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 :

Reece Robinson

Absolutely love being in the mountains, walking, scrambling and rock climbing. I have set a personal goal to summit Snowdon 50 times by my 50th birthday. I am currently on 32 ascents starting when I was 9 years old with my parents and have gone up on all the major paths (and some other routes including rock climbing) in all weather conditions as a leader, assistant, group member and solo. My proudest mountain day was leading my wife and children (aged 10 & 6) up the Llanberis Path on my birthday in 2008, it was one of the worst summer weather days I have ever experienced (strong winds, rain and zero visibility on the top!).

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Jay Taylor

@justsomeclimber

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Jack Overhill

I started Climbing, Caving, Kayaking and Canoeing since I was 10. Since then it took over my life and desired to take this as my career path. 15 years on I have a BSc degree in Outdoor Education from Liverpool John Moors University, CWA (New CWI), RCI ML, CIC training and Cave Leader Level 2 in Yorkshire and Mendip regions and Paddlesports Level 1 and Paddlesport Leader Award. Within the next 10 years, I hope to gain my CIC, MCI and Moderate water Kayak and canoe coach. Upcoming Expeditions; 2021: Tennessee, Alabama and Gorga (TAG), West Virginia and South Dakota el cap Traning. 2021: El Cap free hang Reppel 2650ft/ 808m

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Daniel Ball

So currently I’m working full time but can’t stand the day to day grind and want to do something I love, and that thing that I love most is CLIMBING!!!!. So here my story begin 4/3/20 I’ve registered which is the first step, logged a load of climbs, and now to get my skinny ass into gear and get me some qualifications. After going out with a friend, and with Georgia “crag2mountain” (a top notch firm by the way I highly recommend )convinced me to follow my dream and see where it takes me. So thank you very much, I hope to see you around.

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Keith Thomson

September 2019 completed my Mountain Leaders course with Pete Hill, a fantastic course in which I gained valuable knowledge and experience and identifying areas in which i could improve on. I haven’t yet decided if I should do my assessment but was advised that I would be a strong candidate on my feedback. Since doing the course I have continued with quality mountain days completing my 200th Munro on Sgur Alisdair and a ropework refresher day with one of my colleagues from my mountain rescue team.

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Brian Lilley

I've been interested in the outdoors from a very early age after joining the Scouts, taking part in their various adventurous activities. Orienteering & Navigation has always been my passion, this was never more important than when I joined the military, serving 15 years and having been involved in many arduous & adventurous expeditions where navigation was critical. After leaving the military, gaining that experience, has helped us in the planning & delivery of adventurous activities & expeditions both here in the UK, and in Europe. Our outdoor work also includes delivering & planning the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme to schools, college's & youth organisations. Mountain Troop Adventures also offer Nordic Walking Instruction, delivering a bolt-on Navigation programme enabling our walkers to explore the countryside & hills with confidence. At Mountain Troop Adventures, we pride ourselves on delivering quality, safe & fun based instruction to all groups, ages & abilities. We are pleased to be working with NNAS in delivering the ODA (Outdoor Discovery Award) along with offering training and assessment at BRONZE & SILVER level. Training at GOLD level is also available. Regards Baz Lilley

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Andrew Mcmurtrie

Available for DofE expeditions in both Assessor and Supervisor roles throughout Scotland - often at short notice. Also available to assist with training (e.g. route card development, etc). Growing up in the Scouts as a teenager in Glasgow, being in the hills and mountains has always been a passion. By the time i'd left Venture Scouts, I'd climbed a lot of Munros, even soloed a few Grade I climbs in Scotland had trekked in Switzerland and Austria. I completed my Mountain Leader training in 2008, completing my assessment the following year, so allow me to take Scouts into the hills. A few years later I completed the Expedition Assessor Accreditation Scheme allowing me to be an Assessor on DofE expeditions at all levels. I have worked with Scout and school groups since. In 2018, I eventually compleated a round of the Munros on Beinn Sgritheall on a stunning day with many friends. My passion for being in the hills has not deminished since and now I enjoy more Munros, Corbetts and any day in the hills with friends - the mountains and conditions are different every day. I live in Aberdeenshire and work in the offshore energy sector but with generous amount of leave I can take time off to be in the hills.

