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 :

Lucie Cook

I am really enthusiastic to try new activities. My main background is in Sport and Exercise, in recent times I have been focusing on Adventure training in Mountaineering, Skiing, Climbing and Mountain biking. Playing football at a young age and developing my sporting interests has lead me down many paths playing football at many clubs Rangers, Celtic and Hibernian to name a few, as well as representing my country at International level. I stopped playing football and focused on my Military training as an Army Reservists which to date has been the most rewarding and positivity challenging experiences to date which and has widened my interests and experiences in ways I would never imagine. I have recently taken it upon myself to widen my qualification experience and undertake a range of Health and Fitness based qualifications. I have never been a fan of the gym, but instead enjoy being in the great outdoors, therefore my fitness related practices are mainly in and outdoor setting, where I feel always has added health benefits. I am a Lecturer in Sport, Fitness and Uniformed Services and I use my Gym Instructing Qualification on a daily bases sharing practices with students so they too can develop in the fitness industry. I use my Circuit training qualification to take students outdoors and develop there fitness with limited equipment to show them how to develop person fitness without the need of a Gym. I have recently undertaken my Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training to help develop family and friends personal training goals, offering advice and support throughout there training journey.

My Mountain Training Story :

Mark Lewis

Hi, I’m Mark! I am a passionate adventurer, loving being in the mountains walking, climbing, scrambling as much as I love being under the water exploring shipwrecks, mines and caverns, or in search of treasure in the depths. I am a Mountain Instructor (MIA), a Winter Mountain Leader, a Scuba Diving Instructor (BSAC, TDI, SDI, IANTD), a skipper for CAT3 waters for up to 25 mtr boats with 12 passengers, and as I’ve built this experience over time, I have written about it and published those works. In addition I am a Chartered operations and logistics expert with CILT, a member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology, and a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management. In addition to running my own operations, I help people fulfill their goals in the Mountains (Worldwide), Scuba Diving (Worldwide), provide location support worldwide for the media and assist with technical and safety support whenever requested. For a full picture of me please check out my website.

My Mountain Training Story :

Tim Teasdale

I help people move more and feel better. I specialise in complex health cases, taking referrals direct from a physician or physiotherapist. I encourage people to regain health, improvise around loss, adapt to circumstances and overcome their injury or illness. I started in the health and fitness industry in 1992 working for Marriott in a private health club, since then I have worked in a variety of settings including as an instructor within the uniform services and latterly within the health service. As you'd expect I've picked up a fair bit of experience and a few qualifications along the way. * I am a qualified Gym instructor, Personal trainer and Exercise Referral Instructor. * I am a Specialist Level 4 Trainer. I specialise in Stroke, Obesity and Diabetes and Lower Back Pain. * I am a full member of the Register of Exercise Professionals and Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity. I am insured and bound by their code of conduct including confidentiality. * I have been vetted and can work within service settings and for LISTX companies without issue. * I am an associate member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy * I have a B.Sc.(Hons) degree in Risk Management, A Diploma in Health Care and a Certificate in Education in Post Compulsory Education and Training. * I continue to work as an NHS Exercise Instructor between my private practice to ensure my skills are subject to continued professional development.

My Mountain Training Story :

Donald Pritchard

Originally from Scone in Perthshire, I got hooked on the outdoor world from a very early age, spending the weekends roaming the woods and hills around our village, making dens and guddling trout in the burns. My sense of adventure took me off to the Royal Navy and a considerable time was spent as an aircraft engineer on the Search and Rescue Squadron based at Prestwick. While there I continued to climb, walk and mountaineer in Scotland, often organising and guiding hillwalking and backpacking trips. I completed the Munros (Scottish mountains over 3000ft), a couple of years ago, and I am now ticking my way through them again along with the Corbetts. I love Scotland’s mountains and particularly enjoy multi-day backpacking treks across the mountains and glens. Any day on the hill is a good day and there is always something to see and enjoy. After retiring from the Navy I retrained as a horticulturist. I am now a full time freelance mountain leader, tour guide and bushcraft enthusiast.

My Mountain Training Story :

Ian Callow

I am an ex British Forces Army Corporal who has served around the world on operational tours and peace keeping missions. During my time in the forces I enjoyed teaching map reading to young soldiers who wish to polish up on their navigational skills. After leaving the British Forces, I continued my love for the outdoors by hiking/walking, road cycling and mountain biking. However my real passion for hiking increased from 2013/2014 as I was part of a group of people training for the 5 peaks challenge organised solely by ourselves. My role within the 9 person team was route leader and logistics coordinator and was responsible for route planning up each assent and planning routes for the drivers and booking transport and ferry crossings. Sorting Team kit and kit for each individual was my responsibility too, including organising hiking training days and weekends away. Since the challenge, myself and a group of friends have continued to meet up for hiking days in the Peak District and the English Lake District. I currently hold or in progress in gaining the following qualifications. An up to date DBS Certificate Outdoor First Aid Certificate (to be renewed once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted) Mountain Leaders Award Training - (Due to start in July 2020) Mountain Leaders Award Assessment - (Due to start in September 2020) Level 1 & 2 Kayaking & Canoeing Qualification - British Canoeing Awarding Body

