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 :

Rob Messenger

I grew up in the fells of Cumbria and this is where my interest and passion in outdoor activities such as hillwalking, rock climbing and canoeing started. This passion led me to start working in the outdoor industry in 2008 working at a range of outdoor education centres, both commercial and local education authority. In 2009 I started to volunteer within a UK Search and Rescue Team responding to callouts for lost or injured walkers and climbers as well as searching for missing or vulnerable persons. I have held many different roles within the team most notably as a Search and Rescue Dog Handler with NSARDA. In 2021 my first SARDA dog "Penny" retired and now enjoys her time at home in front of the fire or taking leisurely walks around our home near the Peak District meanwhile I am out with my young dog "Ghyll". Joining a search and rescue team came directly as a result of my passion and interest in the outdoors and having been involved in an emergency that required Mountain Rescue help, when a friend hit the ground whilst climbing, I had the desire to put something back in to the outdoor society and use my skills to make a difference to those who need it most. A change in circumstances led me away from the outdoor industry and in to the rope access and industrial climbing industry where I am currently a trainer for a commercial provider, delivering courses to the Ministry of Defence, UK Government and other organisations. In 2018 I joined the London Eye's Emergency Rescue and Intervention Team supporting a 24hr 7 day a week cover of climbers and rope rescue technicians who are able to respond to an incident on the London Eye. With experience in mountaineering, rock and industrial climbing I joined the British Mountaineering Councils Technical Committee in 2021 where I hope my knowledge and experience will come in useful to help the outdoor community and keep fellow climbers safe.

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Luke Holland

I'm Luke, and I'm hoping to get a CWI certificate so that in the summer of 2022 I can kick off my gap year teaching climbing to kids at a summer camp in the USA! I've been climbing at my local centre since I was about 7, and though I'm not great at it I absolutely love it.

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Kate Ingham

WSA trainer and owner of SUP Bristol.

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Dean Harrington

I started hill walking in 1975, when I was 10 years old with my dad, in the Brecon Beacons, I started Climbing at the age of 12, was helping on climbing and hill walking courses at the local outdoor Pursuit centre at the age of 15. I had the pleasure of many people from different backgrounds, abilities and handicaps. I climbed, walked and cross country skiing in many areas of the British Isles, Scandinavian and French, Italian & Swiss Alps. Since 2005, I been a Instructor in the Sea Cadets, where I run the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Expeditions and adventure Training in our Unit, with my son is showing interest in climbing and with the D of E, I am looking into renewing my climbing and hill walking qualifications.

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john Robinson

UKC link https://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/showlog.php?id=208906

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Stephen Bingham

Even before taking the leap and starting my journey as a outdoor professional I had a passion for being outdoors walking in the mountain of the Lake district and Snowdonia, with numerous long distance trails thrown in as well. Since becoming mountain leader sharing my mountain experiences with clients and building their confidence on the own journeys. I now run my own company Peak Hikes and Bikes where I tailor walks an days out to suite my clients, there nothing more special than waving the clients off at the end of the day looking tired but knowing they have had a good day on the hills. I also work with Duke of Edinburgh students teaching them camping and navigation skills and helping them on there way though their award whether its from classroom days to gold expedition assessments.

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Bradley Robertson

Hello so my name is Bradley most people call me brad, I started walking/hiking roughly around six years ago. I originally wasn't going to go when my friends asked me, mainly through being lazy but I did and six years later and I absolutely love the outdoors. My first hill was moel famu which nearly destroyed me now I have done roughly nearly 200 summits. Hills and mountains helped me so much with fitness and my mind, I find the mountains such a peaceful place and an escape it really has brought me so many memories and joy. I feel like I could be in the hills/mountains everyday.

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dionne Geary

I Am a Fully qualified personal trainer at JD Gyms

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Kay Commis

Mum was a walker and had my brothers and I walking in the hills, moors and woods of Yorkshire from the moment we could walk (and in a carry rucksack thing before then). All our childhood photos are of us in the outdoors with the exception of 2. From 5yrs old my brother and I were part of a walking group with our mum. We were the only children in the group. We would go every other Saturday and would walk around Yorkshire and Lancashire. On the weekends we were not with the group our mum would take us walking herself and allow me to bring friends with me. My favourite place was Jack's Bridge near He been Bridge and Todmorden. As a teen the walking stopped (for various reasons). In my twenties I started walking on my own mainly on the Yorkshire moors. At uni I explored the area around Aberystwyth and fell in love with Wales. Ceredigion us beautiful. I gave been in Wales ever since. I have done the Yorkshire 3 peaks twice (and all the hard training walks involved) as well as the Clun Challenge and the BC Ramble. I don't really do challenges anymore, I just love walking to find new places and to be in nature, fully engrossed in nature away from modern life.

