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 :

Steven Bower

Being in the mountains is a passion and being able to share my passion with others is without doubt one of the best feelings in the world. I find being in the mountains very rewarding, to be embraced and cherished; whether climbing high on an alpine mountain or walking on a lowland path. I enjoy introducing 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.

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Paul Cohen

Despite a successful commercial career building, developing and mentoring market leading teams, Paul decided he needed a change, so he did something about it. And if you have found yourself here, you too are probably looking for help to get motivated to change! Having always had a passion for health and fitness, he retrained as a Personal Trainer and Coach and never looked back! Paul found new reward in helping others achieve healthier and happier lifestyles. He has a number of specialisms including Strength Training, Weight Management and Full Body Conditioning, and is continually improving his knowledge with additional qualifications in Youth Fitness, TRX and Functional Movement. Paul has also completed multiple marathons and boxed for a number of years. The secret of health for both body and mind is not to shed a tear for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment, be fit, healthy, happy and do it having fun! If you are looking to:- Lose Weight, Be Fitter, Build Lean Muscle Move Better Get Strong Look Great and Feel Great Then look no further! You will benefit from dedicated one-to-one sessions tailored for you specifically. Your personal training program will be designed to start from where you are physically today and will be progressive, challenging and fun so you achieve your full health and fitness goals. So come and 'hustle your muscles' with me!

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Steve Dennis

When i have the time, i enjoy getting out into the hills. It's a great way to stay fit, without having to go to the gym. I have been part of Mountain Training since 2015, having firstly held the LLA & Exped Skills awards. I used these skills working with young people teaching AT navigation days, camp craft and delivering DofE expeditions. I am a DofE Leader, Expedition Supervisor and Gold Assessor. I also hold the MIAS Level 2 mountain bike leadership award for off-road experiences. I gained the ML(s) award in Nov 2017 to widen the areas i am able to take the young people for their experiences.

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stephen harpin

An experienced amateur climber and mountaineer, with a broad range of experience. Currently training for the Summer Mountain Leadership Award. I have relocated to live near Rhyd ddu on the lowland slopes of Yr Wyddfa.

My Mountain Training Story :

Gavin Ireland

Got into hill walking and mountains as a teenager through the DofE scheme. Became a Unit Expedition Leader (Summer) whilst serving in the British Army 1997. Since then have enjoyed lowland and hill walking with family, friends and walking groups. I've mostly been the organiser of these things, having the most experience of the groups. Mostly UK (England and Wales) with a few notable ventures abroad including the Mont Blanc tour and Toubkal. Now available and leading hill and moorland walks and expeditions in South Wales and the Marches.

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Tom Jones

Hi, I work as a team leader at Colomendy (kingswood) , I spend most of my time training and mentoring staff through the introduction to the industry. I spend most of my time in work developing an understanding of why we do what we do, and how do we adapt sessions to fit a variety of groups. My history is in freelance instructing in South Wales, the Peak District and North wales, specialising in gorge walking, coasteering and climbing but have run loads of hill walking and team building activities. My current aspirations is to become a trainer and provider for some of mountain training awards (CWI, RCI). In order to achieve this is an spending most of my time training and up skilling instructors at work. What I have done with my quals! I spend most of my free time teaching our staff to become independent practitioners (teaching to lead climb both indoors and outside, sport and trad). I help train and develop offsite programmes at work and give our instructors the required skills to lead groups in the Clwydian hills. Extras! I have attainder and used the Climb4All course, tidal validation for the RCI, become a tutor and run NNAS courses. I have gained my ERCA and spend a lot of time inspecting high ropes courses. I really benefit and gain a lot from watching other instructors have an impact on many people lives. I used to love that feeling when I was an instructor but knowing I can have an exponential effect from the knock on effect from training and mentoring other instructors gives me a better feeling.

My Mountain Training Story :

Kieran Thompson

I run www.MountaineeringSkills.com where I offer a mix of guiding, skills coaching/development and advice across a range of Mountaineering activities. I also work for Perth College UHI where I teach on a range of outdoor courses from SCQF Level 5 to Degree level.

