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 :

Paul Smith

Paul is a member of the Mountain Training Association and a qualified Rock Climbing Instructor, Climbing Wall Development Instructor, Foundation Coach and Development Coach. He works as a full time as a freelance instructor, route setter and coach and also manages a junior competition climbing team. His climbing journey started forty years ago as a teenager going scrambling with his father and uncle in the lake district. However his climbing really took off in 1986 when he attended Teesside University and joined their mountaineering club. Over the four years he progressed from leading Severe to establishing new E6s. After graduating with Honours in Civil Engineering he worked as a Project Manager and lived in Newcastle. He became active in the Northumberland scene and joined The Wanneys Climbing Club. During the 1990s he started sport climbing at Malham and Kilnsey redpointing up to 8b. He progressed on to competition climbing and competed with success for around ten years in bouldering and lead climbing most notably winning the Berghaus British Bouldering Championship and later placing highly in the national lead climbing series and being selected to GB Climbing Team. Paul also winter climbed extensively in Scotland ticking most of the Cold Climbs classics as well as multiple ascents of grade VIIs and VIIIs. He has climbed in the Alps ticking off the major summits, Mont Blanc, Matterhorn etc. and multiple north faces including Les Droites and Grandes Jorasses in winter and Piz Badile and Cima Grande in summer. In Norway he has climbed numerous hard ice routes up to WI5 and soloed the 800m Gausta Marathon. Paul has also bouldered outdoors up to 8A and been a new route developer in the North East with significant contributions to Goldsborough and Shaftoe Crag where he wrote an article on the development for magazine On The Edge. He regularly posts climbing related content on his Instagram page @ Paul_Smith_Climbing.

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Michael Hoole

SPA Qualified.

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Oliver Archer

After leaving university with a BSc in Physical Education & Sport Science. Olly started his career in the Adventure Activities Industry over 20 years ago, working for Robinwood Activity Centres, where he quickly learnt the skills, knowledge & gained qualifications to deliver high quality courses and develop a wide range of skills. After helping Robinwood set up a new centre (Barhaugh Hall, Alston) and establish a complete staff training & development programme, Olly moved to Aberdfyi, Wales to work for the Outward Bound Trust, furthering his experience, knowledge and qualifications. The Trust’s emphasis on personal development, enabled him to see and use the benefits of adventurous activities to help build confidence, self-worth, mindfulness and positivity in all aspects of life for all his clientele. Olly moved to London to work in the ever growing indoor climbing industry. He drew on his many years of coaching & instructing experience to develop & deliver courses for the Castle Climbing Centre, as well as, route setting, helping train & mentor staff and establish a high performance Youth Climbing Squad Scheme, with members going on to join both junior and senior GB & GB Para climbing teams. He also continues to work for Geckos Climbing Ltd running both indoor and outdoor rock climbing courses. He achieve Britian’s highest climbing qualification, Mountaineering & Climbing Instructor (MCI) from Mountain Training in 2015. With passion for the outdoors, Olly set up Live Dream Adventure (www.livedreamadventure.com), with the goal of designing, developing and delivering the highest quality instructing & coaching courses for all.

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Melissa Rennard

I grew up being an avid scout and loved getting out and doing new activities with our troop every week. When I finished school, I had no idea which career path to take and ended up training as a Ski Instructor. It meant I could travel the world and spend time exploring the outdoors with others. I worked in Japan and Australia, and I now live in France. I am no longer instructing, but enjoy ski touring and exploring on two planks. We also have a dog so I love going out hiking and running in the mountains. I would love to continue exploring the hills and mountains with friends and groups of like-minded people. I have only just started in my Mountain Leader journey and hope to progress to an International Mountain Leader with the goal of leading groups in the Alps and beyond.

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Julian Goode

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

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George Tarte

One of my earliest memories is finishing school each day and going straight to Sandford Parks Lido in Cheltenham until they closed at 19:30 when mum would have my tea ready to be microwaved to warm it up. On non school days I would be found at the Lido helping to set up for the day at 10:30. Everyday was spent at the Lido during the summer season. I'm sure, because of this it was inevitable that I became a lifeguard. To help in my career choice I joined St John Ambulance to gain First Aid skills and experience in 1982 and only left in 2020 the last 20 years being a paid staff member as well as a volunteer. In 2012 I went to Uganda to teach Ambulance crews there. What an experience which I'm happy to talk about if we meet. It was when I left school in 1984 when I got my Bronze Medallion and became a Lifeguard working at the Lido for 18 seasons. Due to this work being seasonal I had to get other jobs during the winter. I did work at the Cheltenham Recreation Centre full time for 5 years and have fond memories there occasionally seeing my old colleagues at various times since. For three years I was Lake Safety Manager at the Cotswold Country Park and Beach running the Lifeguards, Safety team and Activities teams. With all the years experience as a First Aider, Ambulance Crew and Lifeguard this had led to my becoming a TA and Mentor passing on my knowledge and experience to new and current staff both Lifeguards and First Aiders through Aquatic Rescue Training First Aid on Land and in Water. I reguarly have calls to inform me the candidates I have taught have saved a life, one chap aged 43 who had never done any first aid in his life attended an EFAW I delivered and four days later was telling his freind how to do CPR, taking it in turns, on a guy who collapsed and Im glad to say was saved by their prompt action. This is why I love to teach First Aid and Lifegaurds.

