- Summer Mountain Leader Award
- MIA, Winter ML and IML Trainee
- DofE Accredited Assessor for all levels of Award
Emma's love of the hills was ingrained in her from a young age with family holidays spent in the mountainous areas of the UK. At school Emma joined the Army Cadet Force and completed her Bronze and Silver DofE Awards as well as the prestigious Ten Tors event on Dartmoor. An expedition to India at the age of 17 gave Emma a love of travel and a desire to do more: a gap year took Emma travelling overland from the UK to Hong Kong on a climbing expedition and she has further spent 10 weeks cycling around Europe, leading 12 youth expeditions worldwide and an adult climbing trip from Jordan down to South Africa.
In between, Emma has completed a degree in Outdoor and Environmental Education, has had her own climbing trips to Canada, Norway, Egypt, Ecuador, Thailand, Spain, Greece and South Africa. Most recently, Emma has completed 9 months working as an instructor for the Mountain Centre Plas y Brenin.
Emma's main passion outside of work is rock climbing and always feels like she is on holiday when she drives over the Menai Straits from her home in North Wales onto sunny Anglesey to climb. Other favourite activities include bouldering in the Llanberis Pass on a sunny evening, going for a run or sitting on a hilltop in the sunshine enjoying the views - and eating ice cream on a sunny day!
A few questions for Emma...
Favourite locations for DofE Expeditions?
Bronze - The Peak District has a bit of everything with beautiful woods, wild moorland, craggy outcrops, quaint villages and good bakeries.
Silver - North Wales...great for both mountain views and views of the coast too.
Gold - The North-West coast of Scotland where the remoteness and ruggedness of the mountains are truly stunning.
What is the best thing about being on expedition?
The beautiful places that you end up going and realising just how diverse the UK is with it's amazing countryside and scenery.
What is the worst thing about being on expedition?
Lack of fresh fruit and veg and the dreaded MIDGES!!!
What would we find in your rucksack that we really shouldn't?!
Far too much dark chocolate...