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 :

Matthew Davies

I completed my Lowland Leader award in 2018 and I have started up a business offering guided walks and camera trap hire and workshops in the Mawddach area. Born and raised on the Mawddach I have good knowledge of north side of the estuary, Coed Y Brenin, Llanbedr and Maentwrog. I am a keen naturalist and in the past iv'e volunteered for the Red Squirrel Trust and The Snowdonia Society and I currently volunteer for the North Wales Wildlife Trust and the Vincent Wildlife Trust. For the last 5 years I have led walks for the Barmouth Walking Festival and cover the shortest of the graded walks (4-7 miles), my walk topics include mining history, Roman history, Celtic rain forests, Lichens & Bryophytes, forest restoration, bird watching and Pinemartens.

My Mountain Training Story :

Simon Yates

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

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Thomas McKee

On a quest to become a well rounded outdoor person. After 10 years in Teaching I chose to follow my passion for the outdoors and retrain as an Outdoor Activity Instructor. I am based in Devon, I regularly venture over into Cornwall. While also spending some time in various other spots around the country. I spent my first season at The Ultimate Adventure Centre, worked on a part time basis with Adventure 24/7 until February 2019. I currently work in a full time Instructor Role at Moorland Hall on Dartmoor. I will be involved in some Instructor work with Adventure 24/7 this Winter, as well as Supply Teaching. Next Summer season I will be returning to Moorland Hall.

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Mario Boser

I am a Martial Artist and a Fitness Enthusiast who has been practising martial arts since 1989. My goal is to inspire, motivate young people and adults in becoming more active and making healthier choices and sharing my experience and a good feeling. Exercising outside, indoors and attending Taekwondo classes became to my habit and I made it to my daily routine. For this reason, I opened a club with British Taekwondo to help young people and adults to achieve their health and fitness goals by teaching martial arts. Physical activity is very important and has not only physiological benefits but it also contributes to social and psychological well-being. Besides this, drinking lots of fluids and eating healthy are mandatory for health and fitness. In order to become more qualified as a Taekwondo Practitioner and Instructor, in November 2018 I signed up for a Level 2 Children's Fitness Coach Qualification as well as for a Personal Trainer course towards level 4 with a leading provider in the fitness industry.

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Colin Hutchinson

I am a father, a grandfather, a husband, a nuisance and always on the lookout for an adventure of some sorts. Professionally I am a tree surgeon and have been for a number of years. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends sharing good times and great stories. As a kid I enjoyed hiking and camping but like many others I began a family at a young age and that was priority. Over the last few years I have found my love for the outdoors once more, hiking with friends, solo thru hiking and many a campfire. I am now looking to push on and up my skills in the mountains so both I, my family and friends can reach new heights and see great things along the way.

My Mountain Training Story :

Ben Soden

I was an Infantry Sniper for most of my British Army career. I have previously worked in the private security industry doing everything from keeping an eye on prime ministers in Afghanistan to sailing ships through waters patrolled by Somalian pirates. I have written a (bad) book. I have trained Muay Thai in Thailand and regularly nerd it out with D&D in the UK. Started Mountain climbing at 40 years old and wondering where it will take me next?

My Mountain Training Story :

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 scrambling skills following my MCI assessment in October 2019 and plan for the one day re-assessmment next spring. 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 and am running the Original Everest Marathon this December. Having recently finished a 25 year teaching career, I am now entering the freelance outdoor instructor world from January 2020 onwards and will be offering a range of climbing, mountaineering and mountain running courses and guided experiences.

My Mountain Training Story :

Roger Fanner

Climbing since I was 13, I have experienced everything from tying on direct, through swami belts and waist harnesses to the modern harness. Stopped climbing in my mid twenties due to location and family considerations. Started again about 25 years ago. Realising I was near retirement I set out on the path to an SPA followed by the ML(S) and then the CWDI. As I live in the West Midlands, climbing walls are the obvious source of employment and I work at three of them. This includes running Fan descenders , Zip wires and Abseils. But I also undertake DofE and CNS work. I've enjoyed climbing over the years and its good to be able to pass my skills and enthusiasm onto others. It certainly beats a quiet retirement!

