Explorers Connect A-Team: Bringing Adventure To Your Doorstep
The Adventure Team (A-Team) help to arrange FREE hiking, wild swimming, camping and biking adventures in & around our main city hubs (currently London & Bristol) with other members of the community for the community. You will find an amazing group of volunteers who are keen to go on adventures and meet like-minded people. Adventures will be listed in the CLUB newsletters and in the Facebook Groups for Bristol and London
If you want an adventure, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, then maybe you can join the A-Team
A landscape gardener by trade, I spend most of my time exploring the UK and the rest of world, notching up experiences as I go. It's not unusual for me to be packing up for a weekend away for a spot of pack-rafting, trekking, stand-up paddleboarding or exploring different areas of the country. An active adventure seeker and intrepid traveler by nature, I have already successfully trekked to Everest Base Camp and explored the relatively untouched Myanmar.
I grew up in Scotland but never really appreciated the fun that could be had outdoors until I moved away from it. I love the buzz and bustle of London but that's best when it's balanced with a healthy dose of fresh air and open spaces. I'm glad to be involved in mini-adventures with Explorers Connect: it's so easy to turn a weekend or evening into something fun without any big fuss in organising. My favourite things are bikes, mountains and campfires so I'm hoping to get involved in adventures that combine any of those.
I am a Visual Effects artist, working on films in a darkened basement. Being a graduate in Zoology, I'm still not quite sure how I ended up living in London and working behind a computer for my day job! However, I balance my time spent indoors by getting outside as much as possible. I love to have a midweek mini-adventure whenever possible and to get out on the water on my stand-up paddleboard. I am currently training to cross the Channel by SUP and am always on the looking for an adventure - big or small!
Twelve years ago I left a career in the city to retrain as an osteopath and pilates teacher. Being in the outdoors has always been an important part of my life and my favourite way to escape from it all is by long distance trekking. A few trips I have really loved include the Tour de Mont Blanc, the Haute Route and Annapurna Basecamp. Recently, I have had some bike adventures including cycling around Kilimanjaro. I am also happy just to escape for nights wildcamping. I have been involved with EC for the last few years and love the ethos of making adventure both large and small so accessible, and am looking forward to an adventurous 2017.
Currently I spend my week days working at a desk daydreaming about camping, climbing and cool expeditions. I've already completed a 16-month cycle from London to Sydney and am training for an Arctic expedition in 2018. In 2017 I want to help tonnes of people get out and explore the wonderful wilds of the UK and am excited to be part of the A-Team.
I'm a civil servant by trade, and only recently got into the outdoors having hated doing D of E at school - we got blisters, we got lost, we nearly set our tent on fire, that sort of thing.... These days, thanks to groups like EC, I know either how to avoid getting into those situations, or what to do if it still goes a bit wrong, and try to cram in as much hiking, camping (preferably wild), travelling to weird and wonderful places, and learning new skills as I can. So it's definitely time to help get fellow EC members out and about as much as possible - look forward to meeting everyone!
I’ve been a member of Explorers Connect for a few years and always enjoyed combining being outdoors and physical activity. I’m a big distance runner and really enjoy helping others either start or improve their running. Recently, I’ve become a UK athletics licensed running coach. I’ve been lucky to have had some good travel experiences, including living in a tent for a month. I like spending time in the mountains or doing anything that’s a little bit adventurous.
Ten years ago I gave up my job as a Software Project Manager to spend a year in Patagonia working for a conservation charity. My life was changed forever. Since returning I've trained as a teacher and I am now Head of Outdoor Education at a secondary school. I'm a mountain leader, indoor climbing instructor and a forest school leader - life couldn't be more different. I'm passionate about the outdoors and love meeting people who feel the same. I love surfing, climbing, kayaking and hiking; but I'm equally happy just setting up a wild camp for the night. I'm excited to be part of the A-Team and looking forward to helping to adventures in 2017.
I'm a hillwalker, mountain biker, kayaker and climber: but, truth be told, I'm up for most adventures if there's a pie and a pint at the end! My ideal adventure would be either a walk around the moors or mountains with a night wild camping or a kayak trip with a night on a secluded inaccessible beach. That being said, I have a busy job and home life commitments; I'm just as happy squeezing in a 5-9 mini-adventure in the nearby area!
I am happiest when I'm outdoors, breathing in fresh air and stunning views. I love hiking and regularly visit the Brecon Beacons as well as making trips further afield. I love all water sports and last year I dived into long distance open water swimming culminating in completing the Dart10K. This year I have bought a touring bike in search for a new challenge and new adventures. You could say I am jack of all trades and master of none!
My favourite adventures revolve around long-distance trekking. For me, there's no better way to immerse yourself in the wild than simply walking through it, with nothing more than your own two legs to power you. Armed with a map, compass and tent, you can just about explore anywhere. In the past I have completed the Camino de Santiago and the infamous GR20 in Corsica. Early in 2017, I will be heading to Patagonia for a month of hiking at the End of the Earth, and later in the year I hope to uncover the remote trails of Eastern Europe.
I like a bit of everything -- hiking, biking, climbing, running, kayaking, rowing... Jack of all trades, master of none, will give anything a go! By day I'm an utter nerd -- physics teacher turned engineering lecturer, also host The Cosmic Shed podcast. Big goals include long-distance cycle and a few more 4,000m+ peaks! I'll be arranging some stargazing micro-adventures and a few other events.
More About The A-Team
- The A Team are volunteers making adventures happened for the EC community
- The A Team are not guides or instructors, they simply want to help make things happen for each other and the community
- The A Team will help arrange adventures - with you and other members of the community - but they will not be leading or "in-charge"
- On these free adventure events, everyone will be responsible for themselves and each others safety, equally as a team.
- We need your help too - please come and join the adventures but also feel free to help out in organising them if you like too
- You can also join the A-Team yourself by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org