My Mountain Training Story :

Julie Gidon

Lover of the outdoors for short or long adventures, solo or in group, on land or in the water. Teacher of French and Spanish and running the Silver DofE section in my school for the last six years (2016-22). I am now taking a long sabbatical to travel and spend time outdoors. Mountain Leader Qualified, Paddlesport Leader & RCI Trained. A little more about my climbing experience: I am French (and British too), born in Millau, the (lesser known) capital for outdoor sports in the south of France. I spent my childhood surrounded by nature, camping, hiking, kayaking or sailing with my family. At University (2010), I started climbing outdoors with my partner who was training to be a Mountain Guide in Chamonix. We climbed together up to 100 sport routes (where I seconded) in the Alps, around Millau and Clermont-Ferrand and completed some alpine routes in the Alps. Not all of these routes appear in the log-book as I could not remember where the climbs were. When I arrived in the UK (2012), I discovered traditional climbing outdoors with friends and climbed (seconding) in the Peak District and near Exeter. Whilst working in a School, I shadowed the Head of Outdoor Pursuit and we went climbing with students indoors in Leicester and outdoors near Oakham (Rutland). I then joined a climbing club in Worcester and started climbing indoors (Red Point), leading routes (up to 6A) and top roping (up to 7A… with some help!). Wanting to develop my climbing further and be able to understand better the ropes and equipment used in traditional climbing, I attended a Women’s Ready to Rock Course in May 2022. This gave me the confidence to register on the RCI course and I subsequently attended an Advanced Climber Course (June 22) to learn how to lead routes safely. Following the course (where I led my first routes - VS 4!) I led more routes (traditional and sport) and I am now slowly building confidence and experience whilst travelling.

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John Walker

I started fell walking in 1971 aged 11 with the Scouts and my school which booked the old Achille Ratti Climbing Club hut at Dunmail Raise each year. Many epics and teenage adventures followed until University at Leeds where I started climbing at the old (rudimentary) climbing wall. I continued to walk climb (badly) and scramble over the coming years, mostly in the Lakes as Leeds university had a hut in the Duddon Valley. Getting married and having kids meant mountain days were easier but no less rewarding as the family all enjoyed the hills. Things took a more adventurous turn when my son started climbing and we began to do some sport climbing and bouldering together before beginning a series of holidays to Chamonix. Mountaineering and climbing alternate days on holidays to the Alps and Scotland ensued, interspersed by solo days on the hill where scrambling (summer and winter) became a focus to avoid the crowds. Easier days with friends and my wife were always welcome too. Over the past few years I have been involved as a "dogsbody" with the Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dog Association attending training weekends each month as well as the week long avalanche rescue course in the Cairngorms. Recently I have got a taste of leading in the mountains because of my involvement with the charity events run by Lakeland Mountain Guides (e.g marshalling for Lakes Festival of Light and Striding Edge by Torchlight) as well as the annual Real Three Peaks litter pick on Scafell Pike. So I thought I would do my DLog and see if I had enough experience to start training towards my ML at the age of 60+. I completed my ML training at Plas-y-Brenin in August 2022 and am working towards my assessment.

My Mountain Training Story :

Edward A Brown

Mountaineering Instructor, Climbing Coach, Technical Advisor 10 years' industry experience & more than 20 years' personal climbing Operating across the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales & Snowdonia

My Mountain Training Story :

Adam Betts

I started to get involved in mountaineering at the start of 2013 once i moved to RAF Leachers where i joined the RAF Mountain Recuse Team. Once Leachers closed in mid 2014 i moved to RAF Lossiemouth north Scotland, and continued with the MRT. Feb 2016 i was given a full time job on the MRT at RAF Valley. So i have gained a lot of experience and training in the MR system. I'm now working towards RCDI and MAI.

My Mountain Training Story :

miriam rodway

My Pilates classes bring an emphasis on building strength, mobility and flexibility by following the original pilates exercises, modified for the students. This "yang" form of movement compliments the "yin" yoga stillness.

My Mountain Training Story :

Martin Hill

I came to indoor climbing after 3 years bouldering in Europe, with the sole intention of becoming a setter. I coached a few NIBAS sessions to try it out, but felt the organisation was disjointed and my instructions amounted to, "look in the book at the requirements and do something they haven't been signed off for yet". I didn't see that the way my wall ran NIBAS was conducive to good coaching based on other disciplines I had taken part in. After sticking with setting for a few months, I started coaching again but insisted that I would have a group for a whole course, so I knew what I was doing and could add structure. Roll on eighteen months and as a relatively new CD for our NIBAS provision, I have written fully structured, weekly syllabuses for the three levels we provide, and other in-house coaching products. Beyond NIBAS, I coach both our Academy (for post level 3 NIBAS students) and our Development Squad (up to 16 years looking to compete) and run classes for climbing specific and non-specific strength and conditioning. As for ambitions, I would like to get our NIBAS courses to a point where they are considered worthy of flagship status (if that exists) or our wall, a flagship provider. I am keen to attain Development and Performance coaching qualifications. I hope to create the opportunity to coach on a higher/national level. As a young wall, the coaching requirements for advanced climbers aren't high at present. I expect this to change over the coming years and feel excited at the chance of helping our members progress across all levels. It's all climbing, isn't it? In a nutshell, I can say that because of NIBAS, I became a coach. We start a new term in two weeks and I'm very excited to see how the new students get on and how our Level 2 and 3's take to the new syllabus (in accordance with NIBAS requirements). M. 4/9/22

