Archive: June 2012

MIA Refresher

Rock Climbing in June! you would of thought that there would be one nice day surely?

Well thats what James and Stubbsey thought when they booked there 3 day MIA refresher course! To North Wales they came and after introductions and a good chat on goals for the 3 days we headed off to Bochlwydd Buttress to ease our selves into things, James Chose Marble slab to warm up on and breezed up the first pitch where i joined him, with Stubbsey on his way up we revised and refreshed a few simple rescues to blow out the cobwebs then complicated things somewhat on the 2nd pitch! rescues and problem solving remained the theme for the day and things got a wee bit more fruity on the slightly steeper Bochlwydd eliminate with Stubbsey on the sharp end!

With the demise of the Weather we moved onto refreshing the skills for a mountain/Scrambling day and headed unto the east face of Tryfan, starting off on an ascent of bastow buttress then descent techniques on Nor Nor gully, during the day there was much talk of Dragons, Giants and the flora and fauna of snowdonia which did distract from the horrible conditions a little!

Day 3 was spent navigating around the more complex terrain within the park and perfecting navigational strategies and methods of teaching nav the use of relief and the adaptation of naismiths rule for the mountains! in all a great 3 days that should stand the guys in good stead for there upcoming assessment!

 

 

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Rain Ridden ML Assessment!

Well, did it rain?  Not half!  Wednesday through to Friday was our candidates expedition assessment phase.

Because of the weather forecast I opted for the relative shelter of the Moelwynion range.  We began our walk from Capel Curig and headed towards Moel Siabod.  We traversed the hill on the 600m contour on the Snowdon/Carneddau side, the aim of this was to draw from the candidates the various aids to navigation:

Tick features, aiming off, attack points, backstops, hand railing etc.

This brought us nicely to the large bwlch below the south spur.  The rest of the day was spent following the S to N Moelwynion ridge line and various kinks in contours and mountain features.  Our campsite for night one was the delightfully high and midge free Llyn Edno.  Our only company here was a gaggle of canadian geese, 6 adults and 6 little un’s.  Nice little bouldering wall at the S end stile, mental note to take stickies next time and no pads required.

Day two, we awoke to think fog and drizzle.  This pleased me for once as we had a day of navigation in reduced visibility.  We wandered for several hours on the ridge and high plateau exploring various llyns and hollows before dropping down to Llyn Llagi, our second night’s campsite.  Here we did some re-training on rope work, looked at emergency procedures and listened to a few lecture topics.  At 1700hrs it began to rain, its still not stopped as I type!  Not much sleep.  Some idiots have pulled down part of the wall to build a campfire, if the idiots read this give me a call I have something for you!

Day 3, straight out to Gelli-Lago with a few last minute confirmatory legs in heavy rain.

All in all quite an arduous 3 days.  Well done to all the candidates.

 

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ML Assessment day 2

Day 2 of ML assessment with cadet leaders.  We were treated to another stunning day.  Llanberis Pass was chosen as a venue for security on steep ground and river crossing techniques.  The river was really inviting after a morning rope hauling up the hillside.  It was the first assessment I’ve taken where no body minded getting in!

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National Coasteering Charter meeting

Last night (Fri 14 July) we at Eryri attended a meeting at The Heights in Llanberis.  The aim of the meeting was to establish if us folk in N Wales that deliver coasteering as an activity wished to become part of the proposed NCC.  It appears that most companies from other areas of the UK have shown an interest to establish a charter.

The charter looks set to adopt a ‘best working practice’ and share the wealth of professional experience.  Not to become a National Governing Body.

To sumerise, myself and Daz at Eryri in theory are keen to stabilise prices for folks wishing to participate in this activity with us.  We hope to share our knowledge and continue with our own exemplary safety record whilst continuing our unique package we offer visitors to the coast.

We’ll keep our happy customers updated via our blog.  In the meantime lets get amongst the seals and surf!

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