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 :

Agnieszka Jakubowska

I arrange training plans (gym, outdoor exercises, home exercises) and nutritional plans (individual, detailed, for different purposes). What I specialize in is: - loss of weight and fat (metabolism improvement) - strength training - endurance training - resistance training - circuit training - improvement of strength and condition - HIIT - stretching - building muscle mass, shapes and tone A little bit about me I have been involved in sport since I was a child, I played handball for 10 years. I've been in the gym for 11 years, developing at every possible level. I use various training methods but I am also looking for alternatives. I have great ability to combine old school and create new movements at the same time. People call me "creative, talented and focused on the way to a better technique". I am looking for clients who really want to change something and do it in practice :) If you are interested in writing / text or call, we will organize and discuss details. Agni

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Jonathan Fletcher

Former member of the Parachute Regiment with a passion for trekking with my husky x breed dog. In addition to all the usual Lake District, South and North Wales treks we have trekked many GR routes in France including the GR20 across Corsica, GR10 and GR Pays (Tour de Beaufortain) along with many day treks in the French Alps. Live about an hour or so from the Brecon Beacons and spend any spare time in and around them, trekking with the dog. Looking to now get some qualifications and working towards an ML qualification and more. Member of the FFR (French Trekking Association) LDWA and BMC

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William Croughan

30 years experience in the gym. Ex soldier. Chemical Engineer turned PT! Just completed Advanced Diploma in Personal Training course with YMCA Fitness Industry Training. CPD's : kettlebell pro Suspension training Padwork Level 3 emergency first aid.

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Katie Rapson

Outdoor educator, currently working towards CWI and ML assessments. Experience: Kingswood, Specialist Environmental Instructor (2016-2017): Lead A-level and GCSE geography field trips, and instructed activity sessions including climbing, high ropes, abseiling, bouldering, archery, fencing. Operation Wallacea, Schools Coordinator (2017): Facilitated biodiversity surveys, bushcraft sessions and pastoral care for students on expedition in Cusuco National Park, Honduras. Outdoor Education Group, Instructor (2018): lead students on overnight expeditions of up to 21 days, including wild-camping, off-track navigation, canoeing, climbing & mountain-biking. Charterhouse Outdoor Centre, Instructor (from Feb 2019): Instruct students in Climbing, Caving, Gorge Walking, Archery.

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Phillip Butterfield

Started my walking journey the beginning of 2018 through health issues and my big question now is WHY on earth I never started earlier . All I want to do is be out walking up in the hills so I thought why not start and train to be a mountain guide and get others into the great outdoors .

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Adrian Rose

I got my first boots and set of backpacking gear when I was 18 and I have been hiking, hillwalking, fell running and mountain biking ever since. And 35 years on, I've decided to do the MLS training! I want the ML award to help me build on my experience in leading groups and sharing enjoyment of the hills and mountains and to open the way to doing more walk organisation in the future. My retrospective log entries will be pretty sketchy - up until joining Mountain Training I did not keep a proper record of the countless walks and runs I have enjoyed so I am having to rummage through the rattlebag of memories and photographs for occasions which qualify as QMDs. I am looking forward to topping up the log in a more orderly fashion from now on. Much of my experience, going back to age 18, has been in the English Lake District. I was lucky enough to live in Grasmere 2009-2012 in which time I took groups for walks in the area and did a lot of fell running for my own enjoyment. Lately I have been spending more time in the Scottish Highlands and in Snowdonia.

My Mountain Training Story :

Calum Brown

I got into climbing roughly in 2016. I really took to it pretty quick and am very keen to keep up a high level of progress. I started with Bouldering and within about a year was trying outdoor bouldering. This naturally led to a desire to climb higher and longer routes, which lead me to do a Intro to Lead Climbing course, which I was very happy to get the skill set and knowledge to take to larger walls. This has transformed into the constant want to be out Sport Climbing, and I have had a lot of good days doing that since I fortunately live close to a lot of good sport crags. Soon after that I started looking at the possibility of working at centres, to get fully immersed in the experience. I started my CWI upon recommendation from a local climbing centre, and hope to have my CWI certificate by the end of 2019. I am keen to try Trad climbing in the future but I want to get my grade up to above Fr7 comfortably before I start doing Trad. Currently I am working on getting my CWI Consolidation done, and my bouldering grade up to above Fr7. As much as I really enjoy lead/sport climbing both indoor and outdoor, I really prefer bouldering just a bit more as its very much all or nothing. That is where I really can get into the groove of what I am doing, all or nothing.

