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 :

Joshua Laverty

I am currently a member of the Armed Forces and have been for over 4 years. I have done plenty of Instructor work within the Army, including Security training. I have a long background and history of navigation and hill-walking, both within and outside of the Military. I also am a climber and have completed both my ML and RCI training.

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Joanne Parker

PGCE Student in Outdoor Activities.

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Christopher Marlow

I started out as Military Mountain Leader in the Royal Marines over 25 years ago & still enjoy continuing that role as a Reservist now. However I was soon engulfed in the passion for climbing & mountaineering within a short space of time & this then led to me gaining the relevant civilian awards. Since leaving the Regular Corps I have worked as a freelance outdoors instructor in the mountaineering world & diversified into paddle sports managing to gain BCU Level 3 Kayak & Canoe Coach. 5 years of my civilian life has been spent trying to build confidence & self esteem in young people who present challenging behaviour within a safe, structured & stable environment. This has been mainly achieved through outdoor activities & residential care, leading to the gaining of an NVQ Level 3 in Caring for Children & Young People. The remaining time has been spent doing expeditions each year, organising & running charity abseils, safety cover for various Mountain Walking events, delivering Survival & Mountain skills courses. I have spent approximately 30 weeks in the European Alps over about 9 separate periods climbing routes up to Tres Difficile, plus 3 x 6000m + peaks in Peru, including Huascaran at 6768m, also Acotango in Bolivia & Stok Kangri in India, both over 6000m. The last few years have seen me exploring Nepal on 3 separate occasions, one of which culminated in the ascent of Ama Dablam which was a fantastic climb, although now becoming too commercialized! My favourite place is South Georgia in the Sub Antarctic & I was lucky enough to spend almost 5 months there ski touring & mountaineering. It is just like the Alps at sea level with glaciers running into the sea. Mount Sugartop has got to be my favourite mountain route to date (2nd ascent but 1st from the East of the Island.) And then there is the wildlife - absolutely fantastic.

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Michael Stones

Growing up on the edge of the North Pennines I was lucky enough to be close to the Dales, Moors and Lakes and I was regularly outdoors with my parents. I have spent years walking, running and riding in the hills and mountains but it was through teaching geography that I first started leading in the outdoors. Running geography field trips and DofE in schools became my passion. After teaching in Melbourne for a few years and running outdoor education camps for the school I decided to get some formal training and qualifications upon returning to the UK so I could continue working in the outdoors. I have been teaching, working with schools to deliver outdoor education programs and delivering first aid qualifications for a number of years now - and loving it!

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Steve Morris

A conscientious, motivated and professional Manager with extensive experience in Sport, Leisure and Parks management as well as a proven track record of strong financial and budget management, A leader of people and change with evidence of strong partnership collaboration delivering and developing Sport and Physical Activity through a range of innovative approaches and delivery models. Recent achievements in my current role include the delivery of alternative delivery models in Parks, Joint Venture for Sports Developement with Cardiff Met University, HSBC Core Cycle City lead, investment in 3G facilities, policy and design for 21st Century Schools and management of the Cardiff International White Water Centre. Partnerships with Sport Wales, Welsh Government, National Governing Bodies for Sport, Universties and 3rd Sector. Contributed Delivery: UEFA Champions League Final. UEFA Super Cup Olympic and Paralympic Games - Football and Pre Games Training Camps UK SCHOOL GAMES Rugby World Cup Volvo Ocean Race World Half Marathon Extreme Sailing Series

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Rosie Higgs

I started climbing on Dartmoor on the Tors above Okehampton and then moved indoors . I started to climb indoor at South Molton rock and Rapid Climbing Centre. I mainly climb indoor now at The Quay Climbing Centre Exeter but would like to get outside more.

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Nathanial Brenner

I am a CIMSPA registered personal trainer located in the Staffordshire Moorlands. As a personal trainer, my job is to help you improve your day to day life through fitness and strength. My approach is to build a custom plan that fits specifically with your lifestyle, which in turn will allow you to achieve your health & fitness goals. Every individual is different so my personalised approach is key to helping you achieve your own individual needs. I support people with varying health, physical and fitness needs but I specialise in: - Lean muscle gain & tone - Strength & endurance - Weight loss - Circuit training To contact me for further information or to arrange a consultation please send me an e-mail or give me a call.

