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 :

Lesley Cormack

I have recently joined Arrochar Mountain Rescue Team as a trainee member, I am undertaking the mountain leader qualification in order to gain experience and improve my confidence in the hills.

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Laurence Mitchell

One of the most passionate adventurers, outdoorsists, and amateur conservationists you'll meet. Experienced summer hillwalker and scrambler looking to take the step up to regular winter mountaineering (would've done it by now if not for the pandemic!) and outdoors leadership. Looking to regularly adventure in Scotland and continental Europe (Carpathian Mts, Alps, Caucasus) in future. Probably helps I speak 3 major European languages (German, Russian, Italian - can just about get by in French and Polish). 2021 July: Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge (9h53min) June: Poor Visibility & Night Navigation Course (2 days), Dartmoor National Park - provided by Compassworks 2020 Winter Mountain Skills (2 days), Aviemore, Cairngorms - provided by Pure Outdoor Kerry Mountains (Republic of Ireland, 2 days) 2019 October: Piatra Mica, Piatra Craiului National Park (Romania, 5 days); Scafell Pike, Scafell, Helvellyn (2 days) August: Ben Nevis (Carn Mhor Dearg); High Tatras (Slovakia) (4 days) June: Snowdon (Crib Goch), Tryfan (2 days) 2018 Bieszczady National Park (x2) (1 week each)

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James Weaver

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

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Adrian Hazelwood

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

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Daniel Robert Ford

I have enjoyed my time on the course and to undergo a rewarding job. To life save and rescue means alot to me to make me a valuable member of the community.

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Gemma Ireland

I've lived and breathed sport and fitness for over 30 years - as a participant, athlete, coach, instructor and Sports Development programme manager. I'm passionate about helping people to find the activity that ignites a love of being active, and help them sustain and develop this into a positive and healthy lifestyle. I work with sports clubs, National Governing Bodies, leisure services, community organisations and fitness providers, to ensure programmes are inclusive, safe and welcoming. I want people to enjoy positive experiences in sport and fitness, improving both physical and mental wellbeing.

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Martin Comer

Hello, I am an ex serviceman. I took part in the Joint Services Adventurous Training Schemes. Although predominantly a climber, I also got opportunities to enjoy kayaking, parachuting, skiing and boarding , horse riding expeditions, and mountaineering. Trained to multi-pitch leader I was permitted to take groups of 6 out and run 3 single pitch bottom ropes at a time, or 1 top rope. Fast forward a few years and I left the forces to start a family. I followed money rather than my passion and went into engineering. This has been a lucrative career, but now I am looking to reenter the outdoors world and find a passion in what I do again. With some money saved up I intend to spend the summer working towards RCI. If anyone reading this has any advice please feel free to contact me. I hope hope to utilize this momentum and move into helping vulnerable veterans and children, in some of the schemes running around the country.

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Melanie Nolan

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

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Marilyn Hooge-Khan

My name is Marilyn and i am originally from The Netherlands and married to a British man. I have moved to the uk in 2016 and have worked really hard to get all my uk qualifications in the fitness and dance industry. Skilled in Dutch, English, Coaching ,Multi sports and Dance. Strong entrepreneurship professional with a Level 2 and 3 Fitness Instructing Exercise to music (ETM) focused on Dance from EMDUK. Level 2 Children music and Yoga Qualified and Youth exercise specialist. and much more as you can see on my cv and not afraid to work on more qualifications of needed. I love to organise , create and develop sport and dance programs and lead a team of instructors to higher level to deliver quality classes. Next to that i teach in gyms i love to work with the wider community's who don't have the funds or ability to join a gym. In the Netherlands I ran my own Dance studio with more then 500 students for over 10 years before selling my school to move to uk. Next to Sports & fitness classes i am skilled in the performing arts as-well I have been working in the entertainments world since the age of 11 professionally.

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Keith Thomson

I have been walking and climbing in the Scottish mountains and local hills for over twenty years, and a member of Ochil’s mountain rescue team . My passion is heading out into the mountains wether that be on my own or with a group, to date I have climbed over 218 Munro’s In some the toughest terrain from the Cuillin Ridge on Skye the Cairngorms and Torridon . In August 2019 I completed a summer ML course in the Cairngorms which I really enjoyed, I was planning on an assessment but the Covid 19 pandemic scuppered that, but I will pursue this ASAP. To date I have tried as best to keep my training fresh in the memory and practice as often as I can. I am still active on the mountains and continue my pursuit of completing my Munro round and enjoy the new challenges on the way.

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Jamie Mark Langler

Jamie is a member of the Mountain Training Association. He holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Outdoor Adventure Education and is now working towards a MRes Degree in Outdoor Learning. Jamie trades as Climb Devon working as a Mountain Leader, Rock Climbing Development Instructor and Development Coach.