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James Ferrier

My early days were at school and in the Army doing adventurous training in Wales in summer and winter and this gave me my first experience of "leading" young people in challenging environments and I saw the immense value that this could bring. A career in teaching then followed and the outdoors became a key and constant part of my life. Delivering an outdoors experience as a part of formal and informal education took me and a range of young people aged from 10 to 18 to the main mountain regions of the British Isles, the Alps and the Andes. In addition I was able to lead on expeditions to the Borneo Rainforest; the Pampas of Argentina; the Karoo of South Africa. The core of my motivation was enabling these young people to test their resilience, teamwork and confidence in challenging environments while developing soft and hard skills transferable into later life all often while helping a disadvantaged human or wildlife community. I was lucky to be able to play a leading role in a school which was (2018) rated by Education Scotland as sector leading in Outdoor Learning and Education and also to become a Board Member of Mountain Training Scotland. Most recently (January 2019), I have started my own business (Monro Education) which aims to provide curriculum linked outdoor education and learning opportunities to young people (and older) in Highland Scotland working with schools to create bespoke experiences which meet a range of needs.

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Brett Dennis

Achieved ML (summer) status in 2017 having first registered for the scheme many years ago whilst at Teacher Training College. Living in the South-East presents a bit of a challenge to collect sufficient Quality Mountain Days whilst holding-down a day job in a completely unrelated field and balancing family and other sporting commitments. Over the years we have expanded our horizons to include the usual favourites (Peaks, Lakes and Snowdonia) with some further afield - Scottish Highlands, Outer Hebrides, Cairngorms, Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. Out of necessity we have become rather skilled at the "day raid" - leaving at dawn to avoid “issues”on the M25 and returning around midnight - usually to the Peak District or S Wales. However, our favourite area remains the hills in and around Snowdonia where we have enjoyed many adventures. Looking forward to gaining more experience and passing-on my passion for the mountains to others - including enthusiastic adults wishing to step outside their comfort-zone and school groups working towards their D of E awards.

My Mountain Training Story :

Jack Ramsden

My name is Jack Ramsden from Derby. I love climbing, climbing and more climbing! I particularly enjoy outdoor bouldering round the Peaks and Lakes. Love getting out on the grit to send some hard projects and often travel around to go climbing. I love walking and do the odd bit of trad or sport if I feel like it! But for me, bouldering is key. Max Outdoor Onsight 7c Youtube- 'Jack Ramsden' to see my videos I film and edit in my own time showcasing what I do in my spare time. Visit www.jackramsden.co.uk to keep up to date with my climbing life. Follow jack.ramsden7 on instagram for some cool snaps of my bouldering, nature and general outdoorsiness!

My Mountain Training Story :

Alex Robson

Studying for a doctorate in Health Psychology with Liverpool John Moores University with a focus on physical activity, nature and psychosomatic health. I apply core principles of mind-body psychology within practice as a L3 Fitness Instructor to improve health and wellbeing of general public and marginalised populations. Currently in training for GP Exercise Referral qualification and L3 Yoga diploma. Member of British Psychological Society and Royal Society for Public Health.

My Mountain Training Story :

Martin Wall

I am a qualified freelance Mountain Leader (ML) Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI), Climbing Wall Development Instructor (CWDI) , Foundation Coach and Rope Rescue Technician based in Conwy, North Wales. I am an active full team member of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation and Chester Mountaineering Club. I am also a member of Mountain Training Association, British Mountaineering Council and Mountaineering Scotland. I hold a valid First Aid at Work, and MREW Advanced First Aid Cas Care Certificate and authorised to administer pain relief. I spent my childhood in South Wales and was introduced to hill walking on the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons when I joined the Air Scouts. I got to learn this terrain extensively when I later served with the British Armed Forces, this is when I really got to understand the importance of personal navigation and moving quickly in the mountains at day and at night. I went on to pass the 21 SAS British Special Forces selection process during winter and continuation training program. I am actively involved in and have a passion for climbing, mountaineering (both summer & winter), trail running and I am currently preparing for the Mountaineering & Climbing Instructor Award. I have shadowed several qualified MCI/WMCI & IFMGA aspirant holders in their delivery of navigation, scrambling, multi pitch climbing, improvised rescue and single pitch climbing instructional days and I have been a mock client on MCI & WMCI and BMG assessments taking place in North Wales summer & Scottish winter conditions. I have been fortunate enough to have climbed and trekked in Scotland, Switzerland, France, the Austrian Alps, Western Ghats in India, Norway, the High Atlas of North Africa and the Annapurna Sanctuary of Nepal leading successful expeditions to summit Mont Blanc, Jebel Toubkal and Annapurna Base Camp. I have a passion for winter mountaineering and completed ML winter training Feb 2018 in Scotland.

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David Brewer

I gained my summer ML in 1997 when I was 21. I was heavily involved with various groups in the outdoors and it was an obvious award to obtain. This has led on to the WML and IML. I am currently Head of Humanities at a school, in Bath, England which fortunately, is very supportive of outdoor education and activities. It is through schools that I have done most of my work in the mountains. I have run Ten Tors teams on Dartmoor since 1996 and Duke of Edinburgh expeditions at all levels since 2000. Outside of these challenges I have led countless trips to Scotland, the Lakes and North Wales, again with school groups. This has been to introduce young people to the mountains, and inform them how to best gain the skills to enjoy them. This is also the most rewarding aspect of holding these awards. The IML fitted a logical step towards running these trips to bigger environments and landscapes. Over the last 10 years in particular this has taken me to the Himalayas, Alps, Pyrenees, Corsica, Iceland, Atlas Mountains and Sahara Desert. I also lead cycle tours/events often taking advantage of being near classic tour climbs in France when visiting with groups. Behind this I also like classic mountaineering lines and climb in the UK and Alps. Albeit on easier routes with a worthwhile heritage and location!

