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 :

Julian Dodson

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

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Ronnie Robb

Hello, my name is Ronnie and I am a freelance Mountain Leader based in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Through my work and a passion for outdoor pursuits I have been fortunate to have travelled, lived and worked extensively around the world. For over 40 years my spare time has been spent enjoying the Scottish mountains and the greater ranges abroad when oppotunities allowed. I have worked in senior HR management positions in the energy industry for over 25 years. I have also had experience with outdoor education and led a variety of expeditions over the years. From these positions I have gained experience in leadership, facilitation and instruction. I have always had a passion for adventure and travel whenever I have the opportunity. In recent years I have been on a number of long distance cycle tours covering circa 15,000kms over 8 months through Australia, New Zealand, SE Asia, Europe and Central America. To date I have visited more than 100 countries, some of them multiple times and led over 25 expeditions , most of them mountaineering, to all corners of the world. My best piece of advice is to travel with your mind open, as well as your eyes.

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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 and mountain biking adventures in and around Bath and throughout the UK.

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Nicola Hardy

I'm an avid hill walker and member of the BMC. Last year I climbed all 214 Lake District Wainwrights and Mount Kilimanjaro. Through the summer of 2019 I aim to climb all 282 Munro mountains in Scotland. I then plan on walking 3000km down the length of New Zealand on the Te Araroa trail (my first thru-hike). I aim to sign up for my mountain leader course in the spring/summer of 2020. In the meantime I will enjoy logging my QMDs on my DLOG in preparation. I also log much of my mountain experiences on Instagram @adventurer.nic

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Steven Pease

Vertical Relief is a small set up, it's just me and a handful of carefully selected freelance staff who share our ethos of approachable professional skills delivery and good customer service. It is firmly founded however by an enjoyment of the sport of climbing indoors and out, and belief that being physically active can provide many benefits, not least enjoyment, adventure and skill development.

My Mountain Training Story :

Alexander Graves

I am a College Lecturer and Casual Instructor with Caerphilly Adventures. I love the outdoors and anything to do with the outdoors. I believe it is key to a healthy and holistic lifestyle. I enjoy Hiking, Cycling and Climbing.

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Glenn Rees

Glenn has a long and established career in Social Inclusion and Outdoor Education. Currently, he works as a Youth Inclusion Manager for two local authorities in Greater Manchester which involves the co-ordination and delivery of a variety of educational and physical training programs aimed at developing basic life skills, leadership and team work ethics. Using critical thinking and practical learning activities, Glenn has dedicated his career to the personal development of young adults in the UAE, United States, Afghanistan and today in the UK. Glenn has spent time as a Police officer in North Yorkshire, and abroad. He has lead groups and lived in the Middle East for over two years, and spent 18 months living in Afghanistan working on a military operation. With a multitude of outdoor qualifications, overseas experience, and an impressive and challenging career; Glenn is a strong leader with an absolute passion for the personal development of young adults. Outdoor qualifications Mountain Leader Trained Lowland leader Trained DoFE Manager BCU Level 3 Kayak BCU level 2 Canoe Swift Water Rescue Certificate BCU White Water Safety BCU Level 1 Bell Boat Helm Award Scottish Mountain Bike Leader Award Scottish Trail Cycle Leader Award Power Boat Safety Certification Award

My Mountain Training Story :

Benjamin Braven

I am a DofE Leader and am working with an expedition company called Wildside Expeditions to provide fun and rewarding experiences to participants of all levels. This has been a very self rewarding experience - to be able to introduce people to the outdoor environment, and see them evolve from there own personal experiences. I’m currently working towards my mountain leader award.

