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 :

Tom Thorne

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

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Van-Der Kellen Loureiro

I believe we can change the world with the right motion. With the right motion one creates the right emotions. With the correct emotions we are inspired, motivated, energised. We can achieve more with less. Kellen enjoys dealing with discerning and international guests, he has a flair for the small details of a courteous guest service and loves the personal contact with the guests. He is enthusiastic, dynamic with a spirit of initiative and cooperation, and a very strong client orientation. He has the ability to learn and adapt, with a innate ease of communication and interpersonal relationships, teamwork, orientation, objectives and is results driven. A passionate motivator.

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Tobias Younger

My journey to this point has not been the most direct, but mountains have been at the heart. After many weekends in the Welsh hills and the Lakes in my early teens, to my first expedition to NE Greenland when I was 16, my passion for the mountains was burning brightly and for a number of years I spent a fair amount of time exploring them and this took me to some incredible and beautiful parts of the world. At the end of 2013 I fulfilled my lifelong dream to make a life in the mountains and moved to the French Alps. Since then I have been developing my understanding of the mountains, not just in resort as a ski instructor and as a ski patroller, but beyond; monitoring and evaluating the snow conditions, the impact of the weather, navigating snow covered terrain, enabling me to make more informed decisions as to the safety of the environment I want to call my home. By continuing to develop my mountain skills through the IML programme, I hope I will be able to impart some of my passion and love for the jagged peaks and lowland forests.

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Kit Kline

I love rock climbing (sport and trad), mountaineering and alpinism, hiking and exploring. Basically, so long as I'm out and about in the mountains I'm happy :)

My Mountain Training Story :

Andrew Merrick

I started walking and camping in the mountains at the age of 18, with many errors and many great experiences. We purchased our first gear from Millets in our local High Street. We previously used to doss about and sleep rough on our scooters, so this was the next stage of growing up . Although a few of us had a passion for the outdoors most were there for the beer and a good time. Our walks in the early days consisted of walking up to a lake, camping in the dark, finishing the walk in the morning and then quickly to the pub. Walks were literally straight up and down. However, the bug had truly bitten and as each of us did more, purchased more and better gear, so we continued. After a few years, two of us completed all the Nuttalls and were obsessed with getting them done - which only took 15 years! Our trips took us into very remote areas and many were done solo in awful weather. On top of this we camped and did a few in Scotland as we started the Munros but never completed them, including Ben Nevis via the CMD Arete, Ben Cruachan area for a few days, spent 3 days in the most horrendous weather in the Fisherfields doing A'Mhaighdean, Five Sisters etc, the usual suspects and tried to cram a few in on family holidays, mainly running up and down to save time including Ben More on Mull and Carruntoohil in Ireland. At 50 I had more and more people asking if I could take them out and it became apparent that leading was very different to being with equals. I therefore, decided after 32 years of hill walking to get some training! I had been used by PYB as a guinea pig for climbing multi pitch work and winter MIC training so was well aware of the value of professional coaching. I did my ML training and realized in the micro nav I had much to learn! I have completed my ML training, several night nav evenings, steep ground terrain and contour master class. I spend as much time as I can in the mountains and have a huge motivation for sharing my passion with others.

My Mountain Training Story :

Mark Demmery

I qualified as an ML in 2012 and started to look for freelance work to fill in around my day job. I've worked on many charity events, 3 peaks and led groups throughout Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons I worked 2 seasons of D of E expeditions and led two expeditions, one to Cambodia and one to Peru for Camps International before Work took priority again. I enjoyed a week long winter skills course at Glenmore Lodge before enjoying 3 winter seasons in Scotland. I joined a group in Morocco and helped lead three novices on two winter ascents of Mount Toubkal in 2018. I joined an Alpine techniques course run in Arolla, Switzerland by Jagged Globe in preparation for several trips planned to the Alps in 2019 as well as as many trips up to Scotland as I can manage in the 2018/19 winter season. My future plans are to complete the International and Winter mountain leader courses as well as the Rock climbing instructor award. The next expedition is as an assistant to an IML for a month long trip to Nepal, joining a group trekking to EBC before leaving with a sherpa to attempt Island Peak during the return journey.

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Peter Deeks

Hullo I have been mountaineering since my first trip to the North York Moors when I was a 14 yo scout. I am still involved in Scouting, and have been a member of the Essex Scouts Mountain Activities Team (ESMAT) since 1991, and was the Chief Instructor from 2004 to 2019. I am also involved with the Cumbria Scouts County Activities Team I have led school expeditions (for World Challenge) to Kenya and Costa Rica. My favourite thing is overnight trips in the mountains, most particularly Scotland in Winter. I have also, much to my own surprise, become a keen fell runner since I moved to Cumbria in 2008. However, mountaineering is my hobby, and I have a day job as a Chartered Building Surveyor.

