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Tony Howard

Founder and ex-Director of Troll, one of the world's leading brands of climbing equipment from 1965 to 1995 when the company was successfully sold. During this period was the designer at Troll, largely responsible for the world's first sewn slings and harnesses for climbers, see Mountain Forum website for article by Tony on Climbing Harness Development and other subjects: harness_development.pdf. Tony was also an Ex-Outward Bound, National Mountain centre and Mountaineering Association Instructor and British Mountaineering Council Guide. Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Outdoor Writers' Guild member. Participant in the 1998 British Government DTI Tourism Trade Mission to Oman and Yemen. Invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace in 2012 "for those involved in Exploration and Adventure".

Over 60 years experience of rock climbing, mountaineering, caving, river, sea, jungle and desert travel. First ascents in the UK, Norway, Greenland, Canada, the Middle East and N. Africa, including the Troll Wall, Europe's biggest rock face (see publications). Opened a new trail through remote mountain villages in Nagaland on the India-Burma border with Di Taylor, and helped with trail development in Manas National Park in Bodoland, also in N E India.

Photos and articles published in UK and International press and specialist magazines. TV coverage in Jordan, Norway and the U.K. Radio coverage in the UK, Jordan and Oman. Wrote the Intro to the 2003 Edition of the classic W C Slingsby's guide to Norway, The Northern Playground. Received Geographical Award (1999) from Royal Geographical Society, on behalf of Troll Climbing Equipment, for design and supply of expedition equipment. Featured with Di Taylor in BBC series 'The Face' about the discovery and development of Wadi Rum.

Author of various climbing guide books to England and Norway and four guides to trekking, climbing, canyoning and caving in Jordan. Contributed to 'Rock Climbing in Oman' by Alec MacDonald and to the Egypt, Jordan and India Rough Guides. Joint author with Di Taylor of 'Walks in Palestine with The Nativity Trail'. Author of two books, the award winning 'Troll Wall' and 'Adventures in the Northlands'. Invited to Buckingham Palace meeting of 'explorers and adventurers'. Invited to talk at the Royal Geographical Society, London, on their Discovering Jordan event.

In the late 1990s, Tony and Di had the original idea for what has now (2015) become the 650km Jordan Trail, working with Mark Khano of Experience Jordan for a number of years until the Jordan Trail Association was formed to further develop and promote it.

Di Taylor
Ex-designer for Troll. Over 50 years experience of rock climbing, mountaineering, caving and exploratory jungle and desert travel including first ascents in England, North Africa and the Middle East and new treks in Nagaland and Bodoland, N E India. Featured with Tony Howard in BBC series 'The Face' about their discovery and development of Wadi Rum.

Photos and articles published in the UK and International press, specialist magazines, travel guides and websites. TV and radio coverage in Jordan and U.K. Contributor to the Egypt and Jordan Rough Guides. Joint author of three books to Jordan: 'Jordan - Walks, Treks, Caves, Climbs & Canyons', 'Walks and Scrambles in Wadi Rum, Jordan' and Walks, Treks, Climbs & Caves in Al Ayoun', also 'Walks in Palestine, with The Nativity Trail'. Second Prize for Mountain Action photography, Kendal Film Festival 1985. Amongst winners of Mountain Forum Global Digital Photo Contest, 2008 and Photo of the Month Award, 'The Great Outdoors' magazine, 2009.

Currently working with Tony on the development of the Jordan Trail, an idea proposed by us back in the 1990s, but just taking off with great enthusiasm from Jordanians. Identified the whole route from Um Qais on the Syrian border to the Red Sea south of Aqaba in spring 2014 and finished exploration in Nov 2014. It's going to be good, see Jordan Trail