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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Tourniquets – Updated thinking

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For as long as I’ve been involved with first aid the subject of tourniquet use has been contentious – done right, with the appropriate training, they can be definitively life saving. Done badly and you just made a bad situation so so much worse. But then the world changed – we now live in a […]

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Update to Tick & Lyme disease info 2018

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The National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) have updated their guidance for healthcare professionals in relation to the diagnosis and treatment of Lymes disease. If you’ve been on a Mountain Services Outdoor First Aid course then you’ll know that this is a risk that those who work and play in the outdoors in […]

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Reading the smallprint

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Insurance – it can be a nightmare to choose. This post isn’t intended to be advice – it’s just my opinion based on 30 years of climbing, working and playing in the mountains. And there’s a simple reason it’s not advice – you need to understand what you need. But, let’s see if I can […]

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Safeguarding & outdoor leaders

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Safeguarding – its a big word for a big subject, a word some people reading this might find a bit concerning. So I’m going to try and simplify it a little and try and answer some of those concerns – because, as we’ll see, an understanding of safeguarding is vital to the work we do. […]

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First Aid… kit questions

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Probably the question that comes up most frequently on outdoor first aid courses is “so what should be in my first aid kit?” & you may well be surprised to know there’s no specific answer. HSE, first aid providers and manufacturers of pre-packaged kits all have suggestions but there is no specific requirement. And that is exactly […]