I’m Rach… a mountaineering instructor and mountain bike guide living in North Wales with a view of the Big Hill from my bedroom window (although I’m rarely at home as there are too many places to visit in the UK!).
I’ve always been passionate about encouraging more people to step outside their door into the fresh air and I love a 20 minute exploration of the local woods as much as a big ride in the mountains . I’m more of a ‘Sonderina’ than Alpkiteer, and I cannot believe that Sonder are letting me ride the Signal Ti!
The Number Crunch:
- I have ridden my bike across Nepal, round and round the Strathpuffer 24 hr endurance course and down the twisty, rooty trails of the forests of the Highlands.
- I have climbed up 100 Munroes (and counting), El Capitan in Yosemite, to 6000m in the Himalaya and up the north face of Ben Nevis.
- My favourite day out ever was climbing The Original Route on The Old Man of Hoy, on Orkney.
Training & Quals
- I hold the Mountaineering Instructors Award (MIA), the Winter Mountain Leader and the British Cycling Level 3 Leader.
- I deliver the Mountain Training Mountain Leader Award for Plas Y Brenin and am a tutor for the Mountain Training Hill Skills and Mountain Skills awards.
- Tutor of the British Cycling Leadership awards.
- I hold the Wilderness Emergency Medical Institute (WEMSI) First Responder Certificate. That’s 68 hours of remote first aid training!
- Member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors, the professional body that regulates our industry. As part of this, I am on the AMI Test Team for Rab Equipment and Lowe Alpine.
- Qualified bicycle mechanic, Velotech Gold.
- Trained in safeguarding and child protection and am a member of the PVG Scheme (Scotland) and DBS Scheme (England and Wales).
- I have a B.A. in Archaeology from the University of Nottingham and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management (ILM).