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 :

James Morgan

I joined the Army whilst at University - initially joining Sheffield UOTC, before transferring to and commissioning into the Intelligence Corps. I grew up in the North West, and enjoyed weekends in the Lake District and Snowdonia (and the occasional term-time, mid-week trip as well!). After my first four in Afghanistan I completed the MLT course at JSMTW (Ripon); I went on to lead soldiers as part of unit-level Adventure Training. I had a go at the ML/JSMEL(S) course, but got a "re-show" on my rope work, but before I could "re-show" Afghanistan and a non-combat back injury intervened. This ultimately lead to my medical discharge in 2013. In addition to mountaineering, l was a civilian (Canadian) she instructor, and Joint Service Ski Instructor (Alpine) and had huge fun leading shi touring expeds in particular. I now enjoy taking my two young children (aged 6 and 4) into the hills: my daughter is especially keen on Wainwright "bagging". I'm now looking to finish my ML award so I can support them and any clubs etc they join as they grow older... Plus it's an excuse to get ou tinto the hills ??

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Andrew Exton

Cricket coach working with a range of abilities, from club juniors, county age group players, and university mens cricket. Currently working towards ECB Advanced Coach (Level 3) and Level 4 strength & conditioning qualifications.

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George Imbert

I am a teacher currently based in Brighton but teaching in Horsham in a Post-16 setting. Most of my involvement with the outdoors is mainly through teaching: I coordinate the Duke of Edinburgh in my current school as well as assess for local providers, but I also teach bushcraft and foraging skills. I have also just completed a Level 3 Forest School qualification. I am keen to now step into the world of climbing, so that's going to be my focus for the foreseeable! I am a keen hiker and cyclist - though I'm due to have surgery soon and that has meant putting the bike in the shed - and always keen for an adventure.

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David Tapley

Mountain Leader, Ski and Snowboard Coach and Instructor plus Snowsport England Tutor. I love the hills and mountains so why not join me for Mountain and Hill Walking in Shropshire and North Wales and ski touring if conditions willing.

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Michael Griffiths

I've enjoyed the outdoors for as long as I can remember. My father's side of the family hail from Dolgarrog, so the Conwy Valley, its high lakes and the Carneddau formed some of my earliest memories. As a child I rock climbed on many traditional routes in Snowdonia and enjoyed the hills in all conditions. I later developed a passion for skiing, learning the basics over a few years on the flanks of Cairngorm before enjoying my first true Alpine ski experiences in Europe. I've skied for over 20 years in a variety of European resorts. I've trekked and travelled abroad extensively from the jungles and rainforests of Thailand and Costa Rica to the deserts and canyons of South West USA; the savannah and bush of Africa to India and Arctic Scandanavia. I've recently returned from my first trip to Nepal and a trek to Everest Base Camp. I've enjoyed a few technical Alpine skills courses in the Alps, from a guided ascent of Mont Blanc to an introduction to ski-mountaineering course which included a descent of the Vallee Blanche in glorious conditions. In recent years I have become increasingly involved with the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, helping as a casual volunteer then attending the Leaders' course before moving on to becoming Expedition Supervisor and a fully accredited Assessor, including Gold. Most of my work has been based at a local school but I have also worked with commercial organisations such as H5 Adventures. I was proud to be honoured in May 2016 with an invitation to Buckingham Palace to join the celebrations for the Award's Diamond anniversary. My aim is to provide safe and enjoyable outdoor experiences for all. I strive continuously to improve my personal skills and experiences either formally through accredited courses and training or informally by getting out there and enjoying the great outdoors. I've had some great times out there and met some smashing people. I hope you can join me sometime.

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Simon Yates

I qualified as a Mountain Leader on 30th September 2020. I'm enjoying sharing my love of the mountains with people.

