From an early time in Simon's life his interests were outside, growing up in the West Country that was of course in all weathers. Though it was Lofty Wiseman's SAS Surival guide that galvanized his interest and led him to join the Army as he naively thought, be out doing so regularly. Whilst that didn't seem to happen, it did lead him to experience many different environments including Norway in winter and Saudi in summer. It was also what led Simon to instruction, though not all his lessons are at full military style. He favors to teach the person not the lesson and feels that there's no such thing as a stupid question. You'll generally find Simon (when he's not instructing on curing meats, navigation or survival psychology) with his delicious homemade jerky and smiles to share.