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Dean Bradley

It all started when I was 6 and my uncle took me for a walk up to Almscliff. I climbed up onto the large boulder beneath Wall of Horrors and watched the climbers on Overhanging Groove. I knew straight away then that I wanted to be like the climbers and be on the rock. As I scrambled down from the boulder, I grazed my forearm, little did I know that both of these things would remain a part of my climbing to this day. 42 years on, thousands of visits later and as I pull in to park at the crag, I still get an excited feeling in my stomach. In this time, I have gained my Foundation Coach award, climbing wall development instructor and my Rock climbing instructor awards. Achieving these awards has given me a sense of pride but also enabled me to share my love of climbing, bouldering, exercise and the great outdoors with a much wider audience. Whether it is sparking the enthusiasm in first time climbers, refining the techniques of climbers who want to improve or enabling those with disabilities to feel the freedom of movement, these awards have made this possible. Training for these qualifications has also helped me trust in my experience, knowledge and skills. Achieving the awards has given me self-belief and a desire to continue my learning and developing myself.

My Mountain Training Story :

Robert Stanley

DLOG endorsement (required for IML registration) has been requested from a referee.

My Mountain Training Story :

Michael Burke

I teach Tai Chi and Qigong to over 400 people a week. I have over 20 years experience teaching the slow gentle movements of Tai Chi and Qigong. I am a memeber of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain and the British Health Qigong Association.

My Mountain Training Story :

Michael Lee

Been in the Army Cadet Force since 2012, took a year away when turned 18, and now I teach a variety of subjects including Navigation. Love my water & Adventurous sports.

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Dominic Hartin

Hi my name is Dom Hartin, I've been instructing for over 10 years for a number of different activity centres, outdoor companies and climbing walls in a variety of roles from instructor to senior management.

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Rajeev Sritharan

I have been a secondary and sixth form teacher since 2007 working with wide ranging groups of young people. I am now a Duke of Edinburgh Manager with experience of supervising, training and leading expeditions since 2008.

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Matt Murray

I have developed an interest in the outdoor through my Dad and Scouting. With Scouts I have been on trips abroad, including America, Italy and Switzerland, also through Scouting I earned my Duke of Edinburgh bronze, silver and gold awards. Once leaving school I took part in an Outlook Expeditions trip to Peru. Now studying Adventure Education at West Highland College in Fort William, I am lucky to be able to link my interests and studies.

My Mountain Training Story :

Marcus White

26, North Yorkshire, Outdoor lover, World travels, Hiking and biking, Aspiring Mountain Leader, Pending Degree in Physical and Outdoor Education, Leeds Beckett University, Former Sales Assistant, Go Outdoors Leeds, Former Activity Instructor/management staff at international summer camp, Croatia, Former Apprentice Activity Instructor, Norfolk, Former Learning Support Assistant, Middlesbrough, Former Childcare Snow Ranger, French Alps, Former International English Teacher, Beijing.

My Mountain Training Story :

Jade Bradley

Upon receiving my degree, I began to help with the fitness and strength and conditioning sides at an elite football academy before pursuing my dream of having my own S+C/PT business. The business is in its beginning month or so, so I am currently on the pursuit of more qualifications to my name, along with experience in the field, working with gyms and sports professionals to broaden my knowledge.

My Mountain Training Story :

Angela Fallon

I have trained in the art of Tai Chi Chuan for 20 years and attained my 'Black Jacket' Master Grade level and progressed to 3rd Teng Chi in the Lee Style with East West Taoist Association. I continue my training with Master Howard Gibbon, East West Taoist Association, regularly attending his courses in Scarborough, Yorkshire. Master Gibbon studied under the tutelage of Master Chee Soo who was trained by Master Chan Kam Lee of the Lee family lineage. I teach Tai Chi classes in Edinburgh and have trained 6 teachers in Edinburgh and run Lee Tai Chi Scotland. This is an art form which cannot be gained through short courses but takes dedication and practice over many years. For 18 of my 20 years of Tai Chi training I travelled every month to either Scarborough, Hull or Coventry to train with my teachers. The Lee style of Tai Chi incorporates Tai Chi Form, Dance, Staff, Sword, Silk as well as Feng Shou (Kung Fu), Meditation, Qigong and Taoist Yoga. I love practicing and sharing this art as it is a journey of self-development. It is a never ending treasure trove and the longer you do it the more you understand about the depth of these arts, body mechanics and energy flow. I feel privileged to be able to teach this art. I have always had an interest in East Asian Culture and spent 5 years travelling and teaching in SE Asia from 1993-1998.

