Today was the first day of a Mountain Leader Training Course that I was directing for Mark Garland in Snowdonia. After a quick course welcome inside we headed out up onto the hill for some micro nav and general hill stuff. Great weather, great views and a good bunch of candidates
This week I have been down on Dartmoor with Level 3 Outdoor Education students from Bridgwater College at Powdermills Bunkhouse.
We have undertaken NNAS Bronze and Silver training and assessment courses, Gorge Walking, Climbing, Kayaking and Coasteering as well as the students budgeting and cooking all of their own food.
A great week and fantastic weather though we had a bit or rain to help them test their new Mountain Equipment clothing from The Gorge Outdoors
Today was out working with Level 2 Public Services students around the Chedzoy area looking at basic navigation skills. Orientating map, handrailing and recognising map symbols were the topics of day. With a morning and afternoon group doing 10km each, my total for the day was 20km, This is all within walking distance of the college and it is the first time I have actually been in this area so it was nice to be somewhere different.
Today I was up at Meldon Reservoir above Okehampton mentoring a Trainee Level 2 coach and doing a bit of coaching of my own with Wellington School CCF. It was hard to believe it was October at time and was a very pleasant day on the lake with a great bunch of students and staff