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Melanie Nolan

Hello! Thank you for visiting my profile. A little about me: I live on the beautiful Wirral Peninsula just across from Liverpool with my two adventurous boys, husband and whippet Scully. I am passionate about health and well being. Nutrition is so fascinating to me, I just love how you can use food to enhance, cure, and energise your body. I am leaning more everyday with the aim to help others along the journey to health. I am a qualified personal trainer, fitness instructor and UKA leader in running fitness. Currently studying a MSc in Nutrition and Exercise Science at Chester University. If you fancy talking about: food, nutrition, vegan/ plant-based diet, health, exercise, meditation, environment, running, sleep, personal development or anything similar, get in touch via email: melnolanhealth@gmail.com Eat veg! -Mel

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James Weaver

20-odd years ago I completed the SPA training but never got round to being assessed and never worked in the field as an instructor until 2019 when I finally decided on a change of direction. I qualified as an RCI and now work freelance for another company and also with my own clients. I'm so pleased to have finally done it. I find the job completely rewarding. I had great feedback from the trainer and assessors and now also from clients which shows me I made the right decision in taking it up professionally. I love it. I've been climbing for over 30 years, working in climbing retail for much of that and often helping friends & colleagues by passing on tips and skills as an amateur, but I have to say that having a formal grounding in a qualification like the RCI makes all the difference. It has made me a better teacher and a better climber. I much prefer being a pro.

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Jack Oliver

I grew up in care and through social services in an environment where the outdoors was not something that i think any of use really knew about however i always had passion for being outdoors and soon as I could I left the care system and joined the Army. Since spending some time in the forces and leaving in 2012 i have always had a real love for the mountains. After spending some time away working over seas I took a job in Jaguar land rove which lasted 8 hours after realising very quickly that I did not want to be stuck in an office environment where the culture, passion and ethics just did not fit in with me. It was 2 days before I left that job that i had booked on to a Hill and Mountain skills course and I guess really for me where it all kicked off after doing the course at the end I asked John cousins who was moderating the course " How do I do what you lads are doing " From that point forward I have been on an amazing journey 3 days after the course i moved to central Scotland where worked at Cotswolds outdoors spending 3 days in the shop and 3 days out on the mountains gaining my QMDS 12 months later I sat and passed my ML assessment. During that consolidation i started to climb and meet some amazing people who where just as up for some big days as I was. As soon as I had done my ML assessment I booked to do the MCI training. The course provided me with some great feed back made me look at being in the mountains every differently and enhanced pschye for being in the mountains. Since then I have been lucky to climb, walk and run all other the country and the alp. My hope is that in 2021 I will be able to sit my assessement and pass the MCI award

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Kristopher Smith

I've always been passionate about the outdoors, I passed the royal marines training back in 2007 and since then my main hobbies have include: orienteering, adventure races, mountain bike orienteering, ultra-marathons and climbing. Within the military i have passed the Summer Mountain Leader back in 2017 (JSMTC SML - equivalent to the civilian MLS). I have also passed the Rock Multi-Pitch Leader Training in 2019 (JSMTC RMT - equivalent to the civilian RCI). For both qualifications i have instructed in the UK and abroad. My personal aim is to develop my skills to become a MCI over the next couple of years. I'm currently a university lecturer and plan to develop my skills to become a better instructor to support military training. Its taken a while to transfer most of my logbook from written/excel/garmin to DLOG, so DLOG is not a complete representation of everything i've achieved but includes the main highlights.

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Kurt Alexander

I was first inspired to start training after my father bought a set of cast iron weights; obviously as a thirteen year old, I had no idea what I was doing. I started to train seriously at sixteen when I had applied to become a British soldier in Her Majesty's Armed Forces. After having successfully joined the military, I spent three and a half years with the Royal Artillery, where physical fitness was an absolute must and far from ever being a walk in the park, so to speak. It was this experience that inspired me to continue improving my knowledge of training, as I intended to advance myself both intellectually and physically. After my Service, I took on Amateur Boxing and learned a great deal more about myself in the process. The sport still plays a central role in my own personal fitness regime. After going from job to job, I finally became a qualified fitness instructor in 2019. Now, along with still practicing my jab, I have begun to involve myself in the worlds of Historical European Martial Arts and Medieval Armoured Combat. I am currently an active member and fighter in Armoured Combat Club - Knyaz UK.

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Andrew Wilson

I have been climbing since I was a child and love being in the hills. I trained as an Outdoor Instructor at Benmore Outdoor Education Centre near Dunoon in 2010 and gained a number of qualifications and a wealth of experience with working with a variey of groups before settling back in Glasgow. I have climbed in various parts of Scotland, England, Wales, France, and Canada. I hold the Rock Climbing Instructor award and have utilised this in working at indoor climbing centres in Glasgow. I am aiming to become a Winter Mountain Leader.