My Mountain Training Story :

Chris Holloway

After gaining my DofE gold and being inspired by a number of exceptional instructors in the Air Training Corps, I began volunteering as a Duke of Edinburgh's Award leader in numerous schools around Stoke on Trent, I gained my ML, SPA, and many other key qualifications. I was an Award officer in Stoke on Trent for 3 years, alongside working in outdoor education. Furthermore I have been a volunteer in the Air Cadets since 2010, using my qualifications to provide high quality training to cadets around Staffordshire. Personally I have climbed and walked in many places around the world; the Himalayas, Iceland, High Atlas, Europe to name a few. I hold QTS alongside my outdoor qualifications, along with a PGCE in Geography. Most recently I became a Fellow of the Royal Geographical society.

My Mountain Training Story :

Ann Kendrick

I currently teach swimming to all ages from babies to adults, including learn to swim, school swimming and private 1:1 lessons. Part of this role includes life guarding and open water life guarding, I can deliver pool to pond courses, water safety courses and planning to do NPLQ tutor training this year. I love open water settings and deliver a range of options from introduction to open water swimming to triathletes training for events, I also offer children options and Swim England open water awards

My Mountain Training Story :

Stephen Richards

Working towards Mountain Leader as I transition from military to civilian. Have spent years walking and scrambling on hills and mountains in the UK and around the world - now want to turn my military mountain leader training award into the civilian equivalent and enjoy a new phase of work! First up - Navigation Skills Refresh at Plas-y-Brenin - completed 23/24 November 2019. Next year - Mountain Concentration course at a Joint Services Mountaineering Centre, plus Mountain Leader Assessment - currently on hold (May 2020) due C-19 restrictions.

My Mountain Training Story :

Katherine Grugeon

I grew up in a small country village, nature and the countryside were all around and I took it all for granted. Growing up I never lost my love of nature and continued to spend time outside, exploring the countryside with my dog or on horseback, later with my children and now with my friends. As a teacher I became involved in assisting Gold D of E candidates and my passion for the outdoors environment grew to include moorland and mountains. To support this role I qualified as a mountain leader in 2017. Getting outside into the countryside is an important way of de–stressing in our increasingly indoors and sedentary lives. Breathing the fresh air, gentle ‘green’ exercise has been shown by many academic studies to have a positive effect on our physical and mental health. The British landscape is hugely varied, from Ben Nevis to Romney Marsh and access is restricted by law and the Countryside and Rights of Way act, but if you can read an OS map and understand your rights of way, there are thousands of miles of walking routes available for you. As ‘The Walking Woman’ my aim is to develop your skills in map reading, route planning and navigation to get you out and about. These skills will empower you to find places to walk legally and safely anywhere in Great Britain. I am a qualified mountain leader, registered as a tutor with the National Navigation Award Scheme and can offer tuition and assessment to provide you with a recognised qualification and a certificate. As ‘The Walking Woman’ I can create bespoke walking activities for yourself, friends, family and colleagues. From a morning’s walk to a multiday hill walking expedition I can show you the way and share my love of the natural world you are walking through. Contact me through my website www.thewalkingwoman.co.uk and let me help you to get outside.

My Mountain Training Story :

victor gomez serra

I am professional fitness instructor with over 12 years experience in personal training and asscociated fitness classes. Officially regsitered on the Catalonian Consell Catala de l´Esport, certificate nos. REP019839 also registered in Uk REPs with the number R0178218. I have a wide range of experience in different fitness clubs and have worked with a broad range of international customers. I pride myself on identifying the needs of each individual and helping them reach their personal goals. My experience and training as a classical dancer has taught me the value of proper exercise techniques, something that i naturally pass on with my clients.

My Mountain Training Story :

Graham Wyllie

The Mountains are the driving force in my life. My father took me up Mount Keen back in 1998 and I have enjoyed over two decades of climbing and walking since. In May 2018 I quit my job in the oil and gas industry after almost 5 hectic but fantastic years well testing with Schlumberger and opted to take at least a year out using the time to improve my climbing and get some related qualifications. Since quitting I have so far climbed the Frendo spur (despite the cable car being out of action!), solo'd the Matterhorn and completed both ML training and assessment. I am now working as a consultant in the oil and gas industry and have a lot more free time to focus on mountaineering. I have improved my summer and winter climbing recording leads of E1 and VII so far. Also in summer 2019 I summitted Spantik (7027m) in Pakistan in good style (no fixed ropes or HAP's). My plans are now to complete the WML scheme and look at doing MIA training. Looking to the long term I am planning to continue working offshore as a consultant and having the option of doing freelance mountaineering work alongside. Some other things about me: Was a member of the RAF Regiment Completed the Munro's at the age of 23 Have climbed the 3 highest mountains in the alps and a total of 11 x 4000m peaks Attempted Cathedral peak (6247m) on a non commercial exped in 2008 (high point of 5500m, failed due to weather)

