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 :

Stephen Flower

Having spent 18 years in the British army I left to start a career offshore in the oil and gas industry and 21 years later I’m still going strong in my offshore role. I completed the NPLQ initially to give me something to do during my field break periods and also as my two children were both competitive swimmers. One of them now waiting for Olympic trials....should the recent lock down be lifted in time. I enjoy the change of pace in the leisure industry scene and have met some amazing people, both lifeguards and general public, some of whom have since becomes firm friends. I have a whole host of medical, occupational health and health & safety qualifications, which I have been able to bring into the local pool and help improve organisation and risk assessment standards and I have also taken some of the NPLQ experience back into my work offshore. Although generally poorly paid and sometimes unrecognised by many for what they do, I have found the lifeguard role to be quite satisfying.

My Mountain Training Story :

Gary Bradley

Psychologist (BSc, PhD), environmental risk & hazard perception, risk communication, performance coaching and behavioural change. Previously a professional musician, engineer & producer. Grew up on Antrim coast/hills. Lived near the Mourne Mountains for 18 yrs. Lot's of walking experience Inc Europe. Some climbing to E1 but Achilles injuries stopped that around 2000. Now concentrating on research and practice in health and performance, lifestyle and behaviour change through and mountain walking, mindfulness & nutrition. Currently waiting to take ML assessment but held up by partial Achilles rupture and covid...

My Mountain Training Story :

Tim Teasdale

• I am a qualified Gym instructor, Personal trainer and have a Diploma in Exercise Referral. I have a B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Risk Management, a Diploma in Health Care and a Certificate in Education. I take referrals directly from a qualified physician or physiotherapist. I have several specialist qualifications relating to clients experiencing serious or complex medical needs these include, cardiac illness, diabetes and obesity, stroke, lung problems and lower back pain. * • Different organisations have different names for my role. I am sometimes known as a Senior Activity and Health Practitioner, an Exercise Referral Instructor (ERI), an Exercise instructor or a Physiotherapy/Technical instructor. Whatever you call me I specialise in working with people who are experiencing illness and help them to move more and feel better. * • I am a full member of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity. I appear on the National Register for Personal Trainers, I am a member of the British Association of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation and I am an associate member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. * • I have been DBS checked and Govt. vetted and can work within service settings, hospitals, clinics, detention facilities, forensic MH units and for LISTX companies without issue. * • 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 centered approach, not the loud sergeant major! My service is not boot camp. Contact me and let’s move towards 'undefeatable'.

My Mountain Training Story :

Adam Connor

If you are considering Personal Training and want to work with someone who has a bit of life experience behind them and will take an empathic approach to helping you reach your goals, then please contact me for a chat and a free no obligation consultation on making your dreams a reality.

My Mountain Training Story :

Benjamin Metcalfe

Hi, I'm Benjamin Metcalfe, I am now 45 and my first experiences of the Great Outdoors began just before I started high school. My father taught at a high school (St Nicholas RC High School, Northwich) as a CDT teacher but was also head of Outdoor pursuits and organised days out and later on weeks away on outward bound trips. I was initially dragged from pillar to post on days out with older kids, Sandstone Trail, Gritstone Trail, Abseiling and Rock climbing at Teggs Nose Quarry, Macclesfield, but there came a point where it stopped being 'dragged around' to asking when the next trip was. From then on I decided I was going to try everything I could and push myself in most outdoor pursuits to see which one floated my boat the most but to be honest, i pretty much loved all of them equally. From Gorge Walking to Caving, Orienteering to Canoeing, Skiing to Rock Climbing or Mountain Biking to Mountain climbing, any outdoor pursuit was game. I currently try to get out as much as is possible with my father (now 71, retired but still agile) doing mostly graded scrambles up whatever Mountain route we plan for next. I now work as a Chemical Plant Operator and take on quite a lot of responsibilities and the requirement to make quick priority decisions in a safe and timely manner to ensure the continued operation of a high hazard (COMAH registered) chemical plant which sits in the middle of a built up area. My plan going forward is to be able to gain my Mountain Leader qualification so that I too like my father can gain the ability to take groups of others out into the Mountains and be able to show others the amazing sights, vistas, fresh air, Trials, tribulations and rewards and maybe open someone else's mind to the great outdoors.

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 lifestyle. Almost 18 years later, at the age of 29, I hardly had more than a couple of continues months at a time without doing any kind of physical exercise. From callisthenics, only resisting gravity, through Maui-Thai, to powerlifting, I am confident in my expertise in physical exercise. Unfortunately on the way, I have lost both of 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 a fully certified and approved member of CIMSPA, looking forward to establishing my first own group training business. My goals stretch way beyond that, aiming to open my own gym's franchise and nutrition supplements shop, along with raising funds for heart disease and cancer research charities on the way. Zhivko Petrov

My Mountain Training Story :

Matthew Jackson

I took up cycling in about 2008 as a way to lose weight before Freshers' week at Uni in Edinburgh. Having mostly failed to do that, I put by bike in a shed for a year or so, but gradually began to ride more and more in the summers and as a way of getting around. After graduating in 2012 I had no idea what I wanted to do, so I worked for a few years as a bike messenger and rickshaw cyclist. Along the way I fell into track cycling by a roundabout process and discovered a talent and a love for it. After a very successful race season in 2015, I lost a bit of motivation and decided to qualify as a coach. Plenty of practice followed - initially helping out at sessions with my club, then helping to deliver a large chunk of Scottish Cycling's winter track program for youth riders in 2017-18 as well as setting up a successful series of roller riding workshops, all while working full time in a bike shop. In the late summer of 2018 I was offered a job as a coach at Lee Valley Velopark in London on the same day the track I learned on was torn down - I actually got the call while standing in its ruins. I took the job with some reluctance due to not really wanting to leave Scotland, but my wife and I moved down and we've been living just North of London ever since. At the Velopark my main focus has been coaching on the Olympic velodrome, but I also lead sessions on our road circuit, BMX track and MTB trails. I've worked with riders of all ages from 2 to 90 and all levels of experience from world medalists to beginners, all the while stacking up a long list of qualifications and CPD. I have had a major part in the redevelopment of our accreditation system for training new riders, campaigned successfully for the greater inclusion of paracyclists and tandem riders within our sessions, developed novel coaching methods and become part of the sprint racing community in London as a participant and a coach.

