We are based in the heart of The Cairngorms National Park. We choose to live and work here because we are continually inspired by our surroundings and we understand the value of an inspirational environment.

Our skills and experience span the adventure education, energy, environmental and emergency service sectors and our roots are seated in adventure activities.

Whether it’s the outdoor classroom or the outdoor workplace, most accidents come down to human error. So the biggest single factor in managing risk must be the competence of people.

This is why Training features prominently in our name and in what we do. We are first and foremost, trainers, coaches, educators and communicators.

Our core values are:

Openness and honesty.
We seek to be transparent in our interactions and clear about what we will provide and the likely costs. We will celebrate our mutual successes with you and seek honest feedback on performance.

Professionalism with passion.
Professional does not mean serious and fun does not mean frivolous. A strong element of fun is important within our training programmes because people learn best when they are stimulated, happy and focussed.

Trust & respect.
We base our relationships with our clients on honesty and openness to engender trust. We respect the wishes and views of those for whom we work.

Care & safety.
The wellbeing and safety of participants and colleagues is paramount for us and represent core values that we would aim to propagate with clients. Care for the environments in which we work helps to inform how we work.

Our pledge to you:

Before you engage us we will, if invited, look with you at your current practice and supply an honest and open view, free of charge or any obligation.

When you engage us we will:

  • Account for the time we spend and charge you fairly.
  • Maintain strict client confidentiality.
  • Only recommend measures that we honestly believe you need.
  • Seek to build trust through a long term relationship.
  • Meet the team

    Dave Horrocks, Managing DirectorDave Horrocks
    Managing Director
    Dave has over 30 years of experience in adventure education, expedition leadership, coaching and training. He is an acknowledged expert in water safety and rescue and has been extensively involved in training Scotland’s emergency services. He divides his time between managing the business and working with clients. The family is all grown up now and so spare time is often spent sailing or skiing.

    Jan Horrocks, DirectorJan Horrocks
    Director
    As well as her business qualifications, Jan has a background in nursing and counselling. She trained with the Coaching Academy in London and is a Personal Performance and Small Business Coach as well as a NLP Practioner. Jan is currently working towards becoming an Appreciative Inquiry Master Practioner.
    In her spare time Jan enjoys the outdoors, skiing, canoeing and sailing and when indoors, she loves to bake.

    Deziree Wilson, Senior Technical AdvisorDeziree Wilson
    Senior Technical Advisor
    Deziree has spent over a decade climbing and mountaineering throughout the UK and overseas. Passionate about all kinds of climbing, she holds the Mountain Instructor and Winter Mountain Leader Awards and is an aspirant MIC. She is also a keen skier and mountain biker and has toured extensively throughout Scotland and Europe seeking out remote locations and exhilarating descents. She recently completed a degree in Philosophy and Sports Coaching and is a regular presenter on BBC2 Scotland’s Adventure Show. She provides technical advice on mountain activities, inspecting equipment and facilities and facilitating training for council employees. She balances this role with regular guiding work for our clients.

    Tony Burley, Senior Technical AdvisorTony Burley
    Senior Technical Advisor
    Tony has been professionally working in the outdoors for 40+ years and apart from other awards holds the Mountaineering Instructors Certificate, Nordic National Ski teacher and Level 5 Inland Coach. Born in Kenya with a secondary education in UK he joined the army, initially as an infanteer then later becoming an outdoor specialist in the Army Physical Training Corps, serving in various Joint Services Mountain Training Centres around the world. He is proud to have run the Airborne Initiative (Scotland), a unique nine week residential project that worked with high tariff male offenders aged 18–25 as a direct alternative to custody. This project used the outdoors, CBT and employment skills to successfully reduce their rate of reoffending. Later he ran a consultancy that provided technical advice to private, public and voluntary sector agencies ensuring they were operating safely and to current standards of best practice. He designed and implemented, for centres and councils, programmes for the Personal, Social and Emotional Development of groups of young people and vulnerable adults; the hardest to reach who often displayed difficult and challenging behaviours. With this experience he loves to coach and develop people and still regularly gets out in the hills or on the water in all seasons and challenge himself.

    Rob Blackhall, Technical AdvisorRob Blackhall
    Associate & Technical Advisor
    Rob holds a range of leadership and coaching qualifications including biking, canoeing, skiing, walking and rafting.
    His main area of expertise is mountain biking. He has been riding and fettling bikes since he was a teenager (that’ll be for a long time then). He loves exploring and multi day journeying by bike. And with a doctorate in engineering he allegedly knows one end of a spanner from the other.
    In his ‘spare’ time he can be found paddling packrafts, eating cake and he is also involved in the import and distribution of hard to find bike and boating kit.

    Lynn McCubbin, Office ManagerLynn McCubbin
    Office Manager
    Lynn’s background encompasses banking, finance, retail management, customer services, training and IT. A relative newcomer to the outdoor world, she enjoys skiing, cycling, canoeing and walking. When she’s not stuck in front of a pc building websites you’ll find her on the hills, camera in hand with her border collie, Maizee, at her side.