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 :

Rebecca Coyle

Robinwood instructor and Assistant Manager at our Barhaugh Hall centre. Responsibilities include: supervising instructors, delivering adapted climbing and zipwire sessions for children with additional needs, carrying out harness fits for children with physical differences, monitoring equipment and quarantining/retiring damaged items, setting up and checking sessions including climing, trapeze, crate challenge, sipwire and giant swing.

My Mountain Training Story :

Anna Hearnden

-7 years' instructing experience, ..including 4 years' experience teaching climbing as therapy in Herzogsägmühle, Germany (2018-2022) -GB Paraclimbing Coach -ITK Climbing in Psychotherapy and Experiential Education (2018, Austria) -Trainer*in-C in Inclusive Climbing, NaturFreunde (2021, Germany)

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David Walker

I came late to the world of outdoor qualifications despite having spent a lifetime hiking across the UK and Europe. Based in North Wales, on the edge of Eryri, learning (slowly) Welsh am passionate and enthusiastic about the outdoors, leading groups out to have a great time, some adventure and hopefully even learn a bit more about this amazing area. I'm a trustee of the Snowdonia Society and OVMRO 333 Supporter's committee member. Trained for and and then passed my Summer ML within 3 months - I'm now working on RCI and WML looking to go for MCI in time.

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Aaron Harding

I have been in the army since 2003. I’m currently working towards ML. Achieved the military MLT in 2013. Have done a lot on the Brecon Beacons. I have helped plan an Execute a week Expedition to the Dolomites in Italy. Lived in Cyprus for four years, and worked and walked on the Troodos Mountains. While there I also did a rock climbing skills course. I also re-learned how to scuba dive and have 35 dives. I have skied in Val D’Isere twice and La Plangè, Second time in Val D’Isere was apart of race training and taking part in all the Alpine downhill racing Disciplines. I did the military ML assessment in 2019 but was deferred for not having enough QMDs. I came home from Cyprus at the end of the summer 2019, and in the spring of 2020 started to work at getting the logbook days I require to be successful on the ML assessment. I am hoping to make a life out of the outdoors when I leave the Army.

My Mountain Training Story :

Helen Blundell

A lifelong interest in the outdoors, travel and adventure. As a teenager, I was actively involved in my local canoe club and became a coach at 16. During this time, I also had the opportunity to go on a 3 week walking expedition to Iceland, this was my first introduction to the idea of a Mountain Leader. I am a UKCC level 2 Paddlesport coach for canoe and kayak, I have been a coach for 18 years and have worked in a variety of inland settings. I have found that many of these fundamental skills are transferable into teaching and learning on a wider scale. I later qualified as a teacher, Primary trained with a Special Educational Needs and Disability specialism, I have taught from 5 through to 19, as well as graduate and post graduate students. I became a Level 3 Forest School Leader and embedded many of these principles into my practice. While working in a specialist school, I completed my Climbing Wall Instructor assessment and became a founding trustee of Climbing for All Sheffield (CfAS) and I have used this qualification to support CfAS at The Foundry Sheffield, as well as lead sessions at The Climbing Works and for Rock Tots. For the last 2 years I have been leading the Duke of Edinburgh Award provision for a Social, Emotional and Mental Health setting in Barnsley, this included planning and leading a range of activities to improve engagement in the award, including using my Hill and Moorland Leader to enable young people to access the Peak District- often for the first time, despite being less than 30 minutes from school. 2022 has been a great year for me, I’ve been getting into the hills and mountains more frequently, I have discovered a new love of scrambling and I led part of my first multi pitch. In terms of climbing I am a Climbing Wall Instructor, I have recently completed a Rock Climbing Instructor refresher and I am going to book for my assessment for March.

My Mountain Training Story :

Chas Ward

I spent many days & nights, growing up, in wild places, I enjoy sharing my passion for landscape & wilderness with others. I'm a firm believer in Nature bringing wide-ranging benefits & the world around us generates a sense of place. It helps those who thrive better outside classrooms; shared values; challenge & stretching experience in fun, engaging & active outdoors is key to building individual, group and team confidence and interpersonal skills. I had walked in the mountains of Yorkshire, the Lakes & N.Wales, through Cubs, Scouts & Ventures & was introduced to climbing. I joined the T.A. & ran with the O.T.C. Mountain Running Team; Reserve British Military Pentathlon Squad & completed the Welsh 1000. A serious accident, 1990, I re-learned to walk; & climbed the west face of the Eiger. I studied Geology at Leeds & climbed Grit E6; Slate E5; F7b+ sport; Winter IV. I volunteered as Assistant Leader & Photographer, British Schools Exploring Society Arctic Norway Expedition, 1994; Fire Co-Leader BSES Indian Himalaya Expedition 1998. Marathons: Snowdonia 2008; Welsh-1000 & Langdale marathon '09; illness/accident '11-13; CRO Challenge (Ingleborough Marathon) x6: 2014-'19, 2022. Mountain Leader, for Global Adventure Challenges '20; Mountain Safety Team (MST) for the Ultra-Tour of Snowdonia, Snowdon Skyraces 21 & 22; route-marking & MST for Salomon Skyline Scotland 22. Climbing again, from late '18, I won back my fitness to F6c by 2023. I volunteered for Cancer Research UK 2021; Adventure Leader (3 x 2 weeks) for the British Exploring Society Scottish UK Explorers Spring Expedition to the Scottish Highlands, 2022; Hartz Scottish Explorers Part 1 & Part 2 Scottish Highlands, 2022. For Part I, I was the only Mountain Leader, responsible for leading every Fire on the mountain. I was commended for recovering an injured Young Explorer from the high Munro's; nominated for BES' Leader of the Year Award; & received the John Muir Explorer Award.