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Robert Stringer

I have been working on Covid 19 from the start of 2021, working at a number of locations as an Operative and now Team Leader of MTU 1117A. Have also worked with all other Team Leaders deployed from, Nottingham. Been accepted by SIA (Security-Industry-Authority) my registration number is 1179335399284. Have been deployed to all Covid 19 Locations. The highest qualification I hold is a master’s degree in Management awarded by Loughborough University, My experience, interpersonal, communication, presentation and negotiation skills enable me to offer a totally unique value proposition to Serco. Do consider myself as a people person. Have completed several on-line NHS modules with certification. Proactive motivated Senior Manager with an engineering background and international experience in managing multiple building construction, civil engineering, hydropower, water and wastewater mechanical & electrical projects for a variety of prestigious multinational companies. Well-developed interpersonal, communication, presentation and negotiation skills allied with outstanding technical knowledge and an ability to maintain effective communications with stakeholders. An analytical leader renowned for creating empowered environments and driving increased turnover, profit, productivity, operational efficiency, risk reduction, client satisfaction. Travelled extensive throughout the UK and Europe working on Contracts in Germany, Holland, France, Spain, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Italy and non-European counties Mexico, Kazakhstan, China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, USA, Romania, Israel, Brazil, South Korea and Australia. I created a Limited Company named “Project Management & Engineering Ltd“ 28/03/2019 to facilitate the Contract work I was doing at the time. This company is still valid and is also VAT Registered.

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Richard Phillips

I completed my MLT at JSMTC Indefatigable in Dec 2001 in the early part of my military career. During the next 18 years I have planned and led numerous mountaineering expeditions across the world and completed my Joint Service Mountain Expedition Leader (JSMEL) qualification. I also started my Winter Mountain Leader Training during the latter half of career with course ran out of Ballachulish. I know support the Army Cadet Forces in Kent delivering NNAS curses and DofE Expeditions.

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Dougie Brunton

I seek to combine my two passions into an outdoor career - engaging people with adventurous outdoor activities with promoting the conservation of Scotland's natural environment. I am currently developing my skills as a multi-activity outdoor instructor alongside becoming a knowledgeable field ecologist. In 2021, I graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a BSc (Hons) in Ecological and Environmental Sciences. I focused my elective courses on conservation science and plant science but I thoroughly enjoyed the breadth of the interdisciplinary nature of the degree. To access this specific university course, I first went to college in Aberdeen for a year. In both Edinburgh and Aberdeen I was heavily involved in the university climbing clubs and I was elective Safety Secretary in the EUMC in 2019. I have worked for various outdoor activity companies providing activities to a wide diversity of clients. I was an apprentice outdoor instructor at Stramash Social Enterprise taking people out climbing, gorge walking, kayaking, and many other activities throughout Argyll and Bute. I have also worked for outdoor companies in Kenya, UAE/Oman and in Edinburgh for my current job providing DofE walking expeditions to young adults with additional support needs in areas of high deprivation.

