Owain was introduced to the outdoors at the age of 9 by his father, a very active caver, rock climber and mountaineer. Most of his youth was spent exploring the rock faces and cliffs of Lancashire, Yorkshire and the Lake District. This passion led to studying for a first degree in Environmental Studies and Outdoor Education at Y Coleg Normal in Bangor, North Wales. The mountains of Snowdonia cemented a lifelong passion for outdoor activities on a personal and professional level.
Further study at St. Martin’s College, Lancaster, led to a Postgraduate Diploma in Youth and Community Work. Owain has worked across a wide variety of youth provision from local authority outdoor centres to inner city urban-based mobile outdoor projects and charity organisations.
Whilst working at Plas y Brenin, the National Outdoor Centre, Owain consolidated his instructional experience. He has instructed extensively in the summer and winter mountain environment in the UK. Further afield, he has led expeditions to India, Nepal and Greenland on foot and ski.
He is a full member of The British Association of Mountain Guides; holding the IFMGA Mountain Guide Diploma. He has guided throughout the Alps across the disciplines of rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering and skiing.