Jo Chitty: Contract Manager and Human Resources Director
Jo considers herself a bit of a late-comer to mountaineering, despite a life-long love of the outdoors, especially the hilly bits. She became an enthusiastic hill walker in her teens and dabbled in a bit of single-pitch rock climbing when opportunities arose. During a significant interlude, characterised primarily by motherhood, she obtained a BSc in Ecology from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in her native Norfolk, spent some years working on conservation topics as a post-graduate researcher and taught Field Ecology and Research Skills in the UK and Ireland. Hill and Mountain visits formed regular holidays, but there wasn’t so much pushing the skill level.
In 2012 with her daughter established in sixth form she made a contentious decision to get back out in the hills with an open mind to where that adventure might take her. Since then she’s taken up winter mountaineering, put up her first lead climb, completed her first multi-pitch routes, developed an active enthusiasm for solo wild-camping, trekked overseas for the first time, ticked off her first 40 Munros, worn out 4 pairs of boots and, most crucially to gaining this coveted place on the Lupine Adventure website, obtained a Summer Mountain Leader Award. Somewhere in the middle of this she also set-up a bicycle related worker’s co-operative in Norwich, which she worked for and developed for over three years until waving goodbye in January 2017, having seen the enterprise grow from two to five employed members.
She feels a significant debt to UEA Fell and Mountaineering Club, who continued to tolerate her participation as an alumni member, made frequent trips to the mountains practical and affordable, acted as willing guinea pigs to her leadership aspirations and most inspirationally helped re-kindle that special enthusiasm that comes from newly exploring and testing your skills in the mountains.
She especially enjoys visits to Scotland where here favourite areas include Assynt , Skye and Glencoe. She particularly enjoys long, slightly technical ridge routes, ideally where you can see both mountains and sea. Pinnacle Ridge on Sgurr nan Gillean is one recently enjoyed route that exactly fits the bill.
She is particularly keen to inspire more girls and women of all ages out into the hills.
Jo’s qualifications can be verified on the Mountain Training website.