01690 720214

Adam Harmer's Profile


Area of responsibility

I am a part time member of staff splitting my time between PyB and lecturing Outdoor and Environmental Education at Liverpool John Moores University. I work across paddlesport and mountaineering departments.

Significant outdoor qualifications

  • BCU Level 5 Coach (White Water)
  • BCU Level 4 Coach (Sea and Canoe)
  • Mountain Instructor Award
  • Winter Mountain Leader
  • Mountain Bike Leader

Area of work at Plas y Brenin

I am able to delivery nearly all the paddlesport courses. Both for the recreational courses but also the NGB's. I also work across the mountaineering and rock climbing departments delivering training and assessment courses for Mountain Leader I also work with the rock climbing courses. I was previously head of the Fast Track department before going part time and still work heavily with this group of individuals. My personal interest is associated with coaching and the development of long term career pathways. I am very fortunate to travel a great deal with my job but also love nothing more than creeking or paddling the tidal races of North Wales.

Sporting highlights

My most recent success was the development of the Beeline Britain Expedition. This was essentially the first ever Lands End to John O'Groats journey in a straight line. This expedition saw us complete the longest UK crossing of 200km from Lands End to Pembroke with 32 hours of continuous kayaking. This was just the start to a string of huge crossings setting records as we went. I am a previous winner of the Yukon 1000 (the Worlds longest canoe and kayak race) Racing non-stop for 6 and half days in 2011. I was the team leader for Below and Beyond Mount Kenya expedition in 2011, successfully discovering 6 new first descents in kayak and running some CPD for the local Kenyan raft guides on the Tana River. I was a team member on Below and Beyond Macchu Picchu Expedition in 2009. Sucessfully paddling rivers from the Andes to the Pacific and the first descent of the Rio Concebidayoc passing ancient Inca Ruins.

Favourite destination

I have several destinations but the one I keep returning to and love exploring has to be Kenya. It has huge mountains, untouched deep river valleys and the people are super friendly and great fun.


Going to new places, hard endurance challenges and having a giggle along the way.

Next Adventure

This year I'm off to Kenya in February again, hopefully Greenland or Alaska in the summer and I have plans to start writing a book.

Got A Date Available - Need An Adventure To Match?

Find out what's going on at the National Mountain Sports Centre between any date range on this handy new search page

Adventure Sports
Coaching Conference

Adventure Sports Coaching ConferenceOur inaugural Adventure Sports Coaching Conference will seek to explore the role of coach developers in adventure sports performance.


Christmas and New YearOn behalf of all the team at Plas y Brenin, we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a H....


Scottish Winter Courses 2018Starting January 2018, our Scottish Winter courses are timed to make the most of the incredible wint....


Winter WarmersAs the nights begin to draw in and the temperature starts to drop, Plas y Brenin are pleased to offe....


Peak Performance For Plas y Brenin Paddling TeamWe are delighted to announce that we've launched an exciting new partnership with kayak clothing man....


BMC Women Outdoors Week 5-15 Aug 2017Come and get active for the BMC's Women Outdoors Week here at Plas y Brenin. We have talks, activiti....

What's On In Our bar?

Our friendly and lively bar is open to the public. From talks and lectures to film nights and live music, there's always something going on. Find out what's coming up next here

Adventure Sport
Summer Camps (Age 12-17)

Summmer Camps For Young People Aged 12-17Young climbers, mountaineers, paddlers and mtb riders aged 12-17. Develop your outdoor skills with our top coaches on one of our residential summer camps.

Enhanced Learning Credits

Enhanced Learning CreditsThe Enhanced Learning Credit Administration Service offers funding for armed forces personnel. Plas y Brenin is able to accept ELCAS funding for a few specific non residential courses.

Weather Forecast, Tides and Surf Conditions

Find out what the weather's doing in North Wales over the next five days.

Adventure Map

Working alongside UCLan
to educate
outdoor professionals

University Of Central LancashireFind out how we are working with one of the country's top universities to develop lasting careers in the outdoors.