Meet The Team

Dan - Challenge Director

Dan Searson has spent the past twenty years exploring the outdoors. During his ten-year military career, as an Army Officer, he was deployed to Bosnia, Kenya and Iraq and led expeditions to the Pyrenees, Machu Picchu and Mount Kenya.

Since returning to civilian life, Dan has worked as a mountain leader, successfully guiding teams across the UK, Europe and Africa, notably across the Picos de Europa and Sierra Nevada mountains in Spain, The Alps and up Mount Kenya. Dan was recently part of a team that led a group to the summit of Mont Blanc. 

Sig - Senior Instructor

Sig has devoted her life to the outdoors, learning valuable survival skills along the way. Her vast experience includes leading groups on treks all over England, Wales and Scotland and up mountains in the Sierra Nevada in Spain, South Africa and the French, Italian, Austrian and Swiss Alps.

Like Dan, Sig was part of the team that successfully led a group to the summit of Mont Blanc. Sig prides herself on getting the best out of her clients and being able to push them further than they ever thought possible. 

Paddy - Senior Instructor

Paddy Cave holds the Mountaineering Instructor’s Certificate, the highest UK certificate available.

His experience ranges from UK summer and winter climbing, to alpine climbing, and Himalayan expeditions, often as the expedition leader, tackling some of the major peaks of the range and helping clients fulfill their dreams. He has completed 14 first ascents of peaks in the northern Himalayas and has taken clients out trekking and climbing all over the world. 

John - Mountain Leader

For the past 10 years John has spent as much time as possible exploring the outdoors, whether on two feet, two wheels or in the water. He’s travelled extensively and lead groups up numerous peaks around the world including an expedition to Mount Toubkal in the High Atlas Mountains.

Oz - Mountain Leader

Austin, or Oz as he prefers to be known is an experienced Mountain Leader who has travelled to places like India, Chile, Costa Rica, Morocco, the Alps and Pyrenees.  Oz’s greatest strength is working with groups of all ages, especially when there’s a sense of challenge to overcome. He’s had plenty of practice with his two daughters who he regularly coaxes and encourages up hills and rocks.

Ralf - Mascot

Although still in his early years; Ralf has spent as much time as possible in the hills and loves nothing more than being in the outdoors.  He is affectionate, supportive and obedient.  His favourite activities are anything water based, trekking, scrambling and the Food Taste Test.  His hobbies include chasing balls, eating letters and watching football.