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Nick Dawson

At its simplest, I love walking - especially in hills and mountains. Initially, I wanted some training to improve my navigation skills and to build my confidence in getting more off the beaten track. I am passionate about sharing my love for the outdoors with other people. In 2016 I set myself an ultimate goal of qualifying as a Mountain Leader. I am enjoying pursuing that goal, however long that takes - I'm not in a rush. I started with a Hill Skills course in the Peak District, followed by Mountain Skills in the Brecon Beacons. I did my Lowland Leader training course at Longtown OEC and was assessed at Plas-y-Brenin in October 2017. I went back to Plas-y-Brenin for my Mountain Leader training course in 2019. An injury and COVID haven’t been helpful during my current consolidation but I am enjoying getting out and about and building my experience. I hope to do the Mountain Leader assessment in 2023.

My Mountain Training Story :

Susie Walker

Scout & Explorer Scout. Finnish Scout Jamboree 2004. Assistant Scout Leader for 2004-2005. Army Sixth-form Scholar 2003-2005. Hull University Canoe Club Secretary 2006-7. Boating Head Specialist, Camp Echo Lake 2009. Trek Activity Specialist, Camp Echo Lake 2010. Trek Head Specialist, Camp Echo Lake 2011, 2013, 2016. British Army Officer Cadet, RMAS 2011-2013. Outdoor Director, Camp Echo Lake 2017, 2018, 2019. Attended the first Day with MWIS course Nov 2019. WOLC with Outward Bound Oct-Dec 2019. Combined Cadet Force (CCF) Adult Volunteer 2015 - present. CCF School Staff Instructor 2020 - 2022. National CCF Partnerships Manager 2022- present. Mountain Leader Assessment, Lake District September 2020. The outdoors means the world to me. From experiencing it first as a scout, through to instructing for ten summers at a US summer camp and now leading groups in the UK - it's changed my life for the better and I'm passionate about sharing that love with others. Susie, Walker (by name and nature), Climber, Caver, Paddler, Skiier, MTBer, Slackliner, Explorer, Outdoor Junkie.

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Lucy Mearns

Ay-up! You may already know me as Lucy or The Nott'm Lass! I found my love for the outdoors back in 2019 after being confined to my house during lockdown. I had a need to get out into the countryside. My first walk was up Mam Tor and the views at the top blew my mind! It was wonderful and awe inspiring. Overnight from being a couch potato, I become an outdoorsy girl! I created a YouTube channel to inspire others to get out there and embrace the great outdoors. Since Mam Tor, I have been exploring The Peak District, North Wales and The Lake District. Each walk is filmed and edited with drone footage. At the end of last year and having had many requests from my online followers, I decided to bite the bullet and host my first ever group walk to Chee Dale in Derbyshire. Such was the success of this walk, many people asked me to host another group walk. So my second group walk was circular route around Lathkill Dale which everybody enjoyed.

My Mountain Training Story :

Stephen Simkin

Starting small but dreaming big. I'm incrementally developing my navigational and general mountaineering skills. It's been a fairly slow process as of yet but each year brings noticeable progress. Looking to gain the Summer Mountain Leader award in the next year whilst also progressing to roped climbs and scrambles across the UK, with the help of friends and qualified instructors.

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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 and supervisor.

My Mountain Training Story :

Steven Bower

My climbing and mountaineering awards have enabled me to work with charities, corporations and individuals delivering achievable yet demanding experiences. Being in the mountains is a passion and being able to share my passion with others is one of the best feelings in the world. I find being in the mountains rewarding, to be embraced and cherished; whether climbing high on an alpine mountain or walking on a lowland path. I enjoy introducing people of all ages and abilities to the mountains, sharing their joy and sense of achievement, working together on a wonderful shared experience that they can carry with them.

