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.
Today was the first day of the Hill Skills course for the Plymouth College Sport Baccalaureate lower sixth students. Olly Rees is one of our tutors and also Head of Outdoor Education at the school. They covered equipment and weather indoors before heading out in the rain to look at movement skills and navigation. The weather improved by the afternoon and we enjoyed sweeping views across Plymouth Sound from the top of the Dewerstone.
Today Dan was out delivering the second day of the Mountain Training Hill Skills course to the 6 candidates from the Quantock Hills and Mendip Hills AONB services.
The day was based from Triscombe on the Quantock Hills.
Movement techniques on steep ground started off the day by making their way up onto Wills Neck (highest point on the Quantocks).
Over the rest of the day we covered more basic navigation skills, effects of weather, using an emergency shelter, the moorland environment, risk management, relocation techniques and walking on bearings.
This all took place during a steady 18km route taking in the northern commons and the forests of Cockercombe and Ramscombe.
The day was based out of Charterhouse on the Mendip hills. The candidates covered a 16KM route in and around Beacon Batch, Rowberrow Warren and Velvet Bottom.
During the day they covered; Basic weather and the affect it has on us on the hill. Appropriate clothing and footwear for hill walkers. Pace and nutrition as well as the following navigational techniques: collecting and catching features, pacing, timings, orientating the map, map symbols and recognition of them on the ground and taking a bearing from map to ground.
The 6 candidates had a great day in the sun although the stiff northerly breeze made it pretty chilly. They were rewarded with great visibility across the Bristol Channel where the snow covered Brecon Beacons were evident.