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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Mountain Leader Training Day 4

Jez and I took the candidates into The Carneddau today with an ascent of the east ridge of Pen Yr Ole Wen and around to Carnedd Daffyd. We even had a bit of low cloud to mix things up a bit and give us a chance for some low vis navigation.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Mountain Leader Training Day 3

On the third day of the Mountain Leader Training course Jez and I took the candidates to some broken ground to look at security on steep ground issues. We looked at spotting, confidence roping, direct and direct belays and abseiling.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Mountain Leader Training Day 2

A full mountain day in The Glyders today looking at moving on steep ground using verbal reassurance and spotting techniques. Once on top of Y Gribyn it was time to switch to the 1:50k maps from some misty nav back round and down past the Devils Kitchen.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Mountain Leader Training Day 1

Today was the first day of a Mountain Leader Training Course that I was directing for Mark Garland in Snowdonia. After a quick course welcome inside we headed out up onto the hill for some micro nav and general hill stuff. Great weather, great views and a good bunch of candidates

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Spiral Stairs

Today I drove up to North Wales in order to run a Mountain Leader course starting tomorrow. I arrived in time to grab a quick route on Dinas Cromlech and guided Matt up Spiral Stairs a great VDiff with some good views. We got down just before dark.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Dartmoor Residential Week

This week I have been down on Dartmoor with Level 3 Outdoor Education students from Bridgwater College at Powdermills Bunkhouse.

We have undertaken NNAS Bronze and Silver training and assessment courses, Gorge Walking, Climbing, Kayaking and Coasteering as well as the students budgeting and cooking all of their own food.

A great week and fantastic weather though we had a bit or rain to help them test their new Mountain Equipment clothing from The Gorge Outdoors

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Deep Mud and Deeper Puddles

Today for the second day of a Wet and High Adventures Mountain Biking course for Abbey School, we stayed up on the ridge in drier weather but still found plenty of deep puddles and mud to play in. All the girls did well over the 2 days and went home wanting more. The Quantock Hills delivered some fun yet again.