County Hillwalking Team
Colin Gimblett (Joint County Mountain Advisor, Instructor & Assessor)
I have been involved with scouting since I joined as a cub back in the 70’s. My first experience of hill walking was a damp weekend on Dartmoor, which whetted my appetite so much that I have continued visiting the wonderful British hills and mountains ever since. I hold the Summer ML and have completed my SPA training and enjoy taking groups to the hills and mountains, particularly teaching navigation.
Mark Delahoy (Joint County Mountain Advisor & Instructor)
Introduced to hillwalking at age 11 on Cadair Idris with a Scout Troop in Greater London my progress through Scouting included mountains in North and South Wales, the Lake District and Scotland. These experiences led me onto climbing both rock and ice and bigger hills in the Pyrenees, Norway, Africa (Ruwenzori Mountains), Southern Alps (Mt Cook), and Russia (Mt Elbrus). Along the way, I passed my Summer Mountain Leader Award and completed my Winter Mountain Leader Training Course. In between, I have skied extensively around the world in Scandinavia, Europe and North America. I enjoy being out on the hills and passing on my knowledge to those who desire to contribute to Scouting and give something back just as I am doing
Bob Luckett (Instructor & Assessor)
I have been enjoying trips to the mountains for over 35 years. I fist discovered my love for the mountains on a school trip to Snowdonia when I was about 14. When I left school I became a member of the Ceunant Mountaineering Club. Since then I have passed my Summer ML, attended a Scottish Winter Skills course and completed my SPA and CWA training. I still enjoy going to Snowdonia and the Lakes but get my real pleasure from trips to Scotland in the Winter, backpacking in the summer and Hut to Hut walking in the Alps. I help train the young people in Kingswood District for Ten Tors and want more people to get the pleasure I have had from the mountains.
Rick Souter (Instructor & Assessor)
I have been continuously involved with Scouting since I was a Cub Scout, through Scouts, Venture Scouts & Leader roles during which I have walked / climbed / skied all over Britain, the Alps, Europe, Scandinavia and Africa for more than 40 years. I hold the SPA award for climbing, the Summer ML and have completed Winter ML training. Since I was introduced to rock climbing at the age of 11 and mountains at the age of 13, all things ‘mountain’ have been a major part of my life. I even first met my wife on the end of a climbing rope…
George Rowntree (Instructor & Assessor)
I am currently Mountain Assessor for West Lancashire Scouts exiled in Bath. I hold a SPA award for climbing and Summer and Winter ML awards. I have been enjoying the mountains for over 25 years, starting off in the Lake District progressing to walks in Wales and then onto Scotland in winter and the Alps. My favourite days in the hills are long multipitch climbs in the mountains or a winter mountaineering day in Scotland. I also enjoy ski mountaineering and cycling.
Neville Roberts (Instructor & Assessor)
I started hillwalking in the Mourne Mountains with my school more than 30 years ago. While studying engineering at Queen’s University, I spent most of my spare time in the mountains, walking and climbing, and became president of the mountaineering club. Working in Switzerland for two years gave me the opportunity to climb and ski extensively in the Alps. I’ve climbed a wide range of mountains all over the world including Mont Blanc (twice!), the Matterhorn, Mount McKinley (Alaska), Mount Kenya and Huayna Potosi (Bolivia). I have summer and winter ML awards, Mountain Ski Leader, SPA and I’m working my way through the IML scheme. I’m currently an Explorer Scout Leader in Bath and enjoy leading hill walking, climbing, caving and skiing.
Richard Churchill (Instructor & Assessor)
Like other county team members I was introduced to mountains at school over a weekend including the Snowdon Horseshoe and Tryfan. My previous experience was a couple of nights away with the cubs in the Forest of Dean! In the last ten years I’ve helped lead trips and enjoyed hillwalking & mountaineering in all parts of the UK, European Alps, South America, and Himalaya. I hold the Summer ML and am progressing my Winter ML. I help Ten Tors training in the Gordano district and am planning returns to overseas venues in the next two years.
Joel Phillips (Instructor)
Scouting has been a big part of most of my life. It was while I was a fresh faced scout at the age of 12 I was taken on my first mountain trip to the lakes and I loved it. Since then I have gone on to walk and climb mountains all over the Uk and the odd jolly to the Alps. I particularly enjoy suffering on a Scottish winter mountain. I now hold the Summer mountain leader award and have taken this to the next level and run my own guiding trips into the mountains of the UK
Roger Vaughan (Instructor)
I have spent the last 30 years climbing and walking in the UK, the Alps, Europe, as well as Canada and North America. I’ve completed both Summer and Winter ML training courses and enjoy helping others achieve their Mountaineering and Hill Walking ambitions. A Scout Leader first in 1975 I still think the best part of Scouting is in the variety of people you meet, who all share the common goal of helping young people develop.
Brian Payne (Instructor & Assessor)
Like many of the team I’ve been involved in Scouting for a long time and have been a Venture Scout and Explorer leader as well. Climbing and hillwalking has always been part of that scene. Over the last 16 years I’ve trained teams for the Ten Tors Challenge on Dartmoor and also through the Duke of Edinburgh scheme taking parties up into North Wales and the Lake District. I’m a Terrain 2 Supervisor, Gold D of E Expedition Assessor with a Summer ML. I’ve only recently joined the County team. I’m passionate about the mountains and wild places. I climb, mountaineer, ski etc and as a father of two I’m proud to see my kids are inclined that way too. See you on the hill.
Ben Buckle (Instructor)
I’ve been involved in Scouting for 15 years in my youth and 5 years ago got back into scouting and I’m currently an Assistant Explorer Scout Leader. I’ve spent time in the hills and mountains around the UK for more than 25 years and I’m a qualified Mountain Leader (Summer), Duke of Edinburgh Supervisor and hold T2 and Climbing Leadership permits. I was in the TA (Infantry) for a while and I enjoy competing in endurance events; Devizes-Westminster Canoe Race and Marathon des Sables.