- Summer Mountain Leader Award
- DofE Assessor Accreditation Scheme
- Member Mountain Leader Training Association
Tony first got involved in the outdoors a long time ago with Scouts in Middlesbrough and most of his weekends were spent at Scout campsites at Kildale and Commondale in the North York Moors. Following university, Tony moved to Morecambe with a great view of the Lake District across the bay and his weekends were spent either in the Lakes, Scotland or Snowdonia undertaking climbing, mountaineering or orienteering. Each year he headed further afield in the Summer to the Austrian Alps, Pyrenees or his favourite, the Italian Dolomites.
After living abroad and bringing up a family, Tony moved back to the UK and invited along on a charity climb of Ben Nevis via the CMD arete. This returned Tony to his hobbies in the outdoors and expeditions to Lesotho, Pyrenees, Dolomites and the Atlas Mountains of Morocco quickly followed. After taking the offer of early release from his job, Tony completed the Summer Mountain Leader Award and now plans and instructs on expeditions full time.
When not in the outdoors, Tony enjoys bringing his garden up to scratch and keeping track on the birds where he lives - there are currently peregrines living in a large chimney near his house! He is also a bit of a self-confessed mountain photography geek and is building an outdoor blogging site that links up lots of people in the outdoor community.
A few questions for Tony...
Favourite locations for DofE expeditions?
Bronze - It has to be the White Peak area of the Peak District for lovely scenery and ease of access.
Silver - The Lake District with plenty of areas for exploring and adventure.
Gold - The Scottish Highlands - some rugged and remote country for a really 'out of the way' expedition.
What is the best thing about being on expedition?
Getting up early to a splendid morning with a bowl of porridge, cup of tea and a whole day of adventure in front of you.
What is the worst thing about being on expedition?
Getting up early to a wet morning with a wet tent!
What would we find in your rucksack that we really shouldn't?!
A pint of fresh milk for tea and porridge!