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Hannah Phillips

I have been climbing, coaching and providing tuition for various sports and activities for over 15 years through multi activity centres, local peer education groups and climbing centres. After quickly deciding I am most passionate about climbing and the rope work, this is where I began to focus my efforts. Moving from the South East to The South West to study Adventure Sports Coaching, I had a chance to explore the area for over 5 years. As a fair weather climber Spain called me and I made El Chorro my home for the next 5 years. I continued to share my skills, and improve on my sport climbing (single pitch and personal multipitch) and via ferrata techniques. Having recently moved back to the UK I am now based in the Midlands, ready for the next adventure!

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Craig Rumley

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by and taking time to look at my profile. I have been working in the fitness industry for over 15 years (how old do I feel!) and started training people from all walks of life as a gym/class instructor. I got into training people after working in all the mundane jobs you could think of, these jobs included- logistics to shop work and was craving to find a job I would enjoy and receive job satisfaction. After talking to other fitness professionals about the industry, I decided to take the plunge and sign up to completing a Personal Training diploma and since then I haven't looked back! I have gone on to specialise in mobility efficiency which has helped many people regain healthier joints, and by improving the parts (joints) clients achieve freedom to move better in their daily lives, sporting or gym activities. I have also added manual therapy to my repertoire of skills - which helps people prehab & rehab from injuries in a much more efficient time period when combined with appropriate assessments and exercise plans. If you would like to know more about my Personal Training skills or if you have any questions about training feel free to email me - craigrumley@yahoo.co.uk Train smart and enjoy your training journey! Craig R

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Ambrose Flynn

An interest in vertical shenanigans, be that hill-walking, Mtn running, climbing or playing in a Winter environment. Play areas include single pitch and multipitch tomfoolery in Ireland, inland and sea crags (including stacks), to Scottish summer and Winter, sports on the continent and at home and Alpine Summer fun. A passion to share, teach and learn. https://hikeandclimb.ie/ https://hikeandclimb.ie/glendalough-valley-rock-climbing/ https://hikeandclimb.ie/first-time-rock-climbing-guides/

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Georgina Talfana

Currently living in Verbier, Switzerland, skiing and trekking with 4 year old daughter.

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Alex Richards

Having been active and interested in sports since a very young age, I played rugby at a county and regional level. Towards the latter half of my teens, I really started to enjoy the training aspect, following programs for pre-season training to improve my performance on the pitch. After deciding to go university, I suffered a knee injury and had surgery. It was during rehabbing from the injury that I started to enjoy training even more, looking deeper at sports rehabilitation, and a balanced approach to health and fitness. I successfully recovered from the surgery and played at the same level as previous, but due to personal circumstances, I decided I no longer wanted to play rugby, and instead wanted to focus on my studies. Over the next 3 years, I studied Business Management, but always still enjoyed physical activity, training myself throughout university. Upon starting a graduate job, I decided I wanted to qualify as a gym instructor and then personal trainer, and became more interested in helping others rather than improving my own performance. Shadowing a qualified personal trainer as part of my studies, really opened my eyes to the variety of training methods available, and that everyone, no matter their ability or background with physical activity, can see a wide variety of benefits. At times, all people need is to find the right type of training that they can continue for the long term, with support and guidance for them to see positive health outcomes. Starting with training family, I now want to expand and help others and specialise in training with minimal equipment involving mainly bands, and bodyweight focusing on endurance, flexibility and improving overall health. I live in North Tyneside, and train people at home, outdoor or can travel to other locations. Please contact me if you would like further information.

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Simone Galeotti

I have always been passionate about sport since I was 10yo, from martial arts to football, thay box and volleyball. I try to challenge myself, setting objectives and goals which allow me to discover new skills and abilities. Alongside my progression in this or that sport, I voluntarily started to teach beginners and newbies who enjoy the activities, bringing considerable energy, passion and enthusiasm to every lesson, which I transmitted to the participants. My least experiences have mainly been in the hospitality sector, which has given me great and strong skills, transferable to different jobs fields. I have got the L2 Fitness instructor and L3 qualification in Personal Training, carried out at Exeter college, aside with Studio cycling qualification which gave me a new point if view of my future and new bag of knowledge and confidence to share. Next achievements and steps to take are, to be a CrossFit and SGX coach and awarded with gym related CPD courses. Long term goals, L4 in strength and conditioning and nutrition. I love to be fit and get people fit, not just physically but also nutritionally and mentally.  I believe in changes, better habits and lifestyle improvements. I am a sport and fitness-dedicated coach, who love to participate in any kind of activities and is willing to spread his passion and smiles to surrounded people. Exercise and nutrition are an important part of my life and my mission is to let people understand and be aware of their mind and physical power, building up their confidence, competences and enhance the spirit. I like entertain people, have fun, jokes with them. The simplicity and genuine way to build relationships will make the road to the success easier.

