Coastering in Torbay (again)

Back out at Anstey's Cove with Plymouth College Year 8 students. Good tides, good weather and good students made for a great day out which finished with some frisbee on the top field.  Day off tomorrow and I need the rest!

SPA Assessment - Day 2

A drier day today at Chudleigh meaning the candidates got to lead some routes and we didn't get wet through. Unfortunately we needed to get involved with assisting a fallen climber so I hope she recovers quickly. It is very difficult trying to communicate with candidates with a Coastguard Helicopter hovering overhead.

SPA Assessment - Day 1

Today I have been assessing candidates for the Mountain Training Single Pitch Award. Wet Wet Wet was the weather today, however we still managed to spend some time at Sheep's Tor before we gave in and ran to the climbing wall. Hope for better conditions tomorrow.

Torbay Coastering

What a difference a day makes. Today the sea was much calmer and the weather sunny (at times) so it was a Coasteering session at Anstey's Cove for Plymouth College Year 8 students. One morning and one afternoon session kept me in the water for around 4 hrs today but as it is lovely and warm that was by no means a problem.

Advanced Rock Pooling

Today the plan was to go Coasteering with Plymouth College Year 8 students but as it was very blown out, we had some advanced rock pooling and got battered in the surf at the beach instead.

Last Day on the Water

Today was the last day kayaking out of Mount Batten with Year 9 Plymouth College students. Although not as hot as the last two days the weather was still good and we had a nice paddle round to Mount Batten beach before lunch and a number of games and a swim in the afternoon.

Another day afloat

Back out at Mount Batten with some more Year 9 Plymouth College students. More sun, warm sea and a keen enthusiastic group made for an enjoyable day that as yesterday ended up with everybody in the water have a splash about. Good fun all round

Plymouth Kayaking

Today I was working out of Mount Batten with Plymouth College year 9 students as part of their activity week. We had a nice paddle round the Mt Batten breakwater and a bit of rock exploring before lunch and a load of game and wetter activities after lunch. All in all a good day with fantastic weather and a good group of students.

MTA Navigation Workshop

A very shrunken pond 

Today I was running a Navigation Workshop for Mountain Training Association members on Dartmoor. Due to last minute cancellations I only had one candidate so we looked at lots of different strategies as we had plenty of time. The weather was very hot and sunny, the water courses on Dartmoor are looking very sorry for themselves right now. I felt sorry for all the cyclists on the 100 mile cycle ride that was crossing the moor in this heat.

Great Dive at Anstey's Cove


Today I dived Anstey's Cove in Torbay with my sister. This is my first wetsuit dive of the year having been in a drysuit up until now. The dive lasted for 57 minutes and the water a lovely 18 degrees. No gloves needed (for me anyway). We saw lots of small fish life, dead man's fingers and plenty of colourful kelp. We dived shortly before 1pm high tide giving us slack water. After the dive it was time for a light lunch at the cafe before I jumped back in for a quick swim. The water was unbelievably warm just in shorts and it looks like it will be warming up for a few more days.

Bronze DofE continued


Another stunning day, this time on the Exmoor Coastal Path between Porlock and County Gate. Well done to all 4 teams as it has been very hot this expedition. We also got a few minutes of kiteing in at Porlock Weir whilst waiting for a group.

Bronze DofE on Exmoor

I was out and about on Exmoor today on my bike assessing groups from Plymouth College for their Bronze DofE expedition. What a hot day (too hot at times). I haven't ridden on Exmoor for some time so it was good to be back and have a play between Dunkery Beacon and Porlock including a visit to the Horner Tea Rooms