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 :

colvin gagliano

My name is colvin, I have been climbing for about 4 years now. In the past year I have been dreaming of becoming an instructor and this year it is becoming a reality. I have been training hard and trying to get out climbing as much as possible and logging it all on here in the dlog section.

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Mario Boser

Thank you for visiting my CIMSPA profile. My name is Mario and I have been practising martial arts since 1989. My goal is to inspire and motivate the youth, as well as adults, in becoming more active, make healthier choices, and to share the experience of shaping oneself into a better person each and every day. Physical activity is very important and has not only physiological benefits but it also contributes to social and psychological well-being. It reduces the risk of developing several diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. Besides this, drinking lots of fluids and eating healthy are mandatory for health and fitness. For this reason, I opened this club with British Taekwondo to help my students to achieve their health and fitness goals with martial arts and maintaining the Five Tenets of Taekwondo. Start your fitness journey now and learn martial arts. Taekwondo4Fitness - Keep it going, work harder and never give up! Please don't forget to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest! https://www.facebook.com/taekwondo4fitness https://www.instagram.com/taekwondo4fitness https://www.pinterest.co.uk/taekwondo4fitness/

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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 & PPE Inspector 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. 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, Malta & Gozo 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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Kaleb Thompson

Hi my name is Kaleb, Coming from a military family ive always enjoyed the outdoors and being outside. When i was younger i spent a lot of time hiking in Snowdonia where i fell in love with the mountains. As i got older i went onto college studying forestry before moving into a career and a few years later gaining a career at Foresty England, now specialising in wetlands and heathlands. In July 2020 after leaving a weekend job at a outdoor's shop i found Bouldering as my new hobby and was instantly hooked. Since then ive moved into lead sport climbing and have recently achieved a 6B lead. Ive now started pursing my Mountain Leader qualification and hope to do my RCI in the not so distant future as well. Excited to see what happens next.

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Joseph Spendlove

Former 31-stone fitness sensation on channel 4's The Big Breakfast.

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Martin Corfield

"My aim is to inspire all ages to enjoy the mountains and the great outdoors whilst giving you the knowledge to do so safely." A little about myself ?My love for adventure and the mountains started as a young boy when on a family holiday to the lake District, I remember exploring The Bishop of Barf and the Lords Seat. Growing up in a rural location I would happily disappear on micro adventures around the local fields and woodlands, parents often wondering what I was up to. At the age of 16 I joined the Army which proved to be an adventure in its own right, serving 22 years I've had my fair share of travelling with many operations to boot. I now serve as an Army Reservist, this gives me the fantastic opportunity to use my mountaineering and climbing qualifications across the UK and world wide. I've lead climbing trips to Wadi Rum Jordan pretty scary climbing but an awesome location. My favourite climbing would have to be sea cliffs I love the whole ambience, Lundy Island is my favourite with Pembroke coast a close second. To date I have been lucky to spend an cumulative total of 14 weeks in the Italian Dolomites working as a Joint Services Mountain Leader leading groups across some of the most scenic routes in the world. The highlight of my Dolomites trekking has to be the guiding a group along the famous 150 Km Alta Via 1 over 9 days. Holding the Joint Services Alpine Klettersteig Leaders qualification i have been lucky to lead groups on Kletterstige/ Via Farratas routes in Bavaria, Austria and the Italian Dolomites. This is normally the preserve of IFMGA Guides. Whilst in the Dolomites I have had some of the most memorable times in the mountains, climbing some cool routes with good friends.

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DAVID FISK

My name is David J. Fisk I am a qualified L3 Personal Trainer, IAP / CPD Health and Wellbeing practitioner. The purpose of Kokoro Fitness is to provide a holistic approach to mental and physical fitness, one that opens your heart and mind to the wonderful potential you have within you. I use inspirational music and visualisations that empower you, through sessions of qigong, Tabata and meditation / relaxation to help relieve symptoms of stress and depression while reinforcing a positive self image. My experience of working as a personal trainer on and off a psychiatric intensive care ward has lead me to believe that Qigong, exercise and meditation can truly make a positive difference if barriers can be overcome. My method works as an interruption to Addictions, Depression, Anxiety, hearing voices or negative thoughts and as a long term coping strategy, though anyone can enjoy the benefits of a mindful fitness practice, This way of practicing can prove valuable as a team building exercise, or if you're embarking on your own personal journey.

