Afloat Again

Just because no blog for last few days doesn't mean I wasn't busy. All the Mountain Leader course admin and some general kit maintenance over the weekend. A day yesterday showing new college staff around the local climbing venues and then back aflaot today.

L3 Outdoor Education students from Bridgwater and Taunton College refining their open boat skills before they start leading some sessions next week.

Mountain Leader Training Day 4

Out on Tryfan again but this time for the fourth day of the Mountain Leader training course I am working on for Wet and High Adventures Ltd. Half of the candidates were with me and the others with Simon. We all met up for a group photo on the cannon.

Mountain Leader Assessment Day 2

Out on Tryfan for the second day of the Mountain Leader assessment course I am directing for Wet and High Adventures Ltd. The topic for the day was managing groups on steep ground with and without a rope.

Mountain Leader Assessment Day 1

Out today running the first day of a Mountain Leader assessment for Wet and High Adventures in Llanberis Pass. 4 candidates with me and the other 4 with Jacob spent the day in the Cwm Glas area looking at their navigation, leadership and environmental knowledge

Two more Mountain Leaders

Just got back in from running a Mountain Leader re-assessment for Wet and High Adventures in Llanberis Pass. The weather turned out better than expected and the rock was relatively dry. Pleased to say that both candidates passed and are off to have adventures with groups soon in the mountains of the UK

Wet and Windy in Llanberis Pass

After having to drive a minibus all the way back to Somerset yesterday, I was back on the road at stupid o'clock this morning to get back up to Snowdonia for a week of directing Mountain Leader courses for Wet and High Adventures Ltd. Today was a 1:1 Navigation re-assessment in a very wet and windy Llanberis Pass. Wet pants within 45mins for me (6 mins for the candidate apparently) and stinging rain on the face in the descent. Lovely!

Raft Building

After getting back from exped, what better way to chill out than with a Raft Building competition. Both teams selected the equipment they wanted and paddled it over to the beach in canoes. Then I removed the canoes allowing them to construct a raft and return to shore. One very successful team and one completely disintegrated raft made choosing the winners quite easy.

Mountain Skills and a Night Out

Wednesday was the second day of the Mountain Skills course for the Bridgwater College students and what better way to test their learning but to head out on an overnight expedition to finish it all off. We walked out this morning for a cooked lunch waiting for us back at Glan Llyn

Afon Ddu Gorge

In the Afon Ddu gorge today with my Bridgwater College students. A nice level creating some challenges and allowing them to move up river together. It was quite busy in there with other groups and the water a tad chilly but a nice rest in between our hill days

The Calm before the Storm

Directing Day 1 of a Mountain Training Mountain Skills course on behalf of Wet and High Adventures for Bridgwater College L3 Outdoor Education students.  We was able to get in an have some fun on the false Gribyn ridge before heading down into Idwal. The wind was picking us up nd blew us out of the cwm and down to the road. There was a lot of spray moving on both Llyn Idwal and Ogwen as the remains of the hurricane rolled in. A great day all in all.

Canoe Orienteering

After a long drive up from Somerset with my Bridgwater and Taunton College L3 Outdoor Education students, we launch on Llyn Tegid (Bala) for a spot of Canoe Orienteering. We are based at Glan Llyn for a week of adventure

Canoe and SUP

A bit of play time on Canoe and SUP's for my First Year L3 Outdoor Education students from Bridgwater and Taunton College down on the Bridgwater Canal. They have now experienced a whole range of craft. After Half Term we will start on stroke development.

Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

Running another British Canoeing Foundation and Rescue Training course for Bridgwater and Taunton College L3 Outdoor Education students on the Bridgwater Canal. 6 students have now completed this award and are looking forward to using it as a progression to becoming a coach in the future. Thanks again to Robin for helping out