The ‘original’ Snowdonia Adventures, since 2000.

Snowdonia Adventures is an established company who have been providing adventure activities and skills courses to individuals and groups since 2000. Specialising in personally tailored skills courses and micro adventures for walkers,climbers and mountaineers.

The Company

Snowdonia Adventures was founded in 2000.

Mark Handford and Shân Rees Roberts handle the day to day running of the business, and the company employs a core team of highly experienced and qualified instructors to help deliver courses and adventure activities.

Mark Handford qualifications 

Mark is a qualified Winter Mountain Leader, The WML is validated on the SCQF – Scottish Qualification Framework at Level 9, Ordinary Degree. (enter ‘winter’ in the qualifications search bar to see the entry)

Mark holds the following qualifications:

Mark is also a National Navigation Award Scheme Gold Level Course Provider and is the NNAS Moderator for North Wales and Anglesey and NNAS Tutor Course provider.

He also has membership of the following organisations

Mountain Rescue UK

Mark has a long history with mountain rescue.
In the UK he was a team member of Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation as a trainee in October 2005 and then as a full team member from 2006-2011.

UK Mountain Rescue Training and Qualifications:

  • Trained as an R4R, rigging for rescue, technical rope rescue technician
  • Crime Scene Preservation and CSI
  • Fatal Incident Protocol Trained
  • MREW Casualty care qualification
  • ECMR intermediate level casualty care
  • 4×4 off road driver trained
  • Designated team vehicle driver
  • DEFRA Level 1 swift water awareness trained
  • Rescue 3 Europe SRT
  • Search skills for all environments
  • Helicopter trained for winch operations day and night on all terrain
  • Trained with TETRA Airwave comms as well as VHF to NATO voice standard
  • Base Operations duty base op
  • Trained in use of digital mapping and GPS enabled radio comms.
  • Part of training team responsible for technical rope rescue and casualty care, plus delivery of steep ground training and night navigation exercises

Mountain Rescue in Nepal

Whilst in Nepal in 2003/4, Mark was a volunteer member of the Nepalese Himalayan Rescue Association and volunteer outreach worker for Medicins Sans Frontiers in Manang, Nepal.

Lowland Rescue Association

Mark was a founding member and training officer for the first Lowland Rescue Team in Wales, Mon-SAR  from 2015 – 2017 and has the following qualifications

  • Lowland Rescue Search Technician
  • Search Party Leader Instructor
  • Lowland Rescue Search Technician Assessor
  • TAQA – Training, Assessment & Quality Assurance, Level 3
  • IQA – Internal Quality Assurance, Level 4
  • SARMAN software qualified for search management

Specialist Search Dogs

Mark is a qualified, assessed by David Jones and Gavin Roberts, cadaver search dog handler with his spaniel ‘Missy’. He has delivered presentations at seminars for land and water search with search dogs, as well as conducted ongoing searches in the UK for missing persons. He has also attended IKAR conferences for continued professional development. Whilst working as a consultant for International Rescue Training Centre Wales, he also help develop the Dangerous Dogs Handling course and delivered it to numerous candidates in the UK and also to environment agency and council officers in Northern Ireland. Also whilst at IRTCW he also helped organise, deliver and present at two specialist water search seminars, the first at Hawley Lake by Gibraltar Barracks and then at Trent Lock, Nottingham.

Rafting in Nepal

In 2003 he was part of a team providing the first commercial white water rafting expeditions with Equator Expeditions, undertaking an expedition on the mighty Sunkoshi River as well as the upper and lower sections of Bohte Koshi.

Overseas expeditions

Each year Mark leads expeditions and skills courses in Norway and the Atlas Mountains in Morocco.

Below is the online verification of qualification held by Mark with Mountain Training

Shân Rees Roberts is originally from the Lleyn Peninsula and has always lived in the Snowdonia area where Welsh is her first language.

She is a keen hill walker and climber and completed the Mountain Leader summer training – on the first ever course to be run through the medium of Welsh. Like Mark she has a great passion for the mountains and its wildlife and likes nothing better than to go wild camping in the remotest parts of Wales and Scotland.

Even though having the beauty of Snowdonia on her doorstep, she enjoys visiting other mountainous areas, especially Scotland and has visited Italy’s finest Via Ferrata areas and Chamonix’s icefalls for some exhilarating ice climbing. She has also hiked on the famous Haute Route from Chamonix in France, to Zermatt in Switzerland.

Like Mark , she shares a love of skiing and has made the switch from downhill alpine to ski mountaineering so she can explore the mountain areas further away from the ski lifts.

Our Instructors

We employ instructors who are great coaches and teachers, who are able to deliver the course content in the easiest way for you to learn during your time with us on a course or enjoying an adventurous day out with us.

Qualifications they hold will be Summer Mountain Leader and SPA climbing instructor as a minimum requirement, with Winter Mountain Leader, Mountain Instructor Award, Mountain Instructor Certificate, International Mountain Leader, British Mountain Guide and some of the many Ski Instructor qualifications.

Qualifications in the UK outdoor education sector

Every reputable company who provides outdoor activities and skills courses in the UK only employs fully qualified leaders and instructors who hold the relevant qualification award for the activity or course they are delivering. They may also employ assisting trainees alongside fully qualified instructors.

The qualification awards are administered by one of the 5 home nation boards:
Mountain Training England
Mountain Training Scotland
Mountain Training Wales
Mountain Training Northern Ireland
Mountain Training UK

UK Qualification Pathways

UK hill walking awards pathway

UK climbing awards pathway

UK hill walking and climbing overall pathway