My Mountain Training Story :

Martin Wall

I am a qualified freelance Mountain Leader (ML) Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI), Climbing Wall Development Instructor (CWDI) , Foundation Coach and Rope Rescue Technician based in Gwynedd, North Wales. I am an active full team member of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation and Chester Mountaineering Club. I am also a member of Mountain Training Association, British Mountaineering Council and Mountaineering Scotland. I hold a valid First Aid at Work, and MREW Advanced First Aid Cas Care Certificate and authorised to administer pain relief. I spent my childhood in South Wales and was introduced to hill walking on the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons when I joined the Air Scouts. I got to learn this terrain extensively when I later served with the British Armed Forces, this is when I really got to understand the importance of personal navigation and moving quickly in the mountains at day and at night. I went on to pass the 21 SAS British Special Forces selection process during winter and continuation training program. I am actively involved in and have a passion for climbing, mountaineering (both summer & winter), trail running and I am currently preparing for the Mountaineering Instructor Award. I have shadowed several qualified MIA/MIC & IFMGA aspirant holders in their delivery of navigation, scrambling, multi pitch climbing, improvised rescue and single pitch climbing instructional days and I have been a mock client on MIA, MIC and BMG assessments taking place in North Wales summer & Scottish winter conditions. I have been fortunate enough to have climbed and trekked in Scotland, Switzerland, France, the Austrian Alps, Western Ghats in India, Norway, the High Atlas of North Africa and the Annapurna Sanctuary of Nepal leading successful expeditions to summit Mont Blanc, Jebel Toubkal and Annapurna Base Camp. I have a passion for winter mountaineering and completed ML winter training Feb 2018 in Scotland.

My Mountain Training Story :

Barry Mcadam

Carry out Walking and Climbing session 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. A course director for the Expedition Safety Supervisors and Accrediated Assessor courses. Led expeditions abroad to Vietnam,Egypt,Morocco, Norway*2 and Germany. Wilderness Medical Training - Far From Help. Qualified as a Trail Cycle Leader, Mountain Bike Instructor Award Scheme (MIAS) Level 4 * Night Module. BCU UKCC level Coach for Kayak / Canoe and Paddlesport Leader, Coach with Edinburgh Kayak Club. Delivered a high number of Basic Expedition Leader Courses as a course director. Course Director for Lowland Leader Award and asssisted on other Mountain Training Awards. Level 1 American Avalanche Association Course.

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Robert Smith

Many years of walking, climbing, skiing, orienteering, trailquests, MTB, etc. and a bit of fell running and ski touring thrown in. Mostly in the UK but some alpine climbs, Chulu West in Nepal and Aconcagua also. Other notables include the complete Cuillin ridge (twice), Island Peaks Race (3 days sailing and mountain running) way back in 1989, and 260 Munros. Progress on Munros has been very slow since the kids were born, but I should get the rest tidied up more quickly now. I've walked and climbed extensively in the British mountains in all seasons and weathers and enjoyed the mountains for myself and through taking charge of club outings. I've also planned, organised and riden a series of multi-day MTB trips through Scotland with work colleagues. I'm a member of the Solihull Mountaineering Club where I was for some years the Chairman, and I am now the Hon. President, being wheeled out for special occasions and the odd weekend trip. Although I no longer live near Solihull I take an active interest in club affairs. Now retired from full-time working as a Chartered Engineer and moved back to Cumbria, so I can get out more on foot, by MTB and orienteering in the woods and on the fells. Orienteering provides a severe test for navigational skills under pressure, and helps to maintain speed and stamina. I'm a member of Lakeland Orienteering Club and I've been the course planner for a number of orienteering events including one international fixture. I was active with Explorer Scouts when I lived in Derbyshire. I've also supported DofE expeditions as Supervisor (for school and Scout groups) and Assessor fora Bronze scout group, though I am qualified to assess up to Gold level. Scouts and DofE provide chances to share the joys and experiences of being out on the hill.

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Christopher S Starnes

Ex services Armed forces ,retired Senior Nurse Practitioner NHS, part time teacher Completed and passed Lowland leaders Award . Working as HF leader for ten years leading walking holidays in the U.K. Completed and passed Bronze ,Silver and Gold NNAS Awards. Next training is NNAS assessors training ,HML training and assessment and climbing scrambling and QMD activities. Also hope to do some supervision for Dof E award training Over the next few years plan to work on my leading qualifications plan to attend ML Summer assessment in October and increase my HF leader level and attend HF abroad assessment to lead abroad for HF holidays and gain more experience .

