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 :

ciara dickson

I completed my university studies at Edinburgh Napier University (2014-2019), achieving a first class BSc(Hons) Sport and Exercise science as well as an MSc Clinical Exercise Science. Throughout university I had great experience developing my skills and knowledge through both theory based and practical classes. I was very lucky to learn with top of the range facilities and gained a good amount of clinical experience during my studies. I have now began working as a rehab support worker within a reablement facility for vulnerable ageing adults. My role involves working with the clients to improve their independence, well being and confidence through light physical activity that mimics their every day life.

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David Allan Howie

My mountain training started on the Isle of Arran then quickly moved to Glencoe then to North Wales where I gained my ML(S) award. I love the hills and I have many memories of Arran, Glencoe and the Cairngorms where I established a love affair with these areas that I continue to explore. Norway is also a special place for me where I spent 3 years walking, climbing, mountaineering and ski touring in the areas of the Hardangervidda, the Setesdalheine, and the Jotenheimen mountains. My exploits in the mountains have taken me to the Alps and the Himalayas where I have mountaineered on the highest peaks of Nepal and NW India, Everest being an experience that I'll treasure for ever. Now back in Scotland, I'm embracing my love of the Scottish hills and mountains all over again and each time I approach the top of a hill or mountain I still get that excited feeling of what's up there, what will I find. The physical effort is just part of getting a wonderful feeling of freedom in the hills. DH

My Mountain Training Story :

David Roger Greenough

Completed outdoor first aid 16 hours in October 2019 On the lowland leader course on 1st Feb 2020 at Llanberis. Working towards leading mindfulness based walking groups in Holyhead coastal areas. On the TTP pathway to teach mindfulness. 2020. Run the Ucheldre Mindfulness Group in Holyhead for 3 years.

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Shameer Shah

My name is Shameer, I am an outdoor photographer and adventurer. I live in London. My mission is to hike, mountain bike or whatever it takes to find the hidden gems of the British Isles so that I can bring you on my journey with the most beautiful photographs and storytelling. Why? I want to inspire you and the younger generation to appreciate our natural environment, to protect it and to venture out and live a little. Go explore, make new friends and see new places. Make a difference to your life and wellbeing.

My Mountain Training Story :

Kim Bonner

I'm a lover of walking, hiking, camping & exploring new places & just being outdoors although I don't get out as much as I'd like to. In my spare time I volunteer for Hampshire Search & Rescue part of ALSAR. I'm trained as a Search Technician & Team Leader, we can be called upon by the Police at anytime to search for missing or vulnerable persons. Skills wise I have completed NNAS silver course REC2 first aid course Bank search trained in line with DEFRA module 1 I have experience walking/hiking in the lowlands, moorland & mountains carrying out day & multi day trips. These have taken place in Dartmoor, Brecon Beacons, snowdonia, Lake District, Scotland and the Canary Islands. Most of these trips are logged on an app called Endomondo or ViewRanger more recently.

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Stephen Simkin

Starting small but dreaming big. I'm incrementally developing my navigational and general mountaineering skills. It's been a fairly slow process as of yet but each year brings noticeable progress. Looking to gain the Summer Mountain Leader award in the next year whilst also progressing to roped climbs and scrambles across the UK, with the help of friends and qualified instructors. The future will hopefully involve transferring the skills I develop to the Alps!

My Mountain Training Story :

Alexandra Alves

After volunteering on various conservation projects abroad, e.g. mountain gorilla tracking in Rwanda, wildlife conservation on The Galapagos Islands, and climate change research in The Amazon Rainforest, I decided to gain the necessary skills and qualifications to facilitate expeditions of my own. I passed my summer ML assessment in 2012 in Wales and have achieved Gold standard NNAS. I have since used the skills to lead various international expeditions for secondary school pupils for both World Challenge & Outlook Expeditions to Borneo, Peru, Thailand, Zambia, Nepal, and Costa Rica. I passed a BTEC in Expedition Management in Madagascar and have gained my Level 4 Forest School Instructor Award, Bushcraft Competency Certificate, Coastal/ Beach School Leader, Outdoor 1st aid, National Water Safety Management Programme, and Climbing Wall Training. I am also Head of Outdoor Learning and Forest School in a prep school in The Midlands since setting up the outdoor department after years of teaching in the classroom. In addition, I run my own outdoor learning website, offering online outdoor resources for both teachers/ leaders and parents, and run certified forest school and outdoor learning training courses for other teachers.