My Mountain Training Story :

Nick Deavin

I was brought up on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and explored them by bicycle and foot as much as I was able during my teen years. Joining the Royal Air Force at 17 years old enabled more challenging expeditions to be undertaken. I took advantage of the adventurous training on offer and visited many countries of the world. Before the age of 21 I had canoed the great lakes in Canada and done the three peaks challenge with work colleagues. After living in Belize CA and enjoying visiting many central American countries, snorkling on the reef and jungle expeditions for a year, I was posted to Germany and spent a significant amount of time becoming efficient in skiing (downhill, touring and nordic) and windsurfing (RYA Level 4). I was a member of the RAF Laarbruch ski team who won the inter-services downhill skiing competition for 2 years running (1992/93) before taking up ski touring on Telemark skis. I toured up to the pistes and skied back down at most of the Austrian ski areas between 1994 and 2000 with a colleague. Due to having been an engineer on Harrier aircraft, I also logged a significant amount of nights under canvas, probably totalling 18 months, due to European field deployments in 12x12 tents and two Gulf Wars for months at a time in communal tents. I prefer cabins and B&B now! I became a Nordic ski instructor, completed Tour Leader Training with the Joint Service Training Centre in Norway, organised 2 ski tours of Norway and was working up to my Winter Mountain Leader assessment just before I left the RAF after 24 years of service. I have since kept fit by lowland walking, mountain biking and am working to update my quals to include Lowland Leader so as to assist the local 211 Sqn Air Cadets I am a Civilian Instructor at.

My Mountain Training Story :

Mark Coffey

Having been teaching since 1993, and since '95, I've been active in organising and running week long Mountain Activity camps in the Lake District from a barn in the Easdale valley. I enjoy training D of E groups and going on Mountain Activity Days with students and staff, highlights being a week of mountain walking in the Lakes in a snowy October and a three week trek across the Atlas Mountains which have added to my appreciation for how the great outdoors fosters teamwork, resilience, cooperation and care in students for each other and the environment. In recent years, I've taken up fell running, recently doing the Welsh 3000's in 10:41 and I've walked through the Bob Graham Round to appreciate just what an amazing challenge this is. Whether walking or running in different conditions from perfect sunshine to strong winds, snow, rain and poor visibility, I've been looking to sharpen my navigation and learn through assisting experienced mountain leaders about group management and route planning. I first did ML training back in 1999, then again in 2015, and I feel that now, with more years of mountain walking experience, I'm ready to go for assessment. My hope is to be able to lead more school walks on our Mountain Activity Days that go most weekends from Manchester to the Peaks, the Lakes or Snowdonia.

My Mountain Training Story :

Madeleine Fforde

Although I've always been happiest outside it took me until 2016 to realise that I needed to make some changes in my life - at which point I moved to Sheffield and took up climbing, fell/trail running and exploring the Peak District. I became increasingly involved with the DofE program at the school I teach at, accompanying expeditions and then training as an Expedition Assessor, and now I am looking at the prospect of training as a Mountain Leader in the next few years, making the most of it as an opportunity to explore different areas and build up a range of experience.

My Mountain Training Story :

Peter Lovatt

I got hooked on mountains through my school Rucsac Club. This led to trips with school friends to North Wales, and 4 great years at Aberdeen University, with most weekends spent in the Highlands walking, climbing and cross-country skiing. Work as a geologist led to longer summer expeditions, some with British Schools Exploring Society. Two of these were to Spitsbergen and two to North East Greenland. Other trips involved man-hauling across Vatnajokull in Iceland, and warmer climates in Lesotho, Swaziland and the Rwenzoris in Uganda. I spent 5 years with Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team; once children appeared, I got back into skiing, with shorter summer trips to the Dolomites and Swiss Alps. Recently I have enjoyed climbing England's Ten Highest Mountains with my 11 year old daughter.

My Mountain Training Story :

Elena Mazzeschi

Since I was a child, I've always been particularly fascinated by the bigger questions of life and after completing a Master's Degree in Comparative Culture, this lifelong reseach led me to work as an educator and educative team manager in a variety of schools. My first relationship with yoga was in my city, Torino (Italy), where I started practicing Kashmir Yoga, following the hatha yoga teachings of Jean Klein which mainly focus on the energy body (pranamaya kosha) and nondual meditation (advaita). During this period of teaching, I developed a particular interest in meditation and mindfulness as powerful tools to use within schools and I started researching and experimenting with alternative educative methods related to a conscious and holistic approach to life. I have been part of a philosophy research group for seven years, focussing on the interactions between western and oriental philophy and five years ago I began traveling all over the world to discover more about different philosophies and spiritual paths. In the meantime I started practicing Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin Yoga and developed a passion for Aerial Yoga and Yoga Dance combining it with my previous dance skills (I was a dancer and dance trainer) till the point I decided to get certified as a Multistyle Yoga teacher, completing my yoga teacher training certification with Fusion Yoga, a Registered Yoga School (RYS), located in Rishikesh, India. I have taught yoga in Goa (India), Mirissa (Sri Lanka), Torino (Italy) and Fuerteventura (Spain). I now teach in London (UK). work also as a life mentor and keep finding new ways to develop and share a multi-faceted and intersectional approach to spirituality.

