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Rain did Not stop play!
Mountain Leader Summer Training 7th to 12th August
ML Team starting out on their overnight expedition.
Last week Gav, Catherine, Bob, Gail, Clare and Tim launched themselves into their Mountain Leader Training Course with great enthusiasm. Based at Helvellyn Youth Hostel Adele the provider and director of the course was excited by the prospect of instructing this diverse team of people all from their different backgrounds and with different reasons for doing the ML training. The banter started very quickly but did not distract from lessons on the Navigators Dozen. Following some indoor instruction we were soon outside practicing micronavigation on Place Fell. It really works! and wow look at those contours! were comments heard as everyone got excited by finding the smallest of re-entrants. On day two the team had planned a journey off the beaten track around Helvellyn taking in Striding Edge
The start of Striding edge
Moving across Sriding edge in gale force winds taught the group how to manage a team across this terrain. Once on the top we continued our route across to raise where we were pleased that when asked by a lost walker we knew exactly where we were.
Following an evening discussion on Leadership we were pleased that a ridge of high pressure was going to bring dry sunny weather for our ropework day.
Thank you to Ron Rutland at Summitreks
who came to assist in the instruction and Mr Malcolm Creasy who came to moderate the course they added value and banter to the day. After a very successful day it was almost essential to finish of with a swift half at the Kirkstone pass Inn. In the evening we took a walk down to the Patterdale Mountain Rescue post where Glyn kindly showed us around the base and gave us an insight into how Mountain Rescue runs in the Lake District. Gale force winds and persistant heavy rain on Wednesday was not as an issue as we had indoor lessons on the weather and Risk before going outside to cross Glenridding beck!
Gail, Claire and Tim Crossing the beck! Finally on Thursday we set of in the rain for our overnight expedition. The wet warm conditions did not deter enthusiasm as we made our way across to Deepdale wher we did find a dryish spot to camp.
Overnight Camp Deepdale.
After tea we put on our wet clothes again and after ten minutes of the giggles settled into a grand course of Night Navigation taking us from small contour features to the top of Gt Dodd. Excellent dead reckoning night nav meant Adele's glasses were found after she had left them behind in the mist and rain. Five hours later the tents appeared through the mist and we settled down for good sleeps. In the morning a brief time of dry air allowed us to relax before the rain started again. Still remaining focussed we navigated our way home via every interesting contour feature and finished with a shower and coffee and cake at the hostel before departing. What a week!Below is some of the feedback from the course.What part of the course did you find most valuable and why?Micro Nav. Gained Loads of confidence in my ability to go out on my own.Being able to take on and learn from Adele's vast Knowledge and experience.What part of the course did you find least valuable and why?I found it all very usefulWhat is your plan now you have completed the course?Consolidation and Assessment-focusing on areas highlighted in 1:1 Debrief.Other CommentsAbsolutely loved it! Had a wicked time Excellent course-content,set up instructorAwesome! Thanks AdeleAdele will be running another Mountain Leader Training course from Helvellyn Youth Hostel from the 9th to the 14th October if you wish to find out more contact Adele on 07968983146 0r e mail email@example.com
Posted on 17 Aug 2011 by adele
Lhotse Spring 2012
Lhotse Spring 2012
Lhotse (8516m) taken from Camp 1on EverestNext Spring Adele will be Leading a Lhotse Expedition for Jagged Globe.www.jagged-globe.co.uk
LHOTSE 8516m,is the world's fourth highest mountain, and is situated very close to Everest.Whereas Everest has seen well over 3000 ascents Lhotse has received less than 400.
To climb Lhotse the route follows the well known Everest South Col route to Camp 3 (7300m) high on the Lhotse Face. From camp 3 Everest and Lhotse climbers continue up the face and make the long gently rising traverse up to the yellow band. Following an ascent of the band the Everest climbers continue their traverse to the Geneva Spur, the Lhotse climbers however strike off upwards toward a rocky outcrop nick named the turtle shell. The Rock shelves at 7900m provide small platforms where tents can be put up and Lhotse camp 4 can be established. Leaving camp 4 very early the entry to the couloirs is gained. Narrow and steep this is climbed for 500m until the ridge is reached. Once on the knife edge ridge, a left turn and some tricky climbing leads to the summit
Adele has now climbed four of the 8000m peaks and has stood on the summit of Everest twice. Adele will be leading the Lhotse expedition in the Spring 2012 hopefully making her the first British woman to climb more than four 8000m peaks. In addition to her quest on the 8000m peaks Adele will be completing the last three of her 7 summits and will leading the Jagged Globe Aconcagua expedition Nov 30th to Dec 21st.
If you are interested in joining Adele on either of these expeditions or trekking in to Everest base camp with her in the Spring 2012 then please contact Adele 07968983146 or Jagged Gobe on 0845 345 8848 or E- mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on 04 Aug 2011 by adele
Fun at Froggatt ( Expedition Training)Expedition Skills.....
The brief for today was ropework skills for expeditions.
Not wanting to tie knots all day, Adele, John, Emma and Paul started their day with some climbs at Froggatt.
After a climb where tying in is an essential part of the training John continued to practice his Jumaring and Abseiling skills whilst Emma and Paul continued their climbing.
During the morning the team were joined by more eager climbers from Scunthorpe who were being supervised by our well known climber Martin. It was soon evident that the star of the crag was going to be Daniel who breezed his way up climb after climb!
Saturated with knowledge and grazes from the grit it was time for a roast Dinner and pint at the Grouse. An excellent way to finish a fun sociable day.
Proud Dad and Son at the top of Froggatt.
Posted on 31 Jul 2011 by adele
Back in Leh
The team are now back in Leh after two days trekking out. Crossing the Lasermo pass 5400m was perfect but we were all relieved to reach the campsite where we celebrated by singing around the fire. A stunning day with fantastic views.
Tommorow we leave very early to go to Agra where we will visit the Taj Mahal.at sunrise.
Posted on 24 Jul 2011 by adele
Ladakh 4 Summit sucess!
This dispatch just received from Adele in Ladakh:
Yesterday morning at 8.54am Adele five sherpas and all the team members from RGSW stood (or sat ) on the summit of Samgyal 5850m. Adele was in her element as the climb proved to be a little more involved than expected.
Adele and Mingma fixed a rope over a huge crevasse which allowed access to the upper final mixed ice and rocky slopes and small summit. Extensive views of more mountains and the odd glimpse of the Karakorum range through the clouds added atmosphere to what was a fantastic day and a great achievement for al the pupils and Robert Gibson the teacher from RGSW. Well done to everyone and thanks to all the Sherpas.
Adele and Ted on the Summit
On the up!
And the down!
Adele apologises for the lack of news recently but there have been difficulties with the e-mail.
Posted on 20 Jul 2011 by adele
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