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Chris Jervis

Hi everyone, my name is Chris from and this is my story. From a young age I have loved being in the outdoors, from fishing lakes all around the country to finding stunning locations to explore with family and friends. Nature just brings out the best in me. My passion is to reconnect you to the great outdoors guide you and show you how beautiful the world we live in really is... The first mountain I done was Scafell Pike England's highest peak at 3210 feet, 978 metres. It was a struggle at first. the steps from Wasdale head were a killer but I loved every minute of it and was made up when i reached the summit. The reason I chose Scafell Pike, I knew if I could complete this I would be able to do most mountains in the UK. Since then I have summited over 300 peaks throughout Britain, with some of the most dangerous ridges including Crib Goch and CMD- Carn Mor Dearg. This has helped me meet some amazing people along the way and made some friends for life. I then got the idea of organizing group hikes to help reconnect people to the great outdoors and bring people together. As a group we have now started to take on some tough challenges, for example we completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks in under 12 hours, (our total time was 8hr 30min). The biggest challenge so far has been completing all 214 Wainwrights in the Lake District with-in 6 months for Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

My Mountain Training Story :

John Bradshaw

I set up Hike South East to provide friendly, interesting, well organised and great value hikes in the best rural locations that South East England has to offer. I have long had a passion for hiking in the UK and abroad & have spent many years leading walks through the countryside of South East England, as well as leading groups on historical and literary city walks as a volunteer tour guide. I greatly enjoy informing and entertaining people about the places explored, and the stories connected to them. Working towards & achieving the Lowland Leader award has been key to setting up & developing the business.

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Matthew Cooper

Growing up in a quiet village in the West Midlands I had plenty of outdoor space to keep me busy and the fields and woodlands near my home was where my passion for the outdoors really began. After school and college I left the UK to live in Greece and Canada before returning home to start looking for a career. After a long stint in management and working as a retail manager in a cycle store I made the decision to turn my passion for the outdoors into a career and start working towards mountain leadership and becoming an outdoor instructor. In 2015 I passed my Mountain Leader and Rock Climbing Instructor Award which gave me the skills I needed to set up my own business and start offering courses to the public. Since then business has grown rapidly and I set up The Mountaineering Company in 2018 with the aim of offering high-quality instruction in smaller group sizes with passionate instructors. I now hold the Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor qualification (MCI) which is the highest qualification you can hold for summer mountaineering in the UK. Passing on knowledge and skills to my clients is what I am really passionate about and watching my clients go on to have big adventures with their new skills is the reason I became an instructor. As a passionate mountaineer, climber and mountain runner I try my hardest to bring that passion with me to every course and feel that’s one of the reasons why I have so many repeat clients. I'm a full member of The Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI) a member of Ogwen Mountain Rescue Team (OVMRO) and a member of Mountain Training and British Mountaineering Council. I also work as a Safety Manager for a number of large participation events and Technical Advisor for large-scale organisations.

My Mountain Training Story :

Darren Jones

Qualified Summer Mountain Leader. I have a passion for the outdoor life which I try and encourage this in others. I'm an active mountaineer.

My Mountain Training Story :

Hedley Phillips

Trainee ML who's late to hill walking. Member and Radio Officer of Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue, also Scottish Mountain Rescue Executive member (Radio Officer). Love being outdoors, whether it's in the hills or pootling about under tree canopies. Love the history & folklore behind our outdoor world.

My Mountain Training Story :

Matthew Girvan

I started working in the outdoors in 2008 as an instructor in a multi activity outdoor centre. In 2010 I moved to Glasgow and started working at Glasgow Climbing Centre as an instructor, running weekly lessons for children and adults covering top roping, lead climbing, technique and movement. During summer months I would run outdoor climbing sessions for children and adults at local venues. During my time at Glasgow Climbing Centre I also used my qualifications and experience to work on a number of corporate abseil events and provide safety and industry knowledge to television sets and photo shoots. From 2014 I have been the assistant manager at the centre. As well as continuing to deliver courses and instruction, I have also been involved in staff training and development. Over the past 10 years when not at the climbing centre, I have worked as a freelance instructor, mostly providing the Duke of Edinburgh award in high schools and hill and remote safety cover for events such as ultra marathons.

My Mountain Training Story :

Sam Simpson

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

My Mountain Training Story :

Mark Handford

Director of Snowdonia Adventures, established in 2000. Working full time as an outdoor instructor. Director/Board member of the NNAS, National Navigation Award Scheme.

My Mountain Training Story :

Richard Bateman

Experienced Mountain and Climbing Leader.