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Steve Glasper

Mountaineer, Alpinist and Mountain Rescuer to the core

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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. September 2019 saw me leave the UK to take up a Glacier Guide role in Iceland. Working in the Skaftafell National Park was a fantastic opportunity to explore glaciers and ice caves. Having the awards makes me proud and has opened up a new world for me. I worked hard to get them and I am prepared for the hard graft to achieve the next steps. My goals are to work towards my WML and MCI and become the best I can be.

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Toby Shepherd

I have been a lifeguard for 3 years which I got through my local club Droylsden lifesaving club I have been there since I was 8 years old I worked my way through the Survive and save programme then later becoming a volunteer rookie instructor at the club sharing my experiences, I have worked on big open water events and small inter club open water swims session I then moved to Cornwall to continue my passion for the love of the sea I then started to lifeguard and also swim teach at the local pool down there I have been delivering rookie sessions to 8-12 years for the past year I then did my open water lifeguard and I am hoping to be using it more over the summer and for big open water swims. I have loved teaching and also lifeguarding in different environment and different pools to build up my experience within the lifeguarding industry.

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Margaret Craig

I climbed the beautiful Roisbheinn in the west of Scotland, aged 6 and my first Munro was Ben Nevis at the age of 8, both with my Dad. Since then, I have completed all of the Munros, many of them several times. I particularly enjoy finding interesting and less frequented routes in the north west where the sea lochs and land intermingle. I always enjoy travelling, encountering other cultures and languages and have found that walking in their mountains is a great way to meet a people. Holiday jobs in France improved my French and time working in Central America gave me Spanish, although Castilian Spaniards think I sound like a 'campesina'. Far-flung expeditions have included treks on Aconcagua; the Bolivian Cordillera Real; Fitzroy National Park, Argentina; the Chilean Lake District; in North America, the Tetons and Rockies; the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia and Annapurna, Dolpo and Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas. Closer to home, I have trekked in the Ala Daglar mountains of Turkey, the Polish and Slovakian Tatra, the Julian mountains of Slovenia, the Moroccan Atlas, the Icelandic interior and extensively in the Alps and Pyrenees, including the traverse of the whole Spanish Pyrenees from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. After enjoying taking people out in the hills all my life I decided to formalise this with the ML qualification in 2011 and the IML in 2020. These have further developed my skills which I continue to use.

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Adrian Wardrop

Hi, I'm adrian. After finishing school at aged 16 I served in the armed forces which I thrived in and spent many years enjoying my responsibilities as a soldier. This is where my love for the great outdoors began and it has never changed. My job as a soldier took me on many worldwide adventures to Canada, America, Ireland Denmark the Falklands and many more! Having so many skills I gained from being a soldier I applied them into the next phase in my career, that as a mountain leader. My need for conquering mountains never stops and in 2018 I climbed The White Mountain "Mont Blanc" completely unguided using my own skill set and knowing my own capabilities I conquered it. I officially qualified as a mountain in 2016 and I haven't looked back since. If theres one thing I've learnt over the years it's that your own fears are what can hold you back. I will show you how to conquer not only mountains but also your own fears and push you further than you realise you can go. Thank you for reading please get in touch.

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Julian Pell-Coggins

I am a Summer ML since June 2013. Despite living in Cambs, I have been Mountain walking and scrambling regularly for 35 years. For the past 7 years I have been the Coordinator for Enfield Volunteer Police Cadets and my big aim is to get young people out of a high poverty, high crime area and show them the beauty this fabulous Island has to offer. In doing so I hope that some of them catch the Mountain bug and aspire to greater heights. Annually I take a group of 13-18 year olds to complete the National and Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenges to raise money for local charities. I am a Dofe assessor (Gold) and have developed the DofE program at Enfield VPC to be one of the best in the Metropolitan Police VPC. To be paid to share my hobby and my passion and in doing so help to improve the skills and resilience of young people is the best job in the world.

