On busy weekends or larger events, we also ask other local and experienced freelance Mountain Leaders and Instructors to work together with us to provide excellent leadership on the hill. We firmly believe in providing quality staff for all our events and encourage those we work with to be members of the Mountain Training Association.
Here are a few of the smiles you may see...
Katie Cannell - Client Care and Event Operations
Katie is the one of the first people you’ll speak to when you contacting RAW Adventures and she deftly handles a myriad of sales, staff and event enquiries. During our busy operational periods, Katie ensures groups and staff are heading out the door as prepared as possible.
Katie focuses on our Climb Snowdon and 3 Peaks Challenge events – with expert customer service skills and a super ability at juggling the administration of multiple events. Katie is a local girl, having grown up on Anglesey before moving to Llanberis to be closer to the mountains and Llyn Padarn.
She is also well travelled and has spent two winter seasons in the French Alps and a year over in Western Canada. As well as exploring the mountains, both local and further afield, Katie likes to spend her time paddle-boarding on Llyn Padarn, coasteering and surfing off Anglesey’s beautiful coasts.
Dan Lane - Duke of Edinburgh and Event Manager
Out in the hills from the day he could walk, Dan has an excellent breadth of knowledge of our UK mountains, which helps him plan for and manage some of our larger mountain events and Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.
He holds the Mountain Leader and Rock Climbing Instructor qualifications and is working towards a Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor qualification. Dan also has a keen eye for photography and will always fit in longer personal trips to Scotland for the extra challenge and remoteness that it offers, for walking and climbing.
Dan splits his time between working in the RAW office, supporting general operations and managing our Duke of Edinburgh expeditions groups, to ensuring meticulous event planning is carried out on the hill. Happy clients make for a happy Dan! You’ll often see him accompanied by Alfie The Mountain Dog.
Hayley Browning - Partnerships Manager
With her eight year’s working in the third-sector and her passion for the outdoors, Hayley is perfectly positioned to lead our work with charities at RAW Adventures. On a personal level, she raised £15,000 on a Climb Snowdon event with us, fuelling her love for Snowdonia and working in the outdoors.
Hayley has a wealth of knowledge from the charity-sector; she would love to share this with you, if you’re looking to offer your fundraisers an authentic experience on the most majestic of mountains.
Whilst Hayley has enjoyed incredible experiences in Snowdonia, the Lake District, Peak District, Scottish Highlands and the heights of Kilimanjaro, she is based near beautiful, wooded hills in the South East of England. Passionate about introducing people to adventure on their doorstep, Hayley is a qualified Paddlesports Instructor and soon-to-be Lowland Leader, who loves exploring the hidden gems of adventure on her doorstep.
Tabitha has been living and working in North Wales since 2006, working as a Mountain Leader and Rock Climbing Instructor, and holding a range of water and cycling qualifications.
Enjoying life as an Outdoor Educator as well as leading groups in the mountains, Tabitha has also led many overseas expeditions and has personally travelled extensively around Central and South America, Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. She also puts time towards being a Volunteer Warden on Snowdon over the summer season.
Tabitha spends a lot of her personal time on her bike, or walking and scrambling, running the trails or swimming in the lakes. She likes to take part in triathlons and, occasionally, the odd running race!
For Simon, it’s all about the adventure. He is a very experienced and keen climber, mountaineer and skier, always seeking the perfect journey. Simon loves cold ice and deep powder as much as hot rock and holds the highest of Mountain Training qualifications: Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor, Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor, International Mountain Leader, Rock Climbing Instructor, Mountain Leader and Winter Mountain Leader.
He is also an active volunteer member of Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team. Simon has extensive experience of delivering Mountain Leader training and assessment courses and enjoys finding off the beaten track places in popular mountain areas.
Simon works all over the UK but North Wales is always his favourite place to be (except when he’s in the Alps!)
Rebecca holds a wealth of personal and professional experience in the world of expeditions, mountaineering and climbing. She holds the highest of Mountain Training qualifications: Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor, Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor, International Mountain Leader, Rock Climbing Instructor, Mountain Leader and Winter Mountain Leader.
Rebecca is not only passionate about exploring new parts of the world, but holds a PhD in Glaciology, and has an excellent knowledge about our mountainous environments to match.
Climbing and mountaineering has taken her to all 7 continents and adventures have included making first ascents in South Georgia, Antarctica, travelling home from Nepal overland and solo cycling through Zimbabwe. Rebecca is keen to share her passion and knowledge of travel and adventure both in this country and further afield and she’s regularly planning the next trip away, as well as event speaking and advising others through her Expedition Planning and Leadership workshops.
