A project managed by Alan Ward – International Mountain Leader
Alan was the International Mountain Leader for a trek in Ladakh, northern India in June 2014. This was a trek with a difference. I am a walking quadriplegic and I was trekking with my friend Gregory Burns, who is paralysed in both legs through polio. We were accompanied by a film crew engaged by Johnnie Walker to produce a documentary film and photo journal. I recall my first conversation with Alan and how he instantly impressed me with his uncompromising focus on safety, balanced with his "can do" attitude to making an out of the ordinary expedition work and his experience of leading treks for people with disabilities. Over the following months Alan devoted a huge amount of energy and passion to helping me plan the trek. So, I knew before the trek started that we were in very safe hands. On the trek, I learned that we were also lucky enough to be working with a man with blends his strong professionalism with a great sense of humour, a sensitivity to the dynamics of the group and a huge heart. The trek was a great success and every member of the group will remember it for the rest of their lives. I'll always be grateful to Alan for helping me achieve a huge personal milestone and I very much look forward to working with a man who has become a friend.
Paul Fairhurst Project Manager DIAGEO 19th June 2014
I feel great while writing this recommendation. Alan Ward is one fine person and he made our Ladakh trip an equally amazing adventure. With a tinge of great sense of humor every now and then, he knows how to keep people around him motivated and excited.
Apart from being a brilliant travel guide he served well the role of an organized team leader at altitudes upto 4,300m under challenging conditions in the Indian Himalayas.
I am glad that Alan was there, for in his company, it felt safe and great. 🙂
Thank you so much for taking such good care of us and making this trek a great success.
Priyanka Kandpal Freelance Travel Writer 15th June 2014
BHF Heartstart ELS training delivered by Alan Ward