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 :

Simon Conrad

An occasional hill walker over the past 3 decades. Would like to do more but life, work and family usually take precedence. When I get the chance there's nothing more that I enjoy than going for long solo mountain walks with overnight wild camps. Various degrees of experience in all UK mountainous regions, mostly outside of the winter season. I have a smidgen of international walking in Ireland, France, Switzerland, Italy, Morocco, and New Zealand. The furthest I have walked in one go is 200 miles coast to coast across the Scottish Highlands. The following are firmly on my bucket list: Cambrian Way, Cape Wrath Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and the GR20. For now I'm working towards my ML in 2020 and then, who knows.... ??

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Paul Havill

My journey started when I was 17 when the YTS sent me on a 3 week personal development course with Outward Bound in Aberdovey. loved every minute of it and learnt so much about myself. On returning home I knew this was what I wanted to do, work in the outdoors, so I joined 3 mountaineering clubs - The Wessex, the Hampshire Mountaineering and The Outcasts a local caving/climbing mountaineering club. Only being paid £33 a week, the clubs saw my passion and supported my in my weekends away and for a year I was away every weekend. When I was 19 I worked for PGL for a year. I then went to work for the YMCA's National outdoor centre which was really amazing. We had the opportunity to work with a broad spectrum f your adults with physical and phsychological issues including autism, drug and alcohol dependency, challenging backgrounds, It was an amazing year as we very quickly saw young adults become confident and open by ou ractions and support. and I was away every weekend

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Joshua Dale

Currently serving in the Royal Navy, with the aspirations of getting my climbing qualifications done before I leave the service. Will want to get to RCI and also be able to teach lead climbing. I mostly climb on indoor walls due to living in the midlands and rarely have time to visit a crag when a second is free. I have completed a Rock Climbing Foundation course with the Military which is 80% outdoor top rope climbing and bouldering with one day indoor leading. We briefly touch on rigging anchor systems in that course too. I enjoy sport climbing outdoors when I get the chance usually in Portland.

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James White

Hi, I am an Instructor with the Air Cadets 868 (Mirfield) Squadron, i use my qualifications to plan and deliver National Navigation courses, run guided walking sessions and assisting with our busy DofE scheduleat Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. I also run our squadron archery range. Other Qualifications and Courses, WGL/HML Walking Group Leader/Hill and Moorland Leader Award BELA (Basic Expedition Leader Award), NNAS Tutor/ Gold Conversion Course DofE - Expedition Assessors Accreditation Scheme (Bronze.Silver,Gold) DofE - Expedition Supervisors Training Course GNAS Archery GB Instructor Award

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David (Eddie) Williams

In short; I love being in the outdoors! Anytime away from the office is bliss, and I appreciate everything to do with being active in the mountains, rivers and snow capped peaks. Since gaining my Military ML Summer in 1999 and the civilian ML Summer award in 2003, I have had the benefit of being on a variety of expeditions and shared some great experiences. As I am in the military, I have also had the chance to complete a superb Via Ferrata Instructor Course (named Alpine Kletterstieg Leader) Kletterstieg being the Germanic name for Via Ferrata), and have led numerous trips out to the Italian Dolomites and Bavaria. I am also a keen skier (Nordic and Alpine), again having gained various military qualifications over many years. I have also raced in Nordic cross country and biathlon all over Europe. I recently lead a ski tour expedition across Norway in March which included skiing to the highest peak and a trecking expedition to the Siera Nevada in Spain in June. I love the experience of meeting new people, going to new places and having a great experience. it is certainly true that you only live once so live life to the full!

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John Williams

Hi, I'm John and I'm 28 years old, from Llandudno in North Wales. I'm a ski and snowboard instructor during the winter and have worked seasons in Canada, New Zealand and I am currently in Japan for the 2019/2020 winter season. I also actively ski tour whenever I can, it's like doing the best bit of hiking without the slog of walking back down! I completed my Mountain Leader Training course in September 2019 with Phillip George, and hope to complete an Assessment in 2021 when I will potentially be back in the UK to complete my QMDs. I would love to be a Summer Mountain guide and share my enthusiasm for hiking, wildlife, nature, geography and history with people. As a local to North Wales I am very familiar with the Snowdonia mountain range, but I am still really keen to travel elsewhere and learn even more.

