Last week, I had a full week instructing for my friends at Arthog Outreach which saw me climbing, hill walking and canoeing and a great week it was too.
Climbing at Pontnesford Rocks
A lovely day climbing with a group of Year 5’s who really got into the spirit of climbing and working to look after each other. I hadn’t been to this venue for some time and I think it’s well overdue a visit with my little one.
Hill Walking on Cadair Berwyn
This Year 6 group had been looking at how mountains were formed and our walk up Cadair Berwyn was to bring this topic alive by chatting about the various geological features we passed. A lovely day out with some great young people.
Hill Walking on the Long Mynd
Another Year 6 group who were looking at how Mountains were formed. This time though we were on Ragleth Hill which gives excellent views over the Long Mynd Hills which has a diverse geology and created a good discussion point. Unfortunately, we spent most of the day in the rain so I decided to cheer the group up with how mountains were really formed (by the Elves using old magic). It caused a little trouble the next day when the class pointed out to their teacher how mountains were really formed but the look on the teachers face made me chuckle for quite a while after.
Canoeing at Simpsons Pool
I was quite looking forward to canoeing this week and the group of Year 5’s I had were a cracking group to work with once they were focussed on the activity. We played quite a few games to enforce the paddling skills and all too soon it was time to come off the water.
Climbing at Grinshill
I had been working with this group for two previous session and had planned to take them to Llanymynech for their last session. Unfortunately, to the closure of the A5 this was not possible so an alternative plan was made to take them to Grinshill. Despite the half term break the group had remembered lots of information from the previous weeks and were soon climbing with ease, belaying and undertaking their own safety checks.
I had a great week working with some lovely young people and learnt a whole host of new things myself, which will undoubtedly make me an even better instructor / outdoor educator than I am know. To see a few pictures of my week then please click here.