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Staff Details:

Keith Fleming holds the following qualifications:
Mountain Instructors Certificate (MIC)
International Mountain Leader Award (IML)
Level 3 Kayak Coach and FRST provider
BA Hons in Environmental Studies and Outdoor Education from Bangor University
MountainTraining Board course director for ML, WGL, Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI), CWI and Climbing Wall Development Instructor (CWDI)
Off Road Cycle Leader
DofE Gold assessor
Working Safely at Height Training
Equipment Inspection and PPE regulations
BEL course director
Full Category D PCV Licence
HSE 1st Aid at Work Certificate
BMC approved and trained Expert Witness
He is a member on the Adventure Activities Industry Advisory Committe and Brighton and Hove Outdoor Panel and has acted as expert witness to HM Coroner and been asked for technical advice, post accident reports and advice for the HSE and Local Authorities

Keith has climbed and mountaineered all of the globe for over 30 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 andmost of Europe. In recent years, ski mountaineering has become a firm favourite in winter, including an attempt on a North-Soth 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:
25 years experience, MIA, Winter ML, Level 3 Kayak Coach, MountainTraining Board Course Director for ML, Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI) and CWI, BEL course director, DofE assessor, 1st Aid trainer with 2 years experience in the New Zealand Ambulance Service, HSE 1st Aid at Work Certificate

Steve Anderson:
12 years experience, MIA, Winter ML, MountainTraining Board course director for ML, Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI), WGL. Steve has extensive experience of the multi - activity centre market, having worked for Superchoice, 3D and Kingswood, plus managed Carlton Lodge outdoor centre.

Matt Craig:
12 years experience, IML, Winter ML, MIA trained, DofE Accredited Activity Provider, AALA Licensed, Mountain Bike Leader, Level 3 Canoe Coach and FRST provider.
Matt has travelled all over the world, climbed and mountaineeered all over the uk, the Alps, Africa, South America, Australia and New Zealand.

Steve Blount:
IML, Winter ML, WGL course director, BEL and ML Course Director, DofE Gold Assessor, 22 years Military Service, Unit Expedition Leader.

Nick Walton
ML summer, Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI), IRATA level 3 and level 3 trainer. 30+ years experience instructing in the Welsh mountains, 30+ years on the Llanberis Mountain Rescue team.
Nick is our Height Safety expecrt, having worked in the rope access and Height Safety industry for 20+ years. He currently also works for Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI)NSET, 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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