I am David Jones, chairman and founder of Walk-ability. I have over 40 years experience of hill-walking, and a considerable background in disability issues, both on and off the mountains.

  • I am a keen hillwalker (I completed the Munros in 2012)

  • Before I took early retirement from a major international oil company, I was deputy chair of a committee that advised senior management on disability issues

  • I am currently a member of a group advising Aberdeen City Council on disability issues

  • I have a summer ML award

  • I have a current first aid certificate (with a focus on outdoor activities)

  • I have PVG disclosure

  • I have been guiding guiding people with mobility and sight impairments since 2007

I am Tom Ferguson, a volunteer guide for Walk-ability.

  • My career in teaching and hill-walking ran concurrently over 35 or so years.

  • My degree in Geography and my voluntary role as a leader in the Scout movement created the desire to explore the hills and camp in remote places.

  • I was active taking young people into the mountains as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme which I still volunteer as a leader and assessor.

  • I am a Munroist having compleated (sic.) all 282 Scottish Mountains over 3000 feet.

  • I have extensive winter and summer mountaineering experience.  I have also walked in Norway and Northern Ireland.

  • Nowadays I share my time between part-time tutoring at the University of Aberdeen and exploring near and far. My favourite walking areas of Scotland are the west coast of Scotland in and around Skye (outside the midge season).

I am Chiara Moscardini, a volunteer guide for Walk-ability.

  • Growing up with a dad who was a hillwalker and climber, I have been traipsing up the hills in Scotland and Italy since I was a child. Most of my free time is spent walking and climbing the hills across Scotland.

  • I have a Summer Mountain Leader award and am working towards Winter and International Mountain Leader awards.

  • I am a qualified teacher and teach children and young people with additional support needs.

  • I hold a current BASP Outdoor First Aid certificate

  • I am a firm believer in the importance of the outdoors for mental and physical wellbeing and am passionate about supporting others to access the hills and outdoors in ways which are meaningful to them.

  • I completed Summer Mountain Leader in 2016, hold an Outdoor Emergency 1st Aid certificate and PVG disclosure.

  • I am inspired by the stories I have heard and seen about what disabled people can achieve in the outdoors and I look forward to helping facilitate and share in this adventure.

I am Steve Price, committee member of Walk-ability and volunteer guide.

  • I am not a ‘Munro Bagger’, but I have climbed ~60 of the most difficult ones,  some of them, a number of times.

  • I  helped on a two day, one night,  guided walk last year, where the client had very limited sight and hearing. This was personally, a very rewarding experience for me, and am keen to assist on similar, going forward.

  • The Duke of Edinburgh scheme requires helpers to get the young people ready for their expeditions. I am currently assisting  them with navigation  and camp craft  training at Portlethen Academy in Aberdeen.

  • Golfing and skiing are my other outdoors passions.

I am John Morton, committee member of Walk-ability and volunteer guide.

 

  • I love landscapes, wildlife and nature experienced through walking, skiing, sailing, cycling or just looking through the window.

  • So why am I interested in Walk-Ability?  A totally blind family friend once said ''well John let me see your new car''! He sat in the driving seat and found all the controls before saying  "Open the bonnet please". He wanted to see the engine as well. He sensed the heat from the engine and its exhaust system and even suggested that from the smell of the disc brakes I might have been driving a bit quickly!

  • I really appreciate sharing landscape, wildlife and nature with people of varying sensory abilities. We all experience the world in different ways - when we combine our experiences we gain a deeper appreciation of nature in all its richness.

I am Judy Middleton, a volunteer guide for Walk-ability.

  • I have over 40 years experience in hillwalking and skiing.

  • I hold the Summer Mountain Leader Award and have worked both as a Youth Worker and as an Outdoor Tutor for local Councils. 

  • Passionate about the hills, I ran a Duke of Edinburgh's Award Group for many years and now Volunteer with DofE as a Leader and Assessor. 

  • I am a Trainer and Assessor for Girlguiding UKs Walking Scheme.

  • I am a member of Aberdeenshire South Access Panel and Aberdeenshire Local Outdoor Access Forum.

I am Mike Taylor, a volunteer guide for Walk-ability.

  • I started hill-walking in the English Lake District as a teenager over 50 years ago. Most of my experience has been in Scotland, but I have also walked in Norway, New Zealand, Africa and South America. I ‘compleated’ my Munros in 2000.

  • I hold a Summer Mountain Leader Award, First Aid Certificate and PVG Disclosure. I am an assessor for the expedition section of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

  • I enjoy sharing my love of the hills with other people and have taken a considerable number of teenagers on expeditions to the mountains over the last thirty years.

  • I look forward to helping those who require some additional support to gain enjoyment and fulfillment from the Scottish Hills.

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Walk-ability

12 Frater Place, Aberdeen, AB24 5DG

info@walk-ability.co.uk