My Mountain Training Story :

Lee Anderson

My mountain walking really took off in 2015, when I started working at a school and began helping with Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions. My colleagues running the DofE recognised my enthusiasm for the outdoors and suggested I do a BEL course as part of my school CPD. I completed my BEL course between Autumn 2015 and Spring 2016. This gave me a foundation of expedition skills that I have since built upon. By 2019 I was managing the school DofE programme, had gained my ML Award and climbed a number of significant peaks in Europe. In 2017, a cycle tour of Ireland enabled me to quickly complete a 'round' of the Marilyn-Furths, giving me a great variety of experience across the British Isles. I am now excited to be exploring the variety of terrain offered by the Scottish Highlands, and working towards a round of the 282 Munros will guide me to new horizons. Following a trip to Europe in 2019, I returned home with a hunger for climbing and scrambling. I am currently building my experience required for the RCI award and Winter ML Award, as steeping stones towards becoming a Mountaineering Instructor; as I hope to lead groups on rock climbs and scrambles in the future.

My Mountain Training Story :

Stuart Paton

UKC Logbook: https://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/showlog.php?id=147497 I have been having adventures in the outdoors since being able to walk. I was fortunate to have spent much of my childhood exploring the Lake District by ticking off Wainwright's, kayaking and mountain biking. Upon leaving college I decided to pursue my passion for the outdoors by making it my job, since then I have worked in Scotland and Wales working for various outdoor pursuits providers. After a year out in 2018 to travel and climb around the world I now live back in the Lake District working the The Outward Bound Trust on Ullswater . Here I have the freedom to use my MCI to its full potential by leading young people on expeditions, up scrambles and gorges and climbing. I work among an incredibly talented and passionate group of people, I spend as much time as I can helping others develop their own mountain skills. As well as having my own adventures I love nothing more than guiding through or introducing others to their own. I love teaching others others to climb, my first lead was done with an MCI on a rope next to me, this provided a long lasting desire to teach climbing, I get a huge amount of enjoyment out supporting and challenging people to learn and push themselves. In 2021 I created Lake District Mountain Pursuits to provide bespoke guiding, tuition and coaching in rock climbing, mountaineering and hillwalking (lakedistrictmountainpursuits.co.uk). As far as my own adventures go, I am a bit like a dog - just happy to be out! Whether its a chilled day cragging or having an epic in the mountains, rain or shine, easy or climbing at my limit I love being out in the mountains. When the crags are wet I like to spend my time kayaking and canoeing, if the rivers aren't full then time for some mountain biking! See you out there!

My Mountain Training Story :

Mark Reid

I first fell in love with the Yorkshire Dales landscapes when I was 16. This inspired me to go to Lancaster University where I got a 2:1 in Geography. I then worked for various breweries from 1990 till 1997 as an area manager, then gave up my job to write walking books about the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District, Peak District, Northumberland and North York Moors. I've written 17 walking guidebooks. In 2007 I decided to diversify and undertook my Walking Group Leader award, followed by my Mountain Leader (summer) in 2011. Since 2007 I have taken over 12,000 people out walking in the North of England, from map reading courses and NNAS navigation skills courses to walking weekends, wild camping, Yorkshire Three Peaks and corporate team events. I love to share my passion, experience and knowledge with people. Since 1997 I have also walked over 22,000 miles of paths, and counting...

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Tamsin Phelvin

I am a Level 4 qualified Personal Trainer based in Devon. I started 'Personal Best Health & Fitness' 4 years ago and have since gone on to specialise in women's health and fitness undertaking a range of CPD and qualifications in areas such as core and pelvic floor training and supporting pre and post natal clients. I am also particularly interested in exercise for mental health and am qualified in GP exercise referral. These qualifications and training opportunities have helped me to help clients, no matter what their stage in life or their particular barrier to exercise. I am a strong believer in continual professional development and lifelong learning and this benefits both me personally and my clients.

My Mountain Training Story :

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! 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, Swift water and flood Rescue Technician (SRT) and I am DBS Enhanced certified.

My Mountain Training Story :

Graham Gibbons

Currently residing on the doorstep of Swaledale, in the Yorkshire dales i am a keen outdoor enthusiast Kayaking Mountain biking Hill walking, I Started Hill and Mountain from an early age from our family camping trips every year to Fort William , climbed Ben Nevis twice , and surrounding hills? Mountains , Joined the Army in 1993 and have experience of walking many of the hills and Mountains on there Training estates over the years Such as: Brecon Beacons Black Mountains Northumberland, Otterburn Training area the Cheviots Hills, Gairlochhead and surrounding hills, Pentland hills as these where on my doorstep and I was up and over these to work on most days, and I am also a frequent visitor to the lake district, and have did many wainwrights (not them all that's a Goal ) Since being in the Army i have also walked climbed Mountains overseas, Germany, Hartz Mountains,Bavaria, Falkland Islands, Sussex Mountains the Onion , and many of the Battle field tours including Goose Green, Wireless ridge , Tumbledown and the Two sisters. Canada, Adventure Training in BC/Alberta climbed the Rocky mountains in Banff and Jasper National Park, USA, Washington state walked MT Rainier , and walked the hills of Lake Tahoe in California, Kenya, Climbed Mount Kenya up to point lenana summit, Cyprus, climbed/walked up Mt Olympus And the Troodos Mountains, Jordan, Climbed the Jebel Ruhm, Whadi Ruhm so I have experience of hill and mountain walking over the last 28 years , and enjoy it very much.

