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 :

Chris Plant

I started climbing at the age of 11 with my local scout group in the southern Peak District, t progressed though the scout movement climbing, walking and scrambling throughout the UK. In my teenage with friends we climbed we explored and climbed upon many of the Gritstone and Limestone crags of the Peak District and Yorkshire. As an undiagnosed Severe Dyslexic I had found my passion in climbing and being in the outdoors.I have been a member of the Scout movement since the age of 6 progressing through all the levels. At the age of fifteen I joined Derby Mountain rescue team as a trainee member, I have remained member of DMRT since the age of 15 returning to the team when I returned to the UK. I progressed though the ranks becoming the youngest Deputy Team leader at the age of 28 I held this position until I moved North in 2004. I have attended national mountain rescue training events in the England, Wales and the Lake district..I had my first alpine season at the at of 17 to the Ortler region, during this trip we climbed The Ortler, Grand Zebru and the Konigsptitz. I have had a number of Alpine season through my life, summiting numerous 4000m peaks climbing on snow ice and rock in a number of Alpine areas.I attended University in Leeds a decision based on the locality of Yorkshire climbing. At the end of my first year I went o a climbing trip to the Ardeche region of France, (my first real experience of 'bolt clipping) and then a week

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Nqobani Dube

My passion is helping individuals achieve all round well-being and this is what led me to working as a fitness professional in mental health. Through both theoretical & practical sessions, I aim to educate people on healthier lifestyle choices, keeping active and the powerful benefits that these two things when applied together, have on a person’s physical and mental health. It gives me great joy when an individual I work with makes that positive lifestyle change and gets to witness those benefits first hand. That’s what drives me.

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Carolyn Evans

I have been a keen hill walker for many years, and nine years ago joined a local hiking group called COPA. I soon got involved in organizing group walks and before I knew it had been made events coordinator. As I started looking for new and interesting places to take the group I began venturing further afield into the wilder, more remote areas of Wales. When I heard about the Hill & Moorland Leader Award (then the WGL) it seemed the perfect way to learn more about the countryside I love so much and to gain the confidence and experience to lead others. Over the years hill walking has progressed to mountaineering and climbing, I’m a member of the South Wales Mountaineering Club and climb with them as often as possible, enjoying many summer evenings on the sea cliffs of Gower. The club owns a hut near Llanberis which I use at every opportunity as a base for mountaineering, or climbing in the Ogwen Valley. I especially enjoy the challenges of winter mountaineering. I was very proud to pass my HML award, it’s something that I started doing as a hobby, but progressing through the course training and getting into the outdoors to achieve all I needed to for the award made me realize that hill walking and mountaineering had become much more to me than just a hobby. Up until this point I had worked for 17 years as a press photographer, but in what was a rapidly changing industry I decided to take the plunge, quit my job and concentrate on completing my ML with a view to working professionally in the outdoor industry. I set up my own company called Muddy Boots Hiking, taking people on guided hikes all over south and mid Wales, and also started working as a freelance both in the UK and abroad as a guide and expedition leader.

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Glen Robertson

I am an experienced teacher of many years who initially started in martial arts and then moved into other areas of health and fitness I have been training for 40 years and have reached teaching level (Black belt) in Kung Fu, Ninjutsu, and Aikido, as well as instructor level in Tai Chi and the Russian martial art of Systema. I am an Ashtanga Yoga teacher with experience in teaching Hatha, Vinyassa and Yin styles of Yoga, plus also a Kettlebells specialist with RKPS. The other facet of my business is massage and I am a qualified (level5) sports massage therapist and a member of the Institute of Sports and Remedial Massage therapists (ISRM). Added to this I also hold qualifications as a Chinese acupressure therapist and Thai Yoga Massage practitioner. I am also currently working on a part-time PhD studying Tai Chi and it's use a therapy, which is really fascinating. Being able to work with people on many levels helps me offer a full range of services to clients, which I find fulfilling and rewarding.