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Clare Glazebrook

I used to like cross stitch but then I met big handsome Jamie and have been in the mountains with him since then.

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Nigel Williams

Completed DofE awards. 1976 Joined Army, nordic ski racing, 1978 a chance opportunity of a year in Norway instructing at the military British Outward Bound Centre, BOBC, changed everything. It was chance that threw me into instructing and centre management Racking up military and civilian awards including winter ML, MCI, WMCI, IML, BASI nordic 2. Was in at the start of AMI and BAIML. Orienteering coaching course changed my thinking about how we teach navigation. Technical advisor to World Challenge 1980s & 90s. 1994 Joined Fife Council Outdoor centre Ardroy. 1996 Became Fife Council Outdoor Education Co-ordinator. 1997 Head of Training Glenmore Lodge. Retired from GL 2017 after 20 years. Have managed 26 seasons of big winter mountaineering and skiing programmes in Norway and the UK involving hundreds of students annually, supported by large numbers of staff. I think this is a record likely to stand for a few years in the modern era of the professional outdoor sector. I am now a freelance instructor focusing on the teaching of navigation and supporting the National Navigation Award Scheme for which I am also a Director. Ambassador/consultant to Harvey Maps, write a regular blog on navigation subjects. Wrote the Teaching Navigation book published by Harvey maps 2018. This is the only book on this subject outside of orienteering. There are many books on how to navigate in the hill walking mountaineering world but nothing on teaching it. Now working with the Polar Academy charity taking youngsters to Greenland on winter skiing expeditions. 2020 became a Trustee of the charity. I have been fortunate to have, worked and expeditioned with many wonderful people, I think we are very much into the 4th generation which, supported by academia with degrees to PhDs in outdoor and environmental education, is creating a sector growing in professional status. It supports Education, Health and Tourism.

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Keith Lynch

Amputee Climber and EX-GB Paraclimbing team member. Founder and President of the Scottish Paraclimbing Club.

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Peter Twyman

Having served 17 years in the Royal Marines Band Service, I left to pursue a career in education. It was in education that I became an outdoor instructor for my school, delivering Ten Tors Training and DofE. As team manager for both for the past 15years, I have gained a wealth of experience and qualifications in teaching navigation and campcraft skills to a range of age groups from 10-20 year olds. More recently, I have organised and led expeditions to the Cullins and Jura and I run an annual 3 Peaks Challenge for mixed groups which is immensely popular. In 2015, I was awarded the BEM for my work in education projects related to music and outdoor education. I live on Dartmoor National park where I walk, fell run, climb and paddle.

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Tom Savory

Mountain Leader with 4 years hillwalking and climbing experience mainly in North Wales and the Lakes. Additional overseas experience single day hiking in New Zealand and multiday high altitude trekking experience in Nepal and Tanzania. 1st class BSc degree in Sports Science with Outdoor Activities.

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locryn williams

I am a PE teacher and hold the qualification of RCIA as well as working towards the SML and Paddle instructor qualificaiton. I have led groups on single pitch crags and developed skills / curriculum pathways for schools interested in taking part in Outdoor Adventourous Activities whilst also leading small expeditions to various mountainous areas. I also hold various coaching awards (UKCC Level 3) and taken part in various leadership qualificaitons and courses. I work a lot with young people from challenging backgrounds which has been a really interesting area. Being able to see the difference that climbing can make is a fantastic opportunity and one that can really make a change in students / young peoples lives. I have climbed various mountains across the UK and the Alps and hopefully will be doing some more soon!

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Jeff Davila

Following his move to the UK in 1998, he opened his own dance company, Colsalsa specialising in Colombian and Latin dance styles. In the fitness arena he has continued to create innovative classes including Aerolatino® and AeroStep Latino (original idea) and his renowned advanced double step classes whilst working at a variety of health clubs including Virgin Active, David Lloyd and others Leisure Centres. Jeff has a Diploma in Salsa granted by International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA). Jeff’s passion lies within his simplistic choreography dancing styles, keeping the body fit, safe and entertained. This unique combination has brought about such success from his audience that inspired Aerolatino®. Aerolatino® is an exciting international dance fitness workout with Latin American rhythms and dance styles like the Salsa, Merengue, Bachatango, Cha-cha-cha, Samba, Reggaeton and more. It’s a low impact workout, easy to follow, energetic and enjoyable working your body and mind. Jeff’s career has seen him presenting, facilitating promotional fitness and dance classes at venues including shopping malls, outdoor venues, performing show dances at conventions and other dance social events. For the past two years, he has been developing dance programmes within schools like (Harris Academy and Nonsuch High School an all-girls’ grammar school) Gyms and Leisure Centres. Recently Jeff and his Aerolatino Team participated in the IFS (International Fitness Show) in Blackpool’s Winter Gardens with a class of 150 participants. Year 2021 Been nominated Presenter of the year by Community Fitness Network and Aerolatino Fitness as Dance brand