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Sarah Twomlow

A versatile professional with expertise in outdoor leadership, mental health, and nutrition. As a Hill and Moorland Leader, I guide groups through varied terrains, fostering a love for the outdoors. My multidisciplinary background allows me to integrate outdoor experiences, mental health support, and nutritional guidance for a holistic approach to well-being. Obtaining my hill and moorland qualification means I can combine outdoor activities like hiking, a sense of adventure, and the peaceful solitude found in these landscapes. It's a way to connect people with nature, face challenges, and appreciate the wilderness in a deeply personal way.

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Niamh Lewis

Growing up on the coast near the Lake District, I've spent the majority of my life in the mountains and undertaking some kind of outdoor sport, from mountain walking to competitive triathlon to open water swimming and fell running. The only times this wasn't the case were the years I lived in Manchester and London for my work. I owe my outdoor skills and navigation knowledge to spending my youth in Scouts and Explorers until my late-teens, where I learned all these skills that I now use daily. I completed various high awards in Scouting including Explorer Belt (which involves a 16-day international expedition), and Chief Scout Platinum Award, and many others. Now, I live in the Lake District and partly in the Peak District, and I undertake several personal challenges a year with long-distance swimming and fell running, and these extend to other areas of the UK. For the most part, I prefer exploring areas off the beaten track that are rarely visited, my local favourites include the Shap Fells, Forest of Bowland, lesser-known part of the Yorkshire Dales, and any other mountains that look appealing! Elsewhere, as well as my ML qualification, I'm also training to be a running coach.

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James Seaman

Based out of Scotland's central belt; I pride myself on offering safe, fun, professional, friendly, quality and reliable products and services for days out and about the mountains as well as introductory, intermediate and advanced rock climbing and indoor climbing instruction. Ideally located to make the most of all Scotland's varied outdoor environments and indoor climbing facilities. I can run bespoke days, sessions and courses tailored to suit and fit your wants and needs to learn, develop, progress and begin a new adventure or journey.   I am James Seaman, 37 years old. Born and bred in Scotland I have lived all over the country from the rural borders to central belt cities and the remote highlands and islands. I have spent the last 20 years in,on and around the Scottish mountains walking, climbing and biking. I have extensive experience and have achieved qualifications in various disciplines and outdoor activities. My passion and enthusiasm for Scotland and all it has to offer is always present and growing with each new adventure I have in this fantastic country. I have furthered my experience with trips and work south of the border to the Lake district and Wales along with trips further abroad which has seen me visit mountain ranges such as the Atlas (Morocco), Tatras (Poland & Slovakia), Dinaric Alps, Paklenica and Plitvice (Croatia), Julian Alps (Slovenia), Bavarian Alps (Germany), Hinterland (Portugal) and the Sierra Nevada (Spain) I am continually increasing my experience in Scotland as well as abroad through working and personal adventures.

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Ben Morgan-Gray

My passion for climbing started 15 years ago when I started climbing indoors at a ski resort, of all places! I was hooked on the addictive combination of physical challenge and mental problem solving that climbing provides. In recent years I've grown to love the outdoors and revel in the freedom and development that comes with challenges of climbing and mountaineering. I'm particularly enjoying trad climbing, especially multi-pitch. I am committed to personal development and I'm currently preparing for assessment for the Mountaineering & Climbing Instructor (MCI) and training for the Performance Coach (PC) awards. Having come to the outdoors later in life I previously co-founded and set up a health-tech business and I continue to provide consultancy to the NHS, public services and Voluntary, Charitable and Social Enterprise (VCSE) clients. I am a founder of Climb Hitchin where I'm the lead instructor providing coaching, instruction and development to new and experienced climbers alike as well as overseeing and supporting our 30+ instructors, procedures, safety and operations for the wall. I am a NICAS tier 1 Course Director and oversee NICAS level 1-3 content and delivery.

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Mark Reid

I first fell in love with the Yorkshire Dales landscapes when I was 16. This inspired me to go to Lancaster University where I got a 2:1 in Geography. I then worked for various breweries from 1990 until 1997 as an area manager, then gave up my job to write walking books about the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District, Peak District, Northumberland and North York Moors. I've written 17 walking guidebooks, and am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). In 2007 I decided to diversify and undertook my Walking Group Leader award (now Hill & Moorland Leader), followed by my Mountain Leader (summer) in 2011. Since 2007 I have taken over 17,000 people out walking in the North of England, from map reading and NNAS courses to wild camping, challenge walks, adventure weekends, long distance hikes and corporate team events. I love to share my passion, experience and knowledge with people. Since 1997 I have also walked over 29,000 miles of paths, and counting...

