Tony is director and operations manager at Off Grid Adventures and he has always loved working and playing in the mountains. Since hiking over Kinder Scout as a three year old, Tony has been lucky enough to climb, run, walk and mountaineer throughout the UK and overseas. As a qualified Mountain Leader, with 30 years experience of taking people, young and not so young, walking and camping in the hills, he loves nothing more than sharing that passion with others. Tony has been a director of a number of youth charities as well as running and delivering DofE on behalf of local authorities, schools and as a freelance instructor. He believes that the DofE is an excellent way for young people to experience the outdoors whilst building resilience, increasing self-confidence and having fun. Whether it’s working with DofE groups, team development, learning outside the classroom or hiking with families and friendship groups his passion and enthusiasm for the outdoors is unrivalled.
Fidelma is a director at Off Grid Adventures. She is an enthusiastic hiker and camper who has hiked routes across the UK, South East Asia, New Zealand, USA and Nepal when volunteering there in 2010. She has worked with arts organisations in England (English National Opera, National Theatre, National Gallery, Creative Partnerships) to provide exciting experiences for young people in the arts. As a management consultant, she has delivered INSET, training and leadership programmes for schools, youth services and charities. Fidelma has 25 years’ experience of putting young people at the heart of what she does. She is a qualified teacher and Lowland Leader who enjoys bringing together the arts and the outdoors to give people experiences they won’t forget.
DofE Leader – Torquay Boys’ Grammar School
Torquay Boys’ Grammar School contracted Tony to work with groups of Year 10 students completing their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award. His handling of the teams was excellent, highlighting numerous personal and professional qualities. Although Tony met groups for the first time at the start of their expedition it was striking how quickly he took control. The boys responded well to his group management skills and within the first day he developed an effective rapport with each group.
It has been a pleasure to work with Tony. Not only did he do a fantastic job with the boys but he was also flexible and considerate to our needs. During the expeditions I had every confidence that students were in safe hands and recommend Tony’s services without hesitation.
Programme leader of Work Related Learning - Hans Price Academy
Tony is a fantastic leader due the qualities and characteristics that he possesses. He has great organisational skills and is always very well prepared. He always manages risk by making informed decisions, enabling us to feel safe. I feel confident using a map without the use of technology, and feel more capable of adapting to changing, modern conditions!
Who knew learning to read maps in the New Forest could be this much fun? Thanks to Off Grid Adventures’ expert guidance me and my city slicker mates had a wonderful weekend. I don’t think there’s anything Tony doesn’t know about the countryside; stumble across a funny coloured mushroom and he’ll tell you how quickly it could kill you, choose a nice spot to eat your sandwiches and he’ll respectively point out that you’re sitting on a prehistoric burial mound. His enthusiasm is infectious his knowledge astounding, and as for his jokes… well, two out three ain’t bad I suppose. Seriously though, I can’t recommend Off Grid Adventures highly enough.
Director - New Internationalist
Off Grid Adventures meticulously planned and led our group on an excellent weekend of navigation and map reading skills. We were a group of mixed knowledge /ability and our leader was able to manage this so that everyone got a huge amount out of the weekend. Great fun as well. We'll be coming back for more!
Head of Technology Services – Whitbread
Whether you are a seasoned navigator looking to explore new horizons with friends or someone who wants to go beyond finding your way out of a paper bag; Off Grid Adventures is just for you. They blend fun, navigation and the great outdoors perfectly. A group of us spent the weekend with Off Grid Adventures in the Peak District. They took care of us from the moment we arrived. Their weekends are a perfect ingredient for building a team. The shared experience of getting a team from A to B safely really bonds a group of individuals together - a bond that transfers to the workplace.
Dr Simon Munk
Children's mental health strategist - London
I would highly recommend one of Tony's Mountain Leader refresher courses. Not only does he clearly know his stuff, but he explains navigation techniques and mountain craft skills in such an accessible way. The weekend was a lot of fun in large part down to Tony's informal friendly manner and infectious enthusiasm. I came away ready to do my ML assessment and confident to take groups hiking in the hills.
General Manager & Specifier - Oxfordshire
A truly great ‘Maps & Mates’ weekend: A relaxed Friday Eve with briefing, maps, compass and orientation skills introduction. Then Saturday and Sunday …. OFF WE GO!! So informative, so much laughter, we booked to do it all again, I’ve been on three now!
Actor - London
I have been on various expeditions with Off Grid Adventures in Dartmoor, the South Downs and also the more challenging terrain of the Peak District. Tony has an uncanny knack as a leader of engendering a positive group dynamic; the expeditions, therefore, always hit a balance between the constructive and the enjoyable. Tony’s strength as a teacher is that he supports learning at the pace and level of expertise of the individual. He is both challenging and positive. He is also very clear about safety and helps you learn how to keep yourself safe in these environments – this is also very empowering.
DofE Manager, Great Marlow School
I have really enjoyed working with Off Grid Adventures this season. It has been eventful, but every issue we encountered was dealt with swiftly and professionally. When we were made aware that we were no longer using the Approved Activity Provider we have used for years, at very short notice, you not only accommodated us but made the transition easy and stress-free. Both Fidelma and Tony have built up a good rapport with Great Marlow School students and staff. This has made the weekends run smoothly and has ensured that the experience was enjoyed by all. Any queries or concerns are dealt with quickly and efficiently and I feel that the regular contact we have, either by phone, email, or in person has made this season such a success.