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Read on to find out who is Mountain Bee Adventures!
Growing up on Anglesey provided so many opportunities for exploring and adventuring! We spent hours and hours of our weekends and school holidays playing on the beaches or wandering through the woodlands.
As I got older my uncle took me into the mountains of Snowdonia and the Peak District - here is one of my very favourite photo's of us together on the Cantilever! We scrambled on the ascent up Bristly Ridge and after a rather misty stroll across the summit we met my Aunty in Cwm Idwal for hot flasks and cake!
The cantilever, y glyderau
My early twenties were spent completing a Sport Science degree in Bangor University and a PGCE in Physical Education. I used weekends and holidays to help out on Duke of Edinburgh expeditions with local youngsters and taking them kayaking and canoeing, so I seemed to spend and awful lot of time in the chilly waters of Llyn Padarn! I also spent a lot of time exploring more of the local mountains and footpaths, usually by myself as I enjoyed the challenge of navigating alone and the freedom of going wherever I wanted to - or retreating to a cafe if that's what I fancied! The coastal paths around North Wales were very appealing to me and offered stunning views and beautiful walks aplenty, whatever the weather!
One of many DofE expeditions!
As a teacher in one of the local secondary schools I was now in a position to run my own DofE expeditions and we had an awful lot of fun! Some of the youngsters involved had never experienced anything of the like before so it was a pleasure to introduce them to our wonderful environment and teach them the skills required to travel safely through the countryside.
Qualifying as a Mountain Leader was an absolute highlight; the experiences and friendships I gained on the qualification journey have had such a positive impact on everything I do! My adventures started to take me more and more off the beaten track, and my little goal of walking all the named summits (even the tiny obscure ones) on the map provided hours of planning practice and adventures to keep me occupied.
It seemed like a natural progression to want to learn to climb next, and there were so many great reasons for doing so! I've expanded my network of friends even more, learnt so many new skills and explored a vast range of new areas which I might not have ventured into previously. We've climbed all over North Wales on some of the wonderful rock which is available here. We've ventured down to Pembroke, over to Spain - and even to sunny Morocco! It's such a fantastic adventures and it hasn't ended yet. . . .
Mountain Bee Adventures was born out of wanting to help other people to experience the joys of adventuring out into the unknown or learning the new skills required to explore safely under their own steam. I work frequently as a climbing instructor at the local wall and have recently qualified as a foundation coach. I absolutely love getting outside too and helping people to learn to navigate or improve their general fitness through walking - whilst enjoying the beautiful scenery. Most Mountain Bee Adventure days out will also involve a cafe at some point during the day - because you can't beat a good cup of tea and a nice slice of cake at the end of an adventure!