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Thanks Ian!

Ian is one of our Mountain Trail Leaders!

Did you know that OutdoorLads is run almost entirely by volunteers? Every time you go out on a day walk or away on a hostel weekend, the event leader is giving their time to you for free.

We like to thank our leaders personally and today we're thanking YOU Ian for volunteering with OutdoorLads.

If YOU think you have what it takes to be one of our volunteer leaders, find out more at

We've introduced extra security requirements when making payments via the website. With immediate effect, the address and post code in your account must match that of where your credit or debit card is registered. If you have problems with a payment please check your address details. This has been implemented because our payment provider penalises us financially for processing payments that don't include correct address and post code data, CVV information (the three digits on the back of your card) and pass 3D Secure (the password you're sometimes asked to enter).

Have you seen our new, simpler event surveys? We send them out after every hostel or camping weekend and to a random selection of other events such as day walks, indoor climbing or cycle rides. We do this to ensure our events are properly run but also to gather positive comments to pass on to our volunteer Leaders! Here's just a few from this week's survey results:

"The countryside was lovely but I hardly noticed, completely absorbed chatting with the friendly lads. Having just come out, it was good to be surrounded by my own kind for once. The event was well organised, from the directions on the website to the leadership on the day. Thanks."

"This was my first event and I thought it was really well planned and everyone made me feel really welcome."

"A really pleasant walk with good company. Everyone made the effort to mix and Owen had planned a pleasant route for us."

"Great event - leader did an excellent job - friendly and positive attitude, great food - really spoilt us and attentive"

"This was my first hostel event, I was made to feel very welcome, the event leader was enthusiastic, warm and very approachable and kept us informed about what was happening and when"

"Simon was fantastic as always! Really fun, relaxing atmosphere with gorgeous activities!"

"Simon always leads great events and this was no exception :-) The walk route was so beautiful! Food was good too! Thanks!"

"Great location, fantastic scenery. Event was well led and food and company were great."

Watch this short video to find out more about what's involved in becoming an OutdoorLads walk Leader then apply online by choosing 'Become a Leader' from the Events menu above.

Congratulations to OutdoorLad Martyn Brown who has just summited Mount Kilimanjaro!

He told us about how the expedition came about and how OutdoorLads helped him:

"After going on my first OutdoorLads event in January 2016 I got hooked very quickly, due to the friendliness of leaders and other members, and my passion for getting out into the outdoors and exploring grew.

After several day walks I signed up and undertook the Keswick to barrow walk last May with OutdoorLads. Completing this challenge and raising money for charity was a great feeling. Shortly after this I undertook a second 40 mile charity walk but with a team from work. 

After these events I wanted to push the challenge even further and signed up for Kilimanjaro and raised money for the Alzheimer's society in memory of my grandma. 

If it had not been for OutdoorLads it is unlikely I would have had the confidence (gained by meeting and interacting with up to 30 new people on each event), fitness or passion to undertake this challenge, which is one of the best life experiences I have had. 

OutdoorLads has given me an improved outlook on life and a real sense of being part of a very supportive community."