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David Boyce

Experienced outdoorsman and climber. Mountain walking and climbing over the last 20 years, starting at Lancaster University and then since. Presently Head of Climbing at Uppingham School and supervise several climbing sessions a week with teenagers and staff. By day a physics teacher and trip leader for international expeditions to Tanzania and Nepal.

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Thomas Loughlin

I started climbing in 2007 when a family friend took me out to Milestone Buttress on Tryfan. In a way I served a traditional apprenticeship: seconding single and multi-pitch climbs before gradually gaining the confidence to climb on the sharp end. My focus in the early years was very much on trad climbing and due to a family connection I spent most of time climbing in North Wales: the Moelwynion and Tremadog were quite local so I spent a fair amount of time climbing there and also explored some of the classics in the Ogwen valley, the Llanberis slate quarries and onto the seacliffs of Gogarth. I was climbing VS-HVS fairly consistently and pushing into E1 and E2 on the slate especially, where the thin technical style suited my strengths and temperament. However, I witnessed a fatal accident on one trip to the Moelwyns and this changed my outlook on climbing for a while. From 2011 my circle of close friends and I gravitated towards bouldering, where we could hone our technique and physical abilities without the concern of worrying about gear and ropes. This journey took me to some amazing boulders and crags which became like old friends: Nesscliffe, Tanygrisiau, Sheep Pen, Llanberis and some esoteric climbing on a local bypass bridge were all important scenes for my development. My climbing competence progressed, from a base of around Font 6A to a consistent level of Font 7A+. My life took another turn in 2014 when I met my future wife - two kids and a full time job certainly narrowed the scope for climbing, as did a move to the rock-poverty of Cheltenham! However, discovering the great climbing at Biblins and the esoterica of the Forest of Dean has actually been quite liberating and some focused training on the Beastmaker allowed me to make a quick ascent of my first 7B in 2021. My focus is now on gaining the skills and competencies to share my love of climbing with the next generation, as it is a truly beautiful pursuit that can change one's life.

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Clifford Goddard

my name is cliff, i'm a mountain leader from wigan. I have been fell walking since 2006 and in that time i have completed 2 full rounds of the wainwrights and lots of them many times over, i have also done lots of walks in the peak district,wales and scotland. In the lakes i have done all the major horeshoe's and all the major scrambles including striding edge,swirrel edge,sharp edge and jacks rake. I have also done many of these routes in full winter conditions and at night, i am a competent ghyll scrambler have also done most of the classic snowdon routes like tryfan and grib goch. I did my training in 2015 with adventure unlimited in the peaks, snowdon and lakes and passed my ml at first attempt in2019. I have attended a rope work course, a flora and fauna of lake district course with jim langley,nature of snowdonia with mike raine,being an engaging leader with graham uney and two working the ridges as an ml days, grib goch with steve howe and sriding edge with graham uney, I am always looking for opportunities to lead people in the mountains .

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Andrew Thomson

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

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Martin Weeks

British Fell Running Champion 1976

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Helen Oughton

Specialising in: Yoga for Climbers Gentle Yoga for Beginners L3 Exercise Referral instructor - qualified to teach yoga to people with common health conditions Contact: helenoughtonyoga@gmail.com

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Martin Brown

I’ve been involved in outdoor pursuits for over 30 years having been started by my parents going hillwalking and mountain biking. It was through a Mountaineering club at Secondary School that I started rock climbing and I also got a taste for winter mountaineering. From the age of 16 to 26 I worked as a Snowboard Instructor, gaining my dryslope instructors qualification initially but then went on to attain my snow based qualification whilst working in New Zealand . Due to my current work and family life, I no longer instruct snowboarding. I am currently employed as a Police Constable with Police Scotland. This has given me the unique opportunity to be a member of one of their Mountain Rescue teams (StrathPol MRT). This allows me to combine my love for mountaineering and being outdoors as part of my work. I’ve been a member of the team since 2010 and have been involved in a variety of challenging searches and rescues. I have a keen interest in the technical rope rescue side and occasionally dabble in the first aid side. This MRT role is done alongside my full time Police role as a Controller in the Police Area Control Room. It is through my work in MRT that I am being put through the Summer ML course with a view to progress on to the Winter ML. I have 2 young children. My oldest is 6 years old and over the last few years I have been taking her out hillwalking, bouldering and bikepacking. In addition to my outdoor interests, I am a 1st Dan black belt in martial arts. Where I practice and help out by teaching at my local club. I particularly like teaching grappling, wrestling and ground work. I also spend some leisure time being a ‘Thread Injection Technician’ and doing MYOG. A pint is on offer to the first person who can tell me what both the above are (No Google'ing allowed)

