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 :

Al Grantham

I live in Liverpool placing me equally between the Peak District, the Lake District, and Snowdonia. I get out to the mountains as often as I can hiking and scrambling. I like walking with friends, in small or large groups and heading out to the hills on my own. I like getting out in the sun, in the rain and in the snow. I have been involved in the outdoors, climbing, kayaking, snowboarding, scrambling and hiking for all of my life. Over the last few years I have started competing in endurance events building up to 50Km Mountain Ultra races, I intend to continue this pushing to do longer and harder events. Over the last few years I have joined a couple of courses with Glenmore Lodge and enjoyed them, this has encouraged me to "upskill" myself and I intend to train and complete the summer mountain leader course over the next 2-3 years.

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Chris Rice

I started this journey back in 2000 when I completed my initial ML training. Since then I went to university and pushed forward with my career across Merseyside and more recently Shetland. I finally moved back to the north west area and am keen to finish my ML and SPA awarded and develop the skill from years past. Always on the look out for fellow folk who are wanting out for quality mountain days to gain valuable experience for assessment etc.

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Isobel Collyer

I have been teaching voice and movement since 1991, training with yoga teachers, Alexander Technique teachers, an orthodontist and specialist physiotherapist as well as training in singing and acting at leading London Conservatoires. Last year I qualified to teach yoga and mindfulness and this year added yoga for Special Groups and Sanskrit to my qualifications.

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Felicity Kettle

I have a genuine passion for the outdoors, love the wildlife, nature and landscape of what our beautiful country has to offer! I'm definitely slightly obsessed with getting out and exploring, predominantly north Wales but all over... Lake District, Yorkshire, Brecon, Scotland etc... I've been super busy the last couple of years, I'm now on the core team for Lakeland Mountain Guides, set up my own company which I run navigation courses & wild camping opportunities. Teaching hillskills through out the event. I love sharing my enthusiasm for the outdoors and hopefully give people the confidence and knowledge to safely visit places. This year I've started to help Blackdog outdoors and Trail mountains for the mind with there push to help raise awareness for mental health in and out of the industry. I still help volunteering for the MTA as it helped me pass my ML, so feel it's important to share and now help others in return. - I passed my summer ML with Phil George in Llanberis -I also train and assess DofE. -16 hrs in remote areas first aid.

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Hannah Phillips

I have been climbing, coaching and providing tuition for various sports and activities for over 15 years through multi activity centres, local peer education groups and climbing centres. After quickly deciding I enjoy climbing and the rope work I began to focus my efforts solely into it. I studied then lived in the South West of England for over 5 years after having moved over from the South East... where the climbing was too few and far between for me! Currently based in El Chorro, Southern Spain, enjoying the sun as I am definitely a fair weather climber!

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Julian Dominic Sexton

Passionate about the outdoors from the time I first set out into the local countryside on my bike I love introducing people to the beauty of nature. As well as a Summer Mountain Leader I am a Fell Running Coach and enjoy running in the hills.

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Neil Turney

My love for climbing and the great outdoors started at very early age, I was fortunate to be born in Scarborough and had the whole of the North York Moors and Yorkshire Wolds to call my playground. We would spend every weekend out doing something, either camping out in one of the many disused quarries or just out walking in the forests of Langdale or Dalby. Whilst serving in the Army in my late teens and early twenties I was exceedingly fortunate to take part in many Adventure Training exercises at home in the Lake District or abroad in Canada (The Rocky Mountains around Jasper), Germany (Harz Mountains & Bavaria), Austria & Italy (Glockner Group & Maine Ridge). My climbing days are well behind me now and my main passion now is just been out in the hills in any weather. I have completed the 214 Wainwrights and 116 Outlying Fells, I complete the 40 miles of the Lyke Wake Walk at least once a year. I am currently a Hill & Moorland Leader and will be completing my Mountain Leader Summer assessment in 2019.

My Mountain Training Story :

Will Murray

I am an ex-secondary school teacher turned instructor, who has always had a passion for the outdoors. Through swimming, surfing and snowboarding in my 20s to climbing, hiking and scrambling more recently, I have always looked for the next outdoor challenge no matter the context. The MTA awards have allowed me to share that passion with others and develop the skills of those looking to develop their own outdoor experiences.