My Mountain Training Story :

Fabian Seymour

I'm Fabian, and I've been out and about exploring the high places of Britain since 2001. I've worked with, and been a member of many University and other mountaineering clubs and have a passion for enthusing others with the mountain environments and landscapes. My interest in the mountains began when I had the amazing opportunity to work in Antarctica for six months (the Antarctic summer of 2001-2002) researching how lichens were surviving in one of the most extreme environments in the world. Since returning to Britain from such an experience, I became hooked on mountains - especially in winter! I have climbed all of the 282 Munros (Scottish hills over 3,000ft), all of the 3,000ft peaks across the UK, as well as many other mountains across Northern Britain. But I am equally happy exploring coast, moors, the wild plateau's of the Pennines, discovering remote glens or climbing and scrambling crags and cliffs. I have also been mountaineering in the European Alps. I hold the Summer and Winter Mountain Leader Awards, and the Rock Climbing Instructor Award and run my own small venture - AFS Mountaineering - as well as work as a freelance ML for others. I am also accredited to provide Bronze, Silver , Gold Navigator Awards through the National Navigation Award Scheme as well as the Tutor Award for those wanting to teach navigation or become a NNAS provder. I am a member of the Board of Directors. I'm a member of Mountain Training Association and the British Mountaineering Council I have a PhD in microbiology and molecular genetics and I have published peer-reviewed research articles on the breeding systems of microbial life (specifically lichens) in extreme habitats. When I'm not in the hills, I'm a freelance university lecturer, bringing my passion for hands-on, contextual learning to the classroom

My Mountain Training Story :

Morris Rodham

Over 30 years experience of Mountain Walking in all areas of UK, including completing all 284 Munros in Scotland, in all weather conditions! Love winter mountaineering and also ice climbing. Have Summer Mountain Leader and had done course, with log-book etc all completed and ready for Winter ML Assessment, but an ankle injury prevented me from taking the assessment. Currently living in Patterdale in the Lake District with mountains all around, and Striding Edge/Helvellyn accessible from my front door. I love helping people enjoy the mountains, and also teaching navigation skills so that people can enjoy the mountains on their own in all weathers! Contact morris@MJ-Enterprises.co.uk for more information, or ring 07774 296652.

My Mountain Training Story :

Steven Holmes

Whilst having no formal qualifications, I feel my experience from my military service bides me well in the outdoors. I served in the british army for 6 years & 11 months, attended plenty of adventurous training but unfortunately was unable to gain qualifications due to the fast pace & turnaround for operational tours in my regiment.

My Mountain Training Story :

Katie Comer

My love of the mountains drew me away from a life chained to a desk, and into the great outdoors, although initially not in a style as orthodox as mountain leading. Having completed my training, I stumbled across my current employer, Dragoman Overland. This lead to eight years of literally driving across the world, from West to East, leading groups though the majestic Andes, the wild and desolate deserts of Central Asia, the wilds of Africa, the formerly war torn countries of South East Asia, the crazy vibrant colourful madness of India, and beautiful Nepal. With an abundance of experience in leading groups across the world, dealing with issues involving visas, permit problems, medical situations, political unrest, and still mange to ensure that everyone on the trip has a great time - I'm basically a great person to have around when things aren't going to plan! I'm looking forward to taking my current skills forward into the mountain leading environment, and combining it with my personal experiences in the Andes, Alps, Himalayas, Africa and New Zealand Alps. Between my overland contracts I do freelance mountain leading work in the UK. Corona virus has put a firm stop to all of my plans at present, as it has for everyone involved in the industry, so I am using my time to update my log book, something that never seems to be up to date, and to complete some CPD training to improve and strengthen my leadership skills.

My Mountain Training Story :

Jennifer McLoughlin

FEEL INSPIRED TOGETHER My mission is to inspire and empower women to feel healthy, strong, capable and energised to live their daily lives to the full. Established in 2017, I offer the following services: Small Group Training 1-2-1 Personal Training Kettlebell Training Yoga My qualifications: Level 2 Fitness Instructor Level 3 Personal Trainer Kettlebell Instructor 200 Hour Yoga Teacher I am fully insured with FitPro and registered as a Personal Trainer Practitioner with CIMPSA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity). Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about what I can offer you. https://www.facebook.com/jenFITpt Message me on Facebook or send me an email at jenfitpt@hotmail.com.

