For the last 3 days, we have had 6 candidates out on a very sunny Dartmoor with Gwilym and Jay undertaking a Hill and Moorland Leader training course. Lots of navigation, environmental knowledge, leadership skills and hazard management taking place in some of the best weather conditions we have had for a while. Normally when we talk about extreme weather we mean wet and windy but there was plenty to discuss about the hazards presented by a heat wave.
This weekend, Gwilym has been out at Chudleigh and Hound Tor conducting an SPA assessment for 2 candidates. It was sunny and warm at Chudleigh for personal climbing, top and bottom roping and problem solving. Hound Tor was dry for personal climbing and group abseils. The weekend finished with a trip to Dart Rock .
Ian and his family for some fun in the South Wales Gorges today with guides Simon and Hannah. It was a little busy with loads of groups out enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend and all had a great time finishing with a well earned cup of tea afterwards
Today, Gwilym was in Bridgwater running a British Canoeing Foundation Safety and Rescue Training course on the local Canal. Warm and sunny above water and not to bad in it. Canoes, Kayaks, Stand Up Paddleboard's and Sit on Tops all got turned upside down and righted again.
We can run these on demand for groups of 4 - 6 so please let us know if you would like us to run pone at your location
Today, Gwilym was conducting National Navigation Award Scheme Gold Assessments on Dartmoor. A bright start led to a cloudier afternoon but although visibility was good, the assessment was challenging as there were plenty of complicated and intricate contour features to navigate to during the day.
Well done to Phil and Alex, 2 new SPA holders after a weekend in the sun. Day 1 at Chudleigh (Limestone) and Day 2 at Hound Tor (Granite) saw Gwilym assessing them in personal climbing, setting up rope systems for groups, dealing with problems, abseiling, teaching at a climbing wall and general climbing knowledge.
Well done again to both of you
This weekend, Gwilym was running a Mountain Skills course for 3 candidates in Snowdonia. A dry day and a wet day saw lots of navigation practice as well as learning about weather, the environment, hazards and how to enjoy the mountains even when it is wet and windy.
This week we have been in Snowdonia with 8 candates on Mountain Leader Training and 4 on Assessment. A staff team comprising of Gwilym, Keith, Jacob, Stu and Dewi have been working with candidates over the week in various parts of the National Park. The training over 6 days and assessment over 5 went to The Carneddau, The Glyders, Snowdon and Llanberis Pass. A mix of sun and rain over the week gave some really mixed navigational conditions. As this is a a double course entry, I have added more pictures than normal.
Well done to the new ML's who passed this week - go and have some more adventures
Gwilym has been on Dartmoor this weekend running a Gold NNAS Training course for 4 candidates, Although the weather was great (not ideal for navigation courses) it was still possible to learn lots of new techniques for use in limited visibility.
For the last 3 days, Jez has been working with our long term client Andy as he prepares for his SPA assessment which is coming up soon
This weekend, Gwilym has been on Exmoor with Alan for a bespoke NNAS Silver course. Both days delivered great weather and a variety of terrain to learn and consolidate skills. Well doen Alan for passing the Silver.
Over the last three days, Gwilym has been directing a Hill and Moorland Leader Training Course for staff from Wellington School. The course used both Exmoor and Dartmoor and both venues were capable of throwing some pretty grim weather at the candidates. Lots covered and 6 keen trainees now off to consolidate before assessment..
Over the last 6 days, Gwilym and Jez have been running a Mountain Leader Training course in North Wales for 5 candidates. The weather started well but ended with storm "Doris" which made conditions challenging for the expedition. Days out in The Glyderau and Carneddau looking at navigation, steep ground, the environment, leadership, emergencies and much more gave the candidates loads of ides to take forward into their consolidation period.
Our third and final (for this year) Winter Skills course finished today with awesome views over the Cairngorm Plateau. Over the last 3 days, Gwilym took clients Wayne and Andy into Ciste Gully to learn snow pack, ice axe arrest, foot work and emergency shelters, up to Carn Ban Mor for some navigation practice and fianlly today a circuit onto Cairngorm with stunning views.
Yesterday and today, Gwilym has been running a 1:1 skills course for Leon. Yesterday was spent in the relative shelter of Corrie an T'Sneachda looking at crampon, axe and snow skills. Today, they braved the biting cold and summitted Cairngorm (Scotland's 6th highest mountain) concentrating on safe travel techniques and poor visibility navigation.
This weekend, Gwilym has been running a Winter Skills course in The Cairngorms for clients Matt and Jamie. The first day was spent in one of the corries sheltering from the wind looking at using axes, crampons and precise foot work. The second day saw lighter winds and a journey onto the plateau to look at navigation, safe travel and shelters.
This weekend, Gwilym has been running a Lowland Leader Training course on the Blackdown and Quantock Hills. 6 candidates from Wellington School put in some great efforts negotiating mud and rain over the 2 days. All are now looking forward to getting the extra days in whilst preparing for assessment.
Gwilym and Mark were in Avon Gorge for the second day of the Mountain Training SPA course they are running for 7 candidates. Another chilly start followed by warm sunshine allowed the candidates to climb some nice route and do some more abseiling.
Gwilym and Mark have been running a Single Pitch Award Training course. They spent the day at Goblin Combe Car Park crag before going to Redpoint for the evening. Lots covered today in relation to Top and Bottom roping, Problem Solving and Abseils. Although a chilly start it soon warmed up and some of the hardier candidates were down to short sleeves