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The Acclimbatize Team

Operational since 1999!

Acclimbatize is a stakeholder business
This means all permanent staff have a vested interest in ongoing business success – to the customer this translates to best value being delivered routinely by committed outdoor professionals.

Daryl Godfrey – Development & Training

Daryl began his career in the outdoors back in 1989 working five winter seasons as a member of ski staff for a British tour operator in European Alps.
 Returning to life in Derbyshire, Daryl took a position with Derbyshire Youth Service establishing a successful outdoor education project. He moved on to work with two highly respected outdoor education centres (Whitehall and Dukes Barn).

More recently Daryl worked as a guide for a British Expedition company and continues to train and advise other outdoor organisations. Daryl has responsibility for safety management systems, staff training and business direction.

Daryl is a keen amateur photographer and uses these skills to help with Acclimbatize marketing.

Personal mountaineering & caving experience: Greenland, Pakistan, America, Tanzania, Morocco, Kenya, Jordan, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Iceland, Slovenia, Spain, Sardinia, Mallorca, Greece, Norway and Nepal.

International Mountain Leader Award,
Mountain Instructors Award,
Mountain Leader Award (Summer and Winter),
Single Pitch Award.
Cave Instructors Certificate,
Local cave and mine leader levels 1 & 2.
Canoe Coach Level 1
Diploma in Youth and Community Work.
Daryl is now working towards M.I.C  assessment.
Daryl is approved to provide the following accredited leadership courses:
British Caving Association – Approved Trainer and Assessor for all 6 modues of the Local Cave and Mine Leaders scheme.
Mountain Training UK – Approved Course provider for the Single Pitch Award (S P A) scheme.
Mountain Training UK – Approved Course provider for the Lowland Leader Scheme.
Mountain Training UK – Approved Course Provider for the Expedition Skills Module

Sam Mitchell – Operations Director

Sam began his career in the outdoors in 1986, being engaged delivering development programmes to older teenagers and apprentices and later working for a number of management training organisations and training colleges countrywide.
Drawn towards America by the climbing, Sam lived in San Francisco for two years enjoying California’s warmer climes and climbs.

Locally Sam was involved in the establishment of a publicly funded indoor climbing facility, where he continues to coach young people from the surrounding community.
 Prior to his position at Acclimbatize Sam was engaged delivering adventurous project work to schools in the Derby City area.

Sam is a gifted, highly efficient organiser who brings a creative panache to our team building courses.
 Sam progresses many of our courses from the initial enquiry through planning to delivery.
 Sam is currently progressing through the Cave Instructors Certificate (C.I.C) scheme.

Personal Mountaineering & Caving Experience: Experience has been obtained in America, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Canada, Corsica, Mallorca, Sardinia and Switzerland.

Mountain Leader Award,
Single Pitch Award,
Cave Leader Levels 1 & 2,
European Ropes Course Award,
Industrial Rope Access Technician Level 2

Peter Thorpe – Advisor

Pete was formerly the outdoor education advisor to the Inner London Education Authority. In Derbyshire he held a senior position directing outdoor provision within the local Youth Service.

In semi retirement Pete worked at White Hall Center and for at least 10 years has lead groups on expeditions to the developing world.
Destinations include: Tanzania (Kilimanjaro), Indian Himalaya, Nepal Himalaya, Bolivia, Venezuela, Uganda, Mongolia, China, Kenya and Vietnam. 
Pete’s exceptional expedition expertise alongside his backround in outdoor management place him first on the call list when advice or guidance is needed.

Pete has a Degree in Fine Art (London) and completed the Murray House course in Outdoor Education (Edinburgh).
 He has attainted the Mountaineering Instructors Award (M.I.A) and the Winter Mountain Leaders Award (WML). Pete has caved and climbed extensively throughout the UK and Europe and holds the Cave Leader Level 2.
Pete’s more recent direction in life has seen him qualify as a Yoga teacher. He applies this craft to local climbers to maintain and improve their performance.