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Steve Berry

I am the Outdoor Education Adviser for Trafford in Manchester having taken on the role in 1997. I provide help and advice for school visits across the spectrum. Having trained as a teacher at Charlotte Mason College in Ambleside I originally took up Outdoor Education Centre work as an instructor and youth worker in both the Lake District and Germany. In 1980 I took on the role as a Youth Tutor for Trafford Youth Service concentrating on Outdoor Education and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award eventually managing the Youth Service Outdoor Education / DofE Expedition Team until disestablishment in 2015. I still manage the Community DofE groups in Trafford The Adviser role has developed since the loss of the Youth Service and I now work with establishment staff, EVCs and Heads on all aspects of Off-site and Educational Visits.

My Mountain Training Story :

Harry Pymont

I am working towards my ML and RCI assessments , with the end goal of going for my MCI. Currently working as an outdoor instructor at Ardentinny Outdoor Education Centre.

My Mountain Training Story :

Keir McEwan

My name is Keir i live just outside a small town in the heart of perthshire, i have a love and passion for the mountains and outdoors i am a keen hill walker, trad climber i like paddle sports mainly canoeing. i like to ski and would like to get into ski touring in the future. this winter i second my first six winter routes the first one being the seam IV in Stob Coire an t-Sneachda. some of the awards/ qualifications i have gained are my john Muir award/ leave no trace, Duke of Edinburgh gold award exped, Nicas level 1,2,3,4, fundas 1 climbing award, CWI training, my paddle sports instructor/ FSRT and RCI training. My future plans are to become a mountain guide and to bring more people into the outdoor world.

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Hilary Nixon

Hi! I've always loved the outdoors whether that be the mountains, the snow or the water so I took a decision a few years ago to work towards being able to change my life to where i can spend more time in those environments. That big moment arrived in 2015! Since then I have qualified as a mountain leader and a snowboard instructor as well as volunteering for Fix the Fells in the Lake District. I now work as a Ranger in the beautiful Lake District and have to pinch myself to have got this job. I'm based at High Wray volunteer centre which is quite a unique place. I get to go out and share my passion for the outdoors with volunteers from all walks of life most days of the week doing all sorts of work such as dry stone walling, mountain path work and hedge laying amongst other things. There is never a dull moment. I still get to play in the snow too and keep up my training. Next steps are to tackle some more water based activities. Hope to meet many of you out there!

My Mountain Training Story :

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 course. 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.

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Samantha J Hillcox

I am currently working towards my IML, and have just returned to Cumbria from a recce of the new summer assessment venue in Les Angles, Pyrenees Catalanes, France. I ran a field studies centre in the Cevennes National Park between 1999 and 2016 it was almost like coming home! Granite and schist mountains, hooching with wild flowers, butterflies, birds - but with the addition of marmots, chamoix, ibex... wow! It feels like all my mountains moments have been converging on this assessment week and I cannot wait to share some of my passion for the French mountains with the other candidates. Hit me if I am driving you nuts!

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Paul Daly

I come from a background in the IT industry which worked in since I left university many years ago. Back in 2013, I decided to relocate to Hertfordshire and that I needed to lose weight and re-invigorate my life. I embarked on a regime that enabled me to lose 3 stone and take part in my first ever OCR in early 2014, Tough Mudder London West, which I did to raise money for Help for Heroes. My life changed for the better. Over the next few years, I continued to take part in various obstacle races and attended a training facility that was specifically designed to help people improve their OCR techniques whilst also having a lot of fun at the same time. One of the PT’s there (Marc) was a huge inspiration for me and gave me the desire that I now have which is to inspire and motivate others in what they want do do – their Dream. A couple of years on and I relocated to Bedfordshire. At the same time I took an opportunity to be able to change my career to that of a Personal Trainer, such that I am now able to help anyone who has even the smallest desire to make a change to their life, whether it is for their nutrition, fitness levels or mental wellbeing. I am now in a position to be there to support and motivate people along their journey, in the same way that others have done for me, my partner being a major contributor to mine. My wish is therefore to bring a healthy wellness to everyone; everyone has their own challenges and circumstances that go towards making them unique and who they are, I don’t want to change who you are, rather I want to help you change how you get to where you want to be. From wanting to be able to get out of bed and climb stairs without feeling like you’ve climbed a mountain, to being able to lift a new personal best at the gym. I have a vision to Respect Every Dream that we each have and provide a way to make them become a reality. – Coach Red