My Mountain Training Story :

Harriet- Nora Hearle

Currently teaching Les Mills Body Pump, Attack, Grit, Balance, Spin and freestyle circuits at Bannatynes Health Clubs, Everyone Active and Fitness First London. I am looking to add some more permanent classes to my day to day schedule after recently being made redundant from my full-time job due to Covid-19. I have thoroughly enjoyed covering classes for your instructors, when required and wondered if you had any vacancies available. My previous 9 to 5 role in administration was not my desired career, however financially it helped me live comfortably in London. The highlight of my day was leaving the office and getting down the gym to teach and train with members. Assisting them in achieving their fitness goals not only inspires me but gives me the energy and enthusiasm to want to learn more and work in the industry full time. From a young age I have always participated in Sport and had a great interest in Health and Fitness. At high school I studied Physical Education and received GCSE and A-level qualifications. In 2010 I was awarded a Diploma in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Leeds Trinity All Saints University and took part in Coaching Young Children and Core Stability workshops accredited from Sports Coach UK. I am a keen long-distance runner, participating in 10kms and half marathons around central London on a weekly basis. 2 years ago, I returned to live in the UK after five years in Australia and travelling to New Zealand to visit the famous Les Mills Exercise Hub. This has only increased my passion in fitness and health and influenced me to complete an advanced level 3 personal training course at YMCA London. I believe my previous work experience, education history and obsession for all things health and fitness will complement your business.

My Mountain Training Story :

George Draganov

Hi! My name is George Draganov and I am a Level 3 Qualified Personal Trainer. ? I have trained Shotokan Karate for 20 years and hold a 3rd Dan Black Belt. Throughout this time I have trained for strength, conditioning, power, plyometrics and agility to improve my perfomances as an athlete. I believe that by having first hand experience on experimenting various programmes myself I know what can work. I understand that each body is different but I value the effort and commitment required. I can design personalised workout programmes based on science to help my clients meet their goals. I have competed on the England Karate Squad for 15 years achieving various gold and silver medals on the European and National level. I have also competed twice at the World Championships achieving 4th place in Team Kumite in 2014. ? In addition, I have trained Judo for 2 years and Muay Thai for 5 years. ? I specialise in the following: ? Strength & Conditioning Padwork - Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Karate Plyometric and Power training for Martial Arts/MMA Muscle Gain (Hypetrophy) & Muscle Maintenance Fat loss? & Muscle Tone High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Nutrition and Diet

My Mountain Training Story :

Kai Steadman

My name is Kai Steadman. I last qualified on the 19th March 19 and took me a year before taking Personal training serious as a career. It was only December 2020 where i started my own business. I am a I am a young, ambitious and target driven individual and enable All my clients are happy and get what they need. Have not yet achieved any awards as yet but are looking forwarded to progressing my career as a individual as well as a brand. Please feel free to contact me for any enquiries of anything. KAi Steadman

My Mountain Training Story :

James Miller

James Miller (more often called Jim) began his mountaineering as far back as he can remember. His parents always used to take him into the mountains and hills as a child where he would run off ahead and then wait for hours for them to catch up. His passion for the hills and mountains has therefore stemmed from the time he was able to appreciate being in them as a child and admiring the stunning landscape and views. He has climbed some very hard grades in the past but is more relaxed now and instead of wishing to constantly push his limits he seeks to providing training and assistance to others while climbing for the pure joy as opposed to any thrill. You are just as likely to see him cranking up an e4 as your would be seeing him climbing a VD with one of his friends introducing them to the sport for their first ever time. He holds many different Paddlesport, biking, mountain and snow sport qualifications making him a full all year round instructor and able to draw on knowledge from many different coaching angles. To Jim having the awards is about proving that he can do what he loves safely helping others achieve the same. He prefers that people judge him on his personal ability and manner once they get to know him as opposed to what a piece of paper says that he can do. As the piece of paper does not describe him but instead only that which he can do. His favourite climbing experiences would arguably be anything where he is touching the snow or the rock. But if he had to pick then possibly either moving together over three different e1 climbs totalling 1500m of ascent in a day, or putting up a new 1800m climb in one day in Spain which he never put forward for a new ascent so as to limit any individuals doing the route if they are not able for it.

My Mountain Training Story :

Mike Simpson

* Please note - I don't do the DLOG, but my Log Book is digitised and available on request. * After a very young start being taken up mountains in the Lakes by my elder brothers, I was sufficiently inspired to go straight from school into outdoor centre work in Speyside, Scotland. There I was trained to instruct mountain based skills, climbing, field studies, management training, kayaking and canoeing. Back in the old days when there was proper reliable snow, I also did several seasons as a ski instructor, working at Cairngorm, the Lecht and Glencoe. From there I moved to North Wales and worked in an independent outdoor gear shop that operated as a guiding agency, so I kept my hand in instructing and guiding; and added mine exploration and dry slope ski instruction to my repertoire. In the early 90s I moved back to the Lakes, and got a lot more involved in mountaineering again, leading treks in Britain, Europe and Morocco, as well as teaching mountain skills for organisations, schools, individuals and D of E. At the end of 2019 I upped sticks again, and after a month in Nepal, established my base of operations in the South Pennines. Over the years I've picked up the Ski Party Leader, Summer Mountain Leader, Single Pitch Award, Trail Cycle Leader and various paddling awards. I am an Accredited Gold Expedition Assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme and have completed the Winter Mountain Leader Training and International Mountain Leader Summer Training. Just to keep me sharp, I'm embarking on the Local Cave and Mine Leader Assessment Scheme. I'm a member of the Mountain Training Association, the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, Institute for Outdoor Learning, British Caving Association, Austrian Alpine Club and I'm an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation. After jaunts with mountain rescue teams in Scotland, Wales and the Lake District, I am again an active member of Mountain Rescue in the West Yorkshire.