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Emma Harrison

As well as running an award winning bunkhouse in Bwlch, I am a Brecon Beacons National Park, Fforest Fawr GeoPark, Mountain & Moorland and Dark Skies Ambassador, and an Uplands Volunteer for the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority. I am also a highly experienced walking group leader: I provide guided walks for bunkhouse guests, and occasionally freelance for other companies (past clients include A to Z Expeditions, Black Mountain Activities, Explorers Connect, Mountain & River Activities Ltd., Treads and Trails & Welsh Mountain Walks). I also lead walks on a voluntary basis for a charity group called Welsh Women Walking, and for local walking festivals such as Crickhowell and Talgarth. I help organise our local annual walking & mountain biking challenge called 'Bwlch With Altitude', and I appeared on BBC1 Wales, leading Derek Brockway, presenter of 'Weatherman Walking', on a guided walk in the Black Mountains (Series 10, Episode 2).

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Jack McNeive

Mountain Leader award (summer) holder, currently working on Winter ML award now. 25 years old with a military background, served in the Grenadier Guards, which means I like good time keeping and efficient bag packing skills! I believe being relatively young and having this military mind set whilst also being very approachable and friendly by nature makes for a great ML. Originally from Scunthorpe my usual dwelling is Sheffield and the Hope Valley, Peak District either walking, scrambling or trad climbing. Having skills and qualifications in the outdoor industry gives me confidence in myself to perform safely while on the hill including assisting others. I am also a Lowland Rescue team leader.

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Andrew Stratford

I'm a late convert to mountaineering having never done anything until the age of 41. Consequently, I think the joints aren't too badly worn out yet! I've thrown myself into it in a fairly big way - trekking in Nepal, Peru and Morocco and summiting Kili. I've led hundreds of trad climbs, climbed scores of winter routes, been on five self-organised trips to Norway to ice climb, four self-organised unguided trips to the Alps and one to the Cordillera Blanca in Peru on a non-guided mountaineering expedition with the Alpine Club in 2014, summiting Ishinca (5550m), Millisraju (5400m) and an unnamed peak in the Rurec valley. In August 2019 I led an expedition of six Karabiner Mountaineering Club (KMC) members to the Kyrgyzstan/Tajikistan border in which we attempted five unclimbed peaks between 4970m and 5200m and were successful in making four first ascents. The expedition received support from the Mount Everest Foundation, The Montane Alpine Club Climbing Fund, KMC, BMC expedition fund and Austrian Alpine Club Sektion Britanika. I've not yet managed to complete my ML, as I've been too busy mountaineering, but hopefully I'll finish it soon!

My Mountain Training Story :

Sam Coupe

Since gaining my mountain leader and SPA I have been working in a variety of the national parks taking people outside, whether that is first time in the sea or seasoned walkers in the mountains. I have a big passion in educating people into how they can look afdter the enviroment by showing them thye effects of what we have done and what we can do and rectify it. Whether that is simply using a resusable bottle through to recipes to use less plastic throughout life. I am constantly trying to find new brands that are more eithically minded and if these are UK based then even better.

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Dan Bates

Rock climbing and the great outdoors have been a passion of mine for years now, but have only seen them as a hobby and never dreamt of being able to make them my career. That was until I went on holiday to Morocco with my partner to climb and an opportunity arose where the owner of a guesthouse and rock climbing business was looking for someone to rent his business off of him. After a long discussion with both the owner and my partner we decided to take a gamble and try and make rock climbing, guiding and hosting a guesthouse my career and leaving my present career (electronic engineer) behind. So with this idea as the aim, as soon as we arrived home I contacted Mountain Training and booked myself onto the RCI award, filled out my DLOG, booked myself onto the training and assessment and continued to shadow at my local indoor wall. Having completed my RCI assessment and then moving to Morocco I have been on one wild adventure and loving every minute of taking clients climbing in the Todra Gorge (on over 400 fully bolted sport routes) and also hiking around the local area. My goal is to now complete the ML qualification and after the MIA qualification to allow me to take clients with confidence to various climbing destinations.

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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 Lakes and then lived in Europe for over a decade. Returned to the UK in 2015 and passed my ML(S) assessment in October 2019. 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 searches. Also through the team I have become a qualified Casualty Career and Fall Protection Equipment inspector and an soon to undertake my MOD 2 water rescue course.

