I am back down on Dartmoor with by FdSc Students from Bridgwater College. This week we started with a walk up the River Plym looking at leadership and working as a group. Although the water levers were low, there were still enough challenges to keep the group working. I had half of the group and Dan the other half. Once out and dry we spent some time setting up climbs and building belays before returning to the bunkhouse. Later once dark we headed out onto the moor for a few hour night perambulation
The new toy is a Giant Talon 1 and it is a step up from my 4 year old Talon 2.
Today I found the time to get out and play up on The Quantock Hills taking in the trails at Triscombe as well as some more sedate peddling around Crowcombe Park Gate. I didn't think I would notice the bigger wheels (27.5 rather than 26) but I did (in a good way) but I think I may need to adjust my riding style slightly as although they float over roots and stones more smoothly I have noticed a slight tendency for the rear to drift on corners.
I also had my first crash for a very long time so clearly I was trying hard enough today.
If you fancy taking part in one of these course then please look at our dates here or contact me directly to arrange one for your group.
Yesterday I was working with a school in Northampton on their upcoming trip to Malawi/Zambia but today I was back at Cannington Activity Centre this morning assessing some new and old staff. A great day in the sun watching other people work.
Cannington Activity Centre are still recruiting for more staff this summer. Please see the link here for details
This afternoon I helped a couple friends move their new yacht from Topsham down to Exmouth. It didn't quite go to plan as I had to sort out the engine cooling system on the way down the river that caused it to go dark on us before finding the mooring bouy. Anyway we found a bouy and are spending an unscheduled night on the yacht before trying to get ashore tomorrow morning on the early tide.
After a weak of teaching I swapped roles today and was a student on the British Divers Marine Life Rescue Medic Course based in Charmouth, Dorset. The reason I chose to do this course is that I spend a lot of time on and in the water and therefore have the capacity to be first or very quickly on the scene of a distressed mammal. The course looks at Seals, Dolphins and Whales and was a mixture of presentations and info in the morning with practical sessions in the sea during the afternoon.
No animals were harmed in the pictures as they are all made of rubber and flooded with sea water.
I was back at the Car Park Crag at Goblin Combe today working with the same group as yesterday. It was another progressive session with the students managing themselves at the end and experimenting with blind climbing and with restricted limb movements. a grey morning soon cleared up and it was yet another sunny day.