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Steve Glasper

Mountaineer, Alpineist and Mountain Rescuer to the core

My Mountain Training Story :

Jason Syrett

I am a teacher of 13 years experience working at a special needs school in Leigh-On-Sea Essex where I predominately teach P.E. but also for the last three academic years have led the bronze level DofE award at our school. I work with a range of pupils from early years through to post 16 who have a range of moderate learning needs and most of whom are diagnosed with either ASD or ADHD. I am in the process of working towards obtaining my low land leader qualification where I can then fully supervise my groups on daily walks as well as overnight stays. So far I have completed my training course, my 16 hour outdoors first aid and have my assessment booked in for late March 2019.

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Robert Colin Pugh

Over 25 years of experience of the hills in both the UK and Europe. Did ML(S) training in 1996 in the Lakes and then lived in Europe for over a decade. Returned to the UK in 2015 and now back into Mountain Leader and looking to do ML(S) assessment in 2019. Living on the edge of the Peak District I have also rekindled my love of rock climbing (nothing too serious!) and have become a full hill going and casualty care qualified member of the local MRT.

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John Carmichael

I've been involved in outdoor activities for recreation for as many of my 54 years as I can remember ! Hillwalking, mountain hiking, rock climbing, paragliding, via ferrata, skiing and a bit of sea kayaking along the way. I've been lucky enough to do these things around the UK, the European Alps, Norway and Canada with one amazing trip to Nepal thrown in. These days my main activities are mountain hiking, hill walking and skiing (some with the dog, some without !). I escaped from the oil industry after a long career with lots of travel and good experiences and have rediscovered 'the real world', spending more time in the mountains and generally being happier, healthier and fitter ! I have registered to do my Summer ML and am working on building more QMDs to go along with the many past adventures and glories I'm gradually logging. Since August 2017 I have also been volunteering with DSUK (Disability Snowsport UK), a charity providing opportunities for anyone with physical and / or learning disabilities to participate in snowsports. I regularly assist on the slopes at Edinburgh and Aberdeen dry slopes and assisted instructors at Cairngorm and on two residential weekends also at Cairngorm. In January 2019 I volunteered as a ski buddy and helper on a DSUK activity week in Niederau, Austria, a fantastic experience. These are some of the most rewarding, inspiring (and at times humbling !) experiences I have had the priviledge to participate in and I look forward to lots more ! Currently planning to do my BASI Level 1 Alpine and Adaptive ski instructor courses. Always on the lookout for more opportunities to get involved / volunteer and build experiences for my ML. Often available in the week as well as at weekends...

My Mountain Training Story :

Carl Watkiss

Hello I.m Carl Ex army (17.5yrs ) and have a passion for the great outdoors . Ive gain all my Rock Climbing qualifications (CWA, CWAA,SPA,BMC 1) and hold my Summer Mountian Leaders Award. I'm Trail Cycle Leader. Also hold my BCU 2 star kayak and canoeing also looking at gaining further experience to gain more kayaking and canoeing qualifications. My intention is to gain further knowledge and work with groups. I.m also a DofE supervisor. I currently work at beaumanor hall in leicestershire where i deliver different events from climbing. high ropes. zip wire. team challenages, surivival, group games, bridge buliding, map reading, Archery and evening events. I enjoy teaching within the outdoors and pefer my time on the hills or rock face and working as a team or individual . looking for any freelance work. TEL; 07368242822 EMAIL; cwadventures@yahoo.co.uk

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Lakpa Sherwa

Guided many years in Various trekking route in Nepal and India. Climbing and trekking guide in Nepal such as a Routes : TASHI LAPCHA , 3 times Amphu Lapcha, 4 times Renjo pass, 6 times Chola pass 12 times Dhaulagiri Round ( tough route ) 6 times Annapurna Round 14 times Kanjangjunga Round 3 times Throng pass 6 times Island Peak 16 times Rangdung Peak Rolwaling Phapchermo peak 4 times Pisang peak, 2 times Mt.Everest : summit Climbing and trekking guide in India such as a Routes : Markha valley (Ladakh) 19 times Zangskar Valley Darcha to Lamayuru 4 times Stok peak (32 times) Khang yachen (markha valley) 1 time Sikkim trek 2 times

My Mountain Training Story :

Ti Wu

Former climbing and trekking instructor in China (Insight adventures). Also teach kids kayaking, surfing and other skills. Now managing a small outdoor company based in Manchester.