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Garry Peasland

Next step is my Winter Mountain Training 2022. Qualified Summer Mountain Leader -Oct 20. Although, I’ve been venturing into the mountains for many years. Since qualifying I’ve had the opportunity to freelance for charity organisations that mean something to me and I love meeting and helping the charity walkers to achieve their challenges and listening to their stories. I love being in the mountains whether it’s this country or International and meeting like minded people.

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Lazia Cade

A Zen Master once told me that we meditate to find our true nature. I am delighted I finally have found mine: Joy! It took me a while to realise it as had to face a thousand obstacles on my way... Being a single parent.. Far from my tropical home (Brasil)... That can be tough sometimes... But then the same Zen Master said "Let the obstacle become the way". Guess what? It worked! I had to find out how to cultivate Joy while facing obstacles, so I became an expert! :-) My Mission is to spread Joy into the hearts of all living beings I meet. Now come hold my hand! Let's dance!

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Daniel Thubron

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

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Lucy Pearson

I am a qualified Mountain Leader with a secondary QTS teaching qualification and an MA in Outdoor and Experiential Learning based in the North Pennines delivering bespoke guided walks and running NNAS navigation courses and ITC Outdoor First Aid. I have over 30 years of walking experience in a variety of geographical areas including Cumbria, Scotland, the Yorkshire Moors and Dales , the Peak District and Wales. I enjoy being outdoors and spending time exploring new areas and routes. Everyday is a day of learning. My ML has enabled me to guide groups through the National Park areas and I have had over 20 years been actively involved with the Duke of Edinburgh Award leading Bronze, Silver and Gold awards and working with young people with additional needs. I have an interest in flora and fauna and I am a keen wildlife photographer, and I love to travel in the UK and abroad.

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Linda Churchill

I've been a brownie guide leader for over 30 years . I started doing my D of E Leadership at the start of lockdown.

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Sean Francis

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

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George Foley

held both pool life guard / Assessor Tutor qualifications in past Level 2 Swim Teacher Train the Trainer Personal Fitness Coach S&C Coach

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Nathan Jones

I started out climbing everything I could as a kid, growing up in somerset we regularly went to great climbing venues to walk the dogs so I naturally explored the rock. Then as I got older I started going on an adventure camp in north Wales and started top roping on upper tremadog I think. I did a learn to climb course through school and at that point started to think about being an instructor. Some years on and I trained and started work in a centre and hold various NGB's including SPA and ML(s). I used these tickets to help train our instructors throughout the year as well as when I got the opportunity to take groups off site. I have moved on and now work delivering leadership academies on the Isle of Skye, but I still get out plenty in my own time! I am working towards my MCI and ML(w) next. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on the Jonathan Conville scotland course a few winters ago and hope to get my first trip to the alps in the not too distant future. I am equally happy to be on ice, rock, a mix or even the water!

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Elizabeth Senior

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

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Munder Al-Khudhairi

Having never lived or worked abroad until my 30th birthday when I had the opportunity to work in the Middle East in Northern Iraq. I came to know the region and its mountains and valleys on weekend hikes among some other ex-pat friends & some tourists in the area. The Kurdish people have deep respect for the land there and I'd been unaware of how revered the mountains which help protect their land was to them. The nation attracts some of the best trails and climbers from around the world. They opened my eyes to all the possible hurdles the region can over come if we had this much respect & responsibility to attain the land for more than the oil but the natural beauty. I wish to share my hiking and climbing experience with the idea of accepting that our health relies on the natural splendor all around us if we start to learn the way it was gifted for all of humanity. Learning to adapt to nature keeps my life more grounded and more real than many material things in life.

