Martin Wardroper: ( Compass )
Located in Romiley, which is perfectly placed for easy access to the Peak District, where you will find me most weekends either with friends, Max ( My Labrador) or going Solo over one of the many beautiful locations in the Peak.
Whether its Bleaklow (exploring the wreck of ‘Over Exposed’), Ladybower and Derwent reservoirs, (where the test for Barnes Wallace’s ‘bouncing bomb’ was trialled), or even up and over Kinder and onwards to Edale and the Nags head,(which is the official start of one of the longest walking trails in the UK, the Pennine way), wherever it is in the Peak District you can be assured of an interesting and challenging day out.
My interest and background in safe Navigation spans for many years, but more recently, I supported the building of both competence and confidence of many outdoors folk (including the ordnance survey Champions), teaching proficient navigation skills as part of the ‘Ultimate Navigation School’(based on the content of the Ultimate Navigation Manual).
I am passionate about the outdoors, and am happiest in the outdoors environment, whether its discovering new routes, trialling new or different outdoors products, or indeed just being outside in a location that enables me to re-calibrate and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the very first UK National Park (with a special note of thanks to Benny Rothman!).
Just for interest sake, I am a lover of Jelly babies, Red wine and single malt , and am always happiest outdoors!
Martin ( Compass )
Chris Wright: ( Clogs )
I live and work in Zwolle in the northeast of The Netherlands, which is around an hour from the German border and 90mins from Belgium where I go hiking with friends. I love going to places in Europe to hike, specifically the eastern parts of Europe like the High Tatras in Slovakia, but generally anywhere there are Mountains is where you’ll find me.
The Netherlands is flat, so in the absence of any mountain ranges I enjoy getting out for long distance walks in the Overijssel district. I enjoy doing the Kennedy marches ( 80kms/50miles ) or 100km walks where I like to push myself to the limit to the end.
When I’m in the UK, you can find me with Martin (Compass) on our adventures in Wales, Scotland or in England hiking up any Mountains we can find . Luckily, we both enjoy looking for the best challenges to get to the tops of mountains, enjoying the self-discovery along the way.
I am passionate about the outdoors and over many years have built up a good base of knowledge and skills including how products work, courses in Navigation, Winter skills, Extreme Survival, Mountain skills and general safety in the outdoor environment.
I am a great believer that getting outside is good for your health and mind, but I also believe that your first step outside is the beginning of a great adventure. Everybody’s experience is different, but getting that experience is what helps people to learn and grow.
My Scariest moment ever? – Nearly getting lost in a snowstorm in Nepal.
Best Challenge ever? – Completing Project 944 (9 highest Mountains in UK in 4 days for 4 charities) in June 2019 with Martin (Compass)
Chris ( Clogs )