1 hr 21 min

Simon Stokes - State of mind is the most important thing About The Adventure

    • Society & Culture

“The outdoors is a good analogy for business because you realise you’re capable of more than you think.”
In this episode Sarah interviews Simon Stokes, a qualified Mountain Leader and Rock Climbing Instructor for his business https://www.peak-outdoor.co.uk/ (Peak Outdoor), based in the Peak District. He changed career from CEO of a fire and security company to the work he does now as an outdoor instructor.
Simon also does some freelance outdoors work and volunteers with Edale Mountain Rescue. He has climbed and trekked in all mountainous areas in the UK, The Alps, Borneo and The Himalayas. Each year he leads a https://www.peak-outdoor.co.uk/torridon-adventure/ (Torridon Adventure) in Scotland which is a 5-day trip that includes walking, scrambling, and accommodation at a bunkhouse.
During this episode, Sarah asks Simon:
Question from Suzanne Hill: At what point did you decide to take the leap to create Peak Outdoor, and how did you combat the fear?
Question from Charlotte Holroyd: How did such a radical change feel and how did you know when you were experienced enough to make the leap?
What are the biggest challenges that you’ve encountered along the way?
Have you made any changes to the way that you run Peak Outdoor as a result of any challenges that you’ve faced?
Did you ever struggle with the change in status?
Who joins your activities?
What do you spend most of your time doing?
How does your business stand out from others that offer similar types of activities?
What is your technique when somebody is really nervous about taking part in the activities that you offer?
Is there anything new that you are learning or working towards at the moment?
Which direction do you expect Peak Outdoor to move towards?
What do you think is the best way to reach people and encourage them to join your activities and courses?
How much money have you invested in learning, qualifications, and in your business since you started out?
What’s valuable to you, in life and business?
What do you say to people who might say that you have a lucky life?
Would you say that you’re a natural leader?
Question from Jennie at Intuitive Wellbeing: where did you start with courses?
Why is it important to you to spend time outdoors on trails, boulders, mountains and rocks?
What question would you like to ask our listeners who are considering a career change into providing outdoor activities, but they perhaps feel overwhelmed to make a start or unsure if they can make a living from this type of work?

This episode was recorded outdoors in the Peak District by Sarah Lister on 11th May 2021 and edited by Gabby Wolstenholme. Simon suggested Stanage Edge as our location for the interview, which was a beautiful setting. We scrambled up to a cave, and after the interview we walked to High Neb and looped back round to scramble down. It was great to experience his coaching skills first-hand during the scrambles and I really appreciated his encouragement and patience.
You can visit Simon's website Peak Outdoor to see what activities he has coming up, and follow him on https://www.instagram.com/peak_outdoor/ (Instagram) and https://www.facebook.com/PeakOutdoorLtd/ (Facebook) for useful outdoors tips.
References during this episode include:
Mountain Training - https://www.mountain-training.org/ (https://www.mountain-training.org/)
Alpkit - https://alpkit.com/ (https://alpkit.com/)
Edale Mountain Rescue - https://edalemrt.co.uk/ (https://edalemrt.co.uk/)
Dan McKinlay - http://www.mckinlaymountaineering.com/ (http://www.mckinlaymountaineering.com/)
Mountains for the mind - https://www.mountainsforthemind.co.uk/ (https://www.mountainsforthemind.co.uk/)
Graham Uney - https://www.grahamuneymountaineering.co.uk/ (https://www.grahamuneymountaineering.co.uk/)
About The Adventure now has a https://www.patreon.com/abouttheadventure (patreon community) where you can support this podcast and receive support with your own...

“The outdoors is a good analogy for business because you realise you’re capable of more than you think.”
In this episode Sarah interviews Simon Stokes, a qualified Mountain Leader and Rock Climbing Instructor for his business https://www.peak-outdoor.co.uk/ (Peak Outdoor), based in the Peak District. He changed career from CEO of a fire and security company to the work he does now as an outdoor instructor.
Simon also does some freelance outdoors work and volunteers with Edale Mountain Rescue. He has climbed and trekked in all mountainous areas in the UK, The Alps, Borneo and The Himalayas. Each year he leads a https://www.peak-outdoor.co.uk/torridon-adventure/ (Torridon Adventure) in Scotland which is a 5-day trip that includes walking, scrambling, and accommodation at a bunkhouse.
During this episode, Sarah asks Simon:
Question from Suzanne Hill: At what point did you decide to take the leap to create Peak Outdoor, and how did you combat the fear?
Question from Charlotte Holroyd: How did such a radical change feel and how did you know when you were experienced enough to make the leap?
What are the biggest challenges that you’ve encountered along the way?
Have you made any changes to the way that you run Peak Outdoor as a result of any challenges that you’ve faced?
Did you ever struggle with the change in status?
Who joins your activities?
What do you spend most of your time doing?
How does your business stand out from others that offer similar types of activities?
What is your technique when somebody is really nervous about taking part in the activities that you offer?
Is there anything new that you are learning or working towards at the moment?
Which direction do you expect Peak Outdoor to move towards?
What do you think is the best way to reach people and encourage them to join your activities and courses?
How much money have you invested in learning, qualifications, and in your business since you started out?
What’s valuable to you, in life and business?
What do you say to people who might say that you have a lucky life?
Would you say that you’re a natural leader?
Question from Jennie at Intuitive Wellbeing: where did you start with courses?
Why is it important to you to spend time outdoors on trails, boulders, mountains and rocks?
What question would you like to ask our listeners who are considering a career change into providing outdoor activities, but they perhaps feel overwhelmed to make a start or unsure if they can make a living from this type of work?

This episode was recorded outdoors in the Peak District by Sarah Lister on 11th May 2021 and edited by Gabby Wolstenholme. Simon suggested Stanage Edge as our location for the interview, which was a beautiful setting. We scrambled up to a cave, and after the interview we walked to High Neb and looped back round to scramble down. It was great to experience his coaching skills first-hand during the scrambles and I really appreciated his encouragement and patience.
You can visit Simon's website Peak Outdoor to see what activities he has coming up, and follow him on https://www.instagram.com/peak_outdoor/ (Instagram) and https://www.facebook.com/PeakOutdoorLtd/ (Facebook) for useful outdoors tips.
References during this episode include:
Mountain Training - https://www.mountain-training.org/ (https://www.mountain-training.org/)
Alpkit - https://alpkit.com/ (https://alpkit.com/)
Edale Mountain Rescue - https://edalemrt.co.uk/ (https://edalemrt.co.uk/)
Dan McKinlay - http://www.mckinlaymountaineering.com/ (http://www.mckinlaymountaineering.com/)
Mountains for the mind - https://www.mountainsforthemind.co.uk/ (https://www.mountainsforthemind.co.uk/)
Graham Uney - https://www.grahamuneymountaineering.co.uk/ (https://www.grahamuneymountaineering.co.uk/)
About The Adventure now has a https://www.patreon.com/abouttheadventure (patreon community) where you can support this podcast and receive support with your own...

1 hr 21 min

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