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Charlotte Bird

Hi I'm Charlotte! I'm an Outdoor Education Instructor working at Colomendy Activity Centre based in North Wales. I also freelance mainly for Go Below Underground Adventures as an Assistant Mine leader. I am currently in the process of becoming qualified in Cave and mine Leading (LCAML) and completing my CWI. I have always had a passion for the outdoors and I have leant a lot as an activity instructor and why outdoor education is so important to young people. I have also gained a better understanding of running activities offsite by taking newer staff members and friends climbing and down caves and mines to prepare for Assessments. In my current job at Colomendy I have gained a lot of knowledge in activity delivery styles, training and transferring skills to adults, Qualified PPE inspector gaining (ROSPA), I'm a Qualified ERCA Rescuer spending a lot of time inspecting high ropes courses and a Qualified Archery GB Instructor. My goal is to become a freelancer and travel, I want to see more of the world! My hobbies are Climbing (indoor and outdoor) Lead climbing is my favorite! Caving is a HUGE passion of mine I love exploring cave and mine systems. Mines are my favorite, I love the the history and the trill that comes with it!

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John Allen

Based in Sheffield, I run a small business called 'Alienmountain' providing coaching and instruction over a wide range of mountain activities. I am also part of the inspectorate on behalf of the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) for the North of England ( https://adventurerms.org.uk/team/john-allen/ ) The higher awards have opened the way for me to share skills with others, to help them to improve. I like teaching people to lead on trad grit and steep ice the most, and teaching navigation the least.

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Luca Celano

Owner and lead instructor for https://www.straightupadventures.co.uk providing guiding and instruction for walking, scrambling, mountaineering and climbing in summer and winter. Summer rock climbing course in Snowdonia and winter ice & mixed climbing in Fort William.

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Warren Oak

I have worked as a Firefighter for over 25 years, in that time i have trained as (USAR) Urban Search & Rescue. I would be called out to major incidents around the UK. I have also trained as a swift water technicain and been involved in rope rescue and had some challenging incidents. At the current time in the service I am one of the training officers in breathing apparatus and hot live fire training. I joined the service mountaineering club in 2000 but have been in the hills since 1990. I decided to do the MLs training in 2009 and passed in 2010. I have used this skill in taking club members in the mountains of North Wales and the Lakes and Scotland. I have over the passed 4 years I have trained up 4 teams to take on the Ten Tors challenge over the 45 & 35 mile distance. I have had to date a 100% success rate with all teams finishing, I get a lot of enjoyment from this and still get involved in volunteering to this day. For the passed 14 years I have been chairman for the Fire Service Mountaineering Club, I organise trips away in Scotland in the winter months and Austria in the Summer, This means I get to take members up in the mountains and show them the skills i have picked up over the passed 16 years in winter conditions. We have a good laugh on the hill followed by a few drinks in the pub afterwards. I am a qualified WML I feel I need to as chairman of the club. I would only use this skill to take members from the club in the hills at winter time because this is my holiday as well. As a CWA we as a club meet up every week at the local climbing wall in Exeter Quay Climbing Centre. I show new members the ropes pardon the pun. I have been to the Alps and climbed Mont Blanc twice, had a go at the Matterhorn ( Did not top out) So bagged the Bright Horn ridge instead. To this day if I drive passed a hill or mountain I think if I had my kit I could bag that one today.

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Jonathan Price

Hello I am Jon Price (JP) 52, I am a father of 2 teenage Daughters (16 & 18 -2024) Married to Melanie for 24yrs I am a scout leader @ 2nd Long Mynd, Ex-military, & currently a military special advisor/trainer & mentor I have worked all over the world, including Hostile environments Iraq (5yrs) Afghan (7Yrs) Libya (1yr) Africa & South America Diplomatic Close Protection & Corporate Global Director. Qualified MIRA level 4 Medic (& FPOSi, BLS, RMA2, EFA, FAW etc) Rescue Diver, Ultra Marathon Hill hiker (LongMynd Hike 50miles 3x - training for #4) FS1 CatB Sky Diver, Diploma Personal Training Instructor - PTI, HSE NEBosh 3(Health & Safety) Born in the Shadow of Snowden & love the hills I have been walking, naving and wild camping since I was a scout aged 10 In the military we always wild camped lol Like David Bellamy said: only take photos, and only leave foot prints - words to live by Favourite past times, hiking mountains with my family and wild camping with my daughters

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Michael Howard

I was born and raised in Argyll on the west coast of Scotland and introduced to the outdoors from an early age. Hill walking is something that I appreciate more now, as an excellent activity to offset time spent sitting in the office. I'm also a skier, which started in the 1980s at Glencoe & Aviemore, with some experience of ski touring in the Cairngorm area. More recently I have completed several winter 'ski safari' tours of the Dolomites, Italy (2016, 2017). I have lived in the south-west of England since 2000, and enjoy getting out for walks on the local moors. Recently I've pledged to start taking things more seriously by developing my scrambling & climbing skills, particularly when visiting Scotland (e.g. Tower Ridge, Nevis, 2021) and Wales (e.g. Tryfan, 2021). Over various trips to Skye, I've summitted all the Munro summits on the Cuillins, including the Innacessible Pinnacle (2022), Sgurr nan Gillean (2021 & '22) and Clach Glas (2023) with the help of a guide. After some winter mountaineering training and investment in new gear i.e. ice axe, crampons, B2 boots etc, I summitted Mont Blanc on my second attempt on a guided, 6 day course in June 2023: probably my toughest sustained physical challenge ever. My goal now is to develop the personal knowledge, resilience and skills needed to safely explore high wilderness areas across the UK, European Alps and Nepal. I have registered for my Mountain Leader training week (August 2024) and look forward to meeting & being inspired by other like minded mountain enthusiasts.

