For us at Outdoor Concepts, a love of the wild and beautiful places in Northern Ireland and beyond is what drives us. Our dream was born in a small terraced house in Belfast in the late 1990’s – bringing together like-minded people- climbers, canoeists, mountaineers, mountain bikers. These sports are all silent sports – where connecting with nature is simple and graceful.
Provide the best outdoor adventure experiences, keep everyone safe, inspire others to connect more with nature and promote solutions to protect our environment.
We are not an organisation with the sole purpose to make profit – if Outdoor Concepts was simply an investment opportunity then it would be a very different place to work. However, a company needs to be profitable to stay in business and ensure we meet the goals of our Mission Statement. We consider profit to be a vote of confidence in the quality adventure experiences that we provide. And our customers seem to approve of what we are doing.
Our employees treat work as play – work has to be fun. You will find our staff out rock climbing, mountain biking or canoeing on their days off. We don’t advertise for staff – instead we prefer to seek out like-minded individuals through an informal network of friends, colleagues and business associates. Our staff aren’t drones who simply follow instructions. They are outdoor adventure professionals who ask questions, work collaboratively and produce activity programmes of the highest quality.
The company has adapted to changes in the adventure industry and been at the forefront of best practice in outdoor adventures in Northern Ireland. We were one of the first adventure companies to go through the Adventuremark certification process. Without adventure activity accreditation in Northern Ireland this gives any potential client the knowledge that they can book with confidence – all our safety management systems are independently verified.
Craig owns and operates the company. With over twenty years experience in the outdoor industry and over fifteen as Director of Outdoor Concepts, Craig brings valuable experience to various committees in Northern Ireland and the UK - he has been the Chair for the Activity Tourism Working Group 2013-2015, founding member of Adventure Industry NI and currently represents activity providers throughout Northern Ireland on the AAIAC (Adventure Activity Industry Advisory Committee) Council. Craig holds qualifications in hill walking, canoeing, rock climbing, abseiling and mountain biking.
Kevin has been a passionate rock climber and mountaineer now for over ten years and holds his MIA (Mountain Instructor Award). Since leaving his career in engineering he has brought great energy and enthusiasm to the OC Team. Kevin enjoys the privilege of introducing new and experienced climbers to the Irish climbing scene and can be found over the winter months climbing in Spain. As well as mountaineering, rock climbing and hill walking Kevin is also qualified in mountain biking, canoeing and kayaking.
Claire simply loves to be outside! When she is not working she can be putting on a pair of walking boots or rock shoes or enjoying some flowy mountain bike trails. It’s a real privilege for the OC Team to have someone like Claire on our staff team. And when the winter months arrive then you will find her rock climbing and mountain biking around Europe. Claire hold qualifications in rock climbing and abseiling, mountain biking, hill walking, canoeing and kayaking.
Andy is our marketing guru. However given half the chance he will be out of the office on his mountain bike with the rest of us. Andy’s unique set of qualifications in marketing and with a degree in Youth and Community Work blends perfectly into the OC Team. If he is not giving advice on how to market the business he is speaking with clients as they plan their youth development programmes.