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Dr. Robert Colin Pugh

I have over 30 years of experience of the hills in both the UK and Europe. I undertook my ML(S) training in 1996 in the Lake District and then lived in Europe for over a decade. Returned to the UK in 2015 and passed my ML(S) assessment in October 2019 with Graham Uney. Living on the edge of the Peak District I have also rekindled my love of rock climbing (nothing too serious!). I am also a chartered geologist (CGeol) so I usually know what rock I'm climbing on and how it got there too! I also a full team member of my local Mountain Rescue Team and have participated in numerous rescues and exercises. Also through the team I am qualified Casualty Career, Fall Protection Equipment Inspector, and am DBS Enhanced certified.

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Spencer Noble

Hi I like the hills, climbing, scrambling, mountain biking, road biking and running. I don't always record everything I do but certainly this summer 2020 should have all significant walks listed in my DLOG. Because I enjoy cycling so much I often use a bike to get to and from the start of walks. These cycles are sometimes show on the GPX files uploaded to my DLOG. For climbing remember to check out my UKC logbook: https://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/showlog.php?id=188089

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Shah-Zeib Ahmed

Experienced sports business, and mega-events management professional, with a strong industry relevant academic background, diverse and global experiences across different sports, commitment to elevating product/service delivery, profitability, and overall success. Recognised leader and people’s person with distinct ability to adapt to challenging moments, thrives in diverse surroundings and delivers service excellence whilst maintaining professionalism and composure in challenging environments. Telling stories and making lasting memories for organisation, clients and fans.

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James Monk

Took a degree in Health and Fitness Management at Southampton Solent University and acquired REPS Level 3 as a Personal Trainer and Gym Instructor. Worked initially for some major Fitness/health clubs in the UK - Fitness First, David LLoyd and Performance Fitness In Eastbourne. Set up my own Personal Training company - Eastbourne Personal Training - www.eastbournepersonaltraining.co.uk in 2017

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Tim Teasdale

You may be living with a restricted lifestyle, pain, low mood and taking medicine you don't want. I encourage people to regain health, improvise around loss, adapt to circumstances and overcome their injury or illness. My service specialises in offering exercise referral services to people who are suffering from the effects of a broad range of injury and illness. I started in the health and fitness industry in 1992 working for Marriott in a private health club, since then I have worked in a variety of settings including as an instructor within the uniform services and latterly within the health service. As you'd expect I've picked up a fair bit of experience and a few qualifications along the way. * I am a qualified Gym instructor, Personal trainer and have a Diploma in Exercise Referral Instructor. * I am a Specialist Level 4 Trainer. I specialise in Stroke, Obesity and Diabetes and Lower Back Pain. * I am a full member of the Register of Exercise Professionals and Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity. I am insured and bound by their code of conduct including confidentiality. * I have been vetted and can work within service settings and for LISTX companies without issue. * I am an associate member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy * I have a B.Sc.(Hons) degree in Risk Management, A Diploma in Health Care and a Certificate in Education in Post Compulsory Education and Training. * I continue to work as an NHS Exercise Instructor between my private practice to ensure my skills are subject to continued professional development. Expect a collaborative person centred approach, not the shouty sergeant major! This is not boot camp. Contact me an move towards 'undefeatable'.

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Alison Lee

My first experience of group exercise was attending a ballet class at age four, which lead to a childhood learning many other dance styles before discovering aerobics in my teenage years. At eighteen with my passion for dance exercise, I decided to undertake the RSA Exercise to Music Qualification. On achieving this I started delivering classes in my local area. Over the next three years I developed my teaching techniques by attending different CPD events to add to my portfolio of class styles, including; circuits, line dance and children's fitness. I completed the Advanced ETM course with modules in Seniors Exercise, Pre and Post Natal, Aqua, Personal Training and Step. Following this I worked as Aerobics Coordinator for a Health Club and became involved with assessing NVQs. As assessing developed I became freelance and completed D32 & 33 along with a Cert Ed and BA (hons) in Education and Training. This lead to working in the Education and Training sector for a number of years, where I gained Level 4 Training and Development (including D34 verifiers award) and later QTS. I returned to teaching exercise classes in 2017 when I was asked to cover a friends class. To update my CPD I completed DDMIX training and from there launched my own DDMIX and Aerobics classes. In 2019 I completed BalletBeFit training and launched three BalletBeFit classes. I returned to working in the fitness industry and completed Level 3 Exercise Referral bringing my Anatomy and Nutrition knowledge up to date and developing skills for working with specialist clients. Since completing this qualification I have delivered healthy living programmes and chair exercise sessions to local community groups, including participants from ethnic minorities, learning difficulties and mental health issues. During lock down I taught most of my classes online via facebook live and also taught extra classes for the BalletBeFit brand via zoom.