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Steve Evison

I am an ecologist with a passion for exploring our relationship with nature. I continue to explore around the Uk and overseas, and for me outdoor pursuits is a means of travel (be it canoe, scuba, bike, climb, ski, snowboard, etc etc) to get to where I need to get to! I leanrt navigation on Dartmoor at Uni, before working in Snowdonia building footpaths, fencing, heging, drystone walling & other conservation work for 3 years. Wardened on Ben Lawers for 6 months building paths, guiding groups, and carrying out survey of the rare alpine fern which took me solo to remoter areas of the Lawers range. Then after a period working in Snowdonia as a forester and training countryside skills in the mountains, during which time I did a lot of rock climbing including 2 alpine climbing trips to do mainly rock climbs, 2 and 3 days walks with wild camps and my first proper snow hole trip. I then did two seasons in Alaska fort the US Forest Service. This involved a lot of work in very remote areas (before GPS!) guided by a compass and airial photos. Usually dropped by helicopter, float plane or a few hour boat trip we wwould then be surveying for up to 12 hours at a time, sometimes camping wild overnight in static camps. The winter I worked in Nicaragua the first year after time in Denali and other northern areas. The second year in Vermont and walked parts of the Green Mountain and Adirondack trails. Then based between North Wales and Middlesborough I got in climbs and walks in the North York Moors and Northumberland. After 2.5 years in Tanzania, I returned to set up a business in the UK, based on the mid Wales border. Since then in the last 25 years I have walked a lot in north and mid Wales, done 2 trips to the Himalaya (to trek and climb), a few to the Alps (mainly skiiing and walking / snow shoeing), plus a few trips to Scotland and the Lakes (and the odd day out on Dartmoor etc). I am now based much of my time in Scotland but with regular trips back to Wales.

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Steven Bower

Being in the mountains is a passion and being able to share my passion with others is without doubt the best feeling in the world. I believe that being in the mountains as a way of life that is very rewarding, to be embraced and cherished; whether climbing high on an alpine mountain or walking on a Lakeland path. I love introducing new people of all ages and abilities to the mountains, sharing their joy and sense of achievement, working together on a wonderful shared experience that they can carry with them. My climbing and mountaineering awards have enabled me to work with charities, corporations and individuals delivering achievable yet demanding experiences. I have over 35 years of professional outdoor education and mountaineering experience, including three tours in Norway with the Royal Marines, working with RCD on the development of high ropes courses in the UK and overseeing the continued training and standard of outdoor activities throughout Centre Parcs and Pontins within the UK and Europe. I am a qualified and registered social Worker and I have the ability to draw on my experience as a social worker and child and family therapist to work with people of all ages and abilities. My outdoor education work often entails me focusing on the strength and ability of the person to bring about a possitive experience.

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Liam Pearson

My passion for sport and physical exercise started at a young age when i would participate in as much as i could. Swimming was my main sport when exercising along with football. I studied PE at GCSE level and then moved to a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport at college. A few years later i joined the military and I received my award as part of my training course back in 2016. I have my award for individual training programmes to help clients achieve their weight loss, fitness test or sport specific training goals as well as planning and running circuit training sessions for up to 80 people. I love having my qualification as I get to see clients grow within themselves, confidence boosts in their ability to improve and also educate them to make their training or eating habits a lifestyle change.

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Lynsey Rowe

Hi, I'm Lynsey, and I am a Studio Owner and Personal Trainer, running a successful Pole and Aerial Arts Studio and a C.I.C. (Community Interest Company - It's a type of Non-Profit Organisation/Social Enterprise) that aims to get more people involved in living a more active life, and improving the Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem, Health and Wellbeing of our members, and the local community. I have a specific interest in encompassing all aspects of health and wellness - Encouraging people to protect their Mental, Emotional, Physical and Sexual Health, in a supportive, Non-Judgemental environment. I have been registered Blind since 2004. I have over 40 years of Dance and Flexibility experience in various disciplines, Currently I partake in Pole Dance/Pole Fitness, Aerial Hoop, Aerial Silks, and have placed 1st in a National Competition twice (and 2nd Place once) for Pole Dance. I am proud to be representing Great Britain in the next International Pole Championships.

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Willord Capulong

Never STOP learning.

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Ben Morgan-Gray

Ben holds the Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI), Climbing Wall Development Instructor (CWDI) and Summer Mountain Leader (ML) qualifications. Having come to the outdoor later in life he previously co-founded and set up a health-tech business and continues to provide consultancy to the NHS, public services and Voluntary, Charitable and Social Enterprise (VCSE) clients. Ben's passion for climbing started 15 years ago when he started climbing indoors at a ski resort, of all places! He was hooked on the addictive combination of physical challenge and mental problem solving that climbing provides. In recent years he has grown to love the outdoors and revels in the freedom and development that comes with climbing and mountaineering. He is particularly enjoying trad climbing especially multi-pitch. He is committed to personal development and is currently preparing for assessment for his Foundation Coach (FC) and Development Coach (DC) awards, as well as training for the Rock Climbing Development Instructor (RCDI) and Mountaineering & Climbing Instructor (MCI) awards.

