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.
Gwilym, Stu and Si have been busy in Snowdonia this week assessing Mountain Leaders. With 7 candidates on a full 5 day assessment and 2 candidates coming back for a 1 day re assessment it was pretty busy for the team. The weather was awesome (almost too nice in fact meaning the teams had to stay up very late for some night navigation) and we are very pleased to report there are 7 new Mountain Leaders heading off into the mountains to inspire their own groups. Well done
This week Gwilym and Stu have been running a Mountain Leader Training course in Snowdonia between them. Gwilym had the drier start to the week and Stu the wetter end. 4 candidate all super keen to be out in the mountain whatever the weather and now heading off to get some more experience and prepare for assessment.
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 The Quantock Hills and at Steart Marshes delivering a Lowland Leader Training course.
Keen candidates, lovely weather and all just a few miles form the office. Over the weekend they saw some Deer, Lapwings and many more of our British Wildlife
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
This weekend Gwilym was on The North Wessex Downs with 3 school teachers who were being assessed for their Lowland Leader award ready for the upcoming DofE season. One hot and sunny day followed by one wet and breezy day saw the candidates put through their paces with navigation, knowledge and leadership tasks before finally getting their results over a drink. 3 out of 3. Well done
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
Our next open course is the 2nd of March in Princetown or we can run these on demand for groups of 4 or more at your own location.
Last week, we had a group of our instructors up in South Wales supporting Bridgwater and Taunton College with their apprentices just like we did the week before. Lots more climbing, biking and expeditions completed with all students and instructors having an enjoyable time. Better weather than the first week was a big moral boost as well.
Last week, we supplied 8 instructors to support Bridgwater College with their apprentice residential programme in South Wales, 42 students, loads of equipment and minibuses arrived at the accommodation near Abergavenny for some team building and route planning before a week of climbing, biking and an overnight expedition. All had a great time and having just finished sorting all the kit and equipment, we start again on Monday for round 2 with the next group.
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.