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 :

Annie Kendrick

Hi I currently use my qualifications as a means of allowing others to explore the world around us. My company Attitude Coaching delivers tailored packages currently doing a lot of Swim / hikes which are very popular. I love helping others learn about the environment and love retelling local stories that bring walks to life. I have a BA (Hons) in Outdoor Leadership graduated 2014.

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Andy Robinson

I've been walking, hiking and scrambling for many years. I live in Norfolk and my wife and I are working our way around the Norfolk Coastal Path and along the Peddars Way. I hope to achieve some formal awards and qualifications to go with my experience mostly for my own personal development but perhaps also to allow me to move out of IT in the future! Hiking I have hiked all over the Peak and Lake districts, Wales and parts of Europe (mostly in and around Chamonix). I'm working my way through the Wainwrights and currently have two of the "3 Peaks" under my belt (Snowdon several times, several routes, Scafell Pike once from Langdale Valley - what a LONG WAY to make the approach from!). Scrambling I've completed Jack's Rake to Pavey Ark several times and scrambled the North Ridge of Tryfan, Devil's Kitchen and similar. I took a stag party to Via Ferrata at Honister Slate mine (not really scrambling but it was a lot of fun. At least most of them agreed!). Army Cadets I took part in lots of adventure training activities during the 8 years I served as an Army Cadet Instructor. I planned and conducted training packages including all of the required risk assessments, route cards, safety briefings etc. I taught Map and Compass to various skill levels and was First Aid at Work Qualified. I also passed my minibus and trailer test with the ACF. I was range qualified which meant I often took my cadets to indoor and outdoor Army ranges where they fired live ammunition in single shot and burst. I attended summer training camps in and around the Caingorms, usually leading mountain biking expeditions and I led cadets who were working to achieve Duke of Edinburgh Awards at various levels. Climbing An occasional treat with my father in law. I know how to lead and belay and climb up to 6a/b indoors. I have dabbled with a little outdoor climbing and completed a few roped climbs in Chamonix.

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Rebecca Williams

I'm a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who specialises in psychological performance coaching for climbers, working from grass roots level to elite. I have my RCI, BMC Fundamentals 1 & 2, Foundation Coach trained, ILM Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring, and CMI Diploma in Leadership and Management. This gives me an unique set of skills to work with climbers, coaches and instructors, to train mental skills and improve their head game. I also work as an Executive Coach, facilitating senior leaders and managers to develop their skills, improve their performance and lead their teams.

My Mountain Training Story :

Bruno Salonen

A keen surfer and lifelong lover of the ocean, I've been in the sea since I was a kid. I worked as a surf and SUP instructor previously in Dubai, UAE. I now live in Plymouth, training with South West SUP and studying marine science.

My Mountain Training Story :

Joseph Marjoram

Having spent my early adulthood in the Royal Navy I was often on the road, moving from place to place. I always took to the hills wherever I was near, to get out and enjoy the countryside away from whichever base I was at. I often pursuaded my colleagues to come with me and took many of them on their first proper hill walk. I was the navigator of a submarine and although the skills of planning, navigating and leading a group were the same, the contrast between the confined spaces of the boat and the majestic open spaces of the UK was stark. Eventually I settled in Yorkshire and my last years in the Navy were spent travelling between Leeds and the West coast of Scotland, via the A65. I became captivated by the brooding presence of Ingleborough beside the A65 and resolved to climb it one day. That day took some years to come about but was worth the wait; it cemented my love of hill walking and inspired me to explore other hills both nearby and further afield. I'm really excited about working towards the Hill and Moorland Leader qualification and encouraging more people to achieve their goals, or simply to be confident to explore and enjoy the countryside for themselves.

My Mountain Training Story :

Alex Stone

I am a professional climber and a qualified instructor with over 20 years of experience in rock climbing (indoor & outdoor), bouldering, high altitude mountain climbing, ice climbing, skiing, and sports coaching. I believe that being active in the outdoors comes with great benefits both for our physical and mental wellbeing, and it is an honour for me to be able to facilitate courses, workshops, or private tutorial sessions making use of my experience and knowledge to ensure my clients get the most out of it, feel safe, and well looked after. In 2018 I founded the Black Lizard Climbing and Mountaineering Club. www.blacklizard.org I currently live in London and work as a climbing instructor both in and outdoors. In my spare time, you find me climbing in Wales or the Peak District or making plans for new adventures especially in the Alps and the Himalayas! www.alexstone.uk

My Mountain Training Story :

Simon A Wells

My Father taught me to climb and took me up my first mountain, Snowdon, when I was five. Teenage independence saw me serve a climbing apprenticeship in North Wales, then the Peak. After lots of work in Snowdonia, Peak District and Scotland I am now based near Ben Nevis where I run my own business www.wildmountainguides.co.uk and am now teaching my own children to climb!

