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Membership Mountain Training Association

Membership Type Course Director Member

Membership Number 9325

Renewal Date 27/08/2022

Membership BAIML

Membership Type Full Member

Membership Number 45/94

Renewal Date 31/12/2021

Phone 02920 369 280

Email alanmward@gmail.com

Website www.bigfootservices.co.uk

Alan Ward - Bigfoot Services Limited
International Mountain Leader
Winter Mountain Leader
Summer Mountain Leader
Mountain & HSE First Aid Trainer - Rescue Emergency Care (REC)
Mountain & HSE First Aid Trainer - Remote Emergency Care (REC)
First Aid Trainer - British Heart Foundation (BHF - ELS)
Trek/Expedition Leader - The Mountain Company
Trek/Expedition Leader - Casterbridge Tours
Countryside Leader Award (CLA) Provider
National Navigation Award Scheme (Bronze/Silver/Gold) Provider
Ambassador - Brecon Beacons National Park Authority
MIDAS - Minibus Certificate
OCR - L3 Certificate in Off-Site Safety Management
LANTRA - "Professional" Off Road Driving Certificate
LANTRA - All Terrain Driving Certificate
IOSH - Managing Safely
NEBOSH - Occupational Health & Safety
IEMA - Environmental Management
AWARDS:
Wanderlust Travel Magazine's Top Guide Award Competition - one of ten worldwide finalists in 2006 and 2012
Hill & Mountain Skills Mountain Skills 01/03/2022 Details
Hill & Mountain Skills Mountain Skills 01/03/2022 Details
NNAS AGM 03/11/2018 1.00
REC AGM 24/09/2018 1.00
Any - Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable People course 25/05/2018 1.00
Hill & Moorland Leader and Mountain Leader provider and course director induction - MTE and MTC 16/11/2017 1.00
Any - First aid (more than normal 2 day requirement) 27/09/2017 1.00
Any - First Aid Trainer course 04/09/2017 1.00
Mountain and Moorland Birds 24/05/2017 1.00
Any - First aid (more than normal 2 day requirement) 18/05/2017 1.00
Any - First aid (more than normal 2 day requirement) 17/05/2017 1.00
NNAS Tutor Award 08/04/2017 1.00
Any - First Aid Trainer course 21/03/2016 1.00
Any outdoor industry employer - Employer's in-house training event (2 days or more) 20/10/2015 2.00
Any - Small Business / Marketing Course 22/09/2015 0.50
Any - Offsite Safety Management course 06/05/2015 1.00
BAIML - AGM Workshop (half day non-core) 07/12/2014 0.50
BAIML - AGM Workshop (half day non-core) 07/12/2014 0.50
BAIML - AGM Workshop (full day core) 06/12/2014 1.00
Any approved provider - Environmental workshop - I day 22/04/2014 1.00
New Tutor Induction for Hill & Mountain Skills Scheme 27/02/2014 1.00
Any outdoor industry employer - Employer's in-house training event (2 days or more) 05/11/2013 2.00
World Challenge - Approved CPD Event 05/11/2013 1.00
Any outdoor industry employer - Employer's in-house training event (2 days or more) 23/07/2013 2.00
Any - First Aid Trainer course 01/05/2013 1.00
Outlook Expeditions - Leader Team Training (2 days) 01/04/2013 1.00
World Challenge - Approved CPD Event 25/02/2013 1.00
MTA - MTA CPD Workshop (1/2 day) 30/09/2012 0.50
Course Director and Staff of ML(S) and WGL award schemes 28/09/2012 1.00
Any outdoor industry employer - Employer's in-house training event (full day) 12/06/2012 1.00
Any - Personal Skills Course (min. 1 day) 02/05/2012 1.00
Any - Small Business / Marketing Course 29/04/2012 0.50
Any outdoor industry employer - Employer's in-house training event (2 days or more) 15/11/2011 2.00
Any - Personal Skills Course (min. 1 day) 15/08/2011 1.00
Any - Personal Skills Course (min. 1 day) 18/07/2011 1.00
Any outdoor industry employer - Employer's in-house training event (full day) 21/06/2011 1.00
Any outdoor industry employer - Employer's in-house training event (full day) 11/03/2011 1.00
Any - Personal Skills Course (min. 1 day) 25/02/2011 1.00
Any outdoor industry employer - Employer's in-house training event (full day) 13/01/2011 1.00
Any outdoor industry employer - Employer's in-house training event (full day) 12/01/2011 1.00
Any - First Aid Trainer course 27/08/2010 1.00
Any outdoor industry employer - Employer's in-house training event (full day) 01/07/2010 1.00
Any outdoor industry employer - Employer's in-house training event (full day) 01/08/2009 1.00
Any outdoor industry employer - Employer's in-house training event (1/2 day/evening) 25/06/2009 0.50
Any - First Aid Trainer course 21/05/2009 1.00
Any - Advanced First Aid (beyond basic 16 hours course) 07/10/2007 1.00
Any outdoor industry employer - Employer's in-house training event (2 days or more) 30/11/2006 2.00
Any outdoor industry employer - Employer's in-house training event (2 days or more) 28/07/2006 2.00
Any - First Aid Trainer course 30/05/2006 1.00
Any - First Aid Trainer course 07/12/2005 1.00
Any - First Aid Trainer course 04/03/2005 1.00
Any - First Aid Trainer course 01/12/2004 1.00
Any - Offsite Safety Management course 29/03/2004 1.00
Mountain Training Approved Provider - Award Specific 'Refresher' Workshop 23/10/2003 1.00
MTA - MTA CPD Workshop 04/10/2002 1.00
Any - First Aid Trainer course 11/12/2001 1.00
Any - Advanced First Aid (beyond basic 16 hours course) 13/11/2001 1.00
Mountain Training Approved Provider - Award Specific 'Refresher' Workshop 10/11/2001 1.00

