Happy to confirm having fulfilled a longheld ambition to obtain the Mountain Leader Award (Summer).
Assessment run by mountaineering instructor, Steve Spalding, http://www.high-expectations.co.uk was excellent. I was fortunate to be in a great group of folk and we were all very supportive of each other so the whole time was very enjoyable.
From left to right, Judith, Alison, Alastair and me.
The ML assessment covers navigation in poor weather and at night, weather forecasting, general leadership skills, law and regulations for access, environment and taking young people on the mountains, first aid and what to do in an emergency, knowledge of flora, fauna and geology of the mountains, and for emergency situations, river crossings and security on steep ground with some rope work. In addition the final three day expedition covers wild camping. Although it was an assessment and that makes it stressful, it was also an opportunity to spend five days doing what we all enjoy doing...... :-)
On the three day backpacking expedition we were woken by the sound of the ptarmigan and skeins of geese flying low over the crags and on the last morning a beautiful sun rise. Managed time to take a few photos during the assessment days.
A most enjoyable experience with great company. Thanks to all.
Camping by Loch Etchachan Loch Etchachan, Cairngorms With Steve on the left Sun rise by Bynack Ridge of Bynack Alastair with rope Judith descending with South African abseil
Alison relaxes during abseil