My Mountain Training Story :

Felicity Turner

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 since passing my Mountain Leader award 6 years ago. I'm now on the core team for Lakeland Mountain Guides, set up my own company, Mountain Wonders which I run navigation and skills courses , with wild camping opportunities. I've helped set up a charity called Blackdog Outdoors, our aim is to introduce or re-connect those with poor mental health to the outdoors. I'm the Walking and Hillskills officer, so I look after all the walking events in England and Wales. I love sharing my enthusiasm for the outdoors and hopefully this gives people the confidence and knowledge to safely visit amazing places. Last year I led my first overseas trek to Everest base camp, working in conjunction with LMG Treks & Expeditions and Blackdog Outdoors, it was a great success and plan to again in the future. I also squeezed in a trek to the summit of mount Toubkal, stunning sunrise and scenery, definitely be back! Last year I started shadowing a few Mountain Leader courses as that's an area I'd like to move forward to in the future, I've helped many trainees over the last few years and enjoy seeing people progress and succeed though their qualifications. I've also done some volunteering for the MTA, again giving something back as it helped me pass my ML. - 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 -Voluntary Warden on Yr Wyddfa -Provide Mountain Skills courses approved by Mountain Training

My Mountain Training Story :

Jack Ramsden

My name is Jack Ramsden from Derby, I am 17 years old. I love climbing, climbing and more climbing! I particularly enjoy outdoor bouldering round the Peak District. Love getting out on the grit to send some hard projects and often travel around to go climbing. I love walking and do the odd bit of trad or sport if I feel like it! But for me, bouldering is key. Youtube- 'Jack Ramsden' to see my videos I film and edit in my own time showcasing what I do in my spare time. Visit www.jackramsden.co.uk to keep up to date with my climbing life. Follow jack.ramsden7 on instagram for some cool snaps of my bouldering, nature and general outdoorsiness!

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John Kinsella

I am a keen hiker and camper and have walked and camped all over Great Britain and Ireland. I have had a keen interest in the outdoors since a childhood. I have completed my lowland leader and camping leader and will be looking to do the mountain leader training and assessment in the near future. I like taking people out on day trips and expeditions and sharing my experience with others. I have taken a variety of people out on hikes and camping trips in lowland and mountain environments. I also volunteer here in Bexhill where I live taking people out on health walks in various locations locally. These are short walks in either the beach or countryside

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Ellie Thornton

Well my story. Having performed as a amature athlete with in the sport of Triathlon and Ironman, I have been lucky enough to train in the remote spots of the North Yorkshire Moors and Yorkshire Wolds Way. My plan always starts with making sure I have basic survival gear on me should the worst happen, (always be prepared). I have also been lucky enough to ski for 28 years all over europe. Getting outdoors is a happy place for me as you can become one with nature and reset the mind and body. Adding both cahllenge and adventure to life is for me the key to happiness and excitment.

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Angus Cunningham

Growing up near Peebles in the Scottish Borders, I was lucky to have some incredible places on my doorstep and spent most of my free time exploring the hills and forests around me. As a teenager I began mountain biking - training hard and competing in enduro and cross country races across Scotland, while also using my bike to explore more remote areas of the country. Outside of this I tried to get away often for hill walking trips with friends, both at home in the borders and in the highlands. Leaving school, I worked as a mechanic at 'Bike for Good' in Glasgow, making my way from the shop floor to workshop manager and finally opening and running their location in Govanhill. During this time, I spent my weekends and holidays bikepacking, wild camping and exploring the hills across the Southern Uplands, West Coast and Highlands, spending my evenings after work in either the GCC or TCA climbing centers. A couple of years later, I completed my Cytech qualifications and moved to a new job in Edinburgh. While working in Edinburgh I heard about UHI's School of Adventure Studies in Fort William. I was accepted onto their Adventure Education degree and completed my Mountain Leader award through Abacus Guides. I am now working towards both my Winter Mountain Leader and Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor Awards, whilst beginning my mountain guiding career with my summer ML.

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Rob Messenger

I grew up in the fells of Cumbria and this is where my interest and passion in outdoor activities such as hillwalking, rock climbing and canoeing started. This passion led me to start working in the outdoor industry in 2006 working at a range of outdoor education centres, both commercial and local education authority. I have been a volunteer in UK Search and Rescue / Mountain Rescue since 2009, responding to callouts for lost or injured walkers and climbers as well as searching for missing or vulnerable persons. I have held many different roles within the team most notably as a Search and Rescue Dog Handler with NSARDA. Joining a search and rescue team came directly as a result of my passion and interest in the outdoors and having been involved in an emergency that required Mountain Rescue help, when a friend hit the ground whilst climbing, I had the desire to put something back in to the outdoor society and use my skills to make a difference to those who need it most. In 2014 a change in circumstances led me away from the outdoor industry and in to the rope access and industrial climbing industry where I am currently a trainer for a commercial provider, delivering courses to the Ministry of Defence, UK Government, emergency services, mobile telecommunications and other organisations. In 2021 my first SARDA dog "Penny" retired and now enjoys her time at home in front of the fire or taking leisurely walks around our home near the Peak District meanwhile I am out with my young dog "Ghyll". With experience in mountaineering, rock and industrial climbing I joined the British Mountaineering Councils Technical Committee in 2021 where I hope my knowledge and experience will come in useful to help the outdoor community and keep fellow climbers safe. I love getting out with like minded people who want to enjoy the outdoors or learn some skills which will be useful for them in the future. Being outside clears my mind and gives me an opportunity for mindfulness.