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Adrian L Benn

My journey began as it should with parents who took their child out doors and away from the third parent AKA TV. That love of challenge began with them and I'm eternally thankful for it. Over the years that led me across Corsica, The Sierra Nevada in Spain and USA even down to a lunatic solo walk in November during -14 Deg Fahrenheit freeze. I also love the UK's varied weather and hills which led me down the eventual route of formal training and the MLT Trained qualification. I learnt a vast amount from that course not necessarily in personal skills for being on the hills but how to adapt to lead others so they enjoy it to. This key skill has led me to organise expeditions in the military and to specialise into the civilian training role my own company has now. Key trekking achievements, the John Muir Trail and GR20. Key Running achievements, Hardmoors 110 Mile ultra (35hrs) Race to the Stones 60 miles (14 hrs). Swimming, Lake Bala 5000. Tri Iron Man distance 1999 and 2010.

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Jamie Mark Langler

Jamie Mark Langler is a Mountain Training qualified Expedition Skills & Mountain Leader, Rock Climbing Instructor, Climbing Wall Development Instructor and Development Coach. Similarly, he is also a UKAD accredited Anti-Doping Advisor, and an NNAS Tutor for the National Navigation Award Schemes. Jamie is also a member of the Mountain Training Association and volunteers as a MTA Regional Coordinator for the South West area of Devon & Cornwall. Additionally, he holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Outdoor Adventure Education. Jamie's relevant experience, qualifications and continued professional development can be found on Mountain Training UK.

My Mountain Training Story :

Michael Stones

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

My Mountain Training Story :

Steve Morris

A conscientious, motivated and professional Manager with extensive experience in Sport, Leisure and Parks management as well as a proven track record of strong financial and budget management, A leader of people and change with evidence of strong partnership collaboration delivering and developing Sport and Physical Activity through a range of innovative approaches and delivery models. Recent achievements in my current role include the delivery of alternative delivery models in Parks, Joint Venture for Sports Developement with Cardiff Met University, HSBC Core Cycle City lead, investment in 3G facilities, policy and design for 21st Century Schools and management of the Cardiff International White Water Centre. Partnerships with Sport Wales, Welsh Government, National Governing Bodies for Sport, Universties and 3rd Sector. Contributed Delivery: UEFA Champions League Final. UEFA Super Cup Olympic and Paralympic Games - Football and Pre Games Training Camps UK SCHOOL GAMES Rugby World Cup Volvo Ocean Race World Half Marathon Extreme Sailing Series

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Sam Marsland

I hold a BA Hons degree in Outdoor Leadership from the University of Cumbria. I am an associate member of Mountain Training and hold the summer mountain leader award and the rock climbing instructor award (SPA) and I am a trainee in the winter mountain leader scheme. I am also a trainee member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors and I am progressing towards completing the newly named mountaineering & climbing instructor award.

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Nathanial Brenner

I am a CIMSPA registered personal trainer located in the Staffordshire Moorlands. As a personal trainer, my job is to help you improve your day to day life through fitness and strength. My approach is to build a custom plan that fits specifically with your lifestyle, which in turn will allow you to achieve your health & fitness goals. Every individual is different so my personalised approach is key to helping you achieve your own individual needs. I support people with varying health, physical and fitness needs but I specialise in: - Lean muscle gain & tone - Strength & endurance - Weight loss - Circuit training To contact me for further information or to arrange a consultation please send me an e-mail or give me a call.

My Mountain Training Story :

Richard Clarke

I've spent time outdoors walking on my bike from my very earliest memories, but began to get out in the mountains after starting university in Aberystwyth. I was an active member of both the Mountaineering and Walking clubs and undertook my ML training in 2004. I was elected President of the Walking Club in the same year which involved organising and leading group walks and scrambles in the mountains of Wales and elsewhere in the UK. After moving to live in Snowdonia, I continued to develop my knowledge and experience, and successfully completed my ML(S) with Phill George in 2010. Since then I have been taking on freelance ML work and also become an accredited DofE assessor and supervised and assessed expeditions to Gold level.

