For me it’s about: being out in the wilderness; the challenge of obtaining a goal for clients, which may be: improving their navigational skills, summiting a mountain, battling through adverse winter conditions safely; exchanging knowledge, in my case: the mountain environment, mountaineering skills and life experiences; AND getting away from phones, emails and other modern paraphernalia.
I have been a keen mountaineer since childhood and at 17 had the opportunity to go on a trip to Arctic Greenland. Since then I have been lucky enough to go to, amongst other places, Nepal, USA, Morocco, Iceland, Norway, the Alps and the Pyrenees mountaineering.
For many years I drove a desk during the week and mountaineered at week-ends. In 2000 I had the great fortune of meeting Abby who inspired me to get some qualifications. In 2003 I obtained my Summer Mountain Leader Award and obtained the winter qualification in 2007. More recently I completed the International Mountain Leader Award (IML).
Knowledge and protection of the environment is a passion. I am a Leave No Trace Trainer (www.lnt.org) and studying for the IML made me learn more about this very special planet we live on. I’m also really keen on snow science and spend much of my time in winter digging pits and looking at snow pack and crystals (so, if you are out on the hills in winter and see someone digging like billy-yo – it’s most probably me!).
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“Thank-you for two great days. Did just what it said on the label.”
Jan Cuthbertson, navigation course client