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Philip Dyer

Qualified Mountain Leader.

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Stephanie Miller

Hi! Steph here - avid mountain climber, therapist and co-founder of Outdoor Amore. The outdoors is my therapy and I enjoy helping others with theirs. I climb all around the world, I love exploring, pushing my own boundaries, stripping back daily life and home comforts, and I love understanding what happens to the mind when we do so. It's not always easy but the juice is always worth the squeeze as long as we are exploring within safe boundaries. I specialise in eco-therapy, helping others to explore and develop whilst immersing themselves in the outdoors, allowing them to soak up the benefits and I'm there to support when times get tough.... always moving forward... just one step at a time. We climb mountains but we conquer our demons I'm also the mental health manager for outdoor charity "Black Dog Outdoors" and I absolutely-positively love what I do!

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CHRISTOPHER FLETCHER

I’m in the military and coming up to my final year. I gained my Heeresbergfhurer course HBF in 2005 in Bavaria Germany which then I become a military mountain guide, but this does not crossover to civilian. I’ve always climbed on and off since 1990, my passion is the mountains in every fashion from climbing, walking, mountaineering, skiing and ski touring. At the moment I’m really in to Ben Nevis and the Cuillin Ridge on Skye, what a fantastic journey that has been, it’s a mini adventure in every sense. My greatest achievement with climbing must be when I did the Heckmair Route on the North Face of the Eiger May 2014. I climbed it has a pair with Glenn who is a fantastic alpinist in his own right. This was not without its epics!

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Andrew Macintyre

Senior Instructor of Outdoor Education at the Outward Bound Trust based in Aberdovey and Ogwen Cottage. Previously completed a traineeship with Blue Peris Mountain Centre, Llanberis after working in the industry all over the UK, North and Southern France with a large Activity company for 6 years. ML RCI and CWIA holder with career aspirations of a Mountain Instructor (Trained). Hard working and respectful individual with varied experience of all age ranges and back grounds. I also hold my UKCC L2 Paddle sports coach, British Canoeing Advanced Canoe Leader, White Water and Sea Kayak Leader and Moderate Water Coach Endorsements for White Water Kayak and Open Canoe, and well as many other NGB's. My love of the mountains originated from an Outward Bound expedition, showing me the beauty, challenge and silence they offer. I hope to use my qualifications to ignite this spark in others and get young people into the outdoors.

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Gill Cairney

I tripped and fell back into hillwalking around 2010 when i met up with a girl at work who was doing some walking. As a child, my dad would drag me, kicking and screaming (sometimes literally) up hills, not sure if I ever did any Munros so I assumed not when I started bagging. Did a fair bit of walking, hills, circulars etc then started to take more interest in the Munros. I had climbed Lomond in 2003 and then nothing else until Ben Vane in 2010, by the end of 2013 I had reached 60, several on solo days out. Over the next 3 years, I completed the Munros. I was part of guided groups on CMD/Nevis, and 4 of the Skye Cuillin (IP, Mhic Chon, Bast and Gillean) Inbetween, I would be picking off some smaller hills or maybe just long walks, West Highland Way was an early one, May 2011. Rope work, I have accompanied my partner to indoor climbing walls, belay only, I'm not too keen on lead climbing however, I have done some outside work where I have followed up a pitch, removing the kit on the way and also some short abseils. I have no awards to date, but have taken some nav courses and hope to be set up soon to attend a Summer ML course to move towards that qualification. I have a general interest in geology, plants, animals etc as found in the wild and with a good historical knowledge also I would hope this can all be pulled together to achieve that goal. I would like to get more navigation and rope experience.

