Mountaineering Instructor Certificate (MIC) trained
Mountaineering Instructors Award (MIA)
International Mountain Leader (IML)
Summer Mountain Leader (SML)
Winter Mountain Leader (WML)
DofE Accredited Assessor Course for Bronze, Silver, Gold
Member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors
Member of the British Association of International Mountain Leaders
After family walks at a young age led her to outdoor activities at school, Cat undertook the Duke of Edinburgh's Awards at college and was left with a real passion for the outdoors. Cat originally trained as a lawyer (specialising in negligence) before the pull of working in the outdoors became too much and she traded the office for a pair of walking boots! Cat has since worked in a wide range of roles in the outdoor industry, both in the UK and worldwide. Cat has designed coaching programmes, directed expeditions, run large residential weeks for schools and the Princes Trust, delivered team building programmes, charity events and, of course, Duke of Edinburgh's Award expeditions.
Over the past few years, Cat has led worldwide expeditions for high profile companies such as Jagged Globe and KE Adventure Travel. Highlights include battling the elements to guide clients up to 6,400m in the Himalaya on several peaks and passes, summiting Kilimanjaro with a 12-strong team and standing on top of snowy Peruvian peaks in the sunshine. Cat has a passion for climbing and has also undertaken her own climbing expeditions in Alaska, the NW Territories of Canada and South America. Closer to home she has spent over twenty weeks guiding people on treks throughout Europe and spent two years living in Chamonix. When not out on the hills, Cat enjoys running, yoga, pottering around at home and reading a good book!
If you call the Adventure Expeditions office it is often Cat that you will speak to or meet at your expedition programme director.
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A few questions for Cat...
What are your favourite locations for DofE expeditions?
Bronze: South-West Coast - stunning cliffs and beaches, where I did my Bronze DofE expedition (around Swanage, Lulworth and Durdle Door)
Silver: Exmoor - somewhere close to my heart. Woods, open moor, headlands, sea, beaches, fishing villages, history, amazing icecreams.....
Gold: Snowdonia - it has everything from big, wide valleys to pointy peaks
What is the best thing about being on expedition?
Meeting interesting people and going to beautiful places with them.
What is the worst thing about being on expedition?
Forgetting your spare socks when it's wet
What would we find in your expedition rucksack that we really shouldn't?!
Lots of good books to read and a sneaky pack of Haribo (or two!)