My Mountain Training Story :

Holly Peristiani

I started climbing in February 2016, thanks to a friend who took me to the Castle in London. After learning to lead a year later, I joined the North London Mountaineering Club in order to get climbing outside with my newly made friends. For a year I worked for Womenclimb, an organisation which aims to support and encourage women in their climbing goals. In 2019 I started working at Westway Climbing Centre as an instructor, and also gained my RCI qualification. I started taking clients outdoors in June 2020 thanks to the COVID lockdown easing. I'm now working towards my CWDI with a view to RCDI next year. I believe in the positive power of climbing (particularly outdoor climbing) on physical and mental health.

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Ana Simons

I have been a keen walker most of my adult life, usually camp, stay in refuges or homestays & self guide. I love walking off the beaten track & long-distance treks all over the world. Here are a few of my favourite walks - 1976 Various Lake District treks 1978 Vosges 10 days 1979 Atlas mountains 3 days 1980 Tour de L'Oisans 6 days 1981 Cevennes 10 days 1982 Inca trail, 6 days 1983-1985 GR5 20 days 1983-2010 SW Coast path 1989-92 Dartmoor with Btec student 'residentials' 2010 Tour de Portes du Soleil French / Swiss alps 10 days 2011 Quantocks way 1 day 2011 Penni Fan Brecon beacons 1 day 2013 New Zealand Routeburn track 3 days; Kepler trail 4 days, Milford trail 4 days, Heaphy trail 5 days, Abel Tasman 3 days, Aspiring National Park back country routes 5 days Nelson Lakes 3 days Fiji Taveuni volcano 1 day Lavena coastal walk 1 day Indian Himalayas Kashmir 10 days Ladak 5days 2014 Indonesia Java, Bali, Lombok volcanoes 4 days. Toraja mountain trek, Sulawesi Dolomites Alta Badia 7 days Marmalatta glacier 1 day, Via ferrata 3 days Slovenia Tryglav 4 days, 3 nights huts, some via ferrata sections 2015 Aravis tour & via ferrata sections 10 days GR20 Corsica, 11 days 2016 Andalusian white village trek 1 week, Rte de St Jacque River Lot 10 days 2017 N Yorkshire 3 Peaks 1 day 2018 Lycian Way self guided 5 weeks Camino Primitivo 2 weeks Calanques 3 days 2019 Camino Royal 4 days, GR10/11 8 weeks, Rte Des Douaniers 4 days, Camino Portuguese Central & Death Coast Lighthouse trail 4 weeks 2020 Snowshoeing day walks French Alps. Various Dartmoor, SW coast & S Hams day walks. I live in Devon & know the coast paths & Dartmoor tracks well. I enjoy 2 types of guiding - taking tourists on one-off walks & adventures & taking people with health issues or who want to lose weight on regular walking programmes

My Mountain Training Story :

Kirsty Rowlinson-Groves

After completing my undergraduate degree in Exercise, Physical Activity & Health I initially wanted to become a researcher. After speaking with one of my lecturers I decided to get some 'real work experience' in the field of Exercise referral and health programmes to give me a better all round perspective for when I take that step into research. I began as a junior Exercise referral officer within Salford Community Leisures active Lifestyle team. whilst in this role I saw an email calling for innovative ideas for pilot programmes funded by the CCG. I approached my manager with an idea for a cancer rehabilitation programme targeting the 3 most common cancers in Salford. We completed the bid process and was successful in achieving funding for a pilot scheme for 12 months initially. During these 12 months the programme was evaluated and seen as something to continue so we received an additional 12 months funding to allow for a business case to be developed. An evaluation of the service after 18 months resulted in the programme being fully funded for 5 years with an expansion to all tumour types. I led and developed CAN-Move for 4 years and then began to work with GM Cancer Board to develop a Greater Manchester wide Prehabilitation and rehabilitation programme (Prehab4Cancer). This programme is now 18 months old and is proving to be a gold standard for referral programmes. It is a true collaboration between the clinical health teams and the leisure sector.

My Mountain Training Story :

Sean Gane

I climbed back in 99,2000 - life and injury got in the way and I am slowly building skills and course. I really just enjoy being outdoors, hills/mountains/rock it all works for me, both body and mind. If you are in the Forest of Dean area and need a second, hit me up.

