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Paul Freeman

Paul Freeman

Originally trained as a Teacher of Outdoor Education, Paulís experience crosses the voluntary, public and business sectors where he has worked in a variety of roles spanning community development, health, higher education and small business investment. Paulís focus for Shepherds Walks is on first aid training and first aid cover for outdoor events. Paul also teaches all of our map and compass courses.

Paul is a qualified Mountain Leader and an active member of the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team. Committed to his continuing development Paul completed the Emergency Medical Technicians course with the British Association of Ski Patrollers in 2011. He has travelled, walked and climbed in many parts of the world. In 2012 he trekked in Nepal and visited a remote Health Clinic founded by Community Action Nepal (CAN). Inspired by his visit Paul has been raising money for CAN and is willing to talk about Nepal and the work of CAN to anyone who will listen.

So who is Paul, what makes him tick?

- Which is your favourite walk in Northumberland? Despite walking all over the world in some amazing places my choice would be humble Simonside. Iíve walked, run and climbed on it in all kinds of weather at all times of year – even spent New Yearís eve on it once but it always has something to offer.

- What inspires you to get up in the morning? Wondering what new things I will experience or learn about.

- Where would be your special place to eat your packed lunch on a walk? Anywhere with a bit of a view. Makes your sandwiches much more enjoyable.

- What makes you smile? My wife when she pokes fun at me.

- What is your favourite Shepherds Walks event and why? Challenge Walks, great to see people rising to the occasion and going that bit further.

- Whatís your greatest achievement? - Getting this far (touch wood...)

- What canít you do without when out walking? A map ( so much more than a useful navigation tool! )

- Who would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?

My grandfather who I never knew.
Dame Judi Dench
George Mallory
Sandy Toksvig

- If you could walk any walk/ climb in the world what would it be? Antarctica (followed closely by any walk/climb I happen to be doing at the time)

- Which of your achievements makes you most proud? How well my son has turned out

- A trip to Northumberland wouldnít be complete without a visit to .....?  a tea shop (goes for anywhere not just Northumberland!)

- What would you wish your epitaph to be? At least he gave it a go.