Meet the Team

Our trip leaders have a world of knowledge and expertise

Lost Earth Adventures takes great pride in the quality of our guides. Our trip leaders are hired not only for their knowledge and expertise, but also for their passion andn friendly, outgoing personalities! Read on to find out more about our tour leaders.

Founders

Richard Goodey

Expedition-Leader
Richard is the co-founder of Lost Earth Adventures. His passion for the outdoors began at a young age where his family holidays revolved around hill walking and mountaineering in the Alps and the UK. At 17, his father took him on a real adventure, going on a one-month expedition to climb unclimbed peaks in the Karakoram Mountains of Pakistan. Inspired by what he had experienced, Richard vowed to return, seeking to explore more of the mountains, wilderness and fascinating cultures of Asia.

Having lived for two years in the French Alps, Richard packed up his belongings, and returned to Asia, going on an incredible 2-year overland journey. He eventually moved to the Canadian Rockies spending every spare minute climbing, skiing and mountain biking. It is here that he met his wife, and co-founder of Lost Earth Adventures. He lives in Nepal for half the year and when not guiding trips he's continually exploring deeper and deeper into the mountains looking for new adventures.

Richard is a qualified rock-climbing instructor, Mountain Leader, Level 2 Caving Leader (multi-pitch, vertical descents) and mountain bike instructor. He is also a white water rescue specialist, wilderness first aid trained and has an Recreational Avalanche Certification.

It is his love for Asia, adventure travel and sharing new experiences with people that has led him to create Lost Earth Adventures!

Read more about Richard here.

Sarah Goodey

Mountain Guide
Sarah is the co-founder of Lost Earth Adventures. Having grown up in Canada she spent much of her youth exploring the untamed wilderness of this vast country, camping, hiking and kayaking. She moved to the Canadian Rockies and it was here that she honed her skills in the mountains, learning to rock climb, ski, mountain bike and become self-sufficient in a mountain environment.
An independent backpacking trip to Southeast Asia and Australia at the age of 18 opened her eyes to new cultures and fascinating countries. The travel bug firmly set in, she has since then continued to explore this region extensively. She has also spent a considerable amount of time in Nepal and India, having motorcycled around the entire sub-continent. Other travels have brought her surfing in Costa Rica, trekking in the High Atlas Mountains and Saharan Dessert of Morocco, as well as climbing all over the UK.

Sarah is trained in white water rescue, a qualified mountain bike instructor, wilderness first aid trained and leads groups in the Canadian Rockies and South East Asia. She has a degree in Advertising and Communications and has worked on a freelance basis and for a not-for-profit national organisation as the Marketing & Communications Coordinator.

Having met Richard Goodey and discovering a mutual love for intrepid travel whilst sharing these experiences with others led to the creation of Lost Earth Adventures!

Read more about Sarah here

Management

Tom Langan

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Variety is definitely the spice of life! Tom loves to travel to new places and meet people from other cultures, to try new experiences and to challenge himself. Tom has an enthusiasm for learning new skills and about the world we live in. His curiosity about the world and human impact led him to study a degree in Geosciences and his passion for travel has taken Tom to many locations including Latin American and South East Asia.

Tom enjoys many outdoor activities including paddling, mountain biking, scuba diving and rock climbing, but really loves turning these into multi-day adventures with overnight camping. He is also an avid caver and mountaineer and has been on many underground and overground adventures internationally and in the UK.

Current qualifications: Wilderness First Responder, Level 2 Cave Leader, Paddlesports Coach Level 2, MIAS Mountain Bike Instructor Level 2, Single Pitch Award Climbing Instructor, Summer Mountain Leader, PADI Divemaster

Technical Advisors

Our expeditions and activities take people into challenging environments from complex underground caving systems across the UK to remote and high altitude mountain passes in the Himalaya. The nature of our business relies on us having robust safety management procedures. To operate at the highest level of competency and to comply with British Standard BS8848 and AALA regulations, our Technical Advisors review our operating procedures and oversee our staff training.

Continue reading about our Technical Advisors, who they are and why we chose them.

Nigel Ball

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Nigel has been actively involved with the British Caving Association (BCA) since the early 1980s, his first role was a member on the Training Committee, followed by spending six years as the Chair of the Cave Instructor Panel, during which time he coordinated and developed the Cave Instructor Certificate (CIC) syllabus – the highest caving qualification available.