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Julian Goode

I'm Julian Goode - owner of Goode Walks, based in Brentwood in Essex. I've been walking, hiking, and climbing hills and mountains since family holidays in Snowdonia, Scotland and the Lake District way back as a teenager - and have spent as much time as possible in the outdoors for pleasure over the past 25 years. It was only having been diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2019 that I discovered Mountain Training and considered the possibility of a complete career change - after 30 years working as a journalist and digital media consultant - and starting a new business as a walking leader. I set about plans for Goode Walks during my treatment, and was able to qualify as a Lowland Leader in summer 2021. My mission is to help everyone possible to enjoy the great outdoors - leading guided tailored walks & hikes for individuals and groups of all kinds in the Essex countryside, as well as Suffolk, Hertfordshire, London, and right across the south east and East Anglia; including health and fitness walks; well-being and mental health walks; corporate walks, challenges, team bonding and netwalking for businesses, their staff and clients; map skills walks; and a variety of nature, climate (I am a trained Climate Reality Project leader) & environmental walks. I am Outdoor First Aid trained, a Mental Health First Aider, and also a a certified Leave No Trace Trainer - qualified to provide Awareness Workshops on The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace minimum impact practices for anyone visiting the outdoors to organisations such as schools or as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. And I am planning my Camping Leader assessment in summer 2023, to then lead groups on multi-day camping walking, hiking & backpacking trips, and teach campcraft activities - having taken my Mountain Training Hill & Moorland Leader training during summer 2022, with a view to assessment in 2023.

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Algernon O'Connell

Even before getting the award this has been amazing fun to find like minded people with similar passions. Working towards this has made me safer and help me gain much more knowlege. Looking forward to doing many other courses in the future. So far completed RCI, CWDI, IRATA lv 1, RSA lv 2, First aid cert, SSI High ropes Instructor / Rescue, SSI Zip line Instructor / Rescue. Working towards FC, ML, RCDI.

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James Hage

I got into climbing (very late) through Scouting thanks to a couple of friends. I'm a very casual climber due to time commitments from other things, but do enjoy going out, supporting other Scouts and also going and learning new experiences. Never done any awards like NICAS but always willing (and love) to learn. I also hold a number of Scout Permits including: - An Artificial Top Rope Leadership Permit in climbing - A Terrain 1(Summer) Permit - A Camping and Lightweight Expedition Permit I Completed the ICA in 2019, and the CWI Training in March 2022. Also love to ski, holding the European Bronze (ESF) 3 Star Award, which I thought was just a basic award but turns out is a little more advanced. I also like to Scuba Dive, being a BSAC Sports Diver. I have completed the NNAS Navigator Bronze award, and the Countryside Leader Award for hill walking through Nottinghamshire County Council (Walking log kept separate) Completed the ERCA High Ropes Course in May 2022.

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Garry Peasland

Other Information for WINTER MOUNTAIN LEADER TRAINING. Over the years I have participated Winter Courses through PYB, Chris Ensoll and International Guiding Companies. PyB was with Dave Evans where we trained for 2 days on the side of Moel Siabod. The course content covered self-arrest, anchors, belays, cutting edges with boots and axe, use of touring axe, avalanche warning and where to find info - a well rounded course syllabus. The course with Chris Ensoll (again 2 days) was a slightly higher level of steep ground ascent with crampons, walking with rope lengths, setting up belays, rock climbing and abseiling, anchors, use of touring axe and hand transfer of axe on ascending / descending ground, and Axe storage under rucksack strap for quick access. International Winter Training - has covered Steep ascent with Ice Axes, Glacier crossing, Glacier self rescue, understanding and walking on as a ripped team. 29.01.2023. For me Mountain Leading is a chance to be away from the day-to-day madness of life and to enjoy those moments with like minded people. I love to meet new people and see different parts of the country and have new experiences in life. My next goal is to become a Winter Mountain Leader - this will be so I can extend my voluntary work for charities which I am already involved with on my Summer Mountain Leading.

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Mark Reid

I first fell in love with the Yorkshire Dales landscapes when I was 16. This inspired me to go to Lancaster University where I got a 2:1 in Geography. I then worked for various breweries from 1990 until 1997 as an area manager, then gave up my job to write walking books about the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District, Peak District, Northumberland and North York Moors. I've written 17 walking guidebooks, and am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). In 2007 I decided to diversify and undertook my Walking Group Leader award (now Hill & Moorland Leader), followed by my Mountain Leader (summer) in 2011. Since 2007 I have taken over 15,000 people out walking in the North of England, from map reading and NNAS courses to wild camping, challenge walks, adventure weekends, long distance hikes and corporate team events. I love to share my passion, experience and knowledge with people. Since 1997 I have also walked over 26,000 miles of paths, and counting...