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SOPHIE BARRAS

Hello I have enjoyed a lifetime spent with bouts of running and cycling, using both activities for promoting mobility and wellness. I am particularly focused on using exercise to help maintain better mental health, for people of any age. As a teenager I was an athlete and trained daily for racing 400m and 800m distances, but as life transpired this discipline was lost in my 20's, until a bout of half marathons and charity bike rides in my 30's. Living with depression and anxiety in my early 40's I returned to running and cycling to help build confidence in my mental and physical health. Training in London in 2019 to become a Personal Trainer, I am now based in Birmingham and write a blog about my experiences called 'Wheels and Sneakers'. Between 2016 and 2017 I ran for Mind, the Mental Health Charity and completed multiple Marathons, an Ultra Marathon and a Charity Bike Ride from Munich (Germany) to the UK. I have personal experience of how to prepare for these types of events and how a multi-discipline approach to sport and nutrition can help individuals gain confidence in their abilities, at all stages of life.

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Olivia FitzGerald

I'm a former teacher who undertook my summer ML to share my love of the outdoors with students, helping out with D of E and Ten Tors in particular. I'm currently studying for an environmental masters in London, but am regularly seeking opportunities to escape into the wilderness!

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Russell Connell

Russell Connell has re-ignited his passion for all things sporty. After leaving Wakefield College in 1995 with qualifications in Sports, Leisure & Tourism, there has been a 20yr gap, before the launching of his new venture 'www.logikcal.co.uk' in 2020. This venture idea came to him in a Costa Coffee shop in Wakefield in 2014 whilst in the middle of a Mental Breakdown. He managed to grasp onto the fact that exercise was making him feel better and he decided to do some research into Mental Health and exercise. It was these findings that answered a lot of his own questions regarding mental health and exercise. So he set about gaining a career where he could eventually help others after first making himself better. After qualifying as a Lifeguard on his 39th birthday, he became employed by Nuffield Health and over the next 3yrs became a qualified Swimming Instructor, Gym Instructor, Cycle Fit Instructor and Personal Trainer. He’s launching www.logikcal.co.uk on 01/08/2020 (Yorkshire Day)

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David Hanley

I have been climbing for nearly 40 years. I was introduced to it in a scout group with a visit to Harrison's Rocks in 1982. At University I joined the climbing club on day one and ended up running it in my 2nd & 3rd years. Climbing has been THE constant in my life, regardless of where I have lived, or the temporary distraction of other sports! I became SPSA qualified in 1996, and I've been a BMC member for more than 20yrs. I'm still leading trad, multipitch routes up to E1 grade and sports climbs up to French 6b. I have climbed all over the UK, Europe & North America, most recently in Norway. I climb indoors frequently & outdoors as much as I can. My mountaineering achievements include major peaks such as Mt. Blanc (1987), Denali (1994), Kilimanjaro (1997), Cotopaxi & Chimborazo (2001). I have climbed multiple 4,000m peaks in the Alps (‘87/’09/’13/'18/'19) & the USA (‘02/’15), & technical routes on lesser mountains up to AD/D. I have summitted more than 100 Scottish Munro’s & I have ice climbing experience in the UK, USA & Norway. I have completed several multi-day treks including the Torres del Paine circuit in Patagonia (2001), the Haute Route (Chamonix to Zermatt, 2003), the Alta Via Uno (Dolomites, Italy 2018), and the circuit of Triglav (Slovenia, 2019). I am an advanced level alpine skier (skiing annually since 1991), predominantly in USA but also the Alps & Norway. More recently I have become a competent cross-country skier & have started to diversify into ski touring & mountaineering. Following a near 30 year professional career I decided to convert my passion for climbing and extensive experience into a new career. I started work at a climbing wall in 2016 and have since completed additional training to improve my technical and coaching skills. I have accrued over 3000 hours of coaching, both indoors and outdoors, and take real pride in coaching people of all ages reach their goals or overcome their fears.

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Harry Williams

South Wales based. Climbing enthusiast.

