Monthly archives: September, 2013

Navigation Training

One very cold snowy Wednesday morning (perfect for practicing!) four of us who are going on the Scotland expedition met up bright & early at Brighton station to go on a nav &rope adventure. We caught the train to hassocks and navigated immediately to a cafe. The cafe had a big table that we were able to spread our maps out on. Tony set…



Reflections

This is something I wrote for the Annual Report; a look back at 2013 and as we can’t afford to print a copy for every member, here it is.   Walking south, the low winter sun was bright enough for me to regret not bringing sunglasses. In the festival hinterland nestled between Christmas and New…



Blackland Farm Training

You look up at the knot but it is not really a knot; it is more of a wrap, the Mariners hitch. You had connected yourself and your climbing partner to one end of a 8mm sling and then turned the other end a couple of times round the bar of a karabiner before you…



Adventure Camp

There is something atavistic in our relationship to fire. We are drawn ineluctably to the flames and I don’t know whether it is the thousands of years when our ancestors relied on fire for warmth, food and keeping predatory animals at bay which has genetically hard wired our fascination with it; or whether it is…



BMC Student Seminar

I have never seen Plas y Brenin so crowded; registration for the Snowdon Triathlon, a rescue exercise, the Brenins own courses and the reason I was there, the British Mountaineering Council’s (BMC) student safety seminar weekend. I was to be one of their four Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI) volunteers. The BMC had paid for…



Training Workshop and CPD

Horizontal, exfoliating rain lashed our faces and a brutal wind whipped up plumes of water, sending them rushing across the lake and over the white caps which had formed on the normally calm surface of Llyn Idwal. We staggered like drunks, pushing our bodies against the force of the wind, feet slipping on wet rocks…



BMC Climbing Movement Masterclass

I attended one of the BMC’s series of Climbing Movement Masterclasses at White Spider in Surrey in April. The classes are exceptionally good value. For £26 for BMC members you get coaching from a top climber for a couple of hours and go away with a little goody bag and a sheet of personalised recommendations…



Wild Food Walk

Craggers has always had very strong links with Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project (BUCFP), in fact Craggers came about after I had taken people from the Centre on adventures in Wales and to Blackland Farm starting back in 1996.  The connection has continued and most of the people attending our annual adventure camp still come from…



Bushcraft Workshop Derbyshire

The mature tree canopy kept off the worst of the rain but drops congregated on leaves and intermittent cascades of water encouraged us to pitch the tent as quickly as possible. This was certainly a big change from the glorious sunshine we had experienced over the previous four days at the Bushcraft Show. Still this…



Dorset

Due to work commitments, I was unable to go to Dorset for the full duration of the trip, but had a great time over the three days I was able to attend.   Thursday 05/04/13 I arrived on site at 10.00 at Tom’s Field in Dorset. It was barely above freezing, and was greeted by…