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Phillipa Maria Cherryson
Fabulous instructor! Patient, encouraging and inspiring. Lou did a scrambling weekend for a group of 15 of us in Snowdonia. She was adaptable to the weather conditions, challenged us all and left us hooked. We're re-booking for Spring!
Really fantastic climbing and scrambling instruction from Lou, Emma and Iona. Kind and patient guidance, and just the right amount of challenge meant that our whole, varied ability group of 15, were able to scramble up Tryfan. I had such a fantastic time. Thank you for sharing your skills and knowledge ❤️
Just spent an amazing weekend with Louise and her 2 instructors Emma and Iona with a group of 15 women. Louise very quickly ascertained people's skill levels and split us accordingly, meaning that everyone could challenge themselves and improve their skills and techniques. This was in a group ranging from total beginners to fairly experienced climbers. Each instructor was patient, skilled at explaining, never patronising and always encouraging, prompting when you needed it, empowering you to do it by yourself at all times, and always in great humour! Ending the weekend with everyone having accomplished different routes (according to skill level) to the top of Tryfan and a massive sense of euphoria all round. Thanks ladies!
Stuart Arthur Bowler
After several years I finally got myself ready for my ML assessment and decided to go with Lou and her team at Freedom Outdoors. They made my assessment feel just like another day (or 5) in the hills and encouraged me to perform to the best of my ability without fear of making silly mistakes. Would highly recommend Freedom Outdoors for any ML related courses, a relaxed and educational environment created by some very experienced and qualified instructors.
Fantastic Summer ML Refresher course with Lou! Learnt a huge amount in just one day and really boosted my confidence for assessment which I passed 2 weeks after the refresher! Thanks!
I’ve done my ML and a scrambling day with Lou and she is fantastic. Incredibly approachable and an excellent teacher. Highly recommended.
I had a fabulous day exploring the rugged Anglesey coastline with Louise who took me exploring around some amazing coves, spotting the wildlife and giving me plenty of guidance to improve my technique throughout the day. I left the day feeling a lot more confident in the water and keen to get out paddling again! Thanks Lou!
Lou was great, her knowledge of the outdoors and the way she delivered the training was amazing!
Lou and her team were excellent, I would recommend them to anyone considering ML training..
I have just completed my ML training with a group of friends on a course Lou ran especially for us. Our diaries are busy but Lou was able to accommodate us with only a few weeks notice. The course itself was fantastic. Lou immediately put us all at ease with her easy going nature and we had a brilliant week enhancing our knowledge and skills. We finished knowing exactly what to do next and are looking to do our assessments with Lou next year. Would thoroughly recommend Freedom Outdoors to anyone wishing to complete their ML.
We had a day in the hills with Louise last week. I have been very nervous with walking ( especially down!) over uneven/rocky/stepped paths so hoped a day with Louise would help. We had the most fantastic day. Louise took us up Y Gribin stopping at all points to demonstrate scrambling techniques. We eventually reached the top and of course had to come down, which I would have dreaded in the past. With Louise's encouragement and putting into practice the techniques she had taught me I actually thoroughly enjoyed the descent. Louise is a great teacher, she is confident without ever being pushy and she was great company for a lovely day.
I went on an ML refresher day with Lou and had a brilliant day. We covered the topics that I and the others in the group had questions about and spent time practicing in context to make sure we were happy. All of my questions were answered and I went away feeling much more confident working towards my assessment. I would highly recommend to anyone Thanks Lou!
Fantastic time on my ML training course. Flawlessly structured, organised, and delivered. Patient and empathic instruction meant that learning was maximised by all. Thank you!
3 day winter skills course in glencoe. Great 3 days spent with Lou. Very knowledgeable and great company!
Spent 2 days with Lou in Snowdonia. She was able to deal with handling a large group of us with mixed experience and in winter conditions. Very friendly and approachable and offered some great tips on leadership in the mountains. Never felt unsafe and she was able to lead us in a manner that allowed us to be quite active in decisions rather than her always taking lead. Really enjoyed the time and hope to work with her again in the future! Thanks Lou!
Just got back from 2 days with Lou in Snowdonia where we did a couple of QMDs mixing Summer ML training prep with some Winter Skills. I was part of a group of 8 (we arrived as a group i.e. the big group was our choice) but Lou handled us masterfully. Despite our mismatched personalities and skillsets, we all left feeling like we got a great deal from our time with Lou - both in terms of skills and also because Lou is an inspiring and fantastic instructor. She took the time to get to know each of us individually over the course of the 2 days and was constently but discreetly making sure our (often subconscious) questions were being asked and answered and that we were all comfortable with trickier navigation exercises. Patient, kind, unassuming, and incredibly capable, Lou has developed a "coaching" style that combines people skills and knowledge-sharing beautifully - un-patronising and considerate. I would recommend Lou for ML-related-anything or just for a fun day out learning new things about the mountains, winter or summer mountaineering skills, nav, climbing, scrambling etc. She's great company to boot!
I attended the MTA conference in PYB with Louise instructing personal scrambling. I can't recommend her highly enough, her professionalism and passion for the mountains is positively infectious �.