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Gonçalo Costa

- Graduated in Sport Science by University of Beira Interior (UBI) - Physical Education Teacher (Basic Education 1º Cycle - Portugal) - Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer (Gym: Nova Academia Fitness e Spa - Portugal) - Fitness Technician/Personal Trainer & Sports Technical Director by Portuguese Institute of Sports and Youth (IPDJ) - Personal Trainer, EQF L6 - Advanced Health and Exercise Specialist by European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS) - Personal Trainer (ERFPS - European Register Of Fitness Professionals) - Personal Trainer Practitioner by CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) - Personal Trainer (International Federation of Body Building & Fitness - IFBB) - Member: European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS) / European Register of Fitness Professionals (ERFPS) / Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) / International Federation of Body Building & Fitness (IFBB) / Global Council of Sports Science (GCSS) / Ass. Portuguese Physical Exercise Technicians (APTEF) / AGAP - Portugal Active / Boomfit / Portuguese Physical Education Society ( SPEF) - Professional Partner: Prozis - Certificates: EREPS / ERFPS / CIMSPA / IFBB / Human Kinetics / Nordic Fitness Education / American Council on Exercise / APTA Vital Sport / Swedish Academy of Sport Training / Gnosies / BWIZER / ELAV / EFAA. / Escuela de Ciencias Del Deporte / Gatorade Sports Science Institute / Yoga International / NASM / etc. My services: - Physical activity, offer knowledge of the exercises and your demonstration, diagnose, plan, evaluate, feedback, good communication and more. Social Networks: Facebook: www.facebook.com/GCosta.Official/ Twitter: www.twitter.com/GCosta_PT Instagram: www.instagram.com/gcosta_pt/ Language: - Portuguese: Native | - Spanish: C2 | - English: A2 | Experience in the sector: - Personal Trainer: September 2016 - Currently

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Alistair Crompton

I have spent the last eight years living in the mountains enjoying both winter and summer mountain sports. I am a qualified yoga teacher and regularly teach small groups, private classes and corporate groups up to 40 people. I spent 9 years from 1995 to 2004 as an 'Alpine ski leader' taking school groups skiing in Austrian and Swiss Alps. I now spend my winters ski mountaineering / touring and snowshoeing and my summers running, hiking and mountain biking. I like to spend as much time as I can in the mountains.

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Peter Brady

I am a former army physical training instructor serving 3 years with the 16th 5th Lancers. I left the Army and went through the tough 30 week course to become a Royal Marine. Once I passed I served with 40 Commando. As part of RM training we are involved with many cliff assaults from boats. I spent time out in Norway as part of arctic warfare and managed to spend some time trekking the hills in and around our camp including some ice climbing. Rock climbing, scrambling and trekking up vast mountain areas is part of being a RM and I continued to visit these areas once I left and still return each year. I have organised challenges for friends and work colleagues and train them prior to the national 3 peaks in 24hrs and the Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge. I am currently a DofE assessor and I now need to complete my mountain leader assessment so I my also assess gold DofE

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Felicity Kettle

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

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Alexandra Alves

After volunteering on various conservation projects abroad, e.g. mountain gorilla tracking in Rwanda, wildlife conservation on The Galapagos Islands, and climate change research in The Amazon Rainforest, I decided to gain the necessary skills and qualifications to facilitate expeditions of my own. I passed my summer ML assessment in 2012 in Wales and have achieved Gold standard NNAS. I have since used the skills to lead various international expeditions for secondary school pupils for both World Challenge & Outlook Expeditions to Borneo, Peru, Thailand, Zambia, Nepal, and Costa Rica. I passed a BTEC in Expedition Management in Madagascar and have gained my Level 4 Forest School Instructor Award, Bushcraft Competency Certificate, Coastal/ Beach School Leader, Outdoor and Mental Health 1st aid, National Water Safety Management Programme, and Climbing Wall Training. I am also Head of Outdoor Learning and Forest School in a prep school in The Midlands since setting up the outdoor department after years of teaching in the classroom. In addition, I run my own outdoor learning website, offering online outdoor resources for both teachers/ leaders and parents (www.outdoorlearningmadeeasy.co.uk), and run certified and accredited forest school and outdoor learning training courses for other teachers. I am now looking into taking my summer IML training so I can potentially lead international treks (e.g. in the Italian Dolomites) for staff and children at my Prep School and also if I decide to work in an International School again in the future. Although it would be with primary aged children and so not particularly on high or remote ground, I feel it would be good practise to take the qualification.