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Nathan Stares

I love getting into the hills & the mountains when the opportunity arises and have a passion for the outdoors. I don't work full time in the outdoors but I am available for leading/guiding in the UK mountains at weekends or longer pre-arranged periods. I gained my Mountain Leader qualification in 2006 with the Military with whom I still have links since leaving in 2010. As well as leading in & enjoying the fantastic mountains & hills of Britain and Ireland, I have conducted trekking & mountaineering in the European Alps, including France, Italy & Austria. I have enjoyed expeditions to the Caucasus mountains on the border between Georgia & Russia, skiing in Norway, trekking in the Tien Shen range in Kyrgyzstan & the Tatra mountains of Slovakia/Poland. I've had the pleasure of walking in more diverse locations such as the jungles of Borneo & Brunei & mountaineering in the former Republic of Yugoslavia & Mount Kenya, Africa. I like to get out & share my passion for the outdoors with like minded people or friends but I also like to introduce people with little or no outdoor experience to the hills & mountains. Since gaining my award I have enjoyed helping people enjoy the outdoors and have lead college students, youth groups and small groups of all ages. Whilst in the mountains I like to pass on my knowledge, such as navigation tips, security on steep ground, mountain geology, mountain weather or the local flora & fauna. I am happy to lead/guide small groups or couples/individuals in the British hills and mountains with an emphasis on realistic group capabilities, safety & enjoyment. You can get in touch by e-mailing: nathstares300@yahoo.com or by messaging me on Instagram: @nathanstares to discuss a plan for your hill or mountain goals. I live with my family in North Yorkshire.

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Steven Law

I have loved walking since I was a child when I would leave the house in the morning and not return until dinner time. I'd spend hours exploring the woods and hills near a small village in Hereford and Worcestershire where I grew up. My first experience of mountains was walking with my father on the Malvern Hills and in the Brecon Beacons. Later in life, and with a bit of money saved, I discovered skiing, high altitude mountaineering and Alpinism. Now I've qualified as a ML (summer) and I'm logging winter and international mountain days ahead of IML training and qualifications.

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Helen Littlejohn

Have 25 years experience of leading and organising expeditions in the UK and overseas. Passionate about developing the lives of young people and adults through the outdoors in the UK and overseas, through adventure holidays, charity challenges and school expeditions. Am at my best researching and setting up new projects - a smile and some cake go a long way to get things off the ground! 1990's Led overseas expeditions for the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers to Germany and Norway. Involved in their leader training. Travelled round the world on my own for 15 months. Led a Department of Conservation trip for New Zealand volunteers and was involved in a whale stranding in the South Island. Tour Leader Explore Worldwide for 2 years leading adventure holidays, including 6 months in Tatras Mountains, Slovakia, 6 months in Atlas Mountains Morocco, 2 months in Tibet and Nepal, 2 months in China, 1 month in India and 4 months in Vietnam. Operations Manager for Explore Worldwide. Managing tour operations and 25 tour leaders in Asia. 2000's Hampshire County Council Outdoor Education Team, training volunteer leaders Duke of Edinburgh Award Co-ordinator for Peter Symonds College, one of largest sixth forms in the country. Organising and leading DoE expeditions in the UK and abroad. Having set up own expeditions to Alps, Slovakia and Morocco. Wilderness Expertise - Leader for Ugandan expedition, taking 32 students out to Rwandan border Worked for some charities supporting fundraising challenges such as taking 80 women to Iceland on a fundraising expedition, supporting a cross Pacific Row for an ex-Royal Marine. Current Organise school trips to Africa, so responsible for health and safety, auditing and training of staff. Interested in women's expeditions, plastics and educating young people.

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Julie Bell

I have come back into the world of the outdoors having spent the last 20 years focussing on my "real job" I run an award winning "Inn with rooms" in the beautiful Brecon Beacons but can be found out and about (generally on Thursday's!) on the hills and in the surrounding areas. I walk with my dog Lottie, she is a scrambler, roller in sheep muck and generally a good sort to have around. Walking and the hills have proved to be the best way to manage my stress levels but also have rekindled the love of the outdoors that I had as a teenager. I have completed my ML training and am in that middle period where are supposed to "Consolidate" it but i think it's more accurate to say that I am in that middle period where I am out at every given opportunity so that my DLOG is interesting and full of good stuff for you to see! I walk in the Mournes when at home in Northern Ireland, with my family. North & South Wales are my playground I enjoy helping other activity providers and Walking festivals as "back walker" to get my experience levels up. I have a lot of the last 12 months taking out people who like me were suffering with depression and helping us all find our feet again. I also climb, indoor and out and love to scramble. Working on my rope work. I also have the best "view from a loo" ever....... my cottage has un-paralleled views over the Black Mountain range. When I moved in I had never walked them, now I don't think there are many areas I have not placed my feet!

