Mount Cook was founded by friends and outdoor-enthusiasts Colin Adams and Robin Sibson. Together, they dreamed of creating a not-for-profit organisation centred around providing access to exciting outdoor activities, adventure and engaging outdoor learning. Just 12 months after receiving planning permission, the new eco-friendly Centre opened its doors to the first group of guests this July.
We caught up with Robin to find out where his passion for the outdoors originated, his greatest outdoor experience, and his favourite spot in Derbyshire ...
Where did your passion for the outdoors come from?
My passion for the outdoors came from playing outside as a child (often in the churchyard among the wild garlic), my participation in the Scouts, and Youth Hostelling trips.
What is your favourite outdoor activity, and why?
(I need 2!) My first is running - for the freedom and challenge. My second is hill walking and mountain climbing - for reaching those awe inspiring places.
Is there an adventurous activity that you would love to try, but haven’t yet had the chance?
I would either like to try coasteering (exploring a rocky coastline by climbing, jumping and swimming) or survival training.
What’s been your greatest outdoor experience in Britain?
That's a tough one as there have been so many! Annually the 4 Inns is a great experience, more recently the 3 Peaks Challenge.
Out of all the places you’ve visited outside of the UK, which has left the most lasting impression?
Nepal for it's awesome scenery, culture and wonderful people.
If you were a British wild animal, what would you be?
What’s your favourite food to eat in Derbyshire?
I love Derby Sage cheese!
What’s the best thing about Derbyshire as a whole?
The best thing about Derbyshire is the fact it is my home! It has wonderful scenery and great variety.
If you’ve had a bad day, where in Derbyshire would you escape to?
No bad days, but I love Derbyshire's impressive Edges. Froggatt Edge being one of my favourites!
What’s the next big or small adventure you have planned?
I recently ran the Ugandan Marathon, which was a big adventure! Looking forward, I hope to do the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (USA). My next small adventure will be enjoying some beers with Colin and the Horsley Heroes!