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 :

Oriana Falcone

My fitness journey began at the age of 13. I found exercise helped me to focus better in every area of my life along with helping to ease daily physical as well as mental stress. After so may years of being a fitness enthusiast and training my own body I decided it was time to gain professional knowledge so I could help others. Today I have been working in the fitness industry for 20 years and still get a thrill out of helping people to reach their physical goals. To get the best out of yourself must feel you can trust your coach to not only understand your needs but also to hold knowledge in how they're going to take you to where you need to go. I have built trust into my business and have gained some wonderful members since starting Falconè Pilates, many of whom have been with me for over a decade. I sam still passionate about learning and staying on top my fitness knowledge so I can continue to provied a quality service and for my current and new PT client's and Group class members. Please come and take a look at out new website (link in profile): www.falconepilates.com Experience that comes from working with so many people motivated me to give a wider range of services beyond online personal training and classes through making available courses on our website at falconepilates.com. My awards reflect my versatility in coaching everything from Combat style classes to Pilates with more in between. I relish working with people and helping them either rediscover, or discover for them first time their true capabilities, which for all of us is endless; all we sometimes need is a just little push from a pro!

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Paul Brighouse

Dedicated paraclimbing instructor. Started a charity (Adventures Await) to start kids paraclimbing sessions when I worked at Rock Over Climbing in Manchester. I still work these sessions. Founding member of ParaclimbingUK, a new (2022) charity to be a voice and funder if Paraclimbing in the UK. Not the world's best climber, but hundreds of hours experience in belaying at a high ropes centre and climbing centres. Body designing for belaying not climbing!

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Tank Green

I genuinely love exercise and always have. I love exercise because I love moving. I love moving because of the joyful energy it brings my heart and body, and the quietness it brings to my mind. Somehow, by getting out of my (incredibly noisy) head and into my body, I’m able to process difficult thoughts and feelings easier. Since moving is my happy thing, and gyms are my happy places, I figured I’d retrain as a Personal Trainer and help you discover the healing power of movement. Whilst I have always been somewhat athletic (read: tomboy), I started taking my fitness more seriously in my early 30s. As every woman over that age knows, our metabolisms start to change at that point and we have to work harder to keep certain things we took for granted until then. It was through taking my physical wellbeing more seriously that I discovered the unexpected benefits to my emotional and psychological wellbeing. Everyone says that exercise is good for your mental health, but let me tell you – it’s profoundly liberating and uplifting to feel it over the long-term. This is why I call my approach Balanced Training, because I help you (re)create balance in your body, heart, and mind through exercise and physical activity. Over the years I’ve been a crossfitter, a cyclist, practised Muay Thai, been a runner, practised Taekwon-do, practised yoga, boxed, been a powerlifter, a hill walker, a swimmer, a dancer, a surfer, and so on. My current passion is callisthenics. My best advice is try all of the moving things and stick with the one you love until it’s time to move on to the next. Let me help you develop the confidence to play around with sports and exercise until you find the one that fits.

My Mountain Training Story :

Anna D'Agostino

I have been teaching Pilates at all levels in gyms, community venues and on a one-to-ne basis in London for over six years and my enthusiasm for this discipline has not changed. My clients always comment to me about how their improved strength, flexibility and posture. I find this very rewarding and a great motivator to continue teaching. I also teach a Supple/Strength class, a blend of Yoga and Pilates that helps less experienced clients to improve their fitness in a gentler way. I am happy to be contacted for individual and/or group classes. Besides, my other area of work is mental health. I am a qualified professional facilitator of the Mental Health First Aid course. I can deliver the course online over 2 days (but there is flexibility), to groups of at least 8 people. It is extremely useful, as it teaches people how to provide support on a 'first aid' basis to anyone experiencing a mental health issue, before professional help is given. Anyone can join because no qualification is required and charges could be negotiated. I am very happy to be contacted by any business, voluntary organisation or other group to discuss the details.

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jonathan white

I learnt to climb and work in the mountains of Wales when I lived in Sutton Coldfield. Most weekends were spent in Capel Curig and I was fortunate enough to attend the winter mountaineering course run from Marle Hall in North Wales. I also learnt how to canoe as an assistant instructor at PGL Holidays. My holidays were spent at Sjovegan, Troms District of Norway where I worked on a farm in the summer and left a few weeks after the snow arrived. I was taught to ski by a Norwegian Farmer. This formed the basis of my being accepted as an outdoor pursuits instructor in Settle, North Yorkshire where I worked at the Yorkshire Dales Adventure Centre. Whilst here I learnt how to cave and was a member of the Cave Rescue Organisation. Just after leaving as an outdoor pursuits instructor where I has taught, expedition skills, Canoeing, Climbing and Caving I joined the Army Reserve and was used to teach canoeing and sailing. I had learnt sailing when I moved from Settle. My focus now became the military and I spent many years on exercises all over the whorl in some quite remote areas. During thsi time I became a sub aqua diving instructor and am now an advanced instructor, advanced diver, boat handler, radio user and marine navigation who teaches at County level. I now belong to a youth organisation and they require formal qualifications rather than over 40 years experience so I must start with basic hill walking. SO if you want to know what its like to be on your own about 200 miles above the artic circle, on skis and meet a herd of reindeer in minus 20 then do get in touch and ill tell you.

