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Mike Raine's Profile


Area of responsibility

Senior Instructor Responsibilities include CWA, CWLA, SPA, LLA, H&MLA, MLA

Significant outdoor qualifications

  • MIC
  • IML
  • TCL
  • REC First Aid Trainer

Area of work at Plas y Brenin

I work across the range of rock and mountain courses all year round. I lead on our Mountain Assessor Training Workshops and Train the Trainers courses. I am one of the centres REC First Aid Trainers. I am very interested in training and the development of leaders and instructors but I still enjoy a day out with the young people. I have just spent some time working on the development of Outdoor Apprenticeships for our neighbours The Outdoor Partnership.

Sporting highlights

Climbing has been my first love for many years, I have been fortunate to enjoy some good first ascents in North Wales such as Dinorwig Unconquerable, The Sweetest Taboo, State of the Heart and I once found myself following an on sight E6 traverse across the upper reaches of Cloggy with an over enthusiastic Johnny Dawes. I have climbed on sight new routes in Cornwall, The Hood, The Piano and The Grand Piano stand out. In the Alps The Walker Spur, The West Ridge of Salbitchesen and the Super Couloir would be stand outs. In winter I've climbed up to grade VI and was very pleased to be able to ascend the Devils Appendix a couple of years ago. Family life now conspire against strong fingers but I use my time to go sea kayaking and mountain biking.

Favourite destination

Las Vegas grabs me - not for the bright lights, but for Red Rocks with cheap and plentiful accommodation in town. Scotland in winter is a former favourite, sea kayaking around the Summer Isle on flat seas is nice but, you know what, these days I'm happiest in North Wales. North Wales has everything great rock, fun seas, fab mountain biking, a taste of winter all with fine food and great beer on hand.


I'm impressed with the sheer energy and enthusiasm of my colleagues I'm impressed with the thirst for knowledge of my students I'm impressed with the desire to improve by the young instructors I work with. But, I'm most inspired by the place I live and, having topped out on all the hills, done a fine selection of the climbs in summer and winter I am now enjoying the bits in between whether on foot, on a bike or in a sea kayak.

Next Adventure

I quite fancy a sea paddling trip around Corsica or Milos - after I've ridden my bike home via the Marin trail of course.

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