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Steve Ellis – Owner & Chief Instructor

P1000567The founder and co-owner of Gemini Outdoor Adventure Ltd, Steve has been trekking in the mountains of the UK and Europe for the last 30 years, and as such holds both the ‘Mountain Leader’ and ‘International Mountain Leader’ qualifications. Steve is also a ‘INWA Nordic Walking National Coach and Instructor’, ‘Teacher (Cert Ed)’ and ‘Personal Trainer’.

In 2005, after 20 years in the RAF as an Airman and later Engineering Officer, Steve had a career change. He pursued his love of the outdoors and fitness, and qualified as a ‘Personal Trainer’ and ‘Mountain Leader’; since which he has trekked and canoed in various locations around the World with co-owner and wife Michelle.  Following a great time Personal Training with corporate clients, an opportunity arose to become a College Lecturer and later Programme Leader in Outdoor Education at Wiltshire College Lackham. After 5 rewarding years, Steve founded Gemini Outdoor Adventure Ltd, with a view to sharing his passion for the outdoors with a wider audience of adults and children.

Nordic Walking came to us in September 2011, when a good friend leaving the Nordic Walking fraternity created an opportunity for us, it was easy to see how Nordic Walking would fit into my existing skill set and we could combine Nordic Walking with our mountain work and personal training to deliver a dynamic package. Although it was easy to see how the benefits of combining Nordic Walking with the strengths we already possessed, we never anticipated that it would become such a welcome driving force.

Steve qualified as an accredited ‘INWA Nordic Walking Instructor’ in 2011; and 2 years later in Poland as an ‘INWA National Coach’. Steve combines his passions and experience for fitness and the outdoors in delivering dynamic Nordic Walking Sessions, Personal Training and ‘Mountain/Hill Days’ for those who look to ‘get fit & stay fit‘ in the great outdoors.  Using his extensive experience, Steve ensures that each of the Nordic Walking Sessions are safe, different and challenging for everyone, regardless of their ability and experience. Steve also delivers the ‘INWA Instructor’ and ‘Nordic Walking for Children’ courses on behalf of British Nordic Walking. Steve has also trained and assessed ‘Nordic Walking Leaders’ from within the Gemini Outdoor Membership to lead Nordic Walking sessions in his absence, as well as develop their personal technique and group management.

In 2014, Steve was been granted a licence by ‘Mountain Training‘ to deliver both the “Hill and Mountain Skills Courses” – course dates are published on our Events Calendar.

Steve also leads our overseas trekking holidays to such great places as Morocco, Austria and Italy; as well as our UK programme to Scotland. When not undertaking these trips, Steve is busy planning trips to the French Alps, French Pyrenees, Himalaya; in addition to more venues across the UK – Lake District, Peak District, Snowdonia, Dartmoor, Hadrians Wall, Ridgeway etc. Details of which can be found in our Events Calendar and the Trekking Holidays area within our Shop

It is safe to say, Steve is happiest outdoors!

Colours of poles may vary from the photographs on the website.