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Membership AMI

Membership Type Full Member

Membership Number 1458

Renewal Date 30/06/2022

Membership Mountain Training Association

Membership Type Full Member

Membership Number 115722

Renewal Date 01/04/2022

Membership BAIML

Membership Type Full Member

Membership Number 900/16

Renewal Date 31/12/2021

I am a very keen climber, skier and alpinist who works full time with my Mountain Training qualifications. I am very lucky to have bases in Sheffield in the Peak District and Llanberis, North Wales (as well as spending a chunk of the winter season on the west coast of Scotland). I have lived and worked in Snowdonia for many years since studying at Bangor University. Most of my early work has been working with young people delivering multi-activity outdoor education and this is still a proportion of my work.

I run Orange Mountaineering offering all aspects of mountain instruction as well as working for several large organisations such as the Military and Jagged Globe. I also work for several small providers on navigation, climbing and scrambling courses and for Outdoor Centres on HML, ML, RCI, CWI awards. I am an approved AMI trainee workshop trainer for the MCI scheme.

I have worked in all the major mountain and climbing areas across the UK and have led several youth and adult overseas expeditions.

I am an active member of Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team and was the Training Officer from 2016 to 2018. In my own time I have been pushing my own highs year on year at high altitude. I spend several weeks each year exploring in the Alps mainly on skis.
19. Bolting Workshop 23/05/2021 1.00
UK Legislation Myth Busting Session 18/05/2021 0.50
Client Avalanche Rescue Training in 15 minutes 22/01/2021 0.25
Accident prevention and risk management in our brave new world 20/05/2020 0.25
Technical Advisers Workshop (online) 12/05/2020 1.00

I got my first taste of the UK mountains as an Air Cadet in the Lakes aged 15. The staff were all Mountain Leaders and after that week thats what I wanted to be. At 18 I moved to South Wales to start an apprenticeship in an Outdoor Centre and from there I never looked back!
After a move to North Wales to study for a BSc in Geography, I passed my ML in 2005 but by then I'd also had a good taste of Scottish winter and the Alps and suddenly it was about climbing and mountaineering too. Along the way since then I have been lucky enough to work all over the UK and worldwide. In 2015 for example I climbed classic ice routes on the Ben, rock routes on North faces in the Alps, skied 4000m peaks, summited Kilimanjaro whilst working and did some guiding in Nepal.
Nowadays as a qualified WMCI and IML I work with lots of young people and teach mountain skills to adults; navigation, climbing and mountaineering. I am still learning myself everyday and I look forward to the challenge the change in the seasons bring.
I love working with people and seeing them develop. Its a journey for us all but that's how I like it.

I have known Simon as a colleague and friend for a number of years and have worked alongside him, and employed him, at a number of organisations. He is safe, reliable and I really value his ability to get things done using his own initiative once he understands what the goal is. Clients find him easy to get on with and he has a good understanding of how to develop people, both in terms of behaviour and their skill sets.

Activity

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

Relationship

  • Friend / partner
  • Colleague
  • Employee

Simon is an established member of the outdoor community, working as a freelance instructor in a range of disciplines and with a wide range of clients - School / College Groups, the Military, Adults on NGB courses. This is not just based in one geographical area, but spread all around the UK, from the South West through to Scotland. He has widely travelled around the globe and is continuously looking for the next adventure, from leading youth expeditions to first/early ascents of remote peaks in the greater ranges. Simon also volunteers with the Llanberis Mountain Rescue team.

Activity

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

Relationship

  • Friend / partner
  • Done business together

I have known Simon for over 10 years and have climbed, skied and been mountaineering with him thoughout this time both in the UK and overseas. He is an active and competent mountaineer who has a wealth of experience in the mountains of the UK, Alps and Himalayas. He always maintains a professional attitude and a considered approach when working in the hills and I would have no question as to his ability to work with a range of groups and abilities in an instructional capacity.

Activity

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

Relationship

  • Friend / partner

Simon is a very professional instructor and expedition leader. He has excellent core skills and management style. His ability to communicate with a group and his empathy to their needs is superb. In the event of an incident Simon reacts very well and is very supportive to all those around him.

Activity

  • Hill walking
  • Rock climbing
  • Winter walking
  • Winter climbing
  • Other

Relationship

  • Colleague

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