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Andy Warmington

Having been involved in Sport over the previous 16 years I have a strong passion for developing people's skills, knowledge and helping them to reach their goals. I run 2 companies: Inclusive Sports Academy & Inclusive Educate. Inclusive Sports predominantly provides Physical Activity provision to Children, Young People & Adults with Learning Disabilities or Learning Difficulties in a range of services and programmes that we offer that helps to improve the self-esteem, confidence and emotional wellbeing of individuals on the programme. Inclusive Educate's main emphasis surrounds ups killing community workers, carers and support workers to be able to upskill their knowledge and build their understanding of how to facilitate Inclusive activity sessions. There is also an emphasis on developing individuals with a learning disability to be able to learn how to plan and deliver activity sessions.

My Mountain Training Story :

Tom Savory

Trainee instructor working towards Mountain Leader qualification (subject to COVID restrictions being lifted) with 3 years hillwalking and climbing experience mainly in North Wales. Additional overseas experience single day hiking in New Zealand and multiday high altitude trekking experience in Nepal and Tanzania. 1st class BSc degree in Sports Science with Outdoor Activities.

My Mountain Training Story :

Frank Phillips

From my Canadian roots, I have retained my passion for fitness. My qualifications supported by education in Fitness Level 2, Group Cycling, and more recently Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy. I am now an active indoor cycling instructor leading 100% occupancy classes frequently the top Group Exercise class in David Lloyd. I have an application approved to break the current Guinness World Record for the longest indoor static cycling class with a team selected to challenge the 27hour record. I will develop my Sports Massage THerapy interests in both amateur and professional sporting arenas. Learner of the Year Lifetime Training 2018 is a cherished accolade. In an industry dominated by talented men and women, I am proud to have achieved my club member following and the respect of my peers . My passion for fitness is now complemented by qualifications that enable me to work in the fitness industry with confidence.

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Stephen Mycroft

Steve is an experienced Mountain Leader both in the UK and Overseas including New Zealand, Cyprus, Belize. Steve is a former Search and Rescue member for 10yrs in New Zealand. Steve's experience and skills have been developed over 30yrs since his love for the outdoors which started when he was a serving member of the Coldstream Guards. Steve is also a trainer & assessor (Gold) for the Duke of Edinburgh Award and has assessed and trained many successful candidates over many years. Steve holds a Diploma in Education & Training and has spent 2yrs teaching outdoor activities in a College environment, his calm and relaxed demeanour have helped him develop many students into keen outdoor enthusiasts. Steve is a Yorkshireman at heart but has lived and travelled for many years around the World. He currently resides in Huddersfield on the edge of the beautiful Peak District. Website is coming soon but if you would like to hire him as a guide / instructor, please get in touch at Peak2mountain@gmail.com.

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Mario Boser

Thank you for visiting my CIMSPA profile. My name is Mario and I have been practising martial arts since 1989. My goal is to inspire and motivate the youth, as well as adults, in becoming more active, make healthier choices, and to share the experience of shaping oneself into a better person each and every day. Physical activity is very important and has not only physiological benefits but it also contributes to social and psychological well-being. It reduces the risk of developing several diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. Besides this, drinking lots of fluids and eating healthy are mandatory for health and fitness. For this reason, I opened this club with British Taekwondo to help my students to achieve their health and fitness goals with martial arts and maintaining the Five Tenets of Taekwondo. Taekwondo4Fitness - Keep it going, work harder and never give up!

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Scott Whitney

I have a background in Sports Therapy, which I followed with a masters degree in Strength and Conditioning. I am passionate about exercise - regardless of whatever preference an individual may have. I have experience working with both amateur and elite level athletes in sports from Rugby to Rowing, and I am currently seeking a role that I can enjoy and excel in within the fitness industry.

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Marguerita Volavola

I have always loved the outdoors. I started taking up hiking in 2012 when I went on a Solo trip to Loch Ness in Scotland. Seven days by the loch and walking part of the great Glen Way. Since than I have trekked up to Pen Y Fan once a year taking different routes each time (my fav is the fan dance route). I have walked Ben Nevis and Snowdon twice and Scafell Pike once. I completed the Ultra 100km Jurassic Coast Challenge in 2019..it was a killer! And this year before lockdown I walked the Great Glen Way from Fort William to Inverness solo. I have also done a lot of countryside hill walks from Malvern hills to mam tor to the black mountains in wales and so forth. I have done one international trek walking the Great Wall of China. I am not a fit person. My pace is slow but I eventually get to my destination and ecstasy.