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My Mountain Training Story :

William Oswald

-DofE assessor and supervising with 2 years experience leading and instructing teams across Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Cotswolds, Brecon Beacons and Dartmoor. -First Aid trained (lvl 3 outdoor first aid) -Eryri Park ambassador

My Mountain Training Story :

David Hanley

I have climbed all over the world for nearly 40 years. A visit to Harrison's Rocks with a scout group when I was 13 got me instantly hooked and I've been doing it ever since. Climbing has been THE constant in my life, regardless of where I have lived, or the temporary distraction of other sports! I've been SPSA (RCI) qualified since 1996, and a British Mountaineering Council (BMC) member for over 20 years. More recently I've consolidated my instructor and coaching qualifications, achieving the CWDI (indoor leading) award in Dec. 2017 and Foundation Coach accreditation in Dec. 2019. I am also a full member of the Mountain Training Association (no. 42888). On rock, I lead trad, single & multi-pitch routes up to E1 grade and sport climbs to French 6b. My mountaineering exploits have taken me to six of the seven continents, and I've reached the highest point on three of those. I've climbed technical, alpine routes on multiple 4,000m peaks in the Alps & in the USA and I have extensive ice climbing experience in the UK, USA & Norway. I have completed several multi-day treks in the Alps, the Andes & in New Zealand and I have summited more than 100 Scottish Munro's, although I've probably only had a view from the top of thirty or so of those! I've completed multiple Via Ferrata routes in the Swiss Alps & Italian Dolomites up to D grade. I'm also an accomplished alpine skier, and have recently been diversifying into cross-country skiing and ski touring / mountaineering. Anything to be in the mountains! As of May 2022, I have accrued more than 3,100 hours of both indoor and outdoor climbing coaching, and I take real pride in helping people of all ages reach their goals or overcome their fears.

My Mountain Training Story :

Tyrone Sutherland

I am a qualified Personal Trainer, Fitness and Martial Arts Instructor with over 30 years experience in the Health and Fitness Industry. I am a highly enthusiastic and motivated individual, with wide experience working with a diverse range of people with different ages, abilities, backgrounds and cultures. I currently provide both personalised tuition on an individual basis as well as teaching in a class environment. I am Chief Instructor of the Sendo-Ryu Martial Arts Association and have a variety of Martial Arts, Health & Fitness classes in the Luton and Milton Keynes area. I am an ARNI ASSOCIATE qualified Stroke Rehabilitation Instructor. I worked for the Stroke Association for 10 years as an Information Advice Support Co-Ordinator and Stroke Rehabilitation Instructor. I hold a number of Exercise, Fitness and Martial Arts Qualifications including: Sports and Recreational Diploma, City & Guilds NVQ Level 2 & 3 Wright Foundation GP Exercise Referral Programme Consultant ARNI (Action for Rehabilitation from Neurological Injury) Stroke Rehabilitation Instructor - Level 4 Highfield Qualifications Level 2 Award for Door Supervisors in the Private Security Industry FIT2FITE Bonze Level Instructor BAWLA Weight Training Instructors Certificate English Karate Federation EKF 7th Dan Black Belt Chief Instructor of Sendo-Ryu Martial Arts Association 7th Dan Black Belt Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Instructor First Aid Emergency At Work Course Certificate My Teaching Specialities include: Circuit and Weight Training Cardiovascular Conditioning Flexibility and Stretching Improvement Health and Nutrition Stroke Rehabilitation Tai Chi Chuan Self Defence and Kickboxing Personal Safety Classes Traditional Karate including Street Self Defence and Weapons

My Mountain Training Story :

Anita Yiannoullou

I trained as a Pilates Teacher in 2001, since then have worked mainly within the North London Community to deliver inclusive and accessible martial art based physical activity for people of all ages and abilities. My background is in B2B marketing and comms and board consultancy, my experience includes: building successful teams, developing CPD materials/programmes, project management and partnerships development. Since 2003 I have been the Director of Sanjuro Training Systems, providing accessible physical activity classes that lead to personal and professional development opportunities. Within our classes, retention is very high as we focus on the client needs. As a result we have been recognised many times over the years with a variety of local and national awards. Listening to our clients has been key and led to the development of a variety of products and services which you can find out more about here: https://www.sanjuromartialarts.com https://www.inclusivefitnesscoach.co.uk https://www.fitt-in.co.uk

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Sam Simpson

I work for an outdoor centre in the Peak District and deliver many different activities. Some memorable experiences have included climbing the Peuterey Integrale and the Red Pillar of the Brouilliard to the top of Mont Blanc, the Nose on El Capitan, Sheer Lunacy in Zion, climbing at Fairhead and enjoying many seasons exploring the wonderful granite routes in Chamonix. I have lots of experience of climbing in the Alpine environment but I particularly enjoy the rock elements and big mixed ridges. I have managed to climb many 4000 metre peaks in the Alps including Aiguille Verte via the Grand Montets ridge being my favourite. Gritstone always provides great joy with routes like Calvary and Requiem being among the best routes I have ever done.

