THE MERRELL BLOG: WHAT'S NOW. WHAT'S NEXT. LET'S GET OUTSIDE.
A little bit about me and JT Expeditions…
Jake Thompsett talks about his inspiration and passion for outdoor adventures.
I’ve always loved anything that involves the mountains and the outdoors and it was inevitable that I would take on a job that was a little less average. After leaving school I decided to study for a degree in Outdoor Leadership and Management during which I achieved qualifications in mountain leadership and rock climbing instruction. I realised that I was spending any available time doing anything to do with the outdoors, whether that meant travelling up to Scotland in the winter months to ice climb, spending hours on the internet and in the books searching for the newest training techniques and skills for fell running, or finishing late night dissertation sessions and driving out to the Brecon Beacons to trail run into early hours of the morning, I was hooked!
This lead me to think “how can people live their lives not experiencing the thrill, challenge and rush of the outdoors environment!?” As my final year was coming to a close and with that question in mind, I realised I wanted to work for myself and do something a little bit different - at that point JT Expeditions was born. In September 2012 I set up the company to provide invaluable experiences and tuition that not only prepare you to survive the adverse conditions of the mountains and outdoors, but also help you to translate these to everyday life challenges.
At JT Expeditions we train people in the skills required to get out in the mountains and show themselves what they are really made of, that they can achieve much greater things than they believe, and to constantly push the boundaries. It is very difficult to really experience the challenges, enjoyment and exhilaration of the outdoors if you don’t have the skills necessary to get out in the first place! That’s where JT Expeditions step in and open up that gateway for you!
A huge part of the JT Expeditions ethos involves adopting the “I can” way of thinking, and always taking any exciting opportunity. There is so much fun to be had in the outdoors whether that means competing in adventure races and mountain marathons or generally just going for a walk in the hills or a climb at your local crag!
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