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Jack Ardern

I have a BTEC Level 3 in Sport (Coaching, Development and Fitness) (QCF). I have been passionate about Fitness since an early age, to such an extent that I actually competed in a bodybuilding competition when I was 19. After a brief period studying at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, I have a broad range of experience of multiple forms of fitness activity.

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Carl Edwards

Been enjoying the mountain area for around 7 years now, originally from Hull but now living in South Wales. iv spent most weekends in the Hills some where in the UK, headed abroad to do some bits in the alps, in tanzania, Mexico and Ireland, started taking up more climbing and enjoy the mountaineering side of things, spent a fw weeks last year ice climbing and skiing in Italy and most recently joined mountain rescue (western beacons).

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Dave Talbot

I am a highly qualified and experienced event organiser, mountain guide and safety professional. I am the director of Dave Talbot Ltd - https://davetalbot.net/ I have a wide and varied breadth and depth of experience gained over the past 17 years and use it to work as a technical advisor for large organisations. I have worked for the BBC, Touching the Void, Asaro, Channel 4, Boots, Suzuki, PWC, Hyundai, Jaguar/Land Rover and others, creating brand events, building events in remote locations, mountain guiding around the world, filming and performing safety work. I have been featured in the BBC ‘Coast’ series several times climbing new routes for the cameras and presenting on different shows. In 2014 I ran the event that launched the Geneva Motor Show for Jaguar/Land Rover, this combined all of my skills from logistics to health and safety and creativity. In 2015 I was sponsored by Suzuki to ride from the UK to Slovenia on motorbikes and take a BBC presenter up the north face of Triglav and self film the whole project. More recently, I’ve just been sponsored by Montane to make a film about climbing Mt Kenya and speed climbing Kilimanjaro. More information on my filming safety work and projects can be found here - https://davetalbot.net/tv-and-film-safety/ Details on my creative production and content work can be found here - https://davetalbot.net/adventurecontent/

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Jordan Curry

Since passing my RCI and CWI at college, I have worked for two different company's until the pandemic hit. The first working on a climbing/abseil tower, zip line, leap of faith & night line. The second company I ran sessions on corbys crag Northumberland. I love being able to run safe and fun sessions with people I have only just met or my friends and family.

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Albert William Park

Hi I'm Bert, I am a Director of East Coast Outdoors CIC, based in Ipswich, Suffolk. We are an AALA registered DofE foot expedition provider, we also offer Forest School, Beach School and Bushcraft activities, as well as being a provider of the Countryside Leader Award. I have led 20 overseas expedition (WCE, True Adventures & Far Frontiers), 29 UK based expedition training weekends and 80 DofE expeditions. I have completed over 600 orienteering events, 20 mountain marathons, 34 cross country/LDWA marathons, and 3 ultra marathons (50 miles+). I was a school DofE centre coordinator for 5 years, so have a good working knowledge of the whole DofE System, trained Events Visits Coordinator (EVC) on Evolve. I am now focusing fully on outdoor work after a 24 year army career and 13 years as a Secondary School Teacher. During COVID I worked as a Youth Support Practitioner in Children’s Homes. When not doing outdoor education I am a tutor for a social work company and a supply teacher.

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Algernon O'Connell

Even before getting the award this has been amazing fun to find like minded people with similar passions. Working towards this has made me safer and help me gain much more knowlege. Looking forward to doing many other courses in the future.

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Andrew Thomson

I am a foundation level doctor with an interest in wilderness and remote medicine. I have a passion for the outdoors as well as bushcraft.

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Elizabeth Senior

My personal fitness journey began a number of years ago. My development into fitness did not progress until 2016, originally my intention was to treat patients within the NHS (operating department practice - but that wasn't to be)). I made the decision to develop myself (educationally) and in June 2016, as a single parent, I made the big decision to go to university and study Health and Nutrition and this is where I also gained my L2 Fitness Instructor, L3 Personal Trainer, and L3 Exercise Referral qualifications (as well as a BSc). Since university, getting into employment that fitted in with my 'circumstances, was difficult and I gained employment with an NHS service provider who used interventions to prevent, manage and reverse type 2 diabetes and uses psychological, dietary, and physical activity interventions to assist a populus in socially deprived areas. At the present moment, I have the opportunity to move into an exercise therapy role which will facilitate my future expectations (providing a holistic approach to illness and disease) and from there, to develop my own business and help those with chronic and long-term health conditions by using physical activity and exercise to manage and improve the wellbeing.