My Mountain Training Story :

James Hage

I got into climbing (very late) through Scouting thanks to a couple of friends. I'm a very casual climber due to time commitments from other things, but do enjoy going out, supporting other Scouts and also going and learning new experiences. Never done any awards like NICAS but always willing (and love) to learn. Currently hold an Artificial Top Rope Leadership permit and Terrain 1 Permit for Scouts to support the DofE awards. Completed the ICA in 2019. Completed the ERCA High Ropes Course in May 2022. Also love to ski, holding the European Bronze (ESF) 3 Star Award, which I thought was just a basic award but turns out is a bit closer to UK instructor. I also like to Scuba Dive, being a BSAC Sports Diver, and have just completed my Countryside Leader Award for hill walking through Nottinghamshire County Council (Walking log kept separate)

My Mountain Training Story :

Andrew Meah

Hi, my name is Andy. My passion for health and fitness came from my own experiences of struggling with weight management which began from being a child. Around 7 years ago, I had an accident at work and fractured my ankle, so had to spend a lot of time resting to recover. During this time, I gained more weight which became a problem as I used to train and teach karate. During training, I began to have knee pain and I knew this was due to me being too heavy for my frame. This is where my fitness journey began. I started like most people, with home work-out DVDs, then the gym, but nothing much was happening because yes, I was exercising, but my habits had not changed with regards to drinking and eating. Once I accepted that I needed to make a lifestyle change, everything else started to improve, not only my body but my mindset and my health. I became more confident, more focused and happier. The passion I felt for fitness from my own fitness journey inspired me to go on and train to become a personal trainer. I now want to work and help guide you on your own personal fitness journey to achieve your health and fitness goals.

My Mountain Training Story :

Sharon Leedell

I have been a lifelong fell walker, having been introduced to the outdoors by my parents - we went to the Peak District every weekend and even completed the Pennine Way when I was 6! It has long been a dream of mine to work in the mountains and I began to realise this could actually work whilst doing my Mountain Leader training course in 2019. The weather was superb and I knew I was definitely doing the right thing. Like many people taking the award, I was deferred on steep ground and navigation and felt crushed. However, I was determined to succeed and so I picked myself up, tweaked my skills and corrected my mistakes by attending the brilliant masterclasses of Chris Ensoll (which were delayed by Covid), and I re-took the deferred parts of my assessment in November 2021 which I passed! During lockdown 2020, I wrote some books detailing big-dog friendly walks which I wanted to incorporate into my new business. I'm thrilled to have now started my business which specialises in scramble-free walks here in the Lakes! I'm also offering special routes for big dog owners, basic navigation days and confidence days for ladies especially, who would like to feel more confident about walking alone in the fells. I hope my customers will enjoy the sights, sounds and wildness of the Lakes as much as I do! I think it is great that the Mountain Training syllabus gives some perspective on what is expected and what leaders need to know and the practical, hands-on aspect of the course is so much better than sitting in a classroom looking at spreadsheets! If you are reading this wondering whether you should do this - definitely go for it! You won't know unless you try! ;)

My Mountain Training Story :

Benjamin Halford

I have spent 5 years in the Cadet Forces and progressed through all stage D of E, and a number of personal outdoor walking activities. I have completed several group and solo camps both in civilian environments and wild country. Having worked with young people between the ages of 12 and 19 I am looking to continue my journey of helping other to experience the great outdoors and appreciate the different environments and place around the UK and Europe.

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Elena-Florentina Enea

Name: Elena Florentina Enea Email: elenaflorentinaenea@yahoo.co.uk Mobile No: +447554441549 Objective To be a personal trainer, where I can make use of my wide expertise in personalised workouts, diet plans, and other training sessions based on costumes needs. Educational Qualification: 20/05/2022 Transcend Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training; 05/08/2021 EREPS Fitness Instructor EQF Level 3 26/07/21-Personal Trainer-Level-4 Masterclass International Association -Romania; 01/07/21-Personal Trainer-Level-3 Masterclass International Association -Romania; 10/06/21-Personal Trainer-Level-2 Masterclass International Association-Romania; 27/032017-Personal Trainer-Level 4-Advanced Masterclass International Association-Romania; 18 Sept 2005- Bachelor of Science in Personal Fitness Coaching Buxton University – United Kingdom Trainings & Certifications: 17Sept 2020 QA Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work 25 Jan 2010: CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION- CPR/AED - Professional Rescuer & healthcare provider and first Aid by American Red Cross - Strength Training Level 2 , Program Variables and Program - Design High Intensity Training (HIT), and Flexibility UK Work Exposure: Sept 2020-Present Personal Trainer - Self Employed Romania Work Exposure: Jan 2015-Sep 2020 Personal Trainer– Self Employed UAE Work exposure: ABU DHABI COUNTRY CLUB - Fitness Trainer (30 May 2011 – November 2014) AL QUDRA SPORTS MANAGEMENT - Fitness Trainer (04 December 2008 - 11 October 2010) SPINNEYS - Lifeguard – (March 2008 - 4 December 2008) EMIRATES PALACE HOTEL - Fitness Instructor Representative (June 2006 – Dec 2006) EVE FITNESS CENTER - Professional Trainer (Sept. 2004 – April 2006) SPINNEYS - Life Guard (June 2003 – June 2006) SHERATON HOTEL RESORT & TOWERS - Activity Coordinator (Jan. 2001 – June 2003) Languages English (fluent), Romanian (native), Arabic (fair) Personal Details: Date of Birth: 15 March 1979 Nationality: Romanian

