More Open Boating







This morning I headed off down the river with Olly, from Ironbridge through the Jackfield Rapids (must have been at least grade 1 1/2) where we waited to watch the group come through (see video). After that we drove down to south of Bridgenorth and sailed back up stream for a bit testing the sail I bought a few weeks ago before paddling back to the camp site arriving about 30min before the students.

Severn Gold DofE Assessments





This week I am assessing Gold DofE for a group of students from Plymouth College who are paddling down the River Severn. Today they were paddling from above Wroxeter to Ironbridge. I decided to take the opportunity to paddle the river myself as I have not done so before and I was very lucky to see an Otter on route shortly after I passed the group having a lunch break. Later when I saw them at the camp site I was pleased to hear that they had also seen the otter.

Coaching the Mind


Yesterday was a day of admin followed by a quick 25 km road ride out to Williton just to get away from the computer. Good to be back on the bike after at least 6 weeks off it.

Today I was on a BCU Coaching the Mind intermediate module. This is a compulsory part of the Level 3 Coach programme. I have sat through many coaching workshops for many different sports so nothing new really but a few ideas that I may use at some point.


AMI South West Climbing Meet







Today on a glorious sunny day with the main road through the gorge closed, 5 AMI members descended (literally as we had to park at the top) on the limestone crags of Avon Gorge.

Stu, Mark, Mark, Jay and I wanted to climb routes through as many of the grades as we could. I planned to cover the Diff to mid Extreme range but we missed a VS and HVS.

Between us we managed (in grade order)

Original Route -Diff
The Arete - V Diff 4a
Dawn Walk - S 4a
Direct Route - S 4a
Dexter - HS 4a

Central Butress - E1 5a (2 ascents by different parties)
New Horizons II - E2 5c
Priceless - E2 6a
Them - E3 6a
Arms Race - E4 5c

Unfortunately one of the others who was due to come was unable to make it due to illness so we will blame him for the missing routes.

All in all a great day out and perfect end to a weekend of celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors.


AMI South West CPD








This weekend I am organising The Association of Mountaineering Instructors CPD weekend to celebrate their 25th anniversary.

Today we were at Redpoint Bristol where Jack (the manager) ran workshops on Teaching Leading Indoors and Tech Advising to a Climbing Wall. We then had some cake made by Fi's Fancies and I ran a bouldering comp which was won by Jay Jackson with Stu Lade a close second.

All in all a good day with plenty of time to chat and socialise as well as up skill ourselves

Biking at Haldon Hill





The last day of the residential saw us at Haldon Forest Trail Centre for some biking on the way back to Bridgwater College. Some time on the skills track and a lap of the Blue route was and enjoyable end to the week.

Dartmoor Navigation Day





A drier day on the moor today and out and about looking at basic navigation skills of compass and pacing, orientating map, timing and route planning. No rain but quite chilly at times especially after two days of getting wet.

Berry head Coasteer and Paddle








As it was wet and windy on the moor, we took the students over to Torbay where it was slightly less wet and windy. Firstly they visited Grenville House as part of their coursework (to see how a centre runs) and then we took the Sit on Tops out for a paddle to Berry Head with a Coasteering session in the middle of it. The students used their confirmed space manoeuvring skills to explore the many little caves and inlets along the way.

High and Wet at The Dewerstone







Today we started with Rock Climbing on the slabs at The Dewerstone looking at belaying, tying in, lowering and basic climbing skills. Then it was wetsuits on and into the river for a team gorge walk up, over, under and through all the rapids.

Dartmoor Navigation





Following a long drive back yesterday and an early start today, I am out with my 1st Year Outdoor Ed students today looking at navigation on Dartmoor. This is the start of a week camping in Princetown with lots of activities. There are only five students and myself and Kate with the so there will be some good low ratio coaching going on

Mountain Leader Assessment Expedition







Friday, Saturday and Today I have been conducting Mountain Leader Assessment in North Wales. This was the expedition phase and we were out in the Carneddau for 3 days and 2 nights. It was a misty weekend (which was good) and a couple of long night navs.

Well done to those who passed.