My Mountain Training Story :

Joanne Walton

I am a freelance musician (violinist) and love climbing

My Mountain Training Story :

Michael Ratcliffe

Hi. I’ve been a keen Swimmer & biker (road and mountain biker) for many years, especially swimming since I was at school and later on in the Army in the early ‘80’s competing for my regiment in N. Ireland and the UK. But running was my forte. I became a keen triathlete in the late 80’s and continued into the 90’s and up to 2004 competing for Cambridge Tri and later on Walden Tri at National and International level. Once I finished competing in triathlons I concentrated on coaching others and that’s when I became a Level 2/3 gym instructor (City & Guilds) and later on a Personal Trainer L3 ( Future fit). I’ve also been a Spinning Instructor for 15 yrs and have regular weekly classes at my local leisure centre where i’ve worked at for the last 19 yrs. I really do love my job because I get meet such a diverse group of people at my leisure centre and of all ages from 3yrs old to 83 yrs old. My past times are cycling, and when I get the chance to out riding with my motorbike club.

My Mountain Training Story :

Steve Berry

I am the Outdoor Education Adviser for Trafford in Manchester having taken on the role in 1997. I provide help and advice for school visits across the spectrum. Having trained as a teacher at Charlotte Mason College in Ambleside I originally took up centre work as an instructor and youth worker in both the Lakes and Germany. In 1980 I took on the role as a Youth Tutor for Trafford Youth Service concentrating on Outdoor Education and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award eventually managing the Youth Service Outdoor Education / DofE Expedition Team until disestablishment in 2015. I still manage the Community DofE groups in Trafford The Adviser role has developed since the loss of the Youth Service and I am looking forward to training the new generation of EVCs in the near future.

My Mountain Training Story :

Marika Blackham

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

My Mountain Training Story :

Simon Tremewan

Simon Tremewan: Outdoor experience and qualifications Qualifications: Joint Services Expedition Leader (JSMTC Scotland) 1989 Mountain Leader (Plas y Brenin) 1996 Single Pitch Award (training) 1997 Site specific climbing wall Award 1998 Winter Mountaineering (training – Cairngorms) 1999 Three Star Kayak 2004 Level 2 Kayak Coach 2005 Three Star Kayak (surf) 2007 Rescue and Emergency Care (Plas y Brenin) 2004/7/10 Four Star Kayak (surf training) 2008 Climbing Wall Award (Re-training) 2008 Single Pitch Award (re-training) 2011 Winter Mountaineering Training (Plas y brenin) 2012 ITC First Aid 2013 and 2016 REC First Aid (Plas y Brenin) 2019 Experience: Expeditions led to Scotland, North Wales and The Lake District as part of Sherborne School’s Adventurous Training Programme (annually 1990-2001) Supervision of Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Expeditions in Scotland, Lake District, Peak District, Dartmoor and Exmoor. Manager of Ten Tors teams for over 20 years. Master in charge of Outdoor Activities (1996-1999) Climbing Instruction offered to Sherborne School and at children’s summer activities camps. Kayak coaching. (Master in charge, 1999-2004) Organised school surfing trips (2007 and 2009 to Portugal) Organised charity/challenge walks; including three 24 hour North-South crossings of Dartmoor; two Oxfam Everest challenge walks in the Lake District (32 summits totalling the equivalent height of Everest) 1999 and 2010; Nine Summits challenge (UK’s nine highest mountains in one continuous journey) 2011. I have walked and climbed (via ferrata) in the Dolomites on several occasions. I have also walked several times in the Pyrenees and the Salzkammergut, of Austria.

My Mountain Training Story :

Piotr Artur Kadziela

For more than ten years, I paddled my way through quite a few countries across four continents, starting with kayaking and soon finding my great passion that is Stand Up Paddleboarding. My qualifications range across ASI Level 1 & 2, British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor, BSUPA L1 Instructor, International Life Saving Federation and RLSS IQL Level 2 Lifeguard, a First Aider and qualified Diver with the ACUC and for good measure a few awards from the RYA, the list goes on. There are not many water sports I hadn’t experienced. I've been in and on the water for over a decade. I strongly believe that my knowledge and capabilities can keep you safe, inspired, and entertained.