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Christopher Wright

It all started at The Storey Arms in 1988 when for some reason I thought that it would be a good thing to do. I was quite 'green behind the ears' then but had a passion for the mountains. Shorthly after this, I trained to become a teacher and that is when the ML scheme really became valuable. Upon passing my assessment in '94, I began using it straight away with DofE groups. MLs in schools were quite rare in the early 90's. Rock climbing and scrambling was the natural progression, along with winter routes, so I started to log days for SPA and MLW. Living in Kent, this took quite a while but I eventually made it, facilitated by a move to North Yorkshire. I used all of my MT qualifications on a regular basis as Head of Outdoor Pursuits at Giggleswick School for 10 years. I'm currently consolidating towards my MCI and have my assessment in October 2019. I have become more interested in ultra running over the last few years and combine my love for the mountains and navigation with endurance running, both in the UK and in the Alps. I completed the UTMB in August 2018.

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Angus Reid

Hi there! I'm new to this so I'll keep it brief for now. I'm a teacher who is looking to facilitate groups of young people on different levels of expedition whilst working towards nationally recognised qualifications. My school offers DofE programmes and this is where I hope to start being able to equip young people with the expedition skills required to complete each stage of the programme. The Hill and Moorland qualification looks perfectly aligned to give me the expertise to carry out these next career steps.

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Rosanna Hemsley

Hi! I’m Rosanna, a level 3 fully qualified and experienced Personal Trainer and nutritionist at PureGym Bournemouth. I am an ex-gymnast of 13 years, representing Great Britain in the Team European Championships in 2006. I have also competed nationally in swimming, cross country, track and field events, dancing and cheerleading. Recently, I have ventured into the world of bodybuilding to expand my knowledge in nutrition and training. I have participated as a bikini competitor, leading me to win Miss Summer Body of Bournemouth. I have also helped prepare and support clients for local competitions. As well as having a great passion for fitness and health, I also have extensive experience and knowledge in different methods of training. This enables me to adapt to your needs, making each training session effective and beneficial. Being a parent, I understand the importance of maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Time is precious so getting the most out of the gym and time in the kitchen should be simple, convenient and stress free. If there’s anything further you’d like to know about nutrition, the gym in general or even help booking a class, please contact me on 07504 922 809. SPECIALIST AREAS Body confidence Body fat reduction Injury prevention and rehabilitation Muscle tone and development Nutritional guidance Postural analysis and plan to correct though core training (back care) Pre and post natal Strength and conditioning

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George Campbell

My love of the outdoors and hill walking was sparked as a Scout and Venture Scout in South London, my old Scout Leader was an ML holder and took us walking in The Lakes, The Pennines, Scotland and Snowdonia. At 13 I'd stood on top of Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Ben Nevis and loved it. I did loads of hill and mountain walking until I moved out of London in 1984 and for a few years got into marathon running and triathlons. In 1999 my oldest son started Beavers and I went along to help out on a Beaver Fun Day. 20 years later I'm still involved in Scouting, running a troop in Nailsea, North Somerset until 2010 and since then running my old troop where I was a Scout in Crystal Palace. From 1999 I got back into my old activities, picking up my BCU Level 2 Kayak Instructor tickets in 2004. From 2003 until 2012 I regularly helped train teams for the Ten Tors event with lots of my Nailsea Scouts successfully completing 35, 45 and 55 mile events. Some days I would be shadowing teams other times remotely supervising them. Fortunately in Gordano we had several ML and WGL award holders and so there was never any pressure on me to obtain mine. That said I did complete my WGL training in 2005 but never went for assessment. Moving back to Croydon Scout District and there are very few HML or ML award holders, hence my completing my HML last year and recently completing the first weekend of ML training. Fingers crossed I will at some point next year pass my ML summer assessment and will be able to offer my Scouts the same hill and mountain walking experiences I was fortunate enough to enjoy at their age. Update I have and they are. My DLOG only starts in 2009 simply because that was when I started a new job where Outlook calendars were used and hence I have a record of all my walks.

My Mountain Training Story :

Joely Robinson

I teach children aged 2 up to 10 covering all primary levels and take a lot of pride in getting the best out of each and every one of the children in my class. I currently plan all my lessons depending on the class abilities and then adapt to the individual characters to ensure they get the most out of each session. I have done this now for almost 3 years and have developed a very good reputation amongst the parents with a large proportion requesting to have their children in my lessons. I really enjoy working alongside children in any capacity and so to combine with swimming is ideal and have done so for nearly 3 years now. I have chosen this career as it combines a sport I have always loved and teaching which gives me a great sense of satisfaction and achievement as well as being an opportunity to develop a career in teaching swimming. My enthusiasm comes from having swum competitively from a young age up to North West Regional Level with Stockport Metro. This gave me a good foundation of knowledge and technical understanding to begin my journey as a swimming teacher. There have been certain situations which have tested me as a teacher, particularly when working with the younger children who can be afraid to get in the water. I use my training and knowledge of swimming alongside my experience and love of working with children to help them overcome their fears and swim independently with confidence, and therefore able to really enjoy lessons in future.

My Mountain Training Story :

Simon Yates

Currently consolidating my learning ahead of ML Assessment in October 2019. Completed ML Training in October 2017 at Plas y Brenin. Completed ML refresher training in August 2019.

