Challenge The Wild is run by Dan Searson. Dan has spent the past thirty years exploring the outdoors. During his twenty five year military career, as an Army Officer, he was deployed to the Balkans, East Africa and the Middle East; and as a Mountain Leader led expeditions to the Pyrenees, Alps, the Sierra Nevada, Dolomites, the Grand Canyon, Peru and Mount Kenya. He was awarded several British Army Commendations during his service.
Dan has extensive experience in Event Management and has personally run challenges for many high-profile organisations. He is currently undertaking an Open University Course in Project Management, holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Humanitarian Response; and has been awarded certificates in Health and Safety for Managers and Medical Planning. Dan 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.
Paddy is CTW's Lead Technical Instructor. Paddy holds the Mountaineering Instructor’s Certificate, the highest UK certificate available. He has completed 14 first ascents of peaks in the northern Himalayas and has taken clients out trekking and climbing all over the world.
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 .
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.
Ben is one of Challenge The Wild's Mountain Leaders. He served as an Army Officer in the Royal Artillery, a role which has seen him travel extensively. He is first aid qualified and has significant knowledge in event management. Ben thrives on helping others to achieve their goals.
Ben is one of our Walk Leaders and Event Managers. Having been injured whilst serving in the British Army, he is passionate about sharing his story to encourage others that although you may have a disability, it's the ability to go beyond and defy the odds that makes a difference.
Sam is a serving British Army Officer, holds a degree in Outdoor & Physical Education and is completing a Masters in Leadership. He has a deep interest in enhancing the self-efficacy of those he works with and hopes to give back to the Veteran and NHS communities.
Jamie is our expert on the water. As one of the top Paddlesports coaches in the UK, he has travelled extensively and led groups in the water around the world. Jamie served in the British Army for 23 years, finishing his career as an RSM. He is at his best when helping others achieve their goals.
Mark is one of our Walk Leaders who works predominately on our NHS and Veterans Hiking Clubs. He has trekked all over the UK and taken part in several high-profile expeditions. He has a background in project management but is never happier than when leading others outdoors.
Challenge The Wild's marketing and website is handled by Connor. His first experience with Challenge The Wild was on the East Cheshire Hospice Grand Canyon Trek in October 2018. He's an avid hiker and thrill seeker with both a great passion for technology and the outdoors.
John consults for Challenge The Wild and works closely with the support team, advising on physical health. He is a GP in the Lake District and has interests in sports and expedition medicine. He is a fell runner, keen traveller and serves as a Medical Officer in the Army Reserve.
Emma Kenny is a psychologist, TV presenter, writer and expert media commentator, and is now recognised as one of the UK’s leading TV psychological experts. She works closely with the support team by providing advice and guidance on Mental Well-being.