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Simon Marsden

My love of the outdoors began growing up in the Highlands of Scotland and a childhood trekking across the moors and hills of the Monadhliath Mountains. This led me to study a B.Ed in P.E. and Outdoor Education at Y Coleg Normal, Bangor and 4 years climbing and walking in the beautiful hills of Snowdonia and the coastal cliffs of Anglesey followed by a job in Fort William on the West Coast of Scotland. As an educational practitioner, I love using my ML and RCI to enthuse and inspire children in the wonders of the outdoors and the opportunities for personal growth and leadership which are available. I have primarily instructed in the Peak District, Snowdonia, Chilterns and Western Scotland. I am an active climber and hill walker, completing most of the Cuillin Ridge two years ago, and I am currently working my way along the UK's long distance footpaths including the West Highland Way, Peddars Way and Norfolk Coastal Path to date. Outside of the United Kingdom I have climbed and trekked in Australia, New Zealand, the Alps, Pyrennees and Yosemite National Park.

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Richard Wells

Thanks for taking the time to look me up! I’m a keen mountaineer and climber and live in stunning North Wales, with easy access to mountains, sea cliffs and adventurous crags. Being so close to the hills allows me to get out regularly, as well as slot in trips around the UK and to ranges in N America, Europe, Asia and Africa. I currently work full time, but in my spare time I love introducing people to the outdoors. As a small business I have the flexibility to meet your specific requirements, so if you have something specific in mind, please get in touch – (+44) 07793532308 or richard.wells103@gmail.com I hold the Mountaineering & Climbing Instructor Award – the UK’s highest rock climbing and summer mountaineering qualification, allowing me to teach and lead all aspects of rock climbing, and summer mountaineering, such as scrambling. I also hold the Winter Mountain Leader Award, allowing me to introduce groups to snowy mountains in the UK and am a National Navigation Award Tutor. My work is varied, but I specialise in: - Teaching people to lead rock climb. - Introducing people to multi-pitch climbing. - Teaching roped scrambling. - Teaching navigation. - Introducing people to winter mountaineering. As well as mountaineering qualifications, I also hold leader qualifications in sea kayaking and mountain biking. I keep up to date with industry best practices and continue to develop by attending CPD courses through my membership of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors. I hold insurance cover for all the activities I deliver and keep up to date with First Aid training. Let's do something epic!

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Dean Russell

Dean has been climbing, mountaineering and running in the mountains of the UK and abroad for over 20 years, he has experience climbing traditional and sports routes, mountaineering soaring peaks up to 6,300m and has a passion for running long distances in the mountains. Dean started Adventure Awaits in 2017 and offers courses and guiding services for individuals, families and groups. You can check out our Instagram to see all the adventures that we have been doing recently with the handle adventure_awaits_uk

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Max Hunter

At University I loved to study and I ended up with a BSc & PostGradCert - this took me to teaching for 14 years. I do love teaching but I was never fulfilled until I discovered that I could teach climbing and mountaineering as a career. My proudest achievements therefore were gaining my Summer (MIA/MCI) and Winter (MIC/WMCI) Climbing and Mountaineering Instructional Awards. I am now in my happy place when I am teaching, or guiding, people to climb or mountaineer safely for themselves. I have the dream job - there's nothing better than to share my passion and experience with other people, to help them discover and build on theirs.

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Amy Baron-Hall

With over twenty years of working with Children and Young People as a qualified teacher, cycling instructor and Mountain Bike Instructor and more recently on Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. I am enthusiastic about the outdoors being for everyone and have experience working with hard to reach groups and SEN groups. I have been hillwalking since before I was born as my parents walked the coast to coast in Scotland when my mum was pregnant with me, in my early years they continued walking and bringing me with them. As I got older me and dad used to go to the Peak District regularly and then I joined my local Guide group. This was a very active group with us out hillwalking at least once a month and camping a few times a year as well as lots of other activities. I gained lots of badges in the outdoors and once older continued in the Guides as a Young Leader. In my twenties I started mountain biking and have explored a lot of the UK by bike, including bike packing across Wales and Scotland. Always planning my own routes from maps. I love spending times in the hills and regularly take myself off for two days with a wild camp on my own.