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Darcey Finch

Hi, my name is Darcey and I have been climbing for 3 years now. I began by going to my local climbing centre and having a play on the bouldering wall as a way to get stronger and fitter but also satisfy the child in me who longed to climb trees. I then began to explore the auto belay and found my love there for rock climbing. I decided to take the hobby further and began to learn how to belay and lead climb. As I made friends in the climbing world I moved onto outdoor bouldering and climbing. I am now making my way to a rock climbing instructor in hopes that I can get on to the British Stunt Register for Rock climbing.

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Andrew Merrick

I started walking and camping in the mountains at the age of 18, with many errors and many great experiences. We purchased our first gear from Millets in our local High Street. We previously used to doss about and sleep rough on our scooters, so this was the next stage of growing up . Although a few of us had a passion for the outdoors most were there for the beer and a good time. Our walks in the early days consisted of walking up to a lake, camping in the dark, finishing the walk in the morning and then quickly to the pub. Walks were literally straight up and down. However, the bug had truly bitten and as each of us did more, purchased more and better gear, so we continued. After a few years, two of us completed all the Nuttalls and were obsessed with getting them done - which only took 15 years! Our trips took us into very remote areas and many were done solo in awful weather. On top of this we camped and did a few in Scotland as we started the Munros but never completed them, including Ben Nevis via the CMD Arete, Ben Cruachan area for a few days, spent 3 days in the most horrendous weather in the Fisherfields doing A'Mhaighdean, Five Sisters etc, the usual suspects and tried to cram a few in on family holidays, mainly running up and down to save time including Ben More on Mull and Carruntoohil in Ireland. At 50 I had more and more people asking if I could take them out and it became apparent that leading was very different to being with equals. I therefore, decided after 32 years of hill walking to get some training! I had been used by PYB as a guinea pig for climbing multi pitch work and winter MIC training so was well aware of the value of professional coaching. I did my ML training and realized in the micro nav I had much to learn! I have completed my ML training, several night nav evenings, steep ground terrain and contour master class. I spend as much time as I can in the mountains and have a huge motivation for sharing my passion with others.

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Bartholomew Franklin

I am a 22 year old from Ireland who has spent the last 8 years building up my hiking experience through the Scouts. I have only recently started looking into getting mountaineering awards through the BMC. So basically I am a newbie but have done a lot of hiking in the Swiss Alps several solo and duo 4000m and above peaks, and have done a large amount of sport and trad climbing both technical single pitch and multi pitch. I hope to gain awards to validate these accomplishments.

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Chloe Brebner

Hi, my name is Chloe, I am a fitness instructor, health and fitness enthusiast, bikini bodybuilding competitor, and I have a real passion for helping others to achieve their goals. I was always sporty and turned out to be a competitive gymnast competing both nationally and internationally. Unfortunately I had to stop due to injury but that didn’t mean I couldn’t continue my passion for sports and fitness, so I went off to university and studied sports therapy for 2 years. The gym has always sanctuary, it was and is my safe place. I decided to give competing in bodybuilding a go at the end of 2018, got myself a coach and dedicate myself fully to the training and nutrition of it all. Having gone from someone who hardly ever trained, to winning my very first bodybuilding show in under a year shows that no matter what people say you can achieve anything with hard work and dedication. Training/exercise offers so many incredible benefits such as allowing you to challenge and improve yourself both physically and mentally as well as socially by meeting other people who are on a journey of self-improvement. I am level 2 fitness instructor qualified, currently working in a gym and also working through my level 3 personal training qualification. I want to use my experiences and knowledge I have gained in my fitness journey and studies to help people not only achieve their goals, but to help them feel more confident, and to support and encourage them through the mentality of it as well. I want to be able to give people the knowledge and tools to be able to help and challenge themselves. For me, health and fitness represent a balanced lifestyle as well as challenging both a person’s physical and mental strength.

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David Eaton

I have a background in photography and education, and began my hill-walking in the Peak District back in the mid-80s, as an extension to my photography. Some twenty-eight years later a chance conversation with a Scout Leader and DofE Supervisor led to me taking-on the Hill & Moorland Leader Award, having never previously thought of outdoor leadership. Having shared my skills and knowledge in other areas (I have 14 years experience as a lecturer in Photography), I'm hoping to do the same with my hill-walking and navigation.