My Mountain Training Story :

David Parker

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

My Mountain Training Story :

Brian Birchall

I completed my Mountain leader assessment on the 21042000, i have spent many years up and down the mountains leading friends and groups, all over the uk but especially in the lake district. I have many years experience and love the mountains. I have worked with Vulnerable adults and Children for over Twenty years. Training courses completed • Managing Equality and diversity • Managing conflict and De-escalating conflict • Infection control • First aid • Food hygiene • Autistic spectrum disorder • Child protection • Valuing diversity and equality • Report writing and recording skills • Tourettes syndrome • Fire safety • Supervision skills • Emotional relationships and brain development • Promoting play • Complaints procedure • Connexions advice and guidance • Mental health promotion • Midas theory • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder • Therapeutic Crisis Intervention • Domestic violence] • DOLS • ASD Awareness • Team Teach advanced • MPVA Training • Mountain bike instructor level 2 • Mountain Leader (summer) • Rock climbing instructor ( SPA) • County Lines • Child Sexual exploitation

My Mountain Training Story :

Timothy Rhodes

My path: B.Sc. (Combined Subjects) with Honours: Physical Education & Computer Science Chester College (Liverpool University Degree) 1988-91 Fitech Ltd. Training Manager 1991- 1996 - (Fitness Testing software company) Postgraduate Diploma: Exercise & Nutrition Science Chester College (Liverpool University accredited) 1996-7 (awarded 2003) Health & Fitness Centre Facility Manager - Shell Global Solutions, Thornton Site: 1997-2014 (plus other corporate consultancies) Diploma in Remedial Massage - Northern Institute of Massage 5/12/2010 Freelance Exercise Therapist 2014 onwards: www.proactivetherapy.co.uk Associations: Fitpro (since 1/12/00) & NAMMT Insurances: Fitpro (personal training) & Balens (remedial massage) First Aid: To be renewed August 2020 (delay due to lockdown) Continuous CPD via providers such as Precision Nutrition, FitPro & The Ready State amongst others.

My Mountain Training Story :

Koustav Bakshi

Koustav Bakshi Director of Feel safe Education and Sports Foundation - Instructor for lifeguard and lifesaving training under the flood relief and rescue management courses. - Instructor for various courses of NDRF, BSF, CISF, CPRF, ITBP, Indian Army and many other civilian courses. - Served as the strategy and business development manager with the Lifesaving Federation of India. - Served as the project and training head for Lifesaving Mumbai under RLSSI. - Training Coordinator for Swim N Survive and Lifesaving project in Kerala, where we trained more than 12000 villagers. - Training Coordinator and trainer for Speedo India Swimming and Lifesaving Program in Bangalore. - Training Coordinator and trainer for Princess Charlene and Speedo India under RLSSI, 13000 students were trained with him and his teammates. - Successfully completed Surf Coaches Clinic in 2013 which was organized by Surf Lifesaving Australia. - Successfully completed Surf Lifesaving, beach safety and First Aid Training in 2015 organized by Surf Lifesaving Australia. - Level 3 Trainer and Examiner for CPR/ First Aid/ Lifesaving / Lifeguarding by RLSSI. - Certified First Aid, CPR (Adult/Child/ Infant) and universal precautions training organized by National CPR Foundation in 2019. - Certified Blood Borne Pathogens, Infectious Disease Control Best Practice and precautions training organized by National CPR Foundation in 2019. - Awarded by Human Rights and many other organizations for tremendous work in swimming and lifesaving.

My Mountain Training Story :

Helen Tite

I taught my first aerobics class at the age of 15 to prove a point with my PE Teacher. I took an epiphany at 29 to study with American on Exercise to qualify as a Group Ex Instructor. I never looked back. Then back in the UK I studied for my PT qualification, Pilates, Zumba and the list goes on. Today I specialise in the older market, menopause and beyond. I have spent many years studying and working with the chronically unwell. iCareiMove focuses on ageing greatly. I run contracts with our NHS, Local Councils, private corporations and third sector organisations. I support others who want to work with chronic health conditions. Encouraging those who work in care to develop a box of tools to support those they care for. As if I am not busy enough, I am seen public speaking around female and body confidence - nicknamed The Wellness Anarchist I am known to break the mould and support others to grow and evolve in their wellbeing careers.

My Mountain Training Story :

Mackenzie Watters

Having fell in love with the outdoors from my teenage years thanks to the Scouting association I achieved a wide range of summits of various hills in Scotland, then went on to complete my T1 Permit (allowing me to lead a small group of individuals in summer conditions up to the height of 800m) recently began a new pursuit of via ferrata in Italy (due to being military and based here) on the recommendation of an officer in the British army who is also a mountain leader.

My Mountain Training Story :

Colin Rae

Fitness and keeping active was always a main focus growing up. At 21, I left Scotland with nothing more than a degree and a backpack and spent 4.5 years working overseas with individuals from various backgrounds and beliefs. I worked in management within the hospitality industry and started over-indulging in alcohol that had a negative effect on my physical and mental well-being. Having returned to Scotland, I realigned myself with healthy living and started enjoying personal goal setting and the feeling of accomplishment. Exercise should be simple, effective and fun. It does not solely need to focus around how you look but also how you feel. I have personally used exercise and healthy eating to improve my own state of mind and firmly believe that keeping active can assist with an individual’s mental health. Everyone can reap the benefits from an active lifestyle to improve their physique, confidence and general fitness.