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Jay Heaton

The steep stuff, the boggy stuff, the stuff with trees on. All of this I like, especially when I'm allowed to run! Climbing is pretty cool too. Generally if it's outdoors and it requires me to wear something with a Rab logo on, you can bet I'll be all over it. I never got over my Lord of the Rings phase so every time I'm in the hills I'm imagining I'm chasing orcs across the wild plains of Rohan, complete with Dwarven war crys and Elvish acrobatics. Probably why I don't get asked to go on runs with other folk! Ah well! If anyone does care to join me on an adventure involving running shorts that are far TOO short (nowt wrong with a bit of leg though is there), please don't hesitate to get in touch. I'm contactable by raven or telegram.

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Matthew Hay

Keen ski-tourer and aspiring winter mountain leader, looking to share a love of the hills with other folk.

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sam starkie

Growing up in the lake District, fed on a diet of Mountain walks and multi pitch climbs from the age of 4 years old, kayaking rivers and lakes, Snowboarding and Skiing in the winter and eventually making my way into the Salty Lake on the doorstep , it wasn't long before i found my true passion.. Being in the Ocean.. Mainly Surfing of which i have spent the past 30+ years trying to develop my skills into something that resembles being good... It was only a natural progression to become an Instructor and guide, First came Kayaking, then climbing and mountain leading, then Gorge walking (ghyll Scrambling) Now Canyoning, i became a Raft guide and did a lot of safety kayaking and then i discovered Coasteering in 1996.. This was a game changer.. I was Working in the UK and Europe for a number of centres doing various activities. But eventually the over whelming need for being in the Surf was too much to handle and i made the move to Cornwall to try my hand at a salty loafstyle..! This is where i set up Vertical Descents running Coasteering, Surf lessons, and Kite sports initially. I was introduced to Stand Up paddle boarding back in 2001 and soon realised that it combined many of my favorite things about many activities, standing, paddling, glide and flow, it is multi faceted and really accessible and so it began.. From for the past 19 years i have been running Coasteering, SUP, SOT Kayak, Surfing, Kiting, and more. i have developed some great activities for our business such as Surf Rafting and monster SUP surf. This has given me masses of opportunity to develop my ocean skills, i am passionate about giving people opportunity to enjoy the activities that i do and experience new and exciting things. Over the past few years i have been involved with the WSA developed a Coasteering Guide programme and a Monster SUP Guide programme and have been able to deliver SUP guide awards Coasteering Guide awards, & lifeguard training, which is where my main focus has now become.

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Kyle Rendall

Hi i'm Kyle and I run a small independent tour operating service in Wales, I am currently in the process of gaining mountain qualifications to offer a comprehensive service to my clients.

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Steve Berry

I am the Outdoor Education Adviser for Trafford in Manchester having taken on the role in 1997. I provide help and advice for school visits across the spectrum. Having trained as a teacher at Charlotte Mason College in Ambleside I originally took up Outdoor Education Centre work as an instructor and youth worker in the Lake District and with the British Forces Youth Service in Germany. In 1980 I took on the role as a Youth Tutor for Trafford Youth Service concentrating on Outdoor Education and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award eventually managing the Youth Service Outdoor Education / DofE Expedition Team until disestablishment in 2015. I still manage the Community DofE groups in Trafford The Adviser role has developed since the loss of the Youth Service and I now work with establishment staff, EVCs and Heads on all aspects of Off-site and Educational Visits.

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David Lloyd

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David Parker

I has been involved in sports and fitness since childhood. I first swam for Bexley swimming club where he developed a love for what was called land training. I was also introduced to Olympic lifting by his father who was a PT in the military and I completed his first Olympic snatch at the age of 10. From that moment on he was hooked on weight training and has never stopped since. At university I competed in powerlifting but stopped once I left. At the age of 13 I started training in martial arts and I hold various Dan grades across a number of disciplines. Currently I hold an 8th degree black belt in a style of Japanese jujutsu and I teach two classes a week. I opened up Conquest Martial Arts about 7 years ago and since then it has grown. I love being a trainer and seeing my clients develop over time, from a 4 year old child how has his first martial arts lesson to an adult who manages to squat his body weight. I am a qualified trainer and assessor with years of experience of teaching children and adults. I am available for running classes and teaching courses