Leon Zablocki – Freelance Team

Leon Zablocki has been a ‘go to’ freelance worker since 2008.
 Leon works on a part time contract for the White Hall Centre in Buxton, Derbyshire.
Previous positions have been held at outdoor pursuits centers in North Wales and with the YHA in Edale. The breadth of Leon’s personal mountaineering and caving experience is first rate – this strongly underpins the highest professional qualifications he has achieved including the MIC (Mountain Instructors Certificate). 
Our clients enjoy his calm personality and his endless sense of fun.  
Outside work Leon writes songs and plays guitar for an elusive Punk Rock band….Tramp Sandwich.

Qualifications: Mountain Instructors Certificate (M.I.C)  Cave Leader Award Level 2, BCU level 2.  Leon is qualified across the board and is progressing through the Cave Instructors Certificate (C.I.C) scheme.

Tom Monck – Physical Resource Manager.

Tom began his career in the outdoors in 1998 at Dukes Barn Centre in Beeley. 
After 4 years successful years Tom established himself on the freelance scene working for local authority provision and other independent outdoor activity providers.

In more recent years Tom concentrated his efforts working on Acclimbatize courses and became a permanent member of staff and a stakeholder in the business in 2014.

Tom has responsibility for the equipment stores and company vehicles.
Tom is a frequent course coordinator and a key worker on many of our youth development courses.
Tom has caved in France (Vercor) Spain (Cantabria) and Mallorca. His mountaineering has taken him around the UK and into the Swiss, Italian and French Alps.

Tom is a member of ‘WUKSART’  (Watersafe UK Search and Rescue Team) and volunteers his free time in support of the police and are Fire and Rescue Services. He is qualified in Swift Water Rescues


Mountain Leader Award (Summer),
Rock Climbing (SPA),
Caving (LCMLA 2)
Powerboat and Bell Boat (RYA)
European Ropes Course Award (ERCA)
Archery (GNAS)

Chris Carter – Adventure Outreach Manager

Chris joined the Acclimbatize team in 2014. He brought a wealth of experience in outdoor pursuits particularly in paddle sports, caving and mountain biking. He also enjoys climbing and walking, taking any opportunity to get out in the mountains. He graduated from the University of Derby as a Geologist.
His fascination with rocks has taken him on a professional journey of work to Chad in central Africa and offshore in the North Sea before returning to the sediments of the Peak District to work as an outdoor instructor. He has since built up many years of experience teaching activities on land and on water.

Chris has shared many  Alpine and subterranean adventures with other members of the Acclimbatize team. These include trips in the UK and also in France, Spain, Mallorca either on mountain bikes, skis, in boats or boots.

Chris is also a key member of ‘WUKSART’  (Watersafe UK Search and Rescue Team) giving much of his time to help others or train junior members of the team.

Chris has shared responsibility for the equipment store and leads the Water Sports side of the activities. He is a regular course coordinator and leads on many ‘Onsite’ activity programmes for schools, the Prince’s Trust and National Citizen Service.

Rock Climbing (SPA),
Canoeing, Kayaking and Bell Boating (BCU level 2 Coach),
Caving (Local Cave and Mine Leader Award level 2)
Lowland Leader Award,
European Ropes Course Award (ERCA),
Powerboating (RYA Level 2 Instructor and RYA Safety Boat),
Cycle Maintenance (CYTEC Level 2).


Peter Montgomery – Technical Advisor

Pete is our water sports expert. Being a performance director for British Canoeing and with the best track record in expedition Kayaking we know – we couldn’t think of any body more suited to this role.

Pete is a qualified teacher and a highly competent management trainer. Formerly Pete worked at ‘Peak Training for Management’ and has a genuine talent for drawing out learning opportunities from the activities we provide.
Having a rich history of ‘big’ kayaking expeditions worldwide (Canada, New Zealand, America, Nepal, France, Spain, India) and with current coaching involvement with the British Canoe Polo Team is well placed to give realistic ‘real world’ advice. Pete was formerly a top level competitor in Slalom and Sprinting.

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