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.
As the co-founder of Lost Earth Adventures, Richard’s hunger to explore the natural world began during childhood. At 17, he climbed untouched mountains in the Karakoram region of Pakistan. He has lived in the French Alps, the Canadian Rockies and has travelled Asia extensively. Together with his wife, Sarah, Richard started Lost Earth Adventures with a single goal: to get more people to experience the great outdoors. Richard continues to instil this mantra into Lost Earth Adventures today.
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 a Recreational Avalanche Certification.
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 and wilderness first aid trained. 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!
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.
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.
Mark Richards is one of the very best Technical Advisors in the UK. His attitude is exemplary while his experience and qualifications speak for themselves. He holds the MIC and CIC, the highest qualifications in mountaineering and climbing in the UK respectively. Mark is one of only a handful of instructors to hold both qualifications. His considerate approach makes him a firm favourite for our customers.
Sam Percival is one of our most trusted Technical Advisors. His enthusiasm is supported by his qualifications and experience. Sam is a qualified Mountaineering Instructor and has been climbing for over 10 years, leading in the British traditional style at E4 6b grade. He holds many qualifications in abseiling, kayaking, canoeing, paddling, caving, leading in mountain biking and more. Sam’s dedication to maximising engagement means his sessions are always very popular.
Expedition and Operations Support
Rhiannon Dempsey – Expedition and Client Relations Coordinator
Rhiannon is our Expedition and Client Relations Coordinator and is most likely the first point of contact when you get in touch with us, whether on the phone or via email. Usually found lost in an atlas or pouring over an old copy of National Geographic as a kid, Rhiannon’s thirst for adventure started young. Whether hillwalking in the wilds of Scotland or travelling overseas, she’s always been on a mission to see as much of the world as possible.
With a love of travel, languages, and an eagerness to understand the people and places she encountered on her travels, Rhiannon went on to study Geopolitics before getting a distinction in her Masters in International Security and studying Arabic on the side.
Her travels have seen her dog sled in the Arctic Circle, swim with Manta Rays off the coast of Mozambique, be mistaken as a local in Tunisia, and get thrown from a horse in the French Alps. Before joining Lost Earth Adventures, she could be found exploring Southern Africa between working in the South African Parliament. When she’s not behind a desk, she’s usually found on the move, behind a camera lens, writing about far-flung places, or plotting her next adventure.
Matt Lindon – Operations Manager
Matt is our Operations Manager, the man behind the scenes making sure all of our ground team, guides and support staff know where to be and when. Matt has over 13 years of military expertise, a former British Army Sniper, he has led and instructed on operations across the globe. Isolated in a hostile environment and resupplied only by air, his team conducted the longest desert patrol since WW2.
Working in some very challenging environments, he has worked in locations as diverse as Iraq, Afghanistan, Belize, Kenya and Norway.
In the unrelenting pursuit of excellence and a desire to utilise his expertise, in operational and contingency planning. Matt works continuously in the background to ensure all our activities, from a small family gorge walking in the Yorkshire dales to 75 people doing our wild survivor team building day in the Peak district, go off without a hitch.
With an inquisitive nature and with a passion for continued personal development he continues to serve in the British Army Reserves as a combat medical technician and is due to run his first ultra-marathon this year.
Outside of adventure, he is a keen supporter and advocate of charities in conflict zones.
Edwin has been awarded Puployee of the Month, every month since he joined the team in December. When Edwin isn’t chewing on bones, chasing his tail or finding the perfect patch of sun on the office floor, you’ll find him scampering in the mountains or swimming in a tarn.
If you’re lucky, he may even join you on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge or as first skipper in a canoe. Good boy Edwin!
Nepal Guides and Trip Leaders
You may meet Chris anywhere! From the Peak District to deep in the Himalaya. He’s one of the best guides in the industry, an active member of the Edale Mountain Rescue team and has climbed or instructed on more or less every continent in the world. Chris is an International Mountain Leader, UK Summer and Winter Mountain Leader, Rock Climbing Instructor, Mountain rescuer and Swiftwater Rescue Trainer. He’s been instrumental in delivering mountain leadership training in Nepal.
