Inspiring school talks

School Talks & Presentations

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jerry gorejerry gore


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 and a World Diabetes Ambassador.

calum muskett calum muskett


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 kenton cool


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 Emmett Tim Emmett


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 FindlayHazel Findlay


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.

Cathy O'DowdCathy O'Dowd

Cathy O'Dowd

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

adele penningtonadele pennington

Adele Pennington

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.

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