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ian eggleton

I'm primarily a bushcrafter and have always enjoyed the outdoors, walking, camping and foraging. In my youth I was a scout, particularly enjoying the camps and hikes While studying in Aberdeen I joined the departmental hillwalking club, where I climbed a few munros As I got older I developed a passion for wild food foraging and this led me into the world of bushcraft A few years ago I wanted to experience some cold weather camping so did a couple of winter trips to remote areas of Scotland with my brother, who has significant alpine experience. In 2020 I joined the Army Cadet Force as an Adult Volunteer where I want to make myself as useful as possible. To this end I am becoming a DofE leader and expedition assessor possibly moving on to be an expedition leader.

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Sam Carletti

Mountain Leader Trainee Full time forestry worker with a passion for the outdoors and the rain. Hoping to make the outdoors and nature more prevalent in my life. It’s worth climbing up a summit even if theirs no view.

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Joshua Williams

2010-2013 BA Honours Degree at the university of central Lancashire UCLAN in Outdoor Leadership. School of Sport, Tourism and The Outdoors. Practical degree spending 5 days each month at Tyn Dwr outdoor centre focusing on Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Canoeing and Kayaking. 2017-2021 Working for Impact International on the support team taking part in staff training regular and joining in/helping on outdoor programmes.

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Stephen Mycroft

Steve is an experienced Mountain Leader both in the UK and Overseas including New Zealand, Cyprus, Belize. Steve is a former Search and Rescue member for 10yrs in New Zealand. Steve's experience and skills have been developed over 30yrs since his love for the outdoors which started when he was a serving member of the British Army. Steve is also a trainer & assessor (Gold) for the Duke of Edinburgh Award and has assessed and trained many successful candidates over many years. Steve holds a Diploma in Education & Training and has spent 2yrs teaching outdoor activities in a College environment, he is currently working as an Outdoor Education Specialist for one of the top SEMH schools in the North of England. His calm and relaxed demeanour have helped him develop many students into keen outdoor enthusiasts. Steve is a Yorkshireman at heart but has lived and travelled for many years around the World. He currently resides in Huddersfield on the edge of the beautiful Peak District. If you would like to hire him as a guide / instructor, please get in touch at Peak2mountain@gmail.com.

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David Hopkins

Still currently serving in the military. I have plenty of outdoor experience in regards to hiking and scrambling. From arduous military aptitude courses in the Brecon Beacon, Black Mountains and Elan Valley to completing the GR20 in Corsica, Mount Kenya, various hill walks in Madeira and all the main Peaks in the UK. My most enjoyable hike was a winter accent, traverse and descent of the Aonach Eager Ridge in the North of Glencoe in November 2019. I completed this with an experienced mountaineer from work. Without the use of ropes, axes and cramp-ons, this wouldn't have been possible. I am yet to have any certifications in the world of mountaineering, it wasn't until my friend said that I should start pushing for qualifications by utilising my experience and love of the outdoors.

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Andrew Pitt

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

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Alexander Kay

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

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John Rocks

In 2002 I was looking for an out from school, A-levels weren’t doing it for me. Finding a leaflet from Park Lane College for Outdoor Leadership I applied without hesitation, it was calling me. Unfortunately, the course cancelled, but by chance I found a place at Thomas Danby College, which got me started. 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. With 2022 just around the corner, I hope to complete my WML Training in January, and my IML Summer Assessment in August.

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Kay Commis

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

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Jordan Curry

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

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Jason Wing

My name is Jason (nicknamed Wango) and my earliest memories of the outdoors, just like a lot of fellow enthusiasts was at school. I have incredible memories of visiting the Lake and Peak District and those memories have shaped my character ever since. It was probably these influences that encouraged my pursuit of joining the military as a school leaver. ! Serving with both Airborne Forces and UK Special Forces, I was very fortunate to travel extensively and enjoy many countries and away from the green of the military, undertook many enjoyable pursuits including skiing, winter mountaineering, walking, climbing and white water rafting. ! Since leaving the armed forces, I've continued to enjoy life outdoors and take satisfaction from helping others share my enthusiasm by leading groups and individuals around the UK. I continue with my own personal development and challenges with recent trips to the Himalaya. Highlights include a 100 mile run up the Nepalese / Indian border to 4000m, Mount Everest Challenge Marathon, walking the West Highland Way and summiting Island Peak (6189m) with ongoing ambitions to climb Ama Dablam in 2023. In 2022 I'm hoping to complete my consolidation and attend assessments for Winter Mountain Leader and Rock Climbing Instructor. ! Working a full time role as an ambulance technician with West Midlands Ambulance Service, later this year should see me start my BSc paramedic upgrade. In addition to being a qualified EMT, I also hold FREC4, FPOS-i and MIRA 4 medical qualifications. Previous roles include NEBOSH certified safety officer within the construction industry. ! Additionally, I'm a keen runner and cyclist competing in Iron Man triathlons. An active mountain leader and instructor at the Bear Grylls Survival Academy. I also work at Warwick University as a climbing wall instructor during free time.