My Mountain Training Story :

Tony Cole

I started my fitness journey after 10yrs of severe recurrent depression, anxiety and OCD; weighing 22.5 stone and on multiple psychiatric medications. Finally, I hit the gym, starting just one day a week I gradually built up to 6 days a week and now weigh 14 stone. Completing my level 2 and 3, I now wish to go on to do my level 4 in mental health and be able to help and support others who have been through depression, anxiety etc., and assist with their journey. It was hard, some days unbearable - but you can do it, exercise really does help to improve mental health. I still take antidepressants and lithium, but I have not had a relapse for 2-3yrs. DBS enhanced level checked, full St Johns First aid certificate held and public liability insurance.

My Mountain Training Story :

Heather Mitchell

Living in the SE is a long way from the hills and mountains, however, lowland walking is just as enjoyable, especially if you include a spot of birdwatching and the history or ecology of the area. I continue to use my map reading skills on a regular basis, planning short routes from my home and longer excursions for the future. Being confident with maps has been life changing. After several years of teaching (chemistry) and volunteering roles in school, I am now an outdoor instructor. I love working with young people from all backgrounds, independent schools to youth clubs. I have extended this into working with adults providing navigation and outdoor skills. I want to encourage people to venture out and enjoy the outdoors, to be comfortable enough to understand where they can walk, to enable them to become successful navigators. I am keen to include leave no trace ethos, responsibility of walkers and safety when hiking in my teaching.

My Mountain Training Story :

Liam Trussler

My name is Liam and I'm currently completing a BSc in Strength and Conditioning at St Mary's University. Throughout my life, I have participated in a wide range of sports and physical activity, dedicating most of my attention towards Martial Arts and fitness training. In my martial arts career, I managed to work my way up the grades in Taekwondo to a Senior 3rd Degree Black Belt over the course of 10 years; having started in September 2007 and only taking a break as I started my BSc in September 2017. It was at this time where I engaged In Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) with my university, albeit participating on a more casual basis. I first started training for fitness seriously when I joined the gym in May 2013 (beginning training when I was 14, now I am 21!). It was here where I started developing a real passion for fitness and training. Alongside my Taekwondo, it provided me with a focus and challenge to better myself that ultimately resulted in a lot of physical improvements and even more personal gain! This is because the discipline and dedication that is required to adhere to and complete a training routine to achieve a fitness goal was used as a blueprint to success in all other areas of my life. In short, regular involvement in physical activity has led to the greatest self-fulfillment that I could ever have hoped to reach! Now, I want to deliver bespoke services to others that utilises physical activity, and the underpinning discipline and resilience that it teaches you, to enrich their lives and make them the best possible individual that they can be! I am looking forward over the coming months (and years) to enter the fitness industry as a Personal Trainer with a 'fitness is for everyone' philosophy!

My Mountain Training Story :

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My Mountain Training Story :

Matthew Smith

Qualifications and Personal Achievements Bronze NNAS Silver NNAS Summits - Aconcagua 6962m - Kilimanjaro 5895m - Elbrus 5642m - Kinabalu 4095 Mararthons (p.b 3:56:21) London x2 PADI - AOW

My Mountain Training Story :

Elizabeth Wickes

On 3rd October 2018, after giving the keys of my home back to my landlady and putting my possessions into storage, I began an epic fundraising trip from Tower lifeboat station, Victoria Embankment, London. Since then I have walked clockwise around the coast (plus meandered inland down the centre of England), clocking up just over 3,000 miles, walking 10-12 miles a day and having a physical rest day every 4th. I am doing this full-time, solo and unsupported; I have no partner or support team in the background helping me with the huge amount of admin work involved in a project like this or with logistical issues of getting to and from accommodation. I am the walker, the fundraiser, the project manager, the route planner, the PR officer, the social media officer, my own moral support. The only support I receive is from the kindness of strangers offering me their spare rooms, food, clothes washing facilities, and transport for me and my rucksack. Now we're hit by the Covid-19 pandemic my walk is in hold, so I'm making the most of my time by gaining qualifications and refreshing skills so I can embark on a new career.

My Mountain Training Story :

Kevin Parnham

After 16 years of walking in the high places of the UK I was convinced by my partner to carry out the training for Summer Mountain Leader,which I did in July 2016 at Plas Y Brenin in Snowdonia. Originally intending to carry out my assessment in late summer 2017,injury at an organised fell running event put paid to this plan. Eventually I got to a point of being fit and well after several months of rehabilitation and signed up for my ML assessment in September 2018 in the Lake District. I was over the moon to be told I’d passed my assessment and am now busy setting myself up as a company to carry out freelance mountain guiding and am looking at other possibilities of employment in the outdoor industry and what I can offer With my knowledge and experience. I shall go for my winter ML next but my main objective is to secure employment in the outdoors so I can share my passion and experience with those who would love to spend time in the outdoors but don’t have the confidence to take the steps alone.

