I love the challenges it can present, but the best parts are the close friendships I have made
Day job - Teacher.
What is the best part of being a Safety Team member? - This is my 20th year on the safety team. I love the challenges it can present, but the best parts are the close friendships I have made as a direct result of this event.
I like it when - Everyone works together: this is a team event, even for those who might start on their own or in a small group. When everyone looks out for everyone else, the event goes really smoothly and is enjoyable for all.
Best piece of advice to someone starting their training? - Start small in January. Make yourself do something at least once a week. February: build it up to twice a week. March: get outside and find some hills, a tiny local one will do. But each time you train there, do a little bit more. Then start taking a rucksack. April: find some real hills. Now you need some boots, start wearing them in. Try to carry as much stuff or water as you can. This will make a huge difference to the actual event. May: get on a training event and keep up the hill training. Then add food i.e. work out which foods you can eat whilst moving. Little, often and varied is the trick.
Our UK treks and challenges couldn’t go ahead without our invaluable safety team and qualified mountain leaders. Each and every one of them retain expert knowledge, understanding and a passion for outdoor pursuits and the mountains we climb. They are on hand to ensure the wellbeing of our participants, navigating them through each trek safely and providing words of encouragement to help everyone complete their challenge.