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Jamie Mark Langler

Jamie is a NICAS Course Director at Dart Rock Climbing Centre, where he offers rock climbing activities, skill courses and coaching to climbers of all abilities. He also runs Climb Devon which offer summer hillwalking and navigation skills courses on Dartmoor National Park. Jamie is qualified as a Mountain Leader, Rock Climbing Instructor, Climbing Wall Development Instructor, Development Coach, and a UKAD Sports Anti-Doping Accredited Advisor. He also holds a BA (hons) Degree in Outdoor Education. For climbing instruction email jamie@dartrock.co.uk, for hillwalking and navigation skills courses email info@climbdevon.com.

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David Canning

I am currently an instructor at the University of Essex climbing wall. I have developed and teach the beginners and improvers climbing course covering wall safety, use of the equipment (harness, helmet, shoes and rope) tying on and belaying, techniques and movement on the wall. I also teach children's groups, large and small, mostly scouts, guides, schools and birthday parties. I have been climbing for 14 years and I am a member of the Colchester Climbing Club. But I have loved being in the mountains and wild places forever. I write poetry about mountaineering and I feature in Extreme Scotland by Nadir Khan and in my first collection, An Essex Parish, available on Amazon!

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William Morris

Well my story starts in 1978 when I got involved in the DofE awards, not really sure what made me fall in love with the hill and navigation because as a kid I wasn't the fittest of children! I complete my Gold DofE in 1980 and went off to join the army where I spent a lot of the time in exercise training areas that always seemed to be "bolted" on to the side of a very big hill! I completed a course that exposed me to lots of mountainous terrain and I got the hill bug from that point and it still remains in me to this day. I have been lucky enough to complete expeditions in Kenya and Tanzania, The Picos Mountains and Germany as well as most of the UK ranges. I am involved in the DofE awards scheme as an Assessor and am registered with the Adventurous Training Group (Army) and can deliver the 5 day Summer Mountain Foundation course to members of the Army, TA and the ACF, which is similar to the Hill & Mountain Skills course. I am registered with the National Navigation Awards Scheme and have completed several military navigation training courses including the 14 day Map Reading Instructors course at the Royal School of Military Survey. I am also registered as a First Aid Trainer and teach Expedition First-Aid to members of the Army Cadet Force as part of their CPD and preparation for involvement in the DofE awards. I live in South Wales with my wife (Nicola) and work for Local Government and am fully security cleared with a current DSB. I drive and am willing to drive to most locations in the UK.

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Austin Challis

Based in Kendal because I love adventure. Camping, bushcraft, canoeing, cycling, mountain biking, skiing and boarding, walking and multiday hikes. Experience working with DofE across Bronze, Gold and Silver as a trainer and assessor. Some overseas multiday hikes and bike rides. I have led Ghyll scrambling (Church Beck) and some corporate training days as well as team building projects for children, youth groups and adults.

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Isobel Collyer

I have been teaching voice and movement since 1991, training with yoga teachers, Alexander Technique teachers, an orthodontist and specialist physiotherapist as well as training in singing and acting at leading London Conservatoires. Last year I qualified to teach yoga and mindfulness and this year added yoga for Special Groups and Sanskrit to my qualifications.

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Andrew Richardson

I am a fully qualified and insured Personal Trainer here at Teesside University Gym. I have worked for the department for over 4.5 years and been involved within the sport and fitness industry for nearly 10 years. What I can bring to training you is a wide range of experiences and in depth scientific education to ensure you get the results you want! Myself being a former international athlete for the Irish Powerlifting team (and one of the Irish National Coaches) I understand the need for a personalised and structured programme to achieve consistent goals. Supporting this I have coached athletes from grass roots all the way to international level across many sports. These include; Rugby, Athletics Cycling, Rowing, Golf, Swimming, Archery and Powerlifting. I have vast amounts of experience working with clients who just want to lose weight, recover from an injury, or gain some lean muscle. My main interests are; Sport Science, Anti Doping, PEDs, Body Image, Physical Activity and Strength training. I also have relevant experience in working with individuals who have had history of, or who are currently dealing with mental health issues, dual diagnosis, substance abuse, alcoholism and/or criminal offences. Certification and Qualifications • BSc Applied Sport Science (1st Class Honours) • MSc Sport and Exercise Science (Merit) • Level 2 International Powerlifting Federation Strength Coach • British Weightlifting Level 1 Award in Coaching Weightlifting • Diploma in Sports Nutrition • Level 3 Personal Training • Level 2 Gym Instructor • Kettlebell Instructor Happy to personalise and accommodate all my clients to their needs and various fitness goals. I look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your goals! If you want to book a session (or just have a chat), contact me using one of the devices; Mobile: 07747303084 Email: Andrew.Richardson@tees.ac.uk

