We are here to make your holiday dream real, to make it fun, to make it the best holiday it can be!
We will craft the experience around your needs, abilities and expectations. Before your trip we will be working hard to make it run as smoothly as possible to meet your goals and exceed expectations.
We look forward to sharing mountain adventure and experiences with you and seeing all the training and fitness pay off in you reaching your goal.
We want to exceed your expectations and use our expertise and travel experience to make it special enough so that you think you want to recommend us to your friends.
Anne Arran - Co-Founder & owner
Anne is a former British Climbing Champion and placed 5th in the World in Speed climbing as a British team member and then went on to coach the national junior climbing squad. Since then she has climbed and walked in over 30 countries around the world, loves exploring and has organised several ground breaking expeditions to unclimbed faces. She represents the UK on the UIAA (International body for climbing and mountaineering) and was a former British Mountaineering Council Youth & Training Officer. Photography is a passion along with running and snowboarding.
Ruth Jenkins - Co-Founder
Ruth was the first woman climber in the UK to climb the grade of 8b and the fourth woman in the world to achieve this level. She was in the British Climbing Team from 1992 - 1996, and subsequently joint Manager of the British Climbing Team. She has 15 years experience as a climbing and outdoor instructor, is an International Mountain Leader and has climbed 6000m peaks. She combines this with work as a stuntwoman for film and television with appearances in Inception, Harry Potter and Bat Man. Prior to this she worked as a Youth Worker and also has qualifications in Personal Training and Massage, as well as Kayaking. Since moving to Spain Ruth helps to co-ordinate our Spanish climmbing courses close to Siurana and works with us on the Chemin de la Liberte.
Our Partners & Experts
We have gathered together a team of the best people in their field, to help us make your experience the best possible.
Corinne Hodgkins - Yoga Practitioner
Corinne runs Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin yoga classes and yoga holidays for all levels in her beautiful, peaceful studio and B&B: www.suryapyrenees.com. In warmer months classes are taught around the pool. Corinne is a Yoga Alliance qualified teacher and has been practicing for over 25 years. She is speaks both English and French fluently.
Shane Ohly - Train Running Advisor
Shane is a former professional climber and current elite mountain runner. He is someone who has a lifelong passion for adventures in the mountains and the outdoors. He has won the prestigious elite category of the Original Mountain Marathon OMM. He runs Ourea Events which organises highly credible off road running events. These events range in difficulty from novice trail running events to World-class ultra-running expeditions. www.shaneohly.com
Heather Ohly - Nutrition Advisor
Heather is a registered Nutrionist and is currently researching into nutrition strategies and energy balance in ultra-endurance mountain runners. Her main interests are maternal and child nutrition, sport nutrition and the Developing World. She gained a MMedSci, Human Nutrition at University of Sheffield and is a keen runner. You will find her working on our trail running and well being trips. Heather has also just become an fully qualified IML.
Gaz works as a coach for many different people in numerous walks of life. From learning the basic techniques right from the start to advanced athlete development and maintenance programmes, he has the repetoir as a former British bouldering champion and World Cup podium finisher, to really help your climbing onwards and upwards.
Richard helps us on logistics and transport with large groups putting his RAF background to good use. He is also a keen bird watcher and runs bird watching holidays. He has a wealth of information on mountain wildlife and plays an active role in supporting ariegenature.fr and most recently has been feeding bearded vultures to help maintain and grow their population.
Robin strikes a good pose behind the wheel and also at our wild camps. He is a former Royal Marine and has an interest in woodwork, music and writing books. A useful person to have around.
Ariege Mountain Guides
Whenever we can't offer something ourselves, such as ski mountaineering, we use qualified UIAGM mountain guides from the local Bureau or occasionally friends from the Chamonix area. For canyonning and multi pitch climbing we are happy to use the services of Maël Loizance, Moniteur d’escalade et canyoning.
Ben is a wizz on maps, strava and video making. He also helps with product development as well as being handy on the snowboard. Having spent 4 years in Korea teaching English he is spending some time offering us remote assistance while travelling.
"My free spirit has led me to wonderful places all over the world, connect with the most fantastic people, explore the wilds and gain the most fantastic experiences.
Over the last 20 years I have worked in many branches of the outdoors in a multitude of countries with a large variety of clients and have developed also in other areas related to nature for example as a practitioner in holistic therapies. Languages are a passion and you can talk to me in Spanish, German, French, Dutch, Basque and English! Christel is excellent to work with and has the following qualifications:
International Mountain Leader UIMLA, BASI International Ski Instructor ISIA, Single Pitch Award, Guia en Roca AEGM, INWA Nordic Walking Instructor, Trail Cycle Leader, Clinical Aroma therapist, Indian Head Massage therapist.
Dan Andrew and Ken Storer
We enjoy working with Dan and Ken from time to time and they also operate a business Aspire2Summit.
About Spa Adventure Treks Ltd
We are a Ltd company of outdoor proffessionals registered in the UK no. 08424290 and have Tour Operator insurance with Cambell and Irvine. Despite being a young company we have the pleasure of working with larger tour operators as local provider in the Pyrenees.