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Tom Thorne

I am a qualified teacher QTS plus three years, Mountaineering and Rock climbing instructor, Coasteering Guide, Glacier Guide. I have a vast background in walking in all weather in the UK since I was nine years old. I have been walking and climbing all over the UK and further afield. This has been in a vast range of conditions from heavy snow to sunny days. I have trekked in the States, New Zealand and the UK. I have worked as a Glacier Guide (Franz Josef) in New Zealand, Coasteering and Rock climbing Guide in Dorset and Mountain Leader across all of the UK National Parks. I have done a lot of Duke of Edinburgh and group work with both children and adults. I have dealt with clients in all sorts of situations from sunny days exploring to rescues of other group members. I have completed advanced rope training in terms of winching, helicopter loading and casualty extraction both on glaciers and sea cliff rescue with the RNLI. Have been traditional climbing all over the UK and New Zealand since 2006 and have climbed mods to E3 onsight and seconded to E5. I enjoy all aspects of traditional climbing from Sea Cliffs to Gritstone outcrops and to Mountain crags. I have climbed a great deal of very committing routes, particularly at Swanage in Dorset where I have climbed nearly everything to E2 including some terrifying loose routes that required a great amount of skill to get up. I think that my belaying, rope work, gear placing and general problem solving are to a high standard on the crag. I have done extensive amounts of winter climbing/walking and scrambling in very wet cold conditions.

My Mountain Training Story :

Jai Jones

I'm Jai I am from East Sussex and I hold the qualifications CWA (CWI) CWAA (CWIA) LLA. I also Volunteer With The Royal Air Force Air Cadets. where I provide Walking, help to run The DofE awards, and I run countless indoor climbing sessions as well as running NICAS up to Level 3. my goal in life is to have RCI, ML and MIA. I am always looking for freelance work, so feel free to contact me on jaijonesfreelance@hotmail.com or 07539203741

My Mountain Training Story :

Gerrit Heemskerk

Qualified climbing instructor available for group and personal private coaching. I've got experience with both kids and adults and always focus on delivering a personalised session as much as possible so you can reach your potential! Just ping me a message and then we can have casual chat to see how I can help.

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James White

Hi, I am an Instructor with the Air Cadets 868 (Mirfield) Squadron, i use my qualifications to plan and deliver National Navigation courses, run guided walking sessions and assisting with our busy DofE scheduleat Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. I also run our squadron archery range. Other Qualifications and Courses, WGL/HML Walking Group Leader/Hill and Moorland Leader Award BELA (Basic Expedition Leader Award), NNAS Tutor/ Gold Conversion Course DofE - Expedition Assessors Accreditation Scheme (Bronze.Silver,Gold) DofE - Expedition Supervisors Training Course GNAS Archery GB Instructor Award

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Dr. Robert Colin Pugh

I have over 30 years of experience of the hills in both the UK and Europe. I undertook my ML(S) training in 1996 in the Lakes and then lived in Europe for over a decade. Returned to the UK in 2015 and passed my ML(S) assessment in October 2019. Living on the edge of the Peak District I have also rekindled my love of rock climbing (nothing too serious!). I am also a chartered geologist (CGeol) so I usually know what rock I'm climbing on and how it got there too! I also a full team member of my local Mountain Rescue Team and have participated in numerous rescues and searches. Also through the team I have become a qualified Casualty Career and Fall Protection Equipment inspector and am soon to undertake my MOD 2 water rescue course.

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Stephanie Travis

Having completed a degree in Sport and Exercise Science at Loughborough Uni in 2013, I went on to do numerous jobs outside the fitness industry such as tour guid, workforce coordinator and cover manager, plus some waitressing and voluntary work as an assistant trampoline coach. After going through a really bad period in my life, being in and out of hospital due to mental health problems, I decided to do all I could to turn my life around and do something positive. I had already completed my Level 2 Fitness instructor award at evening classes before I got too ill and so had a starting point in order to start a career within health and exercise - that added to my degree helped me to get a job as a physio assistant at the Chilterns MS centre in Wendover. Working each day at the centre, I met some of the most inspirational people, each one trying their best to function in a world that had handed them, at times, a crappy deal. I worked hard in my assistant role and within a year was promoted to technical assistant, whereby I was able to take on a caseload of my own, following treatment plans set out by the physios. My real joy was being involved in the exercise classes at the centre where groups could come together to take part in various physical activities to help maintain their health physically and mentally. Following funding given to us by the HS2 company, I was able to complete my Level 3 exercise referral award and level 4 qualification in exercise for long term neurological conditions. This gave me the skills necessary to practise as an exercise therapist which led me to be able to take on even more classes. I love my role at the centre and feel that my life now has a purpose in helping others to make the most of their own lives. My aims for the future are to continue to expand my knowledge in order to provide even more interesting and beneficial sessions for the members at the centre and to continue to positively make a difference to the lives of others.

