I have camped and walked for as long as I can remember. One of my very earliest memories was going up Shutlingloe in the Peak District with my Dad, I must have been about 5. Living in Macclesfield the Peak District was where I cut my teeth with moorland walking and trips up Kinder Scout as well as summer holidays in a tent covering everywhere from Cornwall to Skye and my Dad always taking my brother and I up hills and mountains. My first big mountain was Ben Nevis at the age of 16 wearing jeans and trainers - how times have changed! At university I completed a degree in Earth Sciences so have a good knowledge of rocks and landforms as well as taking an interest in wildlife and the local history of an area.
Now in my mid 40s I am member of Glossop Mountain Rescue Team (so definitely no jeans and trainers on hills), I have completed the Wainwrights and have extensive experience of mountains in the West of Scotland, The Lakes, Pennines, Snowdonia and Dartmoor. I lead a group which regularly goes on trips to various mountains across the UK either as days out or for longer periods which may involve wild camping but almost always includes a pub. I am a self confessed map geek and love to navigate and teach others the skills to do it themselves. My ethos is that anything is achievable in one way or another and the mountains are there for everyone to enjoy - if I can help someone to achieve their goals and ambition then that's my job done.