A mixed weather weekend for Gwilym and Mark on Dartmoor for the last three days working on a Hill and Moorland Leader assessment with 6 candidates
Day one was very wet, day two very windy and day 3 was a bit of both.
It was interesting to see the damage cause by last weeks fires but hopefully this will regenerate soon and fingers crossed the loss of ground nesting birds has not been to tragic.
Thanks to Andy and Mark for assisting Gwilym out on the wet and windy moor and to Jamie for helping out in the warm and dry climbing wall.
This weekend, Gwilym has been on Dartmoor directing a Rock Climbing Instructor Assessment with 4 candidates. With visits to Hound Tor and Chudleigh during dry Saturday and Dart Rock followed by The Dewerstone during wet Sunday, the candidates had plenty of varied locations to demonstrate their skills.
Gwilym, Robin and Ben were out at Haytor today working with a group from Hamp Estate in Bridgwater. Unfortunately rain stopped play by midday and they ran to the shelter of Dart Rock where it was warmer and drier. All 5 young people managed to climb and belay and learnt to put on their own harnesses and tie themselves in. At the end of the session they even had a little trip through the Dart Rock cave system.
This weekend whilst Wayne was running a Bronze course, Gwilym was also on a very wet Dartmoor running a Gold NNAS Training course for two keen candidates who despite the weather and wet pants, were able to concentrate long enough to get through the syllabus.
This is the top level personal navigation award and they will now need to go away to consolidate before presenting themselves for a one day assessment. Lets hope it is a drier day for them when they come back.
This weekend Wayne was on the edge of Dartmoor delivering an NNAS Bronze course with four candidates all of whom were deaf. The weather was typical for Dartmoor with four seasons in one day but this didn’t stop the eagerness to learn. Day 1 was in and around Belstone and Day 2 a short walk on the edge of the moor.
Big Thanks to Andy who was our sign language interpreter for the day
Over the last three days, we have had a number of candidates on a Hill and Moorland Leader Assessment. Day 1 and 3 on Exmoor with Gwilym and day 2 on Dartmoor with Jay saw the candidates put through some pretty wet weather to test their skills. Well done to those who passed but good efforts put in by all.
Yesterday Gwilym was out and about on the southern part of Dartmoor conducting a Gold NNAS assessment. He had a very nice day out with a couple of keen candidates in dry conditions. At least dry from above, it was definitely wet underfoot.
Gwilym has just got back from a great day in Princetown running a NNAS Tutors Course for 3 experienced Mountain Leaders who will be running NNAS navigation courses. With loads covered both inside and out, all three have gone away with some new ideas to play with over the next few weeks. Even the rain stopped so they didn't get too wet outside
For the last 3 days, we have had 6 candidates out on a very sunny Dartmoor with Gwilym and Jay running 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 .
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.
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.
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..
Another great week on Dartmoor working with MOD Apprentices from Bridgwater College. We had six teams out on the moor each doing a two day hill walking expedition, a days mountain biking and a day of climbing on one of the local tors. All of the guys got involved and had a great time and also rather uncharacteristically, for Dartmoor, the sun was out.
Thanks to Jacob for heading up this week as Gwilym was elsewhere
Gwilym was back out with Andy on Dartmoor looking at more complicated navigation strategies and how to choose which technique to use
Another fantastic day an a great starter weekend for Andy who we are going to work with a fair bit over the next 2 years
Olly and the students had glorious weather today for the last day of the Hill Skills course. Starting from Norsworthy Bridge they summited Down Tor before heading to Nuns Cross for lunch and returned via Combshead Tor, Crazy Well Pool and Leather Tor Bridge. The students led the day, taking turns to navigate and demonstrated all they had learnt over the last few weeks.