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Brian Watt

Hi, My passion for mountains took off aged 12, when I climbed my first Munro with my dad and brothers. Gradually I got to know the hills of Scotland really well and then explored further afield in the Alps, Pyrenees and Rockies. I completed my round of the Munros in 2012 and have led countless small groups on days out in the Scottish hills, summer and winter - sometimes with friends, sometimes as a volunteer leader, and sometimes on a professional basis. I completed the Mountain Leader Award as a personal development project and also with a view to developing more mountain leading work. I'm a French speaker and also know some German though not well enough to lead exclusively in that language! I'm happy to lead people on single or multi day trips in the Scottish Highlands - my 'backyard"! I'm based in Glasgow.

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Jonathan Carter

I successfully completed the Military Top Rope and Abseiling Supervisors Course in 1994 Former member of the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team between 2007 and 2012 Completed the National 3 Peaks (Snowdon via the Llanberis Path, Scafell Pike from Seathwaite and Ben Nevis) in under 24 Hours on a number of occasions. Completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks (Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough) on numerous occasions in all weather types in under 12 hours. Trekked as part of a guided group to Mount Everest Base Camp in 2009 reaching an altitude of 5368m An active member of the Yorkshire Mountaineering Club and a member of the Club Committee. I have climbed on the tough Cuillin Ridge, Isle of Skye, for a number of years. Thus far I have climbed 212 of the 214 peaks in the Wainwrights guides to the Lake district. 2016 I completed the Welsh 3000m peaks alone. September 2016 I climbed the Zugspitze which is the highest mountain in Germany (2962m) which involved the use of Via Ferrata climbing October 2017 I climbed the Mulhacen which is the highest mountain on mainland Spain (3472m) October 2018 I successfully lead a group from Yorkshire Mountaineering Club over two days to the summit of Teide in Tenerife. During which we bivvied for a night at around 3000m October 2017 passed the Climbing Wall Award allowing me to instruct groups to climb on artificial walls and since then I have gained experience working at Leeds Climbing Wall. April 2019 passed the Rock Climbing Instructors Award allowing me to instruct groups on single pitch crags. April 2019 passed the Climbing Wall Development Instructors award allowing me to instruct lead climbing indoors. 2018 I completed the Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Skills Leader course allowing me to teach young people the skills required to successfully complete their Bronze and Silver expeditions. I am also a qualified DofE expedition assessor and a National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) Tutor.

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Graham Timmins

I have been a passionate hill walker since my teenage years. I am now moving towards retirement and am involved in the Long Distance Walking Association. I have gained so much from walking and reckon its time to start putting something back.

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Alastair Howe

An architect by profession, the mountains are 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!

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Betts Fetherston

I started climbing in April 2013. I work as a Duty Manager and Core & Lead Climbing Instructor at Harrogate Climbing Centre - since 13 October 2016. I started a new job in July 2017 at Care 4 Children, Crisis Team as an Activity Care Instructor and worked there until November 2018 at which point the Crisis Service was closed. The job was on a motorhome in remote locations doing shifts of 5 days on/10 days off). We worked with a young men in Care and in crisis, on a 28-day placement (up to 56 days). The work focused on outdoor experiential learning including mountain biking, climbing, hill walking, and canoeing. Its was a challenging job but also rewarding. I have since developed in a different direction, pairing my climbing and outdoor instructor work with Life and Organisation Coaching. I am currently taking a Post-Graduate Certificate in Business and Personal Coaching through Barefoot Coaching and the University of Chester. I have started my own business, Betts Fetherston Coaching Ltd, and am practicing as a Coach (see my LinkedIn page for further information and contact details). From my previous career as a University Senior Lecturer I have a wealth of experience. My expertise is in communication, conflict management and resolution, and my skills include training, facilitation, coaching and mentoring. I won a national teaching award for innovative curriculum. I have qualifications in the area of mental health and have a strong interest in the cross-over of coaching and mentoring for vulnerable people and how climbing and the outdoors can be a key part of improving mental and physical health. I love climbing and being outdoors. My personal goals are to continue developing my trad experience, including multi-pitch climbing. I aim to completed my Mountain Leader award by the end of this year, and focus on completing the Rock Climbing Instructor next year.