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Susan Foss

Feb 2019 Having enjoyed hill and mountain walking, backpacking and camping since my teenage years, I undertook Mountain Leader Training in 1989 but didn't at that time return for the assessment, due to a variety of reasons. Now, 30 years later (!!), I find myself hankering after the record for the person with the longest "consolidation period"! So, in my 20's I particularly enjoyed long distance walking, then got married and had a long period of that being on hold. I returned to it in 2005. For the past 11 years I have been a trainer and supervisor for The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme at Gold level. For this I needed the Walking Group Leader Award at the time (later taken over by Hill and Mountain Award). So every year I do 2 days of navigation training with 16-17 year olds, 3 days of supervising them for their practice expedition and 4 days of supervision for their final expedition. For the past 8 years I have run and lead my own walking group from my church in Nottingham. We go out once a month, usually to the Peak District, (both Dark and White Peak) and walk between 7 - 12 miles. Attendance averages around 8-10 people ranging from children and inexperienced adults right up to Mountain Leader Award holders I also have participated in The Great Outdoors Challenge every year bar one since 2014, a two week, self sufficient, self planned and self guided backpacking coast to coast cross Scotland event with 350 others, all with their own individualized routes. The first time was as a member in a group of four people and the last three times I walked solo. I shall be walking it again this coming May in a group of three. The other two are people I have met along the way on previous years and have become firm friends with. For these above reasons I now want to upgrade and attempt the ML assessment

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Matilda Reed

I am 17; trying to be a foundation coach. I live in Norfolk and it's flat here. I can lead belay and if anyone want's to teach me how to route set please do.

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John Tokley

My qualifications and experience to date includes: - Mountain Leader Training (April 2015) - Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Supervisor Training Course (May 2016) - Single Pitch Award Training (June 2015) - Bridging the gap SPA to Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI) (May 2019) - St John’s Ambulance Activity first Aid Course (Valid to March 2021) - current DBS certificate (Issued 2016)

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Alexandra Gouldsbrough

I started hiking with my family almost as soon as I could walk. Living in Lancashire, we had easy access to Cumbria, the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales, as well as an abundance of good lowland terrain nearer to home. Family holidays to Scotland were opportunities to try some Corbetts and Munros, and I developed a love of the wild country around Torridon and Skye. When I started teaching, I wanted to give my students some of the same opportunities as I had had growing up, so I became heavily involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme. I'm now Head of Outdoor Education at a large comprehensive school in Milton Keynes, where we offer DofE at bronze, silver and gold levels in house. I also run a hiking society for staff and sixth formers, which is a good excuse for me to get some weekend trips to hills and mountains!

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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 August 2019 am leading an expedition supported by the MEF, Alpine Club, KMC, BMC and AAC to the Kyrgyzstan/Tajikistan border region to attempt some unclimbed peaks.

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Mohamed Doudouh

I’m CrossFit Level 2 Trainer and Personal Trainer since 2014 ( EREPS level 3 in 2019) and I worked in a Luxurious Gym for VIP “Aspria Royal La Rasante” in Brussels ( I trained many professional athletes, Police officer ( Special Force) Military ( Commando), Fireman, Football, I have also many skills, I‘m a FIFA Players Agent for 7 years, I’m always in contact with Profesional Athletes for training, negotiation of contract,... I was also Commercial Manager at Carrefour Belgium for 4 years and Sales Manager to Orange Telecom for a year.

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Lee Magowan

I am in the military and spend most of my time planning, organising and delivering expeditions for soldiers globally. I always deliver foundation training on all my trips away, either climbing, trekking or mountaineering. I took up climbing in 2011 after I was injured in Afghanistan during a tour in 2008 and subsequently had two shoulder operations, the obvious thing was to climb to build my strength as part of physio. I took to climbing like a duck and prefer Trad climbing but will never turn down a day of sport at all. I never really pushed the civilian qualifications but feel I should gain these as I would like to assist scouts and DofE in my spare time, volunteer basis only. I am working on my outdoor civilian certification as I am a Military JSMEL and ASL.

