February 28, 2019

It was unlike any Scottish winter I've experienced in the last 19 years. I always prepare for anything weather wise, but not typically warm sunny days. The lack of snow after arriving last week was a surprise,I wasn't expecting it to be that bad.

I headed out over the n...

November 19, 2018

We've run a few Mountain Training Association CPD workshops in recent years, night nav and ML ropework, but members attending, representing all the walking awards, requested a future workshop that looked at dealing with emergencies. 

We ran this last week, a f...

October 16, 2018

“Mountain Leaders should be familiar with techniques to ensure safe travel through steep and broken ground” ML Handbook Section 4.1

I was working on an ML assessment last week, and we ventured into steep, broken and loose ground away from marked paths. We encountered we...

April 4, 2018

Only one wet day last week, as we were over in North Wales course directing an ML for Blue Peris Mountain Centre. The candidates didn't believe the saying "rain before 7, dry by 11' but it did come true, by my watch anyway!

Two groups from Worcester University's ou...

October 20, 2017

The Lowland Leader Award - If you’re considering starting the Lowland Leader Award or are moving toward assessment, the following topics are of consideration, taken from course delivery experience over the last three years. 

The pre requisites and syllabus

I encourage al...

September 28, 2017

So our kit has dried out from our latest ML assessment week over in North Wales, course directing for Blue Peris Mountain Centre. It was a full course with 8 candidates from various backgrounds. We looked at navigation and steep ground work over the first two days,in a...

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