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Arthur Fearnall

Arthur Fearnall. 27 years old. BA (Honors) First Class degree in Adventure Sports Coaching. PGCE (Secondary) in Outdoor Education with First Class distinction. Lieutenant and Platoon Commander at D Company, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Welsh (Army Reserves). Mountain Leader Rock Climbing Instructor Sea Kayak Leader Paddlesport Leader DofE Assessor Qualified teacher of Outdoor Education

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Gerry O'Brien

I have always been attracted towards the adventure, the beauty and the challenge of life outdoors. As a teenager, largely through my involvement in Scouting, I was lucky enough to have the freedom to experience wild camping on Scotland’s moors and mountains and to travel the country on my bike- camping and hostelling and trying my hand on rock for the first time. During my vacations from university I worked as an “Adventures Counsellor” in Camp Howe, Goshen, Massachussetts and managed groups of young people on overnight camping trips, basic rock an abseiling experiences, longer treks in the White Mountains in Maine, ropes courses and team building. Working as a teacher with an interest in raising achievement for all pupils, saw me looking at the expedition section of the Duke of Edinburgh award as an area in which my interest in the outdoors could be used to great advantage for the young people with whom I work. I successfully completed the Sports Leaders UK Basic Expedition Leader Award, my first formal qualification in the field. I was very happy to achieve a "Spirit of Leadership" Award for my work throughout the programme leading to the assessment. I qualified as a Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Assessor at the same time, and have organised many expeditions for my own school and worked as an external assessor and supervisor for expeditions run by North Lanarkshire Council. I have subsequently qualified as a Hill and Moorland Leader with an Expedition Module certification. This has opened up the terrain for more adventurous expeditions with the young people I teach. I have also renewed my involvement with Scouting and have been working with a local Explorer Scout Unit and hold a Scout Association T1 Hillwalking Supervisory permit and T2 Leadership permit.

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Colin Crockart

I have been an outdoor instructor since 1998 and have spent my career in the outdoors coaching, leading and inspiring people in the outdoors. My CV includes Rock Climbing and Mountaineering Instructor IRATA L1 ROSPA Ropes course Operational Inspection and Maintenance Certificate Level 4 Canoe Coach, Level 3 Kayak coach and FSRT provider. I am working toward becoming a provider of Canoe Leader and Advanced Canoe leadership courses in 2022. White water safety and rescue provider I also coach/lead Mountain Biking skills and expeditions. I freelance for lot's of different companies from D of E to the MOD running 12 day courses with 4 day expeditions in the Highlands and N Wales. This previously named AT now involves personal development of the soldiers mindset, leadership and coping strategies to name a few elements. This taps into my previous experience with The Outward Bound Trust as a Apprentice trainer and Senior Instructor. Couple that with the best possible variety of terrain and challenges In the UK! Available with a calendar to hand and happy to help with any enquiry be it advice, guiding or coaching of skills for a group. Email: colincrockart@hotmail.com Phone: 07816 55 33 49 Linked In: Colin Crockart

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Louise Herzog

As a CrossFit nut, I have a passion for weightlifting which has fuelled my business and fascination of using the unconscious mind for dramatic change in performance. I believe in the power of movement for mental health – whether it’s walking or finding a sport like me – its effects on the mind are profound. For over 20 years I have worked in fast paced, high pressure and tough sales environments. With my corporate background I have worked in both intense, structured sales settings running high performance teams, working with entrepreneurial companies and getting new businesses started. I hit a point in my life where I was “performing” at work but definitely not doing the same with life. As a new working mother, I faced emotional stress I hadn’t anticipated – I had to find a way to change and quickly! I explored multiple coaching methods for my own development and realised that this was my passion. I knew I wanted to educate others and show them the widest range of tools for FAST, effective change. I trained in numerous techniques, both scientific and alternative approaches – offering a mind and body approach. As part of my master’s training, I experienced the NLP “Breakthrough”, an intensive two-day session using powerful techniques to deliver change. It was a pivotal moment for me, I hadn’t understood how much repressed negative emotion I had allowed to hold me back, I wasn’t aware of the decisions I made years ago that limited my performance daily. I was inspired to create The Revolution Mindset Programme, combining the power of BOTH conscious and unconscious coaching techniques through Revolution Cycle – Mindset, Movement, Sleep and Breathe. It teaches you to change thinking, through a unique science coaching style, and provides you with the tools to master your own life.

