This week at Arthog Outreach, I have been leading a walk on the Wrekin and a caving session at Ogof Llanymynech and we all had an absolute blast.
Working with a Year 1 group and using the theme of Katie Morag we went for an adventure up the Wrekin. We foraged for food, lunch at the top and then made maps of our journey. This meant that we could use the maps to find our way back to the bus. On our descent, we even found a rope swing which was put to good use.
Working with a Year 3 / 4 group we explored the cave – into Entrance Chamber – through to Shaft Chamber – a crawl through to Fiveways Chamber and finished off with an instructor challenge to exit the cave. This resulted in exceptional feedback from the group with some of the group declaring it was the best day ever.
On Brown Clee making good use of the information board
As an approved Mountain Training Lowland Leader Course Provider, CHMAS was pleased to be running our first assessment for some returning customers. We had quite a mixed bag of weather with rain, mist, wind and sunshine on Brown Clee and glorious sunshine for day 2 at Haughmond Hill. All the candidates performed well, presented some informative hill talks and talked in great detail about the environment and I’m pleased to say they all successfully passed their assessment. Well done to you all.
To see a few photographs from the assessment then please click here.
If you would like attend a CHMAS Lowland Leader Training or Assessment course then take a look at Lowland Page to find out more.
Training In Progress
CHMAS runs a variety of first aid courses and we have built up an excellent reputation for providing bespoke, fun and engaging courses. Therefore, we were extremely pleased that a previous Client asked us to provide AED Training for its members as they had just purchased an AED.
The feedback from the course was exceptional and so much so that they have asked for the course to be repeated in November so a job well done in our opinion.
If you would like CHMAS to provide First Aid Training for your club or organisation then please take a look at out First Aid Page to find out more.
Its always fun working for Arthog Outreach and towards the end of September, I was leading a caving trip to Ogof Llanymynech and a minibeast hunt on Earls Hill.
Caving at Ogof Llanymynech
Its a good job that I enjoy caving as I seem to be doing it quite a bit this term. The cave works its own magic and the young people simply enjoy exploring and seeing what they can find. No two trips are the same but all enjoy the story telling about my caving mentor Al.
Devils Coach Horse Beetle – what a cracker
Minibeast Hunt at Earls Hill
If you look hard enough you will find nature all around us and in this case were looking very hard to see if we could find any minibeasts. Our searching paid dividends as we fund a Devils Coach Horse Beetle which the young people were very impressed with. We also made it to the top of Earls Hill and were treated with some splendid views of the countryside.
Really grateful I had a lighter map to use for the day.
Towards the end of September, I found myself in the very privileged position of observing a Hill & Moorland Leader (HML) assessment course at Plas Y Brenin. HML assessments are run over three days and it was great to see the different venues used for the assessment and how the assessment was conducted. I took away lots of great ideas from the course (settling candidates in, product and process and feedback techniques). To see a few photographs from the course then please click here.
CHMAS after our Provider / Director in November will be running these courses in 2019. If you would like to find out more about our courses then please click here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.