My Mountain Training Story :

Paul Titterington

Began climbing aged 19 through a Duke of Edinburgh's Award. My first climb was Pavey ark in the Lake district. Venture scout leaders trained me to belay both top and bottom rope climbs, set up ropes for abseiling and lead climb in a safe manner. The basis of which has informed my climbing technique ever since. We used the scout outdoor climbing wall in Hemel Hempstead, Phasels wood. I began bouldering once a week at Kelsay Kerridge bouldering wall in Cambridge sports centre.I also bouldered at the Mile End centre. The newly opened Castle climbing wall in Stoke Newington was the nearest roped wall. I have also climbed at: Birmingham climbing wall, Llanberis climbing wall, Keswick climbing wall All the venues required passing a belay test before climbing was allowed. In 2013 I became a scout leader in the Gosforth area of Newcastle. I volunteered to take a climbing wall award and began climbing with a new climbing partner. We climbed regularly at Sunderland climbing wall,, Newburn leisure centre's climbing wall and Newcastle climbing centre. I have some experience of traditional lead climbing in the Lake district including Shepherds crag and Goat crag.

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Charlotte Harrison

Multi Activity Instructor leading either outdoor top ropes, artificial wall climbing, mobile climbing wall, or high ropes on Dartmoor.

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Karl Mather

After gaining my ML award I moved into Outdoor Education, obtaining more senior positions as I progressed with my International Mountain Leader, Mountain Biking and higher Academic Qualifications. After gaining a more senior management role & effectively saying goodbye to day to day contact with students I began to miss the human contact, interaction that teaching/lecturing had given me. To replace it I began to lead more as an IML, picking up work and experience of leading groups winter & summer throughout Britain, Europe, N. Africa & Scandinavia. I eventually resigned from my secure job in Education to begin the adventure. Almost from the start my Calendar became pretty full usually spending around 32 weeks a year in the mountains. Snowshoeing in winter, trekking in the summer months. My Hut to hut treks have, over the years, given way to hotel based treks, mainly nowadays in the Italian Dolomites, but still the thrill of being out in the mountains is there, along with an enthusiasm to lead and continually learn more.

My Mountain Training Story :

Andrew Makison

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

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Roger Fanner

Climbing since I was 13, I have experienced everything from tying on direct, through swami belts and waist harnesses to the modern harness. Stopped climbing in my mid twenties due to location and family considerations. Started again about 25 years ago. Realising I was near retirement I set out on the path to an SPA followed by the ML(S) and then the CWDI. As I live in the West Midlands, climbing walls are the obvious source of employment and I work at three of them. This includes running Fan descenders , Zip wires and Abseils. But I also undertake DofE and CNS work. I've enjoyed climbing over the years and its good to be able to pass my skills and enthusiasm onto others. It certainly beats a quiet retirement!

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Barry Mcadam

Carry out Walking and Climbing session throughout the UK having delivered a large number of NICAS session over the years. Delivered Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions at all levels also an Accredited Bronze,Silver Gold Assessor. A course director for the Expedition Safety Supervisors and Accrediated Assessor courses. Led expeditions abroad to Asia, Africa, US and Europe. Qualified as a Trail Cycle Leader, Mountain Bike Instructor Award Scheme (MIAS) Level 3 & 4 * Night Module. BCU UKCC level Coach for Kayak / Canoe and Paddlesport Leader, Coach with Edinburgh Kayak Club. Delivered a high number of Basic Expedition Leader Courses as a course director. Course Director for Lowland Leader Award and been staff on other Mountain Training Awards. Level 1 American Avalanche Association Course. Wilderness Medical Training - Far From Help and BASI Outdoor First aid Courses.