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Lauren Maclean

Hi, I'm Lauren, I love exercise and have been attending a myriad of fitness classes for over ten years. I decided to take my passion further and qualified in Body Pump in January 2021. I only wish I'd done it sooner! I thoroughly enjoy teaching and helping others engage in exercise, increase their confidence and reap the rewards. Learning about the human body; anatomy and physiology; the health & fitness industry; mental wellbeing; marketing strategies and all things exercise-related fascinates me as I like to build my knowledge to the benefit of clubs and members alike. I pride myself on making my classes accessible for everyone so that every participant feels valued, respected and a sense of achievement. I like to relate to members and show genuine care through active listening. I'm excited about my journey ahead; continuing to work with clubs to help members build their fitness and return to classes given the enjoyment they find in group exercise. Extra information: I have a Diploma in Personal Training (Level 2 Gym Instructor & Level 3 PT combined) which I completed in December 2019 and I achieved ETM Level 2 in 2012.

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Andrew Pitt

Being brought up in a outdoor family I have always been an outdoor type of person. I completed my Duke of Edinburgh Gold in 2010 I then cemented my love of the walking by completing the Coast to Coast walk with my sister in 2011. From then on I have spent part of almost every year up in the lake district and regularly am out walking in places closer to my base in London. I started bouldering in 2019 which then lead itself to starting to top rope in 2020 and Lead in 2021. 2021 also saw me tackle my first Triathlons and a 70.3 is in the planning for 2022.

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David Bourke

I started my hiking journey in 2005 by joining Sligo Mountaineering Club. In 2012 I qualified as a Mountain Leader. In 2016 I set up a hiking business called High Hopes Hiking. I provide guided hiking throughout Ireland and also parts of Wales and the Lake District in Cumbria. My aim is to deliver a fun time with lasting memories through hiking in a mountain enviroment which will enable participants to gain a greater appreciation of nature, flora and fauna and the countryside. I seek to enable and inspire people to hike in areas that they would otherwise not have the confidence or knowledge to do so. My main focus is on small groups and individuals. Hiking is my passion and as a qualified Mountain Leader and through my business I have the pleasure of sharing this passion with others who join in our guided hikes.

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Tomos Ffrancon

My name is Tomos Ffrancon I am a trainee solicitor with Guthrie Jones Jones LLP and a farmer working on the family farm in the Bala, Gwynedd area. Within my spare time, I am a voluntary member of South Snowdonia Search & Rescue Team. I have been a team member for the past 4 years having recently re-qualified in the Casualty Care Certification which is a national qualification allowing mountain rescue team members to practice first aid to the highest recognised standard in the UK. I am also a qualified Swift Water Rescue Technician and a Fatal Incident Protocol Officer. Outside of mountain resuce I am a keen and experienced walker having recently began climbing. I am fluent in both Welsh and English.

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Dianne Brooksbank

Di is an experienced trek and walking leader, having led many trips in the Alps, other parts of Europe , South America, Himalaya, New Zealand and the UK. She is a qualified International Mountain Leader and holds the French Carte Pro. Passionate about mountains, she has a wealth of personal mountaineering and trekking experience in the Himalaya, the Andes and New Zealand as well as lots of places in Europe - Austrian Alps, Italian Dolomites, Switzerland, Corsica and of course the French Alps. Living and working in the Lake District, she knows its mountains and its moods and loves nothing more than to introduce newcomers to one of her favourite place in the world. Her hobbies include climbing and mountain biking and she's tackled most of the awe-inspiring via ferrata in the Dolomites plus a few Alpine summits over the years. www.dibmountain.co.uk

