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Dave MacLeod

Firmly established as one of the world's best all-round climbers, Dave MacLeod has a string of outstanding ascents to his name and continues to push the boundaries of Trad and Scottish Winter climbing.

"I started climbing in 1993 at Dumbarton Rock and spent 3 years working my way through most of the boulder problems here. By 18 I was repeating the hardest established routes in Scotland and started to open new routes.

By 2002 I had begun to establish myself as an all-round climber, breaking new grades in Scotland in all climbing disciplines. Since completing a Sport Science MSc I have been climbing much more and working as a writer, coach and lecturer, trying to push my all round climbing as far as it can go."

Visit www.davemacleod.com for Dave's blog, training tips.

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Ben Saunders

Ben Saunders is a record-breaking long-distance skier; he is the youngest person to have skied solo to the North Pole and he also holds the record for the longest solo Arctic journey by a Briton. With three North Pole expeditions under his belt, Ben has skied more than 2,500km in the high Arctic.

When he's not pulling a sledge, Ben divides his time between planning and training for his next expedition, and earning a crust as one of the UK's leading motivational speakers.

October 2013 sees Ben and fellow adventurer Tarka L’Herpiniere are setting out on an expedition to Antarctica to complete Scott’s 1,800-mile return journey to the South Pole on foot. Pushing the boundaries of human potential, the Scott Expedition will be the longest unsupported polar journey in history and the next chapter in one of the greatest stories of polar exploration ever told.

You can find out more about Ben and the Scott Expedition at - www.scottexpedition.com

Nick Bullock

Nick Bullock should need little in the way of introduction. One of Britain's finest alpinists and rock climbers, known for bold and audacious ascents, a writer and occasional poet.

A man who had already opted for one of life’s tougher careers as a PT instructor for HM Prison Service only to give it all up, along with the regular salary and house to live in a van and pursue his passion for climbing.

His appetite for climbing is as ferocious as ever, Nick is a genuine personality, that rare breed of person who understands and revels in the intricacies and emotions of climbing and mountaineering. This year he already has trips to the Lofoten Islands and the Himalaya under his belt and has plans for further trips to the Greater Ranges later this year. If that wasn’t enough has also just released his first book ‘Echoes.’

You can keep up to date with what Nick's up to at his blog: www.nickbullock-climber.co.uk/

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