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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

      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

      Book a trip with Mark

      Trip / Departure Availability Status Price Book
      Open Canoeing – River Spey Descent
      27th Jun - 1st Jul 2019
      6 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £865 Book Now
      Open Canoeing – Great Glen Canoe Trail
      31st Jul - 4th Aug 2019
      8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £845 Book Now
      Open Canoeing – River Spey Descent
      8th Aug - 12th Aug 2019
      7 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £865 Book Now

      Make Trip Private

      Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.

      We work together with our team of guides to decide which departures they lead each year. As part of that, guides provide available dates that they are free to be booked. This means that any of the dates you see in the first field of the form below, could be perfect for your private departure or customised tour.

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