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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Gorge Risk Assessments

Today I was at the Mellte and Sychryd gorges in South Wales undertaking some risk assessments for future use. I wasn't in the water today, I was bank based but need to go back and get in to finish the process fully. After the practical bit, I attended a workshop run by SWOAPG on the safe use and environmental care of these gorges. Now I have to drive back up to North Wales for the morning, to finish the ML course I am directing for Wet and High Adventures.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Mountain Leader Training Day 3

Today for the third day of the Mountain Leader Training course that I am directing for Wet and High Adventures, we went into the bottom of Llanberis Pass to find some broken ground to look at ML Ropework and management of people on steep ground. It was good to have another pair of eyes/hands as Mark from Mountain Training was out moderating me today.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Mountain Leader Training Day 2

Today for the second day of the Mountain Leader Training course that I am directing for Wet and High Adventures, we headed up into The Carneddau via the east ridge of Pen Yr Ole Wen and onto Carnedd Daffydd. Lots of navigation and a short little scramble on the way up led to a misty ridge and a swap onto 1:50k and 1:40k maps for the descent.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Mountain Leader Training Day 1

For the next few days I am directing a Mountain Leader Training course for Wet and High Adventures in Snowdonia. Today was a classroom session followed by the afternoon out and about in the Crimpiau area where there are some great navigation features. There are 5 candidates on this course and it is looking like a great week ahead.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Where has winter gone?

After changing the plan a few times, Olly and I decided to head for the East Ridge of Beinn a Choarainn to see what (if any) snow was left. It was warm, wet and very frustrating to see the rivers full and the lack of snow. After walking in, crossing a few streams and a rather full river we decided to call it a day and walk out before we reached the ridge.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

A nice walk

Today Andy and I went for a walk into Corie an T'Sneachda and then up the steep ground under windy col to the summit. Another day of awesome views acrross the plateau

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Winter Skills Day 3

Today was the third and final day of a Wet and High Adventures Winter Skills course and it was about allowing the clients to call the shots, Unfortunately, due to illness Andy was unable to join us today. Wayne chose to go up to Cairngorm via Fiacaill a Chorie Cas. It was cold in the biting wind and walking south was painful at times, however, once the wind was on our backs, it was much nicer.