I've just returned from assessing on the expedition section of a Mountain Leader assessment course for Rob Johnson - Expedition Guide (www.expeditionguide.com/).
I had three strong candidates with me and we started in Capel Curig going across the Glyders to Cwm Ffynnon the first day, over to Lliwedd the second day camping in Cwm Tregellan and finishing off with a short walk on the final morning. The weather was extremely kind to us, even being dry for the night nav which is a novelty! Read >
Well it's still unsurprisingly hot and dusty in Kurdistan! Today was particularly unpleasant, getting blasted by dust and dirt in strong winds whilst replacing some seismic equipment...
The work here has been interesting and a world away from my regular work back home, that's what's great about working as an MIA, there's potentially so much variety.
I only have a few days left on this hitch before a 3 week break where I'll be back home for a bit and then off to the Alps with Heather, then I'll be back out here for a bit more sun.
Things haven't stopped at home though, we had a learn to lead trad course with Richard this weekend, which Stu McInnes stepped in to run for me, with Andy Owen (going for his MIA soon) fulfilling the photography and belay duties role. Read >
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