outdoor skills Training
for true adventure seekers
Meet The Team
And train with SOME OF THE UK'S leading outdoor professionals
Neil is an experienced Winter Mountain Leader who’s also SIA accredited (that’s the highest survival award available outside of the Armed Forces). Neil has masses of experience from mountaineering routes and North faces in the Alps to extreme endurance races in the most inhospitable places in the world.
He’s a founding members of the Survival Training Award Scheme, has over 10 years of experience as an outdoor instructor, and is a UK Fjällräven ambassador.
Graham has been a navigation instructor for over 18 years all over the world. He holds the SIA Level 4 award as well as winter mountaineering & teaching qualifications. During his career with the Army he completed several SERE courses as well as Unit SERE Instructor Course.
Graham has conducted survival training in various corners of the globe including the Falkland Islands, Cyprus, Iraq & Afghanistan.
Brad joined the Royal Marines at 18 & has always had a passion for the outdoors. Currently a Corporal as a physical training instructor. He's learnt all about the elements of survival within a military context having spent prolonged periods in hostile environments.
Brad is also a talented mountaineer, rock climber and a keen Munro bagger. Continued participation in outdoor courses himself ensures Brad is constantly developing his outdoor survival skill set.
Sean is a professional outdoor photographer sponsored by Manfrotto and Lucroit photographic equipment. We're very lucky to have Sean on some of our courses & during those it's his role to document your amazing experience.
Self taught, he's developed a distinct style which has secured work from blue-chip clients such as Cannon, Swiss Air, National Geographic and Travel Alberta. Sean is an avid outdoor enthusiast with a wealth of experience both behind the lens & on the ground.
Former Marine & Director
Darren runs Above & Beyond Adventure Ltd with his wife, Tracey. He liaises with our expedition leaders to create our adventure training courses.
Darren also sources and procures equipment for our team; a role which a military background and connections within the outdoor industry equip him for perfectly. Additionally, Darren is your first point of contact if you want to discuss arranging a bespoke adventure.
Jen is your point of contact. She'll be at the end of the phone to answer all your questions from your initial inquiry to the day you set off for your training.
Whether it's a kit query, a logistical query or anything else, Jen's on-hand to help and make sure everything - from booking to completing the course - runs smoothly. She'll also liaise with you post course for feedback and will make sure you get any course photographs when available.
Along with Darren, Tracey is one of our Directors here at Above & Beyond. From advising on flights to organising rations she makes sure everything goes without a hitch.
Tracey keeps things organised and on-track. It's her role to facilitate everything our team need to deliver you an unequalled level of training and unforgettable trip.
Spencer dips in & dips out to be fair. If Darren is attending one of our courses (for auditing & QA only of course!) then Spence will tag along too.
An avid swimmer with a nose for food & an incredible zest for life, he's your mountain companion throughout. Pretty hot nav skills too although distcracted by the smell of the campfire cooking!
training & adventure both here and Abroad
From the UK to Borneo - we offer courses in a range of environments
Whether you have 12 hours, 24 hours, 48 hours or an entire week or more. you may have time for a micro-adventure or an epic multi-day trek & skills week. we can deliver. give us a shout.
We've trained people of all ages and ability.
Here's what they say about our courses...
"Course was superb - for me a great challenge, well out of my comfort zone. Which was exactly what I needed.
Neil was a legend and did his best by me! "
Alex Bedford - Course Attendee
"I FELT SO LUCKY HAVING SUCH AN AMAZING AND HUGELY KNOWLEDGEABLE MOUNTAIN GUIDE."
Kate Allen - Course Attendee
"WHAT REALLY MADE The ADVENTURE
FOR ME WAS THE AWESOME,
Charlotte Gilbert - Course Attendee
"NEIL'S FLEXIBLE APPROACH MEANT training was adjusted, giving EVERYONE the Chance to DEVELOP THEIR SKILLS."
Gareth Prowse - Course Attendee
"NEIL WAS AN AMAZING INSTRUCTOR...
HE WAS VERY SUPPORTIVE AND A FOUNTAIN OF KNOWLEDGE."
Martin Catlin - Course Attendee
"THE CAIRNGORMS WERE
A LANDSCAPE TO TRULY INSPIRE."