My Mountain Training Story :

Mike Bottom

I have enjoyed having adventures in the mountains and through travel for as long as I can remember . It is what I truly enjoy more than anything else and where I am at my happiest. I have grown in experience through the expeditions I've had. Starting with Duke of Edinburgh Gold, C2C walk unsupported & LEJOG Unsupported in my College and early university years before moving onto naturally bigger and further afield adventures; Everest Base Camp 2012, Kilimanjaro 2013, Elbrus 2014, Alps 2014, Kilimanjaro again 2014, Kilimanjaro 16 hour Up & Down Speed Ascent 2014 and finally Peak Lenin (7134m) in 2016. Alongside many UK mountain days and Challenges. On into 2017 I finally found the time and money to complete my ML summer assessment. The qualification had been on my wish list for many years, and now I have it. I have been leading groups on mountain Challenges and expeditions since. Some examples include Snowdon Triple challenge, UK 3 Peaks, Welsh 3 Peaks, Yorkshire 3 Peaks, Welsh 3000s, Manchester to Amsterdam Cycle. I work a full time job in engineering during the week so this is my weekend escape and enjoyment (+holidays). I do the work because I love it, simple as that. I hope my experiences and passion will rub off onto the groups I am leading to give them an enjoyable, positive and meaningful experience.

My Mountain Training Story :

Ingrid Alcalde

I am an active person who loves nature and animals. A bit of my background: After studying a Teaching Degree and a Masters in Educational Psychology in Spain, I moved to the US and I taught Spanish there; then I moved to the UK and kept teaching as well as singing professionally. However, I always loved sports and the outdoors, so since last year (2018) I started climbing as a hobby but I inevitably felt in love with it so I started with bouldering indoors doing a beginners course and getting some 1:1 coaching on the side to get better, and I recently got my first certificate in "Introduction to Rock Climbing" and I absolutely loved it! I love challenges, and I think human beings have incredible hidden skills, we sometimes just forget how to look deeper and find them :)

My Mountain Training Story :

Richard Corfield

Getting back into Scouting now I have kids old enough, so thinking of awards so I can help them. Learned how to walk and navigate in tough conditions through Scouting. Continued with my family, though less when small kids came along. Rock climber, orienteer, RAYNET hilltopper, Cub-Scout assistant.

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Neil sharp

Hi, my name is Neil Sharp. I have been hill walking and climbing mountains since I was around 10 years old. Have just decided to join the MTA and turn those years of walking into something more solid by training and gaining accreditation. Was involved in Scouting for most of my life until recently leaving having got to the level of District commissioner. Through scouting I became a DofE leader and helped many teenagers through there awards and expeditions. Looking forwards I am keen to improve my skills and get out more.

My Mountain Training Story :

alex Watts

Primarily I am a 24 Hr Endurance Mountain Bike racer and Bike Packer. I love spending time in the mountains. In the last 3 months I have covered 4000 miles through 7 different countries at altitudes of up to 9800ft. I am always looking of different ways to interact with my environment. I am undertaking the ML summer to help qualify me as a Bike Packing Guide, so I can share my love of moving quickly in rugged terrain unsupported with others. My Day job is a Hazardous Area Response Paramedic based in the East.

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Ryan Whitehead

Currently a Trainee Outdoor Instructor at Marle Hall Centre for Outdoor Learning in North Wales, learning on the job and gaining skills to put into practice. BSc. Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Management graduate Keen climber, mountaineer and paddler. Working on ML, among other NGBs.

My Mountain Training Story :

Stephen Skinner

An industry professional with almost 10 years management experience at facilities throughout the UK, I am comfortable with all aspects of day to day operations within the climbing environment, including route setting, staff training and maintenance. Holding numerous climbing specific qualifications, I instruct a range of climbing techniques to mixed ability groups allowing participants to achieve their personal goals. This has allowed me the opportunity to coach adults and young people: offering training plans for individual clients, as well as delivering longer term programmes to more advanced group members, several of whom now climb for the GB Climbing Team. Currently a NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) Course Director, I have overall responsibility for the scheme up to Level 5. As well as developing course content, including a progressive youth syllabus for 5-8 year olds, I am also required to deliver regular coaching sessions to young people during bouldering, top-roped and lead climbing sessions.

My Mountain Training Story :

Alastair Howe

Originally an architect by profession, the mountains have always been my passion. I delight in sharing this and have led groups in the hills for over ten years. Now living on Arran, I have the opportunity to share the island with others, which I love!

