Richard Townshend


Richard’s outdoor adventures started in 1959 when he tobogganed into a gorse thicket in the New Forest and was rescued by his granny. Twenty years later he climbed Point 5 with Jon Conville, ‘mentored’ by Al Kimber.

He started climbing at school, continued at university, and after short spells as a voluntary instructor at Plas y Brenin worked in Scotland as an instructor including expedition sailing and kayaking.

Between 1984-87 he studied for a PGCE at Bangor and then spent 2 years teaching at a comprehensive school in Kent.

He then spent 20 years at an education centre in North Wales, during which time he was AMI Honorary Secretary and MLTB delegate, and a member of Llanberis MRT. He has been directing ML courses since 1989.

Jack of all trades, WMCI (expeditions to Peru and Alaska), L3/4 Coach sea, inland, canoe, surf, Dinghy Instructor and shore-based Yacht-master, bit of skiing, bit of biking (on and off-road), field studies (did a geography degree), DofE assessor for my ‘other half’s’ school and a freelance inspector for AALA since 2010. These days, he takes it easier, cycling round the New Forest and sailing his various small craft.