Mountain Leader Training - Day 2





Today the wind was still blowing (97mph recorded in Capel Curig over night) but it was no longer snowing (that is my poetry for the day) so we tried to find some protection in the lee side to continue with our training. Apart from a short hail shower we had reasonable weather today and only got battered by the wind when we were on the ridge (at a mere 400 m).

Mountain Leader Training - Day 1






This week I am directing a Mountain Leader Training course in North Wales. The 5 candidates and I braved the rain, snow and wind as we navigated our way around the Llanberis Pass including visit into Cwm Glas. It was not a day for the summits today and I am not sure tomorrow will be any better. The weather looks like it will improve though. Lots done today with navigation as the theme but not forgetting both environmental and leadership issues.

Sorry for photos but the water on the lens just shows the weather we had today

Another Exmoor Day Out





Today the second group of my Bridgwater College FdSc Public Services students were out on Exmoor undertaking some navigation practice. Although the forecast was not great we actually had a good day with cloud but no rain. The students not only stuck to time, they were actually a little bit early which always make me happy.

Exmoor Walking





Back out with FdSc Public Services students on Exmoor for some navigation training. Starting at Webbers Post the group navigated themselves via Bossington and Hurlstone Combe into Minehead Harbour. We had sunshine all day and a pleasant lunch stop at Hurlestone Point. We were not the only people enjoying the day, there were a number of para-gliders on Bossington Hill.

High and Low





This week I am working with Bridgwater College Level 4 Public Services and Outdoor students. Yesterday was cycle maintenance and route planning so it was nice to get outside today at Cannington Activity Centre to use the High and Low ropes as a way of looking at teamwork and leadership.

Bronze DofE - Exmoor







This weekend I have been working with Haygrove School on their Bronze DofE training weekend on a sunny but very chilly at times Exmoor. 9 groups in total walked from Dunster to Porlock before spending the night on the campsite and walking to County Gate the next day.

Dewerstone Climbing in the Sun







Swifty and I took advantage of the nice weather and spent the afternoon at the Dewerstone swinging leads on The Camel (HS 4b), Fly on the Wall (HS 4b). Then Wayne joined us and we climbed Pinnacle Buttress Direct (HS 4a) as a three. Given the great weather and lighter evenings I was surprised there was only one other team out climbing.

Afternoon cragging






Not been out much this last week due to admin, waiting in for parcels, van MOT, Mothers Day and some passage planning for a yacht move in April.

This afternoon I met with Jay and we manage to bag 4 routes at Hay Tor. Nothing hard but just getting some cragging done. Zig Zag (Diff), Bulging Wall (V Diff), Step Across (Diff) and Athos (V Diff) got climbed before well earned coffee and cake at Dart Rock climbing wall.

A quick walk



This morning the RX8 came out of the garage for its first spin of the year. This afternoon I had a quick 10 km coastal walk with my Mum in the Watchet / Washford area. It was a warm sunny afternoon with some good views.

Dewerstone Climbing






Earlier this week I decided to leave Scotland as the weather was warm and wet. So I  returned to sunny Devon. This afternoon I met with Gav at the Dewerstone and we climbed Central Grove HS 4b, Leviathan VS 4c and Route B HVD.  Not bad for an afternoon session at the crag. The weather was great with sun, low wind and dry rock (mostly -  few damp patches though).

Cairngorm Skiing







Today Will and I headed to the Ski Centre at Cairngorm and were joined by another Will and Ollie. We skinned up the pistes to the top cafe for a latte before skiing the ciste gully. Then it was a skin back up with some ferocious wind to join the top of the White Lady pisted run just as the funicular goes into the tunnel for a great ski back to the van. A good way to grab 4 hours of entertainment with some strong wind giving us a facial scrub