Steve Ellis

Owner of Gemini Outdoor, INWA Nordic Walking National Trainer, International Mountain Leader & Personal Trainer


Steve Ellis

Kilimanjaro 2018 – the day before summitting!





The 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 Trainer 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 ‘hung up her Nordic Walking poles’ and 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 and flexible 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 to Gemini Outdoor.”

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 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 Nordic Walking Instructor’ and ‘Nordic Walking for Children’ courses on behalf of British Nordic Walking. He 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.

Utilising years of knowledge, Steve helps introduce and develop individuals and groups through his ‘Hill & Mountain Skills Events’; in addition to ‘Map & Compass Courses’; both of which can be run to order or through contacting Steve to enquire as to the next Course date.

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 to name but a few!

Details can be found in the Trekking Holidays area within our Shop.

It is safe to say, Steve is happiest outdoors!



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“Steve really made a difference to my son’s understanding of the great outdoors, even I came away with map reading skills I thought I would previously never master – Great time, great guy, great fun.”