Way back in time before the onset of adulthood, with all its commitments & responsibilities, I enjoyed countless happy days heading off into the hills & countryside of Yorkshire with nothing more in my pockets than a return bus ticket, a squashed sandwich & a youthful sense for adventure!
Despite a 'few' years having passed since qualifying as anything like 'youthful' and work commitments keeping in the city for too long, the sense of adventure and love for the outdoors never left me. After digging my boots out and making a return to the hills I attended a couple of courses with the aim of improving my hill knowledge and skill base, it was during one of these course I was encouraged to join the Mountain Leader Training scheme and gained the Mountain Leader Award in April 2012.
As well as spending time in my local Yorkshire Dales, Snowdonia, Lake District and the hills of Scotland, I have been fortunate to have enjoyed trips to the Nepalese Himalaya, Swiss Alps and Haute Route, Mallorca's Tramuntana, snow shoe expeditions in the Hardangervidda region of Norway, Tanzania's Mt Meru & Kilimanjaro (via the Western Breach) and the Toubkal Massif of Morocco's High Atlas.
During summer 2013 I made to trips to the Swiss Alps & Morocco's High Atlas Mountains to continue adding to my mountain 'education', experience and fill up the log book!
I particularly enjoy the challenges of the mountains in winter and attended the Winter Mountain Leader Award Training in March 2013 & look forward to ticking off the log book 'consolidation' routes throughout winter 2013/14.
I have also joined the International Mountain Leader Award Training scheme and completed the IML Summer training and Speed Navigation test in May 2013, I will be attending the IML Winter training in January 2014 then will be spending much of Spring and Summer preparing for the IML summer assessment (gulp!).
When not out walking mountains during the summer I spent time climbing both indoors and out, I attended the MLT Single Pitch Award scheme training in October and aim to go for assessment Spring 2014.
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