ML Training with Bicton College – March 2013

In March, we were asked to run a Mountain Leader training Course for Bicton College. It was done over two, three day, midweek sessions. The first week saw us based in the South West with an expedition on Dartmoor. The weather was perfect for this with some good visibility, a very difficult night exercise and […]

Winter in Snowdonia – January 2013

In January, Mark and I spent two days at Plas y Brenin attending a Mountain Training Workshop. Thursday we spent looking at the climbing awards, SPA and CWA whereas on friday, we concentrated on the walking awards, the ML and WGL. When we woke on friday, the mountains were white and the roads were blocked. […]

The Italian Dolomites – Summer 2011

The Dolomites were chosen as Norton Hill School’s destination for their D of E Gold Expedition and Adventure Week in the summer of 2011. The base was a small town near the resort of San Martino de Castrozza. The plan was to do some adventure activities to acclimatise for their four day expedition before spending […]

Dachstein, Austria – Easter 2011

During Easter 2011, Mark and I along with Jamie and Kate, planned a ski tour around the Dachstein area of Austria. We met up with Lorraine and Andy Leivers of Austrian Alpine Activities as they were helping me plan a school ski trip to Radstadt the following year. When we arrived it was summer so […]

Autumn Courses 2012

The Autumn saw us running a number of courses. The three weekend ML Training course saw a mixture of weather as usual. The ‘wild camp’ in the Brecon Beacons was clear and cold and many shivered the night away. We also had a cold day on Moel Siabod but everybody was impressed with the views. […]

SPA Assessment – August 2012

A weekend in late August saw Nicola and three other instructors successfully complete their SPA Assessment. The candidates all performed extremely well on the saturday in wet and greasy conditions at Symond’s Yat. We managed to avoid most of the very heavy showers passing overhead. The sunday was a far better day and I managed […]

Corsica 2012

While supervising the D of E Gold Expedition to Corsica with Norton Hill School, Cyrano and I managed to fit in some more exploration of the GR 20. Initially, we warmed up by climbing from Haut Asco to the Bocca di Stagnu and up to A Muvrella (although warming up is something you do not need to do on […]

ML Training 2012

During the spring course this year we had some of the best and worst weather we had ever experienced. During the expedition, we had very clear skies and strong but warm south easterly winds. It was like walking under a giant hair drier. It made poor visibility navigation quite difficult to practise but was particularly […]