Alex recently embarked on a winter trip to Morocco to climb Mount Toubkal and another nearby 4000m peak, he has been on 11 expeditions with Outlook (six as a leader) and when we spoke to him for this profile he was traversing the island of La Palma via its volcanoes and jungles! Alex is also responsible for some of our best expedition photography!
What led you to Outlook?
I lead for Outlook and work in the outdoors for the same reason, I enjoy sharing the moments and experiences in the outdoors which I hold dearly, the ability to share that with others means a lot to me.
How long have you worked with Outlook?
I worked with Outlook for the first time during my last year at Teesside University in 2013.
Why do you enjoy leading for us?
The range of expeditions and places I can end up combined with the behind the scenes work which goes on in the office to match leaders, their personalities and styles to the correct Link Teachers and teams.
What personal expedition experience do you have (away from Outlook)?
Recent highlights would be a winter trip to Morocco to climb Toubkal and another nearby 4000m peak. Whilst I’m writing this I’m currently traversing the island of La Palma via its volcanoes and jungle.
How many expeditions have you led?
Mongolia and China in summer 2016 will be my 7th trip with Outlook and my 4th as a leader. I’ve done two other trips and a recce expedition as well for Outlook.
What are your top three Outlook Expedition experiences?
What benefits of expeditions have you seen first-hand?
The development of the young people I work with, particularly when it comes to self-confidence, their transformations can be incredible!
What’s your funniest experience on an Outlook Expedition?
I found a large preying mantis in my beard once, not sure who was more surprised.
What’s been the biggest challenge that you/your team have faced on an Outlook Expedition and how was it overcome?
I found my first Expedition Development Day really tough. I was 20 at the time, so trying to convince the team and their parents that I knew a thing or two about the outdoors at that age was interesting. I’m still here down the line, so it all worked out and I really enjoy meeting parents now.
Sum up what expeditions are about in three words:
It’s your expedition.