My Mountain Training Story :

Alice Carty

Grew up in Yorkshire, walking a fair bit with family over the years, before pursuing the Duke of Edinburgh's Awards as a teenager. Once I started university in London I strived for an escape from the big smoke and landed back in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme world (2013), this time as a volunteer leader. I very gratefully received my ML Summer training at a subsidised cost through Plas Y Brenin Future Leaders Fund (2015), and have continued volunteering with local schools and the Camden DofE Open Award group. I was Expeditions Officer for University College London (UCL) DofE Society (2015-16) and held positions as Treasurer (2016-2018) and President (2018-19) with UCL Hiking Club, involving weekly lowland day walks and trip planning for groups of up to 110 people. I am currently the project leader with UCL's Let's Get Out There volunteering project, getting students into outdoors-based volunteering positions with Camden DofE. Expecting to complete ML(S) and pass assessment before the end of my PhD in 2020.

My Mountain Training Story :

Adam Colston

Raised on the south-west coastline, Dartmoor became our local stomping ground. Young and ambitious, I undertook the local Ten Tors challenge for consecutive years. Providing a great base knowledge for future endeavors. Post graduation, I gained a successful career in adventure tourism guiding all over the globe. Summers have found me leading hiking trips all over the Italian Dolomites, to Sea Kayak guiding in the Pacific North-west with Orca Wales and unique sea conditions. Winters I have spent leading ski, snowshoe and cross country trips in mountainous regions of Europe. Passion has driven these ventures. Through years of leading and guiding I have developed a unique set of skills through experience.

My Mountain Training Story :

Gavin Munro

One nightshift a few of us decided it would be fun to walk up cairngorm and round the northern corries, slowly built up from there and haven't really looked back. Biggest love about being in the mountains is the sense of freedom, even in the cloud fun can be had.

My Mountain Training Story :

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, Supervise and Assess DofE Expeditions and to take groups on day walks in the Peak district and Yorkshire Dales. Other Qualifications BELA (Basic Expedition Leader Award), NNAS Tutor Course DofE Assessor (Bronze, Silver and Gold) GNAS Archery GB Instructor Award First Aid at Work

My Mountain Training Story :

Joshua Laverty

I am currently a member of the Armed Forces and have been for just over 5 years. I have done plenty of Instructor work within the Army, including Security training. I have a long background and history of navigation and hill-walking, both within and outside of the Military. I also am a climber and have completed both my ML and RCI training.

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Gillian Millar

Scotland-based hill-goer since 1995, originally collecting Munros (150 visited to date) but more recently drawn towards Corbetts, lesser-known scrambles and rock climbing. Qualified as a Mountain Leader in May 2019.

My Mountain Training Story :

Mark Coffey

Having been teaching since 1993, and since '95, I've been active in organising and running week long Mountain Activity camps in the Lake District from a barn in the Easdale valley. I enjoy training D of E groups and going on Mountain Activity Days with students and staff, highlights being a week of mountain walking in the Lakes in a snowy October and a three week trek across the Atlas Mountains which have added to my appreciation for how the great outdoors fosters teamwork, resilience, cooperation and care in students for each other and the environment. In recent years, I've taken up fell running, recently doing the Welsh 3000's in 10:41 and taking the Bob Graham Round in a day for each of its five stages. Whether walking or running in different conditions from perfect sunshine to strong winds, snow, rain and poor visibility, I've been looking to sharpen my navigation and learn through assisting experienced mountain leaders about group management and route planning. I first did ML training back in 1999, then again in 2015, and I feel that now, with more years of mountain walking experience, I'm ready to go for assessment. My hope is to be able to lead more school walks on our Mountain Activity Days that go most weekends from Manchester to the Peaks, the Lakes or Snowdonia.

My Mountain Training Story :

Mohamed Doudouh

I’m CrossFit Level 2 Trainer and Personal Trainer since 2014 ( EREPS level 3 in 2019) and I worked in a Luxurious Gym for VIP “Aspria Royal La Rasante” in Brussels ( I trained many professional athletes, Police officer ( Special Force) Military ( Commando), Fireman, Football, I have also many skills, I‘m a FIFA Players Agent for 7 years, I’m always in contact with Profesional Athletes for training, negotiation of contract,... I was also Commercial Manager at Carrefour Belgium for 4 years and Sales Manager to Orange Telecom for a year.

My Mountain Training Story :

Madeleine Fforde

Although I've always been happiest outside it took me until 2016 to realise that I needed to make some changes in my life - at which point I moved to Sheffield and took up climbing, fell/trail running and exploring the Peak District. I became increasingly involved with the DofE program at the school I teach at, accompanying expeditions and then training as an Expedition Assessor, and now I am looking at the prospect of training as a Mountain Leader in the next few years, making the most of it as an the opportunity to explore different areas and build up a range of experience.

