I've had a great few weeks work, but not many days off!
It started with a trip down to Dartmoor with a group of MOD apprentices who were up for a challenge and full of banter which made for a top week. We did an overnight walking expedition, a challenging day on mountain bikes and a chilled but productive day climbing (including some leading) at Dart Rock. The group of instructors on the course was top class, mostly made up of other MIA's and other really experienced people, which really makes a big difference to the "product". We managed to get an evening out bouldering at the wall as well, where I got pretty shut down by some cheeky grading!
Then I ran a learn to lead course up here at home in Wales for Chris who was looking to build on his previous leading experience. I made some inspired crag choices (or got lucky!) and we escaped some really grim weather going to Milestone Buttress on day one and Tremadog on day two. Quality couple of days!
The next week was another local one working for CCAT, which is a military camp in Capel Curig. I had another enthusiastic group for the week on a Summer Mountain Foundation course which runs along similar lines to a Mountain Leader course. We had some really challenging weather and one stunning day where we were treated to some stunning scenes on the North Ridge of Tryfan. All the cadets passed comfortably.
Finally this weekend I was running a Single Pitch Award assessment. The weather was challenging again but we made the most of any shelter we could find. We went to Lion Rock, Union Rock, The Beacon and Colgwyn Cyrau. The candidates all did well so there are three brand new enthusiastic SPA's out there now. Read >
I've been working on a number of Mountain Leader Courses over the last few months and whilst working on Training courses or Refreshers the topic of conversation inevitably comes on to Assessment top tips at some point!
So, I've put together my top five general tips, in no particular order.... But do remember, as a potential Mountain Leader you shouldn't forget the assessment is just a little snap shot and the real focus should be on becoming a good leader for working with your future clients....
1. Relax Read >
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"Jez was excellent and supported me with the various areas I wanted a refresher on. I went on to pass my ML assessment the following week!"
AS, Mountain Leader Refresher in N Wales
"Jez chose some fun routes but taught me heaps at the same time. All in all, I got loads out of today and really excited to carry on the multi-pitch and sea cliff climbing"
MA, Multipitch Day in Cornwall
"We had a great day Jez! It was incredibly worthwhile and we are looking forward to seeing you again before the assessment - would highly recommend you to anyone who wants to get out into the mountains!"
JA, SPA Refresher
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GH, Instructor Training Course
"Jez was a perfect guide, and balanced the differing skills of two middle aged climbers so deftly that I didn't notice I was being managed. He showed enormous patience and passion for the activity, I'd have to say he was the best guide I've ever employed"
JG, Mountaineering Day in N Wales
"We had a fantastic time and couldn’t speak highly enough of Jez as a person and mountain guide. The experience would not have been the same without him there. Jez’s knowledge was brilliant!"
MW, Mountain Guiding Day in Snowdonia