Professional Development & Mentoring

Professional Development, Mentoring & Technical Advice


I have trained and mentored many folk at different stages of their outdoor careers. All have gone on to pass well or manage to run safe and quality outdoor businesses.  If you are a trainee Rock Climbing Instructor, Summer or Winter Mountain Leader or Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor I can offer bespoke mentoring, training days or mock assessments to help you progress through your qualiifcations. I am available for technical advice with regards to maintaining an AALS licence or for climbing walls. My field of expertise for technical advice is gorge / ghyll scrambling, sea level traversing, coasteering, clip lines, tyroleans and zip lines. 


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Mentoring


Are you working towards a Mountain Training qualification? If so, I can help you get there. I have extensive experience working in the industry and can offer you guidance on what you need to do to become a better leader or instructor.


I will personlise things to help you achieve your goals. We need to meet to discuss your requirements and can take it from there. 

How to teach Navigation


A day long workshop to help you with ideas for teaching navigation. We will start in a cafe and head out onto the hill from there. Bring along 1:25k, 1:50k maps for the Capel Curig area and Harvey's ones too if you have them. You'll also need your compass (Silva type 4 or similar) and walking kit to look after yourself for the day, food and drink.


This would be useful for hill walking or mountaineering clubs, or individuals involved in the DofE award. 

Night Navigation


Got an assessment coming up? Well I can help you fine tune your poor visibility and night navigation. I will help you with your strategies and how you follow them through for success. I can also give you feedback on where you are at the moment to help you improve for that assessment that is looming.

It will be an evening event starting at 5.30pm and finishing by 10.30pm. 


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Summer Mountain Leader Refresher


We will focus on the syllabus to help you prepare for assessment or as a refresher is you have not been an active ML for a while. 


Common areas people like to look at are:

  • Navigation
  • Ropework
  • Environmental knowldge
  • Group management


Rock Climbing Instructor Refresher


We will look at the syllabus skills and techniques. I will get you prepared and ready for assessment through a practical day out on the crag.

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Mountaineering & Climbing Instructor Prep


If you are thinking about doing MCI training or you are preparing for assessment I can offer you feedback and support to help get you prepared and ready. 

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Tyroleans & Clip LInes


Essential development if you want to run group adventure sessions at a more advanced level in a gorge or by the sea. For those of you who are qualified  Rock Climbing Instructors and summer Mountain Leaders (or MCI trained) and want to expand the area in which you can work.

We will look at a variety of ways to set tyroleans and zip lines plus setting safe clip lines too.

All equipment will be provided.

Mountain Expertise

PAUL JAMES

Rhiwenfa, Rhiwlas, Bangor

LL57 4GA

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