What triggered your interest in the outdoors?
My interest was initially sparked by a visit to Loch Eil where I took part in an Outward Bound course. As a 16 year-old, this experience still resides with me and I have loved the outdoors since then.
What are you currently doing?
Currently my year is split; I spend my summers working as an activity manager for Acorn Adventure in the Ardeche Region of France while over the winter period I am a lead adventure guide for a company based out of Oman.
How has the Fast Track Scheme influenced this?
The Fast Track proved invaluable. In addition to affording me the opportunity to gain my Single Pitch Award, Climbing Wall Award and Mountain Leader, it gave me a really grounded insight into the subtleties of operating as an outdoor professional. All of which have proved invaluable in forging my way the industry.
The scheme offered unique opportunities and career prospects that have really helped make the leap from student to instructor.
What key bits of advice would you offer someone aspiring to do the scheme?
The best bit of advice I can offer is to try and gain as much experience as possible before taking on any of your awards. The course works best for someone who is keen and willing to invest time in their own development.
What is your fondest memory from Fast Track?
Passing my Summer Mountain Leader was a real achievement and a definite high point in the scheme.