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Oliver Sanders

Expeditions 8 trips to Greenland , Climbing and paddling , all self contained for a month paddling using kayaks . New routes include new E5 1000m mountain route in NW greenland , Arctic club award for 2 expeditions Nominated for Piolet Dor in 2003 for First Ascent of Super duper couloir in Alaska First ascent of Big wall in Patagonia in 1992 with Twid Turner Louise Thomas and Martin Doyle Worked on almost 100 MCI and WMCI training and assessments since 1992 Member of Arctic Club and on expedition funding panel

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Stephen Rose

I have gained level4 S&c qualification and S&c youth Coach qualification. I’m proud to have gained these awards as the help me in my work to help people suffering with mental Health , and there introduction into exercise. Through my work I was given The Welsh fitness award 2019 , which I’m very proud of.

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Joanna Gregory

I am a professional musical theatre performer in Mary Poppins on the West End. I have danced since I was 3 including at the Royal Ballet School and The Sydney Opera House and have always loved fitness. I am ver passionate about helping others feel good about themselves and get stronger to live a happier and healthier life. I have my Level 3 Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer Qualification and can't wait to explore this new avenue and career.

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Christopher Pryke

My connection with the outdoors started with me joining the Air Training Corps 229 Farnham Squadron when I was 13. We were lucky to have an instructor who had a house in North wales and he took the cadets to North Wales on a regular basis. This led to my doing the D of E award and within the cadets I achieved the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards by the age of 17. I went onto help with gold expeditions on Dartmoor for several yeas after that. After a break whilst work got in the way of fun I came back to the hills and moors with the aim of introducing young people to take the same enjoyment that I did years before. I now spend most of my time out doors either training D of E, Bushcraft or Taking forest school classes. The aim of my future training is to enable me to take groups into the hills and moorland and show them the beauty that surround them.

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Richard Woodhead

I used to teach in a secondary school and have that to thank for a great deal of my recent experiences on the hills of Britain. I started out going to Snowdonia with work colleagues on walking weekends an we would spend Saturdays and Sundays bagging summits. My very first ascent of Snowdon was on a crystal clear day ascending from Rhyd Ddu path and the south ridge to the summit. I will never forget the exhilaration of crossing that ridge and feeling the drop on each side !! From that point onwards I was hooked and my second ascent was to be the north face of Tryfan swiftly followed by a round of the Glyders Fach and Fawr, descending via Devils Kitchen into Llyn Idwal. Since those early heady days I have become involved in youth outdoor activity and have developed my role to the point that I am now a DofE Supervisor and assessor, and hold a terrain 1 permit for hillwalking in the scouts association of which I am an assistant leader. I've done expeditions from bronze through to gold for my school and scout groups in the area and have just taken my second group of Gold Explorers through their expedition in Snowdonia, summiting Snowdon and Glyder Fach along the way ( in the company of a qualified ML by the way!) I completed my ML(s) training at Plas Y Brenin in August 2015 and am currently consolidating my log book to go for assessment in 2017. In October 2017 I gained a deferral on assessment and have spent the last 3 years further consolidating my skills an hill days and I am pleased to say that on 22nd June 2020 I finally achieved Mountain Leader(summer) status with Graham Uney Mountaineering.

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Sue Williams

Regular exercise has always been a big part of my life and I know how the release of endorphins makes you feel good and gives you the energy to get more out of your life. I spent over 20 years building my business career in corporate environments before taking a long career break to be a full-time Mum to my 2 boys in 2008. After lots of soul searching I decided that I wanted to do something that I was passionate about and would be enable me to focus on my own health and help others to experience the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. So at the age of 50 I enrolled on the L2 Gym Instructing course and secured a role in the gym at Burton and South Derbyshire College a few months later. I continued my training to become a L3 Personal Trainer and decided to launch my own business in July2020!

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ciara dickson

I completed my university studies at Edinburgh Napier University (2014-2019), achieving a first class BSc(Hons) Sport and Exercise science as well as an MSc Clinical Exercise Science. Throughout university I had great experience developing my skills and knowledge through both theory based and practical classes. I was very lucky to learn with top of the range facilities and gained a good amount of clinical experience during my studies. I have now began working as a rehab support worker within a reablement facility for vulnerable ageing adults. My role involves working with the clients to improve their independence, well being and confidence through light physical activity that mimics their every day life.

