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 or climbing and I always have some sort of adventure planned, no matter how big or small. I also love travel and seeing new cultures and so you’ll find some of my other adventures on here too.
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 young people.
I’m a fully qualified and insured Mountain Leader with 10 years experience working in the outdoors. 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’m also an Ordnance Survey #GetOutside Champion , promoting ways to access the outdoors. I also site on the board of Mountain Training UK and the BMC’s charity Access and Conservation Trust, and the BMC’s Access and Conservation Trust, helping to shape the future of the organisations.
I am also an Assistant Leader in my local Mountain Rescue Team and part of their rope rescue group, I lead the odd cycle rides and I’m addicted to climbing and trail running.