Myrddin Irwin - Course Attendee
"THE COURSE WAS EVERYTHING I'D HOPED FOR AND MORE... I've recommended it to all my outdoor friends."
Gary Ford - Course Attendee
Take a look and enjoy!
The Lairig Ghru trekking & wild camping experience
Check out our drone footage, shot by the awesome, award winning landscape photographer Sean Byrne, Byrne Photography - "Scotland has so much drama within its landscapes I could spend months up there." ~ Sean Byrne May 2017
The Lairig Ghru Trek & Wild Camp Course can be found in the courses section of our site - bookings being taken now for May 2018 - limited places.
Adventure Training Gallery
Take a look at some of the others who chose to go above & Beyond
Got a question not listed here?
get in touch via the form below
Every adventure is different...
Our team take pride in making sure your trip runs smoothly from beginning to end. A full breakdown on what’s included is available on this website or please contact us directly and we would be happy to talk this through
HOW SAFE WILL I BE?
Your safety is our priority...
Safety of our clients is our absolute priority – regardless of destination and itinerary. Our team of fully qualified instructors put your well-being top of their list of priorities
They've spent decades in some of the wildest environments on the planet, have advanced first aid training, carry a full medical kit plus Satellite Phones capable of working anywhere
HOW FIT DO I HAVE TO BE?
We try to cater for all...
Nobody is ever asked to do anything beyond them, or given less time than is needed for rest and recovery. However, a reasonable level of fitness is recommended & our booking team are trained to understand fitness levels required for each course and are equiped to assess whether prospective clients have the necessary fitness level & skill set to complete each course & get the most out of them too
WHAT DO I NEED?
The right kit & clothing is key. That's something we can help with...
Kit lists vary from course to course. However, all attendees receive 15% off on our online store (regardless of course) to help with costs. Please don't worry - you certainly don't have to wear specific brands, nor do you have to spend a fortune on kit & clothing. If you're venturing into new territory then why not borrow some kit from friends or colleagues? Get in touch if you're unsure about anything because some kit is supplied on each course.
WHAT IF THERE'S AN EMERGENCY SITUATION?
Planning, planning & more planning...
Your safety is our number one priority. From the provision of satellite phones and qualified first aiders to the prior accounting for rescue and/or helicopter, we are fastidious in our emergency planning and exit strategies
I HAVE A PHYSICAL DISABILITY, CAN YOU CATER FOR ME?
We can make provisions for almost any situation regarding a client’s physical ability as long as we know in good time in advance. Drop us a line or give us a call to see how we can accommodate you or a loved one/friend/colleague
DO YOU ARRANGE FLIGHTS, ACCOMMODATION & MEALS?
Our relationship team will be happy to help
All our adventures include accommodation while on the course and some meals. We can advise on flights and a multitude of other transport/logistical arrangements & it will be your responsibility to arrange your own accommodation pre & post course. We can of course help with this and we do have some preferential rates set up with some providers which we will advise you of on booking a course with us
can you arrange bespoke training courses
Whether you simply want a one-on-one experience or want a company team building survival experience we can tailor courses that suit you. Just get in touch with us via our contact form or call us & tell us what you're looking for. If you're not sure what you want or even what's possible, we'll do a bit of digging to find out more about you, your aspirations & dreams & we'll make some suggestions - our team are fully experienced & can, quite literally, tailor a course to suit you, your group, your company or your team. See more in our 'Bespoke Courses' section
WHAT IF MY COURSE IS CANCELLED?
The elements, the terrain, logistics or nature itself could result in course cancellation if any risk to our clients is considered possible. Fear Not. We will either rearrange or refund any booking fee you've made. Please note that we will only ever cancel or reschedule under extreme circumstances.
