Lakes Challenge was founded by John White at the beginning of this century to provide training and events in the great outdoors for businesses and organisations.
A former National Park Ranger with responsibilites for managing the busiest, central part of the Lake District, John is qualified in countryside and recreation management and is a qualified lecturer in the same topics. Away from Lakes Challenge he held the position of director of conservation and development with a leading conservation charity, where he was responsible for, amongst other things, organisational development and the creation of a new organisation-wide health and safety policy.
John has written several books on the outdoors along with many features for outdoor magazines. He introduced the sport of Upski (the forerunner of kiteskiing) to the UK from America and was at the forefront of the introduction of Rollerblades. With over 100 first ascents to his name, John has climbed extensively around the world and has made solo ascents of the Eiger, Matterhorn and Mont Blanc and many other Alpine peaks.
With a long-standing interest in wildlifeand conservation, Lakes Challenge events and training courses have always had a bias towards encouraging participants to understand more about the environment, and how this relates to their work. This is ingrained in everything we do, in a lively, entertaining and informative way.
John is supported by a fantastic team of outdoor instructors, tutors and experts from the business and conservation world. Their skills and experience, good humour and knowledge, are what makes Lakes Challenge events so successful.
Lakes Challenge have enjoyed working with the Olympic Delivery Authority, the Homes and Communities Agency, English Partnerships, Thames Tideway Tunnel, Loughborough University and many other businesses and organisations.
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