My Mountain Training Story :

Jamie Mark Langler

Jamie M. 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. Jamie 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.

My Mountain Training Story :

Matthew Price-Jones

Growing up on the West coast of Wales, gave me the freedom to take part in many outdoor activities. Attending a school that actively promoted the D of E Awards gave me the opportunity to learn so much more. Following A levels, I worked in different outdoor education environments and knew it was to be in that industry, I would make my career. Being a trainee at Arete Outdoor Center in Llanrug, gave me my first real experience of climbing and mountaineering and I became hooked! Following my SPA, ML, Paddle Sport Award and invaluable experience at Arete, I secured an activity instructor role at Ridgway Adventure in the North West Highlands of Scotland. This enabled me to develop climbing and mountaineering skills. Returning there for a second season in April 2019. Having the awards makes me proud and has opened up a new world for me. I worked hard to get them and I am prepared for the hard graft to achieve the next steps. My goals are to work towards my WML and MCI and become the best I can be.

My Mountain Training Story :

Jamie Mark Langler

Jamie M. 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. Jamie 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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Vivien J Day

I absolutely love being in the great outdoors. Myself, my husband and our border collie spend as much time as we can in the mountains, working and travelling in different parts of Europe. I do freelance ML and IML based work

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Michael Howard

I was born and raised in Argyll on the west coast of Scotland and introduced to the outdoors from an early age. Hill walking is something that I really appreciate as an excellent activity to offset all that time I seem to spend in the office at the university of Exeter. I'm also a keen skier, which I learnt in Glencoe and Aviemore, assisted with some experience of ski touring on the Cairngorms. I have recently completed several winter 'ski safari' tours of the Dolomite circuit, Italy (2016, 2017). Having lived in the south-west of England, Exeter since 2009, and am still keen on getting into the moors and mountains, and have pledged to myself to start taking things a little more seriously. Having spent a week on Skye a while back (in 2001), I've since been on a walking week in Filzmoos, Austria (2015), Abergavenny (2016), as well as the occasional day out on the hills whilst visiting Argyll (2016). In 2017 I had three 'more adventurous' trips, including the Lake district (Helvellen, May), Scotland (Ben Nevis: July), and 3 days guided walking in Torridon (August ). I celebrated my 50th birthday skiing in the Dolomites (2017 February). My goal now is to develop the personal knowledge, fitness and skills needed to explore safely places which are a little higher & more remote, starting with the mountains in Scotland (e.g. Benn Eighe, Torridon, Cuillins). Perhaps I may have the opportunity to lead & inspire other people along the way - if so, I'll need a mountain leader qualification!

My Mountain Training Story :

Angus Laird

Hello, I'm a 20 something from the flatest part of Humberside with a passion for adventure! I'm currently working though my Summer ML while studying in North Wales and climbing/Walking just about everything I can reach. In my younger days i was involed in various youth groups were i learnt to navigate and lead along with completing my Bronze DofE. Many outdoor adventures with family and firends lead me to living in Bangor a stones throw from the most epic mountains South of Glasgow. Since then i've spent every opptunity in the mountains and have become very involved in my Uni's Mountain Walking Club along with the joys of rock climbing. Overall i'm very keen to do more within the Mountains everywhere!

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 GP Exercise Referral Instructor to improve health and wellbeing of people living with long-term and chronic conditions. Currently in training for L3 Yoga diploma. Member of British Psychological Society and Royal Society for Public Health.

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David Parker

I has been involved in sports and fitness since childhood. I first swam for Bexley swimming club where he developed a love for what was called land training. I was also introduced to Olympic lifting by his father who was a PT in the military and I completed his first Olympic snatch at the age of 10. From that moment on he was hooked on weight training and has never stopped since. At university I competed in powerlifting but stopped once I left. At the age of 13 I started training in martial arts and I hold various Dan grades across a number of disciplines. Currently I hold an 8th degree black belt in a style of Japanese jujutsu and I teach two classes a week. I opened up Conquest Martial Arts about 7 years ago and since then it has grown. I love being a trainer and seeing my clients develop over time, from a 4 year old child how has his first martial arts lesson to an adult who manages to squat his body weight. I am a qualified trainer and assessor with years of experience of teaching children and adults. I am available for running classes and teaching courses