Kul “KP” Prasad
KP is one of our local guides in Nepal, originally from the Gorkha region. He’s been leading Himalayan treks since 1995 and has extensive knowledge of the Langtang Valley, Everest, Annapurna, and Mustang regions. His enthusiasm for his country is infectious, his attention to detail exemplary. He’s always looking to exceed expectations. KP is a qualified Government of Nepal-registered trekking guide and has undergone Lost Earth Adventure’s mountain leadership training.
Bhairas was born in the shadow of Mt. Everest, a three-day trek from the nearest road. Growing up in this environment means he has an incredibly acute mountain sense. He understands the needs and limitations of our groups and does his all to give them the best possible experience. He’s a true asset to our team. Bhairas is a fully-qualified trekking guide and registered with the Government of Nepal. You can read more about the training Bhairas has undergone here.
Dipak was bra in the Manaslu region and sees his role as a trekking guide more of a lifestyle than a job. He has a special connection with the Manaslu peak and trekkers are often struck by his enthusiasm for his country. Dipak guides trekkers through lesser-visited regions such as the Langtang Valley. He’s always willing to share his knowledge of the rich cultural tapestry of Buddhist and Hindu culture in the area. Dipak has undergone our professional and personal development programme in Nepal.
Tamang Syangbo Ram (Ram)
Ram was born in the heart of the Everest region, so he’s naturally a superb guide in this area. Our trekkers have noted that his love and appreciation of the natural environment is obvious and infectious. His consideration for the group means that our trekkers get the best experience possible. Ram’s favourite trek is to Everest Base Camp and since 2014, he has shown his continuous enthusiasm for improving as a professional Nepalese guide whilst working at Lost Earth Adventures.
Growing up in the shadows of Manaslu, the world’s eighth-highest peak, Rajan has adventure in his bones. For him, seeing the expressions on our trekkers’ faces as they explore Nepal is what it’s all about. Gokyo Lakes is one of his all-time favourite places. Rajan is a great photographer and has been capturing the highlights of our intrepid trekkers since 2016. He has blossomed while on our mountain leadership course and is an integral member of our team.
Phurba’s quest for adventure is unending. Exploring new places, learning about different cultures, it’s what he’s all about. He has travelled Nepal extensively and always look to share his experiences with our trekkers. His understanding of this diverse country means he’s not only an exceptional guide but a fantastic companion to share your trek with. Phurba has been with us since 2016 and has excelled professionally and personally on our mountain guide training.
For Rajendra, the best part of his role with Lost Earth Adventures is meeting new people from all over the world, sharing knowledge, experiences, and dhal baat, his favourite meal. Working all over Nepal means he never gets bored and on each trek, he tries to discover something new about the landscape and local cultures. He’ll say the Annapurna, Everest and Manaslu regions offer the best scenery in the world, and who can argue with him? Rajendra has been learning new mountain leadership skills with us since 2013.
Gurung Tenjing – “Tenzing”
Tenzing is one of our Nepali mountain bike guides and firm favourite among our trekkers. Riding the trails in his Himalayan back yard isn’t a hobby, it’s a way of life. His enthusiasm for mountain biking is contagious and you can’t help but smile when you’re in his company. Tenzing has vast knowledge of bike mechanics and trailside maintenance he’s happy to share with you. He’s a wizard on two wheels and recently spent time in Switzerland with Red Bull Riding Team.
Qualifications: – UKCG Canyon Guide, Level 2 Kayak Coach, Level 2 Cave Leader, Rescue3 White Water Rescue, UKCG Swiftwater Canyon Rescue, Mountain Leader, Rock Climbing Instructor.
When it comes to canyoning and gorge walking, there are few people in the UK with more experience than Mike. He has been leading every type of group all over the country for 20 years; whether it is a school or cadet group down a local gorge or a military group challenging themselves at a canyon, Mike has led them all. Moreover, he has achieved the qualifications to demonstrate that experience. He leads our staff training when it comes to canyoning and is a firm favourite with all the clients he leads.
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).
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.
Qualifications – SPA, ML, Trail Mountain Bike Leader, BCU Level 3 Coach Open boat and kayak
Matt is one of the originals and has been with Lost Earth Adventures since day one. Based in the Peak District, he knows the area better than he knows the back of his hand. You’ll find him cracking jokes on the top of Stanage Edge, swimming up rivers near Kinder Scout and mountain biking on the Ladybower trail. An all-around passionate, friendly outdoorsman, whatever the adventure, you’ll be in great company. He also brews a deliciously potent home-grown cider!
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.
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