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Alice Kerr

Alice Kerr Mountaineering is a professional Mountain Instruction and Guiding company based in the UK, run by Alice Kerr. - Specialising in Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Skyrunning, Scottish Winter Climbing, Trail Running, Scrambling, Navigating and more... - I have a simple aim; to inspire and teach people, showing them how much they can achieve, as well as how fantastic the hills and mountains around us are. - High level mountain instruction, coaching and guiding. - Summer - Snowdonia - Winter - Scottish Highlands

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Daniel Vaccaro

Hi there, My name is Dan Vaccaro I have been climbing and mountaineering scine 2007 and instructing from 2008. I have spent 23 years in the army where I have had the fantastic opportunity to climb and mountaineer all over the world including Nepal, Peru, Germany Switzerland, Austria, the Falkland Islands and all over the UK where the bulk of my experience is in Scotland. My main experience is within the Military in adventurous training exposing service persons to controled risk to develop both mental and physical robustness, leadership and team work. I have volunteered as a scout leader since 2015 where I take groups climbing awell as running other fun activities. I also run sessions for the local outdoor charity this is where we help challenged children and teens from different backgrounds improved there situations and mind set via the medium of outdoor activities. In all my sessions I try to get members involved in discussion making as much as possible and develop there knowledge whist still giving them an amazing experience.

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Sam Marsland

Sam Marsland, Mountaineering Instructor based in The Lake District & Scotland I instruct full time under the business name Lake District Mountaineering and I am also available for private guiding in summer and winter I hold a BA Hon's degree in Outdoor Leadership and I hold the WMCI and MCI qualifications

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Alex Stone

I obtained CWDI, RCI, and SML certifications, also qualifying as a rock climbing coach in 2003. I have been climbing since 1996 and have experience in route setting, high altitude mountaineering, ice climbing, and skiing.

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Matthew Rees

I've been a Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI) since 2006. Based in the wonderful Wye Valley, I'm an active personal climber and enjoy all sorts of climbing - whether it's pushing my onsight envelope, redpointing a sports route or adventurous climbing on committing sea cliffs. The pleasure is in the process as much as the result. There's equally big satisfaction in helping people achieve the things they thought were beyond them. That's why I love instructing and guiding people, both around my local crags and further afield. Whether you'd like an introduction to outdoor sport climbing, need guiding on some classic multipitch trad or want to learn to lead - get in touch to find out how I can help you achieve your climbing goals.

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Monica Palenzuela Perez

Hola, I am Monica from Madrid. I am a qualified Lowlands and Camping leader. Going to the mountains has been part of my life since I can remember. I grew up in Madrid, in a family surrounded by mountain climbers. My father and his brothers were members of famous mountain clubs, such as Club Alpino Español, Cumbres o Peñalara, and also Nordic skiers. I enjoyed going to La Sierra de Guadarrama near Madrid, doing wild camping or just camping in a campsite. At the age of 11, I became member in the mountain group at my school. I remember the first time I saw the Naranco de Bulnes in Picos de Europa in a sun set. I remember how impressed I was when I saw the Pirineos for first time, and years later when I went to Chamonix in The Alps. My passion for mountains was the reason to relocate from Madrid to Munich to be able to go to The Alps. I have done routes, hiking and climbing in Sierra de Guadarrama, Picos de Europa, Pirineos ( French and Spanish, Gavarnie, Ordesa, etc)) , The Alps ( in France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland) , in United States, in Seoraksan National Park (South Korea), in Norway. Since my relocation into England, I have done routes with my family in Snowdonia National Park, Brecons Beacons National Park, Lake District, New Forest National Park, in Surrey Hills and in The Chiltern. I know that the secret of a great day in the mountain is preparation, having the right equipment and to know and respect the own limits. Currently I am the deputy coordinator for the DofE at the school where I teach MFL and I am very exciting with the idea of bringing students to discover and to enjoy the nature. Therefore, I have completed recently my Outdoors First Aid Course and the Lowland Leader and Camping training courses.

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Jay Taylor

Hi, I'm Jay :) A long-time climber currently based in Manchester. I first started climbing in 1998 and i've loved it (pretty much) ever since! Mainly stick to trad and bouldering these days but I've dabbled with most aspects (Ie, sport, boulder, trad, single and multipitch) over the years, both in the UK and abroad. I've also spent the best part of 5 years working in climbing centres - both roped and bouldering. Getting regularly involved in route setting, in-house inductions and assisting with instructed sessions where required. Currently working toward attaining my RCI qualification with the intention of eventually taking individuals and groups both indoors and out.

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Justin Hofman

Polar guide since 2010.

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Dan Murdoch

Qualified Member, Hill & Moorland Leader and Rock Climbing Instructor. I am a 40 year old lover of the great outdoors. I enjoy fell and trail running and walking, mountain biking, swimming, climbing and SUP. My wife and I are passing on these passions to our two sons. I have previously worked as an Outdoor Instructor teaching mainly climbing (old SPA holder), high ropes, orienteering and mountain biking. I am now an On Call Firefighter in Lynton on Exmoor, where we regularly deal with fires on open moorland requiring local topographical knowledge and map reading. I am keen to start organising walking and trail running groups. I hold an English Athletics Qualification as an Assistant Coach. I have been a very active member of the South West Trail and Fell Running scene over the last 10 years, competing in Off road Marathon and Ultra distance events across the country. I have been lucky enough to place on the podium in trail events on Exmoor, Dartmoor, Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia and the Lake District - many self navigated. I have completed 2 OMM events, in Scotland and the Black Mountains, and also finished 7th at the 2019 edition of the Dragons Back Race. I have also worked as part of the Hill Team at The Great Lakeland 3 Day event organised by Shane Ohly of Ourea Events. I was part of the team responsible for placing and retrieving the Race Control points, as well as setting up radio repeaters across the event area. More recently, I spend some time volunteering with Dan Brice at Channel Events (Taunton) where I have been responsible for course marking and clearing, as well as event setup and marshalling.