My Mountain Training Story :

Katherine Grugeon

I grew up in a small country village, nature and the countryside were all around and I took it all for granted. Growing up I never lost my love of nature and continued to spend time outside, exploring the countryside with my dog or on horseback, later with my children and now with my friends. As a teacher I became involved in assisting Gold D of E candidates and my passion for the outdoors environment grew to include moorland and mountains. To support this role I qualified as a mountain leader in 2017. Getting outside into the countryside is an important way of de–stressing in our increasingly indoors and sedentary lives. Breathing the fresh air, gentle ‘green’ exercise has been shown by many academic studies to have a positive effect on our physical and mental health. The British landscape is hugely varied, from Ben Nevis to Romney Marsh and access is restricted by law and the Countryside and Rights of Way act, but if you can read an OS map and understand your rights of way, there are thousands of miles of walking routes available for you. As ‘The Walking Woman’ my aim is to develop your skills in map reading, route planning and navigation to get you out and about. These skills will empower you to find places to walk legally and safely anywhere in Great Britain. I am a qualified mountain leader, registered as a tutor with the National Navigation Award Scheme and can offer tuition and assessment to provide you with a recognised qualification and a certificate. As ‘The Walking Woman’ I can create bespoke walking activities for yourself, friends, family and colleagues. From a morning’s walk to a multiday hill walking expedition I can show you the way and share my love of the natural world you are walking through. If you prefer, as a female guide, women only events are easily arranged. Contact me through my website www.thewalkingwoman.co.uk and let me help you to get outside.

My Mountain Training Story :

Sam Marsland

I hold a BA Hons degree in Outdoor Leadership from the University of Cumbria. I am an award holder in the Mountain Leader award, both in Summer and Winter and I hold the Rock Climbing Instructor award. This is all affiliated through the Mountain Training. I am based in the Lake District and run courses in hill walking, navigation, winter skills and rock climbing.

My Mountain Training Story :

Anthony Phelps

I’m currently working towards my RCI award and can’t wait to put it to use. I work with children in care in an outdoor activity focused care home in the Lake District. Obtaining this award means a lot to me and I’m more than prepared to put in the hours. I’ve always had an interest in climbing and the outdoors in general, being ex armed forces I’ve spent a fair bit of time on adventurous training around the world and since leaving the forces 10 years ago I’ve been a keen when it comes to being outdoors and enjoying walking, camping, climbing and biking.

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Travis Bland

A step in the right direction: my brief story into the outdoor industry.. I have always been an outdoorsy person ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper! My parents took me on really long walks with the dogs and very rarely saw me on the ground, ever since I was able to walk/crawl. After discovering the outdoor industry I've lived and worked in the most beautiful locations in the UK from the coast of Sherringham to the rolling hills of Shropshire and the beautiful moors of Yorkshire. I've overcome my social anxiety of being infront of groups, discovered a sport that drives me to be the best i can, worked with inspiring young people, made the bestest of friendships and memories i'll never forget. Being an outdoor instructor isn't for everyone, it's not the most well paid job either but in these last few years I've learnt more about myself and done loads more things I never thought I was capable of when I was at school. But it doesn't stop there after completing my CWIA in december, I have set my eyes on the RCI and coaching awards which i hope to complete when the lockdown is over. For now I'm focusing on training and pushing my climbing grades further. 2020 will be a good year!

My Mountain Training Story :

Leon Lord

After 20yrs in the NHS working as a Healthcare Assistant in Elderly Care and Day Surgery, I am now a full time Fitness and Wellbeing coach with skills panning a wide arena. From Kung Fu Instructor, Qigong and Meditation instructor, to Life Coaching, PT and Pilates. I've been building my business for a year now and make a living supporting my family even through Covid-19 restrictions. I take the knowledge of my previous job in the NHS and use it to be the best at what I do now, which is ..... to be my clients Cheerleader in whatever they want to achieve. I should have made the career change years ago as I love it, and my life/work balance has drastically improved.

My Mountain Training Story :

Alistair Jardine

Alistair Jardine, Facility Supervisor / ATC Coordinator, South Ayrshire Council Ayrshire (South West Scotland) ATP: Rescue And First-aid Training “I was appointed as a TA in June 2000, as a Mentor in September 2005 and then as a NTA in December 2006. I started my career in Leisure in the early ‘80s through the local Lifesaving Club. I have delivered courses all over Central Scotland from TA course to PXB Updates. I recently attended the RLSS UK Headquarters where I qualified as a National Pool Supervisor Qualification Tutor; I enjoyed the opportunity to see the Headquarters and to meet all the staff in person. I am currently Chairman of the Citadel Lifesaving Club and assist the Scottish region promoting water safety activities.”

