|pic by S. Holmes|
Spring is well and truly here in Lochaber. It's been a great start to the Summer work season for me. I had 4 days working alongside Mike on a Rescue and Incident Management Module with 3rd year students at West Highland College. We covered lots, from prussiks, hoists and lowers to more complicated scenarios. We finished the course with a fantastic day climbing on Rannoch Wall on Buachaille Etive Mor, Glencoe. Great to see the students progress over the 4 days and also great to learn some new tricks from Mike too- everyday's a school day!
|Prussiking in Glen Nevis|
|Brodie enjoying January Jigsaw on Rannoch Wall|
I had some more days out with some very keen mock students in prep for MIA teaching day assessment. We seemed to have more than our fair share of Spring snow showers on these days but everyone carried on regardless-good effort team!Thanks to everyone who came along.
|Dan on three pines|
|Jenny belaying in between snow showers!|
Tom and Ross multi-pitching it on Cave Route, Huntly's Cave
|Adrien at Dunkeld|
Since last August, I feel the time spent working towards this has turned a previous weak area into more of a strength and was delighted to finally reach the milestone of passing my MIA. Thanks to colleagues and friends for advice and to my family for putting up with all my days away! Like lots of assessments, it's good to look at a pass as a starting point rather than an endpoint and I'm looking forward to learning lots more whilst working as an MIA.
|A sight that you can't help but smile at!|
|Steve on the Dubhs|
|TD gap- pic S. Holmes|
Back to Fort William and I was assisting Al on an SPA assessment with students from West Highland College. Another couple of fine weather days and some good performances from the candidates. It was also great to get some more experience on an NGB course and learn from an experienced provider like Al,
|Not a bad view!|
|Our awesome new local wall, Three Wise Monkeys!|
|More sunny weather!|
|Abseil off the 3rd Pinnacle|
|The window on Gillean|
|We did get some views at last!|
The end of the week saw me working for Mike at Abacus Mountain Guides on a Summer Mountain Leader training course. The candidates were full of enthusiasm and we had a very productive day covering medical situations, emergency procedures and difficult scenarios a Mountain Leader may face on the hills. We also looked at some micro-navigation before getting a bit wet and tackling stream crossings before the team got themselves ready for their expedition. I'm sure they'll all go on to be excellent Mountain Leaders in the future.
|Yuka getting 'rescued' by Will and Alex!|
|Getting a bit wet and tackling the stream crossing|
With some good weather forecast for the coming week, it's back off to Skye for a few days...in the sunshine (hopefully!).