My Mountain Training Story :

Christine Turner

I consider myself extremely fit as not only being a walker, I am also a Sea Kayak Leader and regularly lead groups on paddles on the sea. I also cycle and am a Cycle England cycle leader for cycle trips. I also swim regularly. I have also just embarked on the Dartmoor 365, and have completed a number of squares already. I enjoy leading and get a real buzz from seeing someone enjoy themselves or go into areas that are totally new to them. I have applied to be a Hill & Moorland guided walker and to this end, I will complete the Lowland Leader training course/assessment and then progress onto the Hill & Moorland training course/assessment.

My Mountain Training Story :

Mark Denvir

I have always loved sport and exercise! I grew up in Canada playing ice hockey like most kids and was also a soccer coach. While with the Calgary Fire Department, I was part of the training academy team involved in fitness training for new recruits. It was at this time that I was also introduced to Crossfit as one of our colleagues was a high level competitor at the time. I returned home to the UK and have stayed active as a fitness instructor and nutrition coach on the side from my main job, working offshore. Now, as a 46 year old grandfather, I am keen to follow my passion and pursue a full time career in the fitness industry.

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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 assessment and passed 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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Patrick Shapland

Love mountain biking, kayaking and sailing.

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Andrew Wilson

I am a passionate, experienced and qualified outdoor professionaI with a particular emphasis on delivering and supporting the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. I have been teaching for 10 years and during this time have set up, managed and supervised the DofE Award programme in several schools and organisations. The Mountain Leader Award has allowed me to deliver and support all levels of the DofE award. I am currently working in a secondary school as a DofE Coordinator and can supervise and assess Bronze, Silver and Gold Expeditions. The Mountain Leader Award has enabled me to teach and develop navigation and hill walking skills with young people and adults alike in order to allow them to enjoy the great outdoors for themselves. I have the NNAS Tutor award at Bronze and Silver level and the Paddlesport Instructor and Leader award.

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Antony McCabe

I have lived my life on the edge of the pennines, walking regularly on the moors from an early age.I love the natural beauty of the moorland, together with the industrial features of the reservoirs now mainly unused providing habitat for the animals of the region, and recreation for our people. I enjoy the mountains, having spent a great deal of time walking in Scotland, Lake District, North Wales, and the Peak District. This love and passion for the outdoors is something to share, I have run many expeditions for schools for general outdoor education and for. DofE expeditions. I love to take young people into the environment and help them understand about how it works, and how to responsibly find your way around whilst having fun. I have a very strong belief in the Duke of Edinburgh award. The impact it has on young people is phenomenal. Especially young people who find it difficult to relate to the academic side of life. It teaches new skills, which engage with the key skills and attributes needed for life including planning, teamwork, maths, physical fitness, communication, health and wellbeing. I strive to help develop people to complete the award, and to increase the capacity and capability within young people and staff to deliver the benefits to a wider audience. It is my strong belief that every young person should have the opportunity to complete their award, and this can only be done by increasing the capacity within organisations to deliver all aspects including the residential and expeditions. I use my mountain leader qualification to lead and teach young people to enjoy the outdoors, and I carry out Lowland Leader courses to help develop the capacity to deliver more opportunities to the young people.

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Julian Goode

I'm Julian Goode - owner of Goode Walks, based in Brentwood in Essex. I've been walking, hiking, and climbing hills and mountains since family holidays in Snowdonia, Scotland and the Lake District way back as a teenager - and have spent as much time as possible in the outdoors for pleasure over the past 25 years. It was only having been diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2019 that I discovered Mountain Training and considered the possibility of a complete career change - after 30 years working as a journalist and digital media consultant - and starting a new business as a walking leader. I set about plans for Goode Walks during my treatment, and was able to qualify as a Lowland Leader in summer 2021. My mission is to help everyone possible to enjoy the great outdoors - leading guided tailored walks & hikes for individuals and groups of all kinds in the Essex countryside, as well as Suffolk, Hertfordshire, London, and right across the south east and East Anglia; including health and fitness walks; well-being and mental health walks; corporate walks, challenges, team bonding and netwalking for businesses, their staff and clients; map skills walks; and a variety of nature, climate (I am a trained Climate Reality Project leader) & environmental walks. I am Outdoor First Aid trained, a Mental Health First Aider, and also a a certified Leave No Trace Trainer - qualified to provide Awareness Workshops on The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace minimum impact practices for anyone visiting the outdoors to organisations such as schools or as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. And I am awaiting my Camping Leader assessment in summer 2022, to then lead groups on multi-day camping walking, hiking & backpacking trips, and teach campcraft activities - and my Mountain Training Hill & Moorland Leader training in the summer as well.