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Andrew Stonehouse

Introduced to the outdoors through being in the Scouts, I completed Bronze, Silver, and Gold DofE Awards and became an adult leader. Now as part of Warwick Uni Mountaineering Club, I have been offered the opportunity to complete Mountain Leader Training.

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Richard King

Owner and lead guide for UK Guided Walks based in the Lake District. IML, MLS and CWA holder previously working for Collett's Mountain Holidays as a Trek Leader/Organiser in the Italian Dolomites for the past 5 years. Have logged close to 700 UK and International Mountain days from the UK, European Alps, Dolomites, New Zealand, America and Nepal. Keen enthusiast for all mountain pursuits including mountaineering, Via Ferrata, Trekking and Climbing.

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Bruce Williamson

I am new to walking in the British Isles. Almost 95% of my walking has been done in South Africa. My love for the outdoors was encouraged by my involvement with the Boy Scouts movement. It was here that I leant basin map and navigation skills. As a family we would regularly go out walking and loved overnight trails especially wilderness areas. I have now joined the RAF Air Cadet Corp as a staff member and would love to lead groups of young people into nature so they can enjoy the beautiful natural world around us.

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Warwick Redway

I am a passionate outdoor practitioner. I love being outdoors particularly in the hills and mountains. I have held an SPA since 2006 and have been able to successfully freelance off the back of it and my paddling qualifications since that time. I have worked in both the northern and southern hemisphere. The joy that working with people in the outdoors brings is amazing and i still get a warm feeling when facilitating someone to climb higher than they thought possible. Remember it is all about the little things!

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Richard Bateman

Rock Climbing Instructor and Climbing Wall Instructor: supervised several diverse groups. Mountain routes completed throughout the UK, Europe, USA and Africa. Aim to improve knowledge and progress through the Mountain Training scheme.

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Steven Bower

Being in the mountains is a passion and being able to share my passion with others is without doubt the best feeling in the world. The mountains are a way of life to be embraced and cherished; whether climbing high on an alpine mountain or walking on a Lakeland path . I love introducing new people of all ages and abilities to the mountains, sharing their joy and sence of achievement. My climbing and mountaineering awards have enabled me to work with charities, corparations and individuals delivering achievable yet demanding experiences. I am a qualified and registered social Worker and I draw on my experience as a social worker and child and family therapist to work with people of all ages and abilities in a safe, non-directive, non-competitive approach.

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Stephanie Boon

The South West Coast Path winds its way through, Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Dorset and is currently the UK's longest national trail with 630 miles of stunning coastline. I've hiked the whole trail, but I'm based in Cornwall where I've been walking and hiking along 300 miles of this spectacular trail for over 35 years. I think it's fair to say I know it pretty well! But as well as Cornwall's coastline there are coast to coast hikes, quiet creeks and countryside walks to explore. I've hiked other national trails in the south of the UK, (with more being planned for 2020) and over the years I've also explored many of our National Parks from Dartmoor to The Lake District. I love long distance walks, day hikes and multi-day hikes, and almost always wild camp along the way. I become a Lowland Leader so I can help other people (especially women) to challenge themselves, enjoy our spectacular coastline and the natural world. But it's not just about leading groups and providing a great experience, safely and enthusiastically. I learnt that teaching even basic skills to others is what enables them to put down the guide book and devise their own walks. And that's empowering!

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Richard Willett

I am a member of Leicestershire Police and also volunteer in my spare time as a Police Cadet leader and Duke of Edinburgh leader/supervisor & assessor. I am a keen walker, hiker and explorer with an interest in climbing and camping expeditions.