My Mountain Training Story :

Ron Buchet

I started Mountain walking in 1999 with the Air Cadets. I quickly realised I loved it and started working towards my ML qualification gaining it in 2008. I have run Basic Expedition Leader courses in 2010 and 2011 for the Air cadet Wing I was in, and ran their Adventure Training weeks in North Wales and The lake district from 2012 to 2016. I was planning to do advanced weeks in Scotland and the alps unfortunately these never came to fruition. Due to circumstances beyond my control the Air cadets and myself parted company in late 2016 , and I now provide my skills to scout, explorer scout and Police cadets as a Volunteer. I've been involved with training supervising Dofe groups at all levels since 2003. I just love being out in the mountains. especially introducing people to Mountain walking, including friends and family . I'm trying to get my Winter mountain leader qualification and then possibly move on to do my International leader. I've walked all over the UK, done some in the German alps, and a couple of days elsewhere in Europe. See you out in the Mountains.

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David Heaton

I started climbing at the age of 9 when I went on a 6 week course at Huddersfield Climbing Wall. From then onwards climbing became my life and I have been fortunate enough to travel all over the UK with it. During my teens I went on several trips to the Alps and at 16 I climbed Kilimanjaro. In my 20's I moved to Cornwall and climbed on nearly every cliff down there, ticking off some of the most classic climbs along the way. I'm now based in the Lake District and work part time as a Senior Instructor for Outward Bound as well as running my own Mountaineering Instruction business. I started my journey towards becoming an instructor in 2009 when I went on my SPA training in the Lakes. I now hold my SPA and Summer ML, MCI and I've completed the Winter ML Training which I hope to complete next winter. I've worked with nearly every type of group across the entire country, from stag do's and soldiers in Cornwall, to DofE and corporate events in Scotland. Most of my experience has come from working with inner city young people and teenagers with challenging behaviours. These experiences have moulded me into the instructor I am today.

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Daniel lynham

For me, hiking has always been a hobby. When I started, it was for the challenge. I completed Ten Tors, DofE and the World Challenge in school and as soon as I could drive, I headed out to the hills with my Mum or on my own whilst busy at University studying programming. Later, I was asked if I never had to worry about things like money, then what would I do with my life. My first thought was that in that life, I would not be a programmer, I would get out and go walking. They told me that programming doesn't sound like my passion; hiking does. I never feel more alive and purposeful than when I am out in the rain with a heavy backpack on. For me, that is happiness. That is what I want to always be doing.

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Matthew Coppin

I live and work in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, and couldn’t be happier than when out exploring the hills and dales of this beautiful part of Yorkshire. Having run a travel business for several years, my wife and I decided to combine our experience in arranging holidays in Britain with our personal love of exploring the Dales (and the rest of the country!) on foot. We have therefore started offering self-guided walking holidays in the Yorkshire Dales through our company, Muddy Boots Walking Holidays. As well as introducing my young boys to the joy of being outside in the fresh air of the Dales, I hope to share this area and my local knowledge with more visitors to the Dales through leading guided walks. I have always had a love of the outdoors and training for the 100km ‘trailwalker’ charity challenge across the South Downs in 2008 (which I completed with a group of friends in just over 22 hours) really started my passion for walking in the Great British Outdoors! Living in the National Park has allowed me to develop my outdoor skills and continue my learning and appreciation of the natural world and this special landscape I am lucky enough to call home. I have a wide range of experience throughout the Yorkshire Dales, from exploring the lower level routes and waterfalls of Wensleydale and Wharfedale to the remote high moors of Swaledale and the more mountainous Yorkshire Three Peaks (including the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge). Further afield, travelling abroad through the Americas in 2012 gave me some unforgettable experiences across a whole variety of landscapes and terrain. Particular highlights included day walks through many of the stunning American National Parks, multi-day walks in the Andes, and everywhere I went in Patagonia. My other interests include cycling (again, the Dales’ countryside couldn’t be better for this!), photography and geology.

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Dan Bates

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

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Sharon Halsey

I’m a long haul flight attendant , that wanted to add feathers to my cap, as I understand working out with jet lag and shift work . My proudest achievements to date are getting my Personal Trainer Qualification and becoming a Les Mills Body Combat qualified instructor . I absolutely adore Les Mills workouts and mindsets , all positive reinforcements . Fabulous , motivational music too !!

