Last weekend I worked with Great Marlow School at Youlbury Scout Activity Centre providing tuition in map and compass skills for young people undertaking there Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.
On each day I spent time with the group teaching the theory of map and compass skills after which we went on a 6 mile walking trip out from the activity centre into the surrounding countryside. Both groups performed really well being able to navigate with a minimum of advice and assistance from myself.
In the afternoon we spent a couple of hours on route planning in preparation for there expedition training in the forthcoming months.
In the evening the groups were shown how to put up a tent and how to cook using trangia meths stoves.
It was a great weekend and was fantastic to see the groups leave with new found knowledge and skills which will equip them well for there future journey along the D of E scheme.
I have been working today on a team building and problem solving day with 260 year 7 children at a school in Mansfield.
It was another scorching hot day and all the children coped very well with the high temperatures.
In tune with the current heat wave I ran the global warming activity as the children had to imagine crossing a swamp with the aid of 2 wooden planks and several islands on which to cross over onto.
The 9 groups of children I met through the day were completing the last day of a week long induction before they start at the school in September. It was a great way for them to end the week having made new friends and experienced a variety of challenging activities.
I led my first Skyride of 2013 around the scenic countryside and lanes of Sutton Coldfield and Tamworth yesterday.
At 09-30am participants started to turn up at the start of the ride on a variety of bikes including – road bikes, mountain bikes and one brave chap on a single speed fixie.
The ride started at 10-00am and after giving a safety briefing to the 20 participants, myself and the two assistant ride leaders Dave and Rob set off from Sutton Park out into the Staffordshire Countryside.
The weather was sunny with a gentle breeze to keep us cool on the inital steep climb on Cardiac Hill out of Sutton Park. At this point we lost 2 riders to a broken chain.
During the ride we stopped in the grounds of Tamworth Castle for a refreshment break which then gave everybody a boost to complete the last 10 miles back to Sutton Park.
The group all completed the ride successfully.
Looking forward to next weekend now for a 3 mile Sky Ride around the lakes at Kingsbury Water Park.
Over the last 2 days I have been working with year 9 pupils from Loughborough High School teaching navigation,camp craft and expedition skills in preparation for there forthcoming Bronze D of E assessment.
On Day 1 we spent a short time on map and compass revision and then headed out for the expedition phase. This involved walking around the Loughborough countryside on a pre-planned route prepared by my group.
10 miles and 8 hours later we arrived in camp.
After setting up there tents the group got to work cooking on there Trangia stoves with varying levels of success.
After a good nights sleep the group packed up and continued the walk back to the start point.
On Day 2 I remotely supervised the group allowing them to walk and navigate along there route and I then met up with them at various checkpoints along the way. The group performed well and successfully navigated along the route back to the start.
A very enjoyable two days and it was very satisfying to see the group grow in confidence over the two days.
Im working with Duncan Clark of North Ridge Adventure in the summer months on the Mountain Experience Weekend. Below are dates and a description of the course for anybody who maybe interested in attending.
Snowdonia – £185 per person
6th and 7th July, 3rd and 4th August 2013, 7th and 8th September 2013, 5th and 6th October 2013.
The Mountain Experience
When you’re ready to stay out in the mountains – we can show you how to do it with fun, excitement and safety.
From high & wild camps, using mountain tents and/or bivouacs, you will gain sound practical experience and learn essential mountaineering skills to prepare you for adventures on your own.
We cover all aspects of equipment choice, route planning, camp craft, nutrition and safety in detail, along with important subjects like minimising our environmental impact and land access legislation.
Map reading & navigation of course feature prominently on this course, and you will have ample opportunity to learn and practise as we journey through the hills together. If you still have enough energy, we often go out again at night, either for more map reading training or on guided walks, whatever the weather. It makes for a full and exciting itinerary.