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Alexander Kay

My first experiences of the outdoors were whilst growing up - camping and canoeing trips with the family, and days out exploring the hills around Northern Snowdonia. This extended to trips as a Scout, and the completion of my Duke of Edinburgh Awards at school. During my final years of education I participated in a Student Expedition to Madagascar. My eyes were opened to the possibility of a career within outdoor education. Inspired by my Expedition Leader, I dropped out of University and dedicated myself to this new goal, completing my Mountain Leader Training in 2011, before embarking on a few seasons with PGL to get started within the industry. My first placement at an outdoor education centre was at Blue Peris Mountain Centre, between 2013-2014. Afterwards I chose to pursue a career within freelance instructing. Over the course of the subsequent 3 years, I had come full-circle, instructing for a reliable breadth of outdoor education centres, and leading my first of many expeditions, two of which were for the same company I had gone to Madagascar with. In 2018, I completed the Instructor Scheme at Plas Y Brenin, further enhancing my skill-set and opening up many more opportunities. I have been fortunate enough to work across the UK and overseas ever since; For an innumerable amount of fantastic outdoor education centres and independent providers, and through guiding on over 20 student/adult expeditions, venturing to some of the World's highest peaks. I am forever thankful for having the ability to combine my passion for the outdoors and enthusiasm for travel in the work that I do. I remain self-employed, working in a freelance capacity for many organisations, and privately with my own fantastic clients (www.alexanderkay.co.uk). Nowadays the hardest job is striking a balance between work, play and completing a few more qualifications as the years go on...

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michael williams

I have always been interested in outdoors. I feel free and at one when on the hills. More to complete.....

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Sean Francis

I grew up hill walking in rural Wales and later the Outer Hebridees, often spending all day in the hills alone. Once finishing school I took a gap year where I walked the Camino de Santiago solo, meeting up my brother in Sarria where we then walked to Finisterre together. I've climbed hills and mountains in Turkey, Spain, France, Scotland, Wales and Ireland as well as completing long distance treks in many of these locations too.

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Liam Shakles

Royal Corps of Signals veteran Group Leader - US 2nd Infantry Division (39-45 Society)

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Ian Johnston

Having family heritage in the e Lakes lead to early rambles leading to starting climbing at 14. 31 years as a firefighter meant time off during the week so developing my skills to include mountaineering and skiing! This lead to gaining the MCI and BASI Level 3 Telemark teacher. I still participate and practice all aspects of mountaineering and skiing in addition to holding a CertEd, NEBOSH General Certificate and have completed the e Technical Expert module with AMI.

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Lewis Grandidge

I'm a special Constables and a Teaching Assistant. I love to help my community and to build bonds between communities and professionals.

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Julian Dodson

I have been a walker all my life from doing my Scout 1st Class hike in the "wilds" of Leicestershire as a 14 year old in 1966. I am still involved in Scouting, as a Rover Scout in independent traditional Scouting, and love encouraging young people to discover the countryside and the hills. I'm a semi retired DofE trainer, supervisor and assessor and share my passion for the hills with young people on bronze, silver and gold expeditions. I also enjoy discovering new walking delights in the UK and internationally. I have achieved my ambition of becoming an "old rock climber" and still enjoy the occasional trad climb - and am happy to accept that V Diff is now my limit - and they are indeed very difficult.

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Aaron Pierre

I'm Aaron Pierre I'm an active mixed martial artist and Jiu-jitsu competitor. I've competed in 10 amature mixed martial arts fights and went 9-1 and won 3 belts. I'm also a brown belt in Jiu-jitsu and teach regular classes and privates. I'm a qualified personal trainer since 2015, I worked full time in a gym for 2 years before I decided to start training clients in my own time. I've been training people for about 6 years now.

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George Foley

held both pool life guard / Assessor Tutor qualifications in past Present: Level 2 Swim Teacher Train the Trainer Adult Training & Education cert Personal Fitness Coach S&C Coach Yoga / Pilates Nutrionist I love teaching and seeing my students progression and I'm hoping to regain all of my past qualifications