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Paul Searle

From 1980 until 2007 I was a regular mountain leader for HF Holidays, leading walking holidays in England, Wales and Scotland. During the 1980s I led up to 10 weeks a year for HF Holidays, using annual leave and overtime from my full-time NHS job. In the 1980s I was also supervising teenagers doing their Boys’ Brigade Expedition Badges in the Lake District, in summer and winter. By the 1990s I was leading HF Holidays' more specialised “ridges and scrambles” holidays in the mountains of the Lake District, north Wales and Scotland, two to three weeks a year. In the mid-1990s legislation for leading in the mountains was changing and so I with the help of HF Holidays I did the training and assessment for the Mountain Leader Certificate which I passed in 1998. During the 1990s I also did a range of winter and summer mountaineering expeditions with friends in the UK, France, Switzerland, Morocco and Iceland. With the birth of my daughter leading mountaineering holidays became less an option, so I stopped leading for HF Holidays in 2007.

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Vicky Lyon

One of my earliest hill walking memories is being dragged round Loch Morlich and up Cairngorm at the age of 13 years old bitterly complaining to my parents that "life was unfair"! Fast forward more years than I would care to admit to and my whole perspective has changed. At some point in my thirties I decided that I couldn't stop forty happening but I could make sure when it did I was fit. I started walking / running and fell back in love with the great outdoors and now look back on my truculent teens and twenties as a missed opportunity. As a teacher in a secondary school I am helping to deliver Duke of Edinburgh and hope to inspire a new generation of hill walkers (especially the truculent teenage girls that I was).

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Catherine Sinclair

I was brought up in a walking and nature loving family in the southwest of England and left home to take a Biology and Geography degree in the Midlands. Since the 1980s I have been leading walks for friends and family in UK and more recently ran a hiking club in Switzerland. Having given up my career for the family, when the children left home I decided to follow my dream to improve my mountain skills and get qualified to lead walks anywhere in the UK. Three years on from ML assessment, I'm enjoying paid freelance work leading mountain and lowland walks for a holiday company and supervising young people on NCS, D of E and team-building days (scrambling, team games, bottom roping, abseiling, adventure walks, raft building, mobile climbing wall) as well as volunteering to set fun night navigation courses for my MTA regional group and local mountaineering club and leading walks for a national club.

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Graham Timmins

I have been an enthusiastic 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 walking.

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RICHARD WILES

I've been a committed hillwalker for around 25 years now; my interest in the outdoors starting whilst I was a member of the Air Cadets in my teens. For a while I spend most of my time walking in the Peak District and surrounding areas until, in 2005, I made my first visit to the Lake District and became totally hooked on spending time in the mountains. Since then both walking and scrambling became my main hobby, and I have visited most of the main mountainous areas of England, Wales and Scotland in both summer and winter conditions. In more recent years I have become interested in hill bagging, and I am currently close to having summited 1000 different hills and mountains throughout the UK. Some years ago my wife registered me for the Mountain Leader scheme as a birthday present and I first completed my HML award, and soon after that my MLS, with Phill George in Llanberis. During the process I learnt new skills and knowledge which made my own trips to the mountains more enjoyable and enabled me to feel confident about leading others. I now combine by full time job as a science teacher with weekend and holiday work as a freelance Mountain Leader, but I am hoping at some point to be able to make the switch to a career in the outdoors on a full time basis. I have worked with a diverse range of clients ranging from school groups, to corporate groups and individuals. I have also worked on a wide variety of activities ranging from guided walks, to challenges such as the Yorkshire Three Peaks and large charity events. I also occasionally lead some gorge walking sessions in the Peak District.

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Jamie Mark Langler

Jamie M. 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. Jamie 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.

My Mountain Training Story :

Simon Chaplin

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

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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 Lakes and then lived in Europe for over a decade. Returned to the UK in 2015 and passed my ML(S) assessment in October 2019. 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 searches. Also through the team I have become a qualified Casualty Career and Fall Protection Equipment inspector and an soon to undertake my MOD 2 water rescue course.

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Scott Pardoe

After spending many years enjoying the hills of the UK, I have now started my Mountain Leader journey.