My Mountain Training Story :

Caitlin Marie Howe

I started off my journey with the RLSS completing my rookie awards at my local pool. I later went on to qualifying as a lifeguard and achieving my NPLQ at the age of 16, at the age of 18 I became a level 2 swimming instructor and began to teach the rookie classes I was once a student in. My career in aquatics is far from over and I hope to continue to develop my skills and qualifications with the RLSS as I study at university.

My Mountain Training Story :

Anthony Swallow

Currently a BASI Level 4, working in Val d'Isere.

My Mountain Training Story :

Henry Taylor

I have always wanted to be a lifeguard having been a keen swimmer from age of 5. I was delighted to pass my qualifications on my 16th birthday, thanks to the excellent training from 1st Class first aid. Thank you to Ringwood leisure centre in believing in me and continuing my training and providing me the opportunity to work as a lifeguard.

My Mountain Training Story :

jonathan white

I learnt to climb and work in the mountains of Wales when I lived in Sutton Coldfield. Most weekends were spent in Capel Curig and I was fortunate enough to attend the winter mountaineering course run from Marle Hall in North Wales. I also learnt how to canoe as an assistant instructor at PGL Holidays. My holidays were spent at Sjovegan, Troms District of Norway where I worked on a farm in the summer and left a few weeks after the snow arrived. I was taught to ski by a Norwegian Farmer. This formed the basis of my being accepted as an outdoor pursuits instructor in Settle, North Yorkshire where I worked at the Yorkshire Dales Adventure Centre. Whilst here I learnt how to cave and was a member of the Cave Rescue Organisation. Just after leaving as an outdoor pursuits instructor where I has taught, expedition skills, Canoeing, Climbing and Caving I joined the Army Reserve and was used to teach canoeing and sailing. I had learnt sailing when I moved from Settle. My focus now became the military and I spent many years on exercises all over the whorl in some quite remote areas. During thsi time I became a sub aqua diving instructor and am now an advanced instructor, advanced diver, boat handler, radio user and marine navigation who teaches at County level. I now belong to a youth organisation and they require formal qualifications rather than over 40 years experience so I must start with basic hill walking. SO if you want to know what its like to be on your own about 200 miles above the artic circle, on skis and meet a herd of reindeer in minus 20 then do get in touch and ill tell you.

My Mountain Training Story :

Lee Magowan

See DLOG Files for Qualification/course details, personal statement and intent. I have 18 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. I have progressed to become a Klettisteig leader and go to Europe twice a year either for personal trips or leading groups. I deliver AT to cadets am currently the Manager of Rossall LO for the DofE Awards. I am combining these activities for the students to get the best of both. Civilian Outdoor Qualifications: MT - Mountain Leader MT - Rock Climbing Instructor NNAS Tutor - National Navigation Awards Scheme (NNAS) ( Bronze/Silver) First Aid Instructor - Outdoor / FAW FAW First Aid - Outdoor Safeguarding L2 BCU level 2 kayak coach and BCU 4 Star BC Core coach White Water Safety and Rescue Military AT qualifications: Globally Joint Service Mountain Expedition Leader (JSMEL) JS Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI) (MP with 2 clients) JS Alpine Klettersteig leader JS Level 2 Kayak coach / 4 Star First Aid - Outdoor WMF / WCF Aspiration is to become a lowland Leader provider in 2023 to the benefit of youth, all female, Musilm, Jewish and disadvantaged groups to promote the outdoors and the associated health benefits. I currently volunteer but can have a measured and real effect on the adults in those organisations and groups to self-deliver, this is only possible if I become a provider for MT Lowland Leader.

My Mountain Training Story :

Chris Jervis

Not many people no my story as i have held it all in for so long. After suffering with Anxiety Depression and PTSD,it soon became clear being in the outdoors helped me a lot and i felt it was time to share my experience and hopefully help others in the same way. The first mountain I done was Scafell Pike England's highest peak 3210 feet, 978 metres, it was a bit of a struggle at first the steps from Wasdale head were a killer but I loved every minute of it and was made up when I reached the summit. The reason I chose Scafell Pike, I knew if I could complete this I would be able to do most mountains in the UK. Since then I have summited over 300 peaks throughout Britain, with some of the most dangerous ridges including Crib Goch and CMD- Carn Mor Dearg. This has helped me meet some amazing people along the way and made some friends for life. I then got the idea of organizing group hikes to help reconnect people to the great outdoors and bring people together. As a group we have now started to take on some tough challenges, for example we completed the Y3P Yorkshire Three Peaks in under 12 hours, our total time was 8hr 30min. From this we have set up the Welsh 3000s and the National 3 Peaks. I also completed all 214 Wainwrights in the Lake District with-in 6 months for Alder Hey Children's Hospital. My latest adventure was in the Tatra mountains in Poland climbing mount rysy Poland’s highest mountain 2500m.

