Join us as we dive into the captivating story of Rachael Crewesmith, an extraordinary mountaineer, rock climber, hill walker, and mountain bike guide. Discover how Rachael fearlessly defies boundaries in a male-dominated industry, taking on epic challenges and inspiring others along the way.
Rachael in her own words:
“I’m a mountaineer, rock climber, hill walker, mountain biker and occasional paddler. I divide my time between the sprawling Scottish Highlands and the compact but wild mountains of Snowdonia where I work as a mountaineering instructor and mountain bike guide.
I have ridden my bike across Nepal, round and round the Strathpuffer 24 hr endurance course and down the twisty, rooty trails of the forests of the Highlands. I have climbed up 100 Munroes (and counting), El Capitan in Yosemite, to 6000m in the Himalaya and up the north face of Ben Nevis. My favourite day out ever was climbing The Original Route on The Old Man of Hoy, on Orkney.
I’ve also spent time just travelling for travelling sake, especially in Asia. I visited Burma (Myanmar) at the same time as President Obama and witnessed the carnival of the first US state visit ever. I have walked across the living root bridges of Cherrapungee in north-eastern India and ridden the Darjeeling steam train. I have had dinner with the Nepali Army in Bhojpur and breakfast with the monks of north-eastern Thailand. I love coming home to the UK and realising just how amazing our diverse country is. From laverbread in South Wales to fresh mussels cooked in a jetboil on a Hebridean island, I love our country and all it has to offer.”
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Who is Rachael
Working as an outdoor professional
Living in Llanberis in North Wales
Where her love of the mountains comes from
Being obsessed with hockey from a young age
Being inspired by her mum - who has previously swum the English Channel!
Having a year out between school and university
Spending time in Nepal and going to Everest Base Camp at 18
Meeting a boy who was into climbing
Joining the mountaineering club at Nottingham University
Why climbing didn’t come naturally to her
Studying archeology at university
Working as a hockey coach
Leaving university and getting a job at a climbing wall
Not having a plan in her career
Not knowing what she wanted to do
Becoming a Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI)
Following up and doing her Mountaineering Climbing Instructor (MCI)
Becoming a Mountain Leader (ML) and doing 40 qualifying days
Loving the variety of what she can do with her qualifications
The challenges of working in the outdoor industry
Making the transition to becoming a freelancer
Why it’s important to build connections and networks
The advantages of being a women in the outdoors
Elitism in the industry
Observing other women working in the industry
Working with certain choice companies and what she’s looking for
Pay in the industry as a mountaineering instructor and mountain leader
Asking for more money and being paid what your worth
Favourite type of work to get
Remaining positive when dealing with miserable weather while out working
10% of Winter ML holders are female
The importance of networking
Proximal Role Models - Rebecca Williams
Advice for women who want to gain more qualifications
Bangor University and Mountain Training PhD - Developing excellence in outdoor provision: enhancing training pathways for outdoor qualifications.
Why you should practice with a variety of people
Tips for finding people to train with
What VS means in climbing - Very Severe
An explanation of traditional climbing grades
Balancing the job/work with your love/passion for the outdoors
Being able to pick and choose her work
Being a Trustee of Cam&Bear Fund for Adventure
How to connect with Rachael
Wanting to run the Welsh 3000ers in under 12 hrs
“Think big, start small, but do start”
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