AKA “The Bear”
Qualifications -Summer Mountain Leadership Cert
-B.Ed Design JMU
-DofE Assessor Bronze/Silver/Gold
Experience -20 years instructing, leading and assessing on multiday expeditions in the English Lakes, Snowdonia and Scotland
Interests -Mountain Skills, Navigation, Personal Development and Leadership
Derek is our most experienced Mountain Leader and has been enjoying "getting out and staying out" for over 20 years, walking and camping in wild country for over 365 days during this time! He has organised and run over 100 expeditions for up to 50 young people at a time in the Lakes and Snowdonia and has trained and prepped 10 friends and colleagues successfully through their own Mountain Leadership Qualification. Derek is passionate about the growth and development that expeditioning affords people of all ages and the sense of peace and grounding that accompanies the effort and achievement of a successful multiday journey.
Why do you do it Derek?
“A walk in the mountains and a night under the stars is the perfect counterweight to our chaotic modern lives. It’s pretty much what you spent 2 million years evolving to do.”