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Lee-Jon Ball

Started my outdoor journey in the early 90s with 4th Plimpton Scouting group - grew to support the instructors in orienteering, pioneering, caving, hiking and my favourite, rock climbing. I spent the 90s taking groups out on Dartmoor, assisting scouts and outdoor groups, as well as teach friends the basics of Trad climbing, and safety work. I’ve climbed on and off all my life, often forgetting I rock climb while taking on other pursuits. Fast forward 30 years and I’ve decided to complete my “SPA” (RCI) which I intended to do in 98! It’s never too late?

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James Edwards

Former Royal Marine, I love the outdoors walking climbing and running. I Am now a personal trainer and run a fitness / Bootcamp company Totally Aktive, I get the guys put into the hills enjoying the great outdoors, I enjoy passing on my knowledge and skills to others.

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Stephen Burton

Owner of Welliving Health, who provide bespoke walks, fell running adventures in the UK. Currently ML trained and need to get my ML assessment completed.

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Barrie Dunbar

Level 4 Advanced Personal Trainer & Life Coach Level 4 Certificate in Low Back Pain Management Level 4 Certificate in Obesity & Diabetes Management

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William kilbey

I have been climbing for over 18 months. in this time I have started to lead climb and climb comfortably in the 7a/7b grade. I also am an avid outdoor climber where I sport climb and also trad climb. I train at Warwick sport and also sporadically at the Ballroom in Coventry. I also work at Warwick sport as a climbing instructor and I am working towards my CWI qualification and will be looking towards gaining my CWDI , RCI, RCDI and also one day I have aspirations of becoming a MCI. I am also extremely interested in winter climbing and also mountaineering. I have been to Everest base camp, summited Kalarpatthar at 5395m and also I am part of an expedition to Mera peak (6496m) and Island Peak in April 2021

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Simon Armitt

AD/HoD/PE and business entrepreneur in sport! An international PE and SPORT teacher - lived and worked in Africa, Asia and Europe. Building businesses, completing CPD and developing IBO [International Baccalaureate Organisation] leadership training. Loughborough University graduate - PGCE PE and Sport and M(Sc) Sports management.

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Joe Mcgregor

Joe McGregor I am an ex Royal Marine of 8 years and am now part of the West Midlands Fire Service Technical Rescue Unit. I am also part of the UK International Search And Rescue team

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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 GP Exercise Referral Programme Consultant ARNI (Action for Rehabilitation from Neurological Injury) Stroke Rehabilitation Instructor - Level 4 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

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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 & PPE Inspector 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 First Aid at Work , MREW Advanced Cas Care Certificate & NNAS Tutor Award. 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, Malta & Gozo 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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Juliet Mellor

Back in February, I embarked on a four-week-long course in South Goa, Having practiced Yoga for some time, and after attending a retreat two years previously, I found that it helped significantly with easing the pain of my Rheumatoid Arthritis. I realized Yoga isn’t just for ‘bendy bananas’ and that everyone can benefit from it in some way, I want to be able to help people, especially with movement and mobility issues like myself. There was no question about where I would take the training – India is where Yoga originated over 5,000 years ago and the place where you can really understand the soul and spirituality of it. For me, this was just as important as learning about the physical side. Even for someone like me, who isn’t naturally flexible, knowing the right way to do something has so many more benefits. It will take years to perfect, but I have the spirit and want to achieve that level of perfection! I’m now qualified to teach Pranayama, Hatha, Vinyassa, and Ashtanga and have already started providing 1-2-1 Zoom sessions. I will be hosting classes especially for cyclists and people with mobility issues.