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Andrew Bradley

I first got into climbing (and many other outdoor interests) by growing up in the Scout Association; and as I got older was lucky enough in my latter teens to be surrounded by an active group of climbers - with whom to tag along and further my interest. After a few years of playing around in the Lancashire quarries, and still very much involved in Scouting - at 24 I went in for and achieved my SPA. I have used every opportunity since to try and to provide access to the sport that I have loved for so long, to as many other young people as possible within Scouting. I guess I enjoyed it so much as a child - I'm just trying to give a little something back.

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David Glover

I grew up in the North Yorkshire countryside with a nutured passion for getting into the outdoors for all the physical and mental benefits that come with it. Following personal trips to the mountains and pushing physical boundaries hiking and running I decided to further education with an undergrad in Outdoor Studies BSc. Once I graduated in 2013 I went on to lead outdoor educational journeys in Australia and the UK. To further my qualifications and pursue leadership in experiential educational expeditions I committed to acquiring my ML in 2018. I travel regularly overseas (left UK in 2018 and embarked on a thru-hike of the US along the Pacific Crest Trail. I have a love for long distance hiking and also getting into the mountainous environments around the world! Currently in NZ and trying to keep current with my skills and knowledge in the field.

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Daniel Hynd

Hello there. I have been working in the fitness industry going on Ten years and I have had the pleasure to work with a large variety of people from different cultures and also different physical abilities. I have worked across three different countries as a personal trainer. My clients have ranged from busy professionals, retired and elderly populations to Professional athletes. I have enjoyed the journey so far and I continue to look forward to helping more and more people through the joy of fitness.

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Aaron Harding

I have been in the army for 16 years. I’m currently working towards ML. Achieved the military MLT in 2013. Have done a lot on the Brecon Beacons. I have helped plan an Execute a week Expedition to the Dolomites in Italy. Lived in Cyprus for four years, and worked and walked on the Troodos Mountains. While there I also did a rock climbing skills course. I also re-learned how to scuba dive and have 35 dives. I have skied in Val D’Isere twice and La Plangè, Second time in Val D’Isere was apart of race training and taking part in all the Alpine downhill racing Disciplines. I did the military ML assessment in 2019 but was deferred for not having enough QMDs. I came home from Cyprus at the end of the summer 2019, and in the spring of 2020 started to work at getting the logbook days I require to be successful on the ML assessment, which I’m reattempting in August. And I’m also doing a Mountain First Aid course in July. I am hoping to make a life out of the outdoors when I leave the Army.

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Elliot Fisher

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Gordon Dowling

I work full time as a freelance outdoor instructor. I’m a qualified Winter ML, and also hold qualifications in paddlesports and mountain biking and am a DofE assessor. I also hold a class D bus licence, which allows me to drive any size bus for hire or reward.

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Chloe Martin

I have always been passionate about fitness and wellbeing since back when I was in school. I would join every team and take part in every activity possible whether it be Netball, Cheerleading or any other sport. I regularly attended the gym to develop my knowledge on how to train and reach my goals. I left school in 2015 to go and work in the ‘real world’ and sadly fitness took a back seat. ? I reignited my love for fitness in 2017 when I got myself a Personal Trainer to loose weight to complete a charity skydive! Being able to go on my own journey and share it with my friends and family is what encouraged me to get qualified and help others feel the way I do now! ? I offer personalised online coaching packages designed to specifically meet your needs. Along with online coaching, I offer 1-1 PT sessions at my home or yours, outdoor bootcamps and 7 online classes a week so make sure you pop along and get sweaty!

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Thomas McKee

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. I have worked on a part time basis with Adventure 24/7. I spent the 2019 season in an Instructor Role at Moorland Hall on Dartmoor, where I returned for the 2020 season until lockdown began. Since May I have been able to continue working part time for Adventure 24/7, from July I will be moving onto a full time contract. I will also aim to do some freelance work if the opportunity arises. I am always keen to collaborate, learn and share ideas with other Instructors if you want to get in touch.

