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.
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.
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.
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.