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Dr. Robert Colin Pugh

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

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Jason Smith

Hi, I'm Jason, a certified professional Life Coach, NLP Practitioner, Personal Trainer, Black Belt, Nutritional Advisor and Motivational Speaker. ? A few years ago I transformed my life and since then I have been helping others transform theirs. I can help you live the new life you desire but seems so hard to attain. ? Whether you're looking to improve your health, fitness and body or to improve your business, career, relationships or overall life, I promise I'll be committed to getting you there. So long as you promise to be committed too. ? Why not book a free 15 minute consultation and we can explore how we can work together to get you to where you want to be?

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Richard Tarran

I have trekked in the Mountains since the 1970s, starting in Scouting with numerous Lyke Wake Walks and Challenge Hikes in parkas and jeans over heavy wet bog laden moorland in the N. York Moors, Peak District and Lake District. I trekked the full length of the Outer Hebrides with a school mate aged 16. Went to Ridgeway's Ardmore in 1973 aged 14. In 2000 I took the role of Deputy Expedition Leader for Prince William's Raleigh International Expedition in Chilean Patagonia. I was inspired by the Mountain Leaders (including Al Halewood) to qualify as an ML which I did in 2002. I have led numerous World Challenge personal development treks around the world, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Peru, Iceland, Indian Himalayas and Morocco. South America is probably my area of greatest knowledge having spent over 18 months there in one go and driven both way along the Andes from Ecuador to the southern tip, allowing exploration of plenty of remote areas along the way. In 1994 I spent a month in the western Nepalese Himalayas surveying and designing gravity feed fresh water systems for 3 villages with no fresh water. This involved trekking large distances between villages along remote tracks. Since becoming an MLS I have delivered dozens of NNAS navigation (Bronze, Silver and Gold) training weekends largely in my native Swaledale (Yorkshires Dales), as well as Walking weekends. I am a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Assessor and an Accredited Practitioner of the Institute for Outdoor Learning (APIOL) and MTA Mentor. I set up an adult trekking company Morocco Guides and have taken over 80 people to the Toubkal area. I also lead to the Pyrenees, Alps and Slovenia. I am also an Executive Coach and Master NLP Practitioner. The combined skills of MLS and Coach are used taking senior executives from SME's and Blue Chip companies into the outdoors as a personal and team development experience. Recent corporate clients have been taken out in the North of England National Parks and The Pyrenees.

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Dean Leadon

I walked up Snowdon via Pen Y ass on a cold November day in 1993 at the age of 15 whilst on a school residential trip. Since then I have walked up Snowdon on 11 other occasions with the Watkin Path being my route of choice. I love to take fellow (townies) into the hills for the first time and see their faces. I have also walked up Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis in the past as well as Moel Hebog, Moel Siabod and Cadair Idris. My ultimate aim is to complete the mountaineering qualification and to take small groups into the hills.

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Sarah Lund

I volunteer with Friends Of The Award (FOTA) in Edinburgh assisting young people to complete the expedition section of their Duke of Edinburgh Award. I have loved the mountains from a young age which continued through university where I was a member of the mountaineering club and I try to get into the mountains as regularly as possible. I am passionate about teaching young people the skills to be independent in the mountains as well as being safe and working together as a team.

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Rachel Fleming

Hello, my name is Rachel. I’m a keen cyclist and occasional triathlete and no stranger to injury. I know how frustrating and often painful it can be. But I understand the importance of complimentary therapies such as sports massage in speeding this process along. That’s why I’m passionate about helping others get back on their feet as quickly and safely as possible. I hold a Level 3 & 4 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy. I am also trained in Kinesiology Strapping and Taping, this is used for support and recovery.