TERMS & CONDITIONS “Challenge” means Event or Challenge "Course" or " Experience" means Event, Challenge, Course or Experience “Promoter” or “Us” means Above & Beyond Adventure Ltd “Terms and Conditions” means these terms and conditions. “Venue” means the site at which the Event, Challenge, Course or Experience takes place, this applies to all Above & Beyond Adventure Ltd locations. “Ticket” or "Sales Order Confirmation" means any valid ticket, wristband, timing chip or official booking confirmation which permits You to attend any Event, Challenge, Course or Experience or any valid wristband for which You have exchanged Your valid ticket or booking confirmation at the Event/Challenge/Course/Experience. “You” means you as the holder of the Ticket or Booking Confirmation and “Your” shall be read accordingly. A. STATUS OF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS 1. These Terms and Conditions replace any previously published terms and conditions. 2. All Tickets, entry fees and passes are sold subject to these Terms and Conditions. Please read these Terms and Conditions carefully and raise any queries with the Promoter prior to purchase. Purchase of any Ticket constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions on Your behalf and on behalf of any person for whom You are purchasing Tickets. 3. These terms and conditions are subject to change from time to time without notice and in our sole discretion. We will notify You of amendments to these terms and conditions by posting them to this website. B. TICKETS, BOOKING CONFIRMATIONS, TIMES, REFUNDS AND CANCELLATION 1. Only customers holding a valid Ticket/Booking Confirmation will be admitted to the any Above & Beyond Adventures Course/Event/Challenge or Experience. There are a limited number of Tickets/Booking Confirmations (and different types of Tickets/Booking Confirmations) available for each Event, Challenge, Courses or Experience, and therefore purchase of Tickets is strictly subject to availability. 2. You must retain your Booking Confirmation and or Events Wristband/timing chip on Your person at all times during the Event, Challenge, Course or Experience. 3. If a Wristband/timing chip is provided Your Wristband/timing chip may be invalidated if any part of it is removed, altered or defaced. 4. Upon purchase, please check your Wristband/ timing chip carefully, they are not issued on a sale or return basis and refunds will not be made on returned Wristbands unless provided for under these Terms and Conditions. 5. The Promoter will not be responsible for any Ticket or Wristband that is lost, stolen or destroyed. You are solely responsible for the safe-keeping of Your Wristband or Ticket. It is not always possible to issue duplicate Tickets. If duplicates are issued, a reasonable administration fee may be charged. 6. Price and availability information is subject to change without notice. 7. Ownership or possession of a Ticket or Wristband does not confer any rights (by implication or otherwise) on You to use, alter, copy, or otherwise deal with any of the symbols, trademarks, logos and/or intellectual property appearing on the Ticket or Wristband. 8. Wristbands or Tickets are personal revocable licences and shall at all times remain the property of the Promoter and subject to these Terms and Conditions. You may not re-sell or transfer a Wristband or Ticket for commercial gain. If a Ticket is re-sold, transferred or advertised for profit or commercial gain or used for competitions, promotions or hospitality packages by anyone other than the Promoter, or an authorised sub-agent, it will be void and You will be refused entry to, or ejected from, the Venue without refund. 9. 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In the event of a cancellation, postponement or Material alteration of the Event (defined below) You will be entitled to a refund in accordance with these terms and conditions. Where the cancellation takes place part-way through an Event, You may only be entitled to a refund of part of the face price which You paid for the Ticket or Wristband. Personal arrangements including travel, subsistence and accommodation in relation to the Event which have been arranged by You are made at Your own risk and the Promoter will have any liability for any such loss of enjoyment or wasted expenditure. A “Material” alteration is a change which in our reasonable opinion makes Above & Beyond Adventures Ltd materially different to the Event which purchasers of the Ticket or Wristband could reasonably expect. Changes to start times on the days, minor alteration to trails, shall not be considered a Material alteration. 12. 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Tickets will not be refunded where they have been used to gain entry to Above & Beyond Adventures Events/Courses/Challenges or Experiences, or where You are able to and choose to attend a postponed Events/Courses/Challenges or Experience. 15. If you wish to withdraw/cancel your place (at any time up until one month, 30 calendar days, before) you cancel Your participation for full refund. 