26, recently completed an MSc in Marine Science.
appreciation for hiking and the mountains developed during his childhood
in Japan. He has already climbed a number of the Hyakumeizan including
Mt Fuji, which he snowboarded down. In his teens Tom became interested
in long distance backpacking. Since then he has walked the Pennine
Way, the West Highland Way and in the summer of 1999 he completed
a 3-week solo trek up the Selenge River to Lake Khovsgol in Mongolia.
Tom's desire to see the world free of landmines was strengthened when
he saw the suffering they cause whilst he was in Cambodia carrying
out research for his MSc.
23, recently completed a BSc in Sports Science.
first experiences of hiking were weekend trips into the jungle during
his school days in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia. In a gap year
between school and university Paul worked in an outdoor pursuits centre
in Scotland. This job allowed him to develop his enthusiasm for the
mountains, providing lots of opportunities to practice his mountaineering
and climbing skills. Since then he has walked the West Highland Way,
completed the Cullin Ridge, climbed in Spain and hiked in the Olympic
Mountains of the US and the Valhalla Mountains of British Columbia.
22, recently completed a BA in Applied Social Science.
has enjoyed the outdoors all his life. Early passions included Mountain
Biking - at which he competed at national level - cross-country running
and sailing. More recently his focus has turned to a wide range of
outdoor activities, primarily mountaineering, climbing and camping.
During a gap year between school and university, Ben also worked in
an outdoor centre in Scotland, which facilitated his growing enjoyment
of the mountains. He is presently instructing part time in an outdoor
centre on the Wirral. Alongside university study Ben has engaged in
officer training with the army which has enabled him to sharpen his
camping skills and given him practice in carrying heavy packs for