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Marcus Risdell

Growing up in the flatlands of the Lincolnshire Fens, it was a childhood involvement in D of E and the Scouts that introduced me to adventures in the mountains. However life would lead me away from the hills and my career took me to London. In 2007 I signed up to a charity trek to Kilimanjaro and the snows on the equator were a revelation: my training took me back to the hills and I found myself increasingly finding escape to the hills and mountains on multi-day backpacks in all seasons. This quickly turned into an addiction, and led me to the Alps, then expeditions to Mongolia, Mexican volcanos, Bolivia and Argentina, culminating in two first ascent expeditions to the Puna de Atacama, one successful. Somewhere along this journey I discovered that climbing with others can be fun too and I joined the Rockhoppers Mountaineering Club in London, serving on its Committee, even becoming its President! Throughout my life I have suffered from mental health issues; anxiety and depression. The realisation that my time in the mountains allowed me to manage these issues led me into the Mountain Leader Scheme, and potentially a change in career. Hopefully as a Mountain Leader I can not only manage my own well-being, but help others along a similar path.

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Francesco Boccia

It’s now been 2-3 years since I discovered climbing, I realize it was my passion when I started to spend everyday in the climbing gym and never getting enough. I love the environment, the community and the challenge that you are discovering on the way, been training since I start to try V6-V7, my future goal is to make this passion a job and climb a V12/8a+. Right now us climbing is getting more famous most of my friends started climbing to and I enjoy teaching them the technique, plus I’m always having the opportunity to improve my self through others climbers.

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henry thompson

Main passion is cycling MTBs and gravel to remote places and climbing. Will walk if I have to.

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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.

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Donna McBrearty

I was brought to owey island for my first climbing experience in 2011. Ian Miller was taking a group of us out to do the sea stacks among other things that weekend. I was then taken to culdaff not long after that and back to cruit then . That was my 1st year of climbing. I was blown away. My 1st born started with the hanging rockers then and I soon joined him and then my 2nd son , I then started to get onto the coaching end of it. I've been an assistant coach for a few years now at gortatole. And gave had many amazing outdoor climbing experiences around Ireland climbing rock and trees among other hobbies . I'm grateful for the folk that have had the patience yo coach me and drag me along with them.. I love all the adventures climbing brings me too. As Ireland is my most favourite place in the world. Scotland a close 2nd . The club took me along as an assistant coach to el chorro Spain with 11 children sort climbing. The experience is only sinking in 5 months later. I was mind blown. I'm always willing to learn and get better at the things I love doing. Climbing is one. Climbing as taken me to Spain sport climbing twice now. Once with children from gortatole and the second one a holiday.

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Sip Powers

I have completed numerous expeditions all over the world be it climbing, mountaineering, kayaking or MTB. I have been both student and instructor on countless UK and International Adventure Training (AT) expeditions and fortunate to have lead on high altitude expeds in the Alps, Africa, Canada and the Himalayas. I am a keen sea and inland kayaker and Performance Coach, and share a passion for open canoeing with my wife who is also one of my climbing partners. My most avid activity is supporting BattleBack as an adaptive AT instructor having been involved with DMRC Headly Court for the last 9 years. These guys are inspirational and I am proud to be part of the team and give them something back. I intend to become an MCI now having qualified as an IML before I leave the HM Forces. I am also currently training to become a climbing development and foundation coach in order to continue for as long as I can to support and develop all who have an interest in the great outdoors. I have recently set up the H4H Paraclimbing Team for injured veterans and serving personnel working closely with the support of the GB Para Team.

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Brian Lilley

I founded Mountain Troop Fitness & Adventures in March 2018. Although a newly formed company, myself & our instructors have many years experience instructing and delivering outdoor activities from Navigation classes, climbing, Bush-Craft techniques, hill walking & mountaineering both in the UK and Europe. We are mainly Ex-Military personnel, bringing a wealth of disciplined training gained through many years serving on operational tours around the world. This I feel, gives us the confidence to deliver all our activities with the confidence & enthusiasm enabling our clients to enjoy their experiences in a safe environment. We are pleased to be delivering classes and working with the National Navigational Award Scheme. Baz Lilley