My Mountain Training Story :

Jason Winney

My main interest in hillwalking is going to places where other people don't really go to, I like Wild places like the Rhinogs or the Elenydd, Arans, Tarrens, I like the weather come how it may, experiencing rather than trying to have experiences is where the real freedom lies. I've been a walker all my life however, the ML journey has been the best ever. I'm kind of concerned when it all gets finished, the withdrawal. My intention is to get into scrambling, so a whole new world which is compatible with the hills. My goal is to start up my own navigation school and teach navigation.

My Mountain Training Story :

Stephen Hopwood

I am an aspirant Mountain Leader living in the Lake District. I spend most of my free time in the hills, mainly fell running, walking, scrambling, open water swimming and occasionally climbing. I have previously worked as a Climbing Instructor at an indoor climbing wall having gone through in house training and assessment. I used to take approximately 20 climbing sessions a week, mainly children. I was also responsible for all of the maintenance and PPE checks around the climbing wall and high ropes course. Below is a link to my Strava profile which shows further Fell Running activities that don't qualify as a QMD and can also be used to back up my DLOG. https://www.strava.com/athletes/9195560

My Mountain Training Story :

Lauren Smail

I started in Outdoor Education after leaving school, and have been instructing for the best part of 10 years now. Most of my experience, both personal and professional has been abroad, including in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. I started my log book while studying in Australia, where I completed my Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation. Because of this, it's in the form of an excel spreadsheet which I've uploaded to my profile. I'm gradually transferring the pertinent details into my MT DLOG but to see the full breadth of my experience, please open the excel document. On a personal level, I most enjoy hiking, camping and climbing. I'm also an amateur photographer. I love what I do because of the people I get to meet and the influence I can have on young people. I get to both teach and learn on every course I do.

My Mountain Training Story :

Laura Stearn

I started climbing when I was 13 years old and then when I was on a public services course back when I was in college and then sixth form, I also did a bit while I was at university too. I was an army cadet and did lots of climbing and abseiling with them, and then I became an adult instructor with the army cadets and did the same climbing ect. I have only just started climbing again and I love it!! I am also a qualified girl guide and brownie leader, I have an emergency at work first aid certificate too. I also have an enhanced DBS check too. I love climbing and I want to progress as much as I can throughout my life and climbing career, I would love to become a climbing instructor too one day.

My Mountain Training Story :

Michael Sibley

Where to start... I have been very fortunate to have been bought up with parents that had a passion for hiking and a love for the Lake District. Every year for as long as I can remember we'd base ourselves in Keswick and venture across unfamiliar fells. Back then I never quite realised the impact those outdoor excursions would have once I reached adulthood. Like many, I was tide down in an office job in the ever flat farming county of Essex; daydreaming of hikes in to yet untraveled valleys got me through and then disaster, -2018 I got hit by a car just weeks before a hiking trip to Slovenia. Learning to walk again was as tough mentally as it was physically. My mind wandered and I realised just how important those rainy days hiking in the Lakes had been to me. Hiking to me offers a great opportunity to release tension, cut off from society and escape. I've met many incredible people on my hikes and heard many inspiring stories, Even during physio I found stories of adventure exciting and I was starting to realise I had unfinished business. During that time of recovery I realised in the decade I'd been hiking in the Lake District I'd never fulfilled the dream of experiencing Helvellyn's summit from any of it's many trailheads. I challenged my physio to have me hiking up Helvellyn within four months which in turn gave her free reign to push me harder week-on-week. It made me laugh, the visibility in Grasmere offered me views no further than 20ft at best, it could have been zero, I was there to fulfil a dream and nothing could have been harder than the previous four months. To my amazement, the clouds broke and unveiled a perfect blue sky as I was reaching the summit. On my return to the physio I challenged myself once more, to fulfil the dream to rock climb... and as they say, the rest is history. Now, my goal is to get my mountaineering qualifications and to teach and guide those that share my passion for the outdoors,

My Mountain Training Story :

Hanna Zadlo

Qualified nurse with a real passion to outdoor activities and yoga. Regularly practising hiking, climbing and skiing in the mountains, mostly in Britain, Poland and France. An active parent of a child with special needs. Since I was a little child I was always a true hiker. Spending many holidays in the mountains, walking, hiking, scrambling and skiing. Now, I am only just starting my journey to become a qualified Mountain Leader and ultimately a Mountain Guide. Our regular family holidays in the mountains made me realise how much I love being there, hiking and climbing and that I want to be able to tie my passion to the outdoor activities with my future career.

My Mountain Training Story :

Steve Berry

I am the Outdoor Education Adviser for Trafford in Manchester having taken on the role in 1997. I provide help and advice for school visits across the spectrum. Having trained as a teacher at Charlotte Mason College in Ambleside I originally took up Outdoor Education Centre work as an instructor and youth worker in both the Lake District and Germany. In 1980 I took on the role as a Youth Tutor for Trafford Youth Service concentrating on Outdoor Education and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award eventually managing the Youth Service Outdoor Education / DofE Expedition Team until disestablishment in 2015. I still manage the Community DofE groups in Trafford The Adviser role has developed since the loss of the Youth Service and I now work with establishment staff, EVCs and Heads on all aspects of Off-site and Educational Visits.