My Mountain Training Story :

Eren Gul

Hi my name is Eren. I am a qualified personal trainer from London UK, who has been working in the fitness industry for over 2 years now. I've always been interested in sports and everything fitness oriented from an early age. I grew up playing basketball and representing my school around the country for 7 years. I then moved onto swimming, martial arts and eventually lifting weights. Once I entered the gym, I started talking to people and found that we all have a lot in common. I started researching into the mechanics of human movement, anatomy/biology, nutrition and training principles. Before I knew it I had accumulated tons of information. I started sharing this information with people at the gym when they asked me a question or when the topic came up, which seemed to help them along the way. I therefore decided to take the plunge and get my certification as a personal trainer to begin my career as a fitness professional. Since then, I have worked with a variety of clients from different backgrounds, age groups and capabilities. They all had different goals ranging from fat loss to body re-composition, building muscle, adding strength, increasing power output, improving muscular endurance, expanding cardiovascular capacity and more. All of whom have achieved their goals with a smile. And this is why I do it. To see the smiles on people's faces knowing that they went through adversity to achieve success. No matter what your goal is, we can achieve it through dedication, consistency and perseverance. It’s all about mindset. Remember that we all start somewhere and all you need is a plan of action. That is where I come in. I will help you along the way no matter how big or small the task is. It will be up to you to show up and put in the hard work, I will take care of everything else. Hopefully you will choose me to be your fitness guide, and if not, I wish you all the best in your journey and hope you find what you're looking for :)

My Mountain Training Story :

Benjamin Westwood

I started working in the Outdoor sector in 2006 with little experience and through work and friends I quickly developed a passion for all things in the Outdoors. Working my way up through the SPA, ML CWLA, and Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (formally MIA) Award schemes. I now actively use my Awards for an Activity Centre company, providing Technical advice and Staff training and Development. I provide climbing and Naviagtion courses in Rossendale and West Yorkshire and also work as a freelance MCI instructor in, the Peaks, Dales, Lakes, Snowdonia and occasionally Scotland when I can. It's not all about work though, I try to get out as often as possible personally and love getting out there, pushing myself, having adventures and just having fun in the outdoors.

My Mountain Training Story :

Philip GILL

July 2020 I have been in the Fitness industry for just over 15 years. I originally trained as an Exercise to Music instructor and very soon added Gym Instructor to my list of qualifications. I was keen to work with people with disabilities and medical conditions so after some months working on the gym floor and teaching a lot of classes I took my Level III PT exams and then went on to gain my Exercise Referral qualification. Since then I have worked on a number of Exercise Referral schemes, setting some up, being very hands on in terms of delivery and latterly managing a significant scheme in London which sees over 7000 people a year. As a Level IV Cardiac Rehab instructor and Postural Stability Instructor I was able to extend my interest and involvement in clinical settings. Over a number of years I have met a group of charismatic and inspiring people who trained me. I went to to gain a teaching and assessing qualification which allows me to pass on my passion for exercise and the benefits it can bring. Now (July 2020) i am lucky to have a management role in the Sport and Physical Activity team at the London Borough of Camden, this allows me to teach and assess for a number of different training providers and get involved in some consulting. I am blessed to be able to work with a range of individuals

My Mountain Training Story :

Roger Allen

15 years in the Army serving world wide in lots of training roles. Including Jungle Warfare instructor based with Training Team Brunei and Combat Survival Instructor based at the International LRRP School in Germany. Also was a lead instructor at the Army training unit in Kenya. added to all this was a year as part of NITAT, Northern Ireland Training and Advisory team. When I left I ran a Survival school in Cumbria for 5 years working for Survival Aids Ltd based in Moorland. Courses we ran were Basic 5 day courses which the first few days were local teaching and learning basic survival skills then the final exercise was in the Lakes which consisted of long hill walks using navigation. Night time point to point nav exercise then a final 'do they have the will to survive' test on the last morning when cold wet tired and hungry. Advanced courses were run from the Pennines and set off as individuals coming together for group tasks. long distances covered with very little food and equipment other than what was scavenged. Again leading to a final test at the end of the 10 day course. Nowadays I manage large Shopping Centres across the UK and Europe. Currently managing my 10th.

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Jay Taylor

Hey there, I’m Jay An obsessive of all things climbing. Currently training for my RCI (& route setting quals) & super keen to share my experience & knowledge of our little world

My Mountain Training Story :

Tigs Louis-Puttick

Hi! I'm Tigs, I'm a paddleboard coach in the South West UK.

My Mountain Training Story :

Alison Fry

My name's Alison Fry and I'm Mum to 3 gorgeous grown-up children, I recently married the most amazing man, and I'm a very happy Fitness Instructor :) I started out as a Zumba Instructor in 2011 , after going to Zumba classes for "something to do on a Friday evening", not even knowing what it was. I quickly fell in love with it and became the best of friends with my Instructor, who encouraged me to become an Instructor in my own right – which I did, and I have not looked back since! The year after I became a Zumba Instructor, I took my ETM qualification with the help and encouragement of two other amazing fitpro friends, as I firmly believe that anyone teaching fitness classes of any type should be properly qualified. I have since also taken my Fitness Pilates certification to enable me to diversify and to give my participants choices. I am always looking for ways to grow my business, and I love that the amazing people at Fitness Pilates and Zumba offer many different genres and up-to-date trainings so that I can constantly offer my groups new ideas. I specialise mainly in Fitness Pilates , Zumba and Zumba Gold , and currently have some well-established classes in and around Totton, Calmore and Marchwood , near Southampton in Hampshire. I genuinely love what I do, so much so that I left my day job as a pre-school practitioner and have now made it my full-time job having formed AinyFit Ltd in May 2015, and I aim to provide classes which are fun, non-judgemental and all-inclusive where everyone feels welcome and encouraged, whatever their age or level of ability.

