I have been a mentoring an aspirant International Mountain Leader (IML) through his summer and winter assessments and on Wednesday, I was in North Wales looking at the fundamental aspects od the winter IML syllabus.
Our venue for the date was Cwm Lloer on the Carneddau which provided us with a range of snow conditions on which to practice. We looked at:
- Kicking steps,
- Cutting steps with the axe,
- Snow anchors – bucket seat, buried axe anchor & snow bollards,
- Ropes work (belay management and abseil techniques,
- Snow pack analysis’ and
- Transceiver rescues
A cracking day out in glorious sunshine working with a lovely client – who has his IML winter assessment in February and I look forward to hearing on how he gets on later in the year.