My Mountain Training Story :

Paul Allan

I am a keen outdoors enthusiast who loves spending time in the Scottish mountains. Living in Aberdeen, the Cairngorms are the closest for me but when I can, I head further west. In 2010 I suffered a climbing accident on Fingers Ridge in Coire an t-Sneachda which left me with a type 3 hawkins fracture of my talus. Being told by the surgeon I would never see the summit of a hill again motivated me to recover and continue bagging munros and exploring on foot and bike. I enjoy road cycling, mountain biking, hill walking, running and the occasional climb. I'm ticking off the munros, but that doesn't stop me from getting out for non-munro based adventures. Hoping to complete my ML before summer 2020 .

My Mountain Training Story :

Graham Timmins

I have been a passionate hill walker since my teenage years. I am now moving towards retirement and am involved in the Long Distance Walking Association. I have gained so much from walking and reckon its time to start putting something back and providing opportunities for others to get out and about.

My Mountain Training Story :

Jamie Mark Langler

Jamie Mark Langler is a Mountain Training qualified Expedition Skills & Mountain Leader, Rock Climbing Instructor, Climbing Wall Development Instructor and Development Coach - recently, he as also attended Rock Climbing Development Instructor training and is working towards assessment. Similarly, he is also a UKAD accredited Anti-Doping Advisor, and an NNAS Tutor for the National Navigation Award Schemes. Jamie is also a member of the Mountain Training Association and volunteers as a MTA Regional Coordinator for the South West region of Devon & Cornwall. Additionally, he holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Outdoor Adventure Education and is now working towards a MRes Degree in Outdoor Education/Outdoor Learning.

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Sam Percival

Hi there, Thanks for being interested in finding out about me. You know my name's Sam. I'm now 35. Sometimes I reside in Lancashire, but often I am to be found in whatever part of the UK has the best weather at any given moment. I've been working and playing in the outdoors since 2002. I've tried every style of interacting with the beautiful scenery of this country I can get my hands on; biking, cycling, climbing, scrambling, caving, paddling, swimming, running, BASE jumping and skydiving all over the UK, Europe and far beyond. To me, my qualifications are proof that I can properly care for the people I take with me for adventures. They are the opportunity to enjoy the work I need to do in this world and a way of sharing incredible situations with like minded folk.

My Mountain Training Story :

Laura Packford

Climbing 8 years - DLOG only includes a small number of climbs in the last couple of years. Now looking to undertake RCI training to consolidate skills and see if I want to undertake the full qualification eventually.

My Mountain Training Story :

Mark Demmery

I qualified as an ML in 2012 and started to look for freelance work to fill in around my day job. I've worked on many charity events, 3 peaks and led groups throughout Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons I worked 2 seasons of D of E expeditions and led two expeditions, one to Cambodia and one to Peru for Camps International before Work took priority again. I enjoyed a week long winter skills course at Glenmore Lodge before enjoying 3 winter seasons in Scotland. I joined a group in Morocco and helped lead three novices on two winter ascents of Mount Toubkal in 2018. I enjoyed an Alpine techniques course run in Arolla, Switzerland by Jagged Globe in preparation for future trips planned to the Alps in 2019 and beyond. The first one, at the end of June 2019 to Italy to climb Gran Paradiso and 2 other peaks and as many trips up to Scotland as I can manage in the 2019 winter season. I completed the RCI training in June 2019 and hope to complete assessment in April of 2020. I've registered for the MLw and plan to complete the training at Glenmore lodge in February 2020. For the future I'm working towards the IML qualification. The next expedition is as an assistant to an IML for a month long trip to Nepal, joining a group trekking to EBC before leaving with a small group to attempt Island Peak during the return journey.

My Mountain Training Story :

James Futcher

My name is James and I’m a Level 3 Personal Trainer. Whatever your aims and whatever your ability, I believe that with the right diet and exercise you can achieve anything - and I will encourage you to do so. Achieving that summer body, losing fat, getting fit and healthy, and countless other goals can’t just be achieved within the gym - it’s a lifestyle. I will help you create that lifestyle so you make progress when you’re at the gym, but also at work or home. I’m hardworking, energetic and honest with you being my priority. Although young and new to Personal Training, I have the right knowledge, drive, passion, and mindset to enable you to achieve! I was always involved in sport and fitness from a very young age, fuelled by aspirations back then to join the military, but my first serious interest in sport came when I discovered running. I ran mid-distance and cross country races at district, county, and national levels in various competitions across the whole of the UK. Since then I gained a massive interest in bodybuilding and the idea of a plant-based diet. I went plant-based over a year ago and started bodybuilding whilst on a plant-based diet. I am here for everyone, catch me on the gym floor or drop me an email/text if you have any questions about fitness and the gym - I’ll be happy to help! Instagram @jamesfutcherpt

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Benjamin Thomas

Being a DofE Leader has been a self rewarding experience - to be able to introduce people to the outdoor environment, and see them improve through their own personal experiences. I’m currently working towards my mountain leader award.


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