Case Studies – Cornelia & Kerrie

Make 2020 your year of discovery.

We can help you discover your dream.  We can help you discover yourself.

We are following Cornelia and Kerrie – before, during and after their Winter Skills training courses at Glenmore Lodge in February 2020

These are Cornelia and Kerrie’s stories so far ………………………………………….

“How long you have been interested in being in the hills, what sparked your interest, and why you want to undertake the winter mountain skills course?”27500719_10210414428029506_5011058930116984622_o

CORNELIA: Winter Skills training – 5 day course.   “Nature carries emotional resonance for me as my upbringing has been oriented around spending time outdoors, which sparked an avid interest in mountaineering at an early age.
My desire to participate in a winter mountain skills course is strongly related to my passion for the outdoors and my personal drive to ensure that I am properly equipped with the knowledge and skills to allow me to complete challenging treks independently without compromising my safety or the safety of others.
A personal goal of mine is to complete a 6000 MASL peak unguided. I am excited about the opportunity to challenge myself and learn new skills from professionals.



KERRIE: Introduction to Winter Skills 2 day course: “Having been brought up in NZ being outdoors was always part in my life. However it has only been in the last few years that I have fully embraced getting out as often as I can into the mountains and participating in a variety of activities. I realised that it was far more fun spending my weekends in the outdoors than doing housework and going to the pub! I enrolled in the course to learn new skills, and to enable me to be more confident in taking on bigger challenges. 


With 2 weeks to go to their courses we asked:  How are you feeling about the course as it gets closer?  What do you expect to learn?  Have you done/are you going to do anything in preparation for the course? If so what?

CORNELIA:  I am very excited with the course being only two weeks away, but also a little bit nervous.  I expect to learn skills that improve my safety in the mountains, especially during more challenging treks.  In regards to preparation I have bought a new head lamp,  I have also studied the map around Glenmore Lodge.

KERRIE:   I’m really looking forward to the course and am very excited.  I hope to gain knowledge that will make me more competent when I am out in the hills. I have been in contact with Glenmore Lodge about borrowing kit  for the course, which they encourage and I have been active in the hills over the winter – but more on my bike than on foot.

We will be asking a few questions for them to consider during their courses and hope for lots of photographs to add to this page.

With our help you can discover something for you – in the mountains, in the water, on the slopes, indeed anywhere in the Highlands and beyond.

We are delighted to have struck up a partnership with Glenmore Lodge to offer enhanced grants for outdoor skills training.  Download an application form – and get started!  Apply anytime, for any of the courses available at Glenmore Lodge.                  We strongly advise you to read our criteria before applying.

See how others have discovered themselves and their dreams with grants from The Neil Mackenzie Trust: