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Staff Details:

Keith Fleming Keith is British Mountaineering Council approved Expert Witness, with over a decade of experience. He has experience of Criminal and Civil cases. Keith Fleming holds the following qualifications: Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (formerly known as the Mountain Instructors Certificate or 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 Camping Leader 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. Over 10 years’ 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 Expedition Leader Award for many years   Keith has climbed and mountaineered all over 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 trips 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 in Argentina.

Lesley Rickman Mountain Leader Mountain Training Approved course director for Lowland Leader and Camping Leader Mountain Training Assessor trained D of E Gold assessor with many years’ experience of running DofE expeditions Scouts Mountain Certificate trainer/assessor HSE 1st Aid at Work Certificate Lesley is a keen hill walker and mountaineer, with many years’ experience 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’ experiences of group and expedition leadership, for a wide range of clients include school camps, Scouts, Duke of Edinburgh Award etc.

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), held IRATA level 3 and level 3 trainer for many years. 40+ years’ experience instructing in the Welsh mountains, 40+ years on the Llanberis Mountain Rescue team. Nick is our Height Safety expert, having worked in the Rope Access and Height Safety industry for 30+ years, having previously worked 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, whilst holding a suitable 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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