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Ben Cassells

Following my University studies in Environmental science, I spent years travelling, working and volunteering abroad. I have spent time in 49 countries across 5 continents seeking out and exploring as much of the outdoors as possible; walking, running, hiking, biking, climbing, snorkelling, scuba diving, skating, snowboarding, skiing, camping, paddle boarding, white water rafting, kayaking, canoeing, bungy jumping, zip lining and skydiving. I have spent the highest proportion of time walking and hiking as it is such an accessible way to spend more time outdoors and enjoy all that nature has to offer. Growing up I always dreamt of leading groups of young people on international trips to open their eyes to the world, for them to learn about the environment and culture and inspire them to go on to make positive changes in the world. I have since led groups of volunteers on projects in Nepal, Zambia and the UK however I now think it is time to grasp my dream and get myself an official Mountain Leaders qualification so I have taken the first steps to gaining this award- I can add more to this story once complete.

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Gareth James

I started hiking and scrambling roughly 12 years ago with Snowdon via PYG then Ben Nevis via ledge route. The scrambling side quickly lead me to sport and trad climbing which is in abundance around Llangollen where I was from. I joined NEWMC and travelling to sport climb in Spain then ice climb in Norway, Scotland and occasionally Wales when conditions allowed. Wanting to improve my own skills on the mountain I went through the ML training and enjoyed it that much I decided to freelance as an ML after passing my assessment in 2022.

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Sara Hamilton

I am a serving Police Officer and a member of Police Scotland Mountain Rescue Team. Recently gained my Summer ML award and keen to progress to Winter ML. Moved my whole life to Scottish Highlands in 2021 and loving all the adventures I can have not too far my doorstep!

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Andrew Rivett

I have completed over 70 Wainwrights withing the Lake District. Also climbed Snowdon on over 12 occasions. I have also summited Tryfan

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Robin Shaw

My first intro to mountains proper, was a memorable school field trip to the Llanrug centre near Llanberis. Good fun, and as far as i can recall nobody died. After that i was hooked, with a few friends i knocked off most of the 3k and 2k peaks in Wales, Lakes and a few in Scotland, then bumbled up the usual rites of passage for budding climbers, the Slabs, Grooved Arete, FPR etc. Several hairy climbing/mountain epics later with the kids grown up, i thought about having a go at the ML(Summer), fortunately Pete Goldsmith (Dean Study Centre) was running extended weekend ML courses, this fitted in well with work. The last weekend of my ML(S) assessment took place during one of the severest storms of the century. Bleating sheep flying horizontally past the then rickety ratter-ling lav door at Willies Barn, we dodged the worst and the reward was a well earned PASS. A friend was running climbing classes at the local wall, he needed help to supervise additional sessions so i put in for my SPA. The training and assessment was on Peak Grit, glorious stuff, the group day was with a bunch of guys from a Sheffield rehab centre, a few were still having flashbacks which made for some entertaining instructor/pupil dialogue, communication on rope colour also became a tad ambiguous. With my RCI (SPA), myself and a few colleagues have coached students to success in the BMC Youth Climbing Comps. The ML has allowed me to take groups out and marshal challenge events. “The best climber in the world is the one having the most fun!” AL

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Edward Laing

I have grown up loving all exercise, especially the gym and more specifically body building and a small amount of powerlifting. But, I also have a passion for the outdoors and nature, and love partaking in sports that are in these environments. Some of my favourite sports include mountain biking, skiing, and hiking.

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Ian Barrington

I am a paraplegic wheelchair user for the past 17 years and have learned to live and accept that I may never walk again. I have created a website and a non-profit organization so I can help other people living with a disability have the opportunity to live a social and healthy life. I take these courses so that I can have proper knowledge when giving advice.

My Mountain Training Story :

Kyle Venter

South African born, British outdoor enthusiast that has fallen in love with the mountains. I am a left leg below knee amputee due to a motorcycle injury, this caused me to all but give up on my outdoor door activities up until I moved over to the UK full time and met a good friend of mine who pushed me to get back out there and embark on all these adventures that I never thought id do again. I aim to try inspire others in the same way that I have been inspired and motivated to get out there and show them these goals can be achieved.

