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Staff Details:

Keith Fleming holds the following qualifications:
Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (formerly known as the Mountain Instructors Certificate (MIC))
Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (formerly known as the Mountain Instructor Award (MIA))
International Mountain Leader Award (IML)
British Canoeing Level 3 Kayak Coach and formerly an A2 examiner and FRST provider for many years
BA (Hons) in Environmental Studies and Outdoor Education from Bangor University
Mountain Training course director for Mountain Leader, Rock Climbing Instructor, Climbing Wall Instructor,  Climbing Wall Development Instructor, Indoor Climbing Assistant, Lowland Leader and Expedition Skills
British Schools Cycle Association Off Road Cycle Leader
DofE Gold assessor
Working Safely at Height Training
Equipment Inspection and PPE regulations training
Full Category D PCV Licence
Full HSE 1st Aid at Work Certificate and Outdoor 1st aid award
British Mountaineering Council approved and trained Expert Witness. Extensive experience of criminal and civil proceedings on prosecution and defendant sides. Have also provided expert evidence to HM Coroner, post-accident reports and advice for the HSE, Environmental Heath and Local Authorities
Formerly a member on the Adventure Activities Industry Advisory Committee (AAIAC), the Adventuremark Managing Forum and the Brighton and Hove Outdoor Panel
Formerly a course provider for Sports Leaders U.K. of the Basic Expedtion Leader Award for many years
Keith has climbed and mountaineered all of the globe for over 35 years - starting with an ascent of Snowdon aged just 4! After many years of UK rock climbing experience, he moved on to Scottish winter climbing, then the Alps and finally to the rest of the world. Rock climbing rips have included Australia, the far East, South and North America and most of Europe. In recent years, ski mountaineering has become a firm favourite in winter, including an attempt on a North-South traverse of the Southern Patagonian ice cap.

Lesley Rickman is our BEL and DofE course director, and also coordinates WGL courses.
She holds the following qualifications:
Mountain Leader Award
MountainTraining Board assessor trained
BEL course director
D of E Gold assessor,
Scouts Mountain Certificate trainer/assessor
HSE 1st Aid at Work Certificate
Lesley is a keen hill walker and mountaineer, with many years eperience in the Scottish Highlands, Skye, the Laes and Snowdonia. She has also been mountaineering in the several regions of the Alps and Pyrenees. She has many years experience of group and expedition leadership, for a wide range of clients include school camps, Scouts, Duke of Edinburgh Award and

Other freelance staff, who are used regularly on training and NGB courses, include:

Des Barlow:
Over 30 years experience, both in Military Adventure Training and in civilian outdoor education and training
Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (formally known as the Mountain Instructor Award (MIA))
Winter Mountain Leader
Level 3 Kayak Coach
Mountain Training Course Director for: Rock Climbing Instructor, Climbing Wall Instructor and Lowland Leader.
DofE assessor
1st Aid trainer with 2 years’ experience in the New Zealand Ambulance Service
HSE 1st Aid at Work Certificate

Nick Walton
ML summer, Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI), IRATA level 3 and level 3 trainer. 35+ years experience instructing in the Welsh mountains, 35+ years on the Llanberis Mountain Rescue team.
Nick is our Height Safety expert, having worked in the Rope Access and Height Safety industry for 25+ years. He also works for SPANSET, training clients in rope access, working safely at height and the Working at Height regulations.

At various times, we use other staff. All will be suitably qualified for the role they are undertaking, have a wealth of experience and be personally known to us for a number of years. Staff are chosen for their ability to provide good quality training, rather than personal climbing ability or level of qualification.


Mountain Activities is licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) to provide the following activities to children (licence no. L8968/R1207, valid until Sept 2013): Hill walking and mountaineering, rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, kayaking, sea level traversing, off-road biking, gorge scrambling, and improvised rafting.
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1st Mountain Activities (a trading name) is MountainTraining Board provider number 139
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We are are Sports Leaders UK approved training centre for the Basic Expedition Leader Award, Centre number 7929
Mountain Activities Ltd holds public liability insurance of £5 million, Employer's Liabilty Insurance of £10million and Professional indemnity of £1 million with Activities Industry Mutual.
A full set of risk assessments and policies is available on request.


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