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Chas Ward

Brought up to value the great outdoors by my parents I walked in the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District and N.Wales from an early age. I joined Cubs, Scouts & Ventures where I learned to rock climb and climbed with school friends. I joined the T.A. in 1990, ran with the O.T.C. Mountain running squad, was Reserve for the British Military Pentathlon Squad and completed the Welsh 1000. In 1991, I climbed the west face of the Eiger. I studied Geological Sciences at Leeds Uni, joining the Climbing Club & led E6 on Grit, F7b+ Limestone and E5 Slate with Winter Climbing IV in the Lakes & Snowdonia. After graduating in 1994, I began to lead groups, first as Assistant Leader, Expedition Photographer, in Arctic Norway for the British Schools Exploring Society. In 1998 I was joint Fire Leader (Mountain & Science Leader, Geology) for the BSES Indian Himalaya Expedition. After a serious accident I learned to walk again & after several operations over a number of years, eventually to run. I trained via the 2008 (& 2018) Snowdonia & Langdale marathons to rerun the Welsh 1000 in 2009. I have since completed the CRO Challenge Ingleborough Marathon five times 2014-19 (cancelled '20) & now frequently walk / run in Bowland. I have spent many wonderful days & nights in mountain and wilderness environments and enjoy sharing my passion for flora, fauna and landscape with others. I am a firm believer in the “Nature Fix” as having the potential to bring wide-ranging benefits for many and varied issues to lots of different people. I believe that key to building individuals, group and teams’ confidence and inter-personal skills is shared values, challenge & stretching experience in a fun, engaging & active outdoor environment.

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Rory Cook

I have travelled to many places in my life from Dubia to Scotland as examples, learning new skills and experiencing life to the fullest. I have completed some awards included my NICAS Level 1 in rock climbing, I have been using this qualification to build upon and enhance my outdoor sport climbing experience, with the aspiration to progress into trad climbing. I am also in the process of completing my summer mountain leader award, which I hope to complete and be able to use this experience and take people out into the hills for great experiences. I have also completed my RYA level 1 Dinghy Qualification, which I have not used much, however, would like to increase my competence as sailing is something I truly enjoy and is a great way to travel. In terms of why I love having awards, is that it shows to people that you have taken the time to train in your passions. This then helps create a better atmosphere with people, as they trust in you and you trust in your abilities, and the security that the skills you have learnt are correct.

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Jose Leon

I've been in the mountains for as long as I can remember. Born in Madrid into a mountaineering family, most of our holidays were spent walking or climbing in the "Picos de Europa" national park in summer and skiing every winter in Andorra. In Spain, I got my mountain leader award when I was 20 and I worked for several years in related jobs, as a MTB instructor and at a climbing adventure park. I love to share with people days in the mountains, climbing, or sharing my knowledge. I came to Scotland two years ago in love with its mountains and its people. After two years of learning the language here, I think it's time to receive mountain leader training in the UK, which will allow me to work in the mountains again as soon as possible!

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Barry Eggleton

Often found in the hills. Ultra/ Trail/ barefoot runner & adventure endurance athlete. No awards yet but working towards HML.

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Mark Thompson

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Morris Rodham

Over 30 years experience of Mountain Walking in all areas of UK, including completing all 284 Munros in Scotland, in all weather conditions! Love winter mountaineering and also ice climbing. Have Summer Mountain Leader and had done course, with log-book etc all completed and ready for Winter ML Assessment, but an ankle injury prevented me from taking the assessment. Currently living in Patterdale in the Lake District with mountains all around, and Striding Edge/Helvellyn accessible from my front door. I love helping people enjoy the mountains, and also teaching navigation skills so that people can enjoy the mountains on their own in all weathers! See www.mj-enterprises.co.uk. Contact morris@MJ-Enterprises.co.uk for more information, or ring 07774 296652.

My Mountain Training Story :

George Gibson

In 2001 I enrolled in a level 5 Sport & Fitness course and never looked back. I went onto gain various academic and both Sport and Fitness qualifications including; HND in Sports Coaching, Undergraduate Degree in Sports Studies, Football, Athletics, Hockey, Basketball, Level 2 Gym Instructor, Level 3 Personal Trainer, Indoor Cycling instructor, Les Mills RPM, Boxercise, Cross Cardio, Fatburn Extreme and Metafit. My greatest achievement came in 2013 when, after 7 years of lecturing, I was awarded my Postgraduate Degree; Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) at Dundee University. Since then I have also achieved my assessors award at Level 8 to assess both Level 2 Gym Instructors and Level 3 Personal Trainers and worked in partnership with Active IQ and then in 2016 I become the Senior lecturer of Fitness, Health & Exercise at Glasgow Clyde College. In 2017 I created my own company Tri-HiiT and became a recognised training provider for Indoor Cycling. As well as Indoor Cycling, Tri-HiiT provides Boxercise, High impact non-equipment classes and Personal Training. I love teaching, watching students mature and create themselves an identity that is highly recognised and appreciated in the Fitness industry. Each year, I watch students achieve transferable life skills that can benefit them in any industry, but to see them develop into good instructors is very rewarding. Rewarding as you worked with their knowledge and mixed it with your own experience to become first class instructors. Each November the College has its graduation for successful HNC and HND learners and apart from feeling proud of my learners achievements, everytime I put on my academic gown I think back to the day I woke up in 2001...what a journey!

