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Steve White

Expedition leader

Steve has been trekking, climbing and ski touring in the world’s mountains for the last 45 years, ever since his first walks as a young boy in Snowdonia, Scotland, Bavaria and Italy.

He is based in the UK where he has supported many young people’s first steps into the mountains, through his work with the Duke of Edinburgh Award and as a school teacher for many years.

Steve has travelled extensively in Asia, South America, Africa and Europe and now regularly leads treks in Europe, Morocco and Malawi.

Steve spent nearly 5 years working as a polar guide in the Antarctic, both in summer and the depths of winter. During this time, he was responsible for guiding scientists and support staff safely across the vast, beautiful, Antarctic wilderness.

Steve is a fully qualified UIMLA International Mountain Leader Award, which enables him to work year-round in the mountains of Europe, an area he is passionate about.

Interview

What was your first adventure?

My first adventure would have been a winter traverse of the Clwyd mountains in North Wales over 4 days with a friend, wild camping each night, when I was 11.

What has been your most memorable adventure?

Travelling over 100km across the sea ice by sled while wintering at Rothera Research station to visit the old bases at Blaiklock and Horseshoe and climbing and ski touring on some mountains on the way. All in the depths of the Antarctic winter.

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

I know it’s a cliché, but a camera is a must! The vibrancy of the colours in the mountain regions I have travelled to make for awesome pictures and memories to share with family, friends and future clients..

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

Be open minded and immerse yourself in the local culture.

Get mountain fit – you’ll enjoy your trip so much more

Good quality, well fitting boots. You’re going to travel a lot of distance so its really important to look after your feet.

What is the best thing about your job?

The chance to travel to amazing places, meet new people and learn about new cultures. Also, leading motivated groups and passing on some of my knowledge and experience.

Why did you choose to work for 360?

I met Rolfe while we were both on an expedition first aid course. I was impressed by his ethos and approach to the mountains and felt that 360 reflected my outlook on how a client-centred trip should be run.

I have had the best experiences of my life on the mountain with 360.  I have also had the incredible support from Marni and Helen who have given the confidence and have been there for me for any little thing including my almost nervous breaks downs before a climb when I feel I am not ready or I can’t do the climb – they have always responded to me straight away and have always been part of my journey.

Kam, Cho Oyu, 2016
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