Yesterday and today, Gwilym has been in Snowdonia with Long Term Development Client Andy who is preparing for his Mountain Leader Assessment. Some time playing with ropes, navigating in the dark and a day out near Crimpiau saw them avoid the worst of the weather and get lots of time in revisiting essential Mountain Leader skills
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
Gwilym has been in North Wales with long term client Andy. A dry day on Sunday saw Andy leading a number of routes under Gwilym's guidance including a number of Severes. Well done Andy. Monday was wet and windy so it was time to play with 1:25k, 1:50k and 1:40k maps in the Llanberis Pass to stay low
On Sunday and today, Gwilym was in Wales with Long Term Client Andy for some time in the Mountains. On Sunday they climbed and got away with it until the last pitch of the last route when the heavens open and they both got very wet. Today they headed up Tryfan via the north ridge for a great day (even in the rain) of scrambling and navigation practice
Today Gwilym was working with staff from Wellington School training them to use their climbing wall at the end of their sports hall. They looked at both technical and coaching issues and the school now has 4 more staff who can run climbing sessions
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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
What a windy day! With wind speeds in excess of 140mph recorded on the summits, Beth and Gwilym hid in Glenmore Forest for some navigation training. They made it out to Ryvoan Bothy for a snack before heading back in. They still got a bit of a battering and some snow blizzards but it was much better than being completely beaten up on the mountain.
Today with more high winds forecast Beth and Gwilym headed into T'Sneachda to look at emergency shelters, crampon work and the all important avalanche awareness. They actually sat in the shelters to have lunch and they worked really well. On coming out the wind had picked up and there was a lot of snow moving about so they navigated out along with a lot of other people leaving the corie. The van was rocking at the car park as the wind was picking up.
Today Gwilym took Beth to Huntly's Cave to hide from the 100 mph winds and rain in the mountains. They spent the morning looking at ropework and building belays before climbing a very wet V. Diff to finish.
Today Gwilym was out in Coire An T'Sneacha with Beth who is on our Long Term Development Scheme looking at "winterising" her summer skills. Navigation, Footwork, Decision Making, Ice Axe use and arrest were all looked at including the all important Avalanche awareness throughout the day.
A fair bit of snow loss from yesterday (including all the ice form the "flat ice" area) and some debris as a result of some bits of cornice falling off in the Mess of Pottage area.