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Justin Champney

RLSS UK Profile Thank you for visiting my profile! I am a certified Open Water Lifeguard, I live in Kensington and Chelsea, London. I am seeking open water lifeguarding opportunities and experience in the UK and abroad - festivals, retreats and events, open water swimming and triathlons, obstacle races, media and filming, and private lakes and ponds. My motivation to become an Open Water Lifeguard happened some years ago when a young man tragically lost his life in open water at a festival I attended in Denmark. Witnessing him being removed from the water had a big impact on me, and I knew then I would train to be a lifesaver. I qualified as an Open Water Lifeguard August this year at the 4 Lakes Water Ski School in Wiltshire on a three day RLSS UK course, run by RLSS Trainer & Assessor Kelly Long. It is my ambition to take the SEQ Level 2 swimming Teaching Qualification and the SEQ Level 2 Coaching Open Water Swimming Qualification early next year, following a successful completion of the SEQ Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) Qualification in late November. I also plan to take the RLSS UK National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification before next summer. Open Water Lifeguard Experience In late August 2021, I had the opportunity to be an Open Water Lifeguard at Medicine Festival - held on the Wasing Park Estate in Berkshire. It was a rewarding experience to hold space for the physical safety and emotional welfare of those who came to the lake to swim. Over the four days of the festival I clocked up 30 hours lifeguarding and among many interactions with those on the lake, I aided a swimmer struggling with hyperthermia. Jenna Ansell, Medicine Festival’s General Manager sent me these kind words: ‘Many thanks for your excellence in carrying out your life guarding at Medicine. It was truly a comfort to know that the lake was in your good hands throughout. Please do join us again next year if you can - we would love to have you.’

My Mountain Training Story :

Helen Webster

I have been teaching Ju-jitsu for over 20 years, and I took my personal training diploma because I wanted to add to my coaching skills. As well as Ju-jitsu my personal interests are bodybuilding, boxing, running and yoga. I love helping my clients to find a type of exercise they enjoy, and watching them change as they realise how great it feels to be fit and healthy! I provide in-person PT and self-defence sessions in the High Peak area, and online PT sessions everywhere.

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Robert Grant

My love and experience of the hills goes back forty five years and has been a constant backdrop to my family life, sport and career. I am average at all the disciplines but I can, and do, wallk, climb, mountaineer, ice climb, alpine ski, cross country ski and mountain bike. As part of my continuing development, I took a two year sabbbatical from my careeer in the Food Industry and gained a Foundation degree in Adventure Education with a merit pass from Chichester University. I'm also very proud to be an active operational member of the Tayside Mountain Rescue, a organisation I have been part of for nine years. My first aid is reasonably good and I also hold the RCI and SML awards. I volunteer as a walk leader for the Drovers' Tryst walking festival which is organised by a team in my home town of Crieff.

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Daniel Thubron

Currently studying for Hill and Moorland Leadership course with my business partner Rich for our business @2photographers1hike. We take people on hikes and teach them photography in The Yorkshire Dales

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Hannah Phillips

I have been climbing, coaching and providing tuition for various sports and activities for over 15 years through multi activity centres, local peer education groups and climbing centres. After quickly deciding I am most passionate about climbing and the rope work, this is where I began to focus my efforts. Moving from the South East to The South West to study Adventure Sports Coaching, I had a chance to explore the area for over 5 years. As a fair weather climber Spain called me and I made El Chorro my home for the next 5 years. I continued to share my skills, and improve on my sport climbing (single pitch and personal multipitch) and via ferrata techniques. Having recently moved back to the UK I am now based in the South West again, ready for the next adventure!

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Tim Teasdale

• I am a qualified Gym instructor, Personal trainer and have a Diploma in Exercise Referral. I have a B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Risk Management, a Diploma in Health Care and a Certificate in Education. I have several specialist qualifications relating to clients experiencing serious or complex medical needs these include, cardiac illness, diabetes and obesity, stroke, lung problems and lower back pain. In these cases I am qualified to take referrals directly from your Doctor in accordance with the Department of Health, 'Exercise Referral Systems : Quality Assurance Framework'. * • Different organisations have different names for my role. I am sometimes known as a Senior Activity and Health Practitioner, an Exercise Referral Instructor (ERI), an Exercise instructor or a Physiotherapy/Technical instructor. Whatever you call me I specialise in working with people who are experiencing illness and help them to move more and feel better. * • I am a full member of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity. I am a member of the British Association of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation and I am an associate member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. * • I have been DBS checked and Govt. vetted and can work within service settings, hospitals, clinics, detention facilities, forensic MH units and for LISTX companies without issue. * • I continue to work as an Exercise Instructor for the NHS between my private practice, recently in stroke then respiratory rehab and now cardiac rehab, this is to ensure my skills are subject to continued professional development. * Expect a collaborative person centered approach, not the loud sergeant major! My service is not boot camp. Contact me and let’s move towards 'undefeatable'.


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