Travelling around Mid Wales last month for work I was blown away by the autumn colours which shrouded the moors and woodlands. The oranges, yellows and browns which surrounded the Nant-y-Moch dam were so incredibly vivid I had to stop to take a photograph.
Working with Duke of Edinburgh expedition teams had taken me to Mid Wales. This sort of work takes me to some of the best parts of the UK and, working throughout the year, I watch the seasons slide past each other. The work is also rewarding, having been introduced to the outdoors through the Duke of Edinburgh scheme myself, I am a big advocate of what it can offer. The Duke of Edinburgh expeditions I undertook in the UK introduced me to expedition skills which would lead me to choose the career of travel and mountaineering which I have. In Mid Wales the group who I was supervising climbed Plynlimon (752m) a tough ascent with heavy packs. “What’s the highest mountain you’ve climbed?” they asked. “7134m”, I replied, “but I would have found Plynlimon hard when I was doing my DofE expedition.”