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Membership Mountain Training Association

Membership Type Full Member

Membership Number 112036

Renewal Date 23/01/2023

Membership BAIML

Membership Type Aspirant Member

Membership Number 1104/18

Renewal Date 31/12/2022

Since 2004 I have worked all over the UK as an outdoor instructor and I am qualified as:
- Summer Mountain Leader
- Rock Climbing Instructor
- Climbing Wall Development Instructor
- National Water Safety Management Level 2 (Still, River and Beach)
- WEMSI Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician
- NUCO First Aid Instructor (Including Outdoor, Student and Mini Medics)
I am in the process of working through other higher level qualifications including the International Mountain Leader, Winter Mountain Leader and Rock Climbing Development Instructor, and look to complete the three relatively soon.
I have significant experience working on child and adult programmes, developing them to suit the client's needs and desired outcomes. I also have courses which can be booked on to via my website at www.myexpeditionrocks.com.
Courses I am able to facilitate:
- MT Hill Skills (2 days)
- MT Mountain Skills (2 days)
- MT Rock Skills Introduction (1 day)
- MT Rock Skills Intermediate (2 day)
- Outdoor First Aid, First Aid at Work, Emergency First Aid aid Work, Student First Aid and Mini Medics
- Guiding in UK hills & mountains
- Single and multi day trips (rock climbing and mountaineering)
- Bushcraft skills
- Various school day and residential programmes (Primary and Secondary)
Personal and work related experiences have taken me to Morocco, Oman, the Alps, Spain, Pyrenees, Poland, Peru and Sweden for climbing, trekking, mountaineering and snowshoeing. In recent years Have explored my local area significantly learning a whole host of new skills, that I am keen to share with my clients.
Advanced First Aid (beyond basic 16 hours course) 20/11/2021 1.00
Water Safety Management Programme Online requal 09/10/2021 0.50
Water Safety Management Programme Online requal 09/10/2021 0.50
Water Safety Management Programme Online requal 09/10/2021 0.50
Water Safety Management Programme Online requal 09/10/2021 0.50

In 2002 I was looking for an out from school, A-levels weren’t doing it for me. Finding a leaflet from Park Lane College for Outdoor Leadership I applied without hesitation, it was calling me. Unfortunately, the course cancelled, but by chance I found a place at Thomas Danby College, which got me started.
I have since worked for small outdoor centres in the UK and abroad and built up a solid apprenticeship of instructing and personal skills. In 2009, I got a job role as Operations Manager for John Dunne at Harrogate Climbing Centre, it was a step into management that I really enjoyed. I met great folk like Ian Fenton, and I built a rapport with the clients, getting to know them by name. This felt vitally important and something that had been missing in my other roles, building a regular client base, and having positive social interactions with them. I then moved on to Carnegie Great Outdoors as the Operations Manager. This role provided insight into logistics, large clients, large staff base and many others, and it was the perfect stepping stone. After 3.5 years I had largely become office based and yearned to be outdoors again, so I left to crack on with other ambitions. I spent 2 years in the ambulance service as an EMT. I loved this line of work, once again chatting to and supporting people.
2018 saw me start up a small business, My Expedition Rocks. It has been a complete success, and I have several school clients, run residential programmes, and have a very solid and loyal client base around the Skipton, Yorkshire area. I run most of my own sessions, and therefore get the best of both worlds, instructing and chatting to clients, but also using all my skills. I push my RCI, CWDI and ML to the absolute limit, and I am keen to begin teaching the new MT Rock Skills and MT Hill & Mountain Skills courses in 2022, to continue that journey. With 2022 just around the corner, I hope to complete my WML Training in January, and my IML Summer Assessment in August.

I have used John to deliver the CWA and SPA awards as well as knowing him in a professional capacity when he worked for Harrogate Climbing Centre, The Barn (a bouldering centre) and as operations manager at Carnegie Great Outdoors. I have no hesitation in recommending John to any future employer and the IML scheme. John has a great enthusiasm and passion for the outdoors which he happily shares with his clients. His confident and professional style allows him to get the best out of the people he works with.

Activity

  • Hill walking
  • Indoor climbing
  • Rock climbing

Relationship

  • Friend / partner
  • Colleague
  • Employee
  • Done business together

I have known and worked alongside John Rocks for about ten years. We have worked together, or alongside each other, both in the UK and overseas in the fields of hillwalking, youth development work, trekking guiding, and climbing instruction/supervision. Recreationally our association has taken us from exploring newly developed routes in the Hajar Mountains in Oman, via the mountains of the British Isles, to snowshoeing in the French Pyrenees. John is a longtime montain and adventure enthusiast and a highly motivated and experienced outdoor professional. In my experience he operates to a high standard in all his endeavours. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending him for the IML scheme, I'm sure he will make a great IML and hopefully use the qualification to the fullest extent possible.

Activity

  • Hill walking
  • Indoor climbing
  • Rock climbing
  • Winter walking

Relationship

  • Friend / partner
  • Colleague

I previously worked with John for 2-3 years at Carnegie Great Outdoors, Leeds Beckett University where he was the Ops Manager. John was a pleasure to work with during this period organising large numbers of programmes each year for hundreds of people inc students, staff, young people, military and corporate as well as Course Directing and delivering on some of these programmes. He is hard working and trustworthy as well as having a good sense of humour and being highly professional when leading groups. I believe having worked closely with him and now knowing him as a friend that John would be a very suitable person for the IML scheme.

Activity

  • Hill walking
  • Other

Relationship

  • Friend / partner
  • Other

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