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George Rowntree

Growing up in Lancashire I was introduced to mountains in the Lakes from an early age and still have fond memories of scaling Stickle Pike on family holidays. This enjoyment of walking and the mountains continued through Scouts where I learned the skills to enable me to enjoy the hills on my own before becoming a Leader, Instructor and Permit Assessor. Through Scouts I was also introduced to rock climbing and further developed my skills to climb independently before becoming an Instructor. I continue to enjoy the mountains walking, climbing and mountain biking. Holding the Mountain Leader and Rock Climbing Instructor awards enables me to enjoy sharing this passion with others. I have started my own company, Lodestar Adventure, offering walking, climbing, trail running and mountain biking adventures in and around Bath and throughout the UK.

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Will Murray

I am an ex-secondary school teacher turned instructor, who has always had a passion for the outdoors. Through swimming, surfing and snowboarding in my 20s to climbing, hiking and scrambling more recently, I have always looked for the next outdoor challenge no matter the context. The MTA awards have allowed me to share that passion with others and develop the skills of those looking to develop their own outdoor experiences.

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Isaac Kenyon

Philanthropic British adventurer and professional geoscientist. I have a vision that began at university to make a positive difference to the people around him and found that portal through something close to his heart ‘challenge’. I have joined and led numerous expeditions, completed a relay swim across the English Channel (no wetsuit) hailed as one of the world’s most difficult open water swims, summited Mt.Kilimanjaro in 4 days, broke the World and British records for the lightweight longest solo continual ergometer (indoor rowing machine) row clocking in at 83 hours and has recently returned from rowing in a team across the Atlantic Ocean in 40 days. Always found pursuing the extraordinarily difficult environments for the purpose to grow through pushing my absolute limits in discomfort. Using this award to strive and create a platform which encourages technological balance by reconnecting with nature and learning through challenge.”

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Anna Hammond

It all began at a young age, blossoming during my education & resulting in becoming a qualified climbing instructor in 2015 alongside my D of E Awards. During Uni & the following year+ I competed, with 4th at LUBE and winning the Women's Overall Title at the Big Rock Lead series being my greatest achievements. I've completed my Fundus 1 since and am working towards finding a time I can complete my 2 and 3. I have booked onto my Foundation Coach training as well. My proudest moment was working with disability groups, problem solving with communication and rope work to deal with multiple disabilities, both physical and psychological including severe Autism, hearing difficulties and AHD. I loved these sessions as they let me use transferrable skills from working in the NHS. The best moment was working with my colleagues to allow a particular client to reach the top of the wall - which was physically exhausting, but their joy and the ecstatic response of the whole group made the sweat pouring down my face completely worth every second. I want to take clients on mountains and scrambles that they might otherwise not be confident on, and show the British public the beauty of our country and what can be seen with a little safe, hard work! I'm passionate about the outdoors and enjoy identifying different birds and butterflies most of all. I enjoy passing this information on and seeing the enjoyment on others faces. I am working on branching out my instruction into coaching following feedback from clients, colleagues and friends alongside finally focusing on qualifying fully for my RCI and ML. I'm passionate about people enjoying themselves, getting fitter, injury prevention and teaching and coaching others to achieve their goals. It is fantastic to see this make a difference in people's lives and help them become addicted to our much loved sport.

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Mario Boser

My name is Mario and to keep it short, I am a Martial Artist and a Fitness Enthusiast. I have 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 by teaching martial arts. 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 in Iver, Bucks 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 Qualification as well as for a Personal Trainer course towards level 4 with a leading provider in the fitness industry.

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Lee Wright

I have been a level 3 Personal Trainer for 2 & a half years, a Biomechanics Coach for just over a year & qualified Nutrition Coach since February. I enjoy doing OCR events such as Tough Mudder, as I find them fun and enjoyable and help to work as a team to all complete the courses. As a Personal Trainer I thoroughly enjoy training people and tracking their progress whilst also making sure they remain on track for their targets by using a wide variety of tests to measure aerobic capacity, flexibility, body fat %, anaerobic capacity, muscular strength/endurance to help measure progress. I am passionate about what I do and try to make each training session enjoyable for both me and the person training. By keeping in contact with clients outside of the training sessions it helps to make sure they are sticking to the plan for them, and If they aren’t I find out why and work with them to modify bits so that they are able to the stick to the plan. I have experience in training people to compete in Obstacle Course Race events such as Tough Mudder, Spartan races etc, i have also helped people get their fitness levels up for the start of their sporting season & a met police fitness exam. As a Biomechanics Coach I am able to complete a wide variety of assessments on the pelvis, spine, shoulders, knees & feet to see how the individual is moving intrinsically and help devise a personal training plan based on their body. I also use the results from the biomechanics assessments to help me plan their personal training sessions as it helps me understand why their body is moving the way it is, and I know what I can do to help them move better. Being a Nutrition Coach i help people learn how to best look after their own nutrition with different strategies that is best for them, rather than telling people what they have to eat specifically i help coach people into how to make better nutritional and lifestyle choices so they they can stick to eating better long term on their own.