My Mountain Training Story :

Reece Robert Jay Ball

I am a outdoor instructor with a passion for all things outdoors love being out in this amazing world we live in climbing and scrambling up anything and everything we can

My Mountain Training Story :

Iain Mackinnon

I work for Active Stirling in the Outdoor Education and Aventure Activities team. My main background is paddle sport (Canoeing Kayaking and Rafting), But Walking, Indoor Climbing and mountain Biking are activities that I also enjoy and deliver.

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Harry Guiver

Countryside Leader Award DofE Supervisor DofE Expedition Accredited Assessor

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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 MIA and become the best I can be.

My Mountain Training Story :

Claire Williams

Having successfully achieved the Summer Mountain Leader Award in 2011 after many a walk on a Scottish, Welsh and English mountain, I set about working on the International Mountain Leader Award which I successfully completed in March 2016, following a timed speed micro navigation assessment, a 5 day summer assessment and a 5 days winter mountain assessment.

My Mountain Training Story :

Kevin Doble

Introduced to the delights of walking and being outdoors at a young age, and subsequently been an enthusiastic rambler all my life. My walking experiences over the years have been a mix of Lowland, Hill & Moorland, and Mountains predominantly in the South West, Brecon and Snowdonia. I’ve also some overseas trekking experience having completed the Everest Base Camp Trek (Nepal) in 2012, Kilimanjaro 2013, and Annapurna Circuit (Nepal) in 2015. In my early 20s I completed the entire 177mile Offas Dyke National Trail unsupported in 9 days from north to south. This prompted me to consider pursuing the Mountain Leader qualification and seek a change in career, which I didn’t pursue and which has ‘bugged’ me since. Fast forward to 2018/2019 where I brought to an end my 31 year Banking career to take time out and follow my passion in life which is walking. With a lifetimes walking experiences behind me, I’ve decided to work towards attaining some nationally recognised Walk Leader qualifications. Throughout 2018 I undertook training for both Lowland Leader and Hill & Moorland Leader, attained NNAS Bronze and Silver Awards, as well as complete a variety of other skills training courses. My objectives for 2019 are to successfully pass Lowland Leader and Hill & Moorland Leader Assessments, as well as start logging Quality Days in preparation for Mountain Leader Training in 2020. I feel very strongly about the positive impact being outdoors and walking can have on ones Wellbeing and Mental Health. So it’s my ambition to utilise any Walk Leader qualifications I may attain to help encourage, motivate, and inspire people of all ages to lace up a pair of walking boots and engage with the landscape and environment. NB: with regards my DLOG I’ve not retrospectively added walks that I’ve undertaken over the years. All logged Quality Days (for Lowland Leader and Hill & Moorland Leader) have been completed after my attendance on the respective training courses in 2018.

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Toby Leckie

Currently I am a full-time freelancer specialising in training, supervising and assessing young people on their Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions as well as leading private walking tours and overseas expeditions. I am based in the South East but spend most of my time on the road depending on work and the weather! My main passion is for hillwalking yet I am a keen climber and alpinist. I have a background and degree in Outdoor Education as well as spending time as a Youth Worker. Please do get in touch if you would like to work, network or simply get out in the hills together.