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Chas Ward

Brought up to value the great outdoors by my parents I walked in the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District and N.Wales from an early age. I joined Cubs, Scouts & Ventures where I learned to rock climb and climbed with school friends. In 1990 I joined the T.A. & ran with the O.T.C. Mountain running squad. I was Reserve for the British Military Pentathlon Squad. In 1991, aged 20, I climbed the west face of the Eiger. I studied Geological Sciences at Leeds Uni, joined the Climbing Club & beyond, led E6 on Grit, F7b+ Limestone and E5 Slate across the UK & abroad with Winter Climbing grade IV in the Lakes & Snowdonia. I began to lead groups in the outdoors following graduation in 1994, first as Assistant Leader & Expedition Photographer in Arctic Norway for the British Schools Exploring Society. In 1998 I was joint Fire Leader for the BSES Indian Himalaya Expedition (Mountain Leader & Science Leader: Geology and Geomorph.) I first ran the Welsh 1000 m Peaks Race in 1989. After a serious accident and several operations I learned to walk again & run. I trained via the 2008 (&2018) Snowdonia & Langdale marathons to rerun the W1k in 2009. I have since completed the CRO Challenge Ingleborough Marathon five times 2014-19 & aim to repeat W1k in 2020. I began Archery in 2012 and volunteered to help translate for English speaking Archers in France each summer to 2016 including disabled. I trained as an Archery GB coach in 2017 and coached at local clubs, where I continue to shoot. I have spent many wonderful days & nights in mountain and wilderness environments and enjoy sharing my passion for flora, fauna and landscape with others. I am a firm believer in the “Nature Fix” as having the potential to bring wide-ranging benefits for many and varied issues to lots of different people. I believe that key to building individuals, group and teams’ confidence is shared values, challenge & stretching experience in a fun, engaging & active outdoor environment.

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Gregory McKay

RAF Air Cadet Officer. Gaining Lowland Leader to facilitate taking cadets and staff on navigation training walks. Facilitates Bronze / Silver DofE awards also.

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Andrew Read

My first memories of mountains come from accompanying my father as he worked towards his 40+ QMD's. He worked closely with the Scout Association and was the Scout Mountain Leadership Assessor for South West England for 25 years. Many an evening I was kicked out of the living room as he briefed candidates on skills or assisted with their route planning. I developed a fondness for maps despite him always asking me to assist with his very particular route card requirements! Through him and my own experience in Scouts I developed a love for the outdoors and an eagerness to share it with others. I now lead my own Scout Group, regularly teaching 10-14 year olds about the natural environment, hill skills and safety in between my 9-5 commitments as a Cartographer at the UK Hydrographic Office. I live close to Dartmoor and Exmoor and spend at least one week a year in the mountains of Scotland. I've also spent time in Snowdonia, the Brecon Beacons, Peak District and the Lakes. I've dabbled in the Canadian rockies, French and German alps, but somehow always come back to the Munro's. I enjoy good company, golden ale and scotch whisky, but most of all i love being outside.

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Vladimir Casap

I have quit my Sales & Marketing career to pursue my true mission - inspire people to live a healthier, happier and a more fulfilling life with the power of fitness. Currently coaching people online with tailor made training programs and nutrition plans for which I was recognized as one of the top personal trainers in Moldova by the magazine Perfecte.md and was invited to speak multiple times for national TV channels about exercise and nutrition. Also, I run a fitness blog on Instagram for over 2 years now and have over 13 thousand followers. See more on my Instagram Page @iamvladimirx or my website www.thexarmy.com

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Linda Cole

My love of the outdoors stems from growing up in Yorkshire. Ilkley Moor was my playground, and I've always liked walking on the moors. As a Guide, I broadened my horizons, starting to get into rock climbing, sailing and camping and in short, anything outside. I took climbing up properly as a student at the University of Warwick. Whilst more at home on good old Yorkshire grit, I still enjoy the more accessible climbing walls (to a Yorkshire expat living down south). I've volunteered at Youlbury Scout Activity Centre assisting instructing climbing, abseiling and high ropes, and in now assist with Oxfordshire Scout County's climbing activities. Having returned to climbing after a break, and needing to rely on technique rather than strength, I can certainly empathize with both beginners and those like me, who are returning to the sport after a break. I still love hill walking and have started to get into winter mountaineering in recent years. When time allows, I like to explore the Brecon Beacons, the Lake District and Snowdonia, as well as hill and moorland areas closer to home. I enjoy sharing my love of the outdoors with others, especially young people. As well as working a a freelance outdoor instructor, I am a marketeer and a mum to three children. As an aspirant CWI and ML, I hope these qualifications will boost my skills and confidence, helping me bring everyday adventure to young people in Scouting and Guiding and beyond.