My Mountain Training Story :

Eoin Dornan

I've been an outdoor instructor for over ten years. I started out by attaining the Mountain leader and I've been thoroughly enjoying and gaining lots of NGB's since. I am currently working for two sister companies called Wilderness Weekends and Mountainwise. On Wilderness weekends trips I run a mix of trips from hiking, canoeing to mountain biking for a range of clients from absolute beginners to reasonably experienced. Well, I guess if they were very experienced they wouldn't need me. Mountainwise is an outdoor provider owned by an MIC called James Hewson than runs DofE, NGB's (like CWI and ML) and works with groups of disadvantaged families. Mountainwise mostly runs hiking, canoeing, bushcraft and climbing trips all around the UK. I was a very keen climber a few years ago but just when I felt I was getting good I ended up in a climbing accident which put things like walking on hold for a little while. I never managed to retain the "fearless climber" mindset, unsurprisingly, but it became a real turning point in my coaching style. Long gone was the fella who hollered up the climbing wall about "left foot red". I became very aware of the fragility of confidence and how this, so hard-earned, feeling can be wiped away in a moment's thoughtlessness. I now strive to run considered and accommodating courses where I work with people to choose their own goals and enable them to gain a real victory from every attempt, not just the "top of the wall". I am continually trying to keep my mind engaged with new learning and at the minute I'm attempting to complete the advanced canoe leader, the WW canoe coach, the MTB level 3, the WW kayak leader and build a balance bike for my daughter. It's a fun industry we work in but if you enjoy developing your skills it's non-stop.

My Mountain Training Story :

Andy Sharman

I was fortunate enough to have parents who enjoyed the outdoors and had the ability, determination and confidence to get us “out there” as a family no matter what the weather. I strongly believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience adventures in great outdoors I first became involved as a volunteer DofE Leader at my local secondary school as a paramedic to deliver the expedition first aid training syllabus required by the DofE and also volunteered to join them on their expeditions. I rapidly became more involved in the other aspects of expedition training and am now a DofE Accredited Expedition Assessor for the school. I am also an Assistant Section Leader in my local Explorer Scout unit. Even though we live right on the edge of the South Downs National Park and are surrounded by beautiful countryside with hundreds of miles of well signposted footpaths, it is not unusual to find that many of the young people I work with haven’t explored our local area. My involvement with the DofE and Explorer Scouts has allowed me to help provide opportunities for these young people to get “out there” and start having their own adventures. There is nothing more thrilling for me personally than when I see the sense of achievement on a young persons face at the end of a walk, expedition or camping trip and the twinkle in their eyes of the spark of interest that has been ignited. My HML and ESM qualifications will allow more opportunities to kindle that spark and nurture the flame by introducing young people to some of the slightly more wilder places in the UK where different outdoor adventures can be experienced. In October 2019, I completed my Mountain Leader (Summer) training and am currently consolidating my knowledge and experience as I prepare ML Assesment in the future.

My Mountain Training Story :

Troy-Alan Kershaw

I have spent my life exploring both my local environment and many of the wild places of Britain, whether through family and friends or as an individual activity. Throughout my lifetime, I have gathered, through practical endeavours (including; hiking, climbing, kayaking, cycling and various wilderness skills), a vast array of skills and knowledge (especially within the realms of the flora of the UK and many of their applications), and I now have a strong commitment to enable others to enjoy these activities that have brought me so much joy. Through this I have also gained a wide range of knowledge of outdoor equipment and materials that are used. After many years of mainly climbing on southern sandstone but now I have the pleasure of the mountains on my door step where I like to take on long routes and scrambles and to pop off route to look at plants and just to wild camp an enjoy peace. Climbing brings me great joy to see new things and to challenge my mind and I love taking other people there to impart this knowledge and share the my joy.

My Mountain Training Story :

Michael Tither

Living life with wild abundance of peace, play & positivity, - Michael

My Mountain Training Story :

Ellie Ryan

Hello, My name is Ellie and for those of you who don’t know me here is a snap shot of my journey in the fitness industry so far… I’m 26 years old, personal trainer with a passion for educating and helping people fall in love with exercise and fitness. After graduating in 2015 from the University of Chester with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science I went on to complete my personal trainer qualifications. It was from here I began my professional career in a health retreat, not only helping people to get fitter and healthier but also educating on how to make cooking and preparing food easy and hassle free. Since then I have moved on to work in gyms, instructing both groups and individuals on a 1:1 basis as well as training people from the comfort of their own homes! One of the things I am most passionate about is continuing to expand my knowledge and understanding in an ever-evolving field to ensure I can deliver the very best quality training. I have gone on to complete my Level 4 Strength and Conditioning, Pre and Post Natal, Sports Massage Therapy and most currently Pn1 Nutrition which have enabled me to help my clients further. Now for an insight into my life outside of work… I do and always have loved fitness. From an early age I was always very sporty, joining in on anything I could from dance, netball, athletics, to mixed martial arts and currently rock climbing which is my sporting challenge at present. I am a great believer in trying to show people that exercise isn’t about being in a gym but about trying new things and enjoying them. Ellie xxx

My Mountain Training Story :

Sarah De Rees

I am a keen hill walker and climber, and started climbing in 2006 at the Cummingston cliffs, at the Moray Coast. I mainly climbed single pitch routes, across Moray and Inverness-shire, and a few multi-pitch routes. I particularly enjoy bouldering on real rock. I prefer climbing outdoors however enjoy indoor climbing for training the body and mind. After the build of a climbing wall at the Pickaquoy Centre in 2012, I became a Climbing Instructor. I achieved my CWI Award in 2018.

