Courses & Info

Loving Lichens

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We walk past them all the time – and I bet most people don’t even notice. Yet they’re the very building blocks of life – some of the most amazing, and old, living things on our planet. Lichens – I love them and I’m going to tell you why….and maybe persuade you to come on […]

Gear reviews

The future of Maps?

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Every week it seems there’s another story about hillwalkers needing to be rescued because they’re “navigationally challenged” (lost!). Navigation courses remain the most popular courses I offer. But navigation – like all skills – is evolving, so I thought I’d write a post on where I am with this nowadays. Like most people working in […]

Top Tips

Ready for Winter?

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The high fells have had their first dusting of snow. Sure it’ll disappear for a while – but now ‘proper’ winter has made it’s appearance – the fells are more alluring , but also a little more dangerous. So how many of you change the absolute basics of what you take out with you – […]

Gear reviews

Gloves

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As winter starts to make it’s presence felt on the high fells there is one clothing question I get asked more than any other; “What gloves do you recommend?” Just like any of my top tips or gear reviews I’m only going to write about items and systems that I’ve actual first hand experience of, […]

Days Out

Snowshoeing Season

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With snow now falling fast here in the Alps many Brits will be looking forward to the ski season – each year millions of us head to the slopes to ride a board or planks. Yet in the Alps and North America there’s another winter past time that’s almost as popular that we don’t seem […]

Courses & Info

Night Nav Top 5

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I’m sat here writing this post on the balcony in the Alps – it’s September and as soon as the sun drops beneath the Mont Joly ridge I’ll need a jacket – Autumn seems to have taken hold. And so my thoughts turn to Night Nav – some of the most popular sessions I run […]

Courses & Info

Dealing with Disclosure

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I closed my last Safeguarding article with this: these are the four main characteristics of an adult who a child or vulnerable adult is likely to put their trust in: Being there; children, young people and the vulnerable want to have the general feeling that someone is there for them. Proving themselves; taking the time […]

Courses & Info

Contour Interpretation

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I run a lot of navigation classes and workshops – and it is always one of the most popular refresher days I offer – it’s a skill that needs to be practiced and can’t be learnt from books. Perhaps the element I see people struggle with the most is being able to translate what they […]

Gear reviews

Water on the go….

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Water seems to be one of the things that people most under estimate when they plan a day out. Even a small amount of dehydration can affect your ability – yet frequently I find I’ve clients who bring too little – presumably to save weight , we all like to save carrying weight if we […]