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. Combined Cadet Force (CCF) Adult Volunteer 2015 - present. CCF School Staff Instructor 2020 - present.

My Mountain Training Story :

Sip Powers

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

My Mountain Training Story :

Richard Hill

Hello and welcome to my story - Since passing my summer ML in 98 I have worked in Scotland and the Lake District. Providing private guiding on Ben Nevis and Sca Fell Pike so know those two peaks very well. I became a bit of Munroist by accident, climbing Agags groove, we arrived at the summit my pal announced welcome to your first Munor - I just got the bug, I now have 170 munro count. My passion is expeditions - wild camps, bothies and summit bivis. I have worked with the Outward Bound Trust for 15 Years and have lead over 150 expeditions. With my winter ML I have worked on snow and ice courses and done more private guided work. I'm so very fortunate, I absolutely love it. I get great feedback for easing and breaking down the learning for navigation or winter skills techniques. They also remark that I'm friendly, approachable not a robot. Outside the UK I enjoy alpine treks and hut to hut walks. Message me for advice or coaching - I'm always keen to get out. Kind regards Rich

My Mountain Training Story :

Cheryl Lee

A former chronic pain sufferer, I now work with clients to use education, exercise, movement and evidence-based mind-body strategies to promote self-efficacy and help them ease pain, move better, learn to relax and get back to activities they love. As well as GP Referral and exercise for low back pain, I am qualified in Pilates, Yoga, Clinical Somatic Education (aka Hanna Somatics - neuroscience-based movement and bodywork derived from the Feldenkrais Method) and Mindfulness. I understand the experience of chronic pain myself, as I struggled with debilitating, persistent pain for several years after the birth of my son in 2011. Pain makes you desperate, and you can waste a lot of time going down rabbit holes. The silver lining in this expereince is that I also have understanding of the process of recovery. Pain is multifactorial in nature, and needs a biopsychosocial approach. When I started looking at the evidence for what turns up pain, and what winds it down, it became easier to navigate the road to wellness. There were many things I needed to learn about the nervous system and brain, posture, movement, strength, load and capacity, grading exposure to tasks, exercise intensity, relaxation and coping strategies. I still have fibromyalgia, a spondylolisthesis and hypermobility, however I no longer suffer persistent pain. Movement is my medicine, I walk the talk and I practise what I preach. My work is also my hobby. I am an avid follower of research in the fields of neuroscience in relation to touch therapy, movement and mindset, pain science, exercise and pain managment, and have attended many CPD trainings, for example Explain Pain and Neurodynamics for the Sensitised Nervous System with NoiGroup, and Making Sense of Back Pain with Professor Peter O'Sullivan. I attended the Paincloud Convention 2018 and have been a virtual attendee at the San Diego Pain Summit 2017, the International Chronic Pain Conference 2020 and Therapy Live 2020.

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Sophie Wright

I am working towards my Mountain Leader (Summer) qualification. I am a geography teacher and I would like to be able to use the qualification in order to support my students and take them out into the field to do research and fieldtrips. I also completed the Gold and Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Awards when I was at school (Gold - Canoeing and Bronze - Hiking) and I would like to gain my mountain leader award so that I can support the students at my school to have the same great opportunities through the Duke of Edinburgh awards which I did at school. I am working on entering some of my experiences into my DLOG to give a more accurate reflection of where my strengths and weaknesses lie to provide focus for the ML training and award.

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Stuart Vernon

I have been in love with mountains and wild areas ever since my dad took me up Kinder Scout, via Sandy Hays, when I was four. This was followed by the first of many regular Easter excursions to Snowdonia, always camping at Hafod y Llan from age six to twenty. Further afield, I climbed Ben Nevis when I was six (Dad to mum "He'll get tired soon..he'll make his own way back.." No I didn't!). Living on the edge of, and now within the Peak District meant that I could usually spend weekends there. On joining Venture scouts aged 15 I found myself caught up in a group of friends, including my brother, who had discovered climbing. Many trips ensued where we literally learned the ropes as we went along, pushing grades and being slightly reckless! Also I found myself, initially under supervision, leading groups of scouts in climbing and hillwalking adventures. When I was 18 I got a full "Form M" and was able to take groups out climbing and walking on my own, which I did regularly until l was 30. This gave me massive personal rewards as I taught youngsters to appreciate the outdoor environment. I also worked as an instructor at Manor Adventure in Shropshire for 18 months from 1995 - 96. In the meantime I have travelled the UK and Europe, seeking out mountainous areas and exploring / experiencing their unique environments, along with my wife who gladly accompanies me on my wild ideas! After 18 years as an English teacher I have left the profession and want to continue teaching, but this time a subject I am truly passionate about in an outdoor "classroom."