Continue reading about Nigel.

Steve Long

MIC Instructor and BMG Mountain Guide
Steve holds the highest Mountain Guiding qualification worldwide, the IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide Carnet, and also the Mountaineering Instructor’s Certificate (MIC), which is the highest British qualification. Steve is the Chairman of the UIAA’s international Training Panel and Technical Officer for Mountain Training UK, which is the governing body for mountain leadership in the UK. He has also authored the official handbook for the Mountain Leader qualification.

Continue reading about Steve.

Nepal Guides and Trip Leaders

Nick Read

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Nick guides for us in Nepal. Always smiling (in the most demanding of places) he is a group favourite. Leadership skills second to none, enthusiasm second to none, entertainment second to none. With Nick's mountain sense and experience we know that every trip he leads will be a belter.

Qualifications - Winter Mountain Leader, International Mountain Leader, Kayak Coach, Advanced Medicine from Wilderness Medical Training. Also a trainee Mountaineering Instructor and a trainee Level 2 British Cycling Mountain Bike leader.

Favourite Lost Earth Adventures tour and why - Nepal Extreme as it offers a little bit of everything with an added dose of adrenaline and all served in beautiful locations.
Next big challenge - Scotland is full of them and not very far away- A traverse of the Cullin ridge followed by a climb up the Cioch nose on Sron Na Ciche where the famous battle scene in highlander was filmed. This would have to be the day after the 16hr crossing of the ridge!
Favourite on the hill snack - Welsh cakes of course topped with loads of butter.
Favourite piece of outdoor kit - Sunglasses - I don't get to wear them much but love those days when I do. What makes your ultimate day in the outdoors in three words? - Sun, sweat maybe some snow but certainly no sand!
Last book you read - The voyages of the Beagle as I am shortly going to see marine iguanas on Galapagos!
Favourite adventure film - Definitely Kilian Jornet: The Summits of my Life, The most inspirational film of a super talented climber/mountaineer filmed in Chamonix and one of the first films to utilize drone footage to amazing results. I watched the first screening in Chamonix presented by Kilian.

Kristina Wetter

International Mountain Leader
Qualifications - International Mountain Leader, Summer Mountain Leader, Winter Mountain Leader (trained), SPA, UKCC L2 Paddlesport with 3 star in Canoeing and inland kayaking.
Favourite Lost Earth Adventures activity - Hillwalking, Yorkshire 3 Peaks
Favourite on the hill snack - Mix of dried fruit and salted nuts
Favourite piece of outdoor kit - My woollen hat
What makes your ultimate day in the outdoors in three words - Mountains, remoteness, people to share it with
Wild camp or posh hotel - Definitely wild camp as it is more peacefull and simple.
Adventure hero - Ishani Sawant as she worked really hard to become a professional mountaineer in India, which I find really inspiring.

Kul “KP” Prasad

Nepal Tour Guide
KP is one of our local guides in Nepal and is originally from the Gorkha region. He has been leading treks in the Nepalese Himalaya since 1995 and has extensive experience in the Langtang Valley, Everest, Annapurna, and Mustang regions. His unrivalled passion and enthusiasm for his country is infectious! KP prides himself on his attention-to-detail and constantly sets out to exceed our expectations. He is an excellent addition to the Lost Earth Adventures team. KP is a fully qualified, Government of Nepal registered Trekking Guide.

Bhairas Tamang

Nepal Trekking Guide
Bhairesh was born in the shadow of Mt. Everest, deep in the Solu Khumbu region, a three day's walk from the nearest road! Having grown up in such a harsh Himalayan environment has led him to have an incredible and acute mountain sense. He is most at home and confident along the trails and peaks of the Himalaya! Bhairas is a fully qualified, Government of Nepal registered Trekking Guide and is one of the friendliest people we know. He is somebody who always puts the well being of others before himself and is an asset to our team!

Gurung Tenjing - "Tenzing"

Nepal Mountain Bike Guide
Tenzing is one of our Nepali mountain bike guides and a firm client favourite! His passion and enthusiasm for riding the trails in his Himalayan backyard is infectious and it's impossible not to ride with a permanent smile on your face when you're in his company.

Tenzing has vast knowledge of bike mechanics, trailside maintenance and of the best trails on offer in the Annapurna's. Tenzing is an absolute wizard on his bike and recently spent the summer in Switzerland with the Red Bull Riding Team.