Before qualifying as a Mountain Leader, Keith was a firefighter for North Wales Fire and Rescue Service for 35 years. But as well as this long-standing professional experience, Keith has always loved to roam the hills and mountains of the UK, enjoying all terrains for walking and scrambling from Scotland to the South West for over 40 years.
Now more regularly working on the mountains of Snowdonia, Keith has positioned himself as one of the most inspiring and knowledgeable Mountain Leaders working on Yr Wyddfa we know! Keith loves to share the research and facts he’s discovered about this iconic mountain and its centuries of social and industrial history, also. You may meet him leading and talking to groups on one of our Climb Snowdon walking days.
When Keith is not working or walking for pleasure, he will also volunteer time to the Snowdon Volunteer Warden team over the summer months and is also an active member of local conservation charity, Snowdonia Society.
Cat has worked in the outdoors for 18 years, on the sea, rivers and mountains of the UK and across the globe. She loves sharing her passion for new places with other people and has led numerous overseas expeditions to the various ranges of East Africa, the Andes and the Himalayas. Personal endeavours include the first ascent of a 6000m peak in Nepal, an exploratory research expedition on the antarctic peninsula, a pioneering 200km trek through the Indian Jungle, and hitchhiking around New Zealand with an orange kayak called Y Ddraig (the Dragon).
Cat is an avid ski tourer and lover of all things Alpine, dividing her time between summers in the UK and winters in the French Alps or Scotland. In the UK she primarily works as a Mountain Leader with adult and youth groups. Cat is also a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, Winter Mountain Leader, Rock Climbing Instructor and a Level 3 Canoe and Kayak coach.
Wales is home for Cat and her spare time is usually spent running up a mountain, along the coast, or on the water exploring the many hidden gems Wales offers.
Tom was born and grew up in North Wales, and now splits time between working and playing in the Wales he loves as well as overseas destinations for furthering experience and skills. If he’s not in North Wales, you may find him in alpine terrain in Europe or the Greater Ranges in Asia! The fact he has visited 80 countries now and worked in over 30 of them, belies his age. Tom qualified as a Mountain Leader, age 18, and has worked with diverse groups and individuals in the mountains for 10 years now.
Now Tom holds the Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor qualification, Winter Mountain Leader, International Mountain Leader and Rock Climbing Instructor qualifications. He is also working towards his Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor qualification and regularly works to train and assess others on the Mountain Leader scheme.
Tom has also recently launched the fantastic Basecamp Bunkhouse accommodation and camping on his family farm in North East Wales, and we can highly recommend a stay! You may see Tom out with our Welsh 3000s groups, as he has a passion for moving light and fast over mountainous terrain.
Jade is a lover of mountains and plants. She holds the Mountain Leader and Rock Climbing Instructor qualifications and is preparing to train for her Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor qualification, which means a lot of fun climbing and scrambling outside on various traditional rock routes. Jade also holds a PhD in Conservation and Food Security and is always excited to share fun facts and essential information on the importance of the wild plants you'll see on the hills and crags around you.
Living near Aberystwyth and working part time as a university lecturer and researcher, Jade also finds time to enjoy all types of running and loves to be out moving, exploring and showing others the local hills of the Cambrian Mountains and northwards to Snowdonia. She has climbed all over the world from New Zealand to Norway, but Wales is still her favourite place to be.
Jason lives in Snowdonia, holds the Mountain Leader qualification and is working towards the International Mountain Leader, Rock Climbing Instructor and Winter Mountain Leader qualifications. Jason has climbed all over the UK, enjoyed high altitude mountaineering and trekking in Nepal, Russia, India, Borneo and Africa. Then add in some ice climbing in the Arctic Circle and numerous trips to the Alps to ski, climb and broaden his adventure experiences.
Jason is passionate about supporting all people, regardless of background or experience, to achieve their full potential in all aspects of their life; be that in a personal, business or outdoor adventure context.
Jason is a Community First Responder for Welsh Ambulance, Wilderness Medical Emergency Technician, and is incredibly keen to help people explore, in safety, the wonderful nature that is on offer in Snowdonia and beyond.
You may also meet ‘Nonny Dog’ when you’re out with Kate or Ross, as Nonny LOVES to meet new people and enjoys a great day out in the mountains as much as the next person. We will always check with you and your group to ensure everyone is happy with the company of a four-legged Assistant Leader for the day.
Some days aren’t appropriate for Nonny to accompany us, but if the cap fits and everyone’s in agreement, then Nonny will be super excited to meet you!
She is a friendly and happy-go-lucky, young Border Collie who will stop at nothing for fuss and stroke. She is definitely good company on long ascents... just follow her tail up the hill!