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Will Clarke

I didn't have the usual upbringing and introduction to the UK mountains that most people growing up here had, being born in Australia, I had to make the life-changing move to base myself fulltime here in North Wales. I started off taking a summertime role 6 years ago, working in the United States at a summer camp for kids. Here I was really introduced to the outdoors on another level, something that I hadn't quite received back home in Australia. I subsequently returned for a further 2 summers at the camp, before moving on to other outdoor jobs and pursuits. Since then, I have lived in Dublin, Ireland. Where I was heavily involved in the DIT Mountaineering Club, this role really introduced me to the broader ways of climbing/mountaineering communities and how I can be a big part of that. Spending time in the USA, around the summer allowed me to start attending Climbing Festivals and being apart of such a large community of like-minded people, here I volunteered my time with anything at the festival. Through putting myself out there I gained life long friends, ultimately traveling back to the USA for the International Climbing Festival to volunteer for a 2nd year in 2018. Mid through 2017, I had a great opportunity to take a job, based in Iceland as a Glacier Guide. This was an epic role and gave me my first real taste of what the guiding life really is like. I worked with this role for 6 months, gaining skills in glacier travel with up to 12 clients, crevasse rescue and knowledge of the South-East coast of Iceland plus much more. Through this role, I was introduced to the idea of returning to the UK to complete my Mountain Leader training. Arriving in North Wales to complete the training, I was sucked into the community that is mountaineering and climbing in North Wales. From there I have based myself indefinitely in Llanberis to continue integrating into the community and continue my learning and building on the qualifications.

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Pete Gunn

I have been climbing now for 20 years and enjoy all which that entails. From a few peaceful hours bouldering, to battling Scottish winter routes, in true full-on Scottish winter conditions! My main love is for traditional rock climbing and have enjoyed doing this all over the British Isles from Lands End to the Hebridean Islands of Scotland,with trips all over Europe and America. I have been fortunate enough to put up several of my own routes and boulder problems and have been able to develop some new climbing areas in my area of Cumbria. I have been coaching climbing for 15 years from youngsters to 80 year old's (its never to late to try something new!) and thoroughly enjoy doing so. More recently I have joined the Eden Rock team at Carlisle in Cumbria, coaching their Development Team and Development Squad where we had 3 of our younger climbers get through to the Grand Final at the Edinburgh International Climbing Centre for the Youth Climbing Series. As well as enjoying Trad, Bouldering, Sport, Winter and dare I say it Dry tooling! I have a great love of the outdoors. Fell running over the beautiful Lakeland fells is a more recent interest and I completed a Bob Graham round, Solo and Unsupported in 2016, a 66 mile course around the lake District Fells taking in 42 summits on the way with 26,000ft of ascent, in under 24hrs Caving is also a passion and not being to far from the Yorkshire Dales means superb trips underground can be had easily, much bigger than the Mendip caves of Somerset where I enjoyed my first underground adventures. Mountain biking and road cycling cap off my other main interests but I have been known to don the odd wet suit and dry cag for kayaking and surfing trips.

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Adrian Rose

I got my first boots and set of backpacking gear when I was 18 and I have been hiking, hillwalking, fell running and mountain biking ever since. And 35 years on, I've decided to do the MLS training! I want the ML award to help me build on my experience in leading groups and sharing enjoyment of the hills and mountains and to open the way to doing more walk organisation in the future. My retrospective log entries will be pretty sketchy - up until joining Mountain Training I did not keep a proper record of the countless walks and runs I have enjoyed so I am having to rummage through the rattlebag of memories and photographs for occasions which qualify as QMDs. I am looking forward to topping up the log in a more orderly fashion from now on. Much of my experience, going back to age 18, has been in the English Lake District. I was lucky enough to live in Grasmere 2009-2012 in which time I took groups for walks in the area and did a lot of fell running for my own enjoyment. Lately, along with my partner Jane, I have been spending more time in the Scottish Highlands.

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David Leslie Norris

I have been mountaineering for many years. Throughout this period I have worked and lived in North Wales, Australia, New Zealand and recently the United Arab Emirates until 2014 mainly in the Hajar Mountains for 6 years. Seeing people develop during courses, passing on knowledge within groups really brings fun to learning. I focus on a two way process of passing information as old dogs do learn new tricks.

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Mike Jeffers

Lived, worked and climbed in Scotland for over 20 years. Perth based and so Glencoe, Cairngorms and Ben Nevis within reach for a day.

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Sarah Jenkins

An eco lover who loves: the environment, animals, wildlife, countryside, beaches, the seaside, forests, travelling the world, sight seeing, skiing and walking to taking pictures of various landscapes or locations. Whilst trying to live a humble, but sustainable life...