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Alex Thurstans

Starting with cadets and ten tors when I was 13 moving on to a public services course at collage and a foundation degree in outdoor adventures activities in 2012. I built up an appetite for learning and adventure that would lead me to employment as a multi activity outdoor instructor. I have gained qualifications in kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing and mountain biking, currently I am working towards my hill and moorland leader assessment and would like to progress to become a winter mountain leader. Outdoor adventure is a key part of my hobby's, memorable expeditions I have organized and led include climbing in the Peak District in winter, Ben Nevis in winter and the summit of Mont Blanc without a guide. I am always planning and training for the future, currently I am organising two expeditions including Climbing Ben Nevis in winter and Morocco climbing in the high Atlas in winter. One day I would like to trek to Everest base camp and become a member of Dartmoor search and rescue. Any opportunity to experience something new and improve on or use my outdoor skills for the benefit of others I will endeavour to pursue without hesitation.

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Barry Eggleton

HML qualified. I primarily use my award accompanying cadets, DofE & Ten Tors participants in the hills. When not with with these groups, I can often found in the hills and mountains guiding/ passing on my hill knowledge with friends and colleagues. Ultra/ Trail/ barefoot runner, adventure endurance athlete and I participate Military Test Marches. i.e. orienteering, carrying heavy loads, at speed in the hills and mountains. Part way through MLT.

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Alistair Kirk

Like many I started my passion for the 'big outdoors' through the Army. I did a military course in 2001 that hooked me until present day on being in the mountains. Since then I have completed through the military my ML training in Scotland at Ballachullish, JSMEL (ML summer) in North wales, rock climbing proficiency and rock leader training in Cyprus, my rock climbing supervisors refresher course in Bavaria and Alpine mountaineering foundation course in the Swiss Alps, summiting a number of 4000m plus peaks. I have taken part in a number of overseas expeditions with the military. In 2004 I spent three weeks in Kenya and Tanzania climbing Mt Kenya and Mt Kilimanjaro respectively, summiting both. I have also co-led a expedition in 2014 to the GR20, 2015 to Everest base camp and 2017 on the Monte Rosa circuit in the Italian Alps. I have also planned and ran a number of smaller unit level UK based adventurous training activities. I wish to continue using the military system to gain further experience and work towards my Level 3 coaching and mentoring BTEC award, working up towards completing my MCI before leaving the forces (circa 2028) and setting up as a freelance instructor. I love being in the outdoors and want to be in a fortunate position where by I can influence people from all walks of life and backgrounds and introduce them to a fantastic environment in a safe manner.

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Edward A Brown

Climbing Coach & Mountain Leader 10 years' industry experience Based in the north-west

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James Gibson

Army Commando A and E Nurse Army Captain CFR Volunteer Hill Walking Ultra Running Climbing Passsionate about the outdoors, challenging myself and others.

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Caroline Larkman

My dad started me hill-walking when I was 6yrs old when he was posted to Wiltshire with the Navy and we would head to the Brecon Beacons on weekends. It sparked a love for the outdoors and a goal of being able to travel as many ways as possible by land or on water so that I would always be able to get out and do something no matter where I was or what the conditions! Mountains are my first love though, and I firmly believe that Scottish ones are the best in the world!! I've been doing the munros on and off since my teens, with breaks when I focused more on scrambling and ridges, sea-kayaking completing the Wainrights, or on learning to climb. Having repeated a lot of the favourites eg Glencoe I'm now trying to finish them (73 to go!). I would like to progress my knowledge and improve the areas where I am less skilled and then hopefully pass my summer ML.

