Monthly archives: September, 2009

Wilderness First Aid Training

This, the final and most demanding part of my wilderness first aid training, gave me new skills such as being qualified to operate community based AED’s (defibrillation units) and also built on the skills I had learned on previous courses. Before the actual course we had to read the Wilderness First Responder manual and produce…



Scotland Week 1

The Scotland trip was the culmination of a yearlong project, the Apex Challenge. The project was funded by Sport Relief and officially ended with the ascent of Britain’s highest peak. In summer we use the terms hill walking, fell walking etc. But in the cold, dark months it is all winter mountaineering and has to…



Drama on Fairfield

Fairfield, in the Lake District is a great mountain for groups; it can be a classic horseshoe route (immortalised in song by Chumbawamba), which starts and ends in Ambleside or can include a scramble down to Grisedale tarn. With reasonable viability it also gives fantastic views across to Helvelyn. All in all a great way…



Scotland Week 2

So it’s the 2nd week of our adventure and Zoë and I have mastered the accent and are speaking like locals (its true ask anyone who was there). On this particular day we are going to the corrie n lochen area (well I said we mastered the accent not the spelling) By now the snow…



AMI Training

As part of its commitment to its members the Association of Mountaineering Instructors runs regular training sessions. These sessions are run at cost so are amazingly good value. The ones I attended were really useful and will help me on my way to attain the Mountain Instructor Award and to continue to provide training to…