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Simon Conrad

An occasional hill walker over the past 3 decades. Would like to do more but life, work and family usually take precedence. When I get the chance there's nothing more that I enjoy than going for long solo mountain walks with overnight wild camps. Various degrees of experience in all UK mountainous regions, mostly outside of the winter season. I have a smidgen of international walking in Ireland, France, Switzerland, Italy, Morocco, and New Zealand. The furthest I have walked in one go is 200 miles coast to coast across the Scottish Highlands. The following are firmly on my bucket list: Cambrian Way, Cape Wrath Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and the GR20. For now I'm working towards my ML in 2020 and then, who knows.... ??

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Betts Fetherston

I started climbing in April 2013. I work as a Duty Manager and Core & Lead Climbing Instructor at Harrogate Climbing Centre - since 13 October 2016. I worked from July 2017 at Care 4 Children, Crisis Team as an Activity Care Instructor and worked there until November 2018 at which point the Crisis Service was closed. The job was on a motorhome in remote locations doing shifts of 5 days on/10 days off). We worked with a young men in Care and in crisis, on a 28-day placement (up to 56 days). The work focused on outdoor experiential learning including mountain biking, climbing, hill walking, and canoeing. This including climbing indoors. Its was a challenging job but also rewarding. I have since developed in a different direction, pairing my climbing and outdoor instructor work with Life and Organisation Coaching. I am currently taking a Post-Graduate Certificate in Business and Personal Coaching through Barefoot Coaching and the University of Chester. I have started my own business, Betts Fetherston Coaching Ltd, and am practising as a Coach (see my LinkedIn page for further information and contact details) I am a member of the International Coach Federation, and working toward accreditation. From my previous career as a University Senior Lecturer I have expertise is in communication, conflict management and resolution, and my skills include training, facilitation, coaching and mentoring. I won a national teaching award for innovative curriculum. I have University qualifications in the area of mental health and have a strong interest in the cross-over of coaching and mentoring as beneficial to mental and physical health. I love climbing and being outdoors. My personal goals are to continue developing my trad experience, including multi-pitch climbing. I want to complete my CWDI award and continue to work at Harrogate Climbing Centre as well as continue to develop my experience and business in Personal and Organisation Coaching.

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Craig Jackson

Once I passed the Hill and Moorland Leader Award in 2015, I couldn't wait to tell my friends, who being Scout Leaders, had been interested in my training and consolidation, passing on tales of their own outdoor experiences. I was then asked if I fancied becoming an Explorer Scout Leader, going on to do Duke of Edinburgh training for supervising and assessing young adults. This opened up a whole new me, learning to sail, kayak and canoe, mountain biking, climbing, skiing and of course, traditional Scouting skills such as cooking on open fires, knots and camping skills. I enjoyed doing the Hill and Moorland Leader course so much, that it spurred me on to go and do a Summer Mountain Leader course and I became a Mountain Leader in September 2019. I truly love the outdoors and lead walks for my local walking group as well as being a volunteer Walk Leader for The National Trust. Non of this, I'm sure, would've have happened if I hadn't gone on to do the Hill and Moorland leader award.

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Murray Wilson

Bitten by the outdoors bug as a young boy, learning to navigate as a Cub Scout and experiencing my first wild camp in Glen Tilt, I've spent all my life being in the wild land of Scotland. I have over 30 years experience of hill walking, Munro bagging, hiking, trekking, backpacking and mountaineering in the United Kingdom. I have a real passion for the wild lands of Scotland. A qualified Mountain Leader, outdoor emergency First Aid (appropriate to the Mountain and Outdoor Environment) certificate holder, Level 3 Award in Education and Training, NNAS accredited navigation instructor to Gold level, First Aid trainer, Mountain Safety Advisor to the BBC and fully insured to give you peace of mind. I specialise in long distance, self sufficient backpacking trips through remote wilderness areas of Scotland. These can be multi-day trips on recognised trails, such as the West Highland Way, the Skye Trail or a more random collection of drove roads, deerstalker tracks, coffin routes or old rights of way. I'm here to help you learn to navigate, tackle that challenging route, develop your camp craft, teach you new skills and above all, to have fun and a great day in the hills. Contact me at www.wayymarkoutdoor.co.uk

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NICOLA CARTER

I hold the Summer Mountain Leader, Rock Climbing Instructor and Climbing Wall Instructor (with Abseil module) Awards. I coach participants toward achieving NICAS level 1-3 awards at a number of climbing walls across the North West of England. I also work as a freelance Outdoor Instructor throughout Cumbria and Lancashire.

