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Membership Mountain Training Association

Membership Type Full Member

Membership Number 157484

Renewal Date 06/03/2023

Membership AMI

Membership Type Full Member

Membership Number 24760

Renewal Date 30/06/2022

My name is Barry Thomas better know as "Baz."
I own and run Crag 2 Mountain with my wife Georgia based in South Devon on the Dartmoor National Park. I'm a former Royal Marines Commando and have been mountaineering & climbing all over the world since 2002.
I started to volunteer at my local climbing wall as a kids climbing instructor on a saturday mornings. I really enjoyed instructing and coaching so decided to take it further and I embarked on gaining National Qualifications along side my military adventure training qualifications.
I am currently working towards my Winter Mountaineering & Climbing Instructor (WMCI) Award.
Winter Mountain Leader 11/03/2022 2.00
Working on Bosigran Ridge 21/10/2021 1.00
MTE/MTC Online Course Directors & Staff Workshop 11/01/2021 1.00
AMI Community of Practice and networking event 17/12/2020 0.50
Qualification Training Course (min. 2 days in length) 02/10/2019 2.00

A good alround instructor

Activity

  • Indoor climbing

Relationship

  • Employee

Baz has instructed frequently at the High Sports climbing wall I manage in Plymouth, both as an employee of High Sports and with external clients. He runs regular climbing instruction, indoor and out, through his own company and I have heard nothing but positive feedback from his clients. He has worked regularly for High Sports with clients of all ages and abilities; running introductory sessions; long term junior clubs - with the aim of teaching children (ages 4-17) to become self-sufficient indoor climbers; frequent involvement with a Plymouth City Council project aimed at increasing accessibility of climbing for children; disability sessions for children and adults with physical disabilities and special educational needs; school and youth groups looking to introduce and improve their members climbing ability; and adult instruction for those looking to begin indoor climbing. He has a superb instructing manner and encourages his groups to achieve all they can, always going beyond the basic skills instructing and focusing on movement skills and technique development. I would not hesitate to employ Baz as an instructor or coach, both in a High Sports wall and for my own clients outdoors.

Activity

  • Indoor climbing

Relationship

  • Friend / partner
  • Colleague
  • Employee

Whenever I've worked with Barry, watched him work, or climbed with him, he has been highly competent, very much approachable, and a good all round instructor. He is easy to talk to and is always keen to improve himself. Whenever I've seen him coach groups and individuals, they have been engaged, interested, and quick to pick up on the skills he is teaching. He is very adaptable in these situations, and as head coach at High Sports Plymouth, I would highly recommend him for any future awards he may consider doing.

Activity

  • Hill walking
  • Indoor climbing
  • Rock climbing
  • Other

Relationship

  • Friend / partner
  • Employee

I have known Baz for many years in both a work and friend capacity. He is a conscientious and competent climber and mountaineer and will be a great mountaineering instructor. I have observed him in a work capacity and have employed him to work independently on Mountain Training courses I provide. He is a solid pair of hands and I will continue to employ him when the need arises. His enthusiasm for all things hill, crag and mountain is contagious, and this passion shows through in his work. I would wholeheartedly support his progression as a mountaineering and climbing instructor and he will be an excellent addition to the community.

Activity

  • Hill walking
  • Indoor climbing
  • Rock climbing

Relationship

  • Friend / partner
  • Colleague
  • Employee
  • Other

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