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Mark Rhodes

Started Climbing and Walking/Mountaineering in 1996 at School, Completed Bronze Duke of Edinburgh in 1997 and Silver in 1998. Undertook Duke of Edinburghs Awards Gold Expedition with the Somerset Army Cadet Force. Fell in love with the sport, spent many many days at the cliffs at Avon Gorge, Chudleigh Rocks, Dewerstone, Symonds Yat climbing and many many days walking across Dartmoor, Exmoor, Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia and Lake District as well as Scotland in the winter months, even did some climbing and walking in America when on the Camp America programme in 2000. Around 2008 got a bit stale and put on weight (Found Pizza Home Delivery), so have not done much since then, Now its 2020, New Year New Career prospects as a Secondary School Teacher, wanting to retrain, and gain skills and qualifications to be able to take school children climbing and walking in the hills and mountains of the United Kingdom.

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Nathan Bourne

Hi, I'm Nathan. Welcome to my page, I am here to be your dedicated trainer and help you achieve your personal goals. I have an unconventional background, currently working as a finance analyst in the City. However my passion lies in overall healthy living and wellbeing. Let me take your wellbeing goals and turn them into reality! Together we aspire, together we achieve. Please contact me on bournefitness@outlook.com Social media (Instagram): bournefitness_

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Annjanette Saunders

I have successfully started my own Personal Training business, training clients in my own training facilities and latterly also based at Energie Fitness in Northampton, prior to its closure. Prior to that, I had taken a career change from being the Director of Membership Services for the British Psychological Society to become a Personal Trainer. My change in career path has been borne from a love of training. I am a World and European Powerlifting Champion and hold various British, European and World power lifting records. I currently rank in the top 2 Master 2 Female lifters in the United Kingdom and second in the world for push/pull. Whilst my own training is powerlifting based, I deploy varying techniques to support my clients achieving their goals, be that fat loss, bulking, general fitness or performance; and this is for a wide demographic. I am mindful of my client’s needs and goals, and work with them to provide personalized solutions. I enjoy being able help people and see them progress, coupled the confidence it gives them, provides me with a great deal of satisfaction.

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Andrew Exton

Cricket coach working with a range of abilities, from club juniors, county age group players, and university mens cricket. Currently have plans to develop by completing L3 coaching and L4 strength & conditioning qualifications.

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Elizabeth Smith

I've been hillwalking since joining a club at University in 2011. 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 and Loch Mullardoch have been highlights 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've been a teacher for 3 years, and have been passing on my skills and knowledge to young people through DofE. I love spenidng time in the mountains with others, helping them to gain confidence and the skills to go off on their own, which is one of the main reasons I decided to undertake the ML training and assessment schemes. Outside of walking and mountaineering, I love cycling, whether it's touring, big days out, or adventures closer to home.

My Mountain Training Story :

Daniel Anderson

Danny has a strong passion for fitness, including weight lifting and powerlifting. This led Danny to become a loyal member of his local gym, and start working as a PT as part of a great community. A message from Danny to prospective clients: When you are new, it can be overwhelming and difficult knowing exactly what to do, and (just like I did when I first started) you will need guidance as a beginner, especially in the free-weights area. I love personally working towards being healthier, losing weight, building muscle and improving strength, and this something I love helping clients with who are on their own fitness journeys, whatever stage they are at. Whatever your goal is, and whatever motivates you, quality sessions and guidance is what you need, and I am here to help. Everyone is different, with various motivations and goals. I’m flexible and accommodating whether you are a new to it or an established fitness fanatic who needs that extra push or support. Remember, even professional athletes have a trainer. Key Areas (1) Weight lifting (2) Power lifting (3) Circuit training (4) Cardio vascular training (5) Flexibility (6) Mobility

My Mountain Training Story :

Stephen Wilkinson

My sport and fitness story starts at the age of 11 when I joined my local Judo club. That was back in 1971. WHAT? I hear you say. LOL Yes, as I write this article I am 61 years old. I qualified as a PT with Premier Global at the sprightly age of 58 in 2017. After achieving my black belt in Judo at age 17 I moved to Karate which I have actively participated all of my adult life. (My martial arts training spans 50 years) Despite always being involved in martial arts I never for one minute thought of making a career of it. Looking back with hind sight I wish I had. Back when I was training there was no such thing as a Personal Trainer. Since qualifying I still haven't worked as a PT. That said, I haven't waisted the experience gained by doing the PT/Gym instructor course. I believe I have become a better Karate and Tai Chi instructor as I have integrated my knowledge and hopefully I'm generating a fitter group of fighters. My ambition now is to teach Tai Chi and Qigong to as many people as possible and help elderly people lead a more fulfilled life by keeping active. Through surgery referrals again I hope I can assist with the recovery of those that have been through trauma in their life.

