Following my retirement from the North Wales Fire & Rescue Service after many years operational service, I decided to make use of my past mountaineering experience and qualifications to help people get out onto the hills and mountains of Snowdonia.
I hold the Mountain Leader (ML) Summer Award and an REC (Rescue Emergency Care) first aid award which is specific to giving aid in remote locations, I also have public liability insurance.
Underpinning those qualifications are various awards and courses in regard to navigation and moving about in the outdoors in addition of course to many years of experience on the hills and mountains. Snowdonia obviously is my backgarden and I am very passionate about the National Park, its conservation and ecology and, the very important part it plays in this part of Rural Wales.
I work for the Snowdonia National Park as a Volunteer Warden on Snowdon one of 30, supporting the full time Wardens between the months of March and November.
What is a Guided Walk?
Taking a guided walk is a fantastic way of getting onto the mountains as safely as possible without the worry of route finding or getting lost and, having a great day out with good company.
The day usually starts quite early and once everyone has arrived and introductions made, the leader will ensure everyone has filled in all the paperwork, is in a good state of health and has the appropriate kit and provisions for the day.
There will then be a brief outline of the walk and how the day is planned, the conditions including the latest weather report for the area and approx timings for the day.
During the walk the Leader will pass on his/her local knowledge of the area, its history, geology and wildlife etc.