The last five days Cliff and I have been assessing/supervising an excellent Gold DofE Group from Trinity Academy for The City of Edinburgh Council.
After an acclimatisation night at the Big Sand campsite the group’s route travelled through some very rugged, remote and scenic country between Gairloch and Killilan over four days with three nights wild camping.
The weather was generally pretty kind with sunshine and showers until today when the group finished in steady rain. The hills are pretty wet and walking off tracks is currently quite boggy. Localised heavy rain is affecting river crossings e.g. the stepping stones on the way to Coire Mhic Fearchair were impassible on Tuesday evening.
The group did a great job and coped with the conditions well. I’ll post some more photos from the trip on the ClimbNow Facebook page.
The last three days I’ve been working for The City of Edinburgh Council supervising a Silver DofE Qualifying Expedition for a group from Trinity Academy. Their route traversed the Lammermuirs from Lauder on the west to near Stenton on the northern edge with a high point of Twin Law. It took in some beautiful moorland and two secluded wild camps.
The weather was a mix of sunshine and heavy showers and the group dealt with the conditions well.
The last three days I’ve been supervising a Silver DofE Qualifying Expedition for The City of Edinburgh Council for a group from Trinity Academy. The group had specifically wanted a flatish route, so had planned their expedition in the coastal region of East Lothian. This still allowed for some good walking, wild camping and some possibly more tricky navigation than in a hillier area.
Tuesday was dry, Wednesday was definitely wet and windy during the day with plenty of rain until the evening and the group finished in the dry on Thursday.
I’ve been doing a second week working for The City of Edinburgh Council delivering Silver DofE Training for a different group from Trinity Academy. On Monday and Tuesday we were based out of Bangholm Outdoor Centre and the last three days we’ve been out in the Tweed Hills for a practice expedition.
We started from Peebles and finished at Yair Bridge taking in Kirkhope Law, Brown Knowe and The Three Brethren along the way as well as two nights wild camping. This area is probably better known for it’s mountain biking, but offers some delightful walking on rolling moorland hills, through forestry and along river valleys. Some rain over Thursday night, but the hills are still pretty dry.
This week I’ve been working for The City of Edinburgh Council delivering Silver DofE Training for a group from Trinity Academy. On Monday and Tuesday we were based out of Bangholm Outdoor Centre and the last three days we’ve been out in the Lammermuir Hills for a practice expedition.
The Lammermuirs are beautiful rolling moorland hills south east of Edinburgh and ideal for this sort of expedition.
Last weekend Kris and I were out in the hills around Peebles and the Yarrow Valley supervising a Silver DofE group for the City of Edinburgh Council.
Starting at Peebles and finishing at the Bowhill Estate and taking in Minch Moor with two wild camps made for a very pleasant route. With just a little rain on Saturday and improving weather to a sunny Monday the hills were drying out well.
On Monday and Tuesday I was out in the Pentlands again with a Bronze DofE Group, who were traversing the Pentland Jills from Garvald to Easter Kinleith over two days with a wild camp.
The group were excellent and the weather was generally kind making for a pleasant two days in the hills.
The last two days I’ve been working for The City of Edinburgh Council supervising a Bronze DofE group who were traversing the Pentland Hills from Garvald to The Flotterstone.
The group did a great job and we were treated to some fine weather with only a light shower late this afternoon.
This week I’ve been running a Silver DofE training for The City of Edinburgh Council. This included navigation in the Pentland Hills on Tuesday and a three day practice expedition in the Lammermuirs.
The expedition took in Meikle Says Law and some delightful and, at times, tough walking terrain with a couple of beautiful camping spots. The group coped very well with some very mixed weather, which changed from heavy rain to bright sunshine on a fairly regular basis.
I’ve spent quite a lot of the last two weeks supervising Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) qualifying expeditions for the City of Edinburgh Council Outdoor Education.
The expeditions included traverses through the Pentlands and the Trossachs. The weather was generally very kind, but a couple of the Silver Groups did particularly well to keep good spirits through a day and night of fairly incessant rain in the Trossachs.