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Adam Jasko

I first heard about NNAS when I was preparing for my ML and went on a silver course to consolidate my navigation and find out more about the scheme. I realised then that it would be a great way to formalise the navigation training that the Explorer Scout Unit (where I am a leader) offer to the young people. I've since applied to be a course director and now offer NNAS as well as our informal nav training. The tutor award was a very useful course that helped to improve how we deliver navigation training. The NNAS has really helped develop the Explorer Scout's navigation and hillwalking skills. It has also improved my personal proficiency with navigation and helped me to reflect on the ways that I coach others.

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Teän Hewson

Hi there, I am working towards my Lowland Leading Training Course . I want to be a competent, knowledgable and fun Mountain Leader someday so I am here to make that happen. I have no previous awards or qualifications but a passion and respect for the outdoors. That's all for now.

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Philip Monk

It was only in my early 30s that I discovered my love for walking (and scrambling) in wild places, in particular the Lake District. As I did more and more outdoors, becoming a keen Mountain Biker too, I wanted to improve my skills and develop my professional capabilities as a Geography teacher so completed my ML(S) training at Plas Y Brenin during the iciest period they'd ever had. Working with Duke of Edinburgh groups at school, and very deliberately walking in different landscapes across the UK to improve my skills, I passed my ML assessment on my first attempt the following August with Mountain Sense in the northern Lakes. I absolutely love navigation and knowing where I am, and although I already liked maps, my ML training has made me a competent map-reader in any weather. Now time on the fells and in the mountains is very special indeed. The confidence and interest in 'wild country' that qualifying as an ML has given me has allowed me to improve my work with Duke of Edinburgh groups, and also helps me relate to adults in remote situations where leadership is required. Above all else it has enabled me to spend more time in the environments I love, and communicate their value to more people. Our remote country can be at once the harshest of environments, yet also the most wonderful places to feel alive and at peace.

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Ian Billingsley

The Outdoor Journey My engagement and friendship with the mountains has been in partnership with my career in uniform, this has enabled travel and adventures globally. For the past 25 years my role has been acting as a specialist in cold weather activities, mountain movement and vertical travel. This encompasses almost all the significant mountain environments arid and snow covered. During this journey I have gained a broad skill set and situational knowledge from ski mountaineering in Antarctica to rock climbing in desert wadis', experiencing some of the most idyllic and most challenging climbing and mountaineering locations available. Cornwall has always held a special part of this calling, granite, rugged coast line and St Just. This travel has allowed me to meet some fantastic people with the same fondness and understanding of mountain environments, who have become lifelong friends. My progress through the Mountain qualifications has always been with the intention of improving knowledge and skills, developing delivery styles whilst enjoying the outdoors. Downtime involves escaping outdoors with camper van, mountain bikes, kayaking quiet rivers or sea kayaking looking for those quirky places to wild camp. I currently live in Cheshire central to some of the most stimulating climbing areas of England and Wales.

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Jason Willis

My story so far, currently I am in training as an Army cadet instructor, I have a passion for for being outdoors and I am also an amateur photographer . I am lucky enough to live in the Lake district so I have plenty of places to walk, capture and enjoy the outdoors, my aim and reason for become a registered member of mountain org is to gain all the necessary skills and qualifications to walk outdoors safely and in due course be able to lead others to walk safely. As part of my ongoing training I have just completed my NNAS bronze tutor award for navigation and I am in the process of completing my bronze navigation award, I am also looking to join a summer mountain foundation course and further develop my skill and qualification.

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Mark Matthews

I grew up on Dartmoor, as a youngster I walked for miles over moorland and scrambled up anything vertical, I came to no harm but for a few bruises. I have always enjoyed camping and have spent a lot of time under canvas. Around 2013 I was taken to an indoor climbing wall for a friends birthday, this then became a hobby and by 2016 a job. Now I also enjoy caving, a thing I find naturally compliments my other climbing and outdoor activities and so the journey continues.