My Mountain Training Story :

Zhivko Petrov

My passion for fitness started at a very early age of 11 when I got my first gym membership. My goal back then was to get a bit of muscle to hide the ribs that were visible on my torso. Little did I know that will soon turn into my drive for life. Sixteen years later, at the age of 27, I hardly had more than a couple continues months at a time without performing any kind of physical exercise. From callisthenics, only resisting gravity, through Maui-Thai up to peaks of strength doing powerlifting, I am confident in my expertise of physical exercise. Unfortunately on the way, I have lost my parents from the greatest killers humanity knows up to this day- heart disease and cancer. For which reason, I aspire to make a real philanthropic change in preventative medicine on a bigger scale. I want to spread awareness for the importance of physical exercise and good nutrition as preventative medicine and also for the purpose of peak physical performance and mental health. I have obtained my diplomas just recently last year and am looking forward to establishing my first own group training business. My goals stretch way beyond that, aiming to open my own line of gyms and nutrition supplements shop while raising funds for heart disease and cancer research charities on the way. With all the dedication needed, All yours Zhivko Petrov

My Mountain Training Story :

Simon Mcphee

Since gaining my then, SPA I have worked with a company to get people climbing outside be it trad, sport or bouldering. I have also run numerous abseil events for private clients and even more for charity from urban buildings of every description to rock faces. I have also been asked by friends and members of a mountaineering club which I am Secretary for, to teach them the skills required to get them climbing indoors and outdoors including ropework and rigging top ropes. I love using my skills and my love of all things outdoors to help others get enjoyment and both physical and mental happiness from being outdoors.

My Mountain Training Story :

James Nichols

Outdoor Activities Residential Child Care Worker Dementia Care Worker Learning Disabilities Support Worker Long Distance Trekker

My Mountain Training Story :

Mark Bignell

Ive personally trained in kickboxing for many years and this year I reached 4th Dan Blackbelt in this, for me this was where it started, In 2011 I qualified as a kickboxing instructor under the martial arts instructor program, which is a national training program and register operated by the Cobra Martial Arts Association. Ive ran my own kickboxing club for many years and alongside this Ive always been in to my running, having completed 10k's, 1/2 marathons and the London Marathon in 2016. Last year I qualified as a run leader and co hosted a running club. Both of these functions have been a massive blessing for me and I have been so privileged to have taught and instructed many people. For a long time I have been keen to further my general understanding and knowledge of fitness, so very recently I completed my level 2 fitness instructor course. I have honestly loved the training and filling in the gaps in my knowledge. I plan to continue to grow in this area and further my competency in fitness. This is all part time for me and is being done alongside my main job - which is a Facilities Manager and a world away from this field, which is the thing that makes live worth living for me. May sound a bit much for some, but its genuine! I get immense satisfaction from teaching and instructing in the exercise, fitness and martial arts arenas. Anyway, that's me, its not much but its all progress.

My Mountain Training Story :

Stu Elks

My father was a Mountaineering Instructor and I was whisked off to N.Wales every winter to climb and scramble my way around Snowdonia. I studied Outdoor Education at university in S.Wales and then worked in the Blue Ridge Mountains of N.Carolina for 6 months before joining the Royal Marines in 2006. I was a Mountain Leader before passing selection and then spent 5 years in one of the Special Boat Service's Mountain Troops. When I left the Service I trained to be a teacher and have worked as Director of Outdoor Learning at an independant boarding school in Somerset ever since.

My Mountain Training Story :

Amanda Foley

I’m at the very beginning of my journey to qualify as a Walking leader. My partner and I have enjoyed many walks through varied terrain, many in Europe especially Italy where my family are based. As we approach retirement age we’re wondering if this is something we could do as a part time job and hence the idea of gaining a qualification before approaching walking tour operators


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