OUR BACKGROUND AND ETHOS
Steve Pease - Vertical Relief
It's not an easy task putting into words, the essence of who you are, and what you set out to achieve with clients. We don't do long lists of personal achievements or grades of routes climbed. I have enjoyed a lengthy career in the outdoors though, achieving a great deal through climbing, walking and paddling. However, I still believe I have plenty left to achieve and learn. Hopefully the words and few pictures on this site, have given you an insight into what we do, and how we go about it.
I have a simple ethos, I aim to be good at what I do, on a small but professional scale. I oversee, and am present on all my courses/expeditions. I occasionally use freelance staff for aspects of our work. They are known to me, and have a proven track record of activity delivery.
I enjoy being physically active, and believe this can provide many benefits, not least fitness, enjoyment, well being, adventure and skill development.
I work close to home, yet regularly travel further afield, Scotland, Cumbria, North Wales, Yorkshire and the Peak District.
In my 19 year career I’ve been fortunate enough to have collected a wealth of positive experiences, and some epics, in the UK and further afield. The sharing of personal and professional time with experienced peers has had a significant influence on me. A common enthusiasm, dedication, sense of fun and adventure have ultimately gone a long way in shaping who I am today, what I have done, and yet still want to achieve.
Importantly I’m active personally, whether it be a simple indoor boulder session, or a longer visit to the mountains, it’s what I enjoy and want to spend my time doing.
I’ve achieved this in varied places across most of the UK and several countries worldwide, enjoying the adventure of foreign travel as part of the deal. I have worked at various UK outdoor centres, before working as a full time college lecturer in outdoor activities. This spanned ten years and involved daily delivery of hard skills courses and NGB awards in climbing, hillwalking and paddlesport to a range of students throughout the UK and Europe. I eventually took over the running of this full time department before moving on to become the head of an outdoor education centre and DofE Manager. I'm now self employed, and enjoy the freedom it gives me to enable bespoke experiences to be created with my customers. Meeting new people and sharing opinions and ideas is an element of my work I really enjoy.
I hold various professional qualifications which have allowed me to become an approved course provider by Mountain Training for the Climbing Wall Instructor and Climbing Wall Development Instructor, as well as Lowland Leader and Mountain Leader qualifications. We hold a statutory Adventure Activities License for climbing and trekking, which allows us to work with under 18’s in licensable terrain.
When not out and about I’m busy with my two young daughters riding bikes, running, camping, climbing or just getting up to general mischief.