Manish Singh Thapa

Nepal raft guide
Manish started kayaking from a young age and rose to become Nepali Junior White Water Champion. He has competed at the World Canoe Championships in Japan and has worked as a professional river guide on all the major rivers in Nepal. This has led Manish to kayak with paddling legends from all over the world. His enthusiasm is obvious as soon as you hit the water; he is always smiling and providing heaps of entertainment along with his expert advice. He has even helped with logistics for a National Geographic documentary as they hunted for the Yeti.
Unsurprisingly, given his wealth of experience, Manish has been certified as an International River Guide and is a qualified White Water Rescue Technician.

Manish is a hugely likeable guy and with his calm demeanour, great English skills and precise easy to understand instruction he is an obvious choice to lead our river trips in Nepal.

Our UK Instructors and Staff

Sam Marshall

Mountain Instructor
Sam is an experienced Mountaineering Instructor with notable high-altitude first ascents in the remote ranges of Northern Greenland and Antarctica. He's also led large expeditions to climb big mountains via difficult routes in the Nepalese Himalaya and the European Alps. Holding the highest level rock climbing certification in the UK; the Mountaineering Instructor Award, enables him to teach and assess instructors to any level on any aspect of summer mountaineering. Sam also holds the Winter Mountain Leader award, qualifying him to lead mountaineering expeditions in any condition, all year round. A great asset to our team, his passion and experience make him a solid favourite when the going gets tough.
Favourite Lost Earth Adventures activity – Teaching lead climbing
Dream adventure – Making first ascents in remote locations
Favourite on the hill snack – Snack size pork pies
Adventure hero – Indiana Jones
Most memorable day in the outdoors – Making first ascents in northern Greenland
Last book you read – Inside Delta Force by Eric Haney
Your next big challenge – To complete the Cullin Ridge on Skye
Favourite Adventure Film – Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Will McEvoy

Mountain Guide Will
Will is an all around outdoorsman, passionate to the core about what he does and the ultimate lover of adventure. You can find him at his local crag, maneuvering up gritstone rocks, mountain biking along the North York Moors, winter climbing in Scotland, or scrambling through gorges 7 days a week. One of his greatest strengths is providing our clients with a positive, fun and attentive experience. No matter the experience, you're in good hands. Will holds his Mountain Leader Award and the Mountaineering Instructor Award (the highest rock climbing award in the UK).

James Perkins

Mountain Bike Guide Yorkshire
James heads up our UK mountain biking department and is no stranger to the saddle. In his spare time he can be found competing in 'round the clock endurance challenges and races or exploring new trails all over the UK.

James has always liked being on 2 wheels but seriously took up mountain biking 10 years ago. He is passionate about sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge with others and holds his MIAS Level 2 Mountain Biking Qualification.

Some of James' recent achievements are finishing 3rd overall in the 24hr Mountain Mayhem Bike Race and raising funds for charity by cycling over 130 miles from Morecombe to Scarborough in 7.5 hours!

Ruth Jenkins

Female Climbing Guide Derbyshire
Qualifications - International Mountain Leader, Kayak Coach, SPA, Cave Leader, Stunt Woman

Yes, you read that right! Ruth is a stunt woman and you may have seen her in films such as Batman and Harry Potter and TV shows such as Casualty and Coronation Street. Not only that, when she's not duelling with witches and wizards or jumping out of burning buildings, she's also climbing nails hard rock routes, at one time she was the hardest female climber in Britain. You too can climb as hard as Ruth if you read her blog.

Matt Debenham

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Qualifications - SPA, BCU Level 3 Coach Open boat and kayak
Favourite Lost Earth Adventures activity and why - Climbing.  Always a good day out in an amazing place.
Dream adventure - Visit the pencil museum in Keswick.
Favourite on the hill snack - Chocolate
Adventure hero - Evan Garcia
Most memorable day in the outdoors - Paddling the River Dranse in the Alps. Crazy river!
Favourite piece of outdoor kit - My wooden otter tail paddle.
What makes your ultimate day in the outdoors in three words? - Sun, Paddling, wildcamp
Wild camp or posh hotel - Wild camp
Last book you read - The gruffalo
Favourite adventure film - The Art of Flight
Your next big challenge - Coast to coast open boat trip in Scotland.