My love of the mountains began as a young Scout in Wales whilst still at school in Brecon. Cader Idris was my first big mountain and even today, it remains a firm favourite.
Shunning university I joined BP Tankers as a Navigator but continued climbing mountains whilst on leave from six month trips on oil tankers trading worldwide.
After getting married, I left the sea and we lived in Brecon before becoming expatriates in the Middle East and SE Asia for ten years. Every home leave would give me a few mountain days and on returning home in 1988, the Mountain Leader Award seemed the obvious choice for me and I duly achieved this.
Employment loomed with the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority in a much sought after Warden appointment responsible for access and conservation management in the Black Mountains in the east of the National Park. My work programme was quite varied but holding the ML, meant I assisted with management of the Guided Walks programme and also worked with our Education Team.
During my time with the BBNPA, I gained my EML (now IML) and Mountain Leader (W) awards - all in work time and at work expense which was a great bonus for me and AALA approved my in-house role as Technical Adviser.
During my years in Brecon I became a Trek Leader and then, Expedition Leader for several major UK adventure travel companies. I have been fortunate to lead trips to most of the world's great mountain destinations but now I've used up my allocated space......................


My love of the mountains began as a young Scout in Wales whilst still at school in Brecon. Cader Idris was my first big mountain and even today, it remains a firm favourite.
Shunning university I joined BP Tankers as a Navigator but continued climbing mountains whilst on leave from six month trips on oil tankers trading worldwide.
After getting married, I left the sea and we lived in Brecon before becoming expatriates in the Middle East and SE Asia for ten years. Every home leave would give me a few mountain days and on returning home in 1988, the Mountain Leader Award seemed the obvious choice for me and I duly achieved this.
Employment loomed with the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority in a much sought after Warden appointment responsible for access and conservation management in the Black Mountains in the east of the National Park. My work programme was quite varied but holding the ML, meant I assisted with management of the Guided Walks programme and also worked with our Education Team.
During my time with the BBNPA, I gained my EML (now IML) and Mountain Leader (W) awards - all in work time and at work expense which was a great bonus for me and AALA approved my in-house role as Technical Adviser.
During my years in Brecon I became a Trek Leader and then, Expedition Leader for several major UK adventure travel companies. I have been fortunate to lead trips to most of the world's great mountain destinations but now I've used up my allocated space......................


