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    Mark French

    Mark French

    Adventurer | Enthusiastic | Welcoming

    Mini Bio

    Since I remember I have had a love for the everything outdoors and growing up in North Wales there was no shortage of of mountains, lakes and rivers. So it was only right that I share my passion, love and enthusiasm with everyone.

    Not a lot of people know this

    Is fluent Welsh speaker.

     

    Adventurer's Stories about Mark

    Mark was superb in coping with everything from an initially reluctant paddler to canoes stranding in the rapids. His ability to ensure that we were ashore and protected during the short showers of hail was almost uncanny.

    David Anderson
    Open Canoeing - River Spey Descent
    Reviewed on 14/05/2019

    The guides did an outstanding job of organization and leadership. Could not have been better

    Scott Younkin
    Open Canoeing - Great Glen Canoe Trail
    Reviewed on 12/09/2018

    Our guides, Mark and Grant, were excellent. Great instruction especially when needed. Building our skills and confidence for each new challenge throughout the 4 days. Friendly, well organised and really lovely people to lead us on our adventure.

    Rachel Cousins
    Open Canoeing - River Spey Descent
    Reviewed on 23/05/2018

    Mark and Grant were really patient, encouraging and gave great instruction.

    Isabella Pereira
    Open Canoeing - River Spey Descent
    Reviewed on 13/05/2018

    First and foremost, the guides priority was always SAFETY. They complemented each other with both their experience and "people skills" making this a fantastic experience.

    George Glasgow
    Open Canoeing - River Spey Descent
    Reviewed on 11/05/2018

    Professional, informative and very safety conscious. Nice guys.

    Annie Rugg
    Open Canoeing - River Spey Descent
    Reviewed on 11/05/2018

    I have an educational background and as said before thought their teaching style was spot on. Always positive and firm enough to protect us.

    Terry Scott
    Open Canoeing - River Spey Descent
    Reviewed on 10/05/2018

    They were very knowledgeable and helpful. They kept the group together. Made the trip enjoyable.

    Lianne McCann
    Open Canoeing - Great Glen Canoe Trail
    Reviewed on 03/10/2017

    very emphathetic and professional. Confidence inspiring

    Simon Cain
    Open Canoeing - River Spey Descent
    Reviewed on 27/07/2017

    Mark and Alex were very helpful at all times

    James Clarke
    Open Canoeing - River Spey Descent
    Reviewed on 18/07/2017

    Mark and Alex were superb guides, fun and educational and supported the whole group through their expedition.

    Gwendolyn Bluck
    Open Canoeing - River Spey Descent
    Reviewed on 06/07/2017

    Fantastic - guides were more than qualified to manage any situation. Always providing a degree of self confidence that helped the rest of the group through a number of the more difficult rapids. Shared experiences and techniques that was beyond expectations - both were a credit to the company.

    Neil Fatharly
    Open Canoeing - River Spey Descent
    Reviewed on 06/07/2017

    Mark and Grant did extraordinary well considering the medical evacuations of two couples of four. They never seemed in panic mode although the wind and waves were getting ahead of some of the guest's capabilities. They were reassuring and regarded safety above all. We curtailed a stretch of the Loch as the wind grew and waves built. Again, Mark and Grant were flexible and kept the group apprised of the conditions and the alternatives for the group.

    Guilford Robinson
    Open Canoeing - Great Glen Canoe Trail
    Reviewed on 27/05/2017

    I can't praise them enough. They were enormously helpful when Steve was taken ill.

    TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:

    I am really sorry that Steve became ill on the trip but glad the guides were really helpful. Hopefully he’s feeling better now.

    Marisa Gunn
    Open Canoeing - Great Glen Canoe Trail
    Reviewed on 27/05/2017

    Guides were great and knowledgeable

    Susan Robinson
    Open Canoeing - Great Glen Canoe Trail
    Reviewed on 20/05/2017

    Excellent!

    Richard Narey
    Open Canoeing - Great Glen Canoe Trail
    Reviewed on 20/05/2017

    Our guide Mark French was outstanding. All the necessary skills and knowledge, plus excellent company. Top man.

    Tim Kershaw
    Open Canoeing - Great Glen Canoe Trail
    Reviewed on 23/05/2016

    Wonderful guides. Great company and looked after us extremely well

    Martin Taylor
    Open Canoeing - River Spey Descent
    Reviewed on 04/10/2015

    Mark and Fred were brilliant throughout. Good company and great guides - easy to see how alert they were to the conditions on the river for us, and considerate to others using it. And more than there when we needed them on the last day when a few of us happened to park accidentally on a rock in a rapid and go for a swim down the river - briefings beforehand, reminders along the way, and how they dealt with us and the canoes so swiftly and calmly meant not a moment of worry at any stage. The made the trip - thank you.

    Karen Bennett
    Open Canoeing - River Spey Descent
    Reviewed on 24/09/2015

    Mark and Fred were fantastic guides. As beginners to river canoeing it was great to have such competent guides who helped us down the river without taking away our personal experience of the expedition we really challenged them on the last day and their experience shone through. Had a great laugh with th throughout the trip

    Graham Clay
    Open Canoeing - River Spey Descent
    Reviewed on 17/09/2015

    Inspired confidence. Good fun. Both of them.

    Scott Moncur
    Open Canoeing - River Spey Descent
    Reviewed on 17/09/2015

    Mark was brilliant, lot of fun, professional and kept us on schedule without us even realising, provided instruction and gave us confidence from the start

    Jane Hague
    Open Canoeing - Great Glen Canoe Trail
    Reviewed on 19/07/2015

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