As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Chris is a Hill Walking and Climbing Assessor for the Scout Association. As such, in February, he was in the Brecon Beacons providing training for a Terrain 1 – Permit Assessment.
All the people on the course were super keen to introduce their scouts to mountain walking. The day started with aims and objectives of the day and a review of the Permit Scheme and leader responsibilities.
Practical Navigation – Part 1
AC12091 provides a checklist for the core competencies for a Hill Walking Permit Assessment. To check understanding of these competencies we took a circular walk starting and finishing at the BBNP – Mountain Centre. The walk has a mix of terrain to hone or test the navigational skills which all took in their stride. As we ventured on the more adventurous terrain to the summit of Fan Frynych. At this point, things turned misty to make things a little more interesting. This resulted in a few learning points (importance of timing & accurate relocation strategies). The sun reappeared as we left the summit and we were able to chat about leading groups and emergency procedures.
Back at the Mountain Centre we reviewed the walk over tea and cakes.
Practical Navigation – Part 2
This a night navigation walk on the slopes of Fan Fawr, in heavy rain and mist. A real test of navigational skill. The participants, hit all the objectives and they brought me safely back to the Story Arms. Just a little damper than when I started the walk!
The Next Steps
All the participants left with an action plan as they prepare for their assessment in April.
CHMAS is happy to assist Scouters in obtaining a hill walking permit. For more information then please get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org.