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Gerry O'Brien

I have always been attracted towards the adventure, the beauty and the challenge of life outdoors. As a teenager, largely through my involvment in Scouting, I was lucky enough to have the freedom to experience wild camping on Scotland’s moors and mountains and to travel the country on my bike- camping and hostelling and trying my hand on rock for the first time. During my vacations from university I worked as an “Adventures Counsellor” in Camp Howe, Goshen, Massachussetts and managed groups of young people on overnight camping trips, basic rock an abseiling experiences, longer treks in the White Mountains in Maine, ropes courses and team building. Working as a teacher with an interest in raising achievement for all pupils, saw me looking at the expedition section of the Duke of Edinburgh award as an area in which my interest in the outdoors could be used to great advantage for the young people with whom I work. I successfully completed the Sports Leaders UK Basic Expedition Leader Award, my first formal qualification in the field. I was very happy to achieve a "Spirit of Leadership" Award for my work throughout the programme leading to the assessment. I qualified as a Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Assessor at the same time, and have organised many expeditions for my own school and worked as an external assessor and supervisor for expeditions run by North Lanarkshire Council. I have subsequently qualified as a Hill and Moorland Leader with an Expedition Module certification. This has opened up the terrain for more adventurous expeditions with the young people I teach. I have also renewed my involvement with Scouting and have been working with a local Explorer Scout Unit and hold a Scout Association T1 Hillwalking Supervisory permit.

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Lee Robson

I’m a level 2 qualified gym instructor and a level 3 qualified Personal trainer I added these to my current Sports massage business. I enjoy working with people and have a passion in helping other with health and wellness

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Simon Chaplin

My love of the hills and mountains began when I was 13 years old and joined Berkshire Army Cadet Force. I eagerly loved going on Adventure Training weekends and at the age of 14 commenced by Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. Once this was completed I moved through the award gaining my Gold level as an Adult Instructor. This inspired me more to get out and about and I began visiting Wales for walking holidays and partaking in Cadet Adventure training there. I completed my Unit Expedition Leader course with UKLF in Ripon and became more involved in the delivery of the DofE Award promoting it in the cadets. At the age of 27 I left the Army Cadets to take up a career as a Police Officer and in 2003 moved myself and my wife and children to live in South Wales. From here I have kept my love of the hills going with assisting leading groups for the National Park, to running DofE for St Johns Ambulance but more recently in 2017 regaining my role in the Army Cadets by joining Gwent and Powys. I have assessed many groups within the National Park at Gold level for expeditions for DofE from across the UK and enjoy seeing their faces once completed. I have continued to develop myself more with the completion of the Mountain Leader award and am working my way to indoor climbing awards at present.

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Andrew Richardson

I am a fully qualified and insured Exercise Specialist here at Teesside University Gym. I have worked for the department for over 5.5 years and been involved within the sport and fitness industry for nearly 12 years. What I can bring to training you is a wide range of experiences and in depth scientific education to ensure you get the results you want! Myself being a former international athlete for the Irish Powerlifting team (and one of the Irish National Coaches) I understand the need for a personalised and structured programme to achieve consistent goals. Supporting this I have coached athletes from grass roots all the way to international level across many sports. These include; Rugby, Athletics Cycling, Rowing, Golf, Swimming, Archery and Powerlifting. I have vast amounts of experience working with clients who just want to lose weight, beat lifestyle diseases, recover from an injury, or gain some lean muscle. My main interests are; Sport Science, Anti Doping, PEDs, Body Image, Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Strength training. I am currently a 2nd year PhD student at Teesside University with research focus into sedentary behavior. Certification and Qualifications • BSc Applied Sport Science (1st Class Honours) • MSc Sport and Exercise Science (Merit) • Level 2 International Powerlifting Federation Strength Coach • British Weightlifting Level 1 Award in Coaching Weightlifting • Diploma in Sports Nutrition • Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral • Level 3 Personal Training • Level 2 Gym Instructor • Level 2 (ITEC) Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Sport and Fitness Sessions • Kettlebell Instructor Happy to personalize and accommodate all my clients to their needs and various fitness goals. I look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your goals! If you want to book a session (or just have a chat), contact me using one of the devices; Mobile: 07747303084 Email: A.Richardson@tees.ac.uk

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Stephen Barr

Owner of Raise the Bar Running Fitness. Gym instructor & PT at Benton Hall, Essex.