Had a great day at the MTA conference learning about instructing scrambling. Lou perfectly managed to work to the mixed expectations of the group and left no one behind. Even the weather couldn't resist.
Louise was a great instructor. I am a summer ML and was on a day's personal Scrambling workshop with Lou. The ratio was 1:4 and everyones' needs /wishes were met and much more! We were all challenged and Lou put her trust in us all with our experience to look after each other as we practised group management whilst she always took care of our safety overall. She did this by questioning our decisions and actions and allowing us to make judgement calls and assess each sticky moment afterwards. We wouldn't have learnt half as much without those sticky moments, nor would we have all been on a high from such an exhilarating day. As an outdoor instructor myself, Lou's patient, thoughtful and unpatronising manner was inspiring and much appreciated.
Had a days instruction for scrambling on Tryfan'North ridge from Lou on the MTA Autumn conference, Lou sets you at ease, is enthusiastic and helped to bring on my personal scrambling with new skills and different ideas. Thanks again Lou, see you on the hill! Ian
I joined Lou for a ML refresher weekend recently, and it was more than excellent. First day spent navigating over a variety of terrains, and in the dark too. Second day practicing steep ground management. Lou is just great at her job- calm, encouraging, patient, motivating, and makes it all fun too. Highly recommended!
Paul J Burgess
Louise takes all the white noise away, focussing on what is essentially the big picture and this approach means you actually 'get it'. Recommended.
I completed the modular ML assessment with Lou and Tim. As a rather nervous person around assessments I had done my research, got recommendations and heard of Lou's supportive and laid back style - I was not disappointed by my choice! As soon as I met Tim and Lou I could relax, be myself and show my skills and knowledge. Despite the horrendous weather, muttering about becoming a tearoom leader instead and having to sit down when it got too windy I cannot imagine a more nurturing and positive assessment atmosphere. Thankyou.
I did my Mountain Leader training with Lou (and Stu) last week - Lou was incredible - so full of knowledge and information, and a fantastic teacher to boot. The course was well structured, suited to the participants, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking to advance their skills in the mountains. I will certainly look to Lou for future courses / CPD and ML assessment. Thanks Lou - so much fun! :)
Just got back from ML trg this Saturday. I’m not normally one for reviews, but felt this couldn’t be ignored. I said the same thing to Lou in person, but it had to be repeated! Really couldn’t fault any aspect of her instruction, delivery, course content, progression, attitude, value, laidback style (whilst delivering heaps of info), patience, planning, individual mentoring....I could go on and on. The same applies for Stu as well on the days he was involved! I would never have believed there could be so much progression in what basically amounts to 5 and a bit days. I can’t praise Lou enough for her involvement in what was an outstanding week in the hills. Simply can’t fault- nor can I understand what anyone would gain by going elsewhere! Faultless week, great people, perfect instruction and all round a laugh. Well played- I will be back!
Just had a fantastic 6 days with Lou and Stu on the ML training course. Their skills, knowledge and support have been fantastic allowing me to learn so much. Plenty of information on how to prepare for the assessment. They also tailored the course to the participants, which were an amazing group of people. Thanks for a great week.
Vikki Stig Svendsen
My partner and I had a great time gallivanting in North Wales during our ML training with Lou and Jeff. Lou has a really laid back, approachable style of instruction and is full of local knowledge. We got to really apply ourselves and both Lou and Jeff aided us in gaining confidence and mastering the skills necessary to take is onto assessment. � Thanks guys!
Just got back from fantastic week in Snowdonia doing my ML assessment. Absolutely loved it, would recommend anyone going up to Snowdonia to use Lou if looking for any mountaineering experience. Incredibly supportive with massive knowledge.
I would like to thank Lou and Freedom Outdoors for organising and executing the ML Assessment in such a professional and friendly manner. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Snowdonia with them! Warm people and wet landscape goes well together!
Huge thanks, great climbing and finally got to grip with the ropework!
A great day spent reviewing climbing and roping skills with Lou. As ever, Lou is knowledgeable and friendly and instills confidence. Managed 6 pitches during the afternoon and lead 3 of them, setting up 3 belay points. Tryfan Fach (Little Tryfan) is an easy walk in from the A5 and the perfect angle to practice. Thanks Lou!
Amazing week away for my ML training, Lou was fantastic and down to earth making it real easy to learn new skills and refresh on existing knowledge. Would definitely recommend Lou to anyone wanting to do there ML Training. Thanks Lou (Freedom Outdoors)
Booked on with lou for my ML training, her wealth of knowledge is second to none, she helped me develop my skills further and would go out of her way to find the answers if she didn't know. Lou made the course much more enjoyable even in terrible weather. Hands down I would recommend her for anything outdoor related she's amazing.