My Mountain Training Story :

Jenny Clarke

I first got into fitness when I was about 17, my brother had convinced me to start running with him and I was soon hooked. Running made me feel free and strong and gave me such a buzz. I then became really fascinated with the human body and how amazing it is. I went on to study at Bath university and received a Bachelor of Science in Health and Fitness. Having had a fractured hip, injured back and HA my fitness journey has not always been easy and recovery is something that I have first hand experience of. Later in my 20's I got more into strength training as I learnt about the incredible benefits and saw the importance of keeping strong joints and bones to prevent injury. With my recovery from HA I also learnt the importance of good nutrition. Recently I decided I wanted to help others on their fitness journeys and last year I trained as a level three personal trainer. I am passionate about helping people to achieve a healthy, balanced lifestyle where they feel at peace and happy with their bodies. I am excited to educate people about how they can take care of themselves with good nutrition and daily movement. I also have a strong passion for strength training and incorporating movement into every day life in order to keep people fit and healthy.

My Mountain Training Story :

Jai Jones

I'm Jai I am from East Sussex and I hold the qualifications CWA (CWI) CWAA (CWIA) LLA. I previously volunteered With The Royal Air Force Air Cadets. where I provided Walking, help to run The DofE awards, and I ran countless indoor climbing sessions as well as running NICAS up to Level 3. I work for an indoor climbing centre in Brighton (Highsports.) my goal in life is to have RCI, ML and MIA. I am always looking for freelance work, so feel free to contact me on jjoutdoorpursuits@outlook.com or 07539203741

My Mountain Training Story :

Adrian Clarke

I am a Principal Education Adviser (Support) in North Yorkshire's School Improvement and Early Years Service. I am the strategic lead for Educational Visits and the Outdoor Learning Service. The Educational Visits Advisory Service provides advice, guidance and training to support proportional management of educational visits, outdoor learning and adventurous activities. We provide advice and training within North Yorkshire and for York, Redcar and Cleveland, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and Salford local authorities as well as Multi-Academy Trusts and single academies across the north of England.

My Mountain Training Story :

Fiona Swan

Fiona enjoys working with individuals to help improve their health and wellbeing. Starting out as a Nordic Walking Instructor in 2010 she has since become a Level 3 Pilates Instructor and Personal Trainer along with a Diploma in GP Exercise Referral and a Level 4 specialist qualification in 'Exercise for Lower Back Pain'. Fiona says, "In all of my work, I really try to keep client focused. It's important to me that my classes fit with what people really need. More now than ever our health and wellbeing is extremely important. I strive to keep abreast of current thinking via continual professional development and aim to deliver my knowledge in an enjoyable and effective way. I really value being part of CIMPSA and being able to update and refresh my knowledge and qualifications as part of a professional network. I really welcome individuals who perhaps haven't exercised for a while come to any of my classes, either Nordic Walking, Pilates or Back Care and just give it a go. What's important, whatever your age, experience or ability is just getting started and making progress over time. As an instructor it's really rewarding to see improvements being made, friendships being forged and people having a better lifestyle as a result." If you would like to discuss and aspect of your physical fitness, please don't hesitate to call. It will be nice to talk to you. Kind regards Fiona

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Paul Cohen

Despite a successful commercial career building, developing and mentoring market leading teams, Paul decided he needed a change, so he did something about it. And if you have found yourself here, you too are probably looking for help to get motivated to change! Having always had a passion for health and fitness, he retrained as a Personal Trainer and Coach and never looked back! Paul found new reward in helping others achieve healthier and happier lifestyles. He has a number of specialisms including Strength Training, Program Design, Body Conditioning using body weight (great if you are concerned about using equipment through the corona virus pandemic), and is continually improving his knowledge with additional qualifications in Youth Fitness, TRX and Functional Movement. Paul is a husband and busy father of 3 as well as being the Chair of the PTA at his children’s school .... if he has time to look after himself then so do you! Paul has also completed multiple marathons and boxed for a number of years.? The secret of health for both body and mind is not to shed a tear for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment, be fit, healthy, happy and do it having fun! If you are looking to:- Lose Weight, Be Fitter, Build Lean Muscle Move Better Get Strong Look Great and Feel Great Then look no further! You will benefit from dedicated one-to-one sessions tailored for you specifically. Your personal training programme will be designed to start from where you are physically today and will be progressive, challenging and fun so you achieve your full health and fitness goals. So come and 'hustle your muscles' with me! ?

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George Marden-Evans

My name is George, I’ve always been into walking in my local area, but have recently starting navigating my routes using map and compass. I am undertaking my summer mountain foundation course soon and am looking at eventually carrying out my MLT. I have completed my DofE when I was younger, but since then haven’t carried out any walking awards. I’m looking forward to beginning this new stage of my life and doing what I enjoy!

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Albert BLATHERWICK

Been swimming since a young age.

My Mountain Training Story :

Alistair Topping

I've been climbing on and off (mostly off) since I was 16. I spent a lot of time in my teens and early 20s in and around the Roaches before moving to Scotland. Ironically, here I did even less climbing than being in Shropshire, however, upon moving to Bristol took climbing up again on a more regular basis. Long story short, despite having several periods of not climbing, largely through having other things to do that are, arguably, more pressing and important, I have since started a business in the outdoor sector focussing on the outdoors and use my MT qualifications and experience to better that business. That business is known as Xtreme Exposures and is an outdoor adventure photography and videography company specialising in imagery for climbers, mountaineers, mountain bikers and runners. Be sure to check us out at the link: https://www.xtremeexposures.com

