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Have you seen our new, simpler event surveys? We send them out after every hostel or camping weekend and to a random selection of other events such as day walks, indoor climbing or cycle rides. We do this to ensure our events are properly run but also to gather positive comments to pass on to our volunteer Leaders! Here's just a few from this week's survey results:

"The countryside was lovely but I hardly noticed, completely absorbed chatting with the friendly lads. Having just come out, it was good to be surrounded by my own kind for once. The event was well organised, from the directions on the website to the leadership on the day. Thanks."

"This was my first event and I thought it was really well planned and everyone made me feel really welcome."

"A really pleasant walk with good company. Everyone made the effort to mix and Owen had planned a pleasant route for us."

"Great event - leader did an excellent job - friendly and positive attitude, great food - really spoilt us and attentive"

"This was my first hostel event, I was made to feel very welcome, the event leader was enthusiastic, warm and very approachable and kept us informed about what was happening and when"

"Simon was fantastic as always! Really fun, relaxing atmosphere with gorgeous activities!"

"Simon always leads great events and this was no exception :-) The walk route was so beautiful! Food was good too! Thanks!"

"Great location, fantastic scenery. Event was well led and food and company were great."

Watch this short video to find out more about what's involved in becoming an OutdoorLads walk Leader then apply online by choosing 'Become a Leader' from the Events menu above.

Congratulations to OutdoorLad Martyn Brown who has just summited Mount Kilimanjaro!

He told us about how the expedition came about and how OutdoorLads helped him:

"After going on my first OutdoorLads event in January 2016 I got hooked very quickly, due to the friendliness of leaders and other members, and my passion for getting out into the outdoors and exploring grew.

After several day walks I signed up and undertook the Keswick to barrow walk last May with OutdoorLads. Completing this challenge and raising money for charity was a great feeling. Shortly after this I undertook a second 40 mile charity walk but with a team from work. 

After these events I wanted to push the challenge even further and signed up for Kilimanjaro and raised money for the Alzheimer's society in memory of my grandma. 

If it had not been for OutdoorLads it is unlikely I would have had the confidence (gained by meeting and interacting with up to 30 new people on each event), fitness or passion to undertake this challenge, which is one of the best life experiences I have had. 

OutdoorLads has given me an improved outlook on life and a real sense of being part of a very supportive community."

Congratulations to our North Region Coordinator, Bryan Cosgrove, for this amazing photo article in this month's Trail Magazine! Bryan wins himself a £25 OutdoorLads voucher for his efforts.

Don't forget you can get a half price subscription to Trail and Country Walking Magazines with your Member Benefits - find out more at by choosing 'Member Benefits' from the 'Membership' menu above.

Did you know that last year, OutdoorLads spent £1600 training its volunteer leaders? Funded courses included food hygiene for hostel leaders, outdoor first aid, mountain skills weekends as well as training and assessments for NGB awards including Mountain Leader and Single Pitch Award (outdoor climbing) and this year we've already committed to training six Leaders for their Climbing Wall Award and a further six for the Hill and Moorland Leader Award.

If you're interested in becoming an event leader, find out more about how simple the process can be at by choosing 'Become a Leader' from the 'Events' menu above.