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.
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 a 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!
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.
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 & Logistics Coordinator
Matt is our Operations & Logistics Coordinator, 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! Either swimming up gorges in the Peak District or on the side of the mountains in the Himalaya. A professional guide and one of the best in the industry, well liked by all our clients and a hugely talented outdoors professional. He is an active member of the Edale Mountain Rescue team and has climbed or instructed on more or less every continent the world has to offer! Chris is an International Mountain Leader, UK Summer and Winter Mountain Leader, Rock Climbing Instructor, Mountain rescuer and Swiftwater Rescue Trainer.
Kul “KP” Prasad
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 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!
For Dipak, being a trekking guide is more of a lifestyle than a job. Born in the mountainous Manaslu region, he feels a special connection with the beauty of the Manaslu peak, and has been impressing our trekkers since 2012 with his unerring enthusiasm. He loves guiding trekkers through the lesser-visited Langtang Valley and sharing his knowledge about the rich cultural tapestry of Buddhist and Hindu culture that makes up the area.
Tamang Syangbo Ram (Ram)
Ram was born in the heart of the Everest Region, making him a superb guide for all treks in this area. His love of the natural environment is infectious! His knowledge of the local flora and fauna makes him an absolutely fantastic guide on any Lost Earth Adventure. His personal favourite is the Everest Base Camp trek, and, since 2014, he has shown his continuous enthusiasm for improving his skills as a guide whilst working for Lost Earth Adventures.
Growing up in the shadows of Manaslu, the world’s eighth highest peak, Rajan has always loved adventure! For him, the highlight of his job is being able to share the experience of amazement at Nepal’s beautiful mountains with his guests. Gokyo Lakes is one of his all-time favourite places; the calm glacial fed lakes against the backdrop of iconic Himalayan peaks will never cease to leave him awe-struck. A keen photographer, he has been capturing the highlights for our intrepid trekkers since 2016.
Phurba’s thirst for exploring new places and cultures is what motivated him to become a trekking guide. He loves travelling around Nepal, learning the nuances of the local people’s lifestyle and has been sharing this knowledge with Lost Earth Adventures’ trekkers since 2016. He has exceptional knowledge of the flora and fauna of Nepal, which makes him not only an excellent guide, but also a fantastic companion.
The best part of being a trekking guide for Rajendra is meeting people from all around the world and being able to share knowledge and experiences with his clients over a plate of dhal baat, his preferred meal of rice and lentils. Working all over Nepal means he never gets bored, and on each trek he tries to discover something new about the landscape and the local cultures. For him, treks in the Annapurna, Everest and Manaslu regions have the best scenery in the world, and he has been sharing this with Lost Earth Adventures’ clients since 2013.
Gurung Tenjing – “Tenzing”
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.
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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