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Katie Comer

My love of the mountains drew me away from a life chained to a desk, and into the great outdoors, although initially not in a style as orthodox as mountain leading. Having completed my training, I stumbled across Dragoman Overland. This lead to eight years of literally driving across the world, from West to East, leading groups though the majestic Andes, the wild and desolate deserts of Central Asia, the wilds of Africa, the formerly war torn countries of South East Asia, the crazy vibrant colourful madness of India, and beautiful Nepal. With an abundance of experience in leading groups across the world, dealing with issues involving visas, permit problems, medical situations, political unrest, and still mange to ensure that everyone on the trip has a great time - I'm basically a great person to have around when things aren't going to plan! I'm looking forward to taking my current skills forward into the mountain leading environment, and combining it with my personal experiences in the Andes, Alps, Himalayas, Africa and New Zealand Alps. Between my overland contracts I do freelance mountain leading work in the UK. Corona virus has put a firm stop to all of my plans at present, as it has for everyone involved in the industry, so I am using my time to update my log book, something that never seems to be up to date, and to complete some CPD training to improve and strengthen my leadership skills. I am also planning to spend time gaining experience in the Alps and in Scotland to work towards my International ML and Winter ML qualifications while I am restricted to the UK and Europe. Additionally I have begun my climbing qualifications, completing my climbing wall instructor training.

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Eric Potts

Hey everyone. Click the link below to check out my story into fitness and why I am a personal trainer. https://www.teamevex.co.uk/post/what-is-evex

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Yvan Cormier-Scott

I trained to complete a Masters in Osteopathy degree at the British School of Osteopathy in London. After a few years of working self-employed I decided to retrain as a personal trainer to improve my own fitness but also to show clients how to strengthen their musculoskeletal system, improve their mobility and coordination so as to make injury less likely and also to enhance their health, confidence and well-being. Bodyweight training in particular I believe is useful as it requires next to no equipment, and can be used to improve your strength whilst simultaneously losing weight and improving your heart health. I think the health benefits of exercise are commonly known but getting into the habit can be the difficult thing. By showing people a form of exercise which they can practice at home, in the garden or in the park, reduces the possible barriers in terms of not having to exercise in front of people, not having the time to travel to exercise, and not wanting to pay for gym membership. Specialities include : Bodyweight training, working with people with chronic conditions ( including weight management issues, diabetes, stage 1 hypertension, high cholesterol, asthma, COPD, anxiety, depression, arthritis, back pain, and osteoporosis). I train clients currently around North Finchely Parks only due to lockdown restrictions ( however I normally also train clients around Lewisham parks and at The Gym by Lewisham station ). Please to go following link for forms re training ( client contract, health screening, and lifestyle questionnaire forms) : https://wholisticfitness.mypthub.net/3/ Covid-19 measures include only running 1-1 sessions, social distancing throughout sessions, cleaning any equipment used with anti-viral spray before and after each session, and clients to wash their hands with anti-viral handwash provided after using each piece of equipment.

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Nick Rowe

Passing my SPA meant i can help others to get out and get climbing. I worked for Joint Services Mountain Training (JSMTC) for 7 years and took out groups on a weekly basis. Teaching basic climbing courses. Passing my MLT aloud me within the military to take groups of 6 out on the mountains. I love having the ability to get young soldiers out and about, outside their day to day routine. Many of them have never climbed a mountain or climbed outdoors or any climbing before. I get a sense of achievement when a group get to the top of a climb or the top of a mountain. At last i have passed my MLS this allowed me within the military to run summer mountaineering foundation and MLTs this gave me great experience in teaching the rope work and my confidence as an ML grew. During my time so far I have been in a leader and assistant rolls. I have been out to the Swiss Alps on a foundation Alpine course, Climbing in costa Blanca, open boated in Scotland and Wales both kayak and canoe. Well travelled during my time in the Armed Forces. I have now completed my NNAS Tutor Award so keep an eye out for my courses.

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Helen Lloyd Jones

Hello, My story belongs way back in time when I was asked by a friend if I would go with her to an Iyengar style Yoga class. I did. She strained a muscle the following day in a fencing class and nearly fifty years on, I still do yoga. In those days, you were taken aside and asked if you would teach yoga. There weren't any certificates in the early seventies! I was asked if I would start teaching yoga in 1974. Life went on, I ran a yoga club taking a class once a week and had a career. When I retired, I decided I would like to understand why yoga didn't help everyone with back problems. It helped nearly every student I taught but there were two that although they could do the postures continued to suffer from back pain. So I worked towards a Level 4 Back Care qualification, going through Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Exercise and Fitness Gym Instructor. And at last, there were answers to my questions and I had more understanding of how to help an individual who is hoping that yoga will sort his/her lower back pain. You'll see those qualifications elsewhere. What might interest you is the course I have done with the Center for Women's Fitness on Pilates Applications for Pelvic Floor Health and Dysfunction. So many women have problems, it's good to find there are exercises you can do which can help improve your pelvic floor health. At the moment because of Covid I am not teaching. But I hope to be back teaching again before the end of 2021. Stay safe

My Mountain Training Story :

George Raine

I was first enthused by the great outdoors during a sixth form geography field trip to the home of text-book examples of geomorphological processes, Cwm Idwal and Nant Francon. Having never walked on mountains prior to that, I was impressed to say the least. The following year I moved to North Wales to study BSc Geography at Bangor University. Here I spent my weekends walking throughout Snowdonia and whenever the weather was dry, learning to trad climb. While at university we had frequent field trips to the mountains, spurring on my interests of land management, leading to basing my dissertation on Cwm Idwal tourism. The following summer I moved to Ehrwald, a small town in the Austrian Tyrol. On a daily basis I led groups into the surrounding mountains which was greatly beneficial towards group management skills, as well as being very entertaining. After 5 months in Austria, I returned home having realised I wished to lead groups as a living. With enough mountain days logged I completed my Mountain Leader Award with Phill George in March 2018. I worked as a freelance ML primarily on Duke of Edinburgh expeditions in the Chilterns, New Forest, Dartmoor, Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia, and on a Gold expedition to Norway. During the summer of 2019 I worked closely with a European walking holiday company recceing new routes and taking clients on walking days in the Sierra de Tejeda, the Picos de Europa, and the Dolomites. After a few years of freelancing, I completed a PGCE Geography at the University of Oxford. I now attend the University of Exeter to read an MSc in Global Sustainability Solutions.