My Mountain Training Story :

Michael Stones

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

My Mountain Training Story :

Cavell Burchell

Ivan was a close friend of my father, but he drowned whilst rescuing two boys whose home made raft sank. It was early spring, the water was cold and bystanders rushed to help the boys up the bank as Ivan supported them, but after recovering the 2nd boy they ‘forgot’ Ivan who being cold and exhausted was unable to get himself out, sank beneath the surface and drowned. Dad became aware of a local lifesaving club and in Ivan’s memory took me along to the pool..it was May 1970. I was not yet 12, the Club were speed training in preparation for a competition, I hated it. But once the event had happened ‘normal’ lifesaving training re-commenced & things improved. Bronze Medallion at 13, by 15 I was a beach lifeguard cadet with West Kent Lifeguards & at 16 a lifeguard. I maintained my voluntary lifeguard activities and started working casually on pool side and this became my summer job for 4 years whist at University and secondary employment for many more years that. I became involved at Branch level and qualified/was appointed to the highest roles in lifesaving, pool and beach lifeguarding and boat-handling - training 1000’s to pass qualifications and to become TAs in their own right. I have designed and introduced revised award & qualification programmes, reviewed & recommended changes to the governance structure of the Society, sat as a UK Trustee for nearly 17 years chairing various committees and mentoring others in similar roles. I even once entered the lifesaving qualifiers going on to win an event at the National Lifesaving Championships. I remain as passionate about the work of the RLSS as I was when I first became involved. I sit as a Trustee for the RLSS (Commonwealth) and am Kent Branch Treasurer. Making a difference, enjoying life-long friendships, having a sense of purpose are all things that lifesaving has given me and I will try to continue to contribute to the work of the Society in whatever way I can and for so long as I am able.

My Mountain Training Story :

Mark Attwood

Hello there! I am an aspiring mountain guide, ambitious mountaineer, and photographer of various genres. I have loved being in the outdoors since I was a child, with both climbing and hiking being a large part of my family history(my grandad having completed the coast-to-coast walk as well as all the Wainwright fells, and my dad having completed numerous scrambles in the lakes throughout his life; these were both significant influences to me growing up). I truly fell in love with mountains after taking on all three Duke of Edinburgh awards and passing, and I distinctly remember our group on the Gold award having taken the WRONG route and ending up on top of High Raise in the Lake District. Whilst the group were worried about getting to the destination that had been prescribed, I was buzzing that I got to summit my first real peak. After this, my passion exploded, and I quickly began rattling off Wainwrights with my dad and my mum. First off, Haystacks, then Helm Crag, Crinkle Crags, the Langdale Pikes, Wetherlam, Yewbarrow and the Mosedale Horseshoe, The Coledale Horseshoe, The Fairfield Horseshoe, and Scafell Pike... all before I turned 17, and all in the same year. My passion for photography proved everlasting right alongside summiting peaks, and I started out as a landscape photographer before eventually going to university to complete both a Bachelor and Masters in the subject. Photography would likely have never become my passion if not for the beautiful outdoors, and the two will always go hand in hand as my passions and purpose in life.

My Mountain Training Story :

Tom Brodie

I first got into instructing in 1995 whilst working in an American Summer camp. I then returned to the UK and began to work on my awards. Making a huge jump when I completed a PGCE in Outdoor Education in 1999/2000. I then became head of Outdoor Ed at an inner city school in Bristol before moving to the Swiss Alps for 4 years and enjoying everything the mountains had to offer whilst teaching along the way. From 2006-2014 I've lived in Norway where I am now part of the National System there. I teach Rock and Ice but most of my work is in the winter in Rjukan on the ice there introducing beginners and taking them on to a place where they can climb water ice on their own skills. I ran my own company fjellogpadleskole.no but also work for and with the Norwegian Climbing Federation (NKF). I then moved to Czech republic to open an international boarding school with an outside ethos including DofE (International Award) and a Ski programme. A move back to the UK to Taunton allowed me to contribute to that schools outdoor ed and CCF programme. I then moved back to Switzerland where I work as an Educational Consulatant and run AlpsAdventures.ch a trekking and outdoor company that takes 1000 people a year into the mountains, plus supporting Red Carpet Ski School in their Snowshoe and Ski provisions.

My Mountain Training Story :

Edward Young

Link to DLOG files- https://mt.tahdah.me/logbook/files/72169 Young’s Adventure Solutions was born out of a life long passion for climbing. In 2008, after 10 years of working in the outdoor industry, founder Eddy Young decided to take the leap and set up his own climbing and outdoor pursuits business. Since then the business has grown to become one of the most successful climbing provider on the South Coast. With an 100% safety record, Eddy’s extensive knowledge of climbing locations all over the world and his numerous qualifications and Awards, Young’s Adventure Solutions continues to grow to offer the best quality climbing tuition in the area. My Values My passion for climbing and the outdoors is reflected through our highly professional selection of courses and training available. As well as aiming to inspire others to discover their love of climbing and the outdoors, we also encourage and educate those who attend our courses on the importance of respecting Mother Nature. We don’t just talk the talk… we use recycled paper wherever possible, and buy our equipment and clothing from the most ethical providers. The ocean and land are precious to us, which is why we are an active supporter of Surfers Against Sewage. We can regularly be found picking up rubbish from the coastline, and also support the Dorset Bolt Fund.

