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Jim Young

Expedition Leader

Jim leads 360’s UK Weekend Challenges.  If you are thinking of spending a challenging adventurous weekend with 360, in places such as Snowdonia National Park and the Great Glen in the Scottish Highlands, then the chances are that Jim will be running your trip.

Jim began his career guiding overland expeditions for 8 years, before becoming a trekking and cycling guide.  He has been trekking in some of the most remote parts of the world for over 15 years.

Jim’s passion and knowledge of world travel is unparalleled, if he isn’t showing you some hidden treasures of the places you’ll venture to or meeting local people, then he’s probably sharing some of his really bad jokes.

He is also a bit of a celebrity in Morocco with endless handshakes and the echoes of ‘Jims’ following him down the dusty roads of Imlil.

When not in the mountains Jim’s other big passions are sea kayaking, kite surfing and telling.

Interview

What was your first adventure?

As a teenager spending endless summers exploring the Snowdonia National Park either on foot or bike and camping in the wild in with friends.

What has been your most memorable adventure?

Wow too tough, driving an overland truck from Istanbul to Beijing, tracing the length of the Great Wall of China, then again my first ascent of Kilimanjaro will stick in my memory for a time.

What item of travel kit you can't do without?

Chiritzo Sausage, never leave home without it !!!!  After that my 360 buff !!!

What three bits of advice would you give to people who are keen on adventures, trekking and climbing?

  1. Don’t think about it just get out there and do it, book the flight and go.
  2. Get good boots and take plenty of Chiritzo Sausage.
  3. Put your phone away and enjoy the experience or even better leave you phone at home delete all social media and just enjoy the moment.

What is the best thing about your job?

The people you meet for sure, sharing amazing journeys and watching people grow and never stop traveling.

Why did you choose to work for 360?

I saw 360 as an exciting and fun company to work for, leading the way in new and exciting expeditions, which is how all adventures begin, getting back to what really matters and going to new and exciting destinations.

In 2014 I had an amazing trip climbing Kilimanjaro with 360 Expeditions. The food on the mountain was outstanding. The people who helped us achieve the top were warm, friendly, full of energy and so much fun. I also met Rolfe who is a fascinating warm and awesome character who made us all feel safe and able to climb the mountain.

Kilimanjaro, 2014
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