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Beatriz Canteiro

I don't have any awards yet but I have a lot of passion for the outdoors. I love being in contact with nature and that's why I'm now saving money to buy all the gear I need and to pay for my mountain skills training. I can't wait to start.

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Nick Rowe

Passing my SPA meant i can help others to get out and get climbing. I worked for Joint Services Mountain Training (JSMTC) and took out groups on a weekly basis. Passing my MLT aloud me within the military to take groups of 6 out on the mountains. I love having the ability to get young soldiers out and about, outside their day to day routine. many of them have never climbed a mountain or climbed outdoors or any climbing before. I get a sense of achievement when a group get to the top of a climb or the top of a mountain. At last i have passed my ML this allowed me within the military to run summer mountaineering foundation and MLTs this gave me great experience in teaching the rope work and my confidence as an ML grew.

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Donna Walton

200-hr RYT 85-hr Pregnancy Yoga teacher 15-hr Chair Yoga with Yoga London Yoga Alliance Certified Registered member 200-hr RYT Yoga Alliance with Yoga London, RYS Yoga Alliance. Fully qualified 15-hr Corporate/Chair Yoga and 85-hr Pregnancy Yoga teacher. I have full public liability insurance. I run my own Yoga business teaching private 1:1 sessions, small classes and Pregnancy Yoga both pre and post-natal. Styles taught Chair Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Rocket, Power, Flow (formerly NOVA Virgin Active) and Modified Ashtanga Vinyasa. All abilities all level classes, with adjustments and props. I teach Corporate Yoga to large organisation’s on both a small VIP class or large classes with up to 40 plus students. Restorative Yoga: Restore, Relax and Breath sessions. • Private 1:1 Classes Home Studio @ Northwood I teach Yoga, Pre and Post Natal Pregnancy Yoga to clients on both a one to one basis and small classes. Specialise in alignment and specified stretching including Runners Yoga. • FitClub Gym Northwood Hills Teaching regular weekly permanent classes. • David Lloyd Northwood, Sudbury and Bushey Teaching regular weekly permanent classes. • The Northwood Club – Darwin Wellness I teach heated ashtanga vinyasa on a regular basis • London Borough Hillingdon I teach chair yoga to students with early onset dementia at Northwood Library Cover list for Pure Gym Watford and GLL Botwell Green

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Robert Smith

Many years of walking, climbing, skiing, orienteering, trailquests, MTB, etc. and a bit of fell running and ski touring thrown in. I've ben active mostly in the UK but also completed mixed alpine climbs, plus greater ranges peaks Chulu West in Nepal and Aconcagua in Argentina. Other notables include the complete Cuillin ridge (twice), Island Peaks Race (3 days sailing and mountain running) way back in 1989, and 270 Munros. I've walked and climbed extensively in the British mountains in all seasons and weathers and enjoyed the mountains for myself and through taking charge of club outings. I've also planned, organised and riden a series of multi-day MTB trips through Scotland with work colleagues. I also planned and cycled Lands End to John o'Groats with that team. I'm a member of the Solihull Mountaineering Club where I was for some years the Chairman, and I am now the Hon. President, being wheeled out for special occasions. Although I no longer live near Solihull I take an active interest in club affairs and attend the odd weekend trip. Now retired from full-time working as a Chartered Engineer and moved back to Cumbria, I can get out more on foot, by MTB and orienteering in the woods and on the fells. Orienteering provides a severe test for navigational skills under pressure, and helps to maintain speed and stamina. I'm a member of Lakeland Orienteering Club and I've been the course planner for a number of orienteering events including one international fixture. I was active with Explorer Scouts when I lived in Derbyshire. I've also supported DofE expeditions as Supervisor (for school and Scout groups) and Assessor for a Bronze scout group, though I am qualified to assess up to Gold level. Scouts and DofE provide chances to share the joys and experiences of being out on the hill, and pass on skills to yougsters.

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Reed Goodman

I am currently studying Geography at the University of Worcester and I work as a mentor on the National Citizen Service in the summer. My experience is mainly with hiking and doing expeditions on lowland conditions, but with increasingly more experience on hills and mountains. I have also been indoor climbing since 2016 and I am in the training stage of a CWI.