My Mountain Training Story :

Russell Pankhurst

I started Everybody First Aid and Lifeguard Training in 2020, I became a trainer for the Royal Lifesaving Society in 2000, then went onto become a trainer for the British Red Cross, Devon & Cornwall Police, and the English Rugby Football Union. I've been sharing my knowledge with a wide range of people, believing that everybody deserves to learn first aid. In 2014 my kids became members of their local lifesaving club, where I became the Vic Chairman for the club, delivering training to parents and children within lifesaving and first aid. Everybody First Aid & Lifeguard Training provides an enriched learning environment helping students, with a wide range of learning abilities, for their workplace or prepare them for the next step in their career.

My Mountain Training Story :

Garry Peasland

It's all about getting out into the mountains and enjoying the moment being away from the everyday rat race and forgetting about your daily events and routines. It's about creating great times and great memories with friends and ensuring you all return safely. I'm an all season mountaineer and love the fluidity of scrambling. Winter season brings with it the love of challenging yourself on winter graded climbs - 2-3 being my limit with the appropriate gear. I have traveled to Europe and North America on mountaineering expeditions over the last few years. So where do I go from here, well I have put off attending a Mountain Leadership Training for years and years until I recently went on a 24hr hike for a charity called MIND. I watched and spoke to the Mountain Leaders (Ian Morton) supervising the large group on the MIND hike, and this made me realise that I had something to offer other people from my experiences to help others enjoy the countryside and mountains safely. Many a time I have helped ill-prepared walkers off the mountains, and this has always left me with a great deal of satisfaction. I aim to attain my ML and to build my experiences of ML over the next 5 years by being involved in weekend trips with groups and then see where this takes me. Interestingly, the above passage was wrote in 2019 (it’s now Feb 2021) and I am now a qualified SML. I am really looking forward to the future in helping other people gain access to the mountains in a safe manner and so they can love and enjoy the mountains as much as I do.

My Mountain Training Story :

Cavell Burchell

Ivan was a close friend of my father, but he drowned whilst rescuing two boys whose home made raft sank. It was early spring, the water was cold and bystanders rushed to help the boys up the bank as Ivan supported them, but after recovering the 2nd boy they ‘forgot’ Ivan who being cold and exhausted was unable to get himself out, sank beneath the surface and drowned. Dad became aware of a local lifesaving club and in Ivan’s memory took me along to the pool..it was May 1970. I was not yet 12, the Club were speed training in preparation for a competition, I hated it. But once the event had happened ‘normal’ lifesaving training re-commenced & things improved. At 15 I was a beach lifeguard cadet with West Kent Lifeguards and at 16 a lifeguard. I maintained my voluntary lifeguard activities and started working casually on pool side and this became my summer job for 4 years whist at University and subsequently secondary employment for many more years that. I became involved at Branch level and qualified/was appointed to the highest roles in lifesaving, pool and beach lifeguarding and boat-handling - training 1000’s to pass qualifications and to become TAs in their own right. I have designed and introduced revised award and qualification programmes, reviewed and recommended changes to the governance structure of the Society, chaired a number of committees and mentor others in similar roles. I even once entered the lifesaving qualifiers going on to win an event at the National Lifesaving Championships. After 50 years I remain as passionate about the work of the RLSS as I was when I took my first Bronze Medallion. I sit as a Trustee for both the RLSS (Commonwealth) and RLSS UK and am my local Branch Treasurer. Making a difference, enjoying life-long friendships, having a sense of purpose are all things that lifesaving has given me and I will try to continue to contribute to the work of the Society in whatever way I can and for so long as I am able.

My Mountain Training Story :

Victoria Taylor

I have worked in the outdoor sector since 2004. Graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2007, having completed a BSc in Geography and Outdoor Studies. I worked in a climbing wall and outdoor centres throughout university, which set me up well for a career in the industry. Working for World Challenge Expeditions from 2012 to 2020 has allowed me to work overseas, travelling to remote and far-off places. These developmental expeditions really allowed me to develop my leadership skills. During the first part of my career, I focused on water-based coaching, attaining my Level 3 Kayak Coach, UKC Paddlesport and 4-star Sea Leader. In 2016 I focused my attention and time to develop my land-based knowledge, skills and qualifications. I completed my PGCE (teaching qualification) in Further Education in 2012, later working at South Devon College within the Outdoor Adventure department. My awards have allowed me to access working with a wide range of diverse groups of people. I love helping to support a persons journey to achieve their climbing goals; teaching new information and skills. I love the fact that 1 day is never the same as the next. The people, the environment all make it special and unique. I want to increase female participation in the climbing arena, and will continue to do this through my coaching. I hope to support women transitioning from indoor climbing, into the outdoor world. Climbing can be incredibly empowering and an amazing teaching tool.

My Mountain Training Story :

Lee Magowan

I have 15 years active experience in the adventure outdoor industry. I have extensive experience in planning, organising and delivering expeditions for soldiers and civilians globally. I often deliver foundation and further training on all expeditions either climbing, trekking, navigation, kayaking or mountaineering. I took up regular climbing in 2011 after I was injured in Afghanistan during a kinetic operational tour in 2008 and subsequently had two shoulder operations, the natural remedy was to climb to build strength and conditioning as part of physio. Civilian outdoor Qualifications: MT Mountain Leader MT Rock Climbing Instructor NNAS Tutor for the National Navigation Awards Scheme (NNAS) ( Bronze/Silver) EFAW First Aid - Outdoor Safeguarding L2 BCU level 2 kayak coach and BCU 4 Star BC Core coach White water safety and rescue Military AT qualifications: Globally Joint Service Mountain Expedition Leader (JSMEL) JS Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI) (MP with 2 clients) JS Alpine Klettersteig leader JS Level 2 Kayak coach / 4 Star First Aid - Outdoor WMF / WCF Aspiration to be a Mountaineering and Climbing instructor (MCI) by 2022/3.

