School Talks & Presentations
Jerry is a Type 1 Diabetic, one of the UK’s leading expedition climbers over a 35-year career, Co-founder of The AlpBase Academy and Action4Diabetics.org. and a World Diabetes Ambassador.
Calum is a aspirant mountain guide, a professional climber, an international fell runner, and the British Mountaineering Council's Youth Ambassador. He is Britain’s best young climber, he has travelled all over the world climbing difficult alpine routes as well as free climbing big walls such as El Capitan in Yosemite.
Calum is a great speaker for school's as young people really relate to him.
Kenton Cool is an IFMGA mountain guide and Britain’s leading alpine climber. He has successfully climbed Mount Everest a UK record 12 times, including leading Sir Ranulph Fiennes's expeditions.
Tim is a professional athlete, author, speaker, TV presenter, and former Wingsuit B.A.S.E. jumper. Tim has climbed many of the hardest ice and rock climbs in the World. In 2006 he was nominated for the highest accolade in World Alpinism – The Piolet D’Or, and Tim has represented Britain many times in the World Ice Climbing Championship series.
If you want to inspire your pupils to try hard, make the most of opportunities and realise their potential, Tim’s talk is “Still the most popular talk we have had” — Richard Smith, Bristol Grammar School.
Hazel has been climbing for 21 of her 27 years, - she was the British junior champion six times, and was the first British woman to climb a trad route at E9, and free El Capitan in Yosemite.
Hazel was also the first British women to red point 8c which she has now done twice and onsighted many 8as, loves all types of climbing from bouldering to alpine climbing and is especially interested in the mental challenge that climbing evokes. This has recently lead her to become a climbing coach specialising in mental training for climbing.
South African mountaineer Cathy O’Dowd is the first woman to climb Everest from both sides. She has done alpine expeditions, rock climbing and ski mountaineering across the world. She is a professional motivational speaker, and has spoken in over 40 countries. Cathy specialises in team dynamics and leadership, looking at how to get the best out of individuals and teams in high-risk, high-stress environments when in pursuit of big goals. Twitter/Instagram @CathyODowd
was the first British female to summit Everest twice and has summited five of the worlds 8000m peaks. Passionate about mountaineering, Adele who once taught Chemistry at a comprehensive school in the North of England where she facilitated hundreds of students through their Duke of Edinburgh Award. She replaced her chemistry laboratory for the mountain classroom in 1999 and is now a full time mountaineering instructor. Adele guides both schools and adult expeditions around the globe and instructs closer to home in the Scottish Highlands where she lives. Her life goal is to provide inspiration to others, which she achieves through the mountain environment and presenting her inspirational talks.
Thank you for another great Year 9 KS3 multi-activity course. It was a pleasure to work with you, as always – a great week. I was completely worn out by the end of the week, but with 62 students and 10 teachers in total it was a lot to process! In terms of the pupils we managed to get through waves, up climbs and over mountains, I think that the week was one of the most successful I can remember. Your program in the Hautes Alpes remains just about the most adventurous and ambitious course imaginable for kids of that age from a city school – long may it stay that way!!
Head of Business Studies
British School of Paris
Jun 9, 2013
From Michael Farley
Subject: Re: Well done and THANK YOU .......Leadership In Action
To all climbing participants,
Thank you so much for supporting our Climbers Against Diabetes fund raising challenge. And thank you for your inspiring school presentation, Jerry.
We're very happy to have given Sam and all involved this opportunity - a great effort and all for your fantastic cause. Lots of kids are going to benefit from the climb.
Well done again to all involved - and thanks to you Jerry for the inspiration in the first place.
13 Jun 2016
From: Kevin Moran
To: Jerry Gore, The AlpBase Academy
I would like to say I have been highly impressed with this year’s Yr. 7 KS3 week. All activities have been a direct improvement on other providers course. Also, the whole team was very impressed with Rob Benton, our Course Director for Yr. 7 throughout the week.
Head of Activities
British School of Paris
Tuesday 21 June 2016
From: Headmaster – BSP To: Jerry Gore
Subject: Residential trip (British School of Paris)
I wanted to write to you and your team to express my thanks for all that you have done to make the 2016 BSP KS3 expeditions week such a success.
I am delighted to report that judging from all that I heard about the trips staff were very impressed with what they saw and did. Your corner of the Alps most definitely received a thumbs up!
Having spoken with the students it is clear that many achieved things of which they thought they were incapable, and ensuring that they know that they really do have true grit when it comes to facing obstacles. This opportunity will be a major element in shaping their approach to challenges in the future.
The British School of Paris
Thu, Jun 23, 2016
Thank you so much for an incredible ski touring trip.
When we came up with the plan of running a school backcountry skiing trip there really were no companies out there offering this trip. But having run sport climbing trips through AlpBase Academy for a number of years, they were the obvious choice and we spoke with Rob and Jerry who were excited to work with us on this project.
This trip was completely bespoke for our requirements and Rob worked with us tirelessly to plan every detail and was always available on the phone and email to answer every query I had. In the end, the trip surpassed all the expectations of everyone involved. The accommodation was perfect, the skiing amazing and the guide was knowledgeable, connected well with the students, was patient and very safety conscious. Even throughout the course, the itinerary was tweaked to tailor it to the abilities of the students and to take advantage of the excellent snow conditions.
I think this feedback from one parent says it all “My son had an absolutely fantastic time and is smitten with powder. For a boy of few words and not known for overstatement, his rating for the trip of 9.5 out of 10 said it all”
I look forward to working with AlpBase Academy for our next trip.
St Paul's School