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Dana Walden

I’m a childminder but passed my NPLQ in October 2019 and now work part time for our local leisure center doing some lifeguard shifts here and there

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charlie stealson

Cumbrian lass in the Alps. I'm one very lucky lady in that as long as I can remember I was in a set of walking boots getting dragged out in the rain, hiding in bothys and wasting my days with bush craft with my dad. I tried to do the whole city thing when I was 16-18, and well. Something just didn't feel right. So like every sane 18 year old I took off to the Dolomites for the winter. From there I then rolled around japan, NZ, Australia, Greece and now I have settled out in France for the past 5 years. Splitting my time between Morzine and Chamonix, trying to juggle work with as much biking, ski touring, snowshoeing, climbing, hiking I can fit into the day!....the occasional beer might even get slotted in. Now I'm finally taking the step to put all of this outdoor messing around to good use!

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Rowanne Conway

I am an aspiring adventure writer and guide. I am currently working towards the CWI and ML qualifications. I then hope to obtain my RCI and WML. I am currently in the final year of My PhD English at the University of Birmingham, undertaken with AHRC funding. My thesis concerns mental health memoirs. Through my Instagram and blog www.rowconway.com I am working towards bringing together in writing my background in literature and psychology and my passion for climbing and mountaineering.

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Gwilym Starks

Whilst a teenager I was introduced to the “outdoors” by being in the Scouts. I enjoyed rock climbing and walking along with many other activities such as kayaking and mountain biking. As a Uni student I was offered the opportunity to undertake SPA Training and then ML Training. Whilst still at University I took the SPA assessment and then promptly started a career as a Police Officer which kept me busy. I managed to get out on days off but shifts made it difficult. In 2005 I finally managed to get round to doing ML Assessment and started to see this as a possible way out. In 2007 I finally left the Police and worked at a FE College teaching Outdoor Education In 2009 and 2010 respectively I gained WML and MIA. In August 2018 I left teaching at a college to concentrate on my own business and with a bit more free time, in Feb 2020 I finally achieved the WMCI. I now enjoy running LL, HML, RCI, ML and ESM courses as well as many other NGB courses across many disciplines. Many thanks to Andy Holborn MIA and Steve Spalding MIC (and many others ) for their help along the way

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Shane sargeant

I am a former soldier with 13 years experience in the French Foreign Legion, British Parachute regiment and British Special forces. For the past 16 years I have been working in various sectors including as a mountain guide. I have a summer guide ML qualification that I did in France over a 2 year period however as the French system is so terrible with administration I no longer work in France and will redo a ML training in UK. I am a certified British forces Map reading instructor, Jungle warfare instruction and spend 5 years in a mountain troop. I have hundreds of days in mountains, climbs, hikes and expeditions around the globe however I have no inclination to log them all here online. If you have any questions please contact me.

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Dave Trew

I started practising yoga in 2016 to ease some lower back pain that was starting to occur as a result of spending too long sat at a desk in an office. I found that practising yoga not only eased my back pain but enabled me to focus on improving my posture while sitting. I also discovered its many other benefits including easing tension in muscles after running, focusing on breathing during exercise and improving my sleep. I wanted to share these benefits with others so started to train as a teacher in 2018 and was awarded a Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga after successfully completing the course a year later.

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Adam Jasko

I first got into climbing and hiking as a scout (a fantastic organisation with great opportunities!) and went on to join the rambling society at university. I completed their leader training and soon after my Mountain Leader. Since then, I've gone on to gain many more qualifications and now work and volunteer as an instructor.

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Mark Garland

I first got into climbing at an early age when my Uncle took me on forays to Baggy Point and Portland. Then after a few other encounters with great people on fantastic routes got heavily into it. I have climbed and mountaineered all over the world ever since. I have a passion for all areas of climbing from bouldering to altitude trekking and love the solitude and camaraderie of the Mountains. I am a provider for Mountain Training and run the Rock Climbing Instructor award (RCI), Climbing Wall Instructor award (CWI), Climbing Wall Development Instructor (CWDI), Rock Climbing Development Instructor (RCDI), Hill/Mountain skills (HMS), Lowland Leader (LoLA), Hill and Moorland Leader (HML), Mountain Leader courses (ML) and the Coaching Schemes (FdC and DC), I also work for the BMC and provide FUNdamental 1 to 3 courses. I also deliver MIAS courses and run level one and two Mountain Biking courses. I am also a keen surfer, snowboarder and photographer. I run many courses for many activities and as well as my climbing work I offer Technical Advice for Climbing, Surfing and Coasteering.

