Mountain Leader Summer Training 19th to 24th August
The Mountain Leader Team on the summit of Helvellyn
This last week Adele has been directing a Summer Mountain Leader training course in the Lake District. The six candidates where not quite sure what was in store for them as they gathered last Sunday at Helvellyn Youth Hostel.
After some introductions it was soon down to work with the Navigators Dozen theory and a day on Place Fell Navigating intensely to find ring contours, re entrants, tiny tarns and all sorts of humps and bumps. The mist came down exactly at the right time as the team counted their paces and fell into bogs as they concentrated on their bearings.
No time for rest the evening was spent planning their mountain day for Monday before settling down to a fine meal at the Hostel.
Navigating around Raise
Day two dawned with more rain and wind forecasted and off the team went to find more ring contours and the odd ski tow before demonstrating different leadership styles as they romped across the tops towards Helvellyn. Descending Striding Edge with a good breeze! behind them ensured that every aspect of party leadership was examined and tested.
Group descending Striding edge.
Once back at the Hostel it was time to listen to Adele talk about Leadership in the mountains and relate her experiences of party management in some extreme environments.
Now day three it was time to look at some emergency rope work and a few did manage to tie themselves in knots as they learnt a whole host of new techniques.
In the evening there was a visit to the local Mountain Rescue post for a very informative session and I do believe this was followed by a visit to the local watering hole for a pint or two.
On day four the rain hammered on the windows of the hostel and everyone was quite content to learn more about access and conservation, the weather and water hazards before getting wet practising their river crossings.
May not look deep but swimming was not an option!
Finally it was time to prepare for the mini break into the mountains and do some shopping and packing.
Apprehensive about what was to come the team set off up Deepdale on Thursday morning. The weather forecast was not brilliant for the next two days and within ten minutes everyone was fully dressed in waterproofs. Navigating from spot to spot we eventually emerged from Deepdale to see the location of our overnight camp.
Deep in Deepdale
Looking towards Grisedale Tarn
Soon we were brewing up and cooking our special chosen gourmet food in preparation for another few hours out in the dark. Night Navigation is always a great experience especially in thick mist!
Expecting the worse the weather did dry up and striking camp early on Friday morning allowed us to enjoy the fantastic panoramic views from the top of Fairfield before we negotiated our way back via Hart Crag.
Dry and very cheerful we returned for the final debrief after what can only be said as a full on week on a Mountain Leader Training course.
Well done to all the six candidates who can now take away their new skills and enjoy the hills with more confidence and prepare themselves ( if they wish) for their assessment.
Thank you also to:
Ron Rutland ( MIC) for advertising the course through Summitreks
and working on our rope work day
Patterdale Mountain Rescuer team and Matt for the very informative session.
Staff at Helvellyn YHA for their service and good food.
Some feedback from the candidates.
Fantastic course - Thank you
An Inspirational week all round.
All the course has been excellent and valuable
Adele has gone above and beyond!!
If you are interested in the Mountain Leader Award, the Walking Group Leader Award or Single Pitch Climbing Award then find out more from Mountain Leader Training UK
or contact Adele directly about her future courses.
Posted on 25 Aug 2012 by adele
Five days of Sun and Lakeland Rock 12th August
David taking his saddle on Little Chamonix
David struck lucky with the weather and reunited himself with the rock with an amazing day at Shepherds Crag Borrowdale. Little Chamonix (V Diff) had to be climbed first followed by Ardus (MVS) two of Adele's favourite routes.
David on Final Pitch Ardus ( MVS )
Quickly getting his leading head on, David started to steal the lead and continued his day on Fisher's Folly (VS) taking the first pitch to allow Adele the second pitch. Not wanting to waste the weather David jumped on Chamonix ( HS) before ending the day with the duo sneaking a top rope on Creeping Jesus (HVS). Ten pitches of climbing had to be followed with a couple of beers and some good pub grub. With the weather set fair and the plan to look at some rescue techniques; Troutdale Pinnacle ( S) provided the perfect location. Adele passing on her knowledge and stories of rescues, David finally stole all the lead except for one 10m pitch. A visit to Shepherd's Cafe and a quick drive to Penrith to catch the train completed the perfect two days.
The next morning the sun shone again and although perhaps a day in the APM office was needed the lure to go to Engineers slab and Adele to steal the lead of Lakeland Cragsman ( HVS) with a couple of friends could not be resisted. The day continued with a visit to Fat Charlie's Buttress and an ascent of Myth of Fingerprints ( S|) and Supermodels E1 by the two ladies!
Rae leading the sparsely protected Myth of Fingerprints
Not satisfied the day had had enough excitement it was time to visit Keswick Lake for a fantastic Lake Alive performance and some amazing fireworks.
It was now the weekend and Claire had already noted her ideal routes. Napes Needle followed by Needle ridge was the plan..... The thought of the slippy polished Wasdale Crack (HS) was more nerve racking than the HVS the day before for Adele. Well jammed into the crack Adele squirmed up and belayed on the slab. Claire climbed with much more style and finally perched on the top the girls got a great view of their next objective Needle ridge
Needle ridge from Napes Needle
The final pitch tested their nerve as the wind gusted and perched on the top there was only one thing on their mind.... How the hell to get back down...
Excited that they were down safe from the top of the needle Adele pulled through the ropes to jam them!!! Classic mistake or not for Adele.... don't forget the knot!! Swear words echoed around Gable as Adele set of for a second squirm up the crack. A few minutes later everything was sorted and the girls ascended Needle Ridge in record time. Running down to meet Noelle; they were a little too bit hasty in their attempt to find her and drove off as she waved from the hill side. Finally at 8pm everyone was united at Booth's supermarket....!! . With one day of good weather left Adele and Claire returned to Engineers Slabs for a second ascent of Lakeland Cragsman and then the essential Tea and Cakes at Grange cafe.
YES at last British trad climbing at its best!!
Claire on top of Napes Needle.
Nothing like a week British trad climbing to complete the Olympics!
Adele has some availability in August and September for anyone who would like to hit the rock. Please e mail or ring Adele on 07968983146 for dates.
The APM Mountain Leader Training course starting on the 19th August is now full.
Posted on 12 Aug 2012 by adele