Being outdoors is an addiction for me. Not only do I get cabin fever but I also find myself incredibly irritating to people around me who suffer from my twitching if I don’t get fresh air and a long romp over moorland or mountains regularly. There is nothing like the feeling of the wind on your face (even if it comes with rain) to make you feel alive – it’s a perfect ‘reset button’ to the hazards of modern life.
I love inspiring people outdoors and seeing them get hooked on the bug of adventure that only self-reliance in the elements can bring. I’ll never forget the girl from inner city Manchester who was excited to be in the mist on the top of the Langdale Pike’s in the Lake District, as she could ‘touch the sky’.
Any chance I get I am out hiking, fell running or climbing and I always have some sort of adventure planned, no matter how big or small. I also love to travel and experiencing new cultures, and so if you’re interested in what I get up to you can check out my blog under the Adventures menu.
When I’m not romping over the mountains or dreaming up the next overseas adventure, I work for a charity inspiring positive changes and providing second chances to people.
I’m a fully qualified and insured Mountain Leader with over 10 years experience working in the outdoors, training people in Navigation skills and leading groups on adventures.
I regularly work across the UK with youth groups, schools and colleges, as a fully qualified DofE Assessor and Instructor. I support young people through their Duke of Edinburgh award – training, supervising and assessing their expeditions at Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.
I’ve been an Ordnance Survey #GetOutside Champion since 2017, promoting ways to access the outdoors. If you want to check out the GetOutside website you can find it here.
I also sit on the board of Mountain Training UK and the BMC’s charity Access and Conservation Trust, helping to shape the future of the two organisations.
I am also an Assistant Leader in my local Mountain Rescue Team and part of their rope rescue group.