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Rachel Bolton

Hello I'm Rachel Bolton For the past 25 years I have worked in primary schools in Derbyshire with the last 10 years as a head teacher. I hold the summer mountain leader award which I have used to lead walks for children at mine and other schools and also supporting Whitehall outdoor centre and other local providers. I have also observed and helped on navigation and easy scrambling days in North Wales. I am hoping this year to do my winter ML training. Although I enjoyed my job, I decided to leave education in July 2015. I then qualified as an Alexander technique teacher studying for 3 years in Kendal and I am very keen to use these skills working with climbers and walkers. I'm very active in the outdoors and I am always out and about in Scotland the Lake district and Peak District, backpacking, walking, scrambling and climbing. My life has changed dramatically since the death of my husband and my passion is to use the outdoors to support the bereaved by organising and leading walking trips. I also hold a level 2 councilling qualification and hold a post graduate certificate in emotional education. I have been involved in the Mountains for the mind project and will be completing a mental first aid course this year ( 2020 ) I've trekked recently in Slovenia and Patagonia and completed the cuillin ridge traverse in a day. I have also produced a film where I play the fiddle on top of the Inn Pinn which is a tribute to the mountains and how they have supported me. View the film here : https://www.reelhouse.org/filmuphigh/playing-on-the-pinn/playing-on-the-pinn I continue to visit Scotland every year with my favourite season being winter. I have completed a number of easy winter mountaineering routes in Scotland but always seconding with an instructor. For the past year I have been a walk leader for Peak Walking Adventures which involves taking groups out in the Peak District and also teaching NNAS bronze and silver award as I am a qualified tutor.

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Andrew Makison

Present: Rokt Foundation & Development Manager Rope Access Technician (IRATA Level 1) Freelance climbing instructor, Coach and Route Setter ------------------------------------------------- Past: Centre Coordinator of Huddersfield Climbing Centre (in association with the CCG: MCC, HCC & RCC) Route Setter (RSA 1 & 2 Qualified) NICAS Director (HudCC) Freelance Instructor: Huddersfield Sport Centre - Climbing Wall (OLD), Bradley Woods Scout Camp, Todmorden Climbing Wall, Rokt Climbing Gym, Leeds Wall & The Big Depot Leeds ------------------------------------------------- Quals: RCI, CWI, CWAI, RSA, BMC Fundamentals 1, 2 & 3, Phys 1 & 2, Foundation Coach, Development Coach trained, CWDI trained, First Aid Certified and Inclusive Accessible Climbing ------------------------------------------------- Other Details: I was also ambassador of Rokt Climbing Gym for two years for volunteering on the build Been climbing for over 20 years.

My Mountain Training Story :

Holly Peristiani

I started climbing in February 2016, thanks to a friend who took me to the Castle in London. After learning to lead a year later, I joined the North London Mountaineering Club in order to get climbing outside with my newly made friends. For a year I worked for Womenclimb, an organisation which aims to support and encourage women in their climbing goals. In 2019 I started working at Westway Climbing Centre as an instructor, and also gained my RCI qualification. I believe in the positive power of climbing (particularly outdoor climbing) on physical and mental health.

My Mountain Training Story :

Tony Carr

I started my love affair with Mountains in my early Army years in the 80s. Trained to cross-country ski in 1986 and skied with the regiment every year until 1989. I joined a mountain unit in 1990 and after various Mountain Training expeditions (Scotland/Kinlochleven) in late 1990 I deployed to Norway for the first time in 1991 gaining my MSI (Military Ski Instructor) qualification in April of that year. I then spent the next three years exploring the Norwegian Mountains each winter. My favourite haunt is the Lake District, I love the majestic beauty of the mountains there and they also hold fond memories of my childhood.