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Olivia FitzGerald

I'm a former teacher who undertook my summer ML to share my love of the outdoors with students, helping out with D of E and Ten Tors in particular. I'm currently studying for a environmental Masters in London, but am regularly seeking opportunities to escape into the wilderness!

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Michelle Blore

I'm a lifelong lover of mountains and the countryside, bought up on the edge of the Peak District and have lived in France since 2001. As well as trekking, I'm also a skier and have spent just about every winter in the French Alps and more latterly in Austria, since I left the UK. I'm a Nordic skier, both cross-country and Telemark, and I'm qualified (BASI and Den Norske Skiskole) to teach both disciplines. Getting my ML was intended as a stage on the way to IML, but it made me get back to walking in the UK. I did a series of mini-expeditions to Snowdonia, the Lakes and the Peak District plus the Cape Wrath Trail and it was all wonderful; I saw places I hadn't seen before and others I hadn't seen in decades. Over the years my skiing qualifications have enabled me to travel, meet people and introduce them to the wonderful experience of skiing both on and off-piste. I'm hoping that my ML will lead to similar opportunities to enhance people's enjoyment of the mountains.

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Alex Tasker

Left school at 16 with the initial intention of going into the army but instead I (regrettably) worked in retail 2008 - 2016. 2016 - 2018 I worked as an environmental technician, 2018 - present I've been working as a water quality technician. Since 2013 I've been studying Environmental Sciences with the Open University - I'm due to finish 2020. Lived in Stevenage until I was 26 then moved to Hertford where I live now. Go to the gym 4 - 5 times a week, I've never been part of a club or anything. Now, I'm looking to challenge myself physically, mentally and experience adventure and a bit of danger.

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Greg Carroll

Greg has 30 years’ experience in leisure and fitness helping others achieve healthier, fitter lifestyles. Greg is a Level 4 Personal Trainer and Multi-site Fitness Manager for Impulse Leisure who owns the Gym Hub’s. “Fitness has always been a part of my life and my family’s lives and to prove it my daughter Beth is a PT too”. Greg enjoys being active and completes in Obstacle Course Races (OCR) events like Nuclear Races and Spartan and is a national standard athlete in athletics and enjoys completing. Greg continues to learn by completing specialist exercise courses. As a Level 4 PT Greg is in the top 10% of trainers in the UK. Greg is a proactive professional with extensive experience acquired in leisure, hospitality, fitness and commercial management. With a proven track record in identifying and maximising opportunities to achieve profitable growth. Greg is motivated by managing and developing people, coaching and inspiring a successful and dynamic team, combined with a passion for the service industry that encourages commitment and dedication to excellence in all areas. Greg has won the following Southend business awards whilst been employed as a General Manager in Rayleigh, Essex: Leisure Business of the Year 2011 awarded by Lords Golf and County Club. The Community Award 2008 awarded by Barclays Bank. Leisure Business of the Year 2007 awarded by Southend Borough Council.

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Simon Watchman

I am a Geography teacher in Sheffield with a stereotypical trajectory in to the job. A love of the outdoors and studying Environmental Conservation led me to pursue outdoor qualifications, starting a career in the Outdoor Ed industry. I fou d I really enjoyed working with young people, then the recession hit and I opted for the safer option of teaching. This combined my enjoyment of working with young people and a drive to get kids outside. From there I have then worked across the country with school groups and adults under many guises but always focused on full filling peoples ambitions in the great outdoors.

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Stephanie Pearman

Working towards Mountain Leader Qualifications at present. Have always loved the great outdoors so being qualified to lead other through it is the dream!

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Matthew Hay

Keen ski-tourer and aspiring winter mountain leader, looking to share a love of the hills with other folk.