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Thomas Loughlin

I started climbing in 2007 when a family friend took me out to Milestone Buttress on Tryfan. In a way I served a traditional apprenticeship: seconding single and multi-pitch climbs before gradually gaining the confidence to climb on the sharp end. My focus in the early years was very much on trad climbing and due to a family connection I spent most of time climbing in North Wales: the Moelwynion and Tremadog were quite local so I spent a fair amount of time climbing there and also explored some of the classics in the Ogwen valley, the Llanberis slate quarries and onto the seacliffs of Gogarth. I was climbing VS-HVS fairly consistently and pushing into E1 and E2 on the slate especially, where the thin technical style suited my strengths and temperament. However, I witnessed a fatal accident on one trip to the Moelwyns and this changed my outlook on climbing for a while. From 2011 my circle of close friends and I gravitated towards bouldering, where we could hone our technique and physical abilities without the concern of worrying about gear and ropes. This journey took me to some amazing boulders and crags which became like old friends: Nesscliffe, Tanygrisiau, Sheep Pen, Llanberis and some esoteric climbing on a local bypass bridge were all important scenes for my development. My climbing competence progressed, from a base of around Font 6A to a consistent level of Font 7A. My life took another turn in 2014 when I met my future wife - two kids and a full time job certainly narrowed the scope for climbing, as did a move to the rock-poverty of Cheltenham! However, discovering the great climbing at Biblins and the esoterica of the Forest of Dean has actually been quite liberating and some focused training on the Beastmaker allowed me to make a quick ascent of my first 7B in 2021. My focus is now on gaining the skills and competencies to share my love of climbing with the next generation, as it is a truly beautiful pursuit that can change one's life.

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Kevin Williams

My experience comes from over 20 years of walking in the mountains of North Wales and has led to me working as a volunteer warden on Snowdon since 2019. That experience has led to me wanting to pursue a career in the outdoors, the first step of which was completing my Mountain Leader training in Oct 2021.

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John Robinson

I am currently working with mental health and well-being groups and disadvantaged groups to share the amazing capacity of nature and activity to de-stress and take a break from our internal strife. And, in the process develop independence to continue enjoying these spaces and activities into the future. Having been formaly diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and recurring depressive episodes in 2020, fell-running, mountaineering and climbing have been core to maintinaing my mental health. The cognitively demanding nature of these activities helps create a clear headspace through which issues can be externalised. These outdoor activities also have incredibly inclusive and welcoming communities, which has allowed me to form meaningful relationships and help others to acheive their own goals. The award training pathways have provided meaningful goals and milestones at a larger scale that has helped to spur on my psyche when I don't feel strong on and off the wall.

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Daniel Hutchins

I'm a Postman. I joined Royal Mail in 2014 with lots of walking on frontline delivery, having worked in mostly rural areas. Championing the pandemic as an essential key worker. I've recently qualified as a MTUK Lowland Leader from the walking awards. 2022. I'm also a former UK Armed Forces Infantry Soldier (Reserves). Part of 3rd Battilion PWRR 2014, 4th Battalion PWRR 2016-2022. With a year attached to a SF unit in 2016 - I frequently trained in the Brecon Beacons/Black Mountains areas during this time, practicing land navigation and map reading at pace. Previous to this I was on a MTUK ML (s) night nav defferral. Worked with High Sports as a senior climbing instructor. Started in 2010 and at that time they were Europes largest provider of indoor climbing. I facilitate a climbing wall at a private school and run their junior climbing clubs with my CWA/CWAA. This was originally on behalf of a large overseas expeditions group in 2014, but since 2016 the baton was passed into my care which I’ve taken on in a self-employed capacity. The site is now NICAS accredited and I am the Course Director for this. I have my own Instructor/Leader/Coach Public Liability Insurance. I lived in Snowdonia between 2009-2011. I was an RAF Air Cadets instructor between 2007-2013 where my teaching in Adventurous Training, Rock Climbing and Mountaineering began. Here I completed my Sports Leaders UK Level 2 Award in Basic Expedition Leadership, providing high-quality expedition training to cadets as I myself had once received. I first went rock climbing at the age of 14 on Southern Sandstone in Kent while attending a Crowborough summer AT camp with the Air Cadets. I also completed a glider flying scholarship around this age, many years before I could legally learn to drive. I've always loved heights while being as equally terrified of them. Currently preparing for MTUK CWLA (CWDI) assessment.

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Jack Ella

I have been an Activity Instructor in Outdoor Education for over 5 years, leading ropes and land based session for children aged 7-18 as well as training staff to be able to deliver high quality sessions to the same age range. In my time working in the industry, I have gained a great knowledge of different rope sessions, climbing and safety equipment as well as a range of inclusivity kit and techniques for outdoor activities. I am looking to work on my personal climbing skills, share my passion and knowledge for climbing with young people and anyone else who wants to get into climbing.

My Mountain Training Story :