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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. I maintained an active interest in the outdoors, getting involved in in many different activities including mountain biking, scuba diving and fell and trail running. 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 distinction for my work throughout the programme leading to the assessment. The ML award was recommended to me as a route for further certification by the Outward Bound instructor who assessed my BEL award. I have subsequently qualified as a Hill and Moorland Leader and this has really 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.

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Emma Young

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

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David Hanley

I have been climbing for nearly 40 years. I was introduced to it by a scout group with a visit to Harrison's Rocks in 1982. Later, at University I joined the climbing club on day one and ended up running it in my 2nd & 3rd years. Climbing has been THE constant in my life, regardless of where I have lived, or the temporary distraction of other sports! I became SPSA qualified in 1996, and I've been a BMC member for more than 20yrs. I'm still leading trad, single and multi-pitch routes up to E1 grade and sports climbs up to French 6b. I have climbed all over the UK, Europe & North America, most recently in Norway. I climb indoors frequently & outdoors as much as I can. My mountaineering achievements include major peaks such as Mt. Blanc, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Cotopaxi & Chimborazo. I have climbed technical routes on multiple 4,000m peaks in the Alps & the USA. I have summitted more than 100 Scottish Munro’s & I have ice climbing experience in the UK, USA & Norway. I have completed several multi-day treks including the Torres del Paine circuit in Patagonia, the Haute Route (Chamonix to Zermatt, twice), the Alta Via Uno (Dolomites, Italy), and the circuit of Triglav (Slovenia). I am an advanced level alpine skier (skiing annually since 1991), predominantly in the USA but also the Alps & Norway. More recently I have become a competent cross-country skier & have started to diversify into ski touring & ski mountaineering. Following a near 30 year professional career I decided to convert my passion for climbing and extensive experience into a new career. I started work at a climbing wall in 2016 and have since completed additional training to improve my technical and coaching skills. To-date, I have accrued over 3,000 hours of coaching, both indoors and outdoors, and take real pride in coaching people of all ages reach their goals or overcome their fears.

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Dan Reed

I'm an ex-army Officer who completed military MLT in 2005, since then I have taken numerous expeditions for my soldiers from the Sunny Brecon Beacons to the Drakensberg Mountains in SA. During my time in the services I skied (a lot), gaining my Military ski instructor qualification SL1 in 2010. Since retiring from the Army I have become a teacher and I am heavily involved in the Outdoor Education side of school. I am a DofE assessor, helping out on all sections including Gold expeditions. I am also the Contingent Commander of the CCF (Combined Cadet Force) with a Contingent of over 100 voluntary cadets. We run navigation training in the Surrey Hills and provide an adventurous training weekend which always includes a 3 day expedition. We rotate the location, The Lake District, Yorkshire dales, Snowdonia or any other area where we can book Cadet accommodation. I have completed the NNSA Tutor award, so we aim to deliver the bronze award to the Cadets. I am working towards Mountain Leader and converting my Skiing qualifications to BASI 2. I have recently rekindled my love for Mountain Biking, living near the Surrey Hills i have been able to explore the numerous tracks and rides available within a stones throw of my House.

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Rhiannon Lewis

My story is a relatively simple one - Having grown up in Snowdonia my love of the outdoors and in particular, the Welsh mountains was inevitable. I am an aspiring environmental researcher - of which fieldwork is often part. Working towards my leader qualifications will enhance my safety, knowledge, and enjoyment when out and about both professionally and for recreation.

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Andre Mohammed

A Personal Fitness Trainer at L3 (Premier Global Fitness, NASM) with military experience. As the first overseas cadet from Trinidad and Tobago to graduate from the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs I developed fitness levels of Cadets as Squadron Athletic Officer 2000-2001 and was awarded a place on the Academy's Athletic list in 2000. As an avid Judoka at the Academy I represented the USAFA at US Intercollegiate Nationals in 2000, however my first love was and is always Kyokushinkai Karate which I have been practicing since 1995. After graduating from the Academy, I joined the British Army where I was certified as an Endurance Training Leader in 2009 after having served in Iraq in 2008. I have continued my lifelong love for fitness as a Security Officer in the United Nations which has taken me to Yemen, Libya, Jordan and Pakistan (the country in which I am currently based). My current client, Mr Simba Mazvidza, has lost over 10 Kg in body weight over the last 6 months through mentored exercise and basic nutritional advice. My client is available for reference if needed.

