Mountain Leader – Navigation Refresher

Checking out the route before setting off

Last Saturday, I was working for Paul Poole Mountaineering providing an ML Navigation Refresher, which judging by the feedback received was very well received by the participants. We met at Siabod Café around midday to make plans before heading off to Cwmffynnon for a mini adventure that would end in darkness.

The first part of the walk, was spent getting the fundamentals right through the 5D’s navigational strategy (I have used quite a few and find this works really well). Along the way there was lots of discussion on the ML scheme, environmental issues and top tips of the assessment. With a big tick in box for the  fundamentals darkness was soon to engulf us and I was really pleased by how well the candidates performed in the dark with only one minor error each throughout the exercise, which with a carefully worded question they soon put right.

We were back to Siabod Café for 20:00, just before a torrential and wild snow shower arrived, which seemed a very fitting end to a successful adventure. If you would like CHMAS to provide this type of training for you and your friends, then please take a look at our Hill Walking page to find out more.

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