Had an amazing experience with some of the lads from university on my ML Training this week with Lou, gained lots of new experience. The knowledge Lou has is endless. Each day was very enjoyable due to how friendly and approachable Lou is. Definitely recommend Freedom-Outdoors (Lou) to anyone looking to achieve their ML Training or Assessment. Will definitely be sticking with you for when the time comes for my assessment. Thanks again Lou ��
Wow, what a fantastic weeks climbing instruction with Lou and the best birthday present ever. She looked after myself and my wife in a very professional and friendly manner. Her knowledge and skills in tuition are second to none and we felt more than safe for the whole time. She lets you test your levels gradually to build confidence. The both of have learned so much and too long to list here. What was also good was the variety of climbing situations she managed to set up for us in some beautiful locations. I also got to try out some leading and loved it. Lou has encouraged both of us to have our own adventures now as newbie climbers, so watch out Peak District !! xx
I needed someone who was skilled, current and honest to help me hone my navigation skills for an up and coming assessment. I learnt valuable lessons and the feedback was defined and succinct. Lou instilled rational, calm and confidence by keeping it real, being pleasant and praising.
Just returned from a fantastic 6 days Mountain Leader training course. Lou was very knowledgeable on all aspects of mountain craft and delivered the course in a fun, informative and relaxed way.
Just completed ML(T) with Lou. A fantastic course, well structured, fantastically delivered and in a relaxed manner putting everybody at ease. Awesome Lou, keep up the great work and see you at assessment.
Had a fantastic two days looking at scrambling ropework last week. It was great working with Lou who was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and judged the content and pace of the course perfectly. Had loads of fun hanging out with some great people and learnt a lot along the way. Looking forward to going to more wild and challenging places and, thanks to Lou, I now have the confidence and skills to do so safely. Highly recommended!
I have booked two weekend courses with Lou, she is very helpful, friendly and flexible when trying to organise a big group booking. During both weekends she was very approachable and knowledgeable. She managed to cover what each individual wanted while maintaining an overall cohesive theme and catering to different skill levels. Both courses were great fun and very instructive, thank you!
Another super weekend with Lou and freedom outdoors. This is the second weekend I've spent with Lou. Intent on gearing myself up for future challenges in the mountains, I wanted to build on a previous mountain navigation course, with this introduction to roped lead climbing. As always, Louise ticked all the boxes and more, and what better way than training on beautiful welsh peaks. Stunning views, some lovely scrambling and great intro to lead climbing and placement setting. Lou is a personable character you warm to and trust very quickly, with an effective training method. I personally prefer this approach in place of larger groups. In this case, just Lou, my climbing buddy and I. Lou works to your ability and I walk away from the weekend having never lead climbed or set placements before, now confident in my ability to choose and use the right gear for the job, while making myself and my climbing partner safe along the way. Another solid bit of teaching and training directly from the rock face. I walked away from the weekend salivating over the prospect of honing these skills on local outcrops before i return for guidance on some more challenging multi pitch climbs. A big thanks and a strong recommendation for anyone else looking to buff up on their skills.
Lou did a navigation course for our climbing club and the course was brilliant. She tailored it to suit our needs and to match exactly what we wanted to get from the course. I really enjoyed it and learnt everything I needed about navigation. Thanks Lou.
Had an absolutely brilliant day climbing with Louise. She was patient, knowledgeable and informative and we couldn't have had a better day. My wife was somewhat nervous but was instantly put at ease by Louise's calm manner. Cant recommend highly enough, look forward to seeing you again in the future. Best wishes Richard and Sam :)
Enjoyed a fantastic weekend of scrambling instruction from Louise. The perfect mix of being informative whilst allowing us to try stuff out on our own. Now know enough rope work that I would feel confidant going out by myself.
I did a 6 day Mountain Leader training course with Louise (and 5 other trainees) and loved every moment of it. Lou explains things very clearly, is extremely patient and is an excellent all-round instructor. She also manages to pack an entire day and night's wild camp kit into a 20L bag which I am certain requires the use of black magic. One day, when I grow up, I want to be like Louise.
Had a really great experience, Lou's training style is calm and relaxed with an amazing attention to detail, at no point did you feel under any pressure. The purpose of the ML course is to learn the skills required to become a safe and competent mountain leader/walker, in every respect Lou achieved this and has given me a great deal of hints and tips to go away and practice. If anyone is thinking of doing a course with Lou you won't be disappointed I can't recommend her highly enough Thanks Lou
Tammy Ddrwg Lewis-Jones
I had a great week learning ML skills, Lou was an amazing teacher and I would recommend her to anyone....and the weather was great!!!!
I had a great week with Lou on my ML training week. I would highly recommend Lou to anyone. I expect to be back in the not too distant future.
Just completed a 3 day scrambling course with Lou and everything went perfect. Starting out with basic rope work finishing with a 6h ascent up Tryfan's Bastrow Butress scramble. Lou is a great instructor who really drilled in the fundamentals, both indoors when weather turned bad and outdoors in more pleasant conditions.
Fantastic weekend with Lou and Sam doing winter skills in Snowdonia. Really enthusiastic instructors and very happy to cater the weekend to what the group wanted to learn. Could not recommend more highly!
Just got back from 6 awesome days on Mountain Leader training. Excellent instruction in navigation, emergency ropework and the mountain environment in general. Would definitely recommend.
Two really good prep sessions with Lou, one for ML(S) and another for IML. Good preparation, good tips, good practice and highly recommended.
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