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Elena Mazzeschi

My name is Elena, and I am a meditation and yoga instructor (Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin yoga 200 E-RYT, Prental, postanatal and Mum&Baby yoga) , educator and holistic life mentor coach with a multi-faceted and intersectional approach to wellbeing. I founded Treeniverse, a school for holistic education, a place of research and, most of all, a community dedicated to elevating wellbeing and willing to explore to discover who they are. My practice is rooted in patience, passion, warmth, and knowledge – all these anchors my sessions with lessons tailored to your specific needs and support your self-development journey. A bit about me – as a child, I was fascinated by the big questions of life, and after completing a Master's degree in Comparative Culture, I began working as an educator (emotional intelligence), education team manager and life mentor coach. I first encountered yoga in my city, Torino (Italy), where I started practising Kashmir Yoga that mainly focuses on the body’s energy and nondual meditation. This stoked my interest in meditation and mindfulness, and I started researching and experimenting with alternative methods related to a conscious and holistic approach to life. Later, I was a part of a philosophy research group for six years, focussing on the interactions between western and oriental philosophy. I later travelled around the world for six years to learn more about different philosophies and spiritual paths. In the meantime, I started practising Vinyasa and Yin Yoga, and I gained certification as a multi-style yoga teacher, completing my yoga teacher training certification with Fusion Yoga, a Registered Yoga School (200 RYT) located in Rishikesh, India. I've got other three certifications with Arantha Ashram to teach Prenatal, Postnatal and Mum&Baby Yoga. Over the past few years, I have taught yoga in Goa (India), Mirissa (Sri Lanka), Torino (Italy), Fuerteventura (Spain) and London (UK).

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Dixon Ernesto Linch Solano

43 year old, wildfire fighter, study informatic in university bolivarians, father of 02 men, instructor rappel, 26 years of service in the area of ??mountain rescue and forest fire fighting, basic mountain survival instructor with the desire to continue learning.

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David Williams

I served as a medical logistics officer in the British Army attaining the rank of Captain. Serving two operational deployments to Iraq, I commanded soldiers whilst providing support for reconstruction operations in both Basra and Baghdad. The army also provided the opportunity to run a number of expeditions for my soldiers both in the Bavarian Alps, French Alps and the mountains of Norway in both summer and winter. Whilst in the army I undertook my Joint Services mountain leader training as well as avalanche awareness relating to ski touring and cross country skiing in Norway. I have lived and worked in Western Canada for 3 1/2 years most recently running a ski instructor programme for UK students under the supervision of CSIA instructors in 2008/2009, Undertaking the Canadian Avalanche Association course level 1 . In 2009/2010 I lived on the South Island of New Zealand for 18 months running adventure expeditions around both the North and South Islands for groups of up to 25 individuals over a rotating 4 week period. Since 2012 I have run a successful medical repatriation company working within the commercial shipping industry. Using the skills gained over the last 20 years to plan and coordinate complicated medical repatriations of crew members from around the globe. I have been fortunate to be able to do much of this whilst based in the French Alps where I have continued to build my experiences both in the alpine summer and winter environment. Throughout the summer I hike, trail run, mountain bike, climb and mountaineer whilst winters are focused on ski touring. Averaging 30-40 days of ski touring and snow shoeing each winter there is a strong focus on avalanche awareness given the increasingly unstable conditions we have faced in the Alps in recent years. Several times each season we try to conduct rescue training sessions to ensure all within the groups with whom we ski are familiar with their roles and the processes involved.

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Isaac Wright

Hi! My name Isaac, but I also go by Zack sometimes too! I found climbing at a fairly later age than when most people do, but with all the more time and dedication to put into it now I’m older! I love climbing and the opportunities it presents to get out into nature with friends and enjoy the rock and good times.

