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Heather Mitchell 164553
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Membership Mountain Training Association

Membership Type Full Member

Membership Number 164553

Renewal Date 20/04/2022

Wildheather; a passion for teaching the skills to understand where you can hike, how to use different maps and scales, planning routes, and how to navigate to where you want to go. We can extend your learning with the compass, map knowledge, contours and land features.  I can advise on the kit you would need and what to take with you; for day walks or camping trips, including wild camping.
Wildheather provides National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) courses, NNAS Tutor course, Lowland Leader training and assessment (a NGB course from Mountain Training) and navigation training for individuals/groups. All training includes an emphasis on safety and aspects of the Leave No Trace ethos.  All accessible from London by train.
I am a qualified Mountain Leader and teacher based in East Berkshire. I work as an outdoor instructor and freelance Mountain Leader.
Central England Regional Online Event: Birds (Hill/Moorland and Mountain) 28/04/2021 0.25
Met Office Mountain Weather - 5 - Online 22/09/2020 1.00
Chalk Down Flora and Fauna (peer-led) 02/09/2020 0.50
Course Directors ONLY: Writing great blogs - Oli Reed, Trail Magazine Editor 28/07/2020 0.25
Director & Staff Update Workshop for Walking Leadership and Skills schemes - MTC & MTE - ONLINE 02/07/2020 1.00

Living in the SE is a long way from the hills and mountains, however, lowland walking is just as enjoyable, especially if you include a spot of birdwatching and the history or ecology of the area. I continue to use my map reading skills on a regular basis, planning short routes from my home and longer excursions for the future. Being confident with maps has been life changing.
After several years of teaching (chemistry) and volunteering roles in school, I am now an outdoor instructor. I love working with young people from all backgrounds, independent schools to youth clubs. I have extended this into working with adults providing navigation and outdoor skills. I want to encourage people to venture out and enjoy the outdoors, to be comfortable enough to understand where they can walk, to enable them to become successful navigators.
I am keen to include leave no trace ethos, responsibility of walkers and safety when hiking in my teaching.

Heather is a knowledgeable and competent hill walker with an infectious cheerful attitude, even when the going gets tough. Heather is very professional and I look forward to working with her in the future.

Activity

  • Hill walking

Relationship

  • Trainer / assessor

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