Hi! I’m Neil Pratt, and I’m the cheery face behind 360 Degrees Outdoor.
One way or another, I’ve been getting out and about in Scotland’s wild places for the last 35 years or more, and many of my most formative experiences as a young lad took place amongst the mountains of Scotland. I was fortunate to be surrounded by people who invested time in taking me out, teaching me the skills to look after myself, and passing on some of their passion for this beautiful country of ours.
These same hills have helped shape my work as an adult as well. I’ve been involved with the personal development of young people for most of my working life and love giving them the same opportunities I had to explore our hills and glens as they make discoveries about themselves at the same time. Currently, part of my working week is spent managing the DofE and outdoor activities programme for SiMY; a community development organisation in Glasgow. The income from 360 Degrees Outdoor helps me minimise the cost of arranging activities for these young people and their families.
I love spending time outside, and I’d be delighted to have the opportunity to share that passion with you, your family and friends, or the young people you work with. Please feel free to get in touch and chat about your plans; if I can’t help you realise them, I’ll do my best to put you in touch with someone who can!
If you’d like to know about my formal qualifications, the main ones are…
Mountain Leader (Winter)
Mountain Leader (Summer)
Rock Climbing Instructor
Trail Cycle Leader with Exped Module
Go Mountainbike Coach
BASP Emergency Medical Technician
American Avalanche Association Level 1 Certificate
I have a current PVG scheme membership, and I’m registered as a DofE Supervisor and Gold DofE Assessor.
I also have an Masters degree in Community Learning and Development, a degree in Theology, and somewhere in the house, I think I still have a Blue Peter badge!
I belong to the Mountain Training Association; the professional body for mountain leaders, and by clicking on the link below, you can have a look at some of my recent work records in ‘DLOG’, and at some of the continuing professional development activities I’ve been involved in to maintain my skills and competence.