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Thomas Pillow

I am an experienced outdoor instructor who has worked with clients from a large variety of age groups and backgrounds, from high performing climbers to disadvantaged young carers and young offenders. I enjoy introducing anyone to the outdoors and am genuinely enthusiastic about the experiences you can have and the difference they can make to people's lives. I hold a variety of qualifications for both land based and watersports activities such as my RCI, Mountain Leader, RYA Dingy Instructor and UKCC Level 1, along with other qualifications. In order to provide a high quality of instruction and coaching I also base some of my work on my own experience as an outdoors person. I climb and paddle to a high level and use this to aid my coaching of clients and improve the progressions and systems I use with them. In the last few years I have climbed the Salathe wall on El Capitan, climbed the North face of Half Dome, the North Face of Chima Grande and done some basic alpinism in Chamonix. I also paddle grade 4. Due to this I have travelled a lot and seen other ideas and methods used by foreign outdoor professionals such as AMGA mountain guides and Slovenian white water coaches giving me a large base of experience that I often use in my work.

My Mountain Training Story :

Jai Jones

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

My Mountain Training Story :

RICHARD WILES

I've been a committed hillwalker for around 25 years now; my interest in the outdoors starting whilst I was a member of the Air Cadets in my teens. For a while I spend most of my time walking in the Peak District and surrounding areas until, in 2005, I made my first visit to the Lake District and became totally hooked on spending time in the mountains. Since both walking and scrambling became my main hobby I have visited most of the main mountainous areas of England, Wales and Scotland in both summer and winter conditions. In more recent years I have become interested in hill bagging, and I am currently very close to having summited 1000 different hills and mountains throughout the UK. Some years ago my wife registered me for the Mountain Leader scheme as a birthday present and I first completed my HML award, and soon after that my MLS, with Phill George in Llanberis. During the process I learnt new skills and knowledge which made my own trips to the mountains more enjoyable and enabled me to feel confident about leading others. I now combine by full time job as a science teacher with weekend and holiday work as a freelance Mountain Leader, but I am hoping at some point to be able to make the switch to a career in the outdoors on a full time basis. I have worked with a diverse range of clients ranging from school groups, to corporate groups and individuals. I have also worked on a wide variety of activities ranging from guided walks, to challenges such as the Yorkshire Three Peaks and large charity events. I also lead some gorge walking sessions in the Peak District.

My Mountain Training Story :

Simon A Wells

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

My Mountain Training Story :

James Hewson

I've had over 15 years experience in outdoor activity leadership, coaching and guiding. I'm a qualified mountain, climbing, abseiling, ice climbing and navigation instructor. I am also a qualified canoeing and kayaking coach on rivers and at sea. I also teach bushcraft and survival skills. The experience of being in nature can be uplifting and transformational. I specialise in working with people who have had very little opportunity of experiencing nature, either due to limited life chances or to suffering from mental health issues, in order to share with them the life-enhancing effects that being in wilderness can bring. My qualifications are as follows: AALA - Adventure Activities Licensing Authority Licence Holder Climbing and Mountaineering: Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor International Mountain Leader Institute for Outdoor Learning Bushcraft Provider Mountain Training Provider of the following awards: Rock Climbing Instructor Mountain Leader Climbing Wall Instructor / Climbing Wall Development Instructor / Abseil Award Canoeing and Kayaking: BCU - British Canoe Union - Level 3 Kayak Coach, Level 4 Sea Coach

My Mountain Training Story :

John Martin

Welcome to my story. I first fell in love with the mountains during my first trip abroad, to a small village in Austria called Lofer. From that moment it became an obsession. After 6 years of working in the financial industry I packed my bags and headed to the Zillertal valley where I worked as a Ski Technician for a well know downhill champion and followed this by a trip around the world. The highlight for me was learning to dive and spending time in the mountains of NZs south Island. Upon my return to the UK I found myself drawn back into the world of finance which ultimately led to me meeting my wife of 20 years. When my boys arrived I was adamant that they had an appreciation for the outdoors and so began my love affair with North Wales and the Lake District. I have tried to balance football coaching , work and my own mental well being for some time. Its not been an easy path. Anxiety and depression have been a nemesis for some time but thanks to the mountains and my family the moments are short lived. Three years ago I decided to attend a ML training course at PYB - it has led to a voyage of discovery one that continues every day. For now I'm trying to live in the moment and keep a positive mindset . Wish me luck 8-)

My Mountain Training Story :

William Miller

21 year old climber, been climbing for 2 years and i thought its about time i got my CWI to not only progress me as a climber but to help me develop a career in peruse of a climbing instructor.