My Mountain Training Story :

Caroline Ayling

Advanced Level 3 Personal Trainer Intrinsic Biomechanics Coach - Shoulder mechanics; Pelvic function and Thoracic Spine Rotation Running Biomechanics Coach - gait analysis; how dysfunctions can manifest in running styles; strength and conditioning training Level 4 Sports Massage Therapist Having been involved in Fitness Industry for over 13 years, I'm particularly passionate about the education; motivation and supporting of others to achieve their goals. A keen runner, I've also completed all 268 miles of the renowned Pennine Way, half marathons, survival of the fittest races. One of my biggest achievements has been as a support runner for a team of serving and veteran Royal Marine Commandos. This resulted in them successfully achieving a World Record for the fastest marathon distance wearing boots and full military kit, whilst carrying the 40lbs weight! This record had been held by another Corp for nearly 19 years and had been 4 years in the making from a number of failed attempts previously. Becoming trained in both Intrinsic and Running Biomechanics, this is a particularly eye opening aspect of training in testing and identifying internal mechanics and successfully support clients as part of their training, fitness and performance. We can work with clients to correct dysfunction, reduce risk of injury and successfully rehabilitate individuals coming back from injury stronger with an increased knowledge and understanding of how all three of their integrated systems function.

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Lee Magowan

I am in the military and spend most of my time planning, organising and delivering expeditions for soldiers globally. I always deliver foundation training on all my trips away, either climbing, trekking or mountaineering. I took up climbing in 2011 after I was injured in Afghanistan during a tour in 2008 and subsequently had two shoulder operations, the obvious thing was to climb to build my strength as part of physio. I took to climbing like a duck and prefer Trad climbing but will never turn down a day of sport at all. I never really pushed the civilian qualifications but feel I should gain these as I would like to assist scouts and DofE in my spare time, volunteer basis only. I am working on my outdoor civilian certification as I am a Military JSMEL and ASL.

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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 Course DofE - Expedition Assessors Accreditation Scheme (Bronze.Silver,Gold) DofE - Expedition Supervisors Training Course GNAS Archery GB Instructor Award

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Gertie Shields

Ever since I can remember I wanted a six pack. Not in a vain "look at me" kind of way but that was my perception of beauty and confidence. I wanted to be confident and beautiful. I had tried every "diet" program under the sun and was going to the gym every morning at 5am like the girls with the six packs did and was getting nowhere. So I did what any rational person would do and signed up to study Exercise Science because that is where I would learn the big secret. Needless to say I didn't learn the big secret. Instead I was now surrounded by classmates who were athletes, fitness models and bodybuilders. I couldn't even do a push up. After graduating I taught Hip Hop dance to children ages 3-6 and group fitness classes. I loved sharing what I knew with my students but at this point in my career I was still missing the big picture. I honestly did not know what fitness and health was all about. I moved to Los Angeles, CA in 2011 to pursue an acting career. It was during this time that I had decided to try P90X. I signed up for a gym membership and committed to the next 90 days going all out and completing the program the way it was written. For the first time in my life I experienced something magical. I literally could see progress. I could do push ups and pull ups, I could lunge jump and squat jump and lift heavy weights. It was amazing. A feeling I will never forget. I share my background with you because it was during this period in my life where I understood for the first time the fundamentals of training, the results of consistency and perseverance and how fitness is so much more than aesthetics. For the past 8 years I have researched, self experimented and educated myself on all things health and fitness. I discovered my true love is to share what I know with other people and to help those who feel as lost as I did. Nothing brings me more joy and gratitude in life than to see others achieve their dreams and goals.

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Matilda Reed

I am 17; trying to be a foundation coach. I live in Norfolk and it's flat here. I can lead belay and if anyone want's to teach me how to route set please do.

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Keir McEwan

My name is Keir i live just outside a small town in the heart of perthshire, i have a love and passion for the mountains and outdoors i am a keen hill walker, trad climber i like paddle sports mainly canoeing. i like to ski and would like to get into ski touring in the future. this winter i second my first six winter routes the first one being the seam IV in Stob Coire an t-Sneachda. some of the awards/ qualifications i have gained are my john Muir award/ leave no trace, Duke of Edinburgh gold award, Nicas level 1,2,3,4, fundas 1 climbing award, CWI training, my paddle sports instructor and FSRT. My future plans are to become a mountain guide and to bring more people into the outdoor world.