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Amir Sadeh

I have many years of hillwalking and wild camping experience, first developed as a child visiting Switzerland, then as a DofE participant, later as a volunteer and most recently also as a freelance leader and instructor. I plan to continue my development with the aim of attaining the Mountain Leader qualification and undertaking further training in bushcraft and wilderness skills.

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Amy Spence

I started climbing whilst at University having moved to the Lake District to study a degree in Outdoor Leadership. Three years of adventuring later, I graduated and worked full-time as a freelance instructor and guide for two years. I went back to university for my Masters, studying Paramedic Science in London, a somewhat less adventurous part of the UK but not a world away from the delights of Jurrasic coast climbing. I will qualify as a Paramedic in December 2024 and look forward to where adventurous medicine may lead me...

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Dr. Robert Colin Pugh

I have over 30 years of experience in the hills in both the UK and Europe. I undertook my ML(S) training in 1996 in the Lake District and then lived in Europe for over a decade. Returned to the UK in 2015 and passed my ML(S) assessment in October 2019 with Graham Uney Mountaineering. On my return to the the UK I lived on the edge of the Peak District where I rekindled my love of rock climbing (nothing too serious!) and fell running. I am also a chartered geologist (CGeol) so I usually know what rock I'm climbing, walking or running on and how it got there! I also ex-deputy team leader of Glossop Mountain Rescue Team and have participated in numerous rescues and exercises over the past 7+years. Also, through the team, I qualified as a Casualty Career, Fall Protection Equipment Inspector and and ex-Swift water and flood Rescue Technician (SRT) and I am DBS Enhanced certified. I have now moved to N. Wales and currently reside near the Clwydian Hills with easy access to Eryri/Snowdonia. I also serve as a Sgt. instructor with my local Army Cadet Force (ACF) detachment, where I am responsible for teaching and assessing cadets in all subjects of the Army Cadet Syllabus (ACS21) which includes navigation and expeditions. Additionally ,through the ACF, I am a DofE Leader and Expedition (Bronze and Silver) Supervisor and Assessor and I hold an FMT600 for minibus and am DBS Enhanced certified .

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Tuesday Gale

I retired from full time work in the insurance industry due to health & disabilities in 2016. Over the course of the following 7years I achieved diplomas in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Diet and Nutritional Advisor, Holistic Health Practitioner, Advanced Wicca, Hypnotherapy Practitioner, Shamanic/Energy Healing, Life Coaching, Master Herbalist and Foundation Art & Design. Currently I am studying a Hypnotherapy Master Diploma. In 2024 I began volunteering with The South West Coast Path Association on their Coast Path Connectors Project. This project aims to open up coastal walking to a range of new audiences, helping to improve access along the South West Coast Path by supporting local people in making the most of the amazing trail for their health and wellbeing. As part of developing my skills I have completed my lowland leader training and looking to complete the relevant first aider qualification in the near future too whilst I continue to develop my skills so that I can be assessment ready. I have also begun to volunteer with Georgia's Voice, a charity in Cornwall providing small, free, confidential support groups for young women ages 16-25 with mental health concerns. Offering a safe place for them to come and talk, listen or just be with the aim to prevent suicide within this group of people. We offer regular group activities for all of our members to meet, relax and make new friends. I am currently working with another facilitator to launch a new group in our hometown of Newquay. As part of developing my skills in this role I have completed safe guarding training provided by the NSPCC, this has empowered me to understand, recognise and respond to safeguarding concerns appropriately and professionally. I am looking forward to completing further qualifications in Suicide First Aid, Mental Health First Aid, and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).

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Reed Goodman

Hey! Im Reed and I go by They/She pronouns. Previously, I have worked on National Citizen Service Programmes as an NCS Mentor, and as a Duty Manager and Coach at Westway and West 1 Climbing Walls in London. More recently I have been Studying for my Masters in Outdoor and Experiential Learning, looking at alternative ways to see the world to the Western lens I was brought up with, and seeing how drawing on other lenses in Outdoor Learning can help Young People and Adults work with pressing issues such as the Climate Crisis. I am also interested in overcoming some of the barriers people face when getting into the outdoor community, particularly with my own experiences being Transgender. So, I am researching Trans Joy as a form of protest without even trying - to find ways to reclaim our space within the outdoors. I love getting out into the hills Climbing, Walking, Running, and Canyoning. As well as Whitewater SUP when the rivers are up! So far, I have my CWI, Paddlesport Instructor and Lear and Whitewater Safety and Rescue, with My ML coming soon.