Eurion Brown

I've loved the sense of independence/adventure carrying all your kit on your back and walking wherever you wanted brings from a very early age, mainly in and around the lowland and coastal areas of South Wales. Early 20s, spent 18 months tramping the wilderness on multi-day expeditions in the mountain regions of the North and South Islands of New Zealand and central Australian outback. Returned to the UK wanting to continue with outdoor walking. Joining what was then Bridgend Mountain Rescue Team now The Western Beacons Search and Rescue Team. I spent 10 years with the team learning mountain first aid, search and rescue techniques and navigation mostly in poor visibility, at night or in torrential rain! To this day these skills have stayed with me. The team, although based in the Brecon Beacons would also travel regularly to other areas of Wales, training in the wilds of Mid Wales and in the North Wales rocky mountains. We often provided safety cover for mountain running events. Through my association with the team, I was introduced to the KIMM (Karrimor International Mountain Marathon) which I completed a number of times - developing and honing micro navigation skills often in poor weather over rough, challenging terrain. I moved into sea kayaking, particularly expedition kayaking where the transfer of bushcraft, navigation and walking expedition skills transferred well. I've gained a number of leadership awards in sea kayaking and paddlesport. The skills I gained when I was a member of the mountain rescue team were at a time when skills were not logged and recorded as they are nowadays, so my intention is to complete the ML award so that it gives others the confidence in my ability to lead them safely in the mountains. I have re-trained as a secondary school teacher and hope to use the award to lead students as part of their DoE in this country and also abroad to introduce young people to the skills of expediting and journeying.

My Mountain Training Story :

Lloyd Lester

I began Climbing late aged 44 when I started climbing in 2014 to meet new people and to get fit. I spent most of the 1st year or so bouldering but got up the courage to join my local club the Herts and Essex climbing club and I've not looked back. They have introduced me to a whole new world of limestone sea cliffs, sandstone and grit and I'm now totally addicted to anything I can climb. My indoor climbing grades have sored in the last year or so from 5a to now topping some 6c's on a very good day but average 6a-6B regularly on top rope and 5c+ - 6a on lead but have led a couple of 6B's when I get the courage up on a good day :-) Bouldering varies but comfortable on V2-V3 topping some V4-V5 on a good day. I especially like technical routes. I love the transition to outdoor sport climbing and i did my 1st lead trad climb at Subliminal Swanage. I love to walk no matter where it is from the flat Fenlands of Cambridgeshire to the hills and mountains of the UK and abroad. I especially love Moorland areas. My hobby is looking for aircraft crash sites and for this reason I spend alot of my time in the peak district. I also hold a Gold NNAS and NNAS tutor award for teaching navigation. I volunteer in the Army cadets in Cambridgeshire and I have been involved in the Dofe and Navigation programs heading up 2 Company as the DofE & Navigation officer helping our county to win the Gerish Cup in 2021-2022 for the most successful Dofe program in the ACF.

My Mountain Training Story :

Aaron Mitchell

I joined the British Army at the age of 18. I have spent 18 years working in the military deploying to Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. During my time in the military, I've also travelled to various other countries for work and adventure training. Sea kayaking expeditions in Cyprus, Skydiving in Germany, and Snowboarding in Austria, to name a few. In 2007 I took a year out and travelled through 12 countries around the world on a backpacking trip. In 2015 I took another 18 months out of work to ride a motorbike solo around the world. I travelled through 29 countries across four continents. My passions are rock climbing and hill walking. I've recently passed my Mountain Leader assessment, NNAS Tutor course and am a qualified Land Navigation instructor for the British Army.

My Mountain Training Story :

Rodolfo Verdida

Hi, My very first award of NPLQ was on December 2007 when i just arrived in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and my tutor was Mr. Stewart Hodsoll. It was a very interesting course full of physical fitness level and very knowledgeable curriculum. It was a very challenging training as it was a new environment and climate abroad. In just a few months after i did my NBLQ with Oxygen Therapy and AED management. NPLQ and Beach Lifeguard Qualification had been renewed every 2 years. Did the Life Support 3 Certification. Continue my career as a lifeguard for almost 8 years at the same hotel in Abu Dhabi with different positions such as swimming instructor, kids club animator, lifeguard supervisor. On this experiences getting an award form RLSS UK it push me more opportunities to join various activities and events life UAE National Lifeguard Championship 2 times and keeping me on fitness level taking me on other events like triathlon, swimming up to dragon boat coaching. At present I am working now as certified lifeguard assessor for Emirates International Accreditation Centre - Dubai Municipality working on Certification of Person under ISO/IEC 17024-2012. Having an award from RLSS UK make my skills and abilities to improvements and taking to the high level of development and hoping to continue and renew my qualification soon. Rodolfo Verdida.

My Mountain Training Story :

Andres Carezzato-Jimenez

Centre Manager at British International Sports Medicine Academy - BISMA (www.bisma.org)

My Mountain Training Story :

Paul Landsborough

Hi, I am a personal trainer with over 35 years experience culminating in winning the Scottish and UK lightweight bodybuilding championships twice. I used my awards to further understand the multitude different training philosophies and techniques used to enhance my own physique but also that of my clients. In gaining this further in-depth knowledge helped me to structure my programs to increase my injury free longevity in the sport of natural bodybuilding.

My Mountain Training Story :

Rudi Robert Taylor

I started my love for climbing on a small indoor wall in the Highlands then moved into the outdoors 'on a shoestring' with my father. He bought a book called 'Scrambles in Lochaber' which started our adventurous mountain exploits! Since then I've been terminally addicted to the hills ever since. 17 years later I've progressed to becoming a Royal Marines Mountain Leader which adequately fuels my passion!