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Chris Maguire

Recently level 2 qualified, moving onto level 3 in Personal Training in November 2021. Muay Thai, running, S&C, hiking, endurance.

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Stefan Kolimechkov

I am Dr Stefan Kolimechkov and my research focuses on assessing health-related physical fitness. I obtained my PhD degree in Physical Education from the Department of Physiology and Biochemistry at the National Sports Academy, Bulgaria in 2018. I am also the Vice President of the FIEP Europe for Western Europe (FIEP - Internationa Federation of Physical Education). I provide a range of services in gymnastics coaching, personal training, physical education, and yoga in London, and I am involved in different scientific projects in sport and exercise sciences.

My Mountain Training Story :

Barry Murkin

I have been mountain and lowland walking since 1981. I have led expeditions and adventure training for the military in Scotland, Wales, the Lake District, Outer Hebrides, Germany and Bavaria. I gained my JSMEL (Summer) qualification as a Cpl in 1987 at the Joint Service Mountain Training Centre near Towyn in Wales. Later that year leading parties of soldiers into Snowden National Park as part of their adventure training package. I have walked mountains both solo - for my own pleasure whilst honing my skills and as a expedition leader taking parties of both military and civilian unit personnel on adventure training throughout the UK and overseas. I have lead expeditions for 63 Sqn, 230 Sqn & 18 Sqn Personnel RAF Gutersloh to Bavaria, the VAS (Visiting Aircraft Section) RAF Honington to Aviemore in Scotland, TMW (Tactical Medical Wing) RAF Lyneham to the Lake District and 19 Sqn RAF Brize Norton to Wales and Devon (St Mawgan). I have also walked the mountains of the Falkland's, Outer Hebrides, Ascension Isles and the Rocky mountains whilst in the service. Unfortunately my JSMEL qualification is no longer recognised in the civilian sector and my service record does not reflect this /my training qualification, so I am having to prove to the system, I still have what it takes to lead parties of personnel out on lowland walking and mountain walking adventures. I love the outdoors for the sense of freedom it provides, the unspoilt wilderness at your feet, the nature you see, the stunning views you get (when the weather is in your favour) and that feeling of euphoria when you reach the summit, take in your first big breath and suck up the scenery and views around you.

My Mountain Training Story :

Chloe Marsden

Following my younger years of competing in dance as a child, exercise has always been something I have enjoyed and have continued to do by participating in charity runs and regular classes at the gym while studying. I realised my love for yoga when I started my main job as a nurse post university graduation. Helping others in my nursing career is extremely rewarding but it can also be challenging. Yoga allows me to switch off, de-stress and stay active. One of the reasons I chose yoga is due to the diversity it brings in being able to practice a relaxation sequence one day to a strength and heart raising sequence the next, covering everyones needs! I completed my yoga teacher training with YMCA in March 2020 and an additional 200hour yoga course with Ambika Yoga in April 2021, recognised by Yoga Alliance. Since I have qualified I have been teaching online via zoom and covered classes at gyms. My love of anatomy and movement encourages me to always want to learn more and so I have registered with yoga international to continue my own learning and have future plans to do more CPD courses and my pilates teaching course. In the meantime I hope to continue to expand my yoga practice through teaching others and learning from them.