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Janice, Tien-Chye Tan

I started climbing in Singapore since 1989 and have enjoyed the challenge since. Later that year, I got certified as a Rock Climbing Instructor which allowed me to teach top rope and lead climbing outdoors. In 1993, I represented Mountaineering Society (Singapore) (MOSS) in the formation of the Singapore Mountaineering Federation (SMF) together with several other mountaineering clubs and I was a member of the main committee for several years. I also took part in numerous competitions nationally and internationally from 1993 to 2001. Due to an injury, i started focusing more on coaching and route-setting. I have coached at high school and university level. In 1997, I started coaching the Adventure Club at Temask Polytechnic (TPAC) in climbing as they had their own climbing wall and climbing was their main activity. The Club had three pathways for students to develop in, competitive climbing, leadership (Instructional) and personal development. The club started organising an annual trip climbing trip to Krabi, Thailand in 2000. I handed over the role of coach to one of the graduates from the club in 2004. I was first exposed to sports psychology in 2001 when the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) had a sports psychologist work with us to improve our mental game. As I had found it beneficial, I started including it in my coaching. I also had a collaboration with the SSC where their trainee psychologist spend a few session working with the TPAC team. As part of my assessment for promotion to Rock Climbing Accessor, was involved in the crafting of the Singapore National Climbing Standards (SNCS). Which is a series of courses and the pathway for a beginner to progress to a climbing instructor. The SNCS was launched in July 1998. As an accessor, I was now about to conduct instructor training and assessment.

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Barry Eggleton

I have thoroughly enjoyed my journey to becoming an ML as being in the mountains is where I long and love to be. The sheer majestic beauty of the surroundings, the flora, the fauna, the geology ......the peace, solace and happiness that one finds cannot be rivaled. Both HML & ML qualified and primarily using my awards accompanying DofE & Ten Tors participants in the hills with Writhlington School and Writhlington School CCF but when not with with these groups, I can often found immersing myself in the hills and mountains, either solo or guiding/ passing on hill knowledge to friends and colleagues. An ultra/ Trail/ barefoot runner, adventure endurance athlete & Military Test March participant. i.e. orienteering, carrying heavy loads, at speed in the hills and mountains. Climber and aspiring RCI. Outdoor First Aid DofE Exped Assessor & Supervisor Have undertaken Winter Skills and aspiring to be a Winter Mountain Leader.

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Stephen Williams

From Gwynedd, first language Welsh, my interest started in the mid 80’s, with a friend, originally from Kent, asking if I wanted to walk the mountains of Eryri. Soon found out he knew Eryri better than I did!!!! This kick started me, resulting in walking the hills and mountains of Eryri as often as I could, along with the Lake District/Bannau Brycheiniog/Scotland/Northern Ireland. I decided in 2021 to complete my Lowland leader, progressing to HML/CL/ICA and paddlesport quals’/DofE assessor. Initially, to prove to myself I could, with no intention of completing the courses to obtain work. I wanted to gain confidence, increase my knowledge and, have found all this with the support of like minded and knowledgeable people. Since completing my HML, I have been approached to work and am assisting a LA with their DofE training and events, working with young people and sharing knowledge.

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Nigel Brain

As a climbing instructor and coach, I've had the privilege of sharing my expertise with climbers of all levels, from eager beginners to seasoned adventurers seeking to refine their craft. Whether it's teaching the fundamentals to novices or fine-tuning advanced techniques for experienced climbers, I thrive on the opportunity to inspire, motivate, and empower others to push their limits and discover their true potential. My journey into the world of climbing began over 11 years ago, sparked by an fascination with mountains and the outside. Since then, I've traversed crags and conquered peaks, cultivating not only technical expertise but also a deep appreciation for the mental and physical challenges that climbing presents. In addition to my expertise in climbing, I spent 22 years as a ski and moguls coach, guiding family, friends and clients through the twists and turns of snowy slopes with precision and finesse. Beyond the thrill of adrenaline-pumping adventures, I am deeply committed to safety and education in all aspects of outdoor recreation. Through patient instruction and personalised coaching, I strive to instill confidence, resilience, and a profound respect for nature in all those I mentor.

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andrew Johnstone

I have been an active mountaineer for over 35yrs. I have lead expeditions to Europe and Nepal, supervising the delivery of SMF and MLT. My goal is to make a difference, this has recently steered me to becoming and DoE supervisor and assessor. I hope my volunteering with youth groups will influence the next generation to enjoy the mountains safely.

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Oliver Hague

At 40 I've had the realisation of what I actually want to do with my life, which is spend more time outdoors meeting like-minded people. I intend to get my Mountain Leader first, then see where things take me. Long-term the goal is to have a training & guiding business and to work on improving access to the outdoors for everyone.