My Mountain Training Story :

Tullan Mawer

Brought up in a climbing family so I've been climbing all my life, love trad but all the rest as well

My Mountain Training Story :

Sean Stephenson

So far I've been traveling the UK spending days out walking and Mountaineering as a hobby, I have been in the Army now since SEP 2017 and since have kept a log of my walking days to become a Military Mountain Leader. I'm hoping to achieve SMF/SMT/SML/WML AND IML hopefully building up to be able to lead groups on mountains in the uk and overseas.

My Mountain Training Story :

TANYA LOXHAM

My background is in sport at county level. Coaching qualifications started once I couldn’t compete any longer. Trampolining was my first coaching qualification which I took to advanced level, followed by a gymnastics BAGA coaching qualification. Exercise to music qualification took me into the fitness industry where it became apparent I had a real talent for teaching and building a business. This led to an invitation to join the national YMCA Training & Development Team where I co-led training courses up and down the country for others to qualify within the fitness industry. It was here I learned my love of educating others in anatomy and physiology as well as movement. Hence my achieving the awards like City & Guilds to be a Trainer. I was part of a group spearheaded by the YMCA aiming to standardise the fitness industry in the 1990’s. A new specialism which has consumed my for the last two decades is Pilates and Posture Analysis. Once again growing a Pilates business beyond all expectations. And this is where I am today. I had one of the first Group Reformer Studios in the UK and my Studio today is one of the very best equipped in the UK. I deliver in house training to my teaching team of 5 on a weekly basis in a bid to always deliver quality and learning to a huge client base. My specialism outside of groups is re-hab at all levels. I have attended every possible level of training course the industry has to offer. The latest and most interesting one being Connective Tissue & Myofascial with Merrithew Health & Fitness. My learning pathway of 30 years has allowed me to develop a successful Pilates presence within Cheshire with hundreds of regular weekly clients and a constant stream of referrals from health professionals to assist in rehab. I also have the privilege of helping professional athletes competing at the high lest level of their sport. I love teaching, training teachers and making people move more efficiently through life.

My Mountain Training Story :

William A Westhead

I was born in Manchester in 1951. My first experience of the outdoors and hill walking was as a 13 year old on a school day trip to the Lake District. The Peak District became the obvious choice for me but of course over many years I have walked extensively in the Lake District, North Wales, Ireland and Scotland. I completed my Mountain Leader Training through Oldham College (Centre Number 023) in 1992. I went on to visit various UK and Ireland hill and mountain regions in Summer and Winter. Western European trips in Summer and Winter followed from 1993 onward with visits to Northern Spain (Los Pecos de Europa), Bavaria (Allgau Alpen) , Austria (Hoch Vogel region), Mallorca (Tramuntana Mountains), Gran Canaria (Parque Rural Del Nublo). In 2007 I was on a trekking expedition to Nepal (Mera Peak Everest Region) and a revisit to Nepal in 2011 (Maklua to Everest Circuit). I received my Walking Group Leader Award in 2012 and by 2014 my Hill and Moorland Award (HML). I retook the ML(S) Training in 2015. I am a Course Provider/Tutor/Assessor for the National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS). I am the Course Director of Glossop Navigation Skills that I founded in 2013. My navigation courses take place in the Dark Peak region where I also host guided walks under the banner of Walking with Dukes, a Glossop based walking group I founded in 2016. I also lead guided walks for Glossop based charity 'Reuben's Retreat'. My Mountain Training Awards have allowed me to pass on my experience and love of walking to others.

My Mountain Training Story :

Seona Bleakman

I have been in the fitness industry since 1987 and set up one of the first gyms in Bristol which I ran it successfully for over 25 years. I now run classes from my home gym and also in the community and still love teaching. I do freestyle classes, mainly focusing on step and fitness yoga as well as small group and 121 PT gym based sessions. I am also a qualified in Swedish and Sports massage. I qualified as an assessor in 1997, a lecturer in 2005 and IQA in 2009 and have delivered many YMCA courses over the years through City of Bristol College as well as others. Is still undertake IQA work on a freelance basis. I love the fitness industry and all the amazing people who teach such a massive array of classes in such varied styles with so much enthusiasm. I love the interaction with all the public who become our friends and that we help feel better about themselves. Long may it continue.