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Gerard Elliott

I love mountain flowers and have some training in their identification. My skills in recognising birds by their songs and calls is improving and am amazed that more people don't find this fascinating! I am very happy to share what I know and learn what I don't :-)

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Colin Skuse

I originally started climbing as a cub / scout (about aged 10) where my local district camp site had a climbing wall, I only took part in climbing activities as a scout. I was lucky enough to go on some caving trips where climbing and abseiling within the cave was required, we also had a small trip and chance to climb outside on real rock. I left the scouts at the age of 18 where I stopped climbing & post moving on from scouts I didn’t climb again until I was in my 20s (I returned as a leader in summer 2006). I became a keen climber and decided that I would join a club and worked towards my RCI. I passed my RCI back in 2013 (it was the Single Pitch Award back – AKA SPA back then), and post that have delivered a number of varied climbing sessions and training for people across the UK. but my location of choice is the peak district. i am a scout leader, and also a scout climbing permit assessor who is keen that young people and there leaders get to experience climbing out on real rock. Safeguarding training and DBS through scouting. enjoy delivering climbing experiences and teaching / upskilling others in order for them to be able to deliver climbing or better there personal skills I am based in hertfordshire and am able to offer climbing training & climbing experances aswell as persional develpment (both at a local wall around london / hertfordshire or outdoors) to people who wish to get more experance or experance outdoors climbing for the first time.

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Marika Blackham

I thoroughly enjoyed being a member of the Leeds University Mountaineering Society for 6 years, one of which I was also President. I love to be outdoors and train for mountain rescue scenarios. I have attended the Student Wilderness Medicine Conferences 4 years in a row and attended the World Extreme Medicine Conference in Nov 2018. I am just starting out with fell running, and am pleased that it is getting easier the more I do it! It's one of the most enjoyable experiences to be out on the hill after a day of hard graft. My aspiration is to hike the Snowdonia Trail and then the Cape Wraith Trail. I have been improving my leading skills in terms of trad climbing and also grade 1 scrambling.

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Charles Hall

I've been lucky enough to have climbed some awesome routes, with some great climbers all over Europe & Asia. The opportunity came to return to my roots and add qualifications some 10 years or so ago, and I’ve been able to combine the skills learned in a successful commercial career with the accumulated knowledge of 30 years climbing, to deliver highly focused learning outcomes for all levels of climbers. Climbing is still my passion, whether it be guiding novices on classic trad routes, working with groups or coaching at the local climbing walls or sports crag, or climbing with my mates. I was moaning the other day about getting ready to lead a stag group on a stream scramble, on a wet and miserable grey morning, and my other half told me to stop whining, - cause not many people get paid to 'play out' as she so eloquently puts it. - Well she's right - I've been in the envious position of getting paid for doing something I truly love, - what a job :-) As an example I got a job via a local provider working with 2 novice climbers at Stanage this summer. You never know what client is going to present to you, well these clients were fit and capable belayers, but who hadn't climbed outdoors for 3 years. So after assessing them on a route on Black Hawk it was game on. No top roping, just seconding my lead, and we bagged 21 stars on routes up to E1, as I just said what a way to make a living. But we all know the good old British winter weather and its effect on the outdoor industry so I'm adding Development Coach to my qualifications list to fill the winter period (apart from the weeks in Spain coaching a British Public school’s climbing club) Indoors I’m A NICAS Course Director for 2 climbing walls and am a member of the NICAS Coach Development Team, helping shape the future of indoor climbing qualifications. My only complaint - I wish I'd done it all sooner!!!

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William Wilson

I'm in the military and on several military mountaineering schemes, rock climbing, summer ML, Winter ML, Winter Climbing. My aim is to get as much mountaineering qualifications whilst in the army so when I leave in 2030 I will be able to do this full time. My overall aspiration is to gain Mountaineering Climbing Instructor and Winter Mountaineering Climbing Instructor qualifications.

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Paul McCabe

* NNAS Bronze Award 4/07/21 (Young Ascents) * Rock Climbing Introductory Course 24/07/21 (SHM)

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Reyane Smart

I am fitness professional that is passionate about training people to empower them to reach their health and wellness goals.

My Mountain Training Story :

Hugh Thornbery

NB UKC log import has set all routes climbed for which I have no date recorded at 1/1/20. I started climbing and mountaineering in 1969 aged 14 whilst a pupil at Denstone College a school on the edge of the Peak District. As I progressed I began to introduce and instruct younger pupils and gained real satisfaction in doing so. My interest in climbing led to a two year job at the YHA Services climbing shop in Birmingham where a chance encounter led me to start leading young offenders in outdoor activities for Wolverhampton Social Services. in I gained exemption from the training and log book period for the Mountain Leader Summer award and successfully completed my assessment at the Towers OPC in 1989. A year later I gained the Wolverhampton Council multi pitch leaders qualification again at the Towers. I continued to lead rock climbing and day and multi day mountain walking expeditions for young people until the mid '90's. During this time I ran a number of introductory sessions for aspirant adult mountain leaders taking novices through training to equip them with the skills and experience to register for the ML (Summer) award. I was an active climber and mountaineer from 1969 until c2000. I climbed regularly in the UK in summer and winter conditions, and in my early 20's had four alpine seasons in the Swiss Alps and Dolomites, expeditions to Acrtic Norway and the Kishtwar Himalaya, sport climbing in Spain, France and Mallorca and multi pitch routes in Yosemite. I climbed regularly at E2/E3 into my 40's, onsighting many classic routes at that grade. I started climbing again in 2016 introducing my stepdaughter to the sport and have introduced her and my wife to outdoor climbing mostly on the West Cork and Swanage sea cliffs. This experience combined with my semi-retirement has led to my registration for the CWI and RCI awards as I'm keen to continue introducing people to the activity that has been such a big part of my life.

