THE Main TEAM
Gwilym, the owner and director of Wet and High Adventures Ltd, has been working in the outdoors for over 20 years in a part time capacity and became a full time instructor in 2007 after leaving the Police Force. He headed up Outdoor Education at an Independent School for 3 years but left to get away from the desk and get out more. He also works as a part time associate lecturer at a FE College teaching on Outdoor Education and Public Services BTEC courses.
As well as providing training to novices, Gwilym regularly directs instructor training courses and has mentored a number of instructors through their consolidation periods.
Although normally based in the South West, during the Winter Gwilym moves up to the Scottish Highlands and spends time in The Alps during the Summer as well as often leading overseas expeditions to Tanzania, Kenya, Borneo, Malawi or Zambia.
Cath is our admin support and will be answering queries and running the office so that Gwilym can continue to be out and about instructing. Cath has a wealth of experience organising outdoor activities as the Educational Visits Co-ordinator at a local school. As a qualified paddlesport coach and Hill and Moorland Leader, you may even see Cath out and about if she is allowed to leave the paperwork.
Jake is an all round climber equally happy on rock or ice. As a holder of the Mountaineering Instructor Certificate Jake works for us all year round including winter courses up in Scotland. Jake normally runs our intro to climbing courses in The Peak District.
Jake is our man on the ground in both The Peak District and The Lake District as well as working on our Mountain Leader courses.
OUR LONG TERM INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT TRAINEE INSTRUCTORS
Beth has now completed ML Training, MIAS L2 Training and is a qualified L1 Paddlesport Coach and SPA. Beth will be working with us as she prepares for her assessments
Andy has now completed his SPA (well done) and his ML Training. He will be out and about assisting us as he prepares for assessment.
SOME OTHER INSTRUCTORS WE USE
Jez is a very keen climber and mountain biker but he won't get in a kayak under any circumstances. He lives in Snowdonia and is either out on the rock or in a cafe. Jez also regularly works on instructor training courses such as the Mountain Leader and he is a Single Pitch Award course director.
Jez is our man on the ground in North Wales but has been known to come down to work for us on Dartmoor.
Based in Devon, Mark is a keen climber, runner and mountaineer. He has run the Skye Ridge as well as competed in National and International Trail Running events. Mark is involved with our challenge events and climbing activities.
We recommend Steve Spalding for Winter Mountain Leader Courses
Steve has been climbing for a long time and has been training instructors for years, he spent some time working as an instructor at Glenmore Lodge and is one of only a few MTS approved providers of the Winter Mountain Leader Award .
Steve is based in Pitlochry in the Scottish Highlands with easy access into the Cairngorms.
Read about when Gwilym and Steve climbed the Old Man of Hoy