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Alexandra Nixon

Hey! When I first began to focus on my own health and fitness, I shared my journey online to keep myself accountable and make new friends on the same journey as me. I became really passionate about health and fitness and was interested in learning more, so decided to complete a Level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification for my own benefit. Having completed this, I enjoyed writing blogs and sharing what I had learnt with others. A couple of years later, I completed my Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification and began training clients outside in local parks or their own gardens. This industry is constantly changing from trends to new research published, I love to keep up to date and keep progressing on my foundation of knowledge to support clients the best I can to lead their healthiest, happiest lifestyle. A x

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Kevin Williams

My experience comes from over 20 years of walking in the mountains of North Wales and has led to me working as a volunteer warden for the Snowdonia national park for the 2019 season and again in 2020. That experience has led to me wanting to pursue a career in the outdoors, the first step of which will hopefully be completing my Lowland leader qualifications in 2020, followed by the Mountain Leader qualification in 2021.

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Jessie Leong

Jessie Leong A former brand ambassador for Merrell and current Ordnance Survey #GetOutside Champion, Jessie Leong’s lifelong outdoor odyssey began with D-of-E walks in the Peak District. This segued into long hill hikes in the Yorkshire Dales, multi-day treks in the Lake District, scrambles in North Wales and adventures scaling alpine pinnacles. When not walking, she can be found rock climbing, wild swimming, cycling, photographing, filmmaking, writing and modelling. Jessie's most recent claim to fame is playing a Miss World contestant in the 2020 feature film Misbehaviour.

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Stu Elks

My father was a Mountaineering Instructor and I was whisked off to N.Wales every winter to climb and scramble my way around Snowdonia. I studied Outdoor Education at university and completed three expeditions to the Himalayas alongside my studies. I joined the Royal Marines in 2006, passed selection in 2009 and spent five years in Mountain Troop in the Special Boat Service. During these 5 years I summited Denali twice, climbed extensively in the UK, European Alps, the North American Rockies and Pakistan’s Karakoram and spent my last year as a Directing Staff on the UKSF selection course. When I left the SBS I trained to be a teacher and have worked as the Director of Outdoor Learning at a boarding school in Somerset ever since.

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Christopher Powell

Physics teacher who is lucky enough to work at a school with a vibrant climbing club. I have been climbing personally as a hobby since a teenager so its great to be able to help introduce young people to the past time I have enjoyed so much. I instruct mainly through the school but that includes working with all year groups and local primary school children. They have a range of experiences, from complete beginners top roping at the wall and at the local sandstone outcrops to dedicated pupils pushing their sport grades into the mid 7s and trad grades into the E grades. (The latter being done on school trips with our senior instructor, who holds an MiC.)

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David Isherwood

I’ve worked in the outdoors since 2006. I believe education and learning is vital and that mountaineering can be a powerful tool to develop people – whether this is a long, life changing journey or simply climbing a single peak as one-off challenge. I enjoy a range of outdoor, active sports; hillwalking, skiing, climbing, sailing, cycling (on the road) and swimming in open water. I enjoy introducing the next generation to the outdoors – through the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and supporting primary schools.

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Gabrielle Yates

The outdoors is where I am happiest. Traveled a bit during my 20's and discovered a love for getting out in the hills and mountains, in particular the French Alps. Had an outdoor fitness business during my 30's in Portsmouth, England. Craved a bit more of the wild areas and moved to South Wales in the beginning of 2020 and so begins my 40's.

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Russell Connell

Russell Connell has re-ignited his passion for all things sporty. After leaving Wakefield College in 1995 with qualifications in Sports, Leisure & Tourism, there has been a 20yr gap, before the launching of his new venture 'www.logikcal.co.uk' in 2020. This venture idea came to him in a Costa Coffee shop in Wakefield in 2014 whilst in the middle of a Mental Breakdown. He managed to grasp onto the fact that exercise was making him feel better and he decided to do some research into Mental Health and exercise. It was these findings that answered a lot of his own questions regarding mental health and exercise. So he set about gaining a career where he could eventually help others after first making himself better. After qualifying as a Lifeguard on his 39th birthday, he became employed by Nuffield Health and over the next 3yrs became a qualified Swimming Instructor, Gym Instructor, Cycle Fit Instructor and Personal Trainer. He’s launching www.logikcal.co.uk on 01/08/2020 (Yorkshire Day)

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Robert Trevelyan

I became interested in fitness about three years ago when hit my thirties and realised that I needed to get into shape. Weekends at the pub, takeaways and long bouts on the sofa may have had a place in my twenties but I knew that time was over. I needed a more constructive and positive outlet for my energy and a better way of managing built up stress. I had dabbled in weight training and had always maintained a base level of fitness through swimming and cycling. When I started weight training properly I became hooked as soon as I saw the first results. I came to realise that whatever the chosen discipline; bodybuilding, powerlifting, crossfit; there was much more at hand than just going to the gym a few times a week. Training styles, nutrition, sleep, stress management, motivation and discipline - this was an entire lifestyle. I loved researching every aspect of training and recovery. When I wasn't in the gym I was planning my next gym session. This is when I knew that I had to start a new career path in fitness and personal training. I had never really had a job which I was truly passionate about so the opportunity to turn a hobby into a profession was one I couldn't miss. Fast forward 12 months and I'm a qualified Level 3 personal trainer. I enjoyed every aspect of the course and knew that I had made the right decision to obtain this qualification. I added the Level 3 diploma in Exercise Referral so I can work with diabetic clients to help put their condition into remission with the correct diet and exercise plan. CPD is something I will continue to pursue particularly in sports nutrition. I am looking for a position in a company with real opportunities for career progression and growth. I love fitness and everything related to it so I'm looking forward to starting a career I have a genuine passion for.

