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    Gareth Crapper

    Gareth Crapper

    Approachable | Practical | Reliable

    Mini Bio

    During a career in the chemical industry I always had “the outdoors” as a place to get away to. Originally via hillwalking, until I was introduced to climbing that led to trips to Scotland, the Alps and the Himalaya.

    This was cut short by a job in south England, so I got on my bike and explored the Chilterns. Back north now, I’ll ride anywhere on anything, and have been lucky enough lately to be guiding in Scotland and Northern England!

    Favourite rides are social pace, off the beaten track, with either a hidden gem café in my sights, or failing that an al fresco bacon butty and posh coffee when the mini stove comes out of the backpack!

    Friends have occasionally accused me of being too familiar with the hike-a-bike, and the odd river crossing: they always love the adventure though.

    Place to Play

    Living in the North Pennines, between the Durham Coalfield and the High Pennines gives easy access to Weardale, Teesdale, and (should I fancy a longer day out) the Yorkshire Dales. The North Pennines are great cycling country – like the Yorkshire Dales, but without the visitors – shhh, don’t tell anyone. Big rolling hills cut by large rivers, with moorland as far as the eye can see. Coming north, I absolutely adore the Highlands, especially the under appreciated east.

    Not a lot of people know this

    Having an “interesting” surname, I do come from a long line of plumbers. However, I haven’t (yet) been able to connect the family tree to the famous Thomas Crapper of Victorian toilet innovations!

    Qualifications Read More
    • MTB Leader Level 2
    • Outdoor Emergency First Aid
    • EduCare – Child Protection Awareness in Sport and Active Leisure
    • Safeguarding Awareness Course
    • Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering
    • PhD in Polymer Science!
    Experience Read More
    • Hiking since 1980’s.
    • Climbing (rock and winter) since mid-‘90’s.
    • Cycling (road, MTB, gravel…) since a kid, but properly since 2010.
    • Qualified MTB Leader Level 2 December 2022.
    • Guiding in 2023 – a range of trips in Scotland and England.
    Biggest Adventure Read More

    Winter climb of the north face of Mulhacen in the (Spanish) Sierra Nevada.

    The hire car had an anti-syphon feature so we had no fuel for our stove. Hiking up in the dark we thought we’d need to bivvie in a snowdrift in ruins, but did eventually find the mountain hut. The climbing was AMAZING!

    Specialist Subject Read More

    A bit of a generalist and interested in many interesting things! However, if you want to narrow it down to one subject, its polymers – want to know about that carbon fibre composite your bike is made of?

    Publications Read More
    • Polymer Science: A Comprehensive Reference, Elsevier (2012), “Volume 10: Polymers for a Sustainable Environment and Green Energy; 10.29 – Powder Coatings.” – https://shop.elsevier.com/books/polymer-science-a-comprehensive-reference/moeller/978-0-444-53349-4
    • Adventure Biking in Northern England: 30 Road Cycling Routes – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adventure-Biking-Northern-England-Cycling-ebook/dp/B084M6CQG1/

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