Claire Youdale




           - Summer Mountain Leader

           - DofE Accredited Assessor

           - Member of Mountain Leader Training Association






Claire has always been involved in the outdoors, climbing mountains in the Lake District on family walks from a young age and completed her Gold DofE expedition by kayak in France whilst at school. Claire continued to gain experience in the mountains both walking and rock climbing while studying for a Zoology/Marine Zoology Degree at Bangor University in the heart of North Wales. After university, Claire moved to the Isle of Arran and taught both Biology and Geography Field studies, inspiring A-Level students on the mountains and coasts of the island. From here she also led Geography trips overseas to the Saas Taal region of Switzerland.


Claire now lives in Sheffield where she instructs climbing and bouldering throughout the year and heads out to Arran and Switzerland to teach in the summers. 2011 also saw Claire lead a school group to Borneo, including an ascent of Mount Kinabalu (4200m) along with many DofE groups - inspiring them to enjoy the outdoors and to get to grips with using maps and compasses.


When she isn't working, Claire can be found bouldering in the Peak District, scuba diving when working in Scotland and gardening when at home at her little house in Sheffield.


A few questions for Claire...

What are your favourite locations for DofE expeditions and why?

Bronze - The White Peak: good paths, obvious features for navigating and beautiful scenery.

Silver - Parts of the Lake District, my home mountain range, where the terrain is that bit more challenging for Silver!

Gold - The stunning Isle of Arran, a little bit of everything with dramatic scenery or overseas for something different...


What's the best thing about being on expedition?

Being out and about in the outdoors and the amazing places that DofE takes you.


What's the worst thing about being on expedition?

Cooking in the rain!


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