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Oliver Rowley

I first got bitten by the climbing bug when I was a young person In Scouts! My interest in Mountaineering fast turned into a love affair and I’ve been around mountains all my life. I began to instruct Rock Climbing at 18 and have been RCI qualified since 2007 working freelance in North Wales and North Yorkshire since then. Furthermore I became ML(S) qualified in 2010 and have used the qualification constantly. I am currently serving in the British Army and frequently train soldiers in the Mountains. My aspiration is to live a long happy life with plenty of mountain time. In terms of qualifications I'm in no rush, "Experience before Qualifications" is my mantra. I've led and assisted with groups extensively in the UK in both summer and winter conditions. I have also been fortunate to have completed numerous expeditions in the French and Spanish Pyrenees, Corsican mountains, the Indian Himalayas, Mt Kenya and the French, Swiss, Bavarian and Austrian Alps.

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Darren Parkinson

I grew up in the Outward Bounds Centres in North Wales and every weekend I was out on the mountains. At 14 years old I was accepted as a junior member of the Moelwyn Mountain Rescue Team. At 16 I joined the Army where my love for the outdoors continued and I successfully completing the Army's Mountain Training Course. After leaving the Army I continued my walking and mountaineering with regular visits to Scotland, Wales, Dales, Lakes, Peak District, Alps and the Pyrenees. Then family life and work commitments kept me away from the hills for a few years until about 10 years ago where I took one of my kids up onto Bleaklow and the fire was re-ignited. Since then I completed my Summer ML assessment and I am currently working my way through the Wainwrights and Munro's. I am now looking forward to my Winter ML and IML. I am currently a Wildlife Crime Officer with West Yorkshire Police and I have a real interest in wildlife, geology and photography. I retire from the Police Service in 3 years and have set up "Boot Routes", which is my retirement plan for guided walks, navigation courses, trips to Scotland and Norway. I am an accredited assessor for Duke of Edinburgh schemes, my First Aid certificate is up date to date and I try and attend a CPD workshop once a month. More recently I have been accepted as a trainee for Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team and just completed a diploma in Conservation

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Stephen Summers

With family roots in the Lake District, I spent my childhood holidays going up many of the fells and peaks of the area, far too many to log on here. An ongoing love of the outdoors has seen me revisit many of the same peaks (in part from taking three different groups on the 3 Peaks Challenge), plus some international ones. I am currently training for my MLA, in part for the satisfaction of the skills & experience I will gain, and in part to help open up possible new ways of giving something back, whether supporting charity events or helping scouts or DoE groups make something happen.

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Benjamin Thomas

I am a DofE Leader and am working with Wildside Expeditions to provide fun and rewarding experiences to participants of all levels. This has been a self rewarding experience - to be able to introduce people to the outdoor environment, and see them improve through their own personal experiences. I’m currently working towards my mountain leader award.

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Robin Murray

Got interested in the outdoors when I was 13 or 14 n the late 70's when Chris Bonington came to our school to give a talk about his experiences and enjoyed scrambling and walking throughout the UK, In the early 90's got into kayaking and have been to a lot of different places to kayak. Started taking awards. Level 3 whitewater coach,. Swiftwater Rescue Tech advanced, 4 Star Sea 2star canoe, Canoe Safety assessor. SPA Climbing, Mountain Bike guide and trail leader, Gorge leader, Coasteering guide, Also was in a couple of rescue teams North Wales Cave rescue, Global rescue, and North Wales Fire and Rescue, Started Llanrwst canoe club with some friends. Have been involved in taking young people out into the outdoors for over 20 years as a volunteer and as a career. Worked for various outdoor companies in the North Wales area. Currently working at LLandrillo Colege in the ILS department taking student trough D of E and providing various outdoor activities. Waiting for the website provider to merge this account with my old one.

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George Bisset

I joined the Army at 16 whilst still in school, i had passed my military exams prior to leaving high school so it was a matter of getting through my final school days as i had already received my start date. Early on in our training we were taken to Capel Curig during the Winter where we were DRAGGED up Snowdon in full Winter conditions, no ice axe, no crampons or even a helmet just a kick up the ass if you lagged behind. That feeling you get when you hit the summit and for hours after you have descended stayed with me and from then on wherever we were posted/based i always looked for the highest piece of ground and that's where i would target when the other guys were enjoying some well earned RnR. After leaving the Army I continued to explore the hills & mountains eventually leading me to join Scottish Mountain Rescue. Now 34yrs after my intro on Snowdon I am still out in the Mountains at every opportunity.