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Mark Rhodes

Started Climbing and Walking/Mountaineering in 1996 at School, Completed Bronze Duke of Edinburgh in 1997 and Silver in 1998. Undertook Duke of Edinburghs Awards Gold Expedition with the Somerset Army Cadet Force. Fell in love with the sport, spent many many days at the cliffs at Avon Gorge, Chudleigh Rocks, Dewerstone, Symonds Yat climbing and many many days walking across Dartmoor, Exmoor, Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia and Lake District as well as Scotland in the winter months, even did some climbing and walking in America when on the Camp America programme in 2000. Around 2008 got a bit stale and put on weight (Found Pizza Home Delivery), so have not done much since then a few walks here and there, Now its 2020, New Year New Career prospects as a Secondary School Teacher, wanting to retrain, and gain skills and qualifications to be able to take school children climbing and walking in the hills and mountains of the United Kingdom. 27-29th July 2020 completed The Hill and Moorland Leader Training with Ibex Outdoors.

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Katie Comer

My love of the mountains drew me away from a life chained to a desk, and into the great outdoors, although initially not in a style as orthodox as mountain leading. Having completed my training, I stumbled across my current employer, Dragoman Overland. This lead to eight years of literally driving across the world, from West to East, leading groups though the majestic Andes, the wild and desolate deserts of Central Asia, the wilds of Africa, the formerly war torn countries of South East Asia, the crazy vibrant colourful madness of India, and beautiful Nepal. With an abundance of experience in leading groups across the world, dealing with issues involving visas, permit problems, medical situations, political unrest, and still mange to ensure that everyone on the trip has a great time - I'm basically a great person to have around when things aren't going to plan! I'm looking forward to taking my current skills forward into the mountain leading environment, and combining it with my personal experiences in the Andes, Alps, Himalayas, Africa and New Zealand Alps. Between my overland contracts I do freelance mountain leading work in the UK. Corona virus has put a firm stop to all of my plans at present, as it has for everyone involved in the industry, so I am using my time to update my log book, something that never seems to be up to date, and to complete some CPD training to improve and strengthen my leadership skills. I am also planning to spend time gaining experience in the Alps and in Scotland to work towards my International ML and Winter ML qualifications while I am chained to the UK and Europe!

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Matthew Holland

Matt Holland (b. 1992) is a Somerset based creative designer, photographer and outdoors leader. He began his creative career before university as a wedding photographer and during university began freelancing as a graphic designer (Bath Spa University: BA Hons Creative Arts and Visual Design). Throughout the years Matt has collaborated with brands such as Heineken, Bulmers, HTC, Nokia, Tesco and National Trust and featured in publications such as Amateur Photographer, Digital Photographer, Practical Photography, Photography News, Outdoor Photographer and Olympus Magazines. Photography and the outdoors have always been an interest since a young age and started his love for the outdoors in the Scouts association in 1998 and has been involved with the Scouts and Duke of Edinburgh award for over twenty years, with the last decade as an expedition leader. Matt now spends much of his time enjoying the outdoors, working direct with brands to produce marketing content through his photography.

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Richard Tarran

I have trekked in the Mountains since the 1970s, starting in Scouting with numerous Lyke Wake Walks and Challenge Hikes in parkas and jeans over heavy wet bog laden moorland in the N. York Moors, Peak District and Lake District. I trekked the full length of the Outer Hebrides with a school mate aged 16. Went to Ridgeway's Ardmore in 1973 aged 14. In 2000 I took the role of Deputy Expedition Leader for Prince William's Raleigh International Expedition in Chilean Patagonia. I was inspired by the Mountain Leaders (including Al Halewood) to qualify as an ML which I did in 2002. I have led numerous World Challenge personal development treks around the world, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Peru, Iceland, Indian Himalayas and Morocco. South America is probably my area of greatest knowledge having spent over 18 months there in one go and driven both way along the Andes from Ecuador to the southern tip, allowing exploration of plenty of remote areas along the way. In 1994 I spent a month in the western Nepalese Himalayas surveying and designing gravity feed fresh water systems for 3 villages with no fresh water. This involved trekking large distances between villages along remote tracks. Since becoming an MLS I have delivered dozens of NNAS navigation (Bronze, Silver and Gold) training weekends largely in my native Swaledale (Yorkshires Dales), as well as Walking weekends. I am a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Assessor and an Accredited Practitioner of the Institute for Outdoor Learning (APIOL) and MTA Mentor. I set up an adult trekking company Morocco Guides and have taken over 80 people to the Toubkal area. I also lead to the Pyrenees, Alps and Slovenia. I am also an Executive Coach and Master NLP Practitioner. The combined skills of MLS and Coach are used taking senior executives from SME's and Blue Chip companies into the outdoors as a personal and team development experience. Recent corporate clients have been taken out in the North of England National Parks and The Pyrenees.