My Mountain Training Story :

Craig Turner

I began my career after graduating from Suffolk University in 2009 with a degree in Sport Science. Since then I have continued to further my scope of practice by completing numerous courses in personal training which include; Kettlebells, TRX, Core Ball, Indoor Cycling, Pad Work, Chair Based Exercise, Circuit Training and Older Adult courses. I have been working in the industry for over 15 years and progressed into teaching and assessing fitness and personal training courses with the Core Academy.

My Mountain Training Story :

Neil Godding

Currently working as a teacher in North Wales, I love walking and camping in the mountains of Snowdonia. I successfully passed my Mountain Leader (Summer) assessment in August 2020. I volunteer with local DofE groups and outdoor clubs for young people.

My Mountain Training Story :

Caroline Dawson

SUP Lass Paddle Adventures was founded by paddle board enthusiast, Caroline Dawson (Caz), in 2021. Caroline is an experienced and highly qualified stand up paddle board (SUP) adventure guide with a passion for all things outdoors. ? SUP Lass Adventures HQ is located within the heart of the Clwydian Range AONB in North East Wales, meaning we are incredibly fortunate to have access to a range of breath-taking paddle locations, including the majestic River Dee, the world famous Llangollen Canal plus an array of lakes and coastlines, along with the capability of traveling further afield. Caroline is also an accomplished cook, and in a previous life, ran the award winning event catering kitchen 'Fodder in the Field', where local and seasonal ingredients were served up in a range of unusual outdoor locations. Caroline is currently in the process of developing her SUP + Adventure Catering offer which she hopes to launch later this summer. Caroline is currently in training for the Great Glen Challenge 2021 and the Trent 100 (Team #3lads+lass), along with developing her SUP skills further by travelling up to Scotland to train as a WSA Expedition Guide, one of most distinguished and high level SUP qualifications available. Wildlife Safe Accredited Adventure Operator SUP Lass Adventures commit to abide by not only national and local laws on wildlife conservation and disturbance avoidance, but also the WiSe Codes of Conduct.

My Mountain Training Story :

Sean Magee

I started many years ago with the CWA and CWAb. I then started to run my own climbing classes for children and also introduction to climbing sessions for adults. I had climbed outdoors a few times and started to wonder if I would ever be good enough to do the SPA. Eventually went for it and loved the experience. I attended the assessment with just the right amount of climbs logged and ended up getting deferred on my gear placement. This was a big learning curve for me as it showed me that just enough wasn't enough. I remember someone asking me, after i got my SPA, would I be doing the summer ML next? Mountain Leader? Me? Haha, no chance. I dont know the first thing about it. Then I tried hill walking! Oh my gosh! There is a whole different world out there!. Skip forward a few years and I am now a qualified summer ML. I am now working towards building up my experience to be able to attend MCI training and hope to have gained the qualification in the next 5 years (by end of 2026) Oh and I also have Paddlesports Instructor and Axe Throwing range master quals. It's been a great journey so far but I still feel I have so much to learn and discover about myself and the world around me :-)

My Mountain Training Story :

Lee Howes

I am a CIMSPA registered level 3 personal trainer. I work with a wide variety of male and female clients, mainly in the South East area of the Yorkshire Dales. It is easy to get taken in by the hype and promises from quick fix exercise programmes that you regularly see in the media, but the truth is that they rarely deliver and can end up costing a small fortune. I offer friendly personalised training to suit your needs, goals and ambitions using my extensive experience in a wide variety of sports and training methods. It's not all about physical exercise; my training is about motivation and lifestyle change that is realistic, achievable and most importantly sustainable. This will include nutritional advice, continued support and giving you the tools to change for the better. Whether you are looking to lose weight, tone up, increase strength / endurance or boost your confidence, I believe that I can help you at an affordable price. ?

