Ski Touring/Mountaineering Kit List

Folk often ask for a comprehensive kit list for their trip. Whilst the specific details are often down to personal choice, a few of the basics are consistent. So here is my own pre-trip kit list, broken down into different sections to suit the type of trip you are going on. When selecting the items…

WA State Trails and Outdoors Conference

“World of Outdoors” – Opening Keynote for the Western Australia State Trails and Outdoors Conference 2015

This dynamic industry conference takes place every year, and the team from Outdoors WA always try to attract the most relevant and current industry experts to provide the keynote and open the conference. As co-author of the successful OIA/Sport England “Getting Active Outdoors” project, I was invited as a guest of the Department for Sport…

Joint Services Activity Management Review

The Joint services have been developing their Adventurous Training award schemes over the past few years, bringing them more closely in to line with their civilian equivalents. Every year, they employ a team of British Mountain Guides to work on their Joint Services Alpine Meet (JSAM) in Switzerland. As part of that team of Guides,…

National Conference for Leaders of Outdoor Education in schools It was a pleasure, once again, to both attend and contribute to the National Conference for Leaders of Outdoor Education in schools. This annual event brought politicians and industry experts together with the teachers who have the greatest impact on the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts.…

Independent Coach Education – National Conference for Leaders of Outdoor Adventure Education

Independent Coach Education deliver the Annual Southern Conferences for the Leaders of Outdoor Education in schools. This conference addresses the most fundamental questions underlying the considerable resources which schools devote to their adventure programmes – what are the benefits, and how can that be measured? As always, there was a wide range of speakers and sessions to allow delegates to pursue personal interests, or to…

NetNames – Senior Leadership Team

NetNames get their Senior Team Leaders together from around the world once every quarter. This is an important opportunity to plan ahead and co-ordinate the priorities and tackle the current issues in the business. I was invited to bring some leadership expertise from the world of adventure sports to the day, to encourage and inspire…

British Mountaineering Council – Talent Profiling Project

The British Mountaineering Council is the National Governing Body for all aspects of mountaineering and climbing. Funded by Sport England, the development of a talent pathway for climbing is a new concept, in the rapidly developing world of competition climbing. I was employed as the strategic lead for Technical:Tactical profiling as part of the team…

Mountain Training

Through my work as the Coaching Development Officer for MTUK, as well as consultancy projects for MTE, I spend plenty of time with the teams at Mountain Training. Siabod Cottage is also the base for the Mountain Training Association, The Association of Mountaineering Instructors, and the British Mountain Guides. You can find out all about…

Director of Mountain Training England Executive Committee

As Director of Training at Plas y Brenin, I represented the interests of the National Mountain Centre on the board of Mountain Training England for several years. Latterly, I was invited to join the Executive Committee as a Director. I throroughly enjoyed this role, as we grappled with registrations during a changing time for the…

British Cycling – Tutor Training

British Cycling hold a world class tutor training event every year, which is mandatory CPD for their dynamic team of tutors and coach educators. With a leading reputation for coach education and coaching scheme development, I was invited to deliver some inspirational sessions to encourage the British Cycling team to think differently. We focussed on…

Fall Line 103 – Ski Safaris

Hailed as ‘touring without tears’ the ski safari opens up the world of backcountry. Here are a few of Europe’s finest, chosen by four of the best British Mountain Guides. The Ski Safari is a great way for off piste skiers to enjoy the journeying aspect of touring, without being committed to skinning uphill and…

Fall Line 103 – 60 second guide to backcountry

If you haven’t already discovered the pow-haven/adrenaline-pumping/awe-inspiring thrills that ducking under the ropes brings, here’s our concise(ish) guide to all things backcountry. In this article, Mary Creighton adds to the thoughts of myself and Eric Kendall (of Ski Zinal fame) to produce a whistle stop guide to going off piste. A punchy piece, packed full…

Fall Line 98 – Under the ropes: get the kit!

Planning on heading in to the Backcountry this winter? Whether it’s a short boot over a col or a full blown multi day tour, Martin Chester has the lowdown on the essentials you don’t want to leave without. From blizzard bags to swanky new ice tools, this is a review of the latest ski touring…

Fall Line 91 – Off Limits: Get the kit!

Want to duck under the ropes and get away from the crowds? Whether it’s a short boot over a col or a full blown tour miles from the lifts, these are the essentials you need to make escape as easy as possible. From bindings to skins, boots to beacons, this article explores all the essential…

Fall Line 87 – Cafe to Couloir

Fancy mounting a last minute ski weekend mission this season? British Mountain Guide Martin Chester gives you the lowdown on how you can ditch your Saturday morning cup of tea for some fresh pow in double quick time. What does it take to turn a plan into reality? This article explores all you need to…

Scott Sports UK

I have been skiing as an ambassador of Scott Skis for many years now, and more recently I can be seen out on a Scott CR1 road bike. Not because I have to – but because I love their products and the company ethos!