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Simon Willis

Outdoor Education Youth Worker, Geography Teacher, Head of Outdoor Education and now a Local Education Authority Outdoor Education Adviser. My awards have been gained during my career journey to support and enhance the work that I've been doing. I've derived so much pleasure and enjoyment from being outdoors myself and am forever thankful to those who introduced me back when I was a snotty nosed, long haired schoolboy: Day hikes; canoeing at Symonds Yat; walking trips to the Brecon Beacons; Ten Tors on Dartmoor and a week on Skye when I should have been revising for A Levels. All these experiences and those who led them are the reason I became a teacher and ultimately started collecting outdoor qualifications. My qualifications have allowed me to introduce and pass on my skills and knowledge to others. There are few things better than sharing and passing on your passion for something to others. What goes around comes around!

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Christopher Heayns

Fully qualified Personal Trainer and Sports Coach specialising in weight loss, endurance training, cardiovascular development and multi sports events (Duathlon and Triathlon). Whether you are a total beginner or a seasoned professional, I recognise that everyone is an individual who requires a bespoke personal training programme to achieve their goals. You will benefit from dedicated one-to-one sessions, creating a unique dynamic and allowing you to focus on one thing – your results. I will conduct an initial physical analysis to create a regime specifically tailored for you, taking into account your current fitness, potential injuries, limitations and nutrition. You can then be guided through an entire programme of health and fitness development, which includes your training inside and outside the gym, your diet and your lifestyle. We will also look to integrate a wide range of disciplines and methods to keep both body and mind challenged in a variety of ways. This includes options such as strength, mobility and stretching sessions, cardiovascular exercise and sports performance. I am realistic about how day-to-day demands can impact on your schedule. Designed to be progressive and challenging, the plan will take you through all facets of fitness development, making sure that you are not just leaner, but also stronger, more flexible, more stable and agile. Certification: Level 3 (Active IQ) – Diploma in Personal Training (QCF) Level 3 (Active IQ) – Nutrition for Physical Activity (QCF) Level 2 (Active IQ) – Certificate in Fitness Instruction (QCF) RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessor Level 3 – First Aid at Work Level 2 – Hockey Coach

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Jonty Mills

I am a Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor and UIMLA International Mountain Leader, and live with my wife and two young boys near Inverness, in the Scottish Highlands. I run my own small mountaineering and trekking company--On High Hills--as well as working freelance for other companies with whom I have shared values and aims. I am also a medical doctor, and have an interest in Mountain Medicine.

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Bethany-Loren Edmonds

A city girl with a passion for the outdoors. Managed to bag the dream job enabling me to have the best of both worlds. I manage an indoor climbing attraction, which encompasses fun, exciting and safe climbing using Tru Blue Auto Belays and technical training and maintenance on access rope within the centre. Making my knowledge, skill and experience useful but it still keeps climbing primarily a hobby for me, rather than my job. I am also a very keen paddler and sailor as well as mountain goat. I am constantly learning from other instructors and peers that are more experienced than myself to try and shape myself into a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and versatile instructor. Always up for a new challenge and invariably trying to push my skills and limits further. Got to go, it's stopped raining, North Wales is calling...!

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Barry Mcadam

Carry out Walking and Climbing session throughout the UK having delivered a large number of NICAS session over the years. Delivered Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions at all levels also an Accredited Bronze,Silver Gold Assessor. A course director for the Expedition Safety Supervisors and Accrediated Assessor courses. Led expeditions abroad to Vietnam,Egypt,Morocco, Norway*2 and Germany. Wilderness Medical Training - Far From Help. Qualified as a Trail Cycle Leader, Mountain Bike Instructor Award Scheme (MIAS) Level 3 & 4 * Night Module. BCU UKCC level Coach for Kayak / Canoe and Paddlesport Leader, Coach with Edinburgh Kayak Club. Delivered a high number of Basic Expedition Leader Courses as a course director. Course Director for Lowland Leader Award and asssisted on other Mountain Training Awards. Level 1 American Avalanche Association Course.

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NICOLA CARTER

I hold the Rock Climbing Instructor and Climbing Wall Instructor (with Abseil module) Awards. I use these awards to show competence in my role as a Climbing Instructor, delivering NICAS level 1-3 awards at a number of climbing walls across the North West of England. I also work as a freelance Outdoor Instructor at various Adventure Activity Centres in Cumbria and Lancashire. In addition to the above, I am working towards attaining my Summer Mountain Leader Award, and will complete my assessment in August 2019.

