Lowland Leader Awards

For the past two weekends I have been running Lowland Leader Award assessments for Falkirk Community Trust. The teams and I have visited various areas around the Pentland Hills and also areas bordering the Forth.

Congratulations to all candidates on their efforts.

Threipmuir Reservoir and the Pentland Hills.

Threipmuir Reservoir and the Pentland Hills.

Lowland Leader Award

Lunch on the beach during todays LLA course.

Lunch on the beach during todays LLA course.

This past weekend I have been working on a Lowland Leader Award training with John Jackson and Craig Mclaren on behalf of Falkirk Community Trust. Today we were at Dalmeny Estate near South Queensferry which provided a great venue to look at a number of aspects of the syllabus.

 

DofE Expeditions, Lowland Leader Award and Introduction to Sport Climbing

The last three weeks I’ve spent a lot of time out and about with groups training for their Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Expeditions with the City of Edinburgh Council. I’ve been working with Robin and Paul and making use of excellent areas close to Edinburgh, such as the Pentlands and Lammermuirs.

Typical Pentlands terrain.

Typical Pentlands terrain.

I also spent a day working on a Lowland Leader Award Training Course for Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors. This is an excellent qualification for those looking to lead walking groups in Lowland terrain and ideal for those supervising Bronze DofE groups.

Last Wednesday evening Alex, Andrew and I spent a few hours looking at sport climbing outdoors. They already lead climb indoors and were wanting an introduction to leading outdoors. We looked at equipment; placing/clipping and stripping quickdraws and in particular at rethreading at the top of a route. The weather was mixed with a few showers, but we used one of the routes outside at Ratho which worked well.

Lowland Leader Award

At the weekend Martin and I were working on a Lowland Leader Award in conjuction with Falkirk Community Trust. This is an excellent introductory walking qualification. More details can be found at www.mountain-training.org.

Lowland Leader Award Assessment

For the past couple of days I have been out on a Lowland Leader Award assessment. The first day was spent in the Carron Valley and the second in the Pentland Hills. Congratulations to all the candidates for their efforts over the past two days.

The course was organised by the Outdoor Activitites department of Falkirk Community Trust. Check out their website for more course dates.

Carron Valley Reservoir.

Carron Valley Reservoir.

Lowland Leader Award Assessment

For the past two days I have been working on o a Lowland Leader Award Assessment. The course was being provided by East Lothian Outdoor Learning Service. It is a new award administered by the MLTUK and is a great addition to the Mountain Leader scheme.

Looking out to the Bass Rock.

Looking out to the Bass Rock.

Lowland Leader Award Training

On Friday evening, yesterday and today I’ve been delivering a Lowland Leader Award Training Course with John from Falkirk Community Trust. The candidates (Alan, John, Kevin, Michelle, Ricky and Tam) were all enthusiastic and keen to learn, which made for a great course.

Kevin, Ricky and Michelle on top of Mons Hill today

Kevin, Ricky and Michelle on top of Mons Hill today

As well as classroom sessions we used the areas around Muiravonside Country Park on Saturday and Dalmeny Estate today, which give good varied terrain for the course. Showers both days and muddy underfoot in places, but enough dry weather and shelter to make for two pleasant days out.

Devilla Forest and Carron Valley

The last two days I’ve been working with John on a Lowland Leader Award Assessment for Falkirk Community Trust. Based from Falkirk we used the Devilla Forest area on Saturday and the Carron Valley area on Sunday.

The group with Meikle Bin in the background

The group with Meikle Bin in the background

Well done to all those being assessed for dealing with the weather conditions, particularly today when we had steady rain and strong winds for a large part of the day. Sizable snow patches were visible on the nearby Meikle Bin today, but there was very little snow remaining below 400m.

Glenmore Lodge Mountain Training Scotland Seminar

Yesterday I was up at Glenmore Lodge, the National Outdoor Training Centre, for a Mountain Training Scotland (MTS) Provider, Course Director and Staff Seminar. This event provides an opportunity for those providing and working on Mountain Training Awards in Scotland to share thoughts and experiences and give feedback to MTS.

One of the posters from the seminar

One of the posters from the seminar

The main areas of focus for the day were an MTS Update; presentations and discussions on some of the newer awards/courses and pathways for supporting newcomers to delivering/providing Mountain Training Awards.

The newer awards/courses such as Lowland Leader Award and Hill and Mountain Skills were discussed in some detail and there was some good input and feedback from those who’d delivered these courses and assessments.

A surprisingly lively day with plenty of discussion and energy.

Lowland Leader Award

I am currently involved in the delivery of a three day Lowland Leader Award on behalf of Falkirk Community Trust. This training course and subsequent assessment course qualifies individuals to lead walking groups in lowland terrain. It is a great introduction to the Mountain Leader Training UK (MLTUK) qualification system.

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