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DofE 11 North Downs.

12°C, rain and strong Westerly gusts. Another late one: I have two likable groups to manage and assess. The tricky part is the way their routes diverge south of the hills. If all goes well, there would be a bit … Continue reading

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DofE 8: North Downs.

20°C, sunny Silver Assessment: 3 days near London in the North Downs. On the face of it, this looks like typical bronze territory in rolling chalklands. The forecast is for ideal weather but the possibility of some behaviour to keep … Continue reading

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Bronze Qualifying 2017- A

from 17 to 26°C, not much rain, some hot and close days. Group A; This group had really hot weather on their practice expedition.  On those days, they really struggled. Their stamina and concentration was really low. On Monday and … Continue reading

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DofE: summing up.

18°C, showers, slow moving. We gathered the kids for a debrief. Chris, Carl and I took turns. The theme was poor husbandry, especially kit. I started with: “I had a good night’s sleep last night. I was warm, comfortable, and … Continue reading

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Another rescue.

24 – 18°C, warm, humid sun building mist to rain. Thursday, another big day with DofE; this time, bronze Practice, and a year younger. Twice as many kids, less experience but first run, no fails. I spent the whole day … Continue reading

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Five get rescued.

24°C, light wind. Clear deep blue. Duke of Edinburgh expedition, qualifying (retakes). Forty odd girls needed to re-take their expedition as a result of failing last year. Most had made a mess of navigation. All groups had most of the … Continue reading

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Three peaks 3: Snowdon.

14°C, N wind, expected strong at the top. Clear and sunny. Down to 3 of us. Chris dropped out with blisters caused by poor fitting boots. Again, I powered ahead on the up climb and lagged on the descents. Carl … Continue reading

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Three peaks 1: Ben Nevis.

14°C, moderate NNW breeze. Sunny. Straightforward climb to the top in perfect conditions. The top was busy, but not excessively crowded in my opinion. Some snow fields remain and the cornices were still large. An air rescue helicopter maneuvered below … Continue reading

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Sgurr Dearg and the In-Pinn.

15°C, light NNW breeze and clear, dry conditions. Chose a fairly short route up from Glen Brittle. Ian knew we’d find other groups up on the ridge waiting to climb the Pinn. He suggested that I climb in my approach … Continue reading

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Mountaineering, Skye

12°C, NE light breeze, lifting cloud. Today, we felt like proper mountaineers, not just hill walkers. Ian, the mountain guide we hired was brilliant. To made two munros, after ascending through An Dorus, a straightforward, if steep ascent. First, the … Continue reading

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