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Luca Ganz

I’m a qualified and always smiling outdoor instructor with 15 years of experience in teaching as ski instructor. Being born right in the middle of the Dolomites mountain range in Italy, I got access since the childhood to the wilderness and the great outdoors. I got exposed by my father to any mountaineering activities, growing up with the passion for skiing, hiking and climbing, spending my free time in any season of the year on exploring new mountain areas and peaks in the north of Italy. Always curious in discovering and improving my knowledge about the surrounding mountain environment, I developed with the time great teaching and leadership skills, essential for better sharing my passion the other people and especially to my customers. Next to my mountain soul I also had a predisposition to fast learn new technologies, fact that gave me during and after the university studies a successful career as technical architect for information technology systems, first in Italy and now in UK. Here, the distance from my home mountains pushed me to explore the beautiful countryside and mountains areas of UK and regions like Snowdonia became a home away from home. I soon felt the desire to get even closer to the outdoor world and expand my teaching passion and existing instructor job into other mountaineering activities. Mountain Training was the answer and now that I have achieved the Mountain Leader qualification I want to fully commit myself to new working adventures, projects and opportunities

My Mountain Training Story :

Graham Timmins

I have been an enthusiastic hill walker since my teenage years. I am now moving towards retirement and am involved in the Long Distance Walking Association. I have gained so much from walking and reckon its time to start putting something back and providing opportunities for others to get out and about walking.

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Michael Tither

About to take my first steps towards the first of many awards. With Peace, Play & Positivity, - Michael

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Tom Butterworth

Geography teacher with a background in sailing, defected to hill walking in the name of running safe and effective off-site fieldwork! Favourite areas include Snowdonia and the Yorkshire Dales, with occasional forays into more local countryside when volunteering for the Sea Cadets. Have been known to visit the Alps with family. Currently discovering more of the Lake District...

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Mark Leaver

My passion for climbing began in 2008 where I spent three full summer seasons climbing in the Haute-Savoie region of France. These concentrated climbing seasons gave me the foundation for safe ropework and movement, and a real passion for mountain climbing. In 2012 I took my first steps into the world of multi-pitch climbing in Orpierre, France. On my return to Bristol, I continued to train indoors and to climb some of the crags in the South West of England. We are very lucky in Bristol to have 4 great indoor centers, to help improve bouldering and sport climbing technique, as well as being close to crags such as Avon Gorge, the beautiful Cheddar Gorge and the coastal climbing of Portland to name just a few. Since these early beginnings I have spent 7 weeks in Tonsai, Thailand - time in Arico, Tenerife and further time in the UK and France, improving my strength, lead-climbing and bouldering technique. After working as a manager at both a sports club for 5yrs and youth hostel for 2yrs, I am now beginning my teaching qualifications in order to help others to become inspired by this fantastic sport. My goals are to learn traditional climbing techniques and to continue improving as a climber and also as a coach. My love of climbing comes primarily from a love of nature and wildlife - but I also find the movement very similar to yoga and as such I believe climbing provides the perfect balance of movement, breathing and strength. It is also a very psychological sport, thereby dissolving the ego and builds and strengthens positivity in everything you do in your life.

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Ben Kellett

Currently Outdoor Education Officer and Technical Advisor in Perth & Kinross. Started climbing during my studies in Edinburgh (Moray House College, 1986-1990). Continued to develop during apprenticeship year on "Nightwatch" Scheme at Glenmore Lodge. During that time was lucky enough to have participated in courses run by some of the most experienced climbers in Scotland. Continued to climb in both summer and winter (occasionally abroad) whenever time, circumstances and finance would allow, through 1990s and into late 2000s. Still passionate about being in the mountains, I continue to lead groups and to manage the occasional route of my own!

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joshua mcarthur

Aspiring Mountain Leader Work in outdoor education for 2 years Love to travel Dream of hiking Kilimanjaro

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Stephen Richards

Working towards Mountain Leader as I transition from military to civilian. Have spent years walking and scrambling on hills and mountains in the UK and around the world - now want to turn my military mountain leader training award into the civilian equivalent and enjoy a new phase of work! First up - Navigation Skills Refresh at Plas-y-Brenin 23/24 November 2019. Next year - Mountain Concentration course at a Joint Services Mountaineering Centre, plus Mountain Leader Assessment.

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Dr. Robert Colin Pugh

I have over 30 years of experience of the hills in both the UK and Europe. I undertook my ML(S) training in 1996 in the Lakes and then lived in Europe for over a decade. Returned to the UK in 2015 and passed my ML(S) assessment in October 2019. Living on the edge of the Peak District I have also rekindled my love of rock climbing (nothing too serious!). I am also a chartered geologist (CGeol) so I usually know what rock I'm climbing on and how it got there too! I also a full team member of my local Mountain Rescue Team and have participated in numerous rescues and searches. Also through the team I have become a qualified Casualty Career and Fall Protection Equipment inspector and an soon to undertake my MOD 2 water rescue course.