My Mountain Training Story :

Angus Cunningham

Growing up near Peebles, I was lucky to have some incredible landscapes on my doorstep and spent most of my free time exploring the hills and forests around me. As a teenager I began mountain biking, competing in national and international level enduro and XC races across Scotland as well as making mountaineering trips further afield into the highlands with friends. Leaving school, I worked as a bicycle mechanic in Glasgow, making my way from the shop floor to workshop manager and finally opening and running a new branch for the business. During this time, I spent my weekends and holidays bikepacking, wild camping and exploring the hills across the Southern Uplands, West Coast and Highlands, spending my evenings after work in either the GCC or TCA climbing centers. A couple of years later, I moved to a new job in Edinburgh where I first heard about UHI's School of Adventure Studies in Fort William. I was accepted onto the Adventure Education degree and I am currently working my way towards gaining the Mountain Leader qualification which I want to use alongside my degree to pass my love of the mountains onto others.

My Mountain Training Story :

Kevin Woods

Walker, climber, based in Glasgow but travelling all over. I work using the WML award and did a round of the Munros in winter. Also have parallel careers in television, writing and nature restoration. Particular interests - Scottish Highlands, ecology, Gaelic, Munros, new routing, family.

My Mountain Training Story :

Barry Eggleton

HML qualified. I primarily use my award accompanying cadets, DofE & Ten Tors participants in the hills. When not with with these groups, I can often found in the hills and mountains guiding/ passing on hill knowledge to friends and colleagues. Ultra/ Trail/ barefoot runner, adventure endurance athlete and I participate Military Test Marches. i.e. orienteering, carrying heavy loads, at speed in the hills and mountains. Completed Mountain Leader Training 30/05/22. Aiming for assessment in May 23. DofE Exped Assessor & Supervisor

My Mountain Training Story :

Alison Davies

I am a Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach based in Sandbach specialising in pre and postnatal and menopause. I am passionate about building the fitness, health and confidence of my clients through a programme that is enjoyable and sustainable. I believe in moving and feeding your body so you can feel great and do more of the activities you love; it's not just about looking good! I run group classes and 1-2-1 PT in Sandbach.

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Nathan Stares

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

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Adrian Frank Hazelwood

Hello everyone, I have always been involved with life saving and teaching but several years ago wanted to specialise into water based sports and pursuits. My journey started as a trainee lifeguard and has now progressed to Trainer/Assessor. In addition to this my passion for delivering quality, effective and fun learning resulted in me achieving Level 2 Swim Teacher and a Swim Coach qualification. Not being satisfied with just teaching I achieved Pool Plant Operator status to complete my knowledge of all things swimming pool related. My personal journey doesn’t just mean financial reward as the real icing on the cake for me is that smile on the learners face at the end of a session having had fun and accomplished an objective they may have previously considered unachievable. We must endeavour and work together to offer all population geographic opportunities to experience safe and effective water based experiences and encourage a new generation into the water. So, the next steps for me in the years to come whilst building on my own experience is NTA, Swim Teacher Trainer and to keep up to date with the CPD’s available from the RLSS and Swim England to mention just two organisations. If you ever need a chat I am always available to listen and discuss my own experience if this helps. STAY SAFE & HAVE FUN!

My Mountain Training Story :

Kate TREGELLAS

Born and raised on the North Devon coast, I've always been passionate about the beautiful landscape I live in. Raising a family took me away from myself, and what I love, but over recent years I have got fitter again and rekindled my passion for the wilder edges of our landscape. I love nothing better than being out with my dog somewhere wild and remote in 'a good bit o' weather', before returning to somewhere cosy. I feel there are a lot of women my age, and a lot of people in general who don't feel confident walking out of sight of buildings and roads but are aware they are missing out on something that speaks to the 'uncivilised' within us all. I want to help them push those boundaries and discover some adventure. With a long career in customer services, I'm good in finding out what people want and helping them, and coupled with my knowledge of local plant life, wildlife, and being a hobbyist storyteller, I feel I've got something to offer others. Taking my teenage daughter on holiday to Dartmoor showed me that my school orienteering sessions and map reading skills had become somewhat rusty, so a bit of googling led me to this, and the idea was born!