My Mountain Training Story :

Matthew R Goad

Getting up to date - Joined MLTB 1st Aug 1988, Course done December 1989 and Assessed Sep 94. Done a fair bit. More to follow when fully re-registered

My Mountain Training Story :

Brian T Hoey

Hi, My name is Brian Hoey and my company is Mountain Ways Ireland. My MLS is one of the achievements that I am most proud of in life because I know how hard it is to attain, it really means something. I grew up and still live on a Slieve Gullion mountain farm in County Armagh. That's where my love for the mountains, their folkways and all things outdoors has come from. Apart from traditional mountain hikes, we also provide a range of unique on-farm experiences including geology, archeological and historically based tours. As well as being an ML, I am a qualified tour guide, geo - ambassador and provider of foraging courses with many years of experience. We are 'brand aligned' and are providers for both Tourism NI and Tourism Ireland. Wild hedgerow food, fungi and seashore foraging are passions that I love to share. As an AAP and accredited assessor , I also provide DofE / Gaisce presidents award expedition award modules. I have walked widely and will work in all parts of Ireland or the UK. The Mournes, Ring of Gullion and Cooley Mountains are my local ranges.

My Mountain Training Story :

Howard Wolfe

Cadet Forces Adult Volunteer in the RAF Air Cadets

My Mountain Training Story :

Andrew Wilson

I have been climbing since I was a child and love being in the hills. I trained as an Outdoor Instructor at Benmore Outdoor Education Centre near Dunoon in 2010 and gained a number of qualifications and a wealth of experience with working with a variey of groups before settling back in Glasgow. I have climbed in various parts of Scotland, England, Wales, France, and Canada. I hold the Rock Climbing Instructor and Summer Mountain Leader awards. I am working towards the Winter Mountain Leader and Mountain Climbing and Instructor awards.

My Mountain Training Story :

john hepburn

In my very early twenties, I saw an ad in the SYHA magazine which offered a weeks introduction to rock climbing on Skye. Turned out that Skye that May was still in the grip of winter. With ice axe and crampons, onto the Cullin ridge our instructor lead us, and I immmediately got the bug! Since moving to Fort William in the late-eighties, I quickly learned that I could combine my love for running and the mountains. This has allowed me to compete in hill races in the UK and abroad, and was lucky enough to represent Scotland on various occasions, racing in the Alps and a World Trophy event. I have walked extensively throughout Scotland and further afield, including the Tour of Mont Blanc, the Haute route, Stubi Alps and trekking and climbing in the Dolomites. Whether it's a short walk locally in Lochaber soaking up the views and learning about the areas rich geology, plant and wildlife, or single and multi day guiding around Scotland. I work with groups of up to six on hill days and a ratio of 1:4 on mountain days with graded scrambling, such as CMD arête and Forcan ridge. It's great sharing stories and having fun with others in the hills.

My Mountain Training Story :

Simon Chaplin

My love of the hills and mountains began when I was 13 years old and joined Berkshire Army Cadet Force. I eagerly loved going on Adventure Training weekends and at the age of 14 commenced by Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. Once this was completed I moved through the award gaining my Gold level as an Adult Instructor. This inspired me more to get out and about and I began visiting Wales for walking holidays and partaking in Cadet Adventure training there. I completed my Unit Expedition Leader course with UKLF in Ripon and became more involved in the delivery of the DofE Award promoting it in the cadets. At the age of 27 I left the Army Cadets to take up a career as a Police Officer and in 2003 moved myself and my wife and children to live in South Wales from which I am now retired. I have kept my love of the hills going with assisting leading groups for the National Park, to running DofE for St Johns Ambulance but more recently in 2017 regaining my role in the Army Cadets by joining Gwent and Powys. I have assessed many groups within the National Park at Gold level for expeditions for DofE from across the UK and enjoy seeing their faces once completed. I have continued to develop myself completing my HML and then Expedition Skills culminating in the success of the Mountain Leader award. I have since continued with my climbing having taken part in a climbing course with the military and been successful in gaining the Climbing Wall Instructor Award.

My Mountain Training Story :

Dan Panzariu

www.fitbydan.com

My Mountain Training Story :

Lee Magowan

I have 17 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 - National Navigation Awards Scheme (NNAS) ( Bronze/Silver) First Aid Instructor - Outdoor / FAW FAW 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 :

Barry Mcadam

Carry out Walking and Climbing sessions throughout the UK having delivered a large number of NICAS session over the years. Delivered Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions at all levels also an Accredited Bronze,Silver Gold Assessor. Led expeditions abroad to Asia, Africa, US and Europe. Mountain Bike Instructor Award Scheme (MIAS) Level 3 & 4 (Tutor) * Night Module and Velotech Silver Award. BCU UKCC level 2 Coach for Kayak / Canoe and Paddlesport Leader. Course Director for Lowland Leader Award and been staff on other Mountain Training Awards. Level 1 American Avalanche Association Course. BASI Outdoor First aid Course.


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