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Joined on 04 October 2001

Phone 07954 326550

Location CAERNARFON Gwynedd GB

Email cat@latitude534.com

Website latitude534.com

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Ogwen Mountain Rescue Base visit 14/01/2020
Technical Advisers Workshop 20/12/2019
Rope Matters -Daniel Gebel 05/12/2017

I live in Llanberis, North Wales, working as a climbing and mountaineering instructor and teaching Outdoor Education. I am passionate about working in the outdoors and the exceptional opportunities it can provide for young people and adults.
Originally from London, I moved to Leeds in 1998 and worked as a youth worker; developing programmes for the personal development of young women, using a range of outdoor activities, team games and art-based work. A personal love of being in the hills and in wild open spaces led naturally to encouraging others to find such pleasure. I started to run courses on teaching Outdoor Education, and gained qualifications in rock climbing (SPA) and the hillwalking (ML). I worked for Leeds City Council at their residential outdoor education centre, Herd Farm, running climbing, high ropes, mountain biking and archery activities.
In 2007 I packed it all in to travel and work in New Zealand. On my return to the UK, I moved to North Wales, where I worked at the Mountain Training England office. I also gained the Mountaineering Instructor Award (MIA) which allowed me to become a full time freelance instructor. In 2019 myself and Pete Marshall set up Latitude 534 - With a combined 30years working in the outdoors we wanted to build a company that reflected not just the wealth of our experience, but also the quality of the work we provide. Not just ‘run of the mill’ activities, but quality instruction; supportive and inclusive access to the outdoors. The rest of the time I have free to spend climbing and walking in the incredible mountains of Snowdonia. And hiding from the rain!

I grew up in London but was always heading off to any park and woods I could find. When I moved to Leeds I loved how easy it was to get out of the city and explore the moors. I started rock climbing around the same time and would head off for camping and climbing expeditions to the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. Little did I know then that I would eventually become a Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor and get to live and work in the mountains.
I run Latitude 534 with another MCI, Pete Marshall With a combined 30years working in the outdoors we wanted to build a company that reflected not just the wealth of our experience, but also the quality of the work we provide. We run courses in climbing and mountaineering, but also ways to help people get out into the hills for their mental health, for some space to breathe. Not just ‘run of the mill’ activities, but quality instruction; supportive and inclusive access to the outdoors.
I count myself very lucky to have traveled widely; hiking, climbing and camping in all sorts of places all over the world. I have always felt more comfortable out in the hills. I relax, I breath deeper and time slows down a little. For me it doesn’t matter if it’s a dog walk on the beach or a multi-day ascent of an Alpine mountain, as long as there are wide open spaces, I’m happy.

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