About Get Up 2 Summit!
Hi, I'm Jo - thank you for visiting my website. I have had a love for the outdoors for the past 20 years, an interest which I took more seriously a few years ago in a bid to get fitter and slimmer. Like most people, I have had periods where the stresses of life have been overwhelming, the mountains providing a sanctuary and distraction.
Five years ago, I was overweight, ate and drank what I shouldn't, didn't know what to do with a map or compass, had never camped nor thought that I would feel at ease in the middle of nowhere without a phone signal! I heard about the 'Wainwrights' in the Lake District so I set myself the challenge of summiting them all! It turns out that this was one of the best decisions I have ever made, achieving this in less than a year.
I now generally spend most weekends and holidays in the mountains, whether in the Lakes, Scotland, Snowdonia or abroad. It is difficult to do justice to the benefits that getting outdoors has on my wellbeing. Being based on the Wirral has the advantage of being within easy access of North Wales, the Peak & Lake District, increasing my flexibility and maximising the experiences on offer through Get Up 2 Summit.
Qualifying as a Mountain Leader in 2019, I can honestly say that I am in the best physical and mental shape of my life. I have lost weight, increased in confidence, grown a new circle of friends (including cafe workers, B&B owners and other outdoorsy folk) along with an abundance of new skills. My outdoor qualifications, experience and skills have now enabled me to work in the outdoor industry although I still work as a Registered Nurse, qualified since 1997. I also have a teaching qualification, having worked as a Nurse Educator in the higher education sector from 2003-2009, these skills enabling me to teach navigation skills in a methodical and systematic way according to the individual's learning style.
If you want to reap the rewards of the outdoors, whether it the lowlands or on the fells, then get in touch. Whatever your ability, there is something for everyone so get in touch and let us take you on a memorable adventure. If you want to gain more independence in the mountains, let us help you to develop those skills. Events will run with a maximum of 8 participants per leader. There are various events listed on the website but I am also available for private hire. If you are a group with a specific activity in mind which is not listed as an option on the website, this will be accommodated where possible. Most events are scheduled to take place at weekends but weekday events can be arranged if the group is of a sufficient size.
What are you waiting for? Take a look at the experiences on offer!!
Mountain Leader (Summer) - assessed by Bryn Williams Mountaineering
REC Emergency First Aid & AED training - December 2018
Registered Nurse (Adult) - qualified in 1997
National Navigation Award Scheme Tutor (Silver & Bronze awards)
Advanced communication skills (2009)
Teaching qualification (Post-Graduate Certificate in Professional Development) 2005
English and intermediate French
November 2019 - Understanding mountain weather (MWIS)
July 2019 - Leading the north ridge of Tryfan
July 2019 - National Navigation Award Scheme Tutor award
June 2019 - Alpine flora in Snowdonia
June 2019 - Teaching navigation
April 2019 - Glaciation
March 2019 - The mountain environment
March 2019 - Navigation refresher
March 2019 - Steep ground refresher
Feb 2019 - 1 to 1 with Paul Poole Mountaineering to develop scrambling skills
Feb 2019 - Winter skills 2 day course
Feb 2019 - Night navigation refresher
December 2018 - Contour masterclass
July 2018 - Mountain Leader (Summer) training - Snowdonia
Fully insured by Lockton via their Ascend Policy for groups of up to 12 members
MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS
British Mountaineering Council
Mountain Training Association
(click on the Mountain Training Association icon below for the link to my professional profile)
Mountain Weather Information Service