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Paul Lapersonne

I believe strongly in working outdoors with the natural elements and natural sunlight, with all its goodness in vitamin D, which a lot of brits lack in our daily routines, driving me towards running my own boot camps, HIIT classes, one-to-one classes, functional movement, and looking to always add to my expertise in training the right people helping to reach their ideal personal goals along their journey. The science behind total fitness has always caught my natural curiosity and I seek to build knowledge and understanding everyday by learning new parts of the trade and learning off others experiences. I seek to connect physical, pshycological, spiritual , emotional, nutritional and social aspects of our lives and incorporate into our day to day living, helping us live well and learn new skills and ideas along the way as well as maintaining and/or growing our physical attributes for that dream goal we all desire.

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Ingrid Alcalde

I am a super active person. A bit of my background: After studying a Teaching Degree and a Masters in Educational Psychology in Spain, I moved to the US and I taught Spanish there; then I moved to the UK and kept teaching as well as singing professionally. However, I always loved sports and the outdoors, so since last year (2018) I started climbing as a hobby but I inevitably felt in love with it so I started with bouldering indoors doing a beginners course and getting some 1:1 coaching on the side to get better, and I recently got my first certificate in "Introduction to Rock Climbing" and I absolutely loved it! I love challenges, and I think human beings have incredible hidden skills, we sometimes just forget how to look deeper and find them :)

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Mark Demmery

I qualified as an ML in 2012 and started to look for freelance work to fill in around my day job. I've worked on many charity events, 3 peaks and led groups throughout Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons I worked 2 seasons of D of E expeditions and led two expeditions, one to Cambodia and one to Peru for Camps International before Work took priority again. I enjoyed a week long winter skills course at Glenmore Lodge before enjoying 3 winter seasons in Scotland. I joined a group in Morocco and helped lead three novices on two winter ascents of Mount Toubkal in 2018. I joined an Alpine techniques course run in Arolla, Switzerland by Jagged Globe in preparation for several trips planned to the Alps in 2019, one at the end of June to Italy to climb Gran Paradiso and 2 other peaks and later back to Arolla to climb the Peigne and Mont Blanc du Cheilion. as well as as many trips up to Scotland as I can manage in the 2018/19 winter season. I completed the RCI training in June 2019 and hope to complete assessment by the end of 2019. I've registered for the MLw and plan to complete the training at Glenmore lodge in February 2020. For the future I'm working towards the IML qualification. The next expedition is as an assistant to an IML for a month long trip to Nepal, joining a group trekking to EBC before leaving with a sherpa to attempt Island Peak during the return journey.

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Greg van Heeswijk

I have a love for long distance treks, having walked coast to coast in the UK several times and then solo across the Pyrenees. I have worked a ski season as a Rep and guide in 2013/14 and I am now spending my winters in Tignes, France I have a CWAA and I've been climbing five years, predominantly bouldering but increasingly using ropes. Summer 2018 I spent in Croatia running a small wall as part of a multiactivity complex owned by Neilson Active Holidays. Here, my partner and I ran intro to ropes courses, coaching sessions for intermediates and sessions for kids. I am currently starting up as a freelance instructing and coaching. Most recently I have attended a Foundation Coaching Training session with a view to completing three course this summer. I'm also looking at RCI. Indoor bouldering: f6b-f6c Outdoor bouldering: f6b+ average, top grade 7a Indoor bottom roping: F6c Indoor lead: F6b Outdoor lead:F6b Trad experience currently limited to seconding HVS