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Karl Wait

I enjoy hill and fell running. I also enjoy hill walking and mountaineering and have competed in a number of races, both as a fell runner and a walker, the most difficult of them so far being a 53 mile ultra marathon in the Highlands of Scotland, a mountain marathon and a half in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco, and also a three discipline sponsored event called Summit2sea which I helped to organise to raise money for the local School. Since 2011 I have been involved with the BP Scouting Association and am now a fully trained Scout leader of Whittingham 1st Scouts. Working with, and inspiring children in the outdoors is my greatest pleasure and feel very strongly about the need to do this. In 2016 I took a group of 15 scouts to Uganda to take part in volunteer work and on Safari. In September 2013 I became a Duke Of Edinburgh leader and have in that time supervised children during the planning, practicing and qualifying expeditions. In June 2013 I attended the Scottish National Outdoor Training Centre, Glenmore Lodge in the Cairngorms to receive training to become a Mountain Leader (summer). In May 2016 I was assessed by Carol Climbs in Wasdale, Lake District and qualified as a Summer Mountain Leader. Since then I have set up my own part-time business (Reiverguiding.com) and led guided walks for charity events and private clients locally and around the UK. I have taken part as a competitor in the Chevy Chase fell race 5 times and starting from 2016 I am now the safety officer and race organiser, working closely with the local Mountain rescue team. In 2017 I became a member of the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team. In April 2019 I became a NNAS course provider and tutor. i have a full enhanced adult and child DBS (Update service) I hold a D1+E license References available on request

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Alex Hardman

I got into working in Adventure Education after a career change from working in The Parachute Regiment of the British Army. I turned up for NGB training courses with an 'alternative' attitude towards assessment which included "because I passed P Coy ( a test to become a Paratrooper) I shouldn't have to do this assessment !" I've learnt a lot since then and for the past 16 years have worked full time mainly in the FE sector encouraging, motivating and supporting people who also want to work in the Outdoors. I completed a two year 'sabbatical' managing the Adur Centre in Shoreham, Sussex - www.adurcentre.org.uk and returned to managing the Adventure Education programme at Plumpton College in the South East. I love helping people get out into what they perceive to be impossible environments i.e. cold, wet, dark mountains and I love watching them feel the freedom that the mountains can bring. I've recently added to my 'client group' after working with people leaving the military and all that goes with that transfer. Not easy but something very personal and worthwhile. I'd love to do more Winter and Alpine work as my skills and experience progress and I dream of ascending a mountain and skiing down in descent, one day ..... until then "this is how you pack your rucksack and coil a rope". Love it. Al

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Ben Roberts

I'm from one of the flattest places in the UK, Suffolk! I now live in North Wales pursuing a healthy work/ life balance, climbing as much as possible.

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leanne wrightson

I'm 35 and have been a carer for most of my adult life, working with people with disabilities (Sense Scotland and NAS). Most of my education, qualifications and experience are in this field particularly specialising in Dual Sensory Impairments. In June 2016 I volunteered with my sister's school (ASN specialist school) to go to The Bendrigg Trust for the weekend and we took part in multiple activities, I adored it and loved seeing my sister achieve so much and I wanted to be part of that for other people. So I decided to volunteer, then I was invited to apply for the trainee in Feb 2017, which led to a further six month extension there. Now I return as part of the freelance team quite frequently as well as gaining knowledge and experience from other outdoor companies such as Venture Trust, Able 2 Adventure and Camps International. Previously to starting at Bendrigg I enjoyed hillwalking, bouldering and mountain biking but had no recorded DLOGS so I've been very busy gaining the prerequisites needed for training/Assessments. So far I have done my Cave Leader training, ML (Summer) training, 2 day First Aid, BMC FUNdamentals (1&2) and Safeguarding Children in Sport. I have passed my CWI, Paddle Instructor and Level 2 MBLA. Its been a busy ride and I have lots to learn but enjoying the journey and eager to keep going ahead. Unfortunately breaking my clavicle and needing surgery has put a bit of a halt on some things, but I am healing quickly and focusing on what's next for me in 2020.

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Helen Oughton

Specialising in: Yoga for Climbers Gentle Yoga for Beginners Contact: helenoughtonyoga@gmail.com

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Keith Thomson

September 2019 completed my Mountain Leaders course with Pete Hill, a fantastic course in which I gained valuable knowledge and experience and identifying areas in which i could improve on. I haven’t yet decided if I should do my assessment but was advised that I would be a strong candidate on my feedback.

