Dringo Adventure

specialists in active holidays and outdoor activity courses

About Us

Dringo Adventure is run by a well qualified, experienced and enthusiastic team based in Snowdonia, North Wales.

Between them they have 35 years of leading and instructing experience in the outdoor industry and extensive experience of running UK businesses. The Dringo team love the outdoors and have their own share of adventures on their days off.

The name Dringo Adventure comes from the Welsh word ‘dringo’, meaning ‘to climb’.

Gareth Davies

Outdoor Qualifications: Mountaineering Instructor (MIA), Summer & Winter Mountain Leader, International Mountain Leader, Kayak coach, Swift Water Rescue, Power Boat Level 2, Emergency First Aid
Previous Life: BSc. Accounting and Finance, Geography teacher, Lecturer in Outdoor Ed, Director of Mountain Biking Company, Instructor at The National Mountain Centre Plas y Brenin
Favourite mountains: Tryfan (Snowdonia), Matterhorn (Switzerland)
Favourite films: Point Break, American Werewolf in London, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, Flashdance (only joking about the last one)
Other interests: Fishing, Running, Skiing, Rugby Union

Rhian Jones

Outdoor Qualifications: Summer & Winter Mountain Leader, International Mountain Leader, SPA, Kayak & Canoe Coach, Power Boat Level 2, Emergency First Aid
Previous Life: LLB Law and German, Graduate training at Procter & Gamble, Modern Languages teacher, Freelance Instructor
Favourite mountains: Cadair Idris (Snowdonia), Barre des Ecrins (France)
Best trip: Alaska & Canada - Sea Kayaking in Glacier Bay & canoeing the Yukon River
Other interests: Skiing, Languages, Travelling

Beth Swait

Outdoor Qualifications: Summer Mountain Leader, SPA, Kayak & Canoe Coach, Power Boat Level 2, Emergency First Aid
Previous Life: BA Enviromental Management, I.T Sales, Recruitment
Most likely to find Beth: Somewhere sunny (yes, that can even be in North Wales!)
Likes: Climbing, Surfing, Mountains, Kayaking, Biking, Yoga, Pilates, Drinking wine and/or G&T


Simon Hick

Outdoor Qualifications: Mountaineering Instructor (MIA), Summer & Winter Mountain Leader, Power Boat Level 2, Kayak Coach, Swift Water Rescue, Trainee Mine Party Leader, Emergency First Aid
Family Life: Married to Gillian. We live in Deganwy, Llandudno, two children
Has Worked for: British Gas (qualified Industrial and Commercial Engineer), British Telecom Engineer, YMCA, Plas Y Brenin and Oaklands Outdoor Centre
Other interests: Golf, Rugby Union, Painting, Cycling (road bike)
Simon’s philosophy: Life is one big joke!!!!!!!! not sure on who yet!!!

Steve Ward

Outdoor Qualifications: Summer Mountain Leader, SPA, Kayak & Canoe Coach, Power Boat Level 2, Mountain Bike Trail Leader, Chainsaw Operator, Emergency First Aid
Previous Life: National Diploma in Outdoor Education, Cycle Shop Manager
Family Life: Married to Sally. We have one little girl, Rosie, and a bump!
Likes: Cycling, Family Stuff, Climbing, Swimming and Badminton
Favourite hills: Any I can ride my bike on and Tryfan


Jon Gamon

Outdoor Qualifications: Senior Sailing Instructor, SPA, Kayak & Canoe Coach, Windsurf Instructor, Power Boat Instructor, Jetski Instructor, Emergency First Aid
Previous Life: Bsc (Hons) Marine Biology, Science & PE teacher, Fisheries Observer, Lab Technician
Recent Adventures: Descent of the River Liffey in a canoe, Climbing in Sardinia, Ice Climbing & Ski Mountaineering in Norway
Most likely to find Jon: Working out where all the strings go on his new sailing boat!

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