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Shreddie Glew

Climbing mainly on southern sandstone in the early eighties we dived into trad like veryone at that time - bought some gear and gave it a go. Flipped a coin at the bottom of Vector, Tremadog with 'Big' Bill Clayden in 1986 -to see who was first up. One noteable event at that time was a trip to Corsica where we put up a bunch of new routes with all the usual epics of youth. Getting flattened by the sonic wave from two fighter jets is particularly memorable, the buzzed us just as we had topped out in the dark, they must of seen us on their infra red or something - cheers to the french air force ! Various trips to the North of England (everything is North to Brighton dwellers) through the eighties and ninetys. Now the easist rock is Portland and thanks to the sport explosion day trips are doeable. Started spending the winters in Chamonix from 1998, snowboarding , skiing and raqueting, some ice and pure rock in the spring, returning most years including when the kids came along after the millenium. We return most years and the kids have attended the local school acouple of times giving them a fabulous bi lingual/cultural gift.

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Carl Peachey

I've been an active hill & mountain user for a long time, having been interested in walking, mountain biking, rock climbing, mountaineering, winter climbing and snowboarding. My wife leads a Duke of Edinburgh group with her school in Manchester and I've been helping out with this over the past couple of years - going away on weekend trips, teaching navigation and generally helping out. Having enjoyed the experience I thought that I would formalise my knowledge, which may lead on to more of this kind of activity in the future.

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Nick Green

Have always loved being outdoors and throughout my career I have worked outdoors. I also love my sport, competing in Triathlons from sprint to ironman distance. I am a level one British Triathlon Coach and have coached all ages from young to old and beginner to expert. In 2016 I started to volunteer for a friends business supervising DoE students on their bronze practice & qualifying expeditions. This has grown into more than just a volunteer role. I am now contracted to help and have loved this role as part of my life and the reason why I have now chosen to achieve the Lowland Leader qualification. I hope to move up to Hill & Moorland Leader in time. I am a level 2 Swim England qualified coach. I lead coached swim sessions for Evesham Swimming Club in my home town. I take every opportunity to open water swim, I am often found swimming in my local river the Avon. Any opportunity I can get, I squeeze myself into my wetsuit and take a swim up and down stream.

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Julian Dodson

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

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Ian Parker

I have had a love of the outdoors for as long as I can remember with family holidays to the Lake district and North Wales, a member of Speak Town Outdoor Pursuits club and the Army cadets. After the Army cadets I joined the Royal Marine Reserves whilst at college and after I joined the Royal Marines full time. Once I had completed and past Commando training I was posted to 45 Commando in Scotland. Here,as well as tactical Mountain Training and military skiing in the mountains around Glenshee and Ben Nevis, I was also able to use my free time to participate in more mountain walking, rock climbing and skiing. After leaving the Royal Marines I didn't visit the mountains as much as I would have liked, however I have renewed my enthusiasm, refreshed my knowledge, developed my skills and qualified as an ML(S). Next on my list is the RCI qualification in my pursuit of becoming an experienced mountain professional.

My Mountain Training Story :

Geoff Bennett

I began climbing aged 15 whilst at school; I distinctly remember the first day in the Avon Gorge because the Council blew up Teatime Ledge. A year later I had bought a pair of EBs, a harness & a rope & was already ‘instructing' younger pupils. The school took regular trips to Snowdonia, so I was also introduced to the mountains early on. My third 'walk' was across Crib Goch: I don't think I'd ever been so frightened but somehow I kept calm & continued. It's hardly surprising therefore, that I decided to study at Bangor University, but I spent my summers instructing climbing & canoeing in the USA. Instructing led me into teaching & I was lucky because the LEA paid for me to do my NGB awards in climbing, hill-walking & canoeing. They'd be glad to know that their investment paid off as I have continued to do this throughout my 29 years as a teacher, whether it was preparing pupils for the infamous Ten Tors on Dartmoor, canoe under Bristol City Centre, abseil down the Sea Walls or complete their Gold DoE expedition. I pursued the MIA to take my son multi-pitch climbing safely & didn't foresee the doors it would subsequently open up to me. When I looked for a way to escape teaching, a new path presented itself as I was offered work training prospective MLs. I really enjoy this work as I get to meet so many enthusiastic people who want to share their love of the mountains & after 40 years in the hills, I have a wealth of experience to draw on to answer their questions. Being able to take folk to the more secluded areas of Snowdonia than they might be familiar with, is also gratifying. Climbing & hill-walking, teaching & instructing have been inextricably entwined in my life for 40 years now, have taken me all over the world & made me many, lifelong, friends. I still bump into ex-pupils & their huge smiles tell me that my career choice was a good one, for in many cases it has changed lives, for the better, forever. But then I knew that, because it's my story too.