My Mountain Training Story :

Emma Young

From a very young age I was always sporty and loved the great outdoors. I enjoyed cricket, football, tennis and cycling. As soon as I was of age I joined the gym with a friend. I hated running at school - strangely enough I am now obsessed with running - what great exercise and mind space, not to mention the benefits from this. As the years have gone on and I’ve become more passionate about diet and exercise I decided to embark on becoming a personal trainer, circuits, kettlebells and spinning instructor and also as a sports massage therapist. I have also qualified as an exercise Referral practitioner and a specialist level 4 practitioner in diabetes and obesity. I also have a huge passion for helping people with their nutritional requirements after completing various diplomas in Gut-Brain connection, weight loss programmes and vegan/Vegetarian transitioning programmes. I’m really excited to help others in their journey.

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

My Mountain Training Story :

Helen Littlejohn

30 years experience of leading and organising expeditions in UK & abroad for adventure holiday companies, charity events & school expeditions. Passionate about developing the lives of young people, adults through the outdoors in the UK & overseas. Am at my best researching & setting up new projects - a smile & some cake go a long way to get things off the ground! 1990's Led overseas expeditions for The Conservation Volunteers to Germany & Norway. Involved in their leader training. Travelled round the world on my own for 15 months. Led a Department of Conservation trip for New Zealand volunteers, involving a whale stranding in the South Island. Tour Leader Explore Worldwide - 2 years leading adventure holidays: 6 mths in Tatras Mountains, Slovakia, 6 mths in Atlas Mountains Morocco, 2 mths in Tibet & Nepal, 2 mths in China, 1 mth in India & 4 mths in Vietnam. Operations Manager for Explore Worldwide. Managing tour operations & 25 tour leaders in Asia. 2000's Hampshire County Council Outdoor Education Team, training volunteer leaders DofE Co-ordinator for Peter Symonds College, one of largest sixth forms in country - expeditions to Alps, Slovakia & Morocco. Taught Outdoor Education & Public Services at colleges in Hampshire. 2010's Oxfam - Long Distance Running Co-ordinator Cross Solent Swim - set & swam 5km across Solent - 8 participants, 10 sea kayakers & 3 safety boats, including Steve Harris from Radio Solent. Royal Marines Charity - supporting a Cross Pacific Row from San Francisco to Hawaii with a blind veteran. Breast Cancer Charity- taking 80 women to Iceland. School expedition company - organising school groups to Africa. 2020's PCSO for British Transport Police. Dealing with mental health incidents, first aid issues, sexual assaults, drugs, liaising with stakeholders. Active Forest Co-ordinator at Alice Holt near Farnham in Surrey, organising physical challenges & well-being events.

My Mountain Training Story :

Paul Sullivan

ONLINE YOGA CLASSES & PRIVATE YOGA LESSONS Specialising in Sports Yoga, Hatha, Vinyassa/Power & Yin Yoga Paul is an inspired Yoga Teacher (400Hr TTC) after greatly benefitting from yoga on many levels, from supporting success in his own sporting goals and overcoming chronic back issues. Wishing to share his knowledge and passion for yoga with the wider community. STYLE OF CLASS OR SUPPORTED YOGA JOURNEY TO YOUR GOALS Paul creates an environment allowing you to have a greater mindful connection with the breath, body, and mind. Opening the body up for improved mobility, strength, self-awareness, movement, recovery, injury prevention, and mental performance. Paul’s experience comes through in his calm, welcoming, and challenging nature, looking to support your own personal yoga journey and enjoy some lovely surprises along the way. Paul loves sharing his passion for yoga & breath, whilst also enjoying exploring fine cuisine, tennis, triathlon, open water swimming, and the great outdoors. Let's meet up and discuss a yoga practice, all comers welcome!

My Mountain Training Story :

Joe Blacker

I have been working with Cadets on and off, as a Level 2 coach with the BCU and also teaching for the past 30 years. I have combined these outdoor activities, and helping with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme in a variety of schools. Although still teaching I have recently become involved with the Cadets again. I live with my family in Kent on the South East fringes of London. I have worked with challenging young teenagers in the south of London and have had the privilege of helping to set up and introduce these young adults to the outdoors through their involvement with the Duke of Edinburgh's award. Next Project is taking groups of Gold Expedition training and assessment to the Brecon Beacons. My own projects include improving my climbing and obtaining the Indoor climbing award. My next personal target is to get up to Scotland more often and enjoy the landscape, both high and low!

My Mountain Training Story :

Dougie Brunton

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


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