My Mountain Training Story :

Nic Bullivant

Mountains and mountaineering run through everything I have done since a teenager. I was a young member of a Mountain Rescue Team in the Peak District National Park, and trainee Warden with the NP Authority. I graduated in Geography and Pure Maths and moved to Scotland to start a 40-year career as a Ranger. First in Fife, then briefly in Ayrshire and most recently 20 years at Cairn Gorm. In this time I started the Scottish Midweek Mountaineering Club, got married, had a family of three children, climbed in Iceland, Norway and the Alps and engaged in roped rock and winter climbing in Scotland. I came late to leader awards, training first in Winter ML (this was permitted in those days) with Glenmore Lodge (Andy Cunningham), and trained for and was awarded Summer ML by Glenmore Lodge in 1997 and 1998. I was deferred on my Winter ML - twice - and thought it was less important to pursue it, and let it lie uncompleted till 2015 when I consulted Pete Hill and he just happened to have a vacancy on a Winter ML assessment he was keen to fill. To my delight, all four candidates passed, but not until after an 'ordeal by snow' I was to write about afterwards. In 2017 I published Cairngorm Ranger about my work at Cairngorm. I am also a musician, playing horn in various orchestras, and after completing a symphony for Sheffield (my home city) in 1998 and a few other large-scale works, wrote Cairngorms Traverse (2006), which has had several performances. I have virtually completed a piano concerto describing a Cuillin Ridge Greater Traverse, and I am working on a piece about Torridon. I live in Erbusaig, near Kyle of Lochalsh and enjoy days guiding or just exploring the Cuillin and other nearby mountains. I live in Erbusaig, overlooking Skye and lead three teams of Highland Council Access Rangers in Skye, Lochaber and Wester Ross. My guiding is therefore slightly restricted until autumn 2021.

My Mountain Training Story :

Josh Exton

Hello, My name is Josh! I am husband and a father to two beautiful girls. I began my journey by becoming a physical training instructor within the British Army in 2015 after a lifestyle of poor fitness and health. I lived a very sedentary lifestyle; my nutrition was terrible, and I avoided physical activity like the plague. I finally made the decision to embark on a journey that would transform myself and hopefully set an example for those around me. I believe this has given me the unique opportunity to understand everyone around me who face the same or similar struggles with their health and lifestyle choices. During my time in the military, I have worked tirelessly to learn and develop to become the best possible instructor and coach that I can be. I have progressed on to gain a level 6 Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation and become an exercise rehabilitation instructor, I guide, and coach injured soldiers through their exercise rehabilitation to help them to return to full fitness. I believe in the ‘bigger picture’ to health and fitness, I understand that not everyone wants to visit the gym 7 days a week and not everyone wants to eat chicken and rice out of a container! Living in the modern world is tough, there are so many choices to make in such a busy environment. I can help you discover a new way of keeping motivated, staying on track and help you get back on that train in case you fall off. I’m here to help you exploit your full potential and discover a new world of health.

My Mountain Training Story :

Andrew Tearle

I loved sports but Sea Scouts and then the Woodcraft Folk really heightened my interest in other , different sports. I had a dual interest and started sailing at 12 years of age, rowed in sea scout regattas and completed several competitions alongside learnt to Kayak while also walking in tougher terrain like North Wales, the High Peak and Cumbria. Bigger camps, night hikes, bivouacs, canoe trips, backpacks, windsurfing, more mountains at different times of the year followed with age. This culminated in me gaining an RYA sailing instructor badge at Easter 1983 and the summer MLTB leader award at June half term, I was 22 years old. By Christmas that year I was back in Hull teaching and setting up a youth club. I worked for North Hull Youth service part time as an outdoor pursuits tutor, I taught at Barton watersports centre , organised night orienteering events, camps at Edale, Cumbria or in the Dales, indoor canoe training, took groups into the mountains and fells of Northern England and trained groups for events like Night pilot, Fells Marathons and the outdoor elements of the D of E courses. I also started organising camps with disabled children in North Yorkshire areas and this I continued to do until I retired from special education adding trips to outdoor centres every year. Following an accident aged 15 I had a knee reconstruction many years ago aged 16. At age 21 I suffered a sporting injury and fractured my patella sadly on the same leg. By my late 30's I had arthritis in my left knee and started a series of operations to sustain mobility, I made some changes and f I replaced carrying packs for the rowing machine on advice of a surgeon completing many challenges inc 800 miles lands end to John o groats.After 5 left knee ops and 1 right I had a full left knee replacement aged 52, quite young I was told. Again recovering and then committing to walking more miles and completing more activity; so far so good.

My Mountain Training Story :

Paul Darby

I became an RLSS NVBLQ TA while working in the outdoor industry, I used the TA to train outdoor instructors and beach lifeguards. I have since left the outdoor sports industry to pursue a career in the Irish National Ambulance Service, were I now work as a paramedic in Dublin. I love being able to train & assess lifeguards of the future and renewing lifeguards, I feel that I learn so much from every candidate and I hope that I impart some knowledge back.


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