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Alex Stone

I am qualified as a rock climbing instructor in 2003 with over 25 years of experience in rock climbing, high altitude mountaineering, ice climbing and skiing. I believe that being active in the outdoors comes with great benefits both for our physical and mental wellbeing, and it is an honour for me to be able to facilitate courses, workshops, or private tutorial sessions making use of my experience and knowledge to ensure my clients get the most out of it, feel safe, and well looked after. In 2018 I founded the Black Lizard Climbing and Mountaineering Club. www.blacklizard.org I currently live in South London and work as a climbing instructor both in and outdoors. In my spare time, you find me climbing in Wales or the Peak District or making plans for new adventures especially in the Alps and the Himalayas! https://astoneadventures.com/

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David Hanley

I have climbed all over the world for nearly 40 years. A visit to Harrison's Rocks with a scout group when I was 13 got me instantly hooked and I've been doing it ever since. Climbing has been THE constant in my life, regardless of where I have lived, or the temporary distraction of other sports! I've been SPSA (RCI) qualified since 1996, and a British Mountaineering Council (BMC) member for over 20 years. More recently I've consolidated my instructor and coaching qualifications, achieving the CWDI (indoor leading) award in Dec. 2017 and Foundation Coach accreditation in Dec. 2019. I am also a full member of the Mountain Training Association (no. 42888). On rock, I lead trad, single & multi-pitch routes up to HVS grade and sport climbs to French 6a+. My mountaineering exploits have taken me to six of the seven continents, and I've reached the highest point on three of those. I've climbed technical, alpine routes on multiple 4,000m peaks in the Alps & in the USA and I have extensive ice climbing experience in the UK, USA & Norway. I have completed several multi-day treks in the Alps, the Andes & in New Zealand and I have summited more than 100 Scottish Munro's, although I've probably only had a view from the top of thirty or so of those! I've completed multiple Via Ferrata routes in the Swiss Alps & Italian Dolomites up to D grade. I'm also an accomplished alpine skier, and have recently been diversifying into cross-country skiing and ski touring / mountaineering. Anything to be in the mountains! As of Sept 2022, I have accrued more than 3,100 hours of both indoor and outdoor climbing coaching, and I take real pride in helping people of all ages reach their goals or overcome their fears.

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John Rocks

I have since worked for small outdoor centres in the UK and abroad and built up a solid apprenticeship of instructing and personal skills. In 2009, I got a job role as Operations Manager for John Dunne at Harrogate Climbing Centre, it was a step into management that I really enjoyed. I met great folk like Ian Fenton, and I built a rapport with the clients, getting to know them by name. This felt vitally important and something that had been missing in my other roles, building a regular client base, and having positive social interactions with them. I then moved on to Carnegie Great Outdoors as the Operations Manager. This role provided insight into logistics, large clients, large staff base and many others, and it was the perfect stepping stone. After 3.5 years I had largely become office based and yearned to be outdoors again, so I left to crack on with other ambitions. I spent 2 years in the ambulance service as an EMT. I loved this line of work, once again chatting to and supporting people. 2018 saw me start up a small business, My Expedition Rocks. It has been a complete success, and I have several school clients, run residential programmes, and have a very solid and loyal client base around the Skipton, Yorkshire area. I run most of my own sessions, and therefore get the best of both worlds, instructing and chatting to clients, but also using all my skills. I push my RCI, CWDI and ML to the absolute limit, and I am keen to begin teaching the new MT Rock Skills and MT Hill & Mountain Skills courses in 2022, to continue that journey. Currently working towards the below qualifications: - Winter Mountain Leader - Rock Climbing Development Instructor (Trainee) - International Mountain Leader (Trainee)

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Suzanne Pearce

Hi everyone I was a lifeguard when I was 16 for 13years in that time I also became a swimming instructor and fitness / sports coach. I then left this type of work for a number of years. I am now 40 and this summer decided to go back to what I loved and re did my NPLQ and started working at my local holiday park where I have now become a lifeguard supervisor and looking forward to going on more courses and learning more about working by the swimming pool as well as watching it. I have just applied to become a rookie lifeguard instructor so I can pass my love and knowledge to children. I was about 12 when I decided that this was what I wanted to as a job. I did my bronze open water award when I wasn't old to do NPLQ.