My Mountain Training Story :

Philip Truby

I'm a Level 3 Exercise Referral qualified instructor, with additional training in cancer and exercise (Level 4 Cancer and Exercise Rehabilitation). I currently work full-time in a local authority public health team with my exercise instructor role an addition to this. I previously managed a city wide exercise referral programme. In this role, I worked with people who had a range of different long term health conditions, and would look to find an activity that was suitable for them. I would always ensure that the activity was enjoyable, safe and tailored to the individual's needs.

My Mountain Training Story :

Laura Mackie

Originally from Manchester, Laurs now lives on the Isle of Man. She does go back to Manchester as she still has lots of family and friends there. Formerly a debt collector, Laurs discovered her love of fitness whilst on her own fitness journey, of weight loss to muscle/stamina increase. Laurs was encouraged to pursue a qualification within the fitness industry and soon enough the journey began. Having not studied for some time, doubts crept in but through encouraging friends and family Laurs managed to stay on track and in April 2019 became a fully qualified Gym Instructor. In July 2019, Laurs took a leap of faith and left her secure office job to concentrate on the final few weeks of her Diploma. This was a huge gamble, which paid off. In September 2019, Laurs finally gained her Active IQ Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training. Whilst doing the course, Laurs worked, looked after her children, and began her Pole Instructor journey. Laurs, applied for a job at the local Ladies Only gym Warehouse Fitness. She was very lucky to be given the job and is now settled within her job there. She teaches classes most days and loves the gyms atmosphere. Laurs loves helping people hit their goals and knows how hard the journey can be, having tried numerous times over the years. It really doesn’t have to be that hard, and Laurs can show you how easily YOU can hit those goals. Laurs also has an obsession with Skulls, hence the reason for the logo. The name Paramount Fitness came about as Laurs believes that your health should be Paramount.

My Mountain Training Story :

Jack Gibbs

I got into training through a desire to become a better rugby player. After often being the smallest player on the pitch I made it my mission to get quicker, faster and stronger. Over the years of training to become a better rugby player, my love for fitness began to grow & grow. When my rugby career was cut short in 2016 due to numerous concussions I decide to jump head first (literally…) & follow my passion for training. I completed my Personal Training qualification soon after retiring from rugby. My first step in the fitness industry was a Strength & Conditioning internship with Newcastle University Performance Sport in 2017. I gained a huge amount of experience and knowledge during this year long internship. Following on from the internship, I started personal training full time out of a small studio in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne & set up my online coaching business. I worked out of the studio for 2 years. I was able to complete a University degree in Rural Studies (I still don’t know what it is either…but I still got a 2:1) during this time too. In November of 2019 I set up Clubhouse Gyms. We now have one Clubhouse Gym open in Newcastle Upon Tyne, with 2 more opening very soon. I now live in London and offer home visit personal training & online coaching. I have coached 100s & 100s of people over the past 3-4 years and have fortunately been able to make a real difference to numerous people’s lives!