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Dan Bates

Rock climbing and the great outdoors have been a passion of mine for years now, but have only seen them as a hobby and never dreamt of being able to make them my career. That was until I went on holiday to Morocco with my partner to climb and an opportunity arose where the owner of a guesthouse and rock climbing business was looking for someone to rent his business off of him. After a long discussion with both the owner and my partner we decided to take a gamble and try and make rock climbing, guiding and hosting a guesthouse my career and leaving my present career (electronic engineer) behind. So with this idea as the aim, as soon as we arrived home I contacted Mountain Training and booked myself onto the RCI award, filled out my DLOG, booked myself onto the training and assessment and continued to shadow at my local indoor wall. Having completed my RCI assessment and then moving to Morocco I have been on one wild adventure and loving every minute of taking clients climbing in the Todra Gorge (on over 400 fully bolted sport routes) and also hiking around the local area. My goal is to now complete the ML qualification and after the MIA qualification to allow me to take clients with confidence to various climbing destinations.

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Karlene Roper

Having spent 2018 mostly in bed or hospital on deaths door in severe pain and illness, unable to do anything and losing over 13 stone in 8 months, the moment that 2019 began to be kinder to me and give me more good days and ability to live a bit more of a life I have since taken every opportunity I can to enjoy life. I like walking but I hated bad weather, especially being cold. But have begun to love walking no matter what the weather and have begun to love expeds and nav.

My Mountain Training Story :

Gary Florance

At around 1983 i was introduced to some people who climbed through my now sister in law on a wet, cold winter visit to the Peak District. I remember at that time the Saturday activity choice was caving in Giants Hole or climbing at the Roaches. We chose climbing although i did go back to do Giants a few times whilst assisting with various groups on activity weekends. As soon as i started climbing i knew i'd found the right sport for me as it was physically and mentally challenging and at times a cross between ballet and chess. Over the next few years i learnt to climb with friends that had an outdoor centre in Longnor in the Peak District visiting for weekends from London. I progressed almost exclusively as a Trad Climber through Top Roping and Red Pointing to Leading as Climbing Wall were very basic and scarce, as were trustworthy Sport Climbing pitches. In 1989 i had a family and moved to Norwich which limited opportunity and stopped climbing, however up to around 1994 i still returned to my friends to help out with their outdoor courses which were for both adults and young adults. During this whole period i reached a max grade of E1/E2 Trad and have climbed Peak grit and limestone, Yorkshire grit, single and multi-pitch Limestone in North Wales, Slate in North Wales, Limestone and Granite sea cliffs on Lundy and Limestone Sport routes in Vingrau, France. Also in 1991 i trekked in Nepal to climb Imja Tse (Island Peak) and the surrounding area. Fast forward to December 2018 and after retiring early i attended an open day at UEA Sportspark and tried the wall out amongst other sports, i got bitten by the bug again and have been a regular climber there since. I am also registered to climb at Highball in Norwich, where i occasionally boulder for exercise. In the summer of 2019 it was suggested by one of the Sportspark specialists that i become a CWI as i was always helping and encouraging the other climbers when at the wall, so that's what i decided to do.

My Mountain Training Story :

Tom Clague

The first ever hike I went on was to the summit of Loughrigg Fell in 1992, I was 5 years old. After that initial introduction my dad and I would go on a few hikes each year. In 2014 a friend from school said he was interested in taking up hiking as a hobby and asked if I would like to join him for some hikes. I believe we did the Fairfield Horseshoe as his first walk in early April. From there 2014 was very busy and we climbed, Bow Fell, Coniston Old Man, Blencathra, Glyder Fawr, Great Gable, Pavey Ark, Pen Yr Ole Wen, Pillar, Tryfan, Snowdon and completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks in 8 hours and 43 minutes. To finish off 2014 we headed to the Kentmere Horseshoe and it was during this walk that I came up with the idea for my first challenge, to climb all 214 Wainwrights in 1 calendar year. Since completing that challenge I have also climbed the 104 Hewitts in Snowdonia and then the 116 Outlying Fells of Lakeland. I then climbed all the Hewitts in both the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales in 2018. I have currently climbed 35 Munros, many in winter conditions and have completed a winter mountaineering course in Glencoe. In the summer of 2017 I visited the Pyrenees and while there I reached the summits of Grand Vignemale and Pic du Taillon. In the summer of 2018 I visited the Italian and French Alps where I climbed a few smaller peaks and reached the summit of Gran Paradiso.

