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About Helen…

Having done the typical beach holiday as a young woman I eventually realised this wasn’t for me, I couldn’t sit on a beach or by a poolside for more than two hours before needing to get up and do something! I was 29 when I separated amicably with my boyfriend of 10 years and suddenly realised I no longer had anybody to share or even go on my adventures with. All my friends had settled down and had children, and I suddenly felt stuck and uncomfortable. I wanted to continue doing adventurous things that challenged my boundaries and gave me a sense of excitement and fulfilment but I had no one to do these things with, and with many adventurous sports being male dominated I suddenly felt out of my comfort zone.

Through a friend of a friend I was fortunate enough to meet a friend with the same adventurous spirit and since then we have been on many adventures including walking, climbing and cycling in the UK, trekking in the Pyrenees and Alps and North Africa, walking and Via Ferratas in the Italian Dolomites and walking in the Himalayas and India.

This made me realise that there must be other women who would love to do something different, to try something new or challenge themselves but may not have anybody to do this with, and so from this I developed Desperately Seeking Adventure…

With a degree in Sports Science, and various other sports-related qualifications, I understand the importance of exercise not only for physical health but also for our mental well-being and general confidence. Fully Mountain Leader qualified, and a member of the Mountain Rescue Team I have years of experience walking in the UK, Europe, Asia and Africa. I also have teaching qualifications, and have many years experience working with people developing skills such as communication, team building and problem solving whilst also improving confidence and motivation. I’m passionate about the outdoors, there are so many beautiful places to explore and discover, and I want to help other people discover this!

When not on an adventure, I like to spend time with friends and family, reading an interesting novel or planning my next adventure!

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About Joy…

A keen adventurer, Joy is a qualified and experienced mountain leader. She has experience of walking and mountaineering in the Himalayas, walking and climbing in the Dolomites, Pyrenees and French Alps along with the UK, and cycling in France amongst various other adventures.

Joy has completed the Welsh 3000’s (15 peaks) and recently cycled Coast to Coast (in the rain, she adds!). When she’s not out on an adventure she likes to travel, spend time with her two sons and relax with a glass of wine!

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About Jane…

A keen climber and general all round adventurer, Jane has years of experience walking and climbing throughout the UK, Europe and Africa. She also enjoys cycling and has completed the Fred Whitton Challenge (112mile cycle over the highest passes in the Lake District) and Coast to Coast among others. Jane owns her own PR company and works with major outdoor companies such as Black Diamond, Smartwool and Sprayway. She travels all over the world with work and loves to experience new places and meet new people.

When not working or out on an adventure, Jane enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and the dog, walking in the Lakes or enjoying a glass of wine with friends!

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About Helen…

With an inquisitive mind, Helen loves to travel, meet new people, discover new places and learn new things. She is an experienced walker and has spent time walking all over Britain in particular the Lakes and Snowdonia. She has also spent time walking in Europe and Africa.

A dental hygienist by day, Helen is also qualified and experienced in holistic therapies. She loves camping, adventures, and has a secret passion for finding unusual gadgets!

When she’s not on an adventure, she loves spending time with her boyfriend, friends, family and dog Alfie.