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Ishmael Lokko

Do struggle deciding what to eat ? Are lacking structure and motivation in your training? Do you feel like your going round and round in circles and nothing to show for it? What you need is a road map to clearly define your goals and give you directions. Through years of experience I can deliver effective programs that are tailored to you needs and abilities. Programs that will only get you strong, fit, and lean. But gives you the tools and education to sustain life long results.

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Eurion Brown

I've loved the sense of independence/adventure carrying all your kit on your back and walking wherever you wanted brings from a very early age, mainly in and around the lowland and coastal areas of South Wales. Early 20s, spent 18 months tramping the wilderness on multi-day expeditions in the mountain regions of the North and South Islands of New Zealand and central Australian outback. Returned to the UK wanting to continue with outdoor walking. Joining what was then Bridgend Mountain Rescue Team now The Western Beacons Search and Rescue Team. I spent 10 years with the team learning mountain first aid, search and rescue techniques and navigation mostly in poor visibility, at night or in torrential rain! To this day these skills have stayed with me. The team, although based in the Brecon Beacons would also travel regularly to other areas of Wales, training in the wilds of Mid Wales and in the North Wales rocky mountains. We often provided safety cover for mountain running events. Through my association with the team, I was introduced to the KIMM (Karrimor International Mountain Marathon) which I completed a number of times - developing and honing micro navigation skills often in poor weather over rough, challenging terrain. I moved into sea kayaking, particularly expedition kayaking where the transfer of bushcraft, navigation and walking expedition skills transferred well. I've gained a number of leadership awards in sea kayaking and paddlesport. The skills I gained when I was a member of the mountain rescue team were at a time when skills were not logged and recorded as they are nowadays, so my intention is to complete the ML award so that it gives others confidence in my ability to lead them safely in the mountains. I have re-trained as a secondary school teacher and hope to use the award to lead students as part of their DoE in this country and also abroad to introduce young people to the skills of expediting and journeying.

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Graham Wyllie

The Mountains are the driving force in my life. My father took me up Mount Keen back in 1998 and I have enjoyed over two decades of climbing and walking since. In May 2018 I quit my job in the oil and gas industry after almost 5 hectic but fantastic years well testing with Schlumberger and opted to take at least a year out using the time to improve my climbing and get some related qualifications. Since quitting I have so far climbed the Frendo spur (despite the cable car being out of action!), solo'd the Matterhorn and completed both ML training and assessment. I am now working as a consultant in the oil and gas industry and have a lot more free time to focus on mountaineering. I have improved my summer and winter climbing recording leads of E1 and VII so far. Also in summer 2019 I summitted Spantik (7027m) in Pakistan in good style (no fixed ropes or HAP's). My plans are now to complete the WML scheme and look at doing MIA training. Looking to the long term I am planning to continue working offshore as a consultant and having the option of doing freelance mountaineering work alongside. Some other things about me: Served in the RAF Regiment Completed the Munro's in Bla Bheinn at the age of 23 Have climbed the 3 highest mountains in the alps and a total of 13 x 4000m peaks

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Daniel Parkin

I decided to take up hiking at the tender age of 34 after a long battle with my mental health. I have always been very pro mens mental health after loosing my brother in 2015 and living close to the park district I fell in love with fresh air and green mountains that reside in my door step. During my time as a weekend hiker i joined a local mens hiking group and have also have conquered a number of trigges and Ethel’s in my local area. I am wanting to accomplish my next dream by completing a mountain leaders course

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Richard Fisher

Rick has always shared a passion for the outdoors and has developed his skills over the last 24 years through real-life experiences in the military where he became a Rock Leader Trainer (equivalent to SPA) and RYA L2 sailing instructor. Since leaving the Army, he has continued to enjoy hill walking and rock climbing and in 2022 he undertook training and assessment to become a Lowland Leader. An enthusiastic active member of the RAF Air Cadets, Rick has also gained accreditation to supervise and assess candidates undertaking their Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition. He is now working towards Hill & Moorland Leader and Rock Climbing Instructor awards so he may continue to offer cadets opportunities to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle.