Matthew Thornton (Matt)

Mountain Biking Instructor
Qualifications - Single Pitch Award, Level 1 Kayak and Canoe Coach, Level 2 Mountain Bike Leader, Cave and Mine Leader (trained), Mountain Leader
Favourite Lost Earth Adventures activity - Yorkshire gorge walk, great fun and wet.
Favourite on the hill snack - Soreen (Malt Loaf)
Favourite piece of outdoor kit - Downhill bike
What makes your ultimate day in the outdoors in three words - Fun, adrenaline, tiring
Wild camp or posh hotel - Wild camp
Last book you read - Pyschovertical - Andy Kirkpatrick

David Wiffen

Mountain Climbing
Qualifications - Mountain Leader, Single Pitch Award, MIA Trained and BCU Level 2 Coach
Favourite Lost Earth Adventures activity - Climbing, because it's there.
Dream adventure - Months travelling through the Himalaya.
Favourite on the hill snack - Cheese
Adventure hero - Boardman and Tasker, closely followed by my kids.
Most memorable day in the outdoors - East Gully, winter, Cadair Idris - Feb 2004, to name but one.
Favourite piece of outdoor kit - Lucky hat
Wild camp or posh hotel - Depends with whom or where, but these days a nice hotel.
Favourite adventure film - Point Break

Jon Holmes

Rock Climbing
Qualifications - Mountain Leader, Single Pitch Award, Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Assessor.
Favourite Lost Earth Adventures activity - My favourite Lost Earth Adventures activity is climbing because I can show clients a side to the outdoors that is not explored by foot.
Dream adventure - I think my dream adventure would be to go and climb the Old Man of Hoy, a spectacular sea stack in the far north of Scotland. Chris Bonington first pioneered this route back in the 1960's and inspired me to go and accomplish it.
Favourite on the hill snack - Cheese and onion crisp sandwich
Adventure hero - Don Whillans
Most memorable day in the outdoors - My most memorable day was on one of the Peak District's most fantastic crags called Froggat Edge and climbing my First HVS called Tody's Wall, first ascended by Joe Brown.
Wild camp or posh hotel - Wild Camp
Last book you read - The Villain, Don Whillans. Probably the only book I've ever actually finished!
Your next big challenge - My next big challenge is to go back to Rjukan, Norway and climb an ice fall called Ranabergfossen as there is some unfinished business!

John Wootton

Yorkshire guide outdoor instructor
Qualifications - ML, SPA, Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Cave Leader Level 1, Level 2 Kayak Coach, 4-star Whitewater Kayak Leader, British Cycling Level 2 MTB Leader
Favourite Lost Earth Adventures activity - Hillwalking. More freedom in terms of route choice and more opportunity to get to know your clients.
Dream adventure - Kayaking in and climbing some of the classic Scottish sea stacks.
Favourite on the hill snack - Flapjack!
Adventure hero - Billy Bland
Most memorable day in the outdoors - Doing the Bob Graham Round (an epic mountain challenge, summiting 42 Lakeland fells in under 24 hours)!
Wild camp or posh hotel - Wild camp
What makes your ultimate day in the outdoors, in 3 words - Scenery, challenge, friends
Your next big challenge - Getting my Winter ML
Favourite Adventure Film - Apollo 13

Stuart Moore

Mountain Bike instructor
Qualifications - ML and a BSc (Hons) in Wildlife & Countryside Conservation

Stuart Moore is a skilled outdoorsman, talented in many disciplines of mountain sports. When he’s not working for us he’s training or competing with the GB Snowboard Squad.

Favourite Lost Earth Adventures activity - 3-Peaks Challenge
Dream adventure - To paddle virgin class II/III rivers around the globe
Favourite on the hill snack - Mug of hot chocolate
Adventure hero - Flo Orley
Wild camp or posh hotel - You can’t beat a posh hotel as long as someone else is paying!
Last book you read - Lord of the Rings
Your next big challenge - Getting into split board (snowboard) touring
Favourite Adventure Film - Cliffhanger

Safety

At Lost Earth Adventures we take safety very seriously. We have full public and product liability insurance, write risk assessments for every activity we offer and use highly experienced and qualified instructors with a good client to staff ratio. Lost Earth Adventures also holds an AALA license. This is the highest accreditation that is available from the British Government and means that we meet the high standards set for providing adventurous activities. Read more about our safety policy.

Fun

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