Real Adventure Staff Team
I have spent my life here in the Lake District, a fantastic environment for adventure in the great outdoors. From the early age of 12, I found excitement, challenge and fun through climbing, caving and canoeing – I knew then that I had found my passion. This discovery has finally led me to start my current business providing opportunities for people to experience their own Real Adventures …
To date I hold a variety of high level qualifications for use in the outdoor environment. In my “play time” I have climbed all over the UK as well in Colorado and Yosemite and much of Europe and Australia.
This business, that I started in 1999, feels like part of a fantastic journey I have accidentally stumbled upon … I love it. Director and Owner of Real Adventure.
Jen has been working in the outdoor and environmental education and conservation sectors since graduating from John Moores University. Alongside her enjoyment of spending time in the mountains, Jen’s passion lies in enthusing young people and staff about wild places, nature and the environment and encouraging everybody, including the business to think and act in an environmentally responsible and ethical way. So if you fancy something a little more environmentally focussed on your Real Adventure just let us know.
Jen is also behind the scenes keeping the boss on track to ensure all your courses run smoothly.
Manages the Director!
Nigel’s career started in the late 1980’s in North Devon, where he worked as a climbing, canoeing and surfing instructor. Tempted by the Himalayan mountains he headed to Nepal to run rafting and trekking expeditions in the Anapurna, Everest and Kanchenjunga regions.
He has lived and worked in the Lake District since the early 90’s and is a specialist in many outdoor adventure activities.
Nigel’s vast experience and knowledge echoes trust in people and folk just seam to be happy to push themselves to the max when they have a day out with him.
Pete is one of our most experienced staff on our team, he has been working in the Lake District delivering adventurous education since the 80’s. Pete’s huge knowledge and experience of working with people in the outdoors enables him to push each individual to get the most out of their time with him. He is an inspiration to all those who have the pleasure of spending time in the outdoors with him.
Sally has been working in the outdoors since graduating from university in 2000 with a BA in Outdoor Studies. Her breadth of experience spans not only the industry but the globe, with paddling and overland expeditions in SE Asia, Nepal, India, Patagonia and Bolivia.
As well as her hardcore paddling credentials (Sally is a level four kayak coach and holds the BCU 5 star award), Sally is a keen mountaineer, devoting her winter months to the uncompromising Scottish hills and enjoying the best of the sumer back with us in the Lakes.
Add to this her open, approachable manner and encouraging, inclusive style and we think you’ll agree, you couldn’t ask for more from a leader.
Makes the most amazing chocolate moose! Michiel creates high quality home cooked food prepared fresh on-site. As an experienced secondary school teacher Michiel brings education to the dinner table. All young people are encouraged to try at least one mouthful which has resulted in some very surprised and well fed youngsters.
Steve lives and breathes the outdoors whether it be land or water. He holds high level qualifications in a wide range of disciplines.
He has spent and spends most of his spare time playing out in the mountains and has travelled extensively from Patagonia to the Himalayas.
All this is apparent in his passion for teaching.
Sam discovered the outdoors at a young age, starting climbing at the age of 10. Growing upp in the Peak District and learning on ‘god’s own rock’ the mighty grit stone. Since then he has managed to climb all throughout the UK, Europe, parts of China and over to Yosemite in California. He has in recent years discovered the dark art of winter climbing and after living at the base of Ben Nevis for 2 years has grown into a keen winter mountaineer.
Sam also has managed to turn his hand to paddlesport with his main passion in this being white water kayaking. He has managed to tick off a lot of river in the UK and also in the Southern French Alps.
Dawn likes Bikes and Hills and can sometimes be found underground on her day’s off work.
When she is out with a group Dawn is an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and passionate instructor who can quickly relate to her group and get the best out of everyone.
Mike has climbed and adventured himself and with groups all over the world including Africa, Iceland, Norway, North America and most parts of the European Alps. His love and passion for adventure whether climbing, caving or sailing is echoed by a career of over 25 years as a full time mountaineering and outdoor education instructor.
Mike is committed to all aspects of the outdoors, as his contribution as Team Leader of a Lake District Mountain Rescue Team for many years demonstrates.
Mike’s passion for the outdoors is infinite, no matter where he is or who he is with Mike is always having a great time.