My Mountain Training Story :

Matthew Harris

I'm an avid climber and love sharing my passion. I work at Boulders in Cardiff taking a wide range of activities and classes from children to adults. Taking my CWI assessment soon and pushing the level of my personal climbing and bouldering.

My Mountain Training Story :

Geoff Bennett

I began climbing aged 15 whilst at school; I distinctly remember the first day in the Avon Gorge because the Council blew up Teatime Ledge! A year later I had bought a pair of EBs, a harness & a rope & was already ‘instructing' younger pupils. The school took regular trips to Snowdonia, so I was also introduced to the mountains early on. My third 'walk' was across Crib Goch: I don't think I'd ever been so frightened but somehow I kept calm & continued. It's hardly surprising therefore, that I decided to study at Bangor University, but I spent my summers instructing climbing & canoeing in the USA. Instructing led me into teaching & I was lucky because the LEA paid for me to do my NGB awards in climbing, hill-walking & canoeing. They'd be glad to know that their investment paid off as I have continued to do this throughout my 30 years teaching, whether it was preparing pupils for the infamous Ten Tors, canoeing under Bristol City Centre, abseiling down the Sea Walls or completing their Gold DoE expedition. I pursued the MCI to take my son multi-pitch climbing safely & didn't foresee the doors it would subsequently open. When I looked for a way to escape teaching, a new path presented itself as I was offered work training prospective MLs. I really enjoy this work as I get to meet so many enthusiastic people who want to share their love of the mountains & after 40 years in the hills, I have a wealth of experience to draw on to answer their questions. Being able to take folk to the more secluded areas of Snowdonia than they might be familiar with, is also gratifying. Climbing & hill-walking, teaching & instructing have been inextricably entwined in my life for over 40 years; have taken me all over the world & made me many lifelong friends. I still bump into ex-pupils & their huge smiles tell me that my career choice was a good one, for in many cases it has changed lives, for the better, forever. But then I knew that, because it's my story too.

My Mountain Training Story :

Nigel Williams

Completed DofE awards. 1996 Joined Army started nordic ski racing, 1978 a chance opportunity of a year in Norway instructing at the military British Outward Bound Centre, BOBC, changed everything. It was chance that threw me into instructing and also centre management Racking up military and civilian awards including winter ML, MCI, WMIC, IML, BASI nordic 2. Was in at the start of AMI and BAIML. One of the first freelance MLs providers, became technical advisor to World Challenge. Attended an Orienteering Instructors course, changed my thinking about how we teach navigation. Joined Fife Council Outdoor centre Ardroy. Licensing and became the council technical advisor. 1997 Head of Training Glenmore Lodge. Aged 50 first of so far 10 Greenland trips including a crossing rarely done, following Nansen’s original route. Working with the Polar Academy charity taking youngsters to Greenland on a 10 day ski touring and camping trip using pulks. Retired from Glenmore Lodge end of 2017 after 20 years. I have been responsible for managing 26 seasons of big winter mountaineering and skiing programmes in Norway and the UK involving hundreds of students annually, supported by large numbers of staff. I think this is a record likely to stand for a few years in the modern era of the professional outdoor sector. Now a freelance instructor focusing on the teaching of navigation and supporting the National Navigation Award Scheme. My Teaching Navigation book published by Harvey maps at the end of 2017. I Have been incredibly fortunate to have met, worked and expeditioned with so many wonderful people and organisations, and view myself as probably the second generation to really make a good living out of instructing in the outdoors. I think we are very much into the 4th generation which, supported by academia is creating a sector that can be proud of it’s growing professional status.

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Iwan Thomas

Athro Cemeg sy'n dysgu yn Ysgol Y Creuddyn, Bae Penrhyn gyda cymhwyster Arweinydd Tir Isel. 'Rwyf wedi fy hyfforddi fel Arweinydd Alldeithiau Gwobr Dug Caeredin ac wedi derbyn hyfforddiant ML(summer) 'Roeddwn yn gyn-lywydd clwb cerdded Prifysgol Lerpwl (LUOAC) 'Rwyf wedi bod yn gyfrifol am ddarparu alldeithiau efydd ac arian ar gyfer Gwobr Dug Caeredin.