18. Tickets, Wristbands, Booking Confirmations obtained in breach of these Terms and Conditions shall be null and void and the Promoter may refuse admission to, or eject You from, the Venue. Any person seeking to use a void Ticket in order to gain or provide entry to an Event will be considered to be a trespasser and will be ejected and liable to legal action. Void Tickets are non-refundable. C. THE EVENT/COURSE/CHALLENGE/EXPERIENCE 19. The Promoter reserves the right to refuse You entry to and/or eject You from Above & Beyond Adventures events/courses/challenges/experiences. In particular but without limitation You may be refused admission to or removed for any of the following reasons: for health and safety or reasons; if You behave in a manner which has or is likely to affect the enjoyment of other persons at the Event; if You use threatening, abusive or insulting words or mannerisms; if, in the Promoter’s reasonable opinion, You are acting under the influence of alcohol or drugs; if You breach these Terms; and/or if Your Ticket/Booking Confirmation is void. 20. If before or during Above & Beyond Adventures Events/Courses/Challenges/Experiences, You have a complaint in relation to the Event/Course/Challenge/Experience (including without limitation in relation to Your ability to participate in the competition), please contact the Promoter or a steward promptly. 21. 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You shall not bring all or any of the following into the Venue: fireworks, laser pens, laser equipment, animals (except assistance dogs or unless explicitly advertised as animal friendly), bottles, cans or glass containers, or any item which the Promoter considers could be used as a weapon (including sharp or pointed objects such as knives), and illegal substances unless specifically requested to do so as part of an advertised/recommended 'Kit List'. The Promoter shall be entitled to confiscate any merchandise purchased outside the Venue. 23. There will be no admission to the Event/Course/Challenge/Experience before the designated opening times on any day of the Event. 24. You must comply with any and all instructions given to You by the Promoter and/or all Venue stewards and staff at the Event/Course/Challenge/Experience. 25. 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If You have any queries about this, please contact Above & Beyond Adventures at email@example.com. You will be given the opportunity to unsubscribe from any email communications You receive from the Promoter by following the unsubscribe link. 27. The Promoter takes the needs of customers who are disabled or who have other access requirements very seriously and actively encourages people of all abilities to attend the Events/Courses/Challenges/Experiences. 28. If You have access requirements for an Event/Course/Challenge/Experience please contact Above & Beyond Adventures at firstname.lastname@example.org 29. All items brought to the Venue and Above & Beyond Adventure designated campsites/car parks are brought and left at Your own risk. 30. You are permitted to bring Your own supply of food and drink for Your own consumption in the designated campsites and/or the Event/Course/Challenge/Experience but not for resale. D. LIABILITY 31. You agree that the Promoter, its servants or agents will not be liable for any loss, injury or damage to any person (including Yourself) or property however caused (including by the Promoter or its employees or agents): (a) in any circumstances unless due to the negligence of the Promoter, its employees or agents; ; (b) in circumstances where such loss or damage is not a reasonably foreseeable result of any such breach (save for death or personal injury due to the negligence of the Promoter, its servants or agents); and/or (c) to the extent that any increase in any loss or damage results from the breach by You of any of these Terms and Conditions. 32. 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To the fullest extent permissible in law, the Promoter shall be entitled to assign all and any of its rights and obligations under these Terms and Conditions, provided that Your rights are not adversely affected. 36. If any provision of these Terms and Conditions is found to be invalid or unenforceable by a court, the invalid or unenforceable provision shall be severed or amended in such a manner as to render the rest of the provision(s) and remainder of these Terms and Conditions valid or enforceable. 37. If the Promoter delays or fails to enforce any of these Terms and Conditions it shall not mean that the Promoter has waived its right to do so. 38. Any person, other than the Promoter, who is not a party to these Terms and Conditions shall have no rights under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 to enforce any term of these Terms and Conditions. 39. Nothing in these Terms and Conditions and no action taken by You or the Promoter under these Terms and Conditions shall create, or be deemed to create, a partnership, joint venture or establish a relationship of principal and agent or any other fiduciary relationship between You and the Promoter. 40. These Terms and Conditions constitute the entire agreement between the parties in connection with the subject matter of these Terms and Conditions and supersede any previous terms and conditions, agreement or arrangement between You and the Promoter relating to the subject matter of these Terms and Conditions. 41. Nothing in these Terms and Conditions shall purport to exclude liability for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation. 42. These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales and the parties agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of England, Wales and Scotland. Ammended 16th June 2016 Darren Smith/Tracey Binns-Smith - Directors