My Mountain Training Story :

Simon Mcphee

Since gaining my then, SPA I have worked with a company to get people climbing outside be it trad, sport or bouldering. I have also run numerous abseil events for private clients and even more for charity from urban buildings of every description to rock faces. I have also been asked by friends and members of a mountaineering club which I am Secretary for, to teach them the skills required to get them climbing indoors and outdoors including ropework and rigging tope ropes. I love using my skills and my love of all outdoors to help others get enjoyment and both physical and mental happiness from being outdoors.

My Mountain Training Story :

Barry Greensides

I have done 27 Years in the Army with over 15 Years experience in Adventure Training. I hold NNAS Tutor, BASI 2 Alpine, BASI SB 1, Snow Sport Scotland Race coach. SPA, Cave Leader 2 with CIC training, MIAS L5, Cycle maintenance instructor, Paddlesport coach 1 and Powerboat Instructor. In the Army I hold Rock Climbing Leader, Mountain Bike Instructor, Alpine Klettersteig Leader, canoe instructor and Joint Service Ski instructor Alpine. I have taught in Slovinia, France, Cyprus, Austria, Germany and the UK. I am now working as a Freelance Instructor.

My Mountain Training Story :

Patrick Hickie

My first taste of the mountains was doing Bronze DofE Award in the Black Mountains in South Wales in the 1970s. I don't mind admitting that I found it tough, and as I approached the finishing point on the Assessment expedition, I made a silent promise to myself that I really didn't need to repeat the experience. But a healthy bit of peer pressure had got me dragged into Silver. Then Gold. By then I was hooked, especially having had a taste of the ruggedness of Snowdonia in the process. I joined the Army, and the opportunity to try rock-climbing came up. It seemed the obvious progression to me, and back then that was 'the' normal pathway into climbing and mountaineering. A variety of courses, meets run by the Army Mountaineering Association, and the opportunity to participate in expeditions to far-flung corners meant that by the time I left the Army in 2001 I had done a huge variety of mountain activities all over the UK, Europe and the world. I also completed the Summer and Winter ML awards at the start of the 1990s. A change of career to an exclusively indoor line of work meant that I wasn't out and about as much as I once had been, but I continued to climb regularly from my new home in Yorkshire. This included some local gritstone climbing, but it was always the bigger mountains that attracted me and so I tended (and still do) to climb more in Snowdonia, the Lakes and Scotland in the winter. There were trips abroad too, of course - Norwegian ice, Mediterranean sports climbing, and Alpine mountaineering. Now, I have made another career switch into professional mountaineering and climbing, enjoying sharing what has been my passion for over 30 years with those just starting out. Over a period of time I have qualified as both an International Mountain Leader and Winter Mountaineering & Climbing Instructor, and the openings created by those awards are now the mainstay of my work.

My Mountain Training Story :

Matthew Chapman

I am a Chemistry teacher with a love for the outdoors. I am an enthusiastic hiker and keen mountain biker, who jumps at any opportunity to be the the great outdoors. I am joint Duke of Edinburgh Manager at Hills Road Sixth Form College where we run exclusively Gold Award. We have three expeditions running each year to the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District and Snowdonia. We are lucky to have a team of experienced hikers, including a few Mountain Leaders, that we coordinate to ensure student safety. I am keen to use Mountain Training to learn as much as I can to become a more complete and experience expeditions leader so I can eventual take a larger amount of responsibility during these expeditions. My aim is to work my way through the training offered. I will start with the Lowland Leader, then the Expedition module, progressing onto the Hill and Moorland Leader. My aspiration will be to eventually complete the Mountain Leader Award. This route will match my current level of experience well, whilst maximising the level of training I will have each year.

My Mountain Training Story :

Edward Foster

I am a ski instructor, walking leader, scuba diver, reserves soldier and general fan of fresh air and exercise. I spend a lot of time walking and running in the Peak District, particularly amongst the hills of the Dark Peak.


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