Alan ran a Mock ML assessment day for me. His knowledge not just of navigation, but land management, outdoor provider licensing, access issues and the outdoor industry, gave me a wealth of information, that has proved useful time and time again. He inspired confidence in me not only for my Assessment but in job applications and interviews as well.

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  • Hill walking

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  • Trainer / assessor

I have done two courses with Alan through the BMC. I did my 16hour first aid and a navigation course.Both were extremely useful and lots of fun! Alan clearly knows his stuff and i wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone wanting a course provider or leader.

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  • Hill walking
  • Other

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  • Trainer / assessor

Great all rounder, lots of knowledge and experience in many terrains and situations including Africa , Everest and the Far East.

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  • Hill walking
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  • Trainer / assessor

Alan is a very interesting trainer who obviously has alot of experience in hillwalking and navigation. He is very good at explaining things so that they can be readily undestood by novices etc. I really enjoyed my course with him and I'm looking ofrward to future courses.

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  • Hill walking

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  • Trainer / assessor

Alan is an excellent trainer and assessor and makes the courses both enjoyable and informative. I can honestly recommend Alan as a perfect choice if you wish to get out and about on the mountains and learn some valuable skills.

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  • Hill walking
  • Winter walking

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  • Trainer / assessor

Alan is an excellent instructor, his courses are interesting and fun

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  • Hill walking

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  • Trainer / assessor

A super course. The two days built our skills gradually and in a supportive manner. We had great fun applying the theory on/around/up/down Pen Y Fan. I would highly recommend the course and Alan, who is a passionate and fun instructor. Thank you!

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  • Hill walking

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  • Trainer / assessor

Alan tutored our recent Mountain Skills course. It was a excellent two days. He is a very well organised and thoughtful instructor. We were in very safe hands!

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  • Hill walking

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  • Trainer / assessor

I have worked with Alan as a fellow IML for Class Adventure in Wales. He is a great leader, very experienced with different groups and this shines through when you see him in front of his clients - he is confident, knowledgeable, and a safe pair of hands. He has led in the Himalayas to Indonesia, the European Alps and beyond. Since then, I have had the pleasure of his advice a number of times - his wide experience and professionalism being a constant source of inspiration. He will no doubt continue to deliver excellent trips both through Bigfoot Services Limited and as a freelancer. I recommend him for his outdoor first courses, expeditions and courses, and indeed any leadership position within the outdoor industry.

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  • Hill walking
  • Winter walking
  • Other

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  • Friend / partner
  • Colleague

Alan helped me and many others to prepare for the MLs assessment by running practice micronav assessment days in the Brecon Beacons. He also allows aspirants to assist when He's out working on the hills. Alan is very experienced, knowledgeable and friendly. An easy companion on a hill day or relaxing after. Alan also runs very good first aid courses, full of stories of the misadventures of others that he witnessed or was directly involved in. I would thoroughly recommend Alan, wither it's to lead a trek in the Himalayas or the Alps or attending one of his courses.

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  • Hill walking
  • Winter walking
  • Other

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  • Friend / partner

Excellent tutor for micro navigation.

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  • Hill walking
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  • Trainer / assessor

I have completed REC L2 First Aid and a Lowland Leader training course which were run by Alan. Alan is a competent trainer with a vast experience on which to draw on for examples and practical activities. The material is clearly presented and Alan encourages you to provide additional information as support for any answers or decisions made during the outdoor activities.

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  • Hill walking
  • Other

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  • Trainer / assessor

Alan's courses are always well thought through and planned, and cover a lot of material. He's a very supportive leader and trainer and gets the best out of participants in all his groups.

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  • Hill walking
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  • Other

Alan is a competent trainer with a huge amount of varied experiences behind him which he draws on to illustrate all sorts of different scenarios.

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  • Hill walking

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  • Trainer / assessor

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