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Luke P Mansfield

I came to climbing late, when I was younger climbing wasnt widely know, living near the Nottingham climbing centre didn't make it easier to access. We simply didn't have the money for extra curricular activities, so it's great to be in a position to change this for a new generation. The training for my first award "the SPA" was taken as a way to learn how to do things safely, I'd spent 3 years simply trying to figure it out and was frustrated with winging it, we were safe but in efficient and messy with our practices. I figured an SPA would be a great way to repair my practices and open opportunities for a change of work. 6 years on I've progressed from failing on my first diff on a top rope to being a competent climber, both with sport and trad climbing. This path of improvement has given me a passion for training and coaching so it's made sense to not simply settle for and SPA/RCI I've pushed on and gained my CWDI and DCA this has been exciting for me especially as I now work towards my RCDI. As someone without a lot of income, it has always been a large commitment to get these awards especially in that I have a toddler which limits my time. For anyone in a similar situation i would suggest to be open and honest with your family about your goal. Like most instructors I used to work for a climbing wall, but now I work independently running my own sessions that in turn support less privileged children get in to sports, and have a full and diverse client base. I'm working hard towards my next award with the same passion, commitment and support from my wife.

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LUKE NEWTON

I spent nearly ten years in the Met Police, predominantly in proactive roles before leaving to become a Personal Trainer. After one year training clients outdoors, my partner and I set up SWEAT Southsea taking on a 3,000sq ft warehouse in Southsea and creating a bespoke gym specialising in personal training and sports injury rehabilitation, and classes. We also created and organise The Fitness Festival, an annual event which takes place in Portsmouth and aims to inspire and celebrate active and healthy lifestyles. I am passionate about providing opportunities for people to be active.

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Thomas Savage

I am Tom Savage, an Adventurous Training Instructor in the Royal Air Force.

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Kev Roberts

STA Level 2 Certificate Swim Teacher STA Baby & Pre School Swim Teacher STA Baby & Pre School Submersion Teacher STA Antenatal Swimming Instructor --- Swim England Level 2 Swim Teacher Swim England Baby & Pre School Teacher --- Schools Swimming Teacher Swim School Teacher Children & Adults Private Lesson Teacher Children Private Lesson Teacher Adults

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Mal Thomas

I started mountaineering and climbing 20-odd years ago when I was invited on an expedition to Skye. From there, I was hooked! Since then, I have become an accomplished instructor in my own right where I hold the Mountain Training qualifications of International ML, RCI and CWDI as well as the military adventurous training qualifications of Advanced Mountain Leader, Alpine Mountain Leader and Rock Climbing Instructor (not to be confused with the new MT RCI!). I have led expeditions to Nepal, Spain, New Zealand, European Alps (many times), Peru and Slovenia; to date, my greatest achievement was being the technical lead on the first UK military expedition to the Tavan Bogd National Park in Mongolia where I was the sole Alpine trainer, spending 18 days instructing glacier and mountaineering skills, and qualifying 8 personnel with the Alpine Mountaineering Foundation qualification.

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Tim A. Stott

Having enjoyed the expeditions as part of my Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards at school, I completed my Summer ML training when I was a student at Aberystwyth University in the early 1980s. I have enjoyed exploring the UK mountains ever since and now have less than half of the Scottish munros left to complete ! I have enjoyed climbing in the Alps, starting with peaks like Aiguille d' Argentier, Aig. du Tour, the Midi-Plan traverse, Mt Blanc. In 1986 I climbed Mt Rainier (4392m), Washington, USA which was amazing. I have been a leader on several British Exploring Society Expeditions: Gipsdalen, Svalbard, 1993 for 7 weeks; Mestersvig/Staunings Alps, NE Greenland, 1998 for 6 weeks; Ebbadalen, Svalbard, 2001 for 4 weeks; Tasermiut Fjord, SW Greenland, 2009 for 5 weeks; Zara Valley, Ladakh 2013 for 5 weeks (climbed to 5890m twice). In 2007 I climbed to Kilmanjaro Summit (5895m). With my Liverpool John Moores University Expeditions to Ecrins, France and Morteratsch, Switzerland, I have climbed Domes de Niege des Ecrins (4015m), Pelvoux (3946m) and Pic Morteratsch (3751m) among others. I passed my Winter Mountain Leader award at Glenmore Lodge in 2012 and teach my students ice axe breaking, crampon work and snow belays each winter in the Cairngorms, Scotland. Avalanche awareness is a big part of our course and most years in Spring I do ski mountaineering tours with friends in northern Norway (Tromso/Lyngen past 3 years and planned again in April 2019, and in the French Alps, plus have done tours in Stubai in Austria, and Komna in Slovenia previously with the Eagle ski club). In 2019 I am starting up Snowdonia Walking Adventures with a walking base in my own 5 1/2 acre woodland between Beddgelert and Porthmadog (more details here: www.snowdonia-outdoors.co.uk).


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