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Shekira Johnson

I'm a graduate of Swindon Dance school and Rubicon Dance School and I have a degree in acting from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. I also have a huge interest in health and fitness and I am qualified in 22 different fitness programmes. I've taken this love of dance, fitness and drama and created Turn'd Up Fitness, a dance fitness class set to R&B, hip hop and dancehall music. Turn'd Up Fitness has been awarded 10 CIMSPA points. It is a mix of dance, fitness and drama. It’s about energy, empowerment and community. Plus, you burn 700 to 900 calories in a class! Best of all, you don’t have to have any dance experience to get stuck in. Turn’d Up takes you somewhere that no other class can take you. The lights go off, the disco lights go on and we go for it! Instructors undertake a weekend of thorough training and then subscribe to the programme. After this, any money they make is theirs to keep. This can be £150 - £200 for an hour's class. We support our instructors with marketing training and materials and they join a network with online support groups and mentoring. In just over a year I have taught over 70 women to teach Turn'd Up and we have over 100 classes a week running in South Wales and the West country. Our aim is to grow further into the UK and then take it global. I am also developing On Demand, an online service where subscribers can access Turn'd Up routines wherever they are.

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Tim Howell

I first got interested in the outdoors as a career on a management course. I wish I had known what opportunities there were as an 18 year old instead of trying to create a career in my 40s with two children and a mortgage to pay! I am a qualified youth worker, teacher and lecturer and have found it really hard to get instructors with the right balance of interpersonal and relationship skills and ability with challenging behaviour. when it works it is nothing short of transformational. I could count those that meet that standard on one hand despite buying in instructors over seven years across the South East and Midlands. I am summer ML qualified, Level 1 paddlesport coach and CWA trained. I am open to partnership opportunities to bring my youth work expertise, especially with the most challenging behaviour into outdoors contexts where genuine transformation can be facilitated. I am completing my MA in Outdoor Education at University of West Wales, Trinity St David.

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David Canning

I am currently an instructor at the University of Essex climbing wall. I have developed and teach the beginners and improvers climbing course covering wall safety, use of the equipment (harness, helmet, shoes and rope) tying on and belaying, techniques and movement on the wall. I also teach children's groups, large and small, mostly scouts, guides, schools and birthday parties. I have been climbing for 14 years and I am a member of the Colchester Climbing Club. But I have loved being in the mountains and wild places forever. I write poetry about mountaineering and I feature in Extreme Scotland by Nadir Khan and in my first collection, An Essex Parish, available on Amazon!

My Mountain Training Story :

Anna Baradad Ormo

I am a bookkeeper who got bewitched with the art of climbing. I enjoy outdoors and nature. I am a Cubs leader that likes teaching skills for life and helping others to challenge themselves to reach personal goals and feel proud of their personal achievements. In addition of taking every chance I have to climb and socialise with other climbers, I work as a bookkeeper for the charity Mercy In Action, I am the treasurer for Bristol and South Gloucester Division of SSAFA charity (the Armed Forces charity, formerly known as Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and liFamilies Association), I read at school with the children, I volunteer with Mencap assisting in a classroom of young adults with learning disabilities (ages 18-23 years old) with Maths and English and I am also a Cubs leader. My main interest in becoming a CWI is to contribute teaching further Skills for life, help people to become independent climbers and use climbing as therapy for people with learning disabilities and other Mental health problems. Climbing besides being a very enjoyable sport that someone can practice individually or in group, as well as be part of your social life, it provides many endless skills for life, such as confidence, reassurance, determination, stamina, resilience, tolerance, acceptance of limitations, problem solving, patience, be caring and many others. I have experience in Indoor climbing and some knowledge in Outdoors, Ice and Trad Climbing. Looking forward to climbing all over the world and enjoy the different challenges of each climb. For me climbing is the magic key for a happy life :)

My Mountain Training Story :

John Tokley

My qualifications and experience to date includes: - Mountain Leader Training (April 2015) - Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Supervisor Training Course (May 2016) - Single Pitch Award Training (June 2015) - Bridging the gap SPA to Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI) (May 2019) - St John’s Ambulance Activity first Aid Course (Valid to March 2021) - current DBS certificate (Issued Nov2013,Nov2016,Nov2019)


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