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meet some of our team of highly qualified local guides

Chris Packman
ex para PTI & co-ordinater of Door 2 Door Adventures

He’s been working outdoors for most of his adult life, as he has yet to find anything more rewarding or enjoyable.

Chris has led expeditions to various parts of Africa and Vietnam, among his claims to fame is that he has been lucky enough to climb Both Mont Blanc and Kilimanjaro, kayaked around the islands of Angelsey, Mull and Milos in Greece, jumped out of many an aeroplane to free fall, cycled across the UK from Morecambe to Scarborough, and canoed across Scotland from Fort William to Inverness.

“he has yet to find anything more rewarding or enjoyable”

Chris’s passions and professional qualifications include climbing, running, road cycling, conoeing, scrambling, hill and mountain walking, kayaking on rivers and the sea, mountain biking, his other interests include travelling, exploring, reading, films, music and cooking.

Chris has recently set up this company with his partner Lynn, to spend more time outdoors, live in The Lake District , help amazing clients from all over the world find and enjoy adventures , and work with some of the finest outdoor leaders in the country, who are also among our best friends.

Meet Our Experienced UK Outdoor Adventure Guides

“people we enjoy being outdoors with”

Door 2 Door Adventures is very much a team effort, we have hand picked a mix of good friends and folk that we regularly work with outdoors, and have shared adventures with to look after you our guests.

All leaders who work with us, both male and female are not only highly qualified and experienced local proffesionals, but just as important are mature, happy, patient people who we enjoy being outdoors with ourselves, so are confident that you will too.

Lynn
Co-founder of Door 2 Door Adventures

Co founder of Door 2 Door Adventures who has also travelled the world both to work and seek adventures, a lover of all things outdoors Lynn has run marathons, climbed mountains, cycled across England coast to coast, canoed The Great Glen across Scotland and expored the Lake District extensivly.

Having lived and worked in the heart of London for several years (something most of the team have never experienced) Lynn gives us an invaluble insight into what our guests are looking for, and ensures that we deliver it.

Aled
Mountaineering Instructor

Growing up in Snowdonia, Aled was climbing mountains as soon as he could walk. He has gone on to climb all over the UK, in the Alps and extensively in the Atlas mountains. He holds the Mountaineering Instructor Award (MIA), Winter Mountain Leader award, is a qualified Canoe Coach, and Cave Leader.

Until very recently, he was the Head of a very busy LEA owned Outdoor Education Centre. Recent adventures include Ski Mountaineering in Norway, cycling solo coast to coast across the Pyrenees, and winter mountaineering in the Atlas mountains.

Alyn
Expert Outdoors Instructor

Alyn has over 25 years of outdoors coaching, instructing, teaching and training experience with a wide range of clients from primary children to senior managers. He has extensive experience of designing, running and managing training to match client’s training outcomes. He has lead expeditions to Scandinavia, Siberia, Arctic Alaska, Australia and throughout the UK, as well has having travelled and participating in canoeing, trekking, skiing and climbing expeditions to Greenland, New Zealand, Africa and Europe.

Alyn has qualifications in: Climbing, Mountaineering, Caving, kayaking, Canoeing, Sailing, Safety Boat Driving, First Aid, Safety Management and Holds an Honours Degree in Science & Outdoor Education, has summated several unclimbed mountains in Greenland and sailed from Norway to Scotland in the North Sea sailing race.

Mandy
Climbing Instructor

Mandy has a wealth of experience and knowledge having instructed climbing, mountaineering and caving at all levels, from beginners to those wanting to improve their leading grades. She is a qualified teacher and holds the Mountain Instructors Award. She has climbed all over the world and also enjoys winter climbing, caving canoeing and skiing.

She is also involved in difficult roped access work, having been a supervisor for many years in this profession and also involved with the trade association. She has a detailed knowledge of technical matters involving climbing equipment, systems and methods, which she happily shares with our guests.

Renell
Accomplished Fell Runner

Renell has a love for being outdoors, both at work and in her free time. She is an awesome mountain bike rider, at home on the most demanding trails throughout The Lakes and Dales.

Ren is also an accomplished fell runner, and can often be found out on the ridges and trails that the region is famous for – she loves to push her limits and has represented Great Britain – Racing in the off road triathlon Xterra off road world championships Maui 2015 where she came runner up in her age group.

Dave (Bear)
Climbing & Mountaineering Instructor

A keen climber and mountaineer since his early teens, he was chair of Sheffield University Mountaineering club in the late 1980s. Throughout his teens and twenties he completed many major alpine mountaineering routes both in summer and winter conditions, as well as climbing regularly throughout the UK and the rest of the world.

Since 2005 he has worked as Sports Safety Coordinator for the University of Central Lancashire as well as being the rock climbing coach and climbing and mountaineering instructor for the University Mountaineering Club since 2003. He also works as an instructor on a freelance basis for Lancashire County Council and a range of private companies, as well as directly for the MoD in Scotland (ATCS) instructing all aspects of climbing and mountaineering as well as guiding challenges and a range of different rock climbing, mountaineering and survival events throughought the year.

In addition, he works as an associate lecturer with the Open University.

Customer Testimonials
Read Genuine Reviews from Real Customers

I just wanted to say thank you for a lovely holiday and keep on what you are doing as I feel you have the basis of a brilliant personalised service and I would not hesitate in using you again or telling my friends and colleagues about your service.

Amazing private photography tour of The Lakes. Chris was extremely professional and gave me plenty of time. Bespoke experience is highly recommended, especially if you are on a short visit and want make the most of your time.

We had such a fantastic day, we got exactly what we wanted from our activity day! Chris was a great instructor, so positive and enthusiastic, it was brilliant to have one to one tuition.

A fantastic day spent in the outdoors with lovely company and loads of guidance from Chris and Lynn. Canoeing, making the pancakes, learning to gather kindling and light a fire made the day most enjoyable.

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