My Mountain Training Story :

Carole Sumner

I am an experienced DofE Leader. I have supported the DofE award as a volunteer leader for the past 15 years through Lancashire County Council, Girlguiding & a High School where I was a teacher. I also have 4 years experience of being a DofE Manager in a school. In my spare time I am also a volunteer Guide & Ranger Leader with Girlguiding. I enjoy days out on in the mountains with friends travelling around the UK to have adventures. My aim is to give young people the opportunity to explore the outdoors and allow them to have the experiences I have. Currently working my way through the Wainwright's, just so I can decide on my favourite Lakeland area!

My Mountain Training Story :

David Walsh

I have spent my career as a manager in Product Development with Ford Motor Company Limited. Mounting Walking and Climbing has always been my hobby and passion. Having now retired from the auto industry I am embarking on a life as an ML & RCI. I do mostly voluntary work on a very very part time basis. I have retired! I am continuing with my Munro Journey and a well through them having completed such routes as the Fisherfield Five and 10 of the Skye Munro's including the Inaccessible Pinnacle. I want to continue with my training and personal development within the Mountain Environment and use these skills to impart my passions to others.

My Mountain Training Story :

Simon Ablett

In 2010 I decided to leave behind a career that had become unfulfilling to instead lead a life with more ‘Flow’. After 19 successful years as a Weapons Engineer Officer, the excitement of life in the Royal Navy was waining and future roles would involve more administration than adventure. It was time to pursue a second career that was focused on my passions, turning life long hobbies into the ‘day job’. A paddler, hiker and mountain biker for my whole adult life, only a short intense period of qualification courses was required to turn experience into professional status, and in 2012 I retired from the RN and created Live2Flow. Swapping a desk for the great outdoors, dedicating myself to better my personal performance in my chosen sports and to follow my passion for coaching, leading and training others as a freelance outdoor sports trainer. The final step was to relocate to the Brecon Beacons National Park where, for the first time, home was only a short walk from the nearest whitewater river and out of the windows you could see mountains. At last able to enjoy all my favourite sports without hours behind the wheel, almost every day has the potential for adventures in the outdoors and 'work' can mean anything from DofE supervision and assessment to leading international youth expeditions or coaching paddlesport on the rivers of Wales and mainland Europe.

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Marcin Tomala

I started working as climbing instructor in 2016, when I succesfully passed egsam in my hometown Rzeszów in Poland. Since then I deeply connect with this kind of work wich suits me very well. Time i spend working in climbing school as a rock climbing and mountaineering instructor gave me a lot of experience and never stopped giving me joy. I started working as alpinist technician In 2016 i passed the industrial rope acces instructor test and became a technician rope acces instructor. My climbing experience and time what I spend in mountains gave me the oportunity to open myself to more people who want to start their adventure with climbing and for those who want to improve their climbing. Working with climber groups as an indoor coach and outdoor tutor will always stay in my mind as a positive memory. The same experience I got from working with climbers in individual sessions where we have been finding best ways to progress and for them to become a better climber. I’m still improving my skills and knowledge about climbing, mountaineering and technician alpinism. During my trainings i use techniques from other sport disciplines such as martial arts, yoga, stretching, calistenic. I’d like to continue working in the field I feel and perform the best-climbing coach/instructor. My long terms goals are introduce myself as a climbing coach to UK climbing scene, to accomplished British climbing coaching qualification on a top of my Polisch qualifications. To continue developing as a climbing coach and improve mine commercial routesetting skills. Although climbing is my biggest hobby I also have other interests which I constantly develop. Such as Martial arts, Gun shotting, Stretching, Yoga, Calistenic.

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Damian Gielty

ML, aspirant IML and International Physical and Outdoor Education teacher who enjoys teaching skills and sharing my passion for the outdoors with others. My current position involves teaching the skills, knowledge, and attitudes of 'Allemannsretten' (right to roam) and Friluftsliv which are the basis for outdoor life in Norway. As part of the national curriculum, students are also required to have opportunities for outdoor living skills. Planning and delivering 'Leirskole' multiday experiences to young people is hugely rewarding. I also coordinate and run the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award. Outside of work I am an ambassador and volunteer tour guide for Den Norske Turistforening (The Norwegian Trekking Association), I feel privileged to be able to give back and allow people to enjoy the high and wild places of Western Fjord Norway. I have also had a keen interest in long-distance mountain running for a number of years and my passion has taken me all over the mountain ranges of Europe and now Norway. In Winter, I enjoy all the varieties of traveling on snow from; Langrenn/cross-country skiing, Trugger/snowshoeing, Topptur/ski touring, and Fjellski/Nordic Backcountry Skiing).


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