The Spirit of Adventure Team

The people that make it happen!

The single most important factor that dictates the success of your holiday is your instructor or guide. We believe our guides are the best there are – their experience and enthusiasm will ensure that you have an adventure holiday to remember.

All of our adventure, activity holidays are led by an experienced and English speaking guides and in most countries we also use local guides and services.

Spirit of Adventure was started by John Diplock and Sandy Simpson in 1993.



John Diplock, Spirit of AdventureJohn Diplock

John was lead climber in two major Himalayan first ascents and has led many trekking groups in many areas of the world. These included expeditions to Pakistan, Greenland, Alaska, Peru, and of course the Himalayas.

John is a respected climber and instructor within the south west. He enjoys canoeing, back-packing and has a passion for the moors and wild places of this world.



Sandy Simpson

Sandy Simpson, Spirit of AdventureSandy had a very successful career in the Royal Navy for 26 years before opting for a life-style change. Sandy has retired from full-time involvement but is still providing moral support.

Both John and Sandy have travelled extensively and have been members of some of the big mountain expeditions of the 80’s and 90’s. 


 Steve Lang



Martin Hibbs, Spirit of AdventureMartin Hibbs

Martin moved to Dartmoor in 1999 and is Spirit’s trusted and enthusiastic Business Manager. Often known to draw on his skills learnt from his school days as ‘Head Boy’! Martin is also a keen local school ‘head of governors’ role and has two very active and happy children. He has just hit his mid-life crisis and taken up running marathons!

Martin is normally in the office between 8am and 4pm each day.



Mark Reeves

Is the the joint founder and Programme Manager for Young Spirit.  Inspired by his father who gave him a lifelong passion for teaching and outdoor living. A keen climber, making first ascents of many rock routes in the South West.  Mark is an Accredited Practitioner of the Institute of Outdoor Learning and has over twenty five years' experience of working in Outdoor Education.

More information about Young Spirit



Matt Vivian


Matt has worked for Spirit for eight years, first as a freelance instructor and now full time. He is a keen sea kayaker and enthusiastic climber, Matt is currently trying to paddle around the Devon and Cornwall coastline in his spare time. When working Matt leads many of the 'Young Spirit' programmes. He is a valuable member of the team and popular with clients.         




Some of the free lance 'Spirit' Instructors and Guides

Below are some of the Spirit of Adventure dedicated instructor crew that ensure the quality of your holiday or course. Their years of experience will make sure your adventure is exciting and safe.