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Christopher Honor

Driven by results to ensure your journey is one of personal satisfaction. Can you see a healthier, fitter and more happier you? Do you want to be more energetic and perform to a higher level? It doesn’t matter what level of experience you have when it comes to training because it is my mission to help you get a better understanding of how and why you have struggled so far. When your back is against the wall, the only way is forward and through structured programming and a friendly and professional service, the only thing you need to do is take action to reach your full potential and Train With Honor. For a more detailed background on my journey please visit www.trainwithhonor.co.uk/aboutus

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Treks Himalaya

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is known as Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking as is an brilliant stroll thru diverse landscape and subculture complete with prosperous mountain vistas, terraced fields, quaint Gurung villages and a vast range of flowers and fauna during your trip with https://www.trekshimalaya.com. Get the view of over three dozens of mountains trekking in Nepal. Mt. Annapurna (8091m) of Nepal is the tenth best possible mountain in the world and the journey to its base camp, which is at 4130m height, is one of the most popular walks on earth. The Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the most famous treks in Annapurna region of Nepal trekking. Moreover, we reach our destination by way of Mt. Machapuchhre (Fishtail) which is revered with the aid of the Nepalese for its special beauty and most popular treks in the world. Furthermore nicely groomed itinerary of the Annapurna Base Camp trekking package, it is a famous preference amongst various outside enthusiasts, from a solo lady tourist to hikers visiting in agencies to Nepal. Many landscapes and convey you so shut to the base of 7,000 and 8,000 meter peaks in a such a quick duration of time as the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. This trek is the combination of easy walking trail along the various landscape, forests, water resources, villages and mountains. After an exploration day in Kathmandu, fly alongside the Himalayan Range to the lake town of Pokhara below the Annapurnas. Spend an afternoon exploring the town and strolling along the lake shore. Trail takes trekkers to base camp of tenth tallest mountain of the world Mt. Annapurna (8091 m). https://www.trekshimalaya.com/annapurna-base-camp-trekking.php

My Mountain Training Story :

Jack Watson

I passed my pool lifeguard qualification in 2016. I have been working at my local pool ever since January 2017

My Mountain Training Story :

Jacquie Grocott

I love walking and I love sharing it with young people. I used to work as a Countryside Ranger on the Isle of Arran and that started my love of hillwalking really, as before that I was not much of a hillwalker. That's when I first thought about working towards getting my Summer ML. Fast-forward a few years and I am now a Biology teacher in a secondary school. In my probation year in Fife I did their in-house Fife Walking Leader Scheme which enabled me to help lead hikes and expeditions there. I then moved to East Lothian and with the council there I did my BEL Award. I now work in Edinburgh and help to manage and run the DofE Award at my school which is a real driver to get more qualified so that I can lead more expeditions. I did my Summer ML training course in April 2019, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and am working on steadily building up my experience and QMDs.

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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 holding the Mountain Training qualifications of International ML, RCI and CWDI as well as many military adventurous training qualifications. 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. I have a real passion for the outdoors and am currently training towards the Winter Mountain Leader award as well as the British Caving scheme.

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Andrew Pitt

Being brought up in a outdoor family I have always been an outdoor type of person. I completed my Duke of Edinburgh Gold in 2010 I then cemented my love of the walking by completing the Coast to Coast walk with my sister in 2011. From then on I have spent part of almost every year up in the lake district and regularly am out walking in places closer to my base in London. Also a keen cyclist and runner a Triathlon is in the planning and in 2019 I start indoor climbing on a regular basis.

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Marnie Rose

The Garden Classroom (TGC) was created in 2008 in Islington in North East London which has the lowest amount of open access Greenspace per person to anywhere else in the country. TGC was founded by Marnie Rose who was a founder Trustee of the multi award winning community garden, King Henry's Walk Garden and to date it has delivered over 2,500 outdoor sessions to over 70,000 people (mainly children and young people but also families) winning many awards including awards from the Mayor of London and a national award for innovation from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom. Since the very first round of CLOTC membership TGC has also earned the quality badge. TGC's mission is to reconnect urban disadvantaged communities with the natural world. It does this by designing and delivering high quality outdoor learning and recreation using urban parks and greenspaces and further afield in the countryside and it's wide ranging service includes: Curriculum linked sessions in London's urban parks and greenspaces Urban Forest Schools Holiday Programmes Countryside Classroom extended day visits Learning Away Brilliant Residentials camping programmes This year it has launched a new training service supporting London school key workers to grow confidence to deliver their own activities outdoors in London's parks and greenspaces and since 2015 TGC has worked in a formal partnership with Islington Council's Parks Department. TGC has built a reputation for delivering consistently high quality programmes and has positioned itself to be able to positively respond to new opportunities. At the heart of TGC's ethos is creativity, listening to users, love and understanding drawing from learning in natural environments inspiration from others around the world. This year TGC was part of a government funded consortium looking at the benefits of trees. Patrons are Joe Swift (BBC Gardener's World) and Bob Gilbert.

My Mountain Training Story :

David Squire

Duke of Edinburgh Award Assessor. NNAS Tutor MLS Started enjoying the outdoors at school, including Duke of Edinburgh Award and Ten Tors on Dartmoor. Carried on the interest through time in HM Forces at home and abroad, and then transferred interest to instructing ACF cadets and CFAV in maximising enjoyment of the great outdoors. Now also involved in arranging worldwide trekking adventures, aswell as on home shores for trekkers of all ages and abilities.


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