My Mountain Training Story :

Felipe Neves

I have been working as a climbing instructor since 2011 and as a paddling instructor since 2017, and I really enjoy both. I love getting people passionate about the outdoors and the overall benefits adventurous sports bring to one’s life. Being SPA qualified I have experience managing groups of young people in the outdoors; choosing appropriate climbing routes and setting up abseiling stations. I am also a keen hiker and mountaineer, having accomplished a few long mountain routes, such as the ‘GR20’ in Corsica and the ‘Tour du Mont Blanc’ in the Alps.

My Mountain Training Story :

Lucy Pearson

I am a qualified Mountain Leader with QTS teaching qualification and an MA in Outdoor and Experiential Learning based in the North Pennines delivering bespoke guided walks and running NNAS navigation courses and ITC Outdoor First Aid. I have over 30 years of walking experience in a variety of geographical areas including Cumbria, Scotland, the Yorkshire Moors and Dales , the Peak and Wales. I enjoy being outdoors and spending time exploring new areas and routes. Everyday is a day of learning. My ML has enabled me to guide groups through the National Park areas and i have had over 20 years been actively involved with the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

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Joanne Hatherley

Jo Hatherley - Pilates Teacher & Exercise Specialist in Chronic Respiratory Disease Jo teaches at various locations in central and north-west London. She is certified through the highly regarded Body Control Pilates. On qualifying she was invited to teach at their central London studio where she continues to teach today and is also one of their supervising teachers, mentoring student teachers through the qualification process. Jo is a highly qualified and experienced teacher, teaching mat, small equipment and Pilates studio equipment. She teaches group classes, 1:1's and duet lessons from beginner through to advanced level, working with special populations from chronic conditions to those looking to improve sporting or dance performance and has worked with the charities Asthma UK, the British Lung Foundation and PoTs UK. Jo has a Level 3 Exercise Referral certification and is a Level 4 exercise specialist in Chronic Respiratory Disease. She is currently training as a Buteyko Breathing Method instructor with Patrick McKeown and hopes to qualify in 2021. The way we breathe affects the whole body and Jo uses breathing strategies to reduce breathing dysfunction, increase performance and to improve general health and wellbeing. Jo is constantly fascinated by the changes that Pilates can bring to all physiques and loves helping clients prevent injuries and regain the quality of life that comes from building a strong, mobile body after injury or illness. Website: www.totalprecisionpilates.com Social media: Total Precision Pilates

My Mountain Training Story :

Tony Broughton

I am very good at supporting people of all ages and backgrounds, supporting people to become healthier and gain more from life is my specialty. Pre-Covid I was supporting three groups / classes of individuals with falls preventive exercise for the over 60's. I have been involved in health, social care and / or fitness all my working years and get great fulfillment myself from the partnerships.

My Mountain Training Story :

James Poole

Hello, the mountains and hills have always been the major focus of my adult life. I have gained so much from what these environments offer and now my focus is on sharing these opportunities with others, if we can educate about and help people build a connection with the world along the way even better. Growing up in Devon I was fortunate to have access to the south coast and Dartmoor but It wasn't until joining the army at 16 as a Royal Engineer that I really got my world opened! Upon leaving the forces I devoted myself to gaining experience working with a diverse range of people from diverse backgrounds. I spent a summer working at the Eden Project in Cornwall as a play/workshop facilitator where I began to understand how we learn. I then decided to start working specifically in the outdoor industry and to gain outdoor qualifications, but always with an eye to how to increase opportunities for those who wouldn't normally get the chance. I completed a traineeship with the Bendrigg Trust, an outdoor centre specifically for those with impairments. After this I worked as the Activities Resident at Camas on the Isle of Mull, an off grid centre offering safe residential experiences and expeditions predominantly to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds/communities. The next phase for me was to move to New Zealand to work with Outward Bound, this has been pivotal to my development. During this time I was surrounded by highly skilled climbers, mountaineers and paddlers where my skills and knowledge improved drastically. Outward Bound NZ also offers fantastic facilitation training to it's staff and I certainly gained from this. In the final year of this contract I was selected to be a duty manager responsible for the day to day running of the centre with up to168 students and 32 instructors as well as support staff. Now I am back in the UK, based in Glasgow working for the Prince's Trust as an outdoor instructor/youth worker and have begun working toward the MCI award.

My Mountain Training Story :

Tim Barnes

Hi I'm Barney. I began my climbing history back in the late 1970's climbing mountains with the Air Training Corps as a Cadet. Our CO was also an avid mountaineer & as such I became a member of the then Clwyd Mountaineering Team & climbed every weekend on Sundays mainly in Snowdonia. This included ice climbing. In 1984 I joined the Royal Marine Commando's & was based in Scotland which inevitably included being on many mountain exercises. I have been to Norway & Finland where I mainly got on with cross country ski-ing. It was during my time in the Commando's that I ascended Snowdon, in 1986 on my brand new yellow Peugeot mountain bike along the Rhyd Ddu path! This actually ended up carrying the damn thing most of the way. The descent was good but it smashed the bearings a bit. From the late 1990s I became an instructor in the industrial rope access world within the London Metropolitan Police which led to the UK annual MRT weekends with Oldham MRT. IN 2013 I became a Rescue Technician for a specialist company & eventually became the Operatio s Manager. In my own time I am in Wales, born & bred in Wales, once a month outdoors plus indoor climbing at Craggy Island or White Spider. I just recently visited the Ratho indoor/outdoor quarry in Edinburgh which was big!! With a group of friends and family I make the annual pilgrimage to Rjukan, Norway for winter hills and ice climbing. I’m currently living in the Brecon Beacons and am a member of the BBCMC. I began my ML(S) training in 2019 & eventually passed my assessment in November 2020. My new journey for ML(W) is hopefully on track March 2021 soon. My MT skills are not just for me, but also so I can support the Adventure Training for the Army Cadets for which I am also, an Adult Instructor.

