Working For Arthog Wales

The view from the Barmouth Slabs

A change is as good as a rest so it was with great enthusiasm that I headed off to Arthog Wales for a weekend of gorge walking, canoeing and climbing with some trainee teachers from Telford. A fabulous opportunity to showcase the work at Arthog Wales and talk about the services of Arthog Outreach.

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Instructing For Arthog Outreach

I really like working for Arthog Outreach as every week is different and this week was no exception with walks on the Wrekin and a spot of caving.

Wrekin Walks
The walks this week were with Year 1 & Year 2 are were themed in the shadow of the Wrekin, which involved lots of exploring, foraging, splashing in paddles and having lots of fun through the theme of Katy Morag. We made simple maps and then used them to navigate off the summit.

Caving at Ogof Llanymynech
Working with a Year 3 group we had a right ole giggle squirming and wriggling through the passages and telling tales. The theme for the day was the ‘Stone Age’ so lots to talk about in this environment.

 

 

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CHMAS – Lowland Leader (Refresher)

Fungi. wildlife and a whole lot of learning

As an approved Mountain Training course provider for the Lowland Leader Award, CHMAS is in a very privileged position to train and assess future walk leaders and to be honest we absolutely love running these courses. We have one very keen bunch who wanted a refresher course as they prepared for their assessment with us in November so we just couldn’t say no.

A quick chat to identify the main outcomes for the day and it was off into the Shropshire Countryside to look at efficient route finding, the natural environment and emergency procedures. The groups environmental knowledge was awesome and I came away with lots of new information to use on my courses.

If you would like CHMAS to provide this course for you then please do get in touch.

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A New Term – Instructing For Arthog Outreach

We came, we saw and we conquered.

The summer now seems like a distant memory and it’s been good to be back working for Arthog Outreach, which has mostly been ascending the Wrekin with various year groups.

The Wrekin In The Roman Times – Year 5
An ascent of the Wrekin by one of my sneaky routes to find out the past occupation of the hill (Iron Age fort) with lots of foraging along the way. The day was finished off by  quick visit to the Roman Village at Wroxeter. A top day out according to the young people so a job well done.

In The Shadow of the Wrekin – Year 1/
A few fun days walking up the Wrekin making maps of the things we can see – just like Katie Morag does when she explores the Isle of Struay. We had quite a lot of fun drawing the maps and marling up all the things we saw.

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CHMAS – Bronze DofE Qualifying Expedition

DofE Expedition Success

Early in September, CHMAS had 40 young people out on a Bronze DofE Expedition in Llangollen and I’m pleased to say all the teams successfully completed their expedition is some pretty inclement weather! It always gives us a real buzz to see the teams using the skills learnt from the training phase to complete their expedition and this year was no exception. Chris is now liaising with the school about the programme for next year so a job well done in our opinion.

If you would like CHMAS to facilitate your expedition then please take a look at our DofE Page to find out more.

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Mountain Leader Assessment

ML Assessment in full swing

Earlier in the week, I was working for Paul Poole Mountaineering on a Mountain Leader Assessment course. The theme for the day was efficient movement in the mountains, security on steep ground with and without the rope and a mighty fine day it was too.

I’m pleased to say that all the candidates went to successfully complete their assessment and its been a privilege to have been part of their journey

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NCS Course Leading For Condover Hall

Testing and running the new raft sessions

Its been a fabulous three weeks facilitating the National Citizen Service (NCS) activity residential at Condover Hall with some 600 young people passing through. The NCS programme is open to all 16 and 17-year-olds in England and it helps to build their skills for work and life, while they take on new challenges and meet new friends. More information on how to get involved can be found here.

During their stay, the groups have been involved in abseiling, archery, bushcraft, climbing, high ropes challenges, raft building and team building activities. There has been much laughter and smiling faces and its been a pleasure to be involved in their NCS experience and I would like to wish them all a happy graduation.

Chris has also spent a little time facilitating a revised raft building experience and this was well received by the watersports team (who really experimented with alternative designs and pushed the rafts to their limits) and participants alike.

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Instructing For Arthog Outreach in July

Arthog Outreach adventures in July

Wow, this term seems to have flown by working for Arthog Outreach and in his final sessions for this academic year he has been involved in caving, climbing, canoe and hill walking sessions. They have all been a blast working with some fun and enthusiastic young people who really enjoyed the outdoors and having an adventure.

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CHMAS at The Edge Adventure

CHMAS has a loyal customer base and we’ve been working with some clients for several years as they like what we do and the way Chris and the team look after them. This year, we needed to change venue at short notice so 41 young people and staff were booked in to The Edge Adventure for a day of fun and adventure.

This was a first for us and judging by the feedback from the group they thoroughly enjoyed their activities which consisted of Archery, Jacobs Ladder, Mountain Boarding and Rifle Shooting.

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CHMAS – Bronze DofE Practice Expeditions

Ted – checking out the teams route

In July, CHMAS had 6 teams out in Llangollen undertaking their DofE Bronze practice expeditions and despite the hot weather all teams did extremely well. The evening meals were varied but all of a high standard with many adapted from the ready, steady cook expedition during their training and all teams were up early on the second day to avoid the heat.

All teams successfully completed their practice expedition and are now all looking forward to their qualifying expeditions in September.

If you would like CHMAS to facilitate your expedition then please take a look at our DofE Page to find out more.

On route

Cooling the feet at the ford.

At the campsite

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