Norway Expedition 2016

I have just returned from an 8 day expedition to Norway, working with 4 groups from a UK school on their Gold Duke of Edinburgh award expedition.

The photos below are from the trip.

Navigation Day – Client Feedback

This is the best part of my job, receiving positive feedback after working with 5 lovely clients from London.They learn’t how to use a map and compass to navigate in the countryside this weekend.

Anya

Thank you Paul for such an informative and great day! Very well-taught, the right amount of people, all the questions covered, everything spelt-out perfectly and a huge amount of patience on your side.

Will happily do another course with you.

George

Thank you Paul and Neil, for your patience and enthusiasm in helping us learn and improve our orienteering skills . I guess your course had made all of us a “Ninja Navigators”🙂.
It has been very helpful and informative with good coverage of navigational concepts. Nonetheless, course provided great opportunity to socialise and get to know some nice people.

James

Great day out with lovely people. The course was very practical and well-taught. Learnt useful skills, while having a thoroughly enjoyable time in the process.

Claudia

Hi Paul, thank you very much for being such a great leader and instructor. I really enjoyed today’s course and meeting you all. Very glad with the course contents, was just the right amount of information to take in as a first step and being a beginner.

Jo

I echo everyone’s comments. Thank you both for A brilliant day and organising the beautiful weather for us🙂

Navigation Skills Course

On Sunday I ran a map and compass skills course for 5 clients from London. The group were all people who had moved to the UK to live and work. They were from diverse parts of the world including India, Italy, Australia, Russia and New Zealand.

The course was held in Tring which is part of the Chilterns AONB

http://www.chilternsaonb.org.

As a group we enjoyed a glorious sunny day with stunning view across the Chilterns. All of the group were excellent learners and really grasped the basics of using a map and compass to navigate around the countryside and to be able to plan there own walks in future.

Thanks for a great day to Jo,James,Anya,Claudia and George.

Here are a few photos from the day –

Walkers and Paddlers
Walkers and Paddlers
Lunch Stop
Lunch Stop
Group relocating
Group relocating
Identifying a Grid Reference
Identifying a Grid Reference
Navigation Ninjas !!
Navigation Ninjas !!
The path is here somewhere
The path is here somewhere

Kilimanjaro Meet up Part 1

In October 2016 I will be taking 30 clients to Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. On Saturday the first of two meet ups was held to allow the group to get together and meet for the first time. On this occasion 16 people were able to attend for the day.

After an inital meet up at Go Outdoors in Coventry to discuss clothing and equipment for the trip, we then went on a 9 mile walk around the Warwickshire countryside.

After the walk finished we returned to the Strawberry Bank Hotel in Meriden for a further kit talk during which I gave a brief lecture on kit I would be using on Kilimanjaro based on my previous trip.

Following this the group then enjoyed a well deserved meal at the hotel.

Overall the day was a great success and allowed everybody to meet up and ask lots of questions about the trip.

Here are few photos from the day –

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Lowland Leader Training Day

This weekend I visited the Peak District with 11 friends for a walking weekend. One of the group, Neil is working towards attaining the Lowland Leader qualification – http://www.mountain-training.org/walking/skills-and-awards/lowland-leader.

The weekend gave Neil the opportunity to gain invaluable experience in learning to lead a group walking. Our route started in a small village south of Buxton called Longnor. From here we walked south through the gritstone landscape passing the remains of Pilsbury Castle an Iron Age Fort onto Hartington.

Hartington Village Square
Hartington Village Square

After a short stop we continued further South where the geology of the landscape changed to limestone and the stunning Wolfscale Dale.

The start of the narrow limestone valley.
The start of the narrow limestone valley.

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The walk then continued onto Wetton Mill and the Manifold Trail.

Descending towards Wetton Mill.
Descending towards Wetton Mill.
Lunch Stop
Lunch Stop

We then followed the Manifold Valley Trail to Hulme End and beyond returning to Longnor for a well deserved pint after 21 miles of walking.

Sunset
Sunset
Neil - The Leader
Neil – The Leader
Great view to end a Great day.
Great view to end a Great day.
The final leg
The final leg