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Andrew Duggan

Have been doing outdoor activities for over 35 years. Several years in the UK when I was younger on easy hikes and rock scrambles. I was not so interested in carrying the gear around for rock climbing. Have not logged a lot of events from Japan (over 1500 one, two, 3 day and multiday trips). Same for many trips I did in the Lakes when I was youger. Spent the last 26 years in Japan organizing 30 to 40+ events per year for international clubs there. Mostly not technical but some rock scrambles requiring rope. Interesting there isn't much rock (climbing) there so never kept it up. All season hikes including winter to 3,100m Alps. Snowshoeing and summer waterfall climbing. Winter season there is very good. A lot of wilderness in Japan and not far from cities. Can also stop next to natural hot springs in the woods. There are some photos of events in a gallery on the club I still manage (not so active these days): http://outdoorclubjapan.com/photos/ Back in the UK now retraining to catch up with my old job as an engineer but I might consider some outdoor activity related work.

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Chiu Sin Sze

I cherish every of my friends that come from different backgrounds - each of them have their own stories. Hope we can explore more in life together! #YesterdayFor tomorrow #TogetherEveryoneAchievesMore http://szetheworld.com/

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Rasa Juras

I am an incoming Newly Qualified Teacher of geography, having completed an Earth Sciences degree at the University of St Andrews. I believe that both the John Muir Award and DofE are hugely beneficial to young people (as well as hugely enjoyable for teachers!)

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James White

Hi, I am an Instructor with the Air Cadets 868 (Mirfield) Squadron, i use my qualifications to plan and deliver National Navigation courses, run guided walking sessions and assisting with our busy DofE scheduleat Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. I also run our squadron archery range. Other Qualifications and Courses, WGL/HML Walking Group Leader/Hill and Moorland Leader Award BELA (Basic Expedition Leader Award), DofE - Expedition Assessors Accreditation Scheme (Bronze.Silver,Gold) DofE - Expedition Supervisors Training Course GNAS Archery GB Instructor Award

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Chris Rice

I started this journey back in 2000 when I completed my initial ML training. Since then I went to university and pushed forward with my career across Merseyside and more recently Shetland. I finally moved back to the north west area and am keen to finish my ML and SPA awarded and develop the skill from years past. Always on the look out for fellow folk who are wanting out for quality mountain days to gain valuable experience for assessment etc.

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Neil Potter

I have enjoyed many years of summer and winter Hillwalking in the Highlands of Scotland and ‘compleated’ the Munros in 2013. I am now logging quality mountain days in order to gain my summer mountain leader qualification. My aim is to encourage and mentor others to start a mountain journey of their own.

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John Lamont

After completing my first round of the Munros and with the potential of having to take additional people out in the hills with me in the future now seemed as good a time as any to obtain the mountain leader qualification. I look forward to the following months of learning and personal development.

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Gillian Millar

Scotland-based hill-goer since 1995, originally collecting Munros (150 visited to date) but more recently drawn towards Corbetts, lesser-known scrambles and rock climbing. Qualified as a Mountain Leader in May 2019.

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Jonathan Hart

Hill walker, fell runner, mountain biker and photographer. Hoping to gain Mountain Leader award to help me share my love of the outdoors with others.

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Kevin O'callaghan

I began my career in the mountains while in school at Mayfield Community School in Cork. After school while studying Geology I was fortunate to have to go outdoors and to remote places for mapping assignments. After a post grad in Galway I began guiding in the hills and then went on to become a provider for Mountaineering Ireland. In the course of Guiding I have worked for Club Adventure, La Burle, Visage, Killary Tours, Mountain Travel Sobek and Butterfield and Robinson over the years. Now I work fulltime for the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology on their Outdoor Education Degree Programmes. In addition to my mountain qualifications I also hold instructor qualifications in Kayaking, sailing, powerboating among other activities. I am a Coaching Ireland Instructor Developer and Instructor Developer Assessor. Over the years I have been fortunate enough to explore in France, Norway, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Greenland in addition to climbing Rockall.

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Felicity Kettle

I have a genuine passion for the outdoors, love the wildlife, nature and landscape of what our beautiful country has to offer! I'm definitely slightly obsessed with getting out and exploring, predominantly north Wales but all over... Lake District, Yorkshire, Brecon, Scotland etc... I've been super busy the last couple of years, I'm now on the core team for Lakeland Mountain Guides, set up my own company which I run navigation courses & wild camping opportunities. Teaching hillskills through out the event. I love sharing my enthusiasm for the outdoors and hopefully give people the confidence and knowledge to safely visit places. This year I've started to help Blackdog outdoors and Trail mountains for the mind with there push to help raise awareness for mental health in and out of the industry. I still help volunteering for the MTA as it helped me pass my ML, so feel it's important to share and now help others in return. - I passed my summer ML with Phil George in Llanberis -I also train and assess DofE. -16 hrs in remote areas first aid.