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Dr. Robert Colin Pugh

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

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Mark Demmery

I qualified as an ML in 2012. I've loved every minute I've spent on the hills, even in Scotland. 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. I get as many weekends as I can in Scotland each winter. I joined a group in Morocco for two winter ascents of Mount Toubkal in 2018. I enjoyed an Alpine techniques course run in Arolla, Switzerland by Jagged Globe. With two others I went out to the Alps at the end of June 2019 to climb Gran Paradiso and 2 other peaks. Our plan for 2020 is to go out to the Ecrins national park and climb Aiguille Dibona before moving higher above the snow line and climb an as yet undecided Alpine route. I worked as an assistant leader in Nepal for a trek to EBC with 23 clients then with 5 others we climbed Island Peak. I'm looking at another trek to Nepal in 2020 and have provisionally booked the local trekking company we used for EBC for an ascent of Ama Dablam in November 2021 for 4 climbers. I completed the RCI training in June 2019 and I'm now working towards the assessment. I've registered for the MLw and plan to complete the training at Glenmore lodge in February 2020. I'm also slowly adding to the international qmd's with a view to gaining the IML qualification. Note. During the upgrade of TAHDAH in April 2019 I lost many logs. MTA investigated but they are permanently gone. I have re logged many as accurately as I can but a few of the corporate and charity work logs and the D of E logs are yet to be re logged.

My Mountain Training Story :

Alexander Kay

My awards have allowed me to introduce others to the outdoors, something from which I gain the utmost satisfaction. For many people the outdoors is a vast unknown, but there is such opportunity to learn! My awards provide the opportunity for others to achieve outcomes that they may have otherwise believed to be unachievable; Conquering fears, conquering mountains and learning new skills. My main love in life is having the ability to combine my love for travelling and passion for the outdoors, by leading life-changing expeditions around the globe. As many outdoor enthusiasts know, awards aren't given out for free, and the sense of achievement is second to none once you get that PASS. All the determination, time and hard work has paid off. If I am not working then I will be out at play, either at the crag or fell running in the mountains, and if the weather is too fowl for that then you will most likely find me down a river with my kayak. I am currently striving towards attaining the pre-requisites for the Winter Mountaineering & Climbing Instructor Award, so drop me a message if you want to get out and climb in Scotland this year!

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.

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Donald Macleod

Been in and around the mountains for about 30 years now, been involved in Mountain Rescue for 20 years. Hold Summer and Winter SMLTB awards. Just love being in the hills ??

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Hayley Rogers

I have been a Personal Trainer for 20 years helping people reach their goals and enjoy exercise. I am passionate about helping people achieve their goals and feeling good about themselves. I have trained people from all walks of life, in gyms at home, park and even the office. I believe being fit and healthy can help with the prevention of many diseases and improve your wellbeing. My main areas of interest are in corrective exercise and correcting imbalances that can be caused through things such as stress, bad posture, poor training techniques, repetitive movement etc. My expertise are in training women through different stages of life and in training older people. I have a holistic approach so as well as helping you achieve your fitness goals I can also advise on living a balanced and healthy lifestyle through healthy eating and relaxation using yoga techniques. My Qualifications: Diploma level 3 Personal Training Teaching Yoga Remedial Massage NRPT, CIMPSA, Reps level 3

My Mountain Training Story :

Andrew Merrall

Despite growing up a long way from anywhere even resembling a moor or mountain , by the time I left school I had walked extensively in the Lake District - usually wild camping and backpacking up to a week at a time - and sampled a few other regions. I continued to feed my love of the outdoors thereafter - completing various long distance paths and trekking a few times overseas, the highlights of which were trekking trips to the Indian Himalaya and the Pacific North-west/Alaska which I organised with friends. Alas, the responsibilities of adulthood and an office job meant that I neglected the walking, particularly mountain-walking, side of my life for many years. However, having lived on the edge of the Dark Peak and then the Yorkshire Dales I have still amassed a great many days out over the years. I took the new Mountain Training Mountain Skills course as a refresher (with David Bartles-Smith) and then an NNAS Silver course (with Jack Oliver). Having enjoyed these so much and realised how much more 'alive' I feel out in the hills, I have vowed to get back 'into it'. Step one has been trawling through old diaries of what I've already done. I started this process when I first looked into the Mountain Leader scheme and am slowly populating my DLOG somewhat nostalgically, more for my own interest than to get a place on the Mountain Training leaderboard - my presence there is somewhat embarrassing amongst such august folk who have dedicated their careers to it! At the time of writing, Step two will be to do the Mountain Leader scheme and Step three to get some part-time outdoor activities role, even if voluntary.

My Mountain Training Story :

Richard Bateman

Mountain and climbing experience of 15 years. Mountain; Various areas within UK, Europe, Africa and USA. Summer and winter mountaineering. Led routes within the UK, Wales and Scotland. Climbing; Indoor and outdoor climbing. Leading and multi-pitch routes. RCI award completed. Aim; To improve knowledge and progress through the Mountain Training scheme.

