This year, I have been working hard to become a Course Director to run Mountain Leader Training & assessment courses and one of the requirements for this is that I observe / work on a certain number of courses. Last week, I was working with Paul Poole Mountaineering on a mountain leader assessment and a mighty fine week it was too.
Monday (Navigation Day)
This was nice stroll on the Glyders in some very unpleasant wet weather to see where the candidates are at. This was also the day that I found out my waterproof over trousers needed replacing as I felt that I was wet through to the underpants in minutes.
Tuesday (Security on Steep Ground)
As I have worked with Paul on several courses, he opted to let me run this day on my own and I decided that a trip to Cwm Idwal would be ideal to test navigation and to see the candidates strut their funky stuff with regard to the safe crossing of steep ground with and without the rope. All the candidates did really well and I was really pleased to see them grinning like ‘Cheshire Cats’ when we met up with Paul later in the day. The only downside to the day was that I managed to bash my knee on a rock which at the end of the day was aching a little too much for my liking after the walk.
Wednesday – Friday (Mini break around Snowdon)
A lovely two night expedition doing the ‘Tour De Snowdon’ and this has to be one of the best expeditions I have been on two idyllic campsites and a cheeky cuppa from the cafe on the summit of Snowdon, great banter and some excellent navigation and relocation from the candidates. On the final day. we took a little time to look at the gadgets (GPS, View Ranger etc) and this proved to be very lively discussion as we walked off the hill.
My mishaps continued, in that I forgot the tea bags and my body let me know in the strongest possible terms that I needed to seriously improve my fitness for the next course!
Well I’m pleased to say that the all candidates passed and despite my mishaps I had a really great week. If you are thinking about doing your Mountain Leader Training or Mountain Leader Assessment then take a look at Paul Poole Mountaineering – you won’t be disappointed.