Bridgwater Paddling

Back working for Bridgwater College today with the 1st Year Outdoor Adventure students continuing with our paddlesport theme and having an Open Boat Trip along the canal. I was joined today by Kate who is a new member of staff in the outdoor department

A few pics from the journey South

The drive home went via Glencoe, a detour into Glen Etive and back over Rannoch Mor enjoying the views before following alongside Loch Lomond to Glasgow, dropping of the parents and then the mind numbing M74, M6, M5 journey back to Somerset.

Nevis Range and Glen Nevis

Today I took the parents up the Gondola to Nevis Range where after a coffee we walked out to Sgurr Finiosgaig. After a lunch in town we walked out to Steall Falls (which I climbed a few years ago) at the end of Glen Nevis. It was a bit midgy but not too bad. Tomorrow I drop the parents at Glasgow Airport and drive home.

Cairngorm and Reindeer

Today I took my mum up Cairngorm and met my Dad in the cafe at the top after he took the train up. The afternoon was spent looking for Red Squirrels and Reindeer (both of which we found)

Highland Wildlife Park

Having arrived with the parents in Aviemore mid morning needing to find an activity for the afternoon we headed to The Highland Wildlife Park . I am not a massive zoo fan as I get to see animals in the wild quite a lot with my job but I was surprised at how good it actually was. We drove round when it rained and got out and walked in between the showers. I would recommend a visit when the hills to wet and windy.

A quick trip to Torridon

I have been in Torridon with the parents for the last few days. I took my Mum up Beinn Alligin, headed to Gairloch for a wildlife cruise (which got cancelled) and did a number of low level walks until the midges and rain drove us East to the Cairngorms.

ML Training - Day 3

Today was a day for ropes. We headed into Llanberis Pass again and spent the day belaying, confidence roping and abseiling on some broken and rocky ground. The weather was not so good today and the wet ground underfoot made some of the rope work real. This is a spilt course, so the candidates will be back in a few weeks time to complete the expedition phase.

ML Training - Day 2

Back out on the hill today for Wet and High Adventures for the second day of the Mountain Leader Training course and this time on the North Ridge of Tryfan looking at personal movement and navigation on steep ground.

A stunning day with blue skies and light winds.

ML Training - Day 1

Today was the first day of a Mountain Leader course that I am directing for Andy Holborn in conjunction with Wet and High Adventures in North Wales.

I had 6 candidates on the course and we spent the day navigating in and around Cwm Glas looking at contour recognition and map to ground skills.

Although it started off wet the weather improved during the day and it was a very pleasant day in the mountains.

Another Day on the Canal

Back out in Bridgwater Canal with my college students (second yeas this time) for some paddlesport revision before they start to look at leading some sessions. Good performance and some comitted lunges for the ball leading to a few swims.

I am now on my way to North Wales to direct a Mountain Leader Training Course

Paddlesport on the canal

I was working in my role as Associate Lecturer at Bridgwater College today with the Year 1, Level 3 Outdoor Students looking at transferable paddlesport skills on the Bridgwater Canal. Keeping with the basic skills of paddling forwards, turning and sideways all students had a go as Tandem Canoe, Tandem SOT, Solo Canoe and Solo SOT.  There was even time to test their balance and see how stable the canoes really are. A wet day today with heavy rain at times but this did not dampen their enthusiasm.

Paddlesport Skills

With the wind building and taking the sea state to a level that would not be conducive to good coaching, I met Beth and Sion (from the Wet and High Adventure Instructor Scheme) at AS Watersports in Exeter and used their pontoon (cheers for that) to coach from.

It was windy even there but we got some good solo canoeing and sea kayak skills done, At the end of the session Beth even managed an Eskimo Rescue so good work there.