My Mountain Training Story :

James Monteith

Trailtour I really believe I have enjoyed 99.9% of my routes and have shared a positive and passionate time with my climbing partners and students. In the last couple of years I am only ticking along, so I have a journey of some importance ahead to climb well. This as I put the brain power on for making my business start-up happen. Moving was once always easy on the hill or crag and must have shown as nonchalance. I carried for luck and inspiration my business card as ComeClimbWithMe. This business launched 2001 the day before Foot and Mouth disease and thus was a non-starter. It has though been my background thought for a long time. Along with my appreciation of travel, language and art. I want to represent the Association as a valuable member for my overall skills and experience. Doing other things has finally seen me dip below the famous Guide entry point of any HVS on any day. I had noted that 20 push ups and 10 pull ups the evening before made it likely succeed on any HVS the next day. This is to recalled for testing as a rule of thumb for 2021. Fitness is such a component of route ability despite experience and climbing ability as it cannot be remembered or assumed. I have spent years becoming as adept as I can in the broad sweep of things that I have done at work and leisure in the outdoors. The struggle of diverse work areas (low pay too and unemployment) made the need to live in the holidays large. I have biked Italy through France and back to the UK in 2000, also Italy/France and back for the Cannes Triathlon in 2017. Filling in between were many UK treks on a bike (this is focused on at my site trailtour.online ). Getting to Triathlons I often biked or combined with the train. Largely I have accessed the outdoors by bike and public transport but much due to meeting people or travel alone. I intend to drive more to enable a wider fitness and ability level for myself and potential clients.

My Mountain Training Story :

Ernest Ogunleye

Ernest Ogunleye, MSc, Chartered MCIPD, CPHR, SHRM-SCP, FRGS (www.eonps.org) I have completed youth worker projects for The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, the City of London and the London Borough of Newham. I hold the Queen's Scout Award and have been an assistant leader with scout groups in London and Birmingham. I have worked for the Outward Bound Trust (Aberdovey) as an Outdoor Education Instructor. I have also served as a volunteer Mountain Rescue Team Member on the Aberdfyi/Aberdovey Search and Rescue Team. I have built up a body of advising knowledge and researched various expedition formats. I have also trained and assessed expedition groups. I have been involved with expeditions and/or expedition training in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America and the Caribbean. I also worked for The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation and a significant aspect of this organisation is international expedition work. I am a Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award holder. I am also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) which is another well known authority on expeditions. I was a member of the DHL Everest 40 Anniversary Expedition in 1993 that successfully put the first British female mountaineer on the summit of Mt. Everest. I have worked with clients from the public, private and non-profit sectors. My specialities include: leadership development, corporate development, youth work, project management, education, all aspects of human resources and expedition advising/delivery.

My Mountain Training Story :

Mark Anthony Nugent

Hi all I'm mark ?? I currently live in Edale in the heart of the peaks and work as an instructor for the yha!!! now I'm back in the South East my home town I love everything to do with the mountains!!! And also TRAVELING From mountain days to weasaling ie going up through under and over rocks with groups!!! I would say my top passion is mounting cycling, climbing & trekking through to traveling

My Mountain Training Story :

Stephen Penney

We are passionate about training new fitness instructors in both pole fitness and aerial hoop and helping new and experienced students gain a new level of confidence and knowledge.

My Mountain Training Story :

Christophe Laseur

Hi there! I'm Christophe from the Netherlands (38). When I was 19 years old I fell in love with the mountains of Scotland and the Pyrenees. Wild country! Being there alone did not give me true satisfaction though. After some trekkings, skills courses and working in an outdoor store for several years, I got the opportunity to voluntarily guide mountain treks for the Dutch Friends of Nature Association (www.springreizen.nl). Every new trek and expedition with a group of young people was unforgettable. I saw how physical, natural and social factors changed people, made them stronger, and opened their eyes to nature and the people around them. It was so special that I couldn't resist accompanying several group tours each year. Later I became an instructor of new tourleaders. At age 32 a qualification for Summer Mountain Leader at the Dutch Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (www.nkbv.nl) followed: the quality institution when it comes to climbing and mountaineering in the Netherlands. We Dutch don't have mountains in our backyard, which is why most of our mountain leaders and alpine instructors have gained broad international experience. I have embraced the fact that I love to be in wild and high places, taking people there, showing them what they need to know to be safe and self-reliant and to experience with them the beauty and power of the mountains. The core of my experience is made up of long distance mountain trekkings in mountain regions, which is why I hope to obtain an IML-diploma. I'd like to work parttime as a freelancer and some day run my own business in the Italian Alps. The BAIML is for me the most relevant option. Our Dutch IML-programme is new and not so flexible that it fits with my current job. The BAIML is also the oldest IML-programme so I expect a lot of experience and professionalism from which I can benefit. It also gives me an advantage linguistically towards working with International clients in the future. See you up there!

My Mountain Training Story :

Clifford Goddard

before starting to log my walks i had already completed the wainwrights,starting fell walking in 2007 this took about 3 years and 80 walking days,all the walks that i have said i was leading on i had planned the route and was normally with my partner and or two friends ,i have since completed the wainwrights a second time and also done a lot of walks in snowdon and scotland and past the mountain leader summer assessment ,

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Jack Flower

Hi im Jack Flower and I am training for the British stunt register in order to get onto the stunt register I have chosen to do climbing as one of my skills. to complete this skill I need my RCI qualification I have been climbing for a little over a year (since September 2019) and I am able to climb routes inside levelled at 6c.


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