Saturday, February 20, 2010

Blue Sky Snowy Lake District Days

Just a few pictures of the 20th Feb just before it started to cloud up to possibly bring some more snow.

Some hoar frost crystals twinking in the sunlight and fresh tracks in the powder snow along with long shadows as the daylight diminishes.

Come along and enjoy the adventure.There have been reports of avalanches near to Helvellyn so tread carefully.

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College of West Anglia Snowshoe Course

Last week I was lucky enought to be asked to lead some students from College of West Anglia on their Snowshoe course in a beautiful remote part of the French Pyrenees near to St Giron. We had a mix of weather during the week meaning that Bruno Steve and I had to mix the course up somewhat so we could get to the venues safely.

We covered some basic Avalanche transceiver work and snow pit digging and anaylsis.

The group were very keen to explore this ancient method of alpine transport. They managed to climb some remote and snowy cols and peaks up to 1800mtrs.

The return travel was not without its eyebrow raising moments as we had to travel across country at 20mph due to the snow, then rediredt to another airport to fly out on our already delayed flight back to UK. I had beeen on the go for approx 19 hours when I finally got to bed.

If you ever though an alternative and cheaper means of Alpine Entertainment than Ski-ing get in touch to arrange a Snowshoe Holiday that all the family can take part in. Try it in the Julian Alps of Slovenia and explore somewhere off the beaten track

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Feburary ML Training and Assessment

I have been working this week with two great groups on an ML Assessment and Training with Chris Ensoll.

There has been some white stuff around which has added to the candidates tales and pleasures.
It was a little cold overnight on the expedition but everyone had a tremendous time and left smiling.

Myself and Chris have been testing some new Montane kit in some very testing enviromentswith some very favourable results. Please get in touch if you want to know more.   If you are planning to do Mountain Leader Training or Assessment dont hesitate to get in touch and set yourself a date. Next week I have a couple of days to catch up with home life.

Cheers Stuart
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