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RoryT - on 14 Jan 2013
im rory im 15 turning 16 in june and my dream is to be a mountaineer but i have no contacts to get me started, i want to go on my first expedition to a major peak by my 18th. if anybody is willing to take me under their wing then i would be greatfull, im willing to travel. i hill walk regularly im fit, im in explorers and instruct climbing and abseling at my local camp site, im also a 2 star kayaker which i achieved at the ages of 9. i have also got my open water scubadiving qualification. please help me. i just want to get experience on alpine or expedition climbs
MikeLell - on 14 Jan 2013
In reply to RoryT: Seems legit.
Sparrowmonkey - on 14 Jan 2013
Mark Kemball - on 14 Jan 2013
In reply to RoryT: PYB courses? Also where are you based, so you can get local contacts? Your local wall is always a good place to start looking.
MikeLell - on 14 Jan 2013
Tony the Blade on 14 Jan 2013
In reply to RoryT:

Rory, think about joining a local Cadet force. The Sea Cadets provide lots of 'Adventure Training' activities... working towards qualifications as well.
JJL - on 14 Jan 2013
almost sane - on 14 Jan 2013
In reply to RoryT:
Another good starting point is to join a local mountaineering club.

If you are in the People's Republic of Scotland, look at http://www.mcofs.org.uk/clubs-list.asp

They also have a good Getting Started section http://www.mcofs.org.uk/get-active.asp

If you live in other parts of our United Kingdom like Wales, Ulster or even England, you could look for similar info on the BMC website http://www.thebmc.co.uk/
almost sane - on 14 Jan 2013
In reply to RoryT:
And I forgot to say: go for it!
almost sane - on 14 Jan 2013
In reply to RoryT:

...and there are commercial or charitable organisations that will take you on expeditions, for a fee.
For example, World Challenge, BSES, ISM, depending upon your selection, will give you training in trekking or climbing, and will take you to anywhere from the Alps to the Himalayas to the polar regions.
ice.solo - on 14 Jan 2013
In reply to RoryT:

this is the easy part. in 2 years you can build enough skill etc for your first extended trip to big mountains..

what may be harder is the cash to pay for it. getting in with some mentoring climbers is one thing, getting mentored for a disposable income is another.
you want to be putting away a few grand each year (not blowing it on girls, weed, cider and cars).

if youve got that side sorted you are well ahead, if not, get a part time job asap.

otherwise, start reading atlases, walking around with a big pack on and get used to cold nights in sleeping bags.

a degree of it all is luck, but mostly its hard, lonely work.
almost sane - on 14 Jan 2013
In reply to ice.solo:
Getting a disposable income - that indeed is a challenge!

As for your other point, I have managed to avoid spending lots of money on weed, cider and cars...
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mux - on 15 Jan 2013
In reply to RoryT: Have you contacted the BMC ?

They should be able to point you in the right direction for contacts within you area.

You might also find this interesting.

http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=67682

Good Luck.


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