My Mountain Training Story :

James Poole

Hello, the mountains and hills have always been the major focus of my adult life. I have gained so much from what these environments offer and now my focus is on sharing these opportunities with others, if we can educate about and help people build a connection with the world along the way even better. Growing up in Devon I was fortunate to have access to the south coast and Dartmoor. I joined the Army as an engineer at 16 and upon leaving the forces 6yrs later I devoted myself to gaining experience working with a diverse range of people from diverse backgrounds. I spent a summer working at the Eden Project in Cornwall as a play/workshop facilitator where I began to understand how we learn. After this I started working specifically in the outdoor industry and gaining outdoor qualifications, but always with an eye to how to increase opportunities for those who wouldn't normally get the chance. I completed a traineeship with the Bendrigg Trust, an outdoor centre specifically for those with impairments. After this I worked as the Activities Resident at Camas on the Isle of Mull, an off grid centre offering safe residential experiences and expeditions predominantly to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds/communities. The next phase for me was to move to New Zealand to work with Outward Bound, this was pivotal to my development. During this time I was surrounded by highly skilled climbers, mountaineers and paddlers where my skills and knowledge improved drastically. Outward Bound NZ also offers fantastic facilitation training to it's staff and I certainly gained from this. In the final year of this contract I was selected to be a duty manager responsible for the day to day running of the centre with up to168 students and 32 instructors as well as support staff. Since returning to the UK I have been the Head Coach/Instructor at a couple of climbing centres but now work for Venture Scotland and instruct/coach on the side.

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Ben McAllister

I began my love for the mountains when I was taken out in to Brecon Beacons when I was quite young. I fell in love with the sights, sounds and smells of the mountain environment. I continued my involvement in hillwalking and mountaineering whilst I worked in Education and explored the mountains of the Uk and the Western Alps. I found myself yearning to be outside and after a spell abroad, I relocated to live in the Brecon Beacons. I now work as a ML (Summer and Winter) throughout Wales and beyond and operate under the name Welsh Mountain Walks. I work mainly with adults, running courses and leading guided walks, When I am not in the mountains I am usually to be found down my wood or in the workshop.

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Ivan Melvyn Cave

Hi my name is ivan I have been hiking long and short distance for about 15 yrs I went back into hiking after helping out my kids school out before that I was in milatry uniform the green one it showed me self respect for the outdoors I have and still do peak district dark peaks done the pennine way and the Yorkshire 3 peaks challange done around snowdon top too many people on top so I want to hike backpack around the bottom of it I like night walking too that's when it becomes its best for nature. I am leading voluntary a small group with mental health reasons and that can be a challange but I hame getting there respect and they are starting to trust me .and wild camping is a northern I love it the peace one quiet

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Barry Mcadam

Carry out Walking and Climbing sessions throughout the UK having delivered a large number of NICAS session over the years. Delivered Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions at all levels also an Accredited Bronze,Silver Gold Assessor. Led expeditions abroad to Asia, Africa, US and Europe. Mountain Bike Instructor Award Scheme (MIAS) Level 3 & 4 (Tutor) * Night Module and Velotech Silver Award. BCU UKCC level 2 Coach for Kayak / Canoe and Paddlesport Leader. Course Director for Hill / Mountain Skills, Lowland Leader / Hill and Moorland Leader Award and been staff on other Mountain Training Awards. Level 1 American Avalanche Association Course. BASI Outdoor First aid Course.

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Steve Bloyce

An Exercise Rehabilitation Instructor in the NHS, delivering structured rehabilitation and performance driven exercise programmes to many different individuals, groups and populations. A genuine passion for fitness, health and wellbeing with experience including; Professional Sport, the NHS and the Emergency Services.

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David Walsh

I have spent my career as a manager in Product Development with Ford Motor Company Limited. Having now retired from the auto industry I am embarking on a life as an ML & RCI.

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Dawid Dobosz

My first adventure with hiking started in primary school, when my teacher decided to organize a school trip to Polish Giant Mountains (pol: Karkonosze). These mountains are located in the south-west of Poland, part of the Sudetes mountain system. The plan was to hike on the top of the highest peak, which is Sniezka 1603m above sea level. This was a very first time when I have ever seen high mountains and I fell in love with landscapes. Next school trips, year by year from the middle shool to the high school was organized to different Polish mountains as Bieszczady Mountains, the Pienin Mountains, the Table Mountains, the Holy Cross Mountains and beautiful the Tatra Mountains with the highest peak on the Polish site - Rysy (2501m above seal level). During university time me and my second half were travelling to Polish mountains randomly chosen destination and new hiking trials. After move to the UK we have started explore Great Britain, started from Peak District with Kinder Scout, Lake District with Scafell Pike, Yorskire Dales with beautiful waterfalls, Wales with Snowdon and Highlands with Ben Nevis. My love to nature and highlands had renew after our week trip to Scotland. I had enough daily routine and work in the factory over and over without fresh air and sun light. I decided to do something with it and I joined to BMC and MTA, finished lowland leader course as first step and outdoor first aid course. Next step is to graduate assessment and become a walk leader across the most beautiful lowlands in the UK.

