Expeditions

Corsica with QEH School

July saw me accompanying the boys and staff of QEH School to Corsica. After overnighting in Nice, noisy and busy due to the Euro finals. An early morning ferry to Ile Rousse and a train took us to the campsite at Algejola. The next day, we set off to Haut Asco via the via ferrata […]

The Vanoise with Writhlington School

At the beginning of July, I accompanied Writhlington School with Jamie and Emma to the Vanoise for their D of E Gold Assessment. It was great to get back to Pralognan, a favourite place of mine and France was buzzing due to its success in the Euros. The expedition took place in warm, sunny weather […]

A Busy Month, March 2016

March 2016 was a very busy month. Early in the month, I accompanied Tim Chandler on a recce visit to the Gran Paradiso National Park in Italy to plan the summer expedition for Norton Hill School. We spent several days in Cogne and Rheims Notre Dame planning the visit and even managed some ski touring […]

The Vercors with Norton Hill School

At the end of July 2015, I once again accompanied the Norton School’s Sixth Form on their D of E Gold Assessment and adventure trip. This time we went to the Vercors for the first time. The Vercors is a limestone plateau in the Pre Alps south of Grenoble and a stunning location. The area […]

Writhlington School D of E in Snowdonia

In June, I accompanied Jamie and Writhlington School for their D of E Assessment and Training to Snowdonia. The weather was dry and cold for the first half of the week and as we had a spare afternoon on arrival, went climbing and abseiling behind the campsite. We decided that as the trainees were very […]

Scotland Easter 2015

Easter saw Nic and myself off to Kinlochleven to work again with Giggleswick School’s CCF. The week just happened to coincide with some of the best Easter weather that Scotland has to offer. Clear skies, light winds and enough snow on the hills to increase the beauty. I worked with a number of groups during […]

Pyrenees Snowshoe

In February, 2015, I accompanied Philip and Helen Wilson and John Kirby to the Pyrenees. Philip was about to complete his winter IML Assessment and so we spent the week snowshoeing and discussing various issues related to the assessment. The week coincided with one of the wildest and snowiest periods the Pyrenees had seen in […]

Late Autumn 2014

Having agreed to run a number of courses in late November and early December, we were lucky to experience some dry and sunny weather making learning much easier. We ran a ML Training Course for the trainee instructors at Haven Banks and outdoor students at Exeter College. This was done over two, three day sessions. […]