Mountaineer Zac Poulton is swapping the Himalayas for the Lake District in a new role aimed at keeping walkers safe on the Cumbrian fells.
Each winter a team of professionals hike the heights of Helvellyn in the Lake District, England’s third highest peak and one of its most popular, to provide daily weather updates and safety advice for walkers. This year they have a new recruit. From December 2017 until April 2018, Fell Top Assessors Jon Bennett and Graham Uney will be joined by mountain instructor Zac Poulton, the newest recruit to be hired by the Lake District National Park.
Zac has 25 years experience to draw upon having led worldwide expeditions including peaks in Antarctica, Greenland and the Himalayas, even with a successful Mount Everest summit to his name. Originally from Australia, Zac now lives in Caldbeck in Cumbria and has called the Lake District home for seventeen years, having moved to the area due to his love of the great outdoors.
As well as daily their treks, the National Park’s mountain experts also deliver Winter Skills courses to those keen to tackle the fells during the winter months, and this is an area of expertise that Zac is particularly keen to bring to the role.
Most notably Zac has consulted on Planet Earth II, Countrywise, Sport Relief and even Yorkshire Dales and The Lakes, a programme that featured his now colleague Jon Bennett talking about the Fell Top Assessor role.
The new team of assessors will be kitting up in December, ready to provide live weather and walking condition reports via the Lake District Weatherline service and their avid Twitter followers (@lakesweather).