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Michael Roberts

First experience of climbing was working on a indoor wall based in Wales teaching families to climb, playing warm up games, wall challenges. This lead to a further desire to climb. Lucky enough in 2017 my job as a watersports instructor placed me in Croatia, living right at the mouth of the paklanica national park, a massive lime stone mecca. Here I gained allot of my experience, climbing outdoor single pitch sport roots, lead climbing at 5 c, and having the best days of climbing to date. My flat mates where all climbers so we took full advantage of that. Climbed and camped out as much as possible, and after the season had finished we toured back through Europe sport climbing routes through, slovinia, north Italy, arco, then into France where we spent 2 weeks bouldering in font - with before covid was an annual thing. I'm confident in my ability to climb and hungry to learn more, further my skillets. All of teaching has been done under an in-house course assessment. In Croatia I taught on an artificial wall outdoors, for this I attended a 2 day teaching course which passed me to teach on that wall and rescue on the high ropes.

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Roger Hanmer

All my life I’ve lived in North Wales and looked at the mountains in snowdonia telling myself that one day I’ll go up there Well 6 yrs ago I began to tick them off I’ve now walked/scrambled every 3000 footer in snowdonia and added 4 Munro’s to my list and 1 Lakeland 3000 in winter I began Indoor climbing and outdoor trad climbing using MIA trainees and fully qualified instructors to try and improve I’m now happily leading Vs grades in trad and climbing 6c indoors But my love is the Mountains! I want to do my ML course to prove to myself I can do it and to possibly lead groups at some point in the near future

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Daniel Woods

I am a proactive, alert and mentally robust individual with a strong passion for helping others. I love first aid and medicine in general and enjoy maintaining a good level of fitness. I was a lifeguard for Everyone Active paradise pools and thoroughly enjoyed it. Sadly, I was involved in a near-fatal motorcycle crash and due to my injuries and issues with surgical procedures and recovery, I was left unable to work for over a year. No job since has given me that raw sense of reward I felt when lifeguarding, I am very excited to get back into the leisure and fitness industry. My career goal is to focus on achieving as many qualifications as the RLSS has to offer and improving my experience and knowledge within the leisure industry, eventually training my way up to become an assessor.

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Trevor Johnson

I've had passion for everything outdoors for some years now and have been lucky enough to wild camp and hike all over the UK

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Lynn Jackson

I am a Slow Ways survey and review volunteer, looking to help and guide others to use the network of footpaths around the UK. I have been walking for many years but became a regular walker over the past 2 years, enjoying solo, paired and group walks around Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. I also have walked and snowshoed in the Alps but not regularly enough for this to be featured in my log details (just in case your were wondering about my profile picture :) )

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Tomos Ffrancon

My name is Tomos Ffrancon, 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 mountaineer having recently began climbing. I am fluent in both Welsh and English.

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Sam Simpson

I am first and foremost a very active climber and I enjoy instructing, guiding and being in the environment with psyched people. Some memorable experiences have included climbing the Peuterey Integrale and the Red Pillar of the Brouilliard to the top of Mont Blanc, the Nose on El Capitan, Sheer Lunacy in Zion, climbing at Fairhead and enjoying many seasons exploring the wonderful granite routes in Chamonix. I have lots of experience of climbing in the Alpine environment but I particularly enjoy the rock elements and big mixed ridges. I have managed to climb many 4000 metre peaks in the Alps, Aiguille Verte via the Grand Montets ridge being my favourite summit, bivving on the summit on a windless evening. Gritstone always provides great joy with routes like Calvary and Requiem being among the best routes I have ever done. I have had some brilliant days Winter Climbing and walking up in Scotland . Mitre Ridge in Winter stands out as being a particularly memorable outing which felt very "out there". I am very keen to progress my skills and experience through the various schemes and see where it takes me.

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Tatiana Kopyrina

• Experience of working as a gym instructor, with groups and individuals, screening, assessing, and designing exercise programs in the Diabetes Trails program which was designed to improve the health and motivation of people with type 2 diabetes. The project was conducted from August to December 2021 at Southampton Solent University. Responsibilities included providing initial consultation, prescribing a combined exercise program, and training diabetic patients. • Master's Degree at Southampton Solent University in Clinical Exercise Science. • Active IQ Level 2 Gym Instructing • Active IQ Level 3 Exercise Referral • Willingness to work towards Sport qualification. • Over 10 years of comprehensive experience as paediatrician directly working in different settings with children from 0 to 17 years of age in Kazakhstan • Knowledge of and ability to work in a medical environment with patients, taking a detailed medical history, respecting medical ethics, respecting patient dignity and confidentiality, identifying contraindications, and predicting adverse events for each patient. • Ability to establish and maintain positive and effective work relationships with coworkers, patients, and clients.


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