Challenge The Wild is run by Dan Searson. Dan has spent the past thirty years exploring the outdoors. During his twenty-year military career, as an Army Officer, he was deployed to Bosnia, Kenya and Iraq and led expeditions to the Pyrenees, Machu Picchu, the Dolomites 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.
Dan has extensive experience in Event Management and has personally run challenges for many high profile organisations. He thrives on working closely with our clients; ensuring they achieve their aims through a rigorous approach to planning and delivery.
Dan is supported by a team of highly experienced Event Managers and a Technical Delivery Team that are some of the best in the business.
Challenge The Wild's Lead Instructor and Event Manager is Paddy Cave. Paddy 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 fulfil 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.
Paul is CTW's Support Team Leader. He served in the Merchant Navy for 39 years, spending 22 years as chief petty officer. During his extensive travels all over the world, Paul has studied many techniques on helping people overcome their fears and anxieties to achieve their goals.
Dale is a former Army Physical Training Instructor, Royal Marines Commando and British Army Physiotherapy Officer. He is now a University Lecturer in Physiotherapy , a crossfit enthusiast and an adventure athlete . He supports CTW on many high profile events.
Joe is predominately a rock climbing instructor, but also leads groups in the technical ghylls and canyons of the UK. He has a passion for the outdoors and has led groups all over the UK and Europe. Joe has been instructing on Challenge The Wild events from the very beginning .
Sig has been at Challenge The Wild since the start. She has a passion for adventure and is a keen climber and yogi. She has led groups all over the world, helping people take on challenges to reach their goals and take in breathtaking views from the magnificent Alps to the incredible Grand Canyon.
Sophie is one of our Mountain Leaders. She has recently trained in the French/Swiss Alps, completing courses in Alpine Mountaineering and Ski Touring. Sophie has an interest in remote medicine and is a welcome addition to the Challenge The Wild team as an expedition doctor.
John is and experienced Doctor and Walk Leader working in emergency medicine, remote medicine and as a GP in Cumbria. He is a keen climber, mountaineer and fell runner and has over 25 years experience leading groups in the UK, Europe and further afield.
Challenge The Wild's marketing and website is handled by Connor Holah. Connor's first experience with Challenge The Wild was on the East Cheshire Hospice Grand Canyon Trek in October 2018. He's an avid hiker and thrillseeker with both a great passion for technology and the outdoors.