Pauline (or just ‘P’ for short!) has an open and honest personality, and is sure to carry you along with her positive enthusiasm. With over 25 years experience delivering fitness and health programmes in the private and commercial sector, P knows how to help people reach their true potential.

Having started her career in the Army as a Physical Training Instructor, she then ran her own Personal Training business in Hampshire. Following that, she spent a decade  in the Fire Service as a physical education officer helping keep firefighters in tip top condition.

Her passion for the outdoors and teaching was ignited whilst traveling the world – trekking in  the Himalayas, Alaska, Yukon, the Tetons and Yosemite in the USA as well as the Pyrenees.

Moving to the Lake District three years ago has heightened her love for the mountain environment and she describes working in the outdoors as her dream job!

P has volunteered as a youth worker, building up her experience of working with groups in the outdoors before qualifying as a Mountain Leader

Away from ‘Out There People’, P has recently finished skills and employability tutoring in order to pick up a new role in  youth work. As well as holding the preparing to Teach in the Life Long Sector qualification (PTTLS)  she is a fully qualified life guard for her local village pool.

P is another of our instructors and brings bags of drive and enthusiasm to the courses and helps all our participants maximize their potential.

She holds the Summer Mountain Leader Award and is a John Muir Award holder and has attended the leader training programme for delivering the scheme. She is qualified in Outdoor First Aid, Emergency First Aid at Work, use of Automated External Defibrillators and use of Epipens.

Additionally, she’s a Qualified Duke of Edinburgh Assessor and supervisor to Gold level and also holds the Basic Expedition Leader Qualification

Favourite Place:
Walking up to Heughscar hill above Askham, looking down onto Ullswater and seeing the many mountains and changing colours of the landscape

Favourite outdoor food?
My own homemade flapjacks!

Top Outdoor tip
Don’t be afraid to move out of your comfort zone, no matter if that voice in your head is saying you can’t do it – done steadily and with guidance,  it’s the way to explore your real potential and build up confidence.

What inspires you?
Many things inspire me on a daily basis from someone I see who is passionate about their thing to someone who is selfless and thinks of others. Books inspire me, people who overcome fear inspire me and my husband, who  wants to be the best Dad to his daughter by inspiring her to experience so much in the outdoors.

Funniest thing you’ve seen in the outdoors?
I have had so many funny moments in the hills, mostly whilst working with Duke of Edinburgh groups and their leaders. Young people carry so many things in their rucksack from hair straighteners to caviar! to walking with no soles on their boots but determined to complete the course, these moments are funny and memorable

Strangest / daftest thing you’ve seen in the hills?
When trekking high up in the Himalayas, I came across some Japanese people hiking with suitcases, trying to wheel them along the roughest paths ever.

Pet hate?
I really, really hate toilet paper left under a stone in the mountains, drives me crazy!

What do you like doing away from the mountains?
Away from physical activities, I really enjoy pottering in the garden, I get great sense of just being ‘OUT THERE’!