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Matthew Smith

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My Mountain Training Story :

Morten Lindholm

I am a Danish-born photographer and photo-journalist based in Oxford. I am now working as a Product Manager for World Challenge Expeditions organizing expeditions to East Africa including Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. I have started the process of updating my DLOG but are still far off as many of my overseas days are still only in diary-form/or in my old paper DLOG (I started my ML journey back in 2003) I have always been fascinated by mountains and have spent a lot of time over seas including 2 years in Chamonix (mainly for summer climbing and summit bagging) 4 years in Greenland, 5 years in Australia and now almost 4 years in the UK where I live in Oxon with my British wife and kids. In my short carer as a mountaineer I have summited more than 20 x 4000m peaks (including 8x Mont Blanc and 2x Matterhorn, Weismies, Dom etc) as well as Kilimanjaro (4 times) Mount Meru (3 times) Mount Elbrus and Stok Kangri. I was also a member of an international expedition to Lhotse back in 2009 (partly as a photographer and partly as a paying member) I did not make the summit but made it up app 7150m before one of my lungs collapsed. I have done the EBC trek three times as well as Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna BC too. I hold the MLS qualification and am slowly working towards expanding this portfolio. I am fully DBS certified

My Mountain Training Story :

Paul Cunningham

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE Several first ascents in both the UK and NZ. Many Winter and Summer routes in Skye, along with a few Sea cliff rock routes on the Hebridean islands of Mingulay and Pabbay Organised many personal climbing trips to the European Alps, building personal skills not relevant to the Scottish mountains such as glacier travel, glacier rescue and high-altitude mountaineering. Travelled the world from Oct 2013-August 2014, backpacking and expeditions through Asia and Australasia, completing the “round the world” in June 2018. VOLUNTARY WORK HISTORY 04/2016 to 06/2018 Wakatipu Mountain Rescue, Queenstown, NZ Team Member, Alpine Cliff Rescue Team member of a specialist helicopter rescue team, utilising Helicopter External Transport Systems rescue (HETS) and on-ground raise/lower systems. 08/2015 to 06/2018 Queenstown Climbing Club, Queenstown, NZ Youth Development Officer Developing short and long term climbing programmes for local youths. Attended regular meetings discussing the development of rock climbing, conservation, access issues and climbing events in the Wakatipu area.

My Mountain Training Story :

Lee Magowan

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

My Mountain Training Story :

Edd Smith

Lives in Snowdonia. Mountain Leader Trainee. Paraglider Pilot. Likes to wave camera around on the hill.

My Mountain Training Story :

Robert Bennett

I’m currently a Physical Training Instructor in the Royal Air Force, where my primary role is to ensure personnel are physically fit to perform their duties anywhere in the world. I’ve always had a passion for sports and physical fitness, having played sports since a young age. I have developed this passion and knowledge with education to a degree standard - gaining a Ba Hons degree in Physical Education & school sport, in 2012. Before that, I gained a BTEC National Certificate and Diploma, Level 2 & 3 whilst at school and the college. Helping people become a healthier, fitter and happier version of themselves is one of the reasons I love my job! Being a former Primary School Teacher, I’ve always enjoyed helping people strive to achieve their dreams and to help them improve, and I now get to do that within the fitness industry.

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steven Mcallan

I have always been very passionate about sport and fitness. In my younger days I would always be playing different sports from shinty to football but my main sports that I enjoyed doing was golf and football. when I stopped playing football I found myself at a loose end and was looking to take up another hobby, that's when I starred to resistance training. I purchased a barbell, dumbbells and a weightlifting bench and that was the start of my passion for fitness. I used to live in an isolated area so there was no one to give me advice about different things in lifting weights. I started doing my own research in to what exercise's where best for me and always making sure I was lifting with good technique. I always known that one day I would be working in the fitness industry but I never took the first step until a few years ago when I decided to go back to full time studying HNC fitness, health and exercise and this was when I started Olympic weightlifting as well. As part of the course we had to deliver 12 sessions to a client which was to help with their goals in fitness. I discovered that I really enjoyed delivering these sessions and helping my client meet their goals. I learned a lot of information in my first year. I passed my first year and then moved on to the HND fitness, health and exercise. I also competed in m first weightlifting competition which I loved. my second year studying was a hard work but I enjoyed it. part of the course I had to train to clients who were competing in a sport and was looking to improve their sports performance. I enjoy helping people improve there health and making people feel better about them self which is very important. I continue competing in weightlifting competitions and loving every moment of it. I passed my HND fitness, health and exercise and now I am studying 3rd year in sport and fitness degree. I hope to train more people in the future after I have completed my degree.


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