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Carly Nunn

I grew up walking and camping in the Peak District, Lake District and Snowdonia with my family. I have since been lucky enough to trek all over the world from expeditions along the Great Wall of China to Kilimanjaro and the Trail du Mont Blanc. I also love trail running in the mountains and have raced in some incredible places such as the stunning Swiss Alps and trekked to Everest Base Camp to run the Tenzing-Hillary Everest marathon, a favourite is always Snowdonia though! I initially completed Summer Mountain Leader training in 2012, this led me to complete further Winter Mountaineering Foundation training and Winter Climbing Foundation courses in Scotland over the past few years. As I consolidate my own mountaineering skills, with the aim of summiting Aconcagua in 2020 and one day returning to the Himalayas, I also wish to progress with Leading groups in the UK. I am passionate about the outdoors and would love to be able to share this with others. I hope to revisit some training to refresh my leadership and navigation skills ready for assessment...But first it's time to copy my logbook across onto DLOG and build up some more current QMDs!!

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Stuart Gammon

I'm passionate about the ocean and Sup boarding I also love alpine skiing and hiking.

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Neil sharp

Hi, my name is Neil Sharp. I have been hill walking and climbing mountains since I was around 10 years old. Have just decided to join the MTA and turn those years of walking into something more solid by training and gaining accreditation. Was involved in Scouting for most of my life until recently leaving having got to the level of District commissioner. Through scouting I became a DofE leader and helped many teenagers through there awards and expeditions. Looking forwards I am keen to improve my skills and get out more.

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Keir McEwan

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

My Mountain Training Story :

Richard Clarke

I've spent time outdoors walking on my bike from my very earliest memories, but began to get out in the mountains after starting university in Aberystwyth. I was an active member of both the Mountaineering and Walking clubs and undertook my ML training in 2004. I was elected President of the Walking Club in the same year which involved organising and leading group walks and scrambles in the mountains of Wales and elsewhere in the UK. After moving to live in Snowdonia, I continued to develop my knowledge and experience, and successfully completed my ML(S) with Phill George in 2010. Since then I have been taking on freelance ML work and also become an accredited DofE assessor and supervised and assessed expeditions to Gold level.

My Mountain Training Story :

Geraint Thomas

You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see, one can at least still know. Rene Daumal

My Mountain Training Story :

Sam Turner

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My Mountain Training Story :

Rebecca Lounds

I was a member of the venture scouts and completed my Bronze, Silver and Gold DofE awards while a teenager. This started my love of the outdoor and the night navigation completions honed my compass skills. I started climbing in 1994 at Aberystwyth University and fell in love with it straight away. My climbing apprenticeship took place on the cliffs of Tremadog and in the Llanberis pass. After graduating I worked in a outdoor centre in Ireland for a year before returning to Wales to complete a Science PGCE at Bangor. Teaching is something I’m passionate about and I found that I really loved introducing people to the outdoors and teaching them new skills. I have since become a freelance outdoor instructor and climbing coach. Through the DofE award I can watch young people grow in confidence in the outdoor environment and learn new skills. The outdoors provides the perfect setting for people to step outside their comfort zones. As a climbing development coach I get to help people realise their potential climbing, both inside and out. It is a real privilege to be able to pass on the love of a sport. My own climbing and running means that I am constantly pushing myself to develop and gives me empathy with both beginners and advanced athletes.

My Mountain Training Story :

Adam Colston

Raised on the south-west coastline, Dartmoor became our local stomping ground. Young and ambitious, I undertook the local Ten Tors challenge for consecutive years. Providing a great base knowledge for future endeavors. Post graduation, I gained a successful career in adventure tourism guiding all over the globe. Summers have found me leading hiking trips all over the Italian Dolomites, to Sea Kayak guiding in the Pacific North-west with Orca Wales and unique sea conditions. Winters I have spent leading ski, snowshoe and cross country trips in mountainous regions of Europe. Passion has driven these ventures. Through years of leading and guiding I have developed a unique set of skills through experience.


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