My Mountain Training Story :

Ashley Whelan

A maths teacher who thinks all schools should maintain Outdoor Leaders on their staff. We don't cost much and the costy of our training is vastly outweighed by the benefits we bring from supervising Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, enabling Art and Photograph students get to remote locations to inspire them, and a thousand other possibilities based on your location such as Ten Tors in the South West. My training has largely some from the South West Moorland Leader scheme (leader number Devon 0436) which I hold at the Winter level with a camping endorsement to try and enable students to have a taste of the adventure teenage me had with the Venture Scouts. I'm also a keen mountain biker and British Cycyling Level 2 MTB leader to again try and show students the fun that can be had in the great outdoors. Most vividly remebered walk - Tarmachan Ridge in Scotland. Teenage me was both terrified and awed on that route. Most vividly remebered Mountain Bike Ride - Taking part in BC Bike race in 2019. Truly my best week on a bike and and excellent way to see British Colomiba's more remote trails with someone else handling all the logisitics.

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Joshua Umpleby

I have been an assistant outdoor instructor for a few years now and have climbed for a lot of years. I take multiple annual trips mountaineering to the french alps, Cairgorms and Dolomite's. I climb indoors and outdoors very frequently and do a lot of fell and mountain walking. I am now a staff member at Kendal climbing wall as an assistant climbing instructor working towards my climbing instructors certificate. I am working towards the end goal of becoming an international mountain leader and a mountaineering and climbing instructor. I am in line to become a mountain guide in the royal navy after a few years of service at sea. I would describe myself as a very experienced climber and mountaineer and have experience in kayaking, caving and mountaineering as an instructor.

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Ian Roberts

Hi, I've just registered for the Mountain Leader award as I would like to start leading groups in the outdoors. My background includes a lot of experience in the outdoors, as well as the mountains I enjoy sailing and sea kayaking. Being based in N. Wales I'm ideally placed for spontaneous trips into the hills. Say hello if you see me on the hill, I'll be the one with a very muddy cocker spaniel called Dexter. Cheers, Ian

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Steven lloyd Roberts

Im coming towards the end of my time in the Army and the last year iv been looking to try and work up to mountain leader qualification because being on the mountain has really opened my mind and how relaxing it really is.i have completed the SMF course in the JSMTC in llanfair pg and looking to do more before i lrave the army and even when i move on to my next career.

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Neal Stennett

I Joined Nottingham Rock Climbing centre on a two day introduction Course on the 5th January 2013. Since then I have had two hour lessons over two day in the week up to December 2013 to gain skills in Top Rope climbing, Leading and Bouldering. My Instructor are Dave and James from the Nottingham Rock Climbing Centre. I have been climbing at Redpoint Birmingham, Big Rock Milton Key, Awesome Walls Sheffield, Stockport and Stoke, Climbing Works, The Castle London, Alter Roc Derby, The Unit Derby, The Barn Cornwall Top rope and Bouldering. I went to Awesome walls Sheffield for 4 hours with my Instructor to gain a feeling of higher walls in the being of this year 2014. I went to the Barn In Devon back in May 2014 top rope climbing. 4c to 6a v grade. My first outside climb was in Malta in May 2014 for a two days climbing experience with an instructor called Edward. I climbed up to a 6bf grade sport climbing and Climbed in Gran Canaria for two days in October 2015 and still go today every 4 months climbing up to a grade of F7A+ today... Since then I have claimed in the Peaks in a quarry, sport climbing twice and near Chatsworth House Birchen Head trad climbing placing gear. I take apart in a group climbing programmes at Nottingham rock climbing centre where I coach NICAS Level 5, and coaching one to ones in climbing and specialised requirements of indoor and outside rock climbing. I have taken all Fundamentals Courses, CWI, CWAA. CWA. RCI , FCA and into the Development coaching courses now.

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Anna Hammond

It all began at a young age, blossoming during my education & resulting in becoming a qualified climbing instructor in 2015 alongside my D of E Awards. During Uni & the following year+ I competed, with 4th at LUBE and winning the Women's Overall Title at the Big Rock Lead series in 2016 being my greatest achievements. I've completed my Fundus 1 since and am working towards finding a time I can complete my 2 and 3. I have completed my Foundation Coach and CWDI training as well. My proudest moment was working with disability groups, problem solving with communication and rope work to deal with multiple disabilities, both physical and psychological including severe Autism, hearing difficulties and AHD. I loved these sessions as they let me use transferrable skills from working in the NHS. The best moment was working with my colleagues to allow a particular client to reach the top of the wall - which was physically exhausting, but their joy and the ecstatic response of the whole group made the sweat pouring down my face completely worth every second. I want to take clients on mountains and scrambles that they might otherwise not be confident on, and show the British public the beauty of our country and what can be seen with a little safe, hard work! I'm passionate about the outdoors and enjoy identifying different birds and butterflies most of all. I enjoy passing this information on and seeing the enjoyment on others faces. I am working on branching out my instruction into coaching following feedback from clients, colleagues and friends alongside finally focusing on qualifying fully for my RCI and ML. I'm passionate about people enjoying themselves, getting fitter, injury prevention and teaching and coaching others to achieve their goals. It is fantastic to see this make a difference in people's lives and help them become addicted to our much loved sports.