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Kelly Eustace

Completed Bronze, Silver and Gold DofE. Including camping in Kenya for one month. Have been camping for many years Was a Brownie , Guide, and Young leader , before becoming adult leader 1996-2014 Completed first aid training, Rescue Emergency Care scheme, Camp leader and Pack holiday leader. Participated in wild camping in Dartmoor / New Forest with Dorset Expeditionary Society ( no longer active) and was involve in a variety of selection weekends for Kenya and other expedition, even won fastest pitch of tent blindfolded! Served in the RAF as military Police Joined SCC in 2023 to actively promote and lead DofE in deprived area Been out to Mount Kenya region working in the community 4 times First Aid Cert in files

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Claudio Artoni

Avalanche instructor and educator for the Italian Avalanche Service, professional member of the American Avalanche Association and delegate of the avalanche commission (AVA-com) of the International Commission of Alpine Rescue (ICAR). I'm also a professional climbing instructor for the T-Climb Climbing School. Passionate about snow, ice, geology, climbing, skiing, hiking, sailing, and everything concerning the mountains and polar areas. I'm a geologist and I gained a PhD in Polar Sciences at the University Ca' Foscari of Venice focused on the snow and dust particles in Arctic and Antartica.

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Ian Sippitt

Having spent my early years exploring my flat homelands of Essex with my family, I gained a loved and solid connection with the outdoors. I joined my local scout's group and was fortunate that they were an active committed group with leaders that loved the outdoors and activities as much as we did. Climbing, cannoning, walking (lowlands), and camping (both tents and wild) were regular features on our calendar. Then in my late teens, studying took over and I attended A theater school in Southend, TTC, Tiffany Theater Collage was where I honed my art. This led to a full, although short, career in the theater and on cruise ships. After a particularly long ship contract, I missed the trees and outdoor spaces ( being locked in a floating tin box will do that to you). I applied for a job at Essex Outdoor Danbury and fell in love with delivering adventurous activities. I especially enjoy helping people find skills and strengths they never knew they had. I moved to their sister site in Harlow and continued to love what the outdoors can do for people. I attended the College of West Anglia and had the joy of participating in their Diploma of Outdoor Activities. This was a fantastic course that gave its students an intense, focused experience in a wide range of outdoor disciplines. After graduation, I moved to an independent SEN school in Norfolk where I currently teach Forest School and deliver their entire DofE program including Climbing, High ropes, and Archery. I am a DofE leader, Trainer, and Assessor for the school and have been connected with the award for the last 15 years. During the Covid lockdown, I took the school Forest School Online and opened https://www.youtube.com/@forestschoolfolk8962/featured Feel free to check it out.

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Joby Davis

I am a qualified and current WMCI holder and full member of AMI. Also a development coach, I am a climbing wall specialist and involved in giving technical expertise and advise to over 80 facilities in the UK and overseas. I am heavily involved in all matters climbing walls, including working as a technical expert to The NICAS schemes, and part of the coach development team. Working with AMI as a Technical expert trainer and with Head Rush Technology as a CPD trainer. Get in touch if you have any questions or needs to do with your climbing facility. My company is recognised as one of the leading providers of climb gin wall advice and training in The UK. We also provide, ICA, CWI, CWDI, RCI and the Coaching Scheme.

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Oliver Soord-Gurney

Adventures sea to summit. Summer and winter. Solo, vanlife or with Magnus the Red Toller. Predominantly lead Military Adventure Training expeditions and supervised school based Duke of Edinburgh award expeditions. Ski touring (SL3) Mountaineering (ASL) Climbing (RCI) Working towards my SMI award. More recently sky diving through the Tigers APDT. https://www.instagram.com/tigers_army_parachute_team?igsh=bjZqYThoYXZsOTJy

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John Biggar

I live in Castle Douglas, a small town in Kirkcudbrightshire in southern Scotland. My main business for many years has been the guiding agency 'ANDES' which has been trading since January 1992, running expeditions in the highest mountains of South America. I also climb, ski-mountaineer, splitboard and instruct in Scotland. Usually up north in the Highlands during the winter, most years for a week or two on Skye, and often locally on the excellent granite sea cliffs in Galloway (to escape the midges!!) in the summer. I'm available for guiding and instructing anywhere in theory, but not really places with lots of midges. Since 1996 I have also written and published unique guidebooks to the Andes, which have now been translated into French, Spanish, Czech and Polish. I have also made the first ascents of several Andean peaks, including seven 6000m+ peaks and eight 5000m+ peaks, plus about twenty new routes on 5000m+ peaks in the Andes.

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Reuben Copley

Mainly a boulder but can give Lead a good crack too! Staff at The Wall Ulverston and provided Climbing Specific Personal Training. reuben_copley Grade: V9/ 7a

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Gareth James

I started hiking and scrambling roughly 12 years ago with Snowdon via PYG then Ben Nevis via ledge route. The scrambling side quickly lead me to sport and trad climbing which is in abundance around Llangollen where I was from. I joined NEWMC and travelling to sport climb in Spain then ice climb in Norway, Scotland and occasionally Wales when conditions allowed. Wanting to improve my own skills on the mountain I went through the ML training and enjoyed it that much I decided to freelance as an ML after passing my assessment in 2022. Loving my 2nd year guiding and running private navigation days to build confidence and competency on the mountain as well as brush up ahead of your ML training.


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