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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CHMAS – Bronze Qualifying Expedition

DofE Action From the Peak District

For Chris and the team, they are always brimming with pride when they work on our qualifying expeditions and get to see the teams smashing the expedition by using all the skills they learnt from the training and practice expedition to good effect.

This bronze qualifying expedition in the Peak District, was no exception, with all the teams coping really well with the hot weather, in awe of the views and really proud of what they achieved. I think this excerpt from the assessor’s report really summed it up for them

‘A cracking team that worked together really well. Throughout the whole expedition they pulled together and were constantly laughing and cheerful, even when the hills got tough. Their expedition skills proved to be exceptional and a credit to the both them and the trainers‘.

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


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Back at Arthog Wales

Working for Arthog Wales is almost becoming a habit and long may it continue.  On this particular weekend, Saturday saw Chris providing an all day climbing session at Barmouth Slabs which was ace and made even more awesome by the group stopping off at the beach for a paddle and an ice cream, which was a pretty special way to end the day. On the Sunday, it was gorge walking and raft building and there was much laughter all around as the groups took every opportunity to take a dip to cool off in the hot weather.

Very much looking forward to more work at Arthog Wales in the next term.

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Hill & Moorland Leader Training Course – Observation

HML action in the Brecon Beacons

Chris is looking to become a Hill & Moorland Leader Provider and is currently building up the necessary portfolio to submit the application in August. As part of this process, he was privileged to work alongside Alan Ward of Bigfoot Services on his Hill and Moorland Leader training course and a mighty fine course it was too.

Day 1 – Getting The Basics Right
A day in the Brecon Countryside looking at the fundamental navigation skills, navigational strategies, group management and chatting about the natural environment. A top day out in great company

Day 2 – Journeying In the Hill & Moorland Environment
A day in the Brecon Beacons taking in the summit of Fan y Big looking at efficient movement, emergency procedures and the natural environment.

Day 3 – Applying the Learning
A journey to apply the learning with contour interpretation, hill talks and how to teach navigation. The day was finished off with a debrief and personal action plans.

A very enjoyable course to observe and its always a pleasure working with Alan Ward of Bigfoot Services. Now really looking forward to deliver these courses in the future once my application to become a Provider has been approved – fingers crossed and all that.

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Another Weekend at Arthog

Fun in the sun at Arthog Wales

Great to be back at Arthog in Wales for more fun and adventure!

This weekend, there was a mix of gorge walking, raft building, canoeing and climbing sessions full of laughter and smiley faces. The highlight of the weekend for me was paddling in the sea at the end of the climbing session to cool down. I of course ended up soaking wet as the group gave a me a watery send off.

A job well done in my opinion and I’m looking forward to the next weekend in July

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CHMAS – Heartstart Training

Ready to train the next batch of first aiders.

As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) CHMAS is pleased to offer the free British Heart Foundation (BHF) Heartstart first aid course.  To find out more about the scheme please click here.

So far Heartstart – CHMAS has run courses for local schools, scout troops, adult support groups and individuals and we are pleased to have  trained over 35o people in simple first aid skills to save lives.

In June, Chris and the team delivered Heartstart Training Courses to two local primary schools and a very enthusiastic bunch they were too. Everyone enjoyed getting stuck into the practical sessions and I am always amazed by the questions that I get asked.

CHMAS is looking to expand our volunteer instructors so if you are interested in delivering Heartstart Courses then please drop Chris and email –

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