable to find one-self having to use compass, watch and pacing to successfully and safely complete a mountain journey.

What advice would you give to anyone going through this process?

Keep active, i.e. keep your mountaineering ‘clock’ ticking over with regular and frequent trips to enjoy the mountains and test yourself, develop your technique and skills and learn new ones. Skills benefit from being used and tested, otherwise they wither, rapidly. Also, take every opportunity to participate in MTA-related local activities, e.g. I recently enjoyed an evening of navigation practice in a local park using orienteering maps and compass – a very different set-up to my usual navigation tools.

At what stage in your outdoor journey did you join the MTA? What was your main reason for joining?

After over fifteen years of specifically pursuing Munro summits and thirty five years of enjoying all hills, I decided to pursue a formal qualification to recognise my experience and also to add the competency into my company’s commercial offering. So, the best way to do this was to join the MTA and register for an award.

What have you found most valuable about being a member so far?

The ever expanding range of services and support the MTA provides to its members; the local CPD opportunities; the on-line modules; the huge database of events and workshops.


Have you been on an MTA regional event or MTA CPD workshop yet?

Yes, as I mentioned earlier above, most recently I attended an evening navigation event that provided new challenges to my navigation skills and offered a great opportunity to meet other MTA members in the region. It transpired that the leader for the evening was a former triathlete colleague who I hadn’t seen for over 20 years; a bonus.

Would you recommend the Association to others. If so, why?

Yes. It’s current; it keeps in-touch with members; it has a range of great benefits and offers and links-up thousands of like-minded people. It’s also great value for money.

What are your leadership plans for the future?

To qualify and then lead individuals and groups where they want to go, enhancing their mountain journeys, their techniques, skills and knowledge as we travel together.

If you had a day to go for a walk or climb anywhere, where would it be and why?

That’s tough; so many great hills and mountains in the UK and I’ve never yet travelled abroad to climb. I’d have to say though the Munros; particularly any that offer some decent scrambling.

Steve Loraine's outdoor journey