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arron rushton

I have been a qualified Personal Trainer since i passed my Level 3 qualification in June 2012. Since then i have been running my Outdoor Bootcamp. i am currently working from Kings Gym in Farnworth as a Personal Trainer and have my own fitness workout exercise called Exerstep.

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Aaron Horrocks

Hi, I'm Aaron, I am 20 years old and am currently waiting to join the RAF. I have always loved adventure and the outdoors so I am taking on numerous AT related activities in this unforeseeable waiting period presented by the pandemic. All activities logged are either within the last year (2019) onwards or relevant to the records of any individual qualifications.

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Preetam Rayat

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Oliver Sanders

Expeditions 8 trips to Greenland , Climbing and paddling , all self contained for a month paddling using kayaks . New routes include new E5 1000m mountain route in NW greenland , Arctic club award for 2 expeditions Nominated for Piolet Dor in 2003 for First Ascent of Super duper couloir in Alaska First ascent of Big wall in Patagonia in 1992 with Twid Turner Louise Thomas and Martin Doyle Worked on almost 100 MCI and WMCI training and assessments days since 1992 Member of Arctic Club and on expedition funding panel

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Ian Doctor

I am a very keen Rock Climber and aspiring Mountaineer. I currently work as a Freelance Outdoor Instructor and aim to gain more experience and qualifications (ML, MCI) to eventually become a Mountain Guide and Climbing Coach in the future. I hold several Climbing Qualifications among other disciplines such as Paddling and soon to be Hill Walking. I've previously held the following roles; Climbing Wall Manager, Climbing Instructor, Outdoor Activites Instructor, High Ropes Instructor and Via Ferrata Guide. In my spare time, I make the most of living in the Lake District and try to spend as much time as possible out on the fells, whether trail running, hiking, camping, mountain biking or my absolute favourite; climbing. I also like to venture away to either Scotland or Wales for a different environment to explore and learn from.

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Andrew Mackay

For two years, I have studied in Edinburgh, earning two HNCs - both Fitness, Health and Exercise, as well as Coaching and Developing Sport. I have also gone through the full Level 3 Personal Training course and the Level 4 Pre and Post Natal course. Prior to studying, I have always been a keen fitness enthusiast, playing both semi-professional and full time rugby abroad in France and most recently playing Premiership rugby in the Scottish Borders. I was also a community coach for my local rugby club, visiting both primary and secondary schools and providing rugby related sessions. I have taught swimming to both adults and children, too. Reaching my own goals and improving myself has always felt great, but never truly as satisfying as when I was helping others do the same thing and watching them grow and improve. I have a real passion for coaching and coaching to the highest standard. I find nothing more personally rewarding than seeing other people reach potentials that they never knew they had, whilst knowing that I was a part in unlocking that potential. After sustaining an injury and ending a potential future in high level sport, my goals and mindset needed to change. I still feel as competitive as ever - and not only want any potential clients through coaching to reach the heights of their personal fitness or sporting goals - but to also have a personal mastery of coaching. I want to be the "go-to-guy", so to speak. My studies reflected this, earning As in both of the respected courses that I took. These courses were the stepping stones I needed to get back into a competitive environment. Now, starting out as a personal trainer (I'd like to think of it more like personal coaching), I want to offer the highest level of service to anyone seeking to reach any goal, whether that be to become stronger, compete, lose a cm here and there, improve sporting performance or just generally feel healthier in their day to day lives - I want to help.

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Brian Smith

I’m working towards my Hill & Moorland Leader qualification & have aspirations to gain my ML qualification in the future. I’ve recently landed a new job as a college lecturer on the Military & Protective Services Academy. By gaining these qualifications would add more to the training team & enhancing the learning of the students. A former Royal Marine with extensive experience in the Mountains, Arctic & Moorland areas. Since leaving in 2012 I have continued to walk on Dartmoor, NW Scotland & trekked to Basecamp Everest on two separate occasions via the higher passses of the Cho Lou & Renjo La pass. I’ve also climbed the peaks of Gokyo Ri (5357m) & Kala Patthar (5644m) On 2 occasions. I plan to climb Kilimanjaro & provisionally booked with a charity to climb Mt Elbrus in July 2021.


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