My Mountain Training Story :

Julie Cunningham

I have worked in outdoor education for over 20 years. I started life as a teacher in S Wales and preferred to be on the water boating, then moved up to the lakes and into outdoor education and fell in love with the crags and fells! I started working on the mountain training scheme in the late 90's. I share the Head of Centre role at Ghyll Head Outdoor Centre on Windermere, Cumbria. The centre has been open for 50 years and has an AALS license. I am a technical advisor for open canoeing and mountaineering. I have a real passion for mountaineering and ski touring in particular. Over the years I have travelled extensively to paddle, climb and ski. These days I head to the Alps or Scotland for short bursts, it fits better with family life! I hold the MIA and winter ML and a range of paddlesport qualifications I love working on the mountain training scheme and am happiest out on the fells :-)

My Mountain Training Story :

Helen Heybourn Flynn

My story starts as a rather podgy baby, little did my mother know at the time that I was IG reactive to milk, gluten, beef, hazelnuts and almonds, through no fault of her own, back in the 70’s that kind of problem just wasn’t considered. I struggled with weight gain to the point of becoming obese and with infertility Issues in my adult life. I was in my late thirties when I was insistent that things had to change and after some Medical investigations a number of problems could be addressed. Through a careful diet and exercise program with the help of a Personal Trainer I was able to turn things around I was forty two at this point!

My Mountain Training Story :

Keith Thomson

I have been walking and climbing in the Scottish mountains and my local hills for over twenty years. My passion is heading out into the mountains wether that be on my own or with a group, to date I have climbed over 211 Munro’s completing various sections on my travels. In August 2019 I completed a summer ML course in the Cairngorms which I really enjoyed, I was planning on an assessment but the Covid 19 pandemic scuppered that, but I will pursue this ASAP. To date I have tried as best to keep my training fresh in the memory and practice as often as I can. I am still active on the mountains and continue my pursuit of completing my Munro round and enjoy the new challenges on the way.

My Mountain Training Story :

Ruaridh Wedgwood

Just getting back into hill walking after a hiatus due to injury and over exposure to outside living due to work. Have started bagging Munros this year and I am really enjoying being out in the Scottish countryside again.

My Mountain Training Story :

Mel Wade

Hi and welcome to my page. My name is Mel and I have been in the sporting industry since I was a child, starting as a gymnast, I then developed into a Level 5 (HPC) Gymnastics Coach. When I was at the height of my coaching career - before I had my beautiful children, I would train gymnasts up to 25 hours per week, my proudest achievement is helping one of my gymnasts earn her place in the GB Development squad. I have 3 girls and finally a boy, when I fell Pregnant with my 4th, I was over 40 and found the whole pregnancy very hard, I found not being able to do things as easy as I could before quite difficult and I felt quite low at some points, It was during this time that I thought once I’ve had this little man I want to do something to help others, not just post pregnant ladies but male and females that want to feel better about themselves. I teach, circuit classes, HIIT classes, ETM classes, legs, bums and tums and along with my gymnastics qualifications a toning and flexibility class. I am happy to come and teach in your local community, I am also happy to come to you with a group of friends for a fun work out. If any of the above interests you, pease do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Best wishes Mel Wade Qualifications - Level 2 ETM Level 5 HPC Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Coach Level 2 Trampoline Coach Level 2 Pre School in gymnastics Coach Level 2 Special needs in gymnastics Coach First Aid Qualified Safe Guarding up to date DBS up to date

My Mountain Training Story :

Daniel Hutchins

I'm a Postman. I'm also an Infantryman in the Army Reserve, as part of 3rd Battilion PWRR since 2014. I’ve frequently trained in the Brecon Beacons/Black Mountains areas. I'm currently on a MTUK ML (s) night nav defferral. Worked for Highsports as a senior climbing instructor from 2010, Europes largest provider of indoor climbing. I'm hoping to complete my CWLA here. 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 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 equally terrified of them.

My Mountain Training Story :

Leigh Stephenson

I have been a keen hill walker for most of my life, although for that past 10 years I have been running marathons, half marathons and club track running. Before that I became a pilot, jumped out of planes, with a parachute of course, and a whole load more of dangerous sports. Nowadays I want to take my hill walking to the next level, climing, scambling and winter mountaineering etc. I have always been someone to push myself, I have a competitive nature, and I always want to challenge myself. I have always crammed as much as I can in to my life. I like a sense of danger and being on the edge.


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