My Mountain Training Story :

Joshua Kessler

Hi guys, My name is Josh, and I have recently moved to the United Kingdom from Australia. Before moving over, I studied a Bachelors degree in Exercise & Sport Science at the University of Newcastle (Australia). After completing this degree in 2017, I went on to study a Master degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology at the Australian Catholic University in 2018. My working experience consists of a range of professions and environments; - Strength and Conditioning coach at Central Coast strength and Conditioning (Central Coast, NSW, AUS) - Exercise Scientist at Phoenix Health & Fitness (Central Coast, NSW, AUS) - Exercise Physiologist at Phoenix Health & Fitness (Central Coast, NSW, AUS) My University placements consisted of; - Exercise Physiologist at Hunter Valley Private Hospital (Newcastle, NSW, AUS) - Exercise Physiologist at Insight Exercise Physiology (Central Coast, NSW, AUS) - Exercise Physiologist at Hills Street Sport Medicine (Central Coast, NSW, AUS) - Exercise Physiologist at Australian Catholic University (Sydney, NSW, AUS) I love working in health and rehabilitation! Whilst in the UK, I hope to work in this field as a personal trainer. I hope that my studies and previous experience can influence and have a positive impact on the clients and other fitness and healthcare workers I come in contact with. I can't wait to also learn a little from each one of them while I am here to take home!

My Mountain Training Story :

Martin Wall

I am a qualified freelance Mountain Leader (ML) Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI), Climbing Wall Development Instructor (CWDI) , Foundation Coach and Rope Rescue Technician based in Conwy, North Wales. I am an active full team member of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation and Chester Mountaineering Club. I am also a member of Mountain Training Association, British Mountaineering Council and Mountaineering Scotland. I hold a valid First Aid at Work, and MREW Advanced First Aid Cas Care Certificate and authorised to administer pain relief. I spent my childhood in South Wales and was introduced to hill walking on the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons when I joined the Air Scouts. I got to learn this terrain extensively when I later served with the British Armed Forces, this is when I really got to understand the importance of personal navigation and moving quickly in the mountains at day and at night. I went on to pass the 21 SAS British Special Forces selection process during winter and continuation training program. I am actively involved in and have a passion for climbing, mountaineering (both summer & winter), trail running and I am currently preparing for the Mountaineering & Climbing Instructor Award. I have shadowed several qualified MCI/WMCI & IFMGA aspirant holders in their delivery of navigation, scrambling, multi pitch climbing, improvised rescue and single pitch climbing instructional days and I have been a mock client on MCI & WMCI and BMG assessments taking place in North Wales summer & Scottish winter conditions. I have been fortunate enough to have climbed and trekked in Scotland, Switzerland, France, the Austrian Alps, Western Ghats in India, Norway, the High Atlas of North Africa, Malta & Gozo and the Annapurna Sanctuary of Nepal leading successful expeditions to summit Mont Blanc, Jebel Toubkal and Annapurna Base Camp. I have a passion for winter mountaineering and completed ML winter training Feb 2018 in Scotland.

My Mountain Training Story :

Edd Smith

Lives in Snowdonia. Mountain Leader Trainee. Paraglider Pilot. Likes to wave camera around on the hill.

My Mountain Training Story :

Jack Curry

I have been a memebr of the Scouting Movement since 1998 when i joined Beavers, i have worked my way through every section scouting has to offer. I volunteer as an outdoor instructor with Scout Adventures Fordell Firs and have done so since 2008. I am working my way to doing more proffessional qualifications in the next few years, In October 2019 i achieved my Paddlesport Award which has only spurred me on more.

My Mountain Training Story :

Chris Carroll

Go nice places do good things :-)

My Mountain Training Story :

Dan Rogers

I became a Mountain Leader because so many people who knew I am passionate about mountaineering, asked me to take them with me on my trips. So, I decided I ought to make sure I was fully up to date with the necessary skills to look after people in the mountain environment safely and enable them to thoroughly enjoy the experience. I loved the training. It helped me consolidate the skills I already had, learn some new ones and use the skills gained in my Monday-Friday career in business, which are particularly useful in managing groups of people with varying abilities and experience. Over the years, I have got to know some wonderful people in the mountaineering community. I work for a number of Adventure organisations on their various challenges in the mountains of the UK and I have plans to concentrate fully on my outdoor adventures once I no longer need the other career!


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