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Tutor, Brathay Hall Trust
Instructor, Scottish National Outdoor Training Centre, Glenmore Lodge
Principal, Outward Bound Eskdale
Safety Adviser Outward Bound Trust
Safety Consultant Outward Bound International
Director, European Avalanche School
Director Adventure Activities Associates Ltd.

Other Professional and Voluntary Experience

Responsible for safety audit for Outward Bound Trust and Outward Bound International.
Worked extensively as a mountain guide and instructor in Britain, the Alps and the Arctic, specialising in alpine mountaineering and ski-mountaineering
A Mountain Rescue Team Leader for 8 years and a former Chair of the United Kingdom Mountain Training Board - the co-ordinating body for mountain training and qualification
Member of Expedition Advisory Panel, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Outdoor Qualifications and Experience

International Mountain Guide (UIAGM / IFMGA / IVBV)
Mountain Instructor Certificate and Mountain Leader Award (Winter and Summer)
has been responsible for the training and assessment of candidates for the above awards
Qualified in both Nordic and Alpine skiing by British Association of Ski-Instructors
Mountain Bike Leader and Dinghy Instructor
First ascents on rock and ice in Britain, the Alps, the Arctic, Africa, the Andes and the Himalayas
Member of the Alpine Club and the Scottish Mountaineering Club


"A Chance In A Million?", a manual of Scottish Avalanches
"Outdoor Management Development - A Guide for Human Resource Specialists”.
"Risk Management as Opportunity” Conference paper, Royal Geographical Society
"Safety, Risk and Adventure in Outdoor Activities" published by Paul Chapman in 2006

Adventure Activity Associates will give careful advice focused on real world solutions.

Our advice is based on hands on experience in running successful  businesses, operating regulatory, representative and membership organisations, establishing  regimes and cultures of risk management and, not least, providing adventure experiences across the world. 

We have a detailed understanding of the provision of adventure activities in the commercial, voluntary, local authority and charity sectors. Organisationally, we have a level of experience of change management, implementation and strategic planning that transcends what might be expected from our initial backgrounds in adventure activity. 

Some of the topics on which we have given valued advice include:

•    How best to match structure to function in local authority outdoor education
•    Devising a mountaineering development strategy for a National Governing Body
•    How to run an adventure operation that that exceeds all regulatory requirements yet remains adventurous
•    Balancing whole service budget constraints against the need to meet priority educational goals
•    A structural review of a national adventure charity
•    A review of the provision of volunteer led journeys in wild country
•    A trans national review of mountain training

Mr Robert David Barton

Adventure Activity Associates Ltd
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