My Mountain Training Story :

Dalton Moore

As an avid Walker and climber from a young age it wasn't until I was about to leave school that I knew this career existed. However since then the industry has been a vessel to fuel my passion for the mountains and the adventures it can bring. Winter adventures is where my passions really lie so when the opportunity to move to Scotland arose I took it with open arms. As passionate as i am about enjoying the many adventures Britain holds i believe strongly in professional development, and look forward to supporting others in their mountain training journey.

My Mountain Training Story :

Katie Rapson

Outdoor educator working towards MT awards. Experience: Kingswood, Specialist Environmental Instructor (Sept 2016 - November 2017): Lead A-level and GCSE geography field trips, and instructed activity sessions including climbing, high ropes, abseiling, bouldering archery, fencing. Operation Wallacea, Schools Coordinator (2017): Facilitated biodiversity surveys, bushcraft sessions and pastoral care for students on expedition in Cusuco National Park, Honduras. Outdoor Education Group, Instructor (Jan - December 2018): lead students on overnight expedition style 'journeys' of up to 21 days, including camping, off-track navigation, stove cooking, campcraft etc. Charterhouse Outdoor Centre, Instructor (from Feb 2019): Instruct students in Archery, Walking, Caving, Gorge walking, Climbing.

My Mountain Training Story :

Keith Wood

My interest in the outdoors began as a young boy with the Boys' Brigade, and over 40 years of mountain experience has followed. I am active in a variety of mountain activity including summer and winter walking, skiing, orienteering and fell running. I have completed a Bob Graham Round in 19 hrs 5 minutes and a Joss Naylor Challenge in 11 hrs 28 minutes. My mountain experience includes all of the mountain areas in northern England and Scotland plus I have organised and led a number of walking holidays to the Alps, doing the walkers Haute Route in both directions. I enjoy leading groups of young people having done this for many years with the Boys'Brigade and in my role as a secondary school teacher. I am available to lead groups walking, teaching navigation skills or leading you around many of the classic fell running routes or preparing you for a long distance mountain challenge. Please get in touch and I will do my best to meet your requirements.

My Mountain Training Story :

Arthur Fearnall

Arthur Fearnall. 24 years old. Graduate form the University of Central Lancashire with a first class degree in Adventure Sports Coaching. Lieutenant and Troop Leader at C (Cheshire Yeomanry) Squadron, The Queen's Own Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps, British Army. Aspiring Royal Marines Mountain Leader. Mountain Leader as of August-2018. Centre Assistant at Arete Outdoor Education Centre, North Wales.

My Mountain Training Story :

Phil Tinning

I have loved the outdoors all of my life. Introduced at Grammar School to the Lake District by means of the "Hike and get wet club" I soon discovered rock climbing and since then it hasn't been "never looked back", more "always looked up". As my rock climbing career developed I progressed to winter climbing and then skiing. Now I still do all of these as well as admitting to being a fell walker, mountain biker and road cyclist, occasional fisherman and golfer, gardener and backpacker! In my spare time I'll walk my dog, fix bits of the house and get distracted by the internet. I teach evening classes in Hill Skills and Navigation as a qualified adult education tutor, I work as a freelance instructor on the fells showing them how to navigate as well as be safe and appreciate their environment. I am also an assessor and trainer for ML students and an assessor and supervisor for DofE. For thirty years I was busy raising a family and running my own outdoor shop Freetime climb + ski in Carlisle. Now, having sold that business I genuinely have the free time to get out into the hills more often and pass on my years of experience to others wishing to learn. When conditions permit I also have time to do winter routes in the Lakes, ski tour in the Lakes, Alps, Norway and Scotland and fit regular walks up some of the quiet and secret fells of Lakeland.

My Mountain Training Story :

Simon Yates

Currently consolidating my learning ahead of booking ML Assessment in 2019. Completed ML Training in October 2017 at Plas y Brenin.


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