Thank you so much for your booking! We are excited to meet you soon. If you have any questions about your trip please don’t hesitate to get intouch and we are happy to arrange a zoom call or send additional information. We are happy to offer you some tips on training for the trip and will confirm as soon as your payment for the deposit has been received.
We will invoice you for the final amount 6 weeks in advance of your trip.
Anne & The Freedom Trail Treks Team
Telephone: +44 (0) 7951058053 or at our France base on +33 (0) 781799006
We are a small company with a CEO and various talented contractors including Delia as tour manager and Jeremy in media and web. We are also lucky to have various exceptional guides who know their itineraries inside out and have a genuine interest in history and local culture. From time to time we take in specialists with great training backgrounds such as Sean James 8,000m and Everest leader to help plan and deliver some of the higher objectives or iconic summits. We offer guidance to help get you ready for your objective. Join us!
Anne Arran Co-founder and owner
Anne is a former British climbing champion and since then has lead ground breaking expeditions in over 35 countries around the world including big-wall rock climbing the world’s highest free drop waterfall, Angel Falls. She has climbed Europe’s highest mountains Mont Blanc in the west and Elbrus in the east as well as finding new lines on some 6,000m peaks in Asia. Passionate about travel for a reason and seeing people smile.
She represents the UK and BMC on the UIAA www.theuiaa.org as representative for Europe and is a qualified international mountain leader as well as being a former President of BAIML, the British Association for International Mountain Leaders.
Join us to share the adventure – we can work together to create something special for you! Anne
Richard helps us on logistics and transport with large groups putting his RAF background to good use and is a great sounding board for developing new adventures! He is also a keen bird watcher and is passionate about mountain wildlife, particularly vultures. He is fascinated by the freedom trail concept and how people lived at these times under occupation.
Sean has led over 14 8000m expeditions that include Everest 2015, 17, 18 and 19, Broad Peak, Manaslu, Cho Oyu, Gasherbrum 1, Gasherbrum 2, Mount Kenya, Spantik, Baruntse, Mera Peak, Ama Dablam, Ojos del Salado, Patagonia, Damavand, Elbrus, Dych Tau, Mount Logan, Island Peak, Ecuador plus many others.
Sean is based in the French Pyrenees, Font Romeu and Dubai, spending most of the year working as a mountain guide in the Himalaya, Andes, Asia, Africa… He has also climbed Manaslu and Gasherbrum II without oxygen and is highly personable with a huge amount of client experience.
Ruth was the first British woman in the UK to climb the grade of 8b and the fourth woman in the world to achieve this level. She was in the British Climbing Team from 1992 – 1996, and subsequently joint Manager of the British Climbing Team. She has 15 years experience as a climbing and outdoor instructor, is an International Mountain Leader and has climbed 6000m peaks. She combines this with work as a stuntwoman for film and television with appearances in Inception, Harry Potter and Bat Man. Prior to this she worked as a Youth Worker and also has qualifications in Personal Training and Massage, as well as Kayaking. Since moving to Spain Ruth helps to co-ordinate our UK courses and works with us on the Chemin de la Liberté.
Corinne is our karma queen and runs Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin yoga classes and yoga holidays for all levels in her beautiful, peaceful studio and B&B: www.suryapyrenees.com. In warmer months classes are taught around the pool. Corinne is a Yoga Alliance qualified teacher and has been practising for over 25 years. She is speaks both English and French fluently. You can meet her on yoga treks and any well-being.
Christel Christina Langeveld
“My free spirit has led me to wonderful places all over the world, connect with the most fantastic people, explore the wilds and gain the most fantastic experiences.
Over the last 20 years I have worked in many branches of the outdoors in a multitude of countries with a large variety of clients and have developed also in other areas related to nature for example as a practitioner in holistic therapies. Languages are a passion and you can talk to me in Spanish, German, French, Dutch, Basque and English! Christel is excellent to work with and has the following qualifications:
International Mountain Leader UIMLA, BASI International Ski Instructor ISIA, Single Pitch Award, Guia en Roca AEGM, INWA Nordic Walking Instructor, Trail Cycle Leader, Clinical Aroma therapist Indian Head Massage therapist.
I am an International Mountain Leader (Accompagnateur en Montagne). I have an endorsement qualifying me to lead winter activities as well as summer mountain routes, confined in France to snowshoeing treks. I am registered as an “Educateur sportif” which permits me to work with young people and accommodate them in mountain huts or camp overnight in summer or winter. I am a member of the Union Internationale des Accompagnateurs en Montagne (UIAM) and of the Societe Nationale des Accompagnateurs en Montagne, which permits me to keep up to date with any news on route conditions or changes and avoids any friction with the French authorities. I also hold a French first aid certificate after training with the sapeurs pompiers (Fire Brigade).