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ian moss

I started climbing indoors in December 2018 and was instantly hooked. I started of bouldering then quickly did my rope safety and belay course. Started lead climbing in March and also went outdoor climbing in the same month. Since then I’ve climbed as much as I can outside weather permitting. Late summer 2019 I also started trad climbing. My aim is to become as a climbing wall instructor to help other people get the same enjoyment from climbing as I do.

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Brian Lilley

I've been interested in the outdoors from a very early age after joining the Scouts, taking part in their various adventurous activities. Orienteering & Navigation has always been my passion, this was never more important than when I joined the military, serving 15 years and having been involved in many arduous & adventurous expeditions where navigation played an important part. Since leaving the military, we have been involved in the planning & delivery of adventurous activities, & expeditions both in the UK and in Europe. Our outdoor work also includes delivering & planning the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme to state & private schools, college's & youth organisations. Mountain Troop Adventures also offer Nordic Walking Instruction, delivering a bolt-on Navigation programme enabling our walkers to explore the countryside & hills with confidence. At Mountain Troop Fitness & Adventures Ltd, we pride ourselves on delivering quality and safe instruction to all groups, ages & abilities. We are pleased to be working with NNAS in delivering the ODA (Outdoor Discovery Award) along with offering training and assessment at BRONZE & SILVER level for the National Navigation Award Scheme. We also offer training at GOLD level. Regards Baz Lilley

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Jack Overhill

I started Climbing, Caving , Kayaking and Canoeing since I was 10. Since then it took over my life and desired to take this as my career path. 15 years on I have a BSc degree in Outdoor Education from Liverpool John Moors University, CWA (New CWI), RCI ML, Cave Leader Level 2 in Yorkshire and Mendip regions and Paddle sports Level 1. I am also part way though my CIC training, by the end of Jan 2020 I will have fully completed this also within 2020 I plan to gain the Paddle sport Leader and D1. Looking forward 10 year I would like to be CIC, MCI.

My Mountain Training Story :

Fabien Strawbridge

The Underdog Gym is an inclusive boutique gym in Walthamstow, east London. As a Level 3 qualified Personal Trainer focusing on mindful empathy, I offer bespoke coaching in a private space alongside my partner who is a BDA registered & qualified Clinical Dietitian with a decade of NHS experience in diabetes, cardiac health, weight loss & healthy eating. As a triple spinal fusion survivor with countless operations and a life of being in chronic pain, my story has taught me empathy, patience and to celebrate what my client's body can do. By pushing their mindset to achieve what they didn't think they could, my tailored approach includes clients from beginners to marathon runners, helping them be fitter, get healthier, grow stronger, develop stamina, endurance, with a special interest in all life stages.

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Daniel Tye

I was drawn to the hills at an early age. Partly, because I dreamt of flying and being in the hills was a way I could see similar views to what pilots could see. I loved the outdoors as a child and being in the Scouts was a great way to gain skills until I turned 15 and joined the Air Cadets. I had a short stint in the RAF which gave me many opportunities for adventurous training (they taught me to ski) and this led to me deciding to leave the RAF and become a ski instructor. Since then adventure has been a way of life for me and led me to start an online magazine called Adventure 52. I have been wanting to qualify as a Mountain Leader for a long time so that I can take groups in to the hills.

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Kieron Green

I have done ML training I have done spa training I have done CWA training all my log books are paper one`s and now have started to DLOG BELA award and used to be a Dof E bronze and silver Level 3 canoe coach and level 2 kayak coach and Archery leader and crossbow, BOF teacher leader, RCD level 2 High Ropes and was also ERCA rescue Work at Woodlands Adventure since 2000 I have passed my CWA I have my CWAA Nicas Course Director Levels 1,2 and 3

My Mountain Training Story :

John Mitchell

EX-Warrant Officer from the British Army Infantry of 22 years. Leader (Mountain Warfare Instructor) of a platoon (24 men) within a Mountain warfare Battalion during 2001-2003 over the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Various mountain walking in different countries e.g. Canada (rocky mountains) Cyprus (Troodos mountains) Pyrenees Mountains(The Chemin de la